Friday, May 31, 2013

Marvel's "The Thing" 3 inch die cast figure by Hasbro.
I don't know why I have this.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

If you were a caveman from 1960 to 1966
this would resemble your pet "dog".

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I made myself some nachos. They consist of homemade taco chips
and hot sauce. It's NOT salsa and it's not made for the masses so it really is
hot. Both are from a little Mexican store around these parts. The cheese
however is a Kraft brand mix of shredded cheeses. These nachos are
better than they look.
Anyway...  I have my nachos and I am ready to watch this movie that I
just bought, "Dark Skies". I've heard mixed. But these folks made
"Paranormal Activity" which I thought was fun, and "Insidious" which
was fun too and kind of scary, so we will see. I've been looking forward
to seeing "Dark Skies". It was too expensive for a "blind buy" though.
Again, I really appreciate that at this point in my life I am able to spend a
little more than I normally would for a movie I haven't yet seen. I feel
pretty darn lucky. I know what it is like to have zero dinero for long
periods of time, and to be out of work.


...later that night.
"Dark Skies" was okay. Not great, but kind of fun. It had it's
moments and I would give it a 5.5 out of 10. Don't pay more
than $7.50 for the DVD or Blu-ray.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Yep, I went to the movies today. But this movie was not a
"Lizzy's Choice". This movie was a Mother's Day gift. My
mom wanted to see The Great Gatsby. Not really my type
of movie.
The movie was okay, but to tell you the truth, I can't tell you
a lot about it as I slept through about the middle to last third
of it (unbeknownst to my mom). Now, Leonardo DiCaprio is really
handsome and he never fails to entertain (in my humble opinion)
but Tobey Maguire is a different story. He does nothing for me.
As a matter of fact, I won't see anything with him in it.
But twas my mom's choice today and she liked it.
Oh, and to the six young people who sat in the row in front of us,
three just to the left and three just to the right, the six young folks
who phone texted for the entire two hours and twenty-two minutes
of the movie with phone lights glaring in our faces? I hope that one
day you grow up and realize there are other people in the world. One
would think that the five freakin minute long "Please no texting during
the movie and silence your cell phones now" thing they play right before
the movie might have been a dead giveaway that indeed, you are not
alone in the world.
This was the best part of the day for me. On the table on the way out
they had this cool Marvel/Regal Cinemas Custom Edition Iron Man 3
comic book/movie "tie-in" free for the taking. A cool little collectible.
They didn't have them when I went to see Iron Man 3. The story inside
indicates that there will be another one of these, but who knows if that
one will ever cross my path. One could drive themselves crazy trying
to collect all this stuff. I don't.
After the story they have several pages of movie posters featuring
different characters from Iron Man 3. This one shows Tony Iron Man Stark
and Pepper (who is standing in my spot) Potts looking good. This comic
book will go right into the file cabinet for my son to find someday in the
future when I am gone.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

It's Luke Skywalker in his snowspeeder battling Imperial AT-AT walkers
during the battle of Hoth. Not really. It's a toy, and a bit of
a white elephant. Next.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

About a year ago I posted a picture of this "World's Best
Pizza" restaurant. It's not there anymore so I guess it wasn't.
Either that or the public wouldn't know the best pizza in the
world even even a huge red lettered sign saying so slapped
them in the face. But I still think that if you call yourself
the world's best anything, you are just asking for trouble.
I've done it twice and it never turned out purdy.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Here is another knife that I bought long ago. It's a "just for
fun" knife. It's the R.W. Loveless Guardian made by Gerber
Knives. It is 7" overall and the blade is 3-1/4". It comes with
a boot/belt clip sheath. I bought this at a Hoffritz knife store
and that is marked on the blade. I bought this knife in the
early 1980's and this version of the Guardian is long since
out of production. I never carried it.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Way to go on the "setting the example for your kids" front,
parents. I'm not even addressing the litter aspect here. I'm
referring to the "respect" issue. A little respect for the property
owners. A little respect for other people in the world. And for
criminy sake, a little respect for yourselves. Your kids
will be future problems. OUR problems.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ever seen a handcuff key? Well, I 'spect that the
the answer would now be... yep.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

From one of my visits to the Gene Autry Museum of Western
Heritage in Griffith Park, California. This is a painting done in
1968 by Frank McCarthy. These are the characters from the Sergio
Leone movie entitled "Once Upon a Time in the West".
The painting is beautiful and features from left to right:
Henry Fonda as "Frank",
Claudia Cardinale as "Jill McBain",
Jason Robards as "Cheyenne" and
Charles Bronson as "Harmonica".

Monday, May 20, 2013

~ Ray Manzarek, 1939 - 2013 ~
Ray Manzarek played keyboards, wrote for and was
co-founder of the band "The Doors". The freaking DOORS, man.
There will never be another Doors and there will never be another
Ray Manzarek.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This here is a horseshoe puzzle I bought at the Gene Autry Museum
of Western Heritage. I must have gotten this thing about 20 years ago.
The object is to get the silver ring off of the darn thing.
Ta-daaaaaaaaaaa! I am terrible at these things, I had somebody show
me how to do it a long time ago. It's really easy if you know how.
But I guess that and a quarter won't get you a cup of coffee these days.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

This is the last bit of sunlight a piece of Original Recipe
fried chicken sees, ever.

Friday, May 17, 2013

I know this is not very exciting, but about 7 years ago
I started my own toolbox. I got tired of having to search
for the right tool for the job every time I had a little project
to do. I started out by buying the toolbox pictured above.
Then I bought one tool every week or so. Pretty soon my
toolbox was filled to the brim. It's kind of difficult for me
to even lift now, but I can do it.
I have tools by Stanley, Vise-Grip, Craftsman, Kobalt, Black
and Decker... I have some knockoffs, but I know which
ones they are and I know their limitations (can you say Harbor
Freight?). Anyway, from Super Glue to clamps to drill bits I
got myself covered. I love my toolbox.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Have you seen these? Do you like them? I don't. They
are too loud. And they are usually too low for me. I'm
all like hunched down trying to get my hands to dry in
them. Just in case you haven't seen them before, they are
restroom hand dryers. You put your hands down there where
the yellow part is, the "cyclone like" air machine comes on
automatically and they blow all the water off of your digits.
If there were paper towels available I would bypass these
things and I bet many others would too. I mean, nobody used
those old fashioned ones, the ones where you push that
big 'ol button and air comes blowing out. Those aren't much
different from these if ya ask me.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Guess where I went yesterday.
That's right. I went to see Iron Man 3 in 3D.
It was really great. I love Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark. Well,
I'm lovin' some Robert Downey Jr. period. His relationship with Pepper
Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow never fails to get my romance
blood flowing. I won't say anything else about this movie for those
of you who have not seen it. But I will say this: Stay until after the
credits. As usual I was the only person in the theater to do so.
I don't get it. Maybe nobody really enjoys those little "Easter Eggs".
And today was the Blu-ray release day for Texas Chainsaw 3D. So after
seeing Iron Man 3 I headed over to Best Buy to pick it up.
And I did. This is the first movie that I have purchased that
is in both Blu-ray and Blu-ray for 3D television. This is the
only way it was offered. I will most likely never have a 3D
TV because a.) I think it is going to be old technology real fast and
b.} DAMN that sh!t is expensive.
I arrived back home at Casa De La Tex just in time to catch the sunset. Today
went rather well. This is one of those days that I feel quite lucky to be
able to do some of the activities that I really enjoy. Fortunate I am, by crackee.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I found this little sculpture at a Michaels craft store
during Halloween about 4 years ago. It's been over
the door to my bedroom ever since.

Monday, May 13, 2013

- Main Street U.S.A. circa 2003 -

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I've been wanting these 3 movies for a long time but there is no
way I can pay $29.99 (or just slightly less) for each of them. They
don't seem to be coming down in price so I broke down and bought
them used at Blockbuster Video. I got all 3 for $28. They don't have
all the bells and whistles, but that's okay. I can't wait to watch these.
Dick's again. Just because I can.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's been a while since any of these guys have sunned themselves
here. I see this out my bathroom window on the second floor. They
like to lay here and look around. And yes, he is turned around to
look at me. I don't know how they hear me from inside, but they do.
For the most part they are friendly. I have had them walk right
through my legs when I am sitting on the patio. This guy is
I think about 8 or 9 inches long.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Jim Morrison at the Target store.
I ended up taking him home.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

For the last couple of weeks I've noticed that some of this
traffic light is burned out to form what looks like an
"emoticon" of sorts. At least that's what it looks like to
me. Maybe somebody has done this on purpose.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I took these pictures tonight. This is the entrance to the mall.
The photo below shows what is just to the right of the
Coldwater Creek window.
That reminds me, I need to go shower.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Just a couple of Wall-E figures on my wall. You don't hear
much about Wall-E, but it's a really fun movie.

Monday, May 6, 2013

I'm off work today and I'm feeling a little too lazy to do any of
my normal housework. So instead I just mosey'd around
El Rancho De La Tex and took a few rainy day pictures.
I think this picture of my sheep chimes illustrates the
weather outside today. A little cool and refreshing.
And then passing by this old stairway (that I love)
out back...

...I came upon a purple bush and tried to get a photo
of a bee having his way with it.
I've been stung by bees in the last few years in-between
my toes, on my neck, on the back of my leg and on my arm
and I am in no hurry to be stung again. Suddenly I felt a
presence behind me.

 I turned around to see this coyote bait, er, I mean a dog
from down the hill that came a' callin. On yer way
boy, on yer way. Yip!
And my last picture of the walk is of another of my mom's roses.
In my own humble opinion, some things are set up in such
a way that not even somebody like myself can take a bad
picture of them. This is one of them thar things.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A nice bit of rain today. Unexpected (by me) and it will
hopefully take the edge off some of our "red flag" weather
for a few days. Brush fire season always gives me the willies.

Friday, May 3, 2013

I had some of this Fritos brand bean dip tonight while I was
watching my new American Psycho movie on Blu-ray. Have
you ever had this dip? I've had it before and I can't quite figure
out if it's really really good or really really disgusting.
do like the "All Natural" part. That means
it won't kill me. Am I right?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

At first I thought there might be a crazy mad SEARS tagger who was
dissing this Rite Aid drug store. But upon closer inspection I realize
that this graffiti actually reads sca.. I mean, seab... I mean, well, I
don't know what it says, but I guess it doesn't really say SEARS.

Hey, that might have even been created while I was sitting
here waiting for my prescription to be filled. We live
in exciting times.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Back in 2009 I had seen these Coraline figures at an FYE store
and thought they were totally cool. I bought them before seeing
the movie. When I did get a chance to see the movie, I was hoping
that I would love Coraline so that I would appreciate the figures
even more. I did. Coraline is really cool. Cute and cool.