Aug 30, 2001
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Aug 28, 2001
Aug 27, 2001
Aug 16, 2001
Jul 25, 2001
Route 924 - Hazleton, PA
I work third shift at a gas station off of Interstate 81 in Hazleton. It's not easy to stare at those cupcakes all night long without eating them.
Jul 16, 2001
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
Gathering Of The Juggalos - Toledo, OH
Despite the wad of cash that is clearly visible in the former Intercontinental Champion's left hand, I didn't have to pay for this photo. He's selling t-shirts and other merch, but I've had just enough cash to cover the hotel, food and gas with about $25 to spare, so I couldn't afford anything. Despite this, Mr. Valentine was super cool and took a picture with me.
Jul 15, 2001
Jul 13, 2001
Jul 12, 2001
Jul 2, 2001
I spent some time at Mom's house over the weekend.
- Left: Pop Pop taking a break from working on the van while Mom Mom looks down and my cousin Nicholas sits on his lap.
- Center: Pop Pop and my cousin Jessica.
- Right: Mom Mom tending to my mother's plants.
Apr 9, 2001
Mac Tonight (1987)
As much as I loved Ronald and the gang when I was growing up, my favorite thing about McDonald's in the 80's was Mac Tonight. I found this translite on eBay and my grandfather and I built a backlit box to enclose it. It's now hanging on the wall next to my desk. It plugs into an electrical outlet and turns on through a toggle switch. Seeing it always cheers me up.
Apr 8, 2001
Mar 8, 2001
Lili's Noodle Shop & Grill
Battery Park - New York, NY
Until two nights ago, the only ramen I've ever had were from packets of Oodles Of Noodles from the grocery store. I had a ramen topped with roast duck at Lili's, and it was one of the most delicious meals I have ever eaten. It's a world of difference from any instant ramen I've had before, much like a McDonalds hamburger is different from a Delmonico steak.
Mar 7, 2001
Feb 17, 2001
Feb 9, 2001
This was taken with a digital camera at my girlfriend's apartment on Alter Street. The camera reminds me of what I was told about the original cameras from the beginning of the 20th century. Back then, people had to remain still for a long time when a photo was being taken or else it would come out blurry. This camera is the same way. If I take 50 pictures with it, I'm lucky if two or three of them come out clear.
Jan 28, 2001
Mrs. T's Pierogie Bowl
Schuylkill Mall - Frackville, PA
Yesterday afternoon, my grandfather won his age bracket at the 8th annual pierogie eating contest sponsored by Mrs. T's. He had a strategy going in - stuff two pierogies in your mouth in the beginning, and then just eat one pierogie for each one that his opponents were eating so that he'd stay one ahead.
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Jan 27, 2001
This was taken on 7th Avenue near Times Square. You can see the signs for Tad's Broiled Steaks and MTV Studios above it.
Jan 26, 2001
46th Street and Broadway - New York, NY
We had a late dinner at this awesome restaurant. It's a historic landmark of the city that has been in business since 1955, and a place where Gene Hackman and Lily Tomlin once worked. It's such a warm and inviting place to have a meal. It reminded me a lot of the restaurants in downtown Hazleton when I was growing up. It's much larger places like Carmen's or the Copper Kettle, of course, but it's had such a small and peaceful vibe that I forgot I was having dinner in one of the busiest cities in the world.
Jan 25, 2001
Radio City Music Hall
New York, NY
We came to the city on the 20th because my girlfriend works for Hilton Reservations and got a free night for her and a guest to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. When I saw that The Original New York Doo-Wopp Show was playing at Radio City Music Hall, my first thought as that she should have brought her dad with her on this trip instead of me. The show featured Earl Carroll & The Cadillacs, Earl Lewis & The Channels, The Edsels and other doo wop groups and singers from the 50's. We didn't go to the show. It's not my type of music, and we really couldn't have afforded it even if it was, but her pop loves this stuff.
Jan 24, 2001
This photo was taken near the intersection of 49th St and 7th Ave in New York, across from the Playwright Tavern and Pax Wholesome Foods. There was a billboard for the Dune mini-series that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel last month on the building above Hoilihan's. I wanted a picture near it like the nerd that I am.
Jan 23, 2001
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Planet Hollywood - Times Square
This is the sweater vest worn by Matthew Broderick and the license plate from Morris Frye's 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. It was his love. It was his passion. It was his fault that he didn't lock the garage.
Jan 22, 2001
Jan 21, 2001
WWF New York
Times Square - New York, NY
We had dinner at WWF New York. I picked the chicken wings instead of the cheesesteak because it comes in a collectible WWF bucket that they let you keep. They really missed a golden opportunity to call them the "Cross Face Chicken Wings".
The place is pretty cool. They're promoting the heck out of Chyna and the XFL. There were tons of copies of Chyna's Playboy for sale, as well as footballs, pennants, shirts and everything else you can think of with the XFL and team logos. I was tempted to pick up a New York Hitmen shirt, but they're pretty expensive.
Chyna was there at the time, but I didn't get to meet her. I think she was having dinner with a fan, but I can't say for sure. She was at a table and there was a camera crew filming her and her guests. As cool as it would have been to meet her, there was no way I was even going to try to barge in. I did, however, get to take a lot of dorky pictures, including one next to this giant "Stone Cold" Steve Austin collage on the wall.
Jan 2, 2001
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.