Dec 24, 2010

Guard Dog


Sammy is guarding the presents this Christmas Eve.

Dec 23, 2010

Twas The Afternoon Before Christmas Eve


Café Europa
Laurel Mall - Hazleton, PA
Grandma and I stopped for coffee while doing some last minute holiday shopping.

Dec 22, 2010

Holiday Chocolate House


2010 Holiday Chocolate House
Hershey's Chocolate World - Hershey, PA
This candy cottage is made up entirely of food, including chocolate bars making up the siding and the door, upside down Cookies n' Creme bars as the shingles, and Kit Kats and Kisses throughout, including massive Hershey Kisses on the roof.

Chocolate World at Christmas


Hershey's Chocolate World
Hershey, PA

The Cocoa Beanery


Cocoa Beanery Coffee Shop
The Hershey Lodge - Hershey, PA
A quick stop for coffee before we get started.

Dec 21, 2010

Milk and Cookies


The Hershey Lodge
Hershey, PA
Back to our room after the show for a long winter's nap.  When we got there, we found that there was milk and chocolate chip cookies waiting for us.

Christmas in Chocolate Town


Christmas in Chocolate Town
The Hershey Lodge - Hershey, PA
This was a dinner musical show held in the Great American Hall at the Hershey Lodge.  The show was a very nice mixture of Christmas music, skits and stories, and an appearance by the giant Hershey Bar in a festive Santa hat.

Dinner was served before the show and it was delicious.  As you might imagine, the dessert was especially good - a Yule Log made with rich Hershey's chocolate.


Dec 19, 2010

The Legend of Charlie


Christmas Boulevard
Berwick, PA
Charlie's Angel looks like she's going off to fight Ganon for the cure.

Chicken Of The Hawaiian Sea


Tuna Ahi
Outback Steakhouse - Wilkes-Barre, PA

Dec 18, 2010

Songs About Angels In The Home Of The Devils


Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
I swear, I will never get tired of seeing TSO during the holidays.  Unfortunately, they tend to come to my area of Northeast PA several weeks before Thanksgiving, so I'm not quite in the mood to listen to a couple hours of Christmas music.  Thankfully, it's not too far of a drive to Newark, so I got to see them at the Prudential Center where the New Jersey Devils play.

Dec 17, 2010

Santa Tux


Tux
Mohegan Sun Arena - Wilkes-Barre, PA
Every year during the last home game before Christmas, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins invite fans to participate in the Teddy Bear Toss between periods.  Fans throw new stuffed animals onto the ice and the staff gather them up for the Tobyhanna Army Depot who distribute the toys to children throughout Northeast PA.

The Penguins mascot, Tux, dressed up like Santa for the game and collected some of the teddy bears.

Dec 14, 2010

From The Forbidden City


Bok Choy Boy toys
Super King Buffet - Wilkes-Barre, PA
I wonder what the folks who work at this Chinese buffet think when they walk in and see these in the lobby vending machines.

Dec 13, 2010

Can I Cast Silencio On The Audience?


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part one
RC Theatres Movies 14 - Wilkes-Barre, PA
They made the right decision by breaking up The Deathly Hallows into two films.  There's way too much content to try to shoehorn it into one.

Dec 12, 2010

The Kube in New York


Rubix Kube
The Canal Room - New York, NY
We saw Rubix Kube for the first time in Jim Thorpe back in April, and they were so incredible that we had to check them out on their home turf.  They have a standing gig at The Canal Room for most of the year.

Dec 11, 2010

Bryant Park at Christmas


The Rink at Winter Village
Bryant Park - New York, NY

Dec 10, 2010

The Sub at Dusk


Henry Student Center - Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA
The third floor is where the buffet is.  If I'm not in class or in the library, that's probably where I am.

Dec 9, 2010

Colonel Tree


Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA
This is the Christmas tree outside of Einstein Bros. Bagels in University Center.

Dec 8, 2010

Study Break Selfie


I swear, I'm happier than I look.  Just a little sleepy from studying for finals.

Dec 7, 2010

Last Week of the Semester


Wilkes University Department of Psychology
Breiseth Hall - Third Floor
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Finals week starts on Monday.

Dec 4, 2010

Breakfast of Champions


Tastykake
Limited Edition Pancake Krimpets
Technically, I can say that I had pancakes for breakfast.  That's healthy, right?

Nov 28, 2010

Happy Holiday Season


Thanksgiving is over, and the tree is up.

Nov 24, 2010

Vintage Horror Under The Stars


Laurel Drive-In
Annual Horror Classics Weekend
I've been coming here since I was a little kid.  This is their last weekend of the season and they're showing two classic horror films for $5 a carload.  The movies are Drive-In Massacre and Gates Of Hell.

Nov 1, 2010

The Duel


The Duel
by Aaron Jasinski
An acrylic on wood panel work that will be shown at the Screaming Sky Gallery.

Oct 31, 2010

Zombies and Space Junk

Wang Chung
Space Junk
From the Wang Chung's Greatest Hits album (1997)
This was the perfect song to end the premier episode of The Walking Dead.  Eerie, ominous, and a fitting entry to this universe.  "Welcome to my world..."

Oct 29, 2010

Secret Squirrel


Wilkes University greenway
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Oct 28, 2010

Colorful October


Wilkes University greenway
Wilkes-Barre, PA
It's a beautiful autumn day on campus.

Oct 27, 2010

Wednesday Morning


I forget where I found this shirt, but it's one of my favorites.

Oct 22, 2010

Thursday Dinner


It's not easy to get a photo of Grandpa smiling.  You have to catch him when he's laughing at something.

Oct 20, 2010

Fun With Statistics


Breiseth Hall
Wilkes University
My statistics course fried my brain a bit, but Dr. Selden got me through it.  She's had this comic on the door of her office since my first day and I smile ever time I see it.

Oct 11, 2010

Crush O'Lantern


Wegmans
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Oct 10, 2010

Maize Maze


Roba Family Farms
North Abington Township, PA
We're nearly halfway through the corn maze.

Oct 9, 2010

Free Snazzy Black Shirt


Wegman's Sub Shop
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Not a bad gig.  They work with my school schedule pretty well.

Oct 5, 2010

When Hemingway Met Iwatani


Pac Man 30th Anniversary Notebook
Moleskine

Oct 4, 2010

The Whiz Kids


1950 Philadelphia Phillies
The Whiz Kids played Game 1 of the World Series 60 years ago today.  It was only the second time in franchise history (dating back to 1883) that the Phillies reached the World Series.  They were swept by the New York Yankees, and they wouldn't return to the Fall Classic for another 30 years.

Sep 30, 2010

Dutch, Whitey And The Kruker


Darren DaultonRichie Ashburn and John Kruk
Three icons of Philadelphia baseball who will never be forgotten.

Sep 29, 2010

Bloomsburg Fair 2010


Bloomsburg Fair (2010)
I love going into the display buildings when it's still daylight outside and going outside to see that the sun has gone down and the park is all lit up.  The Bloomsburg Fair is one of my favorite places in the world.  I'd come here for the full week if I didn't have work and school.

Sep 28, 2010

Anyone Need An Eight Inch Emmylou Harris Decal?


Sticker Stand
Bloomsburg Fair (2010)
Though not it's official name (unless I managed to guess it correctly), the Sticker Stand is one of the places I always make a point to visit at the Bloomsburg Fair.  I don't think they've updated their stock since Kurt Cobain was alive, but they have well over a thousand different decals, bumper stickers and other random stuff.  Some of it is music related, some of it is political (both sides), some of it is pretty offensive, and some of it is pretty damn old.  I have to wonder how a teenager today interprets a parody Fahrvergnügen car decal.  They probably think it's a Norwegian metal band.

Sep 27, 2010

Neon Pepsi


80's Neon Pepsi Sign
Bloomsburg Fair (2010)

Sep 26, 2010

Waffles And Ice Cream


Waffles & Ice Cream stand
Bloomsburg Fair (2010)
One of the best parts of the Bloomsburg Fair is all of the good food.

Sep 25, 2010

It's All Right


Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles (1969)
These are the original lyrics hand-written by George Harrison for one of the most iconic songs to ever be recorded.  It was released 40 years ago.

Sep 20, 2010

Looking For Jupiter


Looking For Jupiter
September 20, 2010
The planet Jupiter is closer to the Earth tonight than it has been since 1963.

Sep 19, 2010

Psychles Staff


Wilkes University
2010 Psych Department Picnic
Kirby Park - Wilkes Barre, PA

Sep 16, 2010

It's A Modern Stone-Age University


Henry Student Center
Wilkes University - Wilkes-Barre, PA
My thanks go out to campus security for their constant vigilance.

Sep 13, 2010

Mortal Monday


Mortal Kombat ad
KayBee Toys (1993)
The impact that this game had cannot be overestimated.  Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 2 brought arcade gaming back to the forefront in the early 90's, and the home console release gave the Sega a rare victory over Nintendo.  Due to their family friendly company policies, Nintendo didn't allow the Super Nintendo version to have blood and many of the fatalities were toned down.  Meanwhile, the Genesis port had unlockable bloody graphics by way of the ABACABB code.  It may seem like a little thing, but it was the deciding factor in a lot of kids who chose the Genesis over the SNES on their Christmas wish list.  This was a mistake that Nintendo wouldn't make with the sequel.

Sep 12, 2010

Carmen's Restaurant


Carmen's Family Restaurant
Broad Street - Hazleton, PA
This was my first real job.  I was a busboy at Carmen's when I was 15 years old.  The food was incredible and my co-workers were all pretty awesome.  I enjoyed working there, especially on Friday nights during the seafood buffet in the back dining room.


Carmen's closed a few years ago and re-opened a few different times under different names and new ownership.  These days, it's called the Crystal Barbecue.  I stopped in to see the place during Funfest.  They took out a few rows of booths and the front counter with the register and the revolving pie rack, but it appears that the back wall of the front dining room looks the same.