Dec 26, 2013


This is a pretty tasty holiday twist on Sprite.

Dec 23, 2013

Nooooo Basket

Thursday, December 23, 1993
Los Angeles Lakers @ Miami Heat
Miami Arena - Miami, FL

Seats: section 124, row L, seats 1 - 2
Results: Heat defeat Lakers, 109 - 92 [Basketball-Reference]
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The only basketball game I have ever been to was 20 years ago today.  Someone that my Dad worked with gave us two tickets to the Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers on the night before Christmas Eve.  It was one of the most fun and memorable nights I ever spent with my father, and one we still joke about to this day.

It really wouldn't make sense to anyone but he and I, but one of the funniest memories I have of that night happened at the end of one of the quarters.  Someone threw up a shot that either didn't go in or hadn't been shot until after the buzzer.  Over the speakers, we heard: "No basket. Naaaooooooo basket!".  The announcer dragged out the word "no" to a ridiculous level.  Dad and I looked at each other and burst out laughing like a couple of lunatics.  Everyone sitting around us must have thought we had lost our minds.  We didn't say a word because we knew we were thinking the exact same thing.  My grandmother (his mother) would dramatically shout the word "no" in that same exact manner when she was in one of her moods.  In the twenty years since this game, Dad and I must have said "Naaaooooooo basket" to each other  at least a hundred times.

Another funny memory we have of that night was one of the little games they play with the crowd.  I can't remember the game - something like a cartoon race on the big screen, or something along those lines.  The announcer said that our section had won, and each person would receive a free Miami Heat Croakie.  Without missing a beat, Dad looked at me and said "What the hell is a croakie?"  A few people sitting near us thought that was hysterical, and they explained to both of us that it's an elastic band that you stick on your glasses.  I still have mine to this day, and I never once put it on my glasses.  I'm still not clear about what it's for.

Dec 21, 2013

Frosty The Tentacle

I feel like I could... take on the winter!  [source: pardo-photography]

Dec 17, 2013

Red Sea Crossing

Atari 2600 in the Red Sea
Salem Express Shipwreck
Source: Diver Magazine - June 2013
The Salem Express ship crashed into the Hyndman Reefs on the Egyptian just after midnight on December 17th, 1991, killing 470 passengers and sending the ship and its contents to the bottom of the Red Sea.  This Atari 2600 has recently been photographed by scuba divers who are investigating the wreckage.  Today marks 22 years since the Salem Express sank, and the Atari remains in the ocean to this day.

Update: More about the wreckage and this photograph can be found at  Information about the ship has been published by

Dec 2, 2013

Hazleton 1983

1983 Downtown
Broad Street - Hazleton, PA

Dec 1, 2013

Would Their Offspring Be A Dragontoad?

Battletoads Double Dragon
Tradewest (1993)
I don't know which of these things gives me more of a warm and fuzzy nostalgic feeling, the game or the toy store.