Nov 24, 2015

A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Down The Turnpike

A new limited edition t-shirt is available from that commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Raven vs Tommy Dreamer feud that put ECW on the map.

The shirt is designed in the style of the original Star Wars movie poster featuring Raven as Darth Vader, Dreamer as Luke Skywalker and Beulah McGillicutty as Princess Leia, which adds a bizarre dimension to her relationships with the two men.  Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie are off in the distance as C3P0 and R2D2.

Nov 23, 2015

You've Got A Friend In Me

Buzz Lightyear cup
The cowboy isn't the only Woody in the playroom.

It's hard to believe that it's been twenty years since Toy Story first appeared in theaters.  While I didn't see it in theaters, the home video release has a special place in my heart.  I worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart for the 1996 holiday season.  We had TV / VCR carts set up at both entrances just past the shopping carts.  Toy Story had just come out on home video, so we had the tape playing on a constant loop.  On the days that I worked the express checkout lanes, I would hear Randy Newman sing "You've Got A Friend In Me" ten or twenty times a day at the beginning and end of the tape.  It became sort of an alarm clock to let me know that another 80 minutes of my shift had passed.

Nov 22, 2015

Despicable Pizza

Marketside Pizza
Wal-Mart (2015)

Nov 13, 2015

A Love Song To An Empty World

Kauaʻi ʻōʻō
American Bird Conservancy (1987)
The Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird was native to Hawaii.  In 1987, photographer David Boynton recorded the song of the last of its species.  It was a male bird whose mating song went unheard, as there were no remaining female birds of the species left on earth.

Nov 12, 2015

The Insane Orange Waiter

Things I like about this decal on a restaurant window: 
  • The insane orange waiter.
  • That he’s carrying his plates in the air like a strongman.
  • The couple looks like this isn’t the first time he’s done this, but it’s easier to just let it happen at this point.
  • The sign says PASTA as if he’s screaming it like a Frankenstein
  • ...but he’s holding a plate of an entire chicken and a plate of wine glasses.
  • There’s three wine glasses
  •’s for him.

Nov 11, 2015

That 70's Hawaiian Luau

This photo was published in the Standard Speaker forty years ago today.  My mother is on the left, my grandmother is in the center, and my aunt is on the right.