May 2011


 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Not to be confused with American Virgin (2000) (with Mena Suvari!), which is another movie we’ve seen. American Virgin (2000) was an interesting and passable (though low-rated) social commentary focusing on the “new” internet, while American Virgin (2009) was more of a feelgood comedy.

PLOT SUMMARY: A virgin on a college celibacy scholarship ends up accidentally getting drunk and being filmed on Girls Gone Wild (called “Chicks Go Crazy” in the movie). They go on a quest to try to recover the footage, so she doesn’t lose her celebacy scholarship.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Virginity wasted on hot girl.

PEOPLE: Starring Jenna Dewan (The Grudge 2, and a tiny part in The Hot Chick, and soon to be in the new Melrose Place) as the virgin, Rob Schneider (SNL) as the Girls Gone Wild guy, Brianne Davis as the super-hot, cool, trouble making, free-spirited roommate.

QUIRKS: Going to college. Sexual repression. Road trips. Girls gone wild. NOT related to the American Pie movies.

VISUALS: Lots of pretty girls to look at.

MORALS: Virginity pledges are stupid. Saving yourself for marriage is a waste of life.

BAD STUFF: Rob Schneider will be on many people’s “bad stuff” list — so know that he’s hardly in the movie.

Somewhat predictable.

CONCLUSION: Despite not being the most unique movie, this was pretty fun. A coming-of-age story about a pretty, repressed virgin who finally learns to get her priorities straight.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10. “Entertaining. Not terrible. Not especially funny.”
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.1/5 stars. IMDB: 4.3/10 (when we watched this, there had not yet been 5 votes, but by the time this report was posted, the rating was 4.3/10).

RECOMMENDATION: If a somewhat generic road trip college comedy about a college virgin coming of age sounds interesting, you’ll enjoy this. If you’re tired of National Lampoon/American Pie-esque low-grade direct-to-video comedies, you might not enjoy this.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Has been called “Road Trip for girls”. But I don’t really remember Road Trip…
Miss March also shares similarities, what with the main character being a virgin.

COINCIDENCES: (Transformers:Revenge Of The Fallen, American Virgin) 2 movies in the same night with people who have their first day in college and immediately attempt to change roommates, as well as people *unknowingly* eating pot brownies.
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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

HAIKU REVIEW: Most of us hate bugs;
Genetic engineering
only makes them worse.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Cockroaches lead to complications, including missing homeless & children.

PEOPLE: Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 1 & 2, and the upcoming Hobbit movies). I thought that would mean this would automatically be good. But in his defense, he disowned the movie after studio interference — and wont work with the Weinsteins anymore.

Starring Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Charles S. Dutton (Gothika, Se7en, Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye), Josh Brolin, Giancarlo Giannini.

Why are screenwriters Matt Greenberg and John Sayles uncredited in the movie, but credited in some trailers and TV spots? Is it because this sucked?

VISUALS: Yea, some really gross bug stuff. If you ever wanted to experience the Alien movie in an urban setting, it might look like this, except better.

MORALS: Cops that seem like jerks are actually heroes. Hahahahaha.

BAD STUFF: Slow and boring! Where was the excitement?!?! Characters weren’t that likeable either.

CONCLUSION: Gullermo Del Toro does not automatically make a movie good, though he did disown this one, so that says something. Basically, they took a premise that could have been a “generic pass horror movie”, and made it worse than generic. It’s pretty hard to fuck up making a generic movie, but they did. It was slow-paced and boring. These were the similar problems I had with the movie Avalon, but at least Avalon was based on a kick-ass concept that was way more interesting than this piece of garbage was.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 2/5 stars. IMDB: 5/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 2/5 stars. IMDB: 5/10.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.1/5 stars (2.8/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB 5.7/10.

RECOMMENDATION: Stay away from this. Even the movie Infestation is better — but still not a great movie.

SIMILAR MOVIES: There’s 2 sequels?!?!?! WHY, oh why?!?!?

MOVIE QUOTE: [on insect’s inner motivation]
Dr. Gates: Can I eat it or will it eat me?

But to more accurately capture the suckiness of this film, here’s another quote:

Peter Mann: Leonard, have you ever seen anything like this before?
Leonard: Why you asking me if I’ve seen some shit like this before? Do I look like I’ve seen some shit like this before? Hell, no I ain’t never seen no shit like this before. Who the fuck would wanna climb up one of these walls and hang one of these? Musta been a big elephant-ass motherfucker.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Ian didn’t like it.
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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: People in a bleak future play an illegal and addictive online game “Avalon”, which puts World Of Warcraft to total shame. Someone’s soul is trapped in the game, and Ash is to retrieve it in hopes of finding the next level — “Class Real” — where you die in real life if you die in the game. But hey, you get tons of experience points!

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Illegal gaming addictions leads to complications.

PEOPLE: A Polish movie by a Japanese writer (who has written for anime .hack//SIGN) and director (who has worked on anime Urusei Yatsura). Note that the American version has additional narration added in the beginning and the end.

QUIRKS: Cyberpunk. Video game realities and politics. Ghosts in the machine. Quests to get to higher levels. Desaturated colors.

VISUALS: A very stylized, well-executed visual movie! Lots of in-game “graphics”, lots of dark and bleak real life scenes, very sepia scenes, and strange in-game effects and glitches. And then the next level is even more brilliant. They succeed in making reality look as bleak as a Quake 1 palette, and making the game actually look cooler than reality. [highlight for spoilers] Especially Class Real.

This was definitely a good candidate for watching in HD.

SOUNDTRACK: Operatic singing. It’s very suitable at first, but then they overuse it.

POLITICS: Only in-game politics! Kind of refreshing.

BAD STUFF: VERY slow paced. Lots of scenes with no dialog, and not much happening. They could have used that time to explain things more, but instead they have a lot of scenes that just don’t add to the story much.

Then they have the incredibly over-used opera singers, especially towards the end.

And then we have the ending itself. That’s the worst part of the movie, and by far the least satisfying part. I had to yell out, “No!”, because we were working up to something great, but it was never achieved. (Sort of the same feeling I got with The Fountain, but even The Fountain had a better, more coherent ending — one which was full of closure.)

The English version adds some additional narration to the ending — a few sentences. It helps, but not enough.

As another example of a pointless scene, I will quote Carolyn RE:The Triplets Of Bellvue. “Do we really have to watch that guy eat for 10 minutes straight?” (Okay, it was really more like 10 seconds, and I didn’t mind — but it was an example of how many pointless scenes they have here.)

CONCLUSION: For me, this movie was a mix of 4/5 star scenes and 2/5 star scenes. The bad scenes combined with the bad ending forced me to give this a 2/5 star rating, even though it’s a movie with neat concepts & visuals. It still gets a 6/10 IMDB rating from me, though.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 2/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10 (got a +1 bonus for visuals and surrealness).
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Parthena: Netflix: 5/5 stars.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.1/5 stars, IMDB 6.7/10.

RECOMMENDATION: Video game lovers? See this! And if you like movies that transcend levels of reality, such as The 13th Floor, eXistenZ, The Matrix — then this is of a similar area of interest. Definitely visually great. I just wish it had been a bit less, dare I say, “artsy”.

You might want to watch this in English to get the additional narration at the beginning and end. The dubbing isn’t great, though.

MOVIE QUOTES:

1) Ash: Let me ask you something. Are you accessing from a terminal somewhere or are you part of the system itself?
Game Master: What does it matter? You couldn’t confirm it anyway.

2) Bishop: what do you think is the best, a game you think you can finish, but never do, or a game that seems impossible to win, but isn’t?

3) “Reality is what we choose to believe. As for who controls the game? I choose to believe–it’s me.” –English version only [final quote] (more…)

/yard sale sign/ Got up at 7:45AM, made it out driving by 8:08AM, but Carolyn never moved the coolant from my car (where it’s sat for 3 months) to her car (which had recently overheated), so we had to drive back right away. Then we stopped to eat at McDonald’s first. (Funny day for eating: Breakfast at McDonald’s, lunch at Taco Bell, and late 11PM dinner at Burger King.)

So we didn’t truly start until 8:38AM. We went out until 2:47PM (6h9m later), but docking 19 minutes for eating, so calling this a total of 6 hours, 20 minutes.

Total spent $63.45 plus ~$15.80 gas (OUCH!!!) for 71.1 miles of driving (18 mpg @ 4$/G), for a total cost of $79.25.

We bought 67 to 84 items (depending on how you count them) – for a total estimated value of $396.47, leading to a profit of $317.22. To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $453; money saved (by not having to spend it) is actually worth more than we realize when the government’s cut is taken into consideration.

Anyway, this works out to a “wage” of $50.35/hr as a couple or $25.18/hr per person.

SUMMARY: The community yard sale at the end of the expedition saved the day. I was going to call it a “bad weekend” due to the fact that we went some 50 miles, for hours, without really finding much of any value (even by our value standards). But then near the end, past noon, past when things are usually good, we started piling stuff on. Lots of stuff. So much stuff! Especially at the church, where they were packing up, and just said “fill bags with whatever for $1”. You can fill bags really well when you find items that can fit inside of other items :)

ANECDOTES:

10:14AM – Guy next door to yard sale, trying to be a hero, drops a case of diet Pepsi, and at least one of them exploded. Carolyn goes, “Awww!”, really loudly — embarrassingly loudly to me — and we return to our car laughing uncontrollably at the thought of this guy hearing Carolyn go “awww”.

MOST USEFUL AWARD! Got 4 gallons of coolant for $15 (2 were about 1/2 full and 2 were about 3/4 full) from an estate sale. Slack because Carolyn’s car is still leaking coolant, and she had just used the last of her coolant up that morning! No longer an emergency. SLACK!

CRAZY CRAFT LADY! 12:44pm – Crazy craft lady who was just divorced. No, I am not intersted in your gold wreaths, so why the fuck do you think I want to hear how they are made? Just shut the fuck up already! Why are you still talking? Do I have to look at you while you talk? Can I just look at your stuff and pretend to listen?  No wonder your husband left you!

WOMEN BENDING OVER! OMG OMG OMG…. This was *THE* weekend for hot women bending over. Jesus Christ. I have not seen such an array of hot asses of all ages and ethniticites since the last time I watched Soul Train.

2:08PM – Went into Taco Bell. Found $20 bill on the ground!!!!  Asked everyone around if they dropped it. Everyone said no. I gave Carolyn $10, splitting the $20 between us. Not gonna count this as profit because this has nothing to do with yardsaling, and everything to do with Taco Bell just becoming more awesome than it already was. But then Taco Bell became less awesome when a woman with hairy calves stood in front of us. Carolyn didn’t notice until Clint depicted her leg hair in a drawing on the notepad we were carrying with us. I wonder if anyone thought we were deaf people.

FRANK’S FRANC – I had a franc (french coin) in my pocket that I kept accidentally trying to give to people. (I want to keep it! I have a collection of 30 or so foreign coins, even a Nazi-era one.) But then this guy wanted to see my Frank “because that’s my name”. That’s what he said. “That’s my name.” Really. Like he’d never heard of Francs. He was this sad, chain smoking, beer drinking (at noon), divorced guy with a daughter, selling brand new things for half the price. I guess his wife took his money, or he had none to begin with. He sold us some pool chalk, unopened, becuase he had wanted to get a pool table but then couldn’t. He also asked us if we lived around here. What we both picked up, between the lines, is that he wanted to be our friend so he can use our pool table. Poor guy. Maybe he should hook up with the crazy craft lady!!!!

ANYWAY, HERE’S THE TAKE FOR THIS WEEK:

  • $15.00: coolant/antifreeze – 4 gallons (2 were about 1/2 full and 2 were about 3/4 full, so 2.5G total) (EV:$19.10) – see MOST USEFUL AWARD above – Carolyn just ran out that morning!

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  • $6.00: tray, wooden, serving tray style, Winchester Repeating Fire Arms, New Haven, CT, inside:16.5×10″ (EV:same style as this, but stained, and with the gun-related art, which probably makes it FAR more valuable, plus the condition was perfect, so I’m guessing at the VERY least $20) – will be a gift for Matthew when they yard sale double date with us next weekend. I didn’t know he just graduated, so now it’s also a graduation gift. But really it was just a gift cause he’s a cool guy.
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pretty awesome

  • $5.00: drum throne, 19.5×13″ diameter, with wheels (not really a drum throne, but that’s what the previous owner used it for!) (EV:drum thrones cost a minimum of $20, but this one is quite substantive compared to my old mini-throne, and has wheels, and is technically a chair – so I’d actually say $30; it’s in good condition)
http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/BQBTuDxA-ygzppc823bkulFnfbpPTVA_LFdt5WJhXSngmz9L0Xl6uQ4m4on0Vs5W9mX0wYZbBKxaOygePo8eQmM4a-cdt1aC01ZLlRfCB2rYUvFChc8X8drMPi-qnn7TbUTH4fCHPnamX8sQAfMME8UgIyYOGppIAVg

but with wheels, and more of a "real" chair. Much better than my "mini" throne I had before, which only cost 50 cents I believe.

  • $5.00: axe, halberd style head – but it’s only an axe in handle size. Confusing. (fancy halberds go for at least $90, but I really don’t know where a worn down, non-steel, non-full length would fall on the price scale – I’ll say at least $15)
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as you can see, this is more of a homemade-looking one than the fancy $~90 one below

https://i0.wp.com/www.imensgifts.com/images/prod/MensGifts_ProductImage_22_12363.jpg

fancypants version

  • $1.00: bungee cords, for camping, 4 @ $0.25/ea, 2 large, a medium, and a small (EV:$4)

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  • $3.00: bat, Softball – Easton Brand, SC500 Scandium, model SZ1-C 34″ 26oz 2.25 diameter – I like cheap bats because I consider them weapons and like having weapons available (EV:$5 cause it’s clearly quite used)
  • $3.00: game, trivia, Wizard Of Oz, metal tin case (EV:$8)
https://i0.wp.com/images.amazon.com/images/P/B000096QHK.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Yes, this is for you, Rev. Organbeard.

  • $2.00: oils, set of 7 150mL (5oz) bottles on a metal rack (roasted garlic oil, pesto oil, hot pepper oil, citrus herb vinegar, sundried tomato and basil oil, cranberry vinegar, orange pepper oil) (EV:hard to determine, but this set is 34oz @ $30, and this is 35oz WITH a rack, so I’ll say $32, all but 1 were still sealed, and the 1 that wasn’t was not missing any oil at all.)
https://i0.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DVY278FNL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

dramatization

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this is it - but in real life it's in color

  • $2.00: 6-plug square extension cord (like a 6-plug jack, but in a square instead of long, and at the end of much longer than usual extension cord, which is kind of awesome), “The Orange AC Surge protector” (EV:$7)
https://i2.wp.com/www.best-b2b.com/userimg/545/548-2/multi-sockets--adaptor--extension-cord--plug--outlet-901.jpg

nothing like this at all, yet this is closer to what we got than anything i can fine on the internet.. and i surfed it ALL

  • $2.00: vase, glass, rectangular , 8″ high x 6″ wide x 2.5″ deep (EV:$3)
https://i2.wp.com/www.candles4less.com/core/media/media.nl

like this, but a taller, thinner rectangle

  • $2.00: billiard chalk, set of 6 in package, Sportcraft (www.sportcraft.com) item no 1-1-01-942 (EV:$3)
http://i.ebayimg.com/09/!CCkShggBGk~$(KGrHqUOKisE0s2IJLGyBNLiT3Yqgg~~_1.JPG?set_id=8800005007

considernig how many were INSIDE my pool table when we paid to get it refelted purple ... These are necessary.

  • $2.00: 4 action figures:
  • X-Men: Beast: Marvel Legends series: 7″ high, ***36*** poseable joints (the most poseable action figure for anything we’ve ever seen ever, hips, knees, index fingers pose separate from other 3 fingers, thumbs, toes, mouth–everything is poseable!) (EV:a current auction is up to $12.50 with 2 bids and still not won, and buy it nows are $19 for this, so: $15)
  • http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqQOKjQE1zdN0W,rBNm6lUs13w~~_1.JPG?set_id=8800005007

    most poseable action figure i've ever seen/owned

  • Superman: 4.5″ high, 10 poseable joints, rubber cape (EV:$5??)
  • Batman: Joker: 4.75″ high, rubber purple trench coat, only 5 poseable joints (EV:$3???)
  • Lex Luthor: 4.5″ high, suit, only has 5 poseable joints (EV:$2???)
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in order from least poseable to most poseable

  • $2.00: markers, set of 18, Staunion, Sharpie ripoff for 1/10th of the cost, we go through these things like mad with all the discs we burn so if they are of any great quality at all, they will save us money. This price isn’t really any cheaper than online though. Papermate sells these for $1.25. Technically we may have been ripped off, but they were there right in front of us, and we could use them. (Yup. These types of things are cheaper online even with shipping:EV:$1.25)
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imagine a 3rd world knock-off of this

  • $2.00: camping chair, 1 built-in cup holder, pretty much identical to ours, but gray (EV:$23.40)

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  • $1.50: mirror, 16.25×34″, with wire for hanging on back (EV:*nice* mirrors this size go for $50-$150! I don’t understand how mirror pricing works AT ALL. The price variance from brand new to old is HUGE. I guess condition matters… so I’ll say $10)
  • $1.50: bag of 15 1oz. lotions/shampoos/conditioners ($0.10/ea):
  • Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Best Tressed volumizing conditioner (x5) (EV:at least $2/oz, based on their ridiculous prices, * 5 = $10!!)
  • Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Best Tressed Balancing Shampoo (x4) (EV:at least $2/oz, based on above, *4 = $8!!)
  • Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Grin & Bare It body lotion (x4) (8oz goes for $30, and this is 4oz total, so $15! Ridiculous!!!)
  • Best Western lotion (x1) (EV:$$0.08 wholesale — quite the price different compared to True Blue Spa overpriced stuff)
  • ProTerra Marine Sea Kelp Conditioner (x1) (EV:less than $0.70 these never sold, so I’ll say $0.25)
  • $1.00: can opener, electric, White-Westinghouse, white color, model: WCO-105 (EV:$0! The thing failed to open a can! Straight to the trash! **RIPPED OFF!!** Can’t believe these are going for $9 on Ebay)
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqV,!g0E2eSqt+S8BNqvnh,ysw~~_1.JPG?set_id=8800005007

AVOID WESTINGHOSE CAN OPENERS!

  • $1.00: soda, Sierra Mist, 3 2-liter bottles, 2 diet, 1 regular – we never buy soda because there are cheaper ways to drink flavor, but at 33 cents a 2-liter, awesome (EV:$3) … You know, one of these uses natural cane sugar, which made me excited. But when mixed with whiskey, it ends up tasting more like ginger ale than sprite! WTF! Pepsi owns both 7-Up and Sierra Mist, but they sold the 7-Up rights in america only, so now they’re trying to replace 7-Up with Sierra Mist – and its’ NOT as good. And the cane sugar? Almost made me want my high fructose corn syrup back! What’s wrong with me? I guess this is why I don’t normally buy soda. It’s just paying to be less healthy. At least the 2 diet ones are 0-cal. Better mixer for liquor than water – barely.

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  • $1.00: box, cigar, Onyx Reserve, 6.5×6.5×3″ (EV:$5 based on them trying to be sold on Ebay for $10)
http://i.ebayimg.com/13/!BVNqUYw!2k~$(KGrHgoH-CoEjlLlfZ3LBKRVrLRJ6w~~_35.JPG

The cigar box i kept all my pins/buttons in was falling apart - UPGRADE! Smaller footprint, too.

  • $1.00: wrapping paper, 4 rolls, Christmas (EV:$4)
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Xmas is $-wasty enough w/o paying full $$$ for dead tree paper!

  • $1.00: camping backpack, brown, small/classic/Appalacian (EV:$20)
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camping with us is easy - we've already got extra equipment for you!

  • $1.00: bag of stuff – fill whole bag for $1:
  • reflectors (2 orange on one pole) (EV:$2.25)
  • https://i0.wp.com/www.etrailer.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/D/M/DM35RS_1000.jpg
  • jar: plastic, attached flip top, stupid dog bones on it, very large (EV:$3)
  • https://i0.wp.com/www.myworldhut.com/product_images/g/18oz_hexagon_jar__92109_thumb.jpg
  • jar: glass, attached flip top lid (EV:$3)
  • picture frame: 7.6″x6″, for pictures that are 4.5″x3″, bluish (EV:$3)
  • picture frame: 3.6″x3.6″, metallic finish, square (EV:$2)
  • picture frames (2): 8″x6″, for 4.5″x6.5″ photos (EV:$3)
  • box, cedar, Unicorns, Ocean City, MD, slight opalescent, 7″x5″x2.5″ (EV:$1)
  • $0.75: dart board, velcro, foam, indoors, Saftee No. 3250 (EV:these sell for as much as $5 or more, but this one was falling apart so I’m gonna call it $1)
  • http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqMOKoYE10Mb8!P4BNu1VFk5cg~~0_1.JPG?set_id=8800005007

    for next to our pool table and air hockey table...

  • $0.50: ornament, Empire State Building (EV:$3.75)

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  • $0.50: jar, glass, attached flip top lid, Ermetico (EV:I’m gonna guess $3)
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currently holding onions that don't go into spaghetti sauce jars quite so easily

  • $0.25: picture frame, black, wood, 7.25″ x 9.1″, for pictures 4.5 x 6.5 (EV:$4 ’cause it’s not new)

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  • $0.25: game, board game, Kevin Wilson’s Arena Maximus (EV:$15 but I’m docking $3 for missing 5 cards — easily printable at boardgame geek – so calling it $13) – OMG this game is fun!!!

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what it looks like to play

  • $0.20: game, board game, France 1944: The Allied Crusade In Europe. Holy shit! A 2-player game that takes 6 fucking hours!!? Thanks for the warning, BoardgameGeek! (EV:$10, conservatively based on boardgamegeek posting severla valuations of this in different condition, with 28 people wanting to trade it, 4 people wanting it, and trace prices going from $18-$40, and it being on sale in many places for $40)

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people are saying this is a "simple" war game - it seems more complex than almost anything we've ever played in our lives!

  • $FREE: baby shower sign ($$6.79 — can’t believe these stupid signs are friggin’ $17 at some places!)
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-96990552598725_2156_71937701

This. Exact. One. Can't believe they emailed Carolyn to say they found it online ! :)

  • $FREE: 3 glass slabs (this shape), black, .25″ thick, 1=42″x10“-flared-to-17″, 2=42.5″x15″-flared-to-20″, 3=54″x8″-flared-to-14” depth/width. These are amazing! We put one on our counter as an accent piece (plus it’s easier to clean), got 2 bricks from my brick wall (destroyed by weed growth), hosed them off, and used them as a counterweight to create a glass counter extention that gives us a couple square feet of counter, and used one on top of a VHS cabinet in our hallway to make it this awesome modern looking floating shelf (doubling the shelf space there, and looking 10X as cool in front of the mirrors). Yeah, they are all scratched so you can see through the blackness where the scratches are. Electrical tape on the bottom fixes this. One of the coolest things I’ve ever found for free — just sitting on a curb with some broken cabinets. Not even at a yard sale. (EV:REALLY HARD TO GUESS! They are scratched but not cracked. Black glass can be insanely expensive. Minimalistic tables that use glass in this shape cost well over $300 new. But these are obviously not in new condition. But electrical tape makes them look better new. And there are THREE of them. Here’s a 3-black-glass TV shelf, same number of pieces, same approximate size variations between the 3 pieces, and similarly cut to ours [but ours are straight on one side]. This is $141. We’ll halve the value for not having the stand and being scratched up, and call it $70. No clue on the real value of such things — but it’s very valuable to us, one looks awesome, the other looks AND functions awesome, and the 3rd functions awesome and looks “non-euclidian” where we’ve put it.)
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black glass slabs sitting on our 8+ ft foofsac. We weren't sure what to do with them at first.

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Slab #1: Put on top of VHS cabinet. Black glass looks cooler than wood. The mirror behind it makes it even better. And now if we bump it in the night, we are met with a rounded corner instead of a sharp wood corner. And there's more room for stuff on the shelf. Total win on all accounts.

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Slab #2: Counter extension. Much more room for our water filters. We put the 7-cooking-oils from above on the edge of this. Yes, it required a counterweight of two bricks, which I got from our "garden" on the concrete patios (weeds so overgrown they had burst every brick wall, giving us a supply of free bricks whenever we need them). And if you notice - our dish drying rack is actually on top of a shelf from an old curbside refrigerator I gutted, so that the water doesn't get on our counter as much. (The main reason I gutted that curbside fridge was because our fridge has broken glass, and I had to put one of those over the break so food wouldn't fall down from one compartment to another.)

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Slab #3: Non-functional, but a nice accent piece to go with our new black microwave. Of course, it shows dirt SO much easier than the white. But this inspires us to wipe it off more often. No real purpose here, but it looks cool.

  • $FREE: candle, wine glass, senior prom, Wheaton High School Senior Prom May 22, 1998, “Hold On To The Night” (EV:$12?!?!?!?! Really?!?! Who the fuck would pay that? I’m gonna say $3)
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Exactly this lame. But I know who it would be a good gift for.

  • $FREE: book, Cliff Notes, Dumas, The Count Of Monte Cristo — I watched the 26 episode anime series and the movie and loved both, but like hell am I going to read the full book at an opportunity cost of 20 hours of so many other fun activities. This will be a nice compromise. Would never pay for this, but it was free, so hells yeah! (EV:$3)
http://books.google.com/books?id=pdgLxbDJw-oC&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220

for pooping

  • $FREE: 2 to 5 plug adapter, Power Sentry, model 226 (EV:$5)
http://i.tfcdn.com/images/UgD7z_tKcBrDNIb07SwMyfm5BaUlqUXFDBklJQVW-vqpBXqVmbnpekAJ_cwCfU_9yoziEl1TYzMjExMTQ1NLUxNDw3gjAzODeCMTSwMDM1NTEwYGAA**?m=1&g=1

I have these on almost every plug in the house, but this one has the 2 bottom ones spaced out for large power blocks, so this may really help the one plug that doesn't have one yet and has a large block plugged into it :)

  • $FREE: 3 toys, Happy Meal, The Last Airbender – turns out these can be combined into an awesome cat toy, a ribbon on a handle. And you can be pretending to firebend. And they came with 3 Fire Nation “collectible” cards (all 3 the same) (EV:$7.50 since they are Ebaying for $2.50/ea–I find that a bit overpriced because maybe those auctions don’t ever finda buyer, so I’m gonna say $3 for all 3)
  • $FREE: book, The Civil War Day By Day AN Almanac 1861-1865 (EV:selling for $7 used)

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* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person).

2011 STATS SO FAR:
TOTAL EXPEDITIONS: 5
TOTAL TIME CLINT & CAROLYN: 8:50
TOTAL TIME CLINT ALONE: 1:15
TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: 115.5
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $155.90
TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 104-146 (depending on how you count them)
TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE: $700.47
PROFIT: $544.57
PROFIT / TIME: $~54.5/hr (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Wikipedia link] [Not available on Netflix, suckas!]

PEOPLE: Created by Carl W. Adams, H. Jon Benjamin (Ben from Dr. Katz! Couch McGurk from Home Movies! Bob from Bob’s Burgers! Archer from Archer!), Matt Harrigan, and others.

Starring Larry Murphy (NOT H. Jon Benjamin) as Assy McGee. He is also Teddy/Javed in Bob’s Burgers, Frank Grimes/Callie’s Father/Burt in Ugly Americans, Jay The Doorman in Delocated, Drew in Home Movies, and Mr. Lipshitz/Pete Klesko in O’Grady. His partner, Dilorenzo, is played by Carl W. Adams (writer/producer/director also involved in O’Grady, Dr. Katz, & The Ricky Gervais Show). H. Jon Benjamin plays the mayor.

PLOT SUMMARY: Cops are assholes. This is one asshole cop’s story.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Abusive cop continually allowed to beat and murder innocent people while being paid by your tax dollars.

QUIRKS: THIS SHOW IS A SATIRE. It is not about fecal humor. One would be STRONGLY INCLINED to think a show called “Assy McGee” about a talking ass would be full of toilet humor. It isn’t. Sure, he farts out his mouth/ass every episode, but this is minor, and not what the series is about.

Above all, it is a satire of detective/cop movies. And it is a social commentary about how policeman in America are often raging, abusive assholes — and nobody seems to notice. In fact, nobody ever acknowledges that this cop is literally an asshole. I believe that through the eyes of the characters in the Assy McGee-universe, that he is just another human being. He is simply drawn as an asshole to make a pointed social commentary about how cops can be assholes and TOTALLY GET AWAY WITH IT.

As such, there is a deeper (DERPer?) political meaning to this show. A hidden “between-the-lines” layer of biting political satire that is never directly acknowledged by the show.

VISUALS: Assy McGee, as an animated character, is perhaps the strangest character design I have ever seen for any character in any cartoon in my life. He is literally a talking anus. In fact, Assy McGee is one of the five titles IMDB lists under it’s “Talking Anus” keyword. (Ironically, I’ve seen 4 out of 5 of them! Though I don’t remember any of the anuses, and thought Pink Flamingos would be listed; but Pink Flamingos only has a singing anus, not a talking anus.)

And that’s what’s so strange. He’s an ass — an ass is his face — which means that his rear is facing forward. So his legs are facing backwards, much like Xavier:Renegade Angel. And he has no arms. But he draws guns, beats, and shoots people. But since he has no arms, when he picks something up, it just floats near him. THIS IS REALLY WEIRD!

SOUNDTRACK: 11-minute AdultSwim cartoons don’t have soundtracks per se, but I will comment on the way Assy talks. Because he is literally a talking ass, he has no eyes, or lips — just a big ass for a face. And he’s an alcoholic. An abusive, brutality-loving, thug alcoholic. As such, EVERYTHING HE SAYS IS MUMBLED. It’s actually hard to understand him at times. This is intentional. It adds to the humor. It adds to your dislike of him. You are SUPPOSED to dislike Assy McGee. That’s kind of the point. He kills innocent people while drunk. These are not the actions of a good cop. Anyway, some people have said that it’s a “Sylvester Stallone” style muffled voice. I’ll leave that judgment up to the viewer.

MORALS: Fuck the police.

POLITICS: Someone on IMDB asked – “How does a show like this even get made?” My answer:

Well, you see, you grow up in a country where policemen have become increasingly abusive and quick to beat and shoot unarmed innocent people to death. (Just follow InjusticeNews for a year and your opinions will all change.)

After awhile, people get sick of cops acting like a$sh0les and getting away with it.

So you satirize it by showing a cop who is literally an a$sh0le, and having nobody else in the series notice — just like in real life. Nobody notices. Cop shoots innocents, loses lawsuit, sometimes gets disciplined, occasionally loses job, almost always is forcefully reinstated by the union, and in the cases where not, goes on to get hired by another department. I’ve seen it over and over again.

GOOD STUFF: Satirizing bad cops? Needed.

BAD STUFF: Senseless ultra-violence? Sometimes funny, but also sometimes so horrifying that it makes you sad to know that things like this happen in real life.

CONCLUSION: This series was a tough nut to crack. With only 20 11-minute episodes, it takes a good 5 episodes of exposure just to start to comprehend the strange form of humor used in this show. It is NOT potty humor like people superficially believe, but in fact a satire about how cops can be assholes. And the main character, Assy McGee, is the biggest asshole of a cop that I have seen in a long time. His alcoholic Stallone-like mumblings only make you dislike him more, AND THAT’S THE POINT. He’s an anti-hero. His violence comes off as sad, until you realize it’s satire, and then it becomes funnier. You definitely have to “get it” in *just* the right way to properly appreciate this show. It’s one of the denser cartoons that I’ve ever seen, especially since it masquerades itself as superficial potty humor. People who can’t get over the fact that IT’S A TALKING ASS on screen are held back by their hangups, and as such never realize what this show is about: Asshole cops.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. The first 25% of the series feels more like 3/5 stars, 7/10, but then it hits its stride, you catch on to the fact that it’s not outright humor, but also a sad social commentary satire — and then it becomes funnier upon this realization.

Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. “Maybe I didn’t ‘get it’ as much as Clint…”

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.9/10.

RECOMMENDATION: This series is not for the faint of heart, and as such is pretty despised by our culture. They had to cut the airings mid-season (they came back later) due to a lack of advertisers willing to advertise on a show about a talking ass. I’m sure the Fraternal Organization Of Police rates this as the worst show to ever be created in history. It’s really more sad than funny — until about 5 or 10 episodes in, when it starts to become funnier. Whether that is the series itself getting funnier — or me simply starting to “get it” and accept a new form of humor — is a question I will ask myself the rest of my life.

SIMILAR CARTOONS: Actually.. I can’t think of any. Being unique is a boon for any series.

SHOW QUOTES:

Chief – Assy Just one question, why the baby?
Assy – …I thought it’d be funny to see a baby shoot a priest.

Sanchez: Work? But it’s Sunday.
Assy: Somebody forgot to tell crime.

Assy – I’ve got one bullet with your email address on it, don’t make me hit send.
Well looks like you’ve got some new mail in your inbox.
John Adams – please I’m just an actor.
Assy – ….can ya play dead? (shoots him)

OTHER OPINIONS:

Cousin Nathan: “I’ve only watched it a couple times, but an impressive satire I agree.” (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else.

PLOT SUMMARY: A male meter-maid takes an experimental anti-depressant, which leads him to believe he has developed super-powers. This causes things to get much worse for him: As the pharmaceutical company tries to suppress his results, he descends into what can only be described as insanity.

LIMERICK REVIEW: There once was a man named Les,
who got into a mental mess.
He tried an experimental drug;
His results were swept under the rug.
Putting him in situations of great duress.

HAIKU REVIEW: Pharmaceuticals
affect people differently.
This guy got powers!

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Drug research leads to savage beating of mentally disabled simpleton, murders.

PEOPLE: Starring Michael Rapaport (Prison Break, The War At Home, Boston Public, True Romance, Beautiful Girls, Next Friday, the movie Push, Assassination Of A High School President), who actually did an amazing job playing a character that draws much sympathy from the viewer. With Paul Blackthorne (24), Robert Baker (The Ladykillers), Josh Peck (Spun), Jack Kehler (The Big Lebowski, Pineapple Express, Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story, Waterworld, Austin Powers, Murder One) as Dr. Dobson, Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick, the movie Wasted) as the cashier, and Christopher Darga (Dude, Where’s My Car?, Bruce Almighty, Deep Impact, Fatal Instinct, The Mask, The Hudsucker Proxy) as the boss.

QUIRKS: Mentally affected individuals. Experimental pharmaceuticals. Corporate conspiracies. Superpowers. Hallucinations. Surrealism. Ambiguity. Pity. You spend a lot of this movie thinking, “Damn. This is MESSED UP!!!” And then it gets more messed up. It’s definitely a protaganist pity party.

This movie has aspects of thriller, suspense, drama, super hero, conspiracy, fantasy, and black comedy — all wrapped together.

By the way — that feeling he has as he tries to fly? That’s a feeling I have all the time, thanks to my experiences with flight in dreams. Typically, I don’t know I’m dreaming, and I just have to “remember to forget that I can’t fly”, and then I can fly. Watching him fly REALLY reminded me of my dreams.

This also features the electricity/shocking game that I own!

VISUALS: Shot in grainy, shaky film, which actually makes perfect sense for a movie about someone losing their grip on reality. Ultra-crisp HD might not have made as much sense. There are a few very minor special effects to show his craziness, such as when he thinks he can walk through walls. It’s done quite well — especially for a $1M budget.

MORALS: Sometimes it’s hard to accept reality, when not accepting reality can mean being more special than you really are.

POLITICS: Corporations will gladly destroy a life (or lives) for profit; it’s what they do when faced with the choice. They do what is best for the corporation, which is bigger, more important, and has more will (and less morals) than any one single individual. I firmly believe the events in this movie could happen in real life.

This film was actually a very scathing indictment of the pharmaceutical industry.

BAD STUFF: Slightly slow at the beginning, but then it picked up into non-stop painful craziness. There was even some action. And completely touching moments. I was hoping there was a reason that cashier didn’t talk to him.

CONCLUSION: A surprisingly touching film about one man’s descent into insanity, thanks to anti-depressants. It’s almost comical, since he thinks he has super powers. But then it’s not. Some people said they laughed a lot at this. But it’s NOT a comedy. It’s actually sort of a tragedy of sorts. Genre aside, this was a pretty powerful story. Watching the depths the main character sink to can be painful at times. The ending makes it that much more touching. The ambiguity of the end is also kind of interesting.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8.5/10 (rounded up to 9).
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8.5/10 (rounded up to 9).
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.2/5 stars (3.7 for people who rate like me), IMDB 7.0/10.

RECOMMENDATION: This is an easy movie to overlook, as it did not receive much attention! I actually think it’s one of the better dramas (if you can call it that) that I’ve seen in a long time! A unique story that draws out lots of emotion.

SIMILAR MOVIES: This has smatterings of the feelings of watching broken psyches go too far that you get from watching Requiem For A Dream, as well as reminding me of A Beautiful Mind, where a man has to learn to function despite his failure to properly recognize reality. And the movie Hancock has a reckless, alcoholic superhero who doesn’t really know what he’s doing — which is a kind of the same dark urban hero aspect that inhabits this movie.

MOVIE QUOTE: I’d use the final quote, but it’s a bit spoily, so:

Les: “I once read about a monster called the Extracator, that lived off people’s souls. Only, the thing was, the Extracator ate a person’s soul in their sleep over a 16 year period. Like it would nibble off a crumb every night, until there wasn’t anything left. So a person had no way to realize what was going on. They just had this vague sense that something was slowly disappearing.”

This quote can kind of also explain how psychiatric medicine can eat away at who you are, bit by bit, without you realizing that you’ve lost part of yourself. This concept is also explored by the NoMeansNo side-project Hanson Brothers, in their song “Tranquil” (“I’m tranquil, with my little pink pill”). Hopefully this youtube video of them performing that song live lasts awhile:


THOUGHTS FROM MOM: Dad and I both liked it a lot, although it’s hard to classify as a genre.  Somebody described it as a “comedy”, but I disagree–although there are definitely comedic elements.  Having said that, I thought the “telepathic” scene between Les and the doctor was downright hilarious.

I also thought Rapaport’s character was purposely called “Les”–as in “less.”  He felt like nothing, like a big zero, and his name reflected that.   In actuality, of course, his humanity made him very special.   Even the “suits” realized that in the end: He was indestructible and REAL,  his lack of comic-book powers aside.
Obviously, there was also an anti-pharmacutical theme in the movie, but it wasn’t a polemic.  Polemics can be good but they’re very rarely great.
Also, wasn’t it interesting that the girl Les was attracted to was also “handicapped” by insecurity?  She wasn’t what she appeared to be–and either was he.  In the end, I think he recognized his own “specialness”, although that makes the movie sound a lot more prosaic than it was.

(more…)

/yard sale sign/ Got up at 7:30AM via alarm, but since we went to bed at 3:30AM, we decided “Fuck yard saleing” and went back to sleep until 12:30.

Ready for some easy food, and having no microwave and dishwasher at the time, we decided to go to Taco Bell for their current special of 89-cent double decker tacos. But we got distracted along the way — despite it being late, there were still yard sales going!

It was hard to count mileage. When we were driving towards taco bell, I stopped counting mileage and time. But if we detoured for a yardsale, I counted the mileage and time of the detour only. I don’t want to confuse the costs of driving to taco bell with the costs of driving for yardsales. Yes, I’m that fastidious.

So we left at 12:58PM, and got back at 3:50PM (3h8min), but we’re only counting this as a total of 2.25 hours due to the time that was allocated towards Taco Bell instead of yard sales.

Total spent $26.75 plus ~$4.24 gas for 19.1 miles of driving (~18mpg @ $4/G), for a total cost of $30.99.

We bought 27-52 items (depending on if you count napkins and plug-covers separately) – for a total estimated value of $158, leading to a profit of $127.01 (heh–reminds me of 127.0.0.1).

To earn that much after taxes you’d really have to earn $180; money saved (by not having to spend it in the first place) is actually worth more than we realize when the government’s cut is taken into consideration.

Anyway, this works out to a “wage” of $56.44/hr as a couple or $28.22/hr per person.

This was an absolutely amazing take for starting at 1PM, which is like showing up to a party at 2AM after most people have left. Who knows what we would have found if we started at 8AM. We probably would have had to drive home to drop stuff off to make room for new stuff.

Matthew & Julie are planning a “yard sale double date” with us on May 28th, but maybe we should have done it today! Then again, maybe it will be even better then! (Since I’m one week behind in my postings, I’ll add that the following week was even better!)

  • $5.00: VCR, hifi, Sony, Model SLV-775HF (sn#1011207) (that Arise VHS tape ain’t gonna play itself!) (+2ft coax cable) (EV:$15 based on the fact that Ebay auctions for $25 for one of these are ending with 0 bids… people are also trying to Ebay these for $60, and they are even less likely to ever receive a bid!)
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no remote, tho. protip: put remote where the vhs tape goes when storing VCRs

  • $3.00: toaster oven, Procter Silex (our microwave is currently broken! this is awesome!!!) (Carolyn had to talk me into it!) (15″x6.5″x8.5″) (EV:$8 since it’s visibly used, though I consider it more valuable than that)
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almost exactly like this... but some brown on the top or something

  • $3.00: cymbal (hi-hat) (33″ high, 9.25″ cymbal diameter) – missing the top cymbal & clutch though, so the foot pedal produces no sound. But drumsticks still work on it (thanks to Carolyn for pointing this out, or I wouldn’t have bought it!). This is an improvement to our drum “set”, as the only “cymbal” I currently have is a circular pieces of metal from the edge of a drum, held in the air via tying string around my spiral stairs. So this is a vast improvement, even though it’s broken. When hit with a drumstick it sounds more like a crash cymbal than a hi-hat. And since it’s a smaller-than-usual hi-hat, it tends to chip the drumsticks if you go crazy. Good thing I have 3 pairs of drumsticks now. The stands go for $50, the cymbals alone (full size) are $50. This is small, and broken, but I still estimate its value at at least $30 because it still kinda works, and even a stand alone and in need of repair is far cheaper than a new one from scratch (EV:$30)
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ours is missing the clutch, felt, top cymbal, 2nd felt, and nut - but is still damn loud

  • $3.00: badminton set – *GREAT* net & stakes compared to ours, black over-the-shoulder zippable carrying case, Franklin brand, 2 good paddles, 1 poor paddle (will still have to use parts of our old set for 4-player!) (EV:$$32 based on $34 price minus $2 for the missing paddle) — PLUS they accidentally put an air pump (for volleyballs, bike tires, and such) in the case (EV:$1)
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Yup. This exact case. Combined our old badminton stuff into the same case

This really has no use for us, except terrorizing the cats. Oranjello would actually swat at it. Very cute. Lemonjello, predictably, ran away like the pussy he is.

  • $2.00: cloth napkins, set of 11 (all white) and another set of 2 (tacky flowers) — these save major paper towel money! I’ve been taking them from restaurants that give bad service and such, but this quadruples our stock so we’ll again never be left without one during a long laundry cycle. FUCK paper towels. If it’s not semen or blood or snot, cloth is fine. And actually, for snot, I have a couple hankies, which are almost the same thing as a cloth napkin, just more delicate.(EV:$0.69 each = $8.97, which I will call $8 since they aren’t brand new… smelled fresh, though)
  • $2.00: drum sticks, new (but they chip easily on that new cymbal:)) (EV:$2.75)
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dramatization - i only got one set

  • $1.00: dvd burner, DVD-R/RW, Pioneer, DVR-A05 (internal) (sn#CDDL190899WL, manufactured 200304) – now we have THREE dvd-burners – 2 that are used simultaneously to burn 2 copies of our backups, and now 1 for upstairs for when I burn stuff for friends! (EV:$20 used)
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apparently this is used in macs - which mean people are paying $100 for what I paid $1 for. bwahaha

  • $1.00: cooler, soft, for camping (ours just sprung a leak!), Wilson brand, black (15″x6″x6″) (EV:I’m guessing here based on these results — $4)
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dramatization

  • $1.00: scale (Carolyn wants to weigh her food in the kitchen for dieting purposes), Dumont household scale, new in box (ripped box top off, put pen-holder in it, now it won’t fall over and has extra room for my wallet too) (EV:$6)
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dramatization - ours has a lower center of gravity. this one looks like it would tip over constantly. pfft. ours is better.

  • $1.00: Lady & The Tramp VHS (why, Carolyn? why does this make sense on ANY level?) (EV:$1)
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WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

  • $1.00: tool, gardening, thought it was a hand tiller but apparently it’s a cultivator – basically 3 pointy prongs on a handle – (EV:$2)
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I'm gonna freddy krueger some dirt now.

  • $0.50: adapter – one light socket into two light sockets – wonder where we need more light? this could be really useful in the right place (EV:$8)
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2 sockets 1 outlet - now with less shit eating

  • $0.50: electrical outlet safety covers (x13) – for Vicky for baby-proofing (EV:$1.25)
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13 of 'em, unlike the 36 here

  • $0.50: corkscrew, basic/classic/best design (EV:$1)
https://i2.wp.com/www.thegrownupsguide.com/images/corkscrew-basic.jpg

Contrary to popular belief/consumerism/superficial judgment, these corkscrews are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE better than the ones that look like robots (with arms), or the fancy ones sold in gift shops

  • $0.50: bins, plastic, stackable, aqua color, 11.5″x8.5″x6″ each — used to allow us to put more crap on our coffee table. Vertical space-savers are the best! (EV:I’m guessing $6)
https://i1.wp.com/img.esuppliersindia.com/fp/1/248/903.jpg

sort of like these, except the 4 corners are 4 hollow holes that extend vertically all the way to the table, so we're keeping our e-cigs in them to get them off the table. Also, the corkscrew above is in one of the holes too. And our cat brush. And a massager. These bins are 4-hole sluts!

  • $0.50: toy, Simpsons figurine [Burger King promo], Lisa Simpson (3″ high) holding red box of popcorn (required magnifying glass+flashlight to read the word ‘popocrn’) (EV:$1)
  • $0.50: toy, Simpsons figurine [Burger King promo], Krusty The Klown in tux, removable vampire cape, pose-able – swiveling hips (4″ high) (EV:$1)
  • $0.25: rubber bands (bag of 200+) (good for boardgame organizing, I’m so often not able to find any when I need them) (EV:$2 based on Acco brand rubber bands costing $3 for 250)
http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/omjv3B1Ayq1Ad4HQy40Qs6v-Af2Nad2uyxK6pSe2EmyZfMJ6pptFTs3fuxJvVgdWr1EjBFRfdPu7QTeB-Oup2M6YhchGis9U2OKVa0r9wJgyGDOmtibndLysJ-DwCJaOBSNFkbbEIQ_13oesYa1O01oBnEYz1pHQ2XRLOece46fxDqOUpTVTJRcSHXBaSlEMW_gjltRqXCU

ours came in a baggie, like drugs. haha.

  • $0.25: light bulbs (4), tiny, specialty nightlight (91854) (we actually use these, and keep finding them cheap at yard sales!) (EV:$3)
https://i2.wp.com/www.hardwarestore.com/media/product/102009_front200.jpg

these expensive lights are why we eventually stopped buying lights for our over-the-stove microwave, and simply got a clip-light and used normal light bulbs (7X cheaper). But hey, yard sale price is even cheaper than that!

  • $0.25: t-shirt, Simpsons (but they are all colored *BLUE*), shadow of back of Bart‘s head, “I see dumb people” (the dumb/blue people are Homer, Otto, Moe, Lenny & Carl, Barney) (no tag for size–is this a bootleg?!) (obviously not in new condition, but in better condition than a lot of the shirts I still wear!) (EV:$5, docked from $12 due to wear and tear)
https://i2.wp.com/www.jimis-cyberstore.com/store/media/simpsons_dumb_people_t_8.jpg

"They're everywhere! They don't know that they're dumb!"

  • $FREE: tub, plastic, 22.75″x15.75″x6.5″ (garbage left on curb, almost took a paint bucket but declined when I realized the paint was still wet and got it all over my hand) (EV:$5)
https://i0.wp.com/myrcmt.com/review/rc4wd/axletube/100_76042.jpg

kinda like this.

  • $FREE: paint buckets – 2 @ 13″x11.75″ – now our gardening tools in our shed can finally shack up together (EV:$3)
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the great thing is, our smaller bucket fits in this bucket, so we have double bucketry without losing any floorspace

  • $FREE: couch cushion from couch people put on curb: 1 @ 34″x28″x7.5 – will put in attic for attic comfort (EV:$1)
  • $FREE: 2 large pillow cushions from same couch people put on curb: 2 @ 25″x18″x9″ – will put in attic for attic comfort (EV:$1)
  • $FREE: LARGE pillow from same couch people put on curb: 1 @ 37″x20″x8″ – got it for the attic but actually, Oranjello really loves it. (EV:$$1)
https://i1.wp.com/www.foamforyou.com/SofaBackCushion.jpg

roughly as humongous as these -- up in our attic for comfort when hangin' out in the attic. Except one we kept downstairs because Oranjello LOVES it, it's like his own bed.

  • $FREE: comforter bag (they threw it in with the $5 VCR) – best cable/etc organizers ever. They take up no more space than the contents, you can see everything inside of them, and they’re water/weather resistant to boot. Can never get enough of thse. (EV:$1)
20090320 - cats in the comforter bag with bubble wrap - 177-7764 - Lemonjello looking at Oranjello inside - I can haz my dignetty?

"I can haz cumfart?"

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* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person). (more…)

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