July 2012

/yard sale sign/


We had 7AM yardsales promising FRICKINLASERS, so we got up early, around 6:25AM, and made it out driving by 7:05AM, yardsaleing until 11:45AM. But then I had to go back out for 30 minutes (and 6.8 more miles) to fix a purchase I’d been screwed on. The lasers-dude gave me the wrong power cord! When I came back, they were discussing the movie Evil Bong. They liked it.

So the total time yardsaleing was 5 hours, 10 minutes. (2hr51min [55%] driving, 2hr19min [45%] yardsaleing.)

Spent $30.75 plus ~$15.09 gas for 61.5 miles of driving (14.1 mpg @ $3.46/G), for a total cost of $45.84.

We purchased 24 items for a total estimated value of $257.56 229.06, leading to a profit/savings of $211.72 183.22.

So in essence, we multiplied our $45.84 investment by 5.6 5.0X.
(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $232 on the job to earn the $211.72 in cash that we saved. How long does $211.72 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 5 hrs we spent here?)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $40.98/hr $35.46/hr as a couple or $20.49/hr $17.73/hr per person. We’ve definitely done better in the past.


Yardsale regret: Tiny $3 dvd/mp3 player. We walked away, and then Carolyn said it could be used on vacations, so Clint went back to get it and it was already in the hands of these other guys. Must remember that next time!

That fucking fan again!!! This is like the 3rd week in a row. Clint suggested offering half-price and Carolyn said at this point she should go and tell them to give her the fan for free.

Bitch who screwed us on the electronic dartboard! See comments below.

Susan & Angel’s yardsale. I forgot to mention that we went to a yard sale some friends were throwing. It was quite out of the way from our normal circuit, but it let us see some parts of town we’d never quite seen, and let us get into some interesting bonus sales (including one of our pimp ice buckets).  Angel was only bringing her stuff out by the time we were leaving, and a smashing time was had by all.


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  • $10.00: Laser FX, music-visualizer, With Design In Mind (EV:$150! Whoa, really?! Well, Spencer Gifts sells some completely different items that do about the same thing, with comparable ones being as low as $50, so we’ll go with $50.) – Will st this up downstairs for extra party ambiance!
  • $4.00: dart board, electronic, 25 games with 75 level varience, Halex, Game Winner Pro sku 17352712, barcode 0029087644101 (EV:$29.99 price tag but only $0.50 since the bitch lied) (some rules) – More games for the house! Maybe I’ll set this up in the upstairs hallway? I never have a reason to hang out in the hallway! NO!! BUT WAIT!! THE STUPID BITCH PUT A NON-ELECTRONIC DARTBOARD IN THE BOX, AND EVEN COVERED IT WITH BUBBLEWRAP TO SCREW US! WHAT THE FUCK! How dishonest! Buyer beware!

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  • $3.00: game, science kit, The Young Scientists Club, Set 5 (Kit 13 – Water, Kit 14 – Capillary action, Kit 15 – air) (EV:$19.09) – for future-Sagan?
  • $3.00: light, spinning, Radioshack, Rotating Ball of Light, 10″ high, ball 7″, missing one light cover, plug was spliced together, motor is broken, goddamnit (EV:$5.87, but motor is broken, so we’ll say $2–a loss) – Gave this to the kind folks at Happy House, because I am ultra-snobby about the motor not spinning.
  • $3.00: ice bucket, insulated, faux wood grain panel, metal handle, 9.625×8.25″, Vintage 1960s Kromex (EV:$34.99) ($17.99 for smaller one) – to replace the 2 insulated ice buckets we ruined by running through the dishwasher (we still use them as caddies, though)

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  • $2.00: ice bucket, insulated vertical gold reflective strips, pimp, plastic handle, 11×8″, Georges Briard (EV:$11.99 for smaller one, and large ones seem to go for double the price, so we’ll say $20) – both ice buckets we ruined are now replaced.  This is the pimpest ice bucket I’ve ever seen in my life.
  • $0.50: plate, McDonalds, plastic, Ronald McDonald and Grimace, 10″, Lexmorton (EV:$8.00, but ours is in bad condition and scratched up and chipped, so we’ll say $2. The value is mostly sentimental.) – Me & Carolyn both had this plate growing up!!

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  • $0.50: cat scratcher, hanging, rough rope, blue stripes, 18.625×4.875″ [from Susan] (EV:$8.99) – more entertainment for the cats… Before we hung this on the doorknob, Oranjello would just hang out and sit and lay on it, for days.
  • $0.50: paper towel holder, wood, verticle standing [from Angel] (EV:$7.00) – we normally use old cd/dvd spindle bottoms for this, but now we have a nice one that doesn’t tip as easily! Thanks Angel!
  • $0.50: toy, Hulk Hands, The Hulk Movie 2003, left hand only, battery compartment, makes sound effects, 11″x7.5″ (EV:$44.99 for both hands, but out of stock, and this is only one hand, so we’ll say $22.50) (commercial for The Thing feet and Hulk hands) – Instant hit at Happy House… You can play it like bongos, it’s fun to drop and watch bounce around, it’s addictive, and it’s list price is $250?!?!?! WTF.


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  • $0.33: action figure, Puss In Boots, Shrek, 4.125″, has a switch, McDonalds 2007 (EV:$0.99) (Youtube video)
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  • $0.33: action figure, Tigress, Kung Fu Panda, 3.75″, 4 moveable joints, flips, McDonalds 2008 (EV:$4.75)

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  • $0.33: action figure, Venom, Spiderman, 3.375″, 4 moveable joints (EV:couldn’t find this online, but it’s a low- to mid-end action figure, so we’ll say $2)

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  • $0.33: plushie, Stewie, Family Guy, 7.375″, 6″ wide head (EV:$3.28)
  • $0.33: plushie, Kenny, South Park, 7.375″, 4.25″ wide head (EV:$6.43)
  • $0.33: plushie, Kyle, South Park, 7″, ear-muff width 4.5″ (EV:$10.99)
  • $0.25: action figure, Darkseid (Superman villain),  4.125″, with stand, arms adjust, but they are both the same, DC Universe: Fighting Figures (Wave 1) line (EV:$29.99 if new in box and with Superman, but ours is just Darkseid, and weapon is missing, so $5)
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  • $0.25: action figure, Robin, 6″, DC Super Heroes edition – Nightwing Blue variant from Toys R Us (but it’s still Robin, just with black/grey uniform instead of red/green), 11 moveable joints, J2014 (EV:I thought it was $58.90 after converting pounds to dollar, but that one has Robin colors and isn’t the Nigtwing Blue Varaint, which someone is selling for $69.99 on Ebay, except that one comes with Batman, is new in the box, and has 0 offers at that price. Hmmm. Turns out Amazon has this for $43.95, but only 1 left in stock, so it’s about to be worth more! In the end, I will guess a $10 value for this, since it’s out of the box) – One of the most poseable action figures I’ve ever seen. Not a huge Robin/Nightwing fan, but still. You can make him outstretch his arms and turn his wrists upward at the sky, like “COME AT ME GOD”, all while arching his back and thrusting his pelvis out. It’s ridiculously poseable, and can even stand up like that.
  • $0.25: action figure, Storm Trooper, Star Wars, 3.8″, 18 moveable joints (EV:$1.75)
  • $0.25: tambourine, 8″, 6 tines, Microsoft Regional Director Program, TheRegion.Com, cracked but works fine (EV:$3.83)

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  • $0.25: roach tablets, Harris, 6oz, 40% boric acid, killtheroach.com, product code hrt6 [from Susan] (EV:$4.99) – Our 7 month war against the roaches seems to be coming to a close, with all-time low sightings of 1 (always young or baby) every 4 days or so, so it’s nice to be able to step up the fight with some of these under our stove, dishwasher, and in our sink (last place we’ve seen babies, they come for the water), and only spend a quarter doing so. I doubt they will all die, but if they naturally select (by us killing them) into ones that stick behind the walls and stay the fuck outta our sight, I’m fine with that. Diatomaceous earth + Home Depot bait traps seemed to do the trick – we’ve gottem them to change rooms they inhabit twice by driving them out. The original nest was within the walls of our dishwasher, which was NOT cool. 
  • $0.25: cutting board, plastic, red, Ikea, PE-LLD 13.75×9.5″ [from Susan] (EV:$1.99) – after Thu Tran autographed our last one, we didn’t have one. Then we bought a wooden one at a yardsale, but we stopped using it when the roaches came and it turned into a lampstand. This one hangs up on the wall, tho it’s warped.

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  • $FREE: graphic novel, Superman/Batman Public Enemies, beat-up condition (EV:$12.99 price tag, but docked to $2 because of the condition) – The movie was pretty damn good (click the title review), so yea I’ll take the graphic novel for free! Of course! Inside the cover it specifies that this is Superman/Batman #1-#6 + Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003. I’m betting the Secret Files contains stuff that was not in the movie.

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(Note: these stats do not reflect the subtracting of $28.50 from the total estimated value, due to being screwed on the dartboard.) 

* 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).


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HOME OWNERS: Top Home Warranty Companies In Virginia

I think I’m looking for someone better than AHSWarranty, who is increasing their prices this year.

LINK URL: http://www.homewarrantyreviews.com/Virginia-home-warranty-companies

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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: Hulk lands on another planet and is forced to become a gladiator.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Other planets are full of savages that need to be smashed.

PEOPLE: Tons of voice actors, including Kevin Michael Richardson, Lisa Ann Beley (Teela from the 2000s He-Man cartoon) as Caiera, but really nobody too well known. Directed by Sam Liu (Superman/Batman:Public Enemies, Hulk Vs., The Batman Vs. Dracula)

QUIRKS: Sci-fi meets fantasy, as a spaceship exiles Hulk from earth, depositing him into a society that may as well be from a fantasy movie.

VISUALS: Good animated action! HULK SMASH!!! However, the animation COULD have been better. Still good, but not great.

POLITICS: Intellectual property laws originally created to help the artists instead kept us from seeing Hulk fight Silver Surfer in round 3. Nevermind that the creator of the Silver Surfer, Jack Kirby, died 15 yrs ago. We better “protect” him by not letting his creation be used. Wow. We’ve come so far. [/sarcasm] And yes, I know the rationalizations that would be used in response to this. He worked for a company, they owned works created while he was employed for them, yada yada. This is simply because they had the printing presses, and they made the rules. Being legal doesn’t make it right. I’m very bugged any time ANY law affects ANY piece of art in a way that is counter to the creative process.


BAD STUFF: The Hulk that never turns into Bruce Banner, even when he’s calm. Carolyn didn’t know that the Hulk character has had so many different statuses (grey, green, smart, dumb, able to turn back, not, etc) over his various incarnations, and was confused about this, as they seemed to be breaking the rules. But like vampire interpretations, Hulk has many interpretations. I thought at some point in the comic canon, Hulk couldn’t turn back, period, and was stuck that way. But apparently, there isn’t really an official explanation. The writer offered an explanation that the atmosphere on this other planet was toxic, so if he turned back, he would die. But the director offers a completely different explanation, that the cosmic rays that flooded his spaceship somehow changed him. Both of them are kind of grasping at straws. If there was a real answer, it would be planned, and they both would know it. So this does indeed seem to be poorly thought out and/or executed.

However, I don’t think it really made the movie worse. It just causes you to have that lingering thought in the back of your head: “Why no Bruce Banner?”

CONCLUSION: Another good animated superhero movie… The rate of these coming out seems to have greatly increased lately.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.8/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.2/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Hulk lovers should see this!

SIMILAR MOVIES: Marvel and DC have been releasing a lot of animated movies based on their heroes lately… And they’ve all been pretty damn good.

It would be interesting — though maybe a pointless deviation from canon — to see this as an animated series, where Hulk is stuck on this other planet.

Also, make sure to check out Drunk Hulk on Twitter. It’s not really that funny compared to other joke twitter accounts, but it’s pretty topical. And the page background is hilarious.

MOVIE QUOTE: Hulk: Finally! Now I know who to smash!

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THIN BLUE LINE: The South Florida cop who won’t stay fired

Another example of how unions — generally a good thing — can be abused, just like any other power. People who can take our lives in their hands should have a zero tolerance policy with regard to breaking the law.

There should also be another law that doubles the punishment for any crime by police, but I’m sure it would be constitutionally challenged as not being equal to all people. Except it would: Anyone who becomes a cop would be equally affected by this.

This is disgusting, and not how justice is supposed to work.

Sgt. German Bosque is a waste of taxpayer money and a piece of shit pig who should be fired and jailed. Fuck you, “German”. What kind of name is that anyway?

LINK URL: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/30/v-fullstory/2876652/the-south-florida-cop-who-wont.html

RANTS: The ‘Busy’ Trap

YES! Next time someone they are “so busy”, I’m going to send them this. It’s bugged me for a long time, and this enumerates exactly why it’s so fucking annoying to hear that from people.

Everyone should read this. This isn’t at all the type of thing I usually post… that’s how much it speaks to me.

LINK URL: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/

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