Apr 16, 2010

Back To The Eighties

Rubix Kube
Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA
I don't typically go to see a lot of cover bands, but this band had an incredible show.  The band is based out of The Canal Room in New York and is made up of Cherie Martorana and Scott Lovelady on lead vocals, with Eric Presti, Rich Forman, John LaSpina and Michael Maenza.

Apr 5, 2010

Smart Ass

This was a project for Dr. Selden's Social Psychology course at Wilkes in 2010.  The goal was to create an infomercial that used as many of the methods of persuasion as possible.

Apr 2, 2010

Movie Rental Memories

Blowout Video
Airport Road - Hazleton, PA
The news of Hollywood Video closing reminded me of the Blowout Video rental store that was inside the Wal-Mart in Hazleton.  I worked there for a bit in 1999 while I was recovering from a car accident.  The store changed from Blowout Video to Movie Gallery while I was still working there, and our stock at the time was entirely VHS tapes and games for Playstation and Nintendo 64.  It closed sometime in the mid 2000's.

It was a great summer job.  We got unlimited free rentals, and we had a pretty impressive collection of horror and science fiction, so I got to catch up on a lot of movies that I've always wanted to see.  We were also allowed to put a movie on the televisions that hung in the top corners of the store (the old CRT boxes of the late 90's).  The only rule was that I couldn't show a movie that had profanity or nudity.  The Wedding Singer was one of my go-to selections, and I got really good at knowing exactly when to hit mute during Adam Sandler's rendition of "Somebody Kill Me".

Apr 1, 2010

The Sun Sets On Hollywood

Hollywood Video
Weis Lane - West Hazleton, PA
This has been my favorite video store in town since they opened.  They had an excellent selection of horror flicks and anime.  I first discovered Neon Genesis Evangelion here.  I was able to pick up a ton of tapes for a dollar each when they made the switch to DVD.  They also had an incredible subscription service that let you take out three movies at a time for one monthly membership fee.  I'm going to miss this place.