Wednesday, June 21, 2017

About two years ago I had posted a photo of some NASA Space
Mission patches that had come my way one way or another. This
Space Shuttle patch was my favorite as I loved the shuttle.

Around the same time I received the patches a family member gave
this ERTL brand die-cast shuttle to me. This is the Colombia. It launched
for the first time on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981. Unfortunately, on
February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over
Tyler Texas during reentry, killing all seven crew members:

~ Rest In Peace ~

 Rick D. Husband
William C. McCool
Michael P. Anderson
Kalpana Chawla
David M. Brown
Laurel Clark
Ilan Ramon

Here is ERTL's Colombia with it's payload bay doors open.

 This die-cast vehicle is pretty heavy. It also
has retractable landing gear.

 The main engines on the shuttles are huge
and incredible. Here they are on the ERTL.
This is a great toy or model or whatever it is.

The ERTL Co.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another "Late Night" Del Taco coupon. I just love late night
stuff. Something happened to me before I was born or when
I was very little to make me happier at night. That is what I think.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Walmart is gearing up (or HAS geared up) for America's
Birthday. Some slightly garish stuff in there, but c'mon,
it is our birthday.

It is almost time to fly our flags (if we don't fly them all year
round already), break out the cold chicken and hot dogs, put
our hands over our hearts and give thanks that we live in
the greatest country in the world.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My mom brought home this bag of beans. Some guy who grows
them gave it to her. He says, "Just don't plant the broken ones.
They're no good." Pretty colorful. Anyway, busy morning.
One of our cows is missing and I have go to find her.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

 I bought this incense burner at Spencer's Gifts when I
went to the mall. I've been using it about two months and
so far it works fantastic. I burn at least one cone a day.

I love my brass incense burner. I've posted pictures of that
before, but it is fun to change things up every once in a
while. Finding an incense burner that works well has not
been that easy. I bought two little brass dome burners
(two different sizes) that are found just about everywhere
and the incense goes out almost as soon as you put the
dome on top.

Anyway, this burner was $10 and I think it is a great deal.
It seems to just get better the more you use it.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Show me again, Grandfather, And
I will finish what you started."

"We'll see each other again. I believe that.
Thank you, my friend."

On top is my Disney Store Elite Series Die-Cast 6 inch
"The Force Awakens" figure of Kylo Ren. Below is
Ren and BB-8. I picked these figures up about a month
ago for $9.99 each. I had taken pictures of them at that
time, but I just can't seem to get very good ones.

Kylo Ren and his temper are just so fun to watch.

Rey's face is not all that, but still a good figure I think.
For the price, I think they both are great to have.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Here is a hat that a family friend gave to my son
when he was born. I have pictures of him in this
hat when he was very little. He would have to
be little of course because this is a kid sized hat.

It is still in pretty good shape for being as old as
it is. Yes, it is semi-old.

Made by Eddy Bros, I'm pretty sure it is 100% Wool
Felt. These days Eddy Bros makes a hat very similar
to this one called "Woody" styled after Woody's hat
from the movie "Toy Story". The hatband is different.
My son's hat does not seem to be offered these days.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Never, EVER watch this movie. No matter what anybody
tells you. Do NOT EVER watch Automaton Transfusion.

Everything on that cover is a lie. The whole MOVIE
is a lie. The only thing that this movie is deserving of
is this advice: Do not EVER watch this movie.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Always a good sign.

Friday, June 2, 2017

I see this all the time and I still cannot figure
out if that is a chicken on there.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

 Okay, sorry you guys, but I have another movie. This movie has
got to become a Disney Classic. Disney's live-action "Beauty and
the Beast". I had every intention of seeing this in the theater but
was unable to. I bought the Blu-ray and was finally able to see it and...
SO good. Beautiful. The ballroom scene, Belle's golden dress.
Gaston (you DOG!).

Belle has always been my favorite Disney Princess. I think Emma
Watson did a great job. The Beast was wonderful as well. I am going
to rate this movie 10 out of 10 Odd Girls. Maybe that is a little high, but
I'm going with it.

The animated Beauty and the Beast was the second movie we ever took
my son to see when he was little, so there is a little nostalgia in
there for me as well.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

 "Guillotine? Sounds French. I love the French!"
(My NECA 18" Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
talking Capt. Jack Sparrow figure.)

After waiting five years I went to see "Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Mean Tell No Tales". For one reason or another I wasn't
really excited though, not even as the movie started. Personal
stuff going on I guess. But as the movie progressed things got
great. I even on more than one occasion totally laughed out loud
and even involuntarily let out a few exclamations of excitement.  

It's okay though. I had the 3D theater all to myself. I was the only one
in the whole place. That would normally be fantastic, but I want the
POTC movies to be shown a little support. These movies are
wonderful but if nobody goes to see them, that's it.
No more. Anyway...


Aye, here be a bit of a spoiler. There was a part in this movie that took us
back to Capt. Jack's origins. And it was.... it was... I'm going to say it. I'm
gonna use the word. It was lovely. They CGI'd or whatever it was Johnny
Depp to be a young Jack Sparrow and it was lovely. They showed a bit of how
witty Jack acquired some of his clothing and trinkets and how he became Captain
of The Black Pearl. It was awesome... and to me, lovely. What can I say.

In another part of the movie, Capt. Jack's crew uses a team of horses to
pull a huge safe out of a bank. Unfortunately the safe is stuck in the bank
and the entire bank building ends up being pulled through the town by the
team of horses. The crew makes a successful escape, bank building and all.
 It made me laugh when I read on the IMDB website under "Goofs" that
it would be impossible for a team of horses to pull that building.
C'mon you guys. You are talking about Capt. Jack.

I'm going to rate "Dead Men Tell No Tales" 7.5 out of 10 Pirate Lives. In my
mind it is a 10 out of 10, but I will be a hair realistic.

Hopefully this movie will be out on Blu-ray soon.
I missed Capt. Jack.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Star of India is home-ported at the
San Diego Maritime Museum.

I left this photo pretty darn big so if
you open it in a new window...

Monday, May 22, 2017

I am a Temecula farmer and I grow vegetables.... honest.
Just vegetables. Honest.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

There was a lot of anticipation for this movie. The sequels
for "The Blair Witch Project" so far had not been very good.
But here was another chance at BW glory.

Then it hit theaters and folks were not impressed. I remember
going to see a different movie and seeing a trailer for a movie
called "The Woods". As it turns out, "The Woods" was actually a
preview of "Blair Witch". The movie folks were trying to keep
the fact that it was a BWP sequel from us and having a little
fun to boot, if I remember right.

And here is the anticlimactic ending to today's post. I had
seen this movie around when it came out on DVD but after
what I had heard about it, I was not going to put out a lot
of money for it. And now here we are. Price came down.
And I will see for myself how it is.

I wrote "it" a lot. Sorry.


...later that night.

I watched Blair Witch, Well.... It did give me the creeps, and it
did keep me interested, and it was fun seeing some of the tie-ins
from the Blair Witch Project, but I cannot believe how they used
jump scares. Cheesy, stupid jump scares. "Throwing a cat on set"
jump scares. They did not need to do that. Am I glad I saw
it? Yes, I kind of liked it. I will rate it 5.5 out of 10
Makeshift Racks.

Oh yeah. Folks with claustrophobia will LOVE one the scenes.
Oh and Lisa carried what looked to be a Spyderco knife.
That was a plus.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Wienerschnitzel. Diamond Bar. California.
My son took this picture.

Friday, May 19, 2017

I went to see "Alien Covenant".

Color ME disappointed. I really wish that I could write a bit more about
this movie, but I don't want to spoil anything for anybody. But I WILL
say this... Elizabeth Shaw. That's IT? #Really? The last movie, "Prometheus"
that most people did not care for, I liked. It totally left me wanting more.

Five years we waited. "Covenant" did NOT leave me wanting more. I will
still go to see the next one, but I pretty much already know what is going to
happen. I will buy "Covenant" when it comes out on Blu-ray to complete my
"Alien" collection. Maybe I will like it (better?) the second time around.

I'm going to be a softy and say that yes, this movie is worth seeing in the
theater, but at your own risk. At this point I am rating "Alien Covenant"
Six out of Ten Dorsal Tubes.

I stopped at Target on the way back to El Rancho and bought
"The Neon Demon" in an effort to take some leftover sour
taste out of my "Covenant" rattled brain.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A snake in the driveway as I came home tonight. Looks like
a harmless snake to me. But I aint'a pettin' to find out. I took
this picture from my car window as I was pulling in. I used
my flash in complete darkness. The guy was pretty still.
Not sure if he was feeling under the weather.

He is about four feet long and not as
pretty as a rattlesnake if'n ya ask me.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

John Lennon made it to my shelf. This is NECA's 18 inch talking
John figure. I inherited him from a family member and he means
a lot to me. He is missing his sunglasses and packaging and he is
a little worse for wear, but that does not matter for this guy.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I could not help myself. I bought a new knife today. This is a Buck
Stockman 371. This is a larger version of the knife I have been carrying
since November of last year, the Buck Trio. I was planning on carrying the
Trio for a long... LONG time. But for those of us who love knives, seven
months is a pretty long time to carry a knife and the bug to play with
something new just catches up with us...

This Stockman knife has three blades: Sheepsfoot, spey and clip. The knife
has 420J2 steel which I like. It holds an edge pretty well and I find it easy
to sharpen. As a matter of fact, I usually just run my Trio over my strop
once a week or so and it is good to go. The handles are Brown Jigged
Bone. I don't know if they are real bone or some sort of plastic.
Probably not real bone. That's fine.

I still cringe at the China thing.
But it seems to be well made. Pretty good match up.
No play in the blades. If there were play in the blades,
it would go right back to the store. No room for that.
Crisp action too.

It's a Buck and if it is taken care of, this is a knife that can be
handed down to your kids and most likely their kids. And
what else that you pay $19.92 can you say that about?

This knife is too old school for a lot of folks these days.
These slip joint knives seem to be a novelty to them.
Their loss.

Oh, I bought this knife at Walmart, of course.

P.S. One more thing. This knife weighs in at 3.1 ounces.
For a knife this size, 3 7/8 inches closed, that is going to
be too heavy for some folks, so....

Monday, May 15, 2017

I do sometimes enjoy Midnight Snacks and this is one.
Great Value brand French Toast Sticks. Yeah. If you picked
one of these things up it would hang like a wet noodle
in your fingers. I rate these French toast sticks two
"These are GOOD!!" out of ten. Use tons of syrup.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I looked out the window of El Rancho Del La Tex at
about 5:30 or 6:00 AM and this is what I saw.

Oops, gotta turn the flash off.

THIS is what I saw.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Just some cactus laying around.

Friday, May 12, 2017

I got this pin for the new "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men
Tell No Tales" movie with my Disney Reward points. Including
shipping and handling it was........ freeeeeeee! I didn't really mean
to order it. I was just experimenting, going through the ordering
process just to see how much it would be, out of curiosity, when
all of a sudden, it was ordered.

I like the pin okay, but I have been saving my points for years for
something slightly more... epic. It's alright, I have a lot more points
left. At any rate, I cannot wait to see the new movie.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives.
His "Way Out West" CD. I watch Marty Stuart on RFDTV.
He has a great show. Lot's of great country. Marty was
playing with Lester Flat when he was 14 years old. 14.

My favorite Superlative is Kenny Vaughan. Kenny plays
lead and acoustic guitar. Here is a guy with major history
too. He has been playing with Marty Stuart since 2001. He
has played with everybody from Alan Jackson to Porter
Wagoner to The Pretenders.

I have to listen to this CD a few more times, but so far
I am pretty much liking it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I picked up a few things.
I love the colors.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

So I am walking around down in town and all of
a sudden I look up and see these trees just rustling
a bit with the cool breeze. It dawns on me what
a beautiful day it is. I love these moments.

Monday, May 8, 2017

 I had seen "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" in the theater and couldn't
wait for it to come out so I could add it to my collection and watch it again.
I got it, I watched it, and I enjoyed it more the second time. It is still not
a classic, but if you are a fan, it is a lot of fun. If you are not a fan, I would
skip it. You will not like it. But hey, like a said before, Milla and weapons
is a win.

 I mean, she can throw a full magazine in the air, break a guys arm, eject her
empty magazine and kick it into another guy's face, kick a third guys butt,
catch the full mag that she threw in the air, throw it into her pistol and start
shooting again. THAT my friends, is t-a-l-e-n-t.

I really hope that "The Final Chapter" will go the way of
"Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" and indeed not
be, the final chapter.

And I was looking in the pile that Target likes to call a "Clearance Area"
and found a great deal. This Victorinox Camper knife for $11.98. That is
at least half off of most retail prices. In some cases it is MORE than half off.
This is a good deal. The saw on this knife is spectacular. I usually pass
on any SAK with a corkscrew as corkscrews are worthless to me, but $11.98?
I will put it in my knife box unopened for the day it might be needed.