Dec 27, 2000

Profile Of A Nerdy Gamer

I was fooling around with my digital camera to try to set it up as a webcam and ended up taking a picture of myself that I don't hate too much.  You can see the ridiculous wall of CDs and video games behind me.  One of these days, I'll have to scan the covers of everything and maybe try to make a digital catalog of the collection.

Dec 26, 2000

Do You Smell What The Rock Is Cookin?

My grandmother, who never misses church, bought me this Poontang Pie shirt for Christmas.  She has no idea what it means.  She told us that she asked the sales guy at the mall where the wrestling shirts were, and he recommended this one to her by saying "the kids are eating this up."

Dec 25, 2000

Merry Christmas

This is a view of my grandparent's yard through their kitchen window.

Dec 24, 2000

Our Family Christmas Photo

Merry Christmas from the Schweitzer Family.

Dec 2, 2000

The Punch Bunch

Wacky Wild Glow-In-The-Dark Stickers
Kool-Aid Kool-Pops (1988)

Dec 1, 2000

They Stick On Anything

Puffy Stickers
Pepsi (1982)

Nov 30, 2000

Who Are You?

"We are who we are, having secretly decided who we'd like to be."

- Oscar Wilde

Nov 24, 2000

After Thanksgiving Dinner

Grandma has grown a bit impatient with me and my camera.

Nov 23, 2000

Sep 24, 2000

Where's RC Christian?

RC Edge Maximum Power Cola
RC Cola (2000)
WWF Unforgiven will be broadcast tonight live on pay-per-view from Philadelphia.  The card includes a steel cage match in which tag team champions Edge and Christian will defend the belts against Matt and Jeff Hardy.

There will be a second Edge present throughout the show because the event is being sponsored by RC Edge Maximum Power Cola.  I've never drank rocket fuel, but I can only imagine that it tastes something like this.  It's not bad, but it's loaded with enough caffeine, taurine and ginseng to keep you buzzing for a while.

In addition to having cans that feature WWF wrestlers, you can mail them a few bucks with your proof of purchase to get a 6x4 foot poster of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, Edge or Chyna.

You've got to feel a little bad for Edge's tag team partner.  Not only does he not have a soda named after him, but he's not even included on Edge's poster despite the fact that the two of them are the reigning tag team champions.  If the team ever splits up, Christian should adopt a Rodney Dangerfield persona.  I tell ya, I get no respect!

Aug 13, 2000

A Super Man

Happy birthday to the one and only Alfred Hitchcock.

Aug 10, 2000

A Very Cool Lady

Two Fat Ladies
Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright
Last night, I had dinner at Dad's house.  I completely lost track of time and ended up staying until almost 11:00.  We were sitting at the kitchen table watching a special on Jennifer Paterson.  She's the one on the left in the photo above.  Before she passed away from lung cancer last year, she was the co-star on the BBC series Two Fat Ladies.  She seemed like a really awesome woman.  She loved good food, and she was expelled from Catholic school when she was 15 years old, so I can definitely relate to her.

Aug 1, 2000

Welcome To Detroit

Took a road trip to Michigan with my friend Liz and her little girl.  Her parents live in a suburb of Detroit and they aren't in the best of health, so she wanted them to be able to spend some time with their granddaughter.  Of course, I had to pull over and take a cheesy picture next to the "Welcome to Detroit" sign.  The photo didn't come out all that great, so I tried to fix it digitally as best as I could, but I think I just made it worse.

Jul 27, 2000

A Gunslinger Goes West

Curt Schilling
Philadelphia Phillies (1992 - 2000)
One of the best Phillies pitchers of my lifetime has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for first baseman Travis Lee and three pitchers: Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa and Vicente Padilla.

Curt was acquired in one of the best trades in franchise history in the spring of 1992 when we acquired him from the Houston Astros for Jason Grimsley.  Grimsley never appeared in a major league game for Houston and was out of the organization by 1993.  Meanwhile, Shilling developed into one of the most dominant starters in baseball.  He helped lead the '93 Phillies to the World Series and broke Steve Carlton's franchise record for strikeouts in a single season four years later.

He requested a trade to a contender, and I can't really say that I blame him too much.  Hopefully the package that the Phillies got in return will help to rebuild the team into contention.  Daal went 16-9 last season, Lee finished third in the NL Rookie Of The Year voting two years ago, and Padilla is only 22 years old and has potential.  I didn't want to see him go, but I suppose time will tell if this trade will be as beneficial to the Phillies as the one that brought Schilling to Philadelphia eight years ago.

Jun 15, 2000

Watch Me Pull A Rabbit Out Of My Hat

Collectors' Showcase Magazine
Volume 20 Number 3  (May/June 2000)
My favorite cartoon is getting a lot of attention these days in anticipation of the Rocky & Bullwinkle movie that's scheduled to be released before the end of the month  The cover story in the current issue of Collectors' Showcase Magazine is focused on the merchandise that has been collected by fans over the years.  Click on the caption of each image to enlarge.

Jun 2, 2000

It's Not What You Think

If you live in South Florida and you spot a hundred dollar bill on the ground, don't get too excited.  It might just be an advertisement for an air conditioner.

Mar 27, 2000

An American Classic

American Beauty cleaned up at the Academy Awards last night.  It won for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.  Also, Sam Mendes won for Best Director, and Kevin Spacey won for Best Actor.

On a side note, this screenshot answered something that I was wondering.  Thora Birch is playing the puzzle game Kirby's Star Stacker on Game Boy in this scene.

Mar 20, 2000

Mmmmm Beefy

Chef Boyardee ad (1999)
Tonight on Raw, Linda McMahon named Mick Foley as the "special ingredient" to the main event at Wrestlemania XVI.  It will now be a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match for the WWF Heavyweight Championship between Triple H, The Rock, The Big Show and Mick Foley.

This print ad was published last year at around the same time that Foley began appearing in commercials for Chef Boyardee canned ravioli.

Feb 22, 2000

Butterfly Girl

Happy 25th birthday to my crush, Drew Barrymore.
Photo by Mark Seliger - Us Magazine (March 1997)

Feb 1, 2000

Everything's More Than It Seems

Bush (1994)
The satellite comes and goes
We give each other all we know
In silence we still talk
By the light of the stereo we waltz

And will you rain down
In your cinematic love truck
I'm gonna hold you like
Nothing's gonna stop us

And she comes to take me away
She's all that I needed
I don't breathe another lover

Flicker on a tv screen
Everything's more than it seems
The mighty backward fall
We stare at the light on the wall

And I swear to this
She felt like velvet
Second blonde child
Like velvet

And she comes to take me away
She's all that I needed
I don't breathe another lover

I'm an alien
You're an alien
It's a beautiful rain
A beautiful rain

Jan 30, 2000

You Are From Hazleton If...

This list started out as a chain email that pretty much everyone I knew in my hometown had in their inbox at some point or another.  Even my grandmother, who would be the first to tell you that she doesn't even know how to turn a computer on, had a paper copy of the list that one of my grandfather's co-workers at Tunnessen's gave to him.

I have no idea who started the list, but it has grown over the years as folks added their own entries to the bottom of the list before forwarding the email on to their friends and family.  One version was published on a Tripod webpage called There's Something About Hazleton, and I can definitely relate to more than a few of the things on this list.  If you're from the Hazleton area, chances are that you will too.... henna or no?

Jan 14, 2000

Postage Due

The US Post Office have released a series of stamps called Celebrate The Century to commemorate the events of the 20th century.  The 1980's sub-series was released yesterday, which includes this one featuring two children playing Defender.  This stamp was designed by Carl Herrman, illustrated by Robert Rodriguez, and printed by Ashton-Potter.

Jan 2, 2000

My Nerdy Corner Of The World

This is my little nerdy corner of the world.  The Mac Tonight sign hanging on the wall is a translite that once hung on the menu board at a McDonald's in the 80's.  I found it on eBay, and my grandfather and I bought wood, lighting and some wiring and built a backlit box for it so that it has the same 3-D effect that it had when it was hanging in the restaurant.

Jan 1, 2000

The Dawn Of A New Century

The Great Century
René Magritte
We've all survived the dreaded Y2K bug.  Happy new millennium.