Oct 31, 2018

Zombie Outbreak Response Team

Laurel Mall
Hazleton, PA
I'm not sure about those blue flames on the window, but you've got to love the fact that there was a coffin in the back of the hearse.

Oct 30, 2018

Synth Thriller

Performed by Scandroid
Off of their album Monochrome
I found this on The Nerdist last year and instantly fell in love with it.  Happy Halloween!

Oct 29, 2018

Free Birdseed

Chicken and Farm Shop
North Green Street - Chicago, IL
Artwork by E. Lee

Oct 28, 2018

An Army On The Dance Floor

The Psychedelic Furs
Penns Peak 
Jim Thorpe, PA - October 28, 2018
The Psychedelic Furs are one of my favorite bands of all time, and Heartbreak Beat is my favorite song ever, so this show was a dream come true.  They sounded incredible the energy they brought to the show was infectious.  I was right in front of bassist Tim Butler for the majority of the show, and he caught me singing along and sang with me a few times during the show.  He tossed his guitar pick to me after the show, but my depth perception is lousy, so it bounced off my hand and someone else ended up with it.  No worries though - it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to, and the show is a memory that I'll never forget.

Oct 27, 2018

In The Not Too Distant Future...

Mystery Science Theater 3000
30th Anniversary TourThe Brain
Wilkes-Barre, PA - October 27, 2018
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first heard that MST3K was going on the road.  I was kind of thinking that it would be something like the Fathom Events RiffTrax movies.  Don't get me wrong - those RiffTrax events are a lot of fun, but the MST3K tour blew that out of the water entirely.

The stage was set up to look like the Satellite Of Love.  They showed the 1988 horror cult classic The Brain, and the backdrop of the MST3K commentary was a game show with original host Joel Hodgson and Tom Servo on the red team, and current host Jonah Ray and Crow on the yellow team.  Rebecca Hanson (Synthia Forrester and the voice of Gypsy) was the host of the show and did a fantastic job.  The entire show was hysterically funny, and they even brought out the actual Brain prop from the film - and squirted the audience with it.

Oct 26, 2018

I Hope It Wasn't Greg Valentine

The Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215, and it the foundation of modern democracy.  There are only four copies of it in existence, the best preserved of which is kept at the Salisbury Cathedral.  We saw this copy of the Magna Carta on display at the Salisbury Cathedral when we visited England four years ago.

Yesterday, a man with a hammer broke through the protective case that housed the historic document and set off an alarm while attempting to steal it.  BBC News reported that the would-be thief was caught and arrested while trying to flee the scene.  The Magna Carta was not damaged, but it has been temporarily removed from the cathedral while they repair the display case.

Oct 25, 2018

I Want To Be The Golden Robot

Woolco Halloween Ad - early 1980's
Maybe the couldn't decide if it was C-3PO or See-Threepio.

Oct 24, 2018

A Nightmare On Burger Street

Nightmare King
Burger King (2018)
Three years after they introduced the Halloween Whopper, Burger King has given us the Nightmare King.  This monster burger is made up of a quarter pound of beef and a crispy chicken patty topped with cheese, bacon, onions and mayo on a green bun.  The fast food chain claims to have done a clinical sleep study and found that eating the Nightmare Burger will make it 3.5 times more likely that you will have a nightmare when you fall asleep.

The bun wasn't quite as green as I was expecting, but it is a very tasty burger.  It reminds me a bit of the Churger from the Reading Fightin' Phils games.  It's just a shame that they didn't get Freddy Krueger to promote it.  They did have some pretty cool Frankenstein packaging though.

Nightmare King wrapper
French Fry bag

Oct 23, 2018

Hail Satan

George "Satan" Stutz
Shortstop - Philadelphia Phillies
Minor league journeyman George Stutz played professional baseball for nearly two decades beginning in 1908 for the New Castle Nocks at the age of 19.  Over the next 19 years, his career included time spent with 15 different teams, including the Reading Pretzels, Harrisburg Senators, Quincy Gems, Hannibal MulesPortland Beavers, and Muskegon Anglers.

He finally made it to the major leagues in 1926 with the Phillies, appearing in six games with a total of nine major league at bats.  Stultz did not reach base, going 0 - 9 with two strikeouts and no walks.  The following season would be his last, playing 2B for the Martinsburg Blue Sox.  He died three years later on December 29, 1930 at the age of 37.

I could find no explanation for why he had the nickname "Satan", but I'm guessing that the wooly beard had something to do with it.

Oct 22, 2018

Three Clerks

Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear
Wild West City - October 21, 2018
Stanhope, NJ
Photo Album

Clerks is one of our all-time favorite films.  Both of us have spent a few years of our lives working as a clerk in a convenience store.  We even took a road trip twelve years ago to visit the Quick Stop in Leonardo, NJ where Clerks was filmed.  Needless to say, it was awesome that we had the chance to meet the star of Clerks, Mr. Brian O'Halloran.

Oct 21, 2018

Meeting a Drive In Icon

Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear
Wild West City - Stanhope, NJ
When I was a teenager, I loved watching MonsterVision on TNT.  As much as I loved the movies, the best part of the show was the host, Mr. Joe Bob Briggs.  Before it began, he would share facts and stories about the movie, and he'd give a preview of what to expect with the Drive In Totals.

A few months ago, I saw an advertisement for Shudder, a streaming service dedicated to horror flicks, and I was very excited to see that they brought Joe Bob back for a marathon of movies called The Last Drive In.  It made me feel like a teenager again, staying up late to watch Sleepaway Camp, Basket Case and other awesome horror movies with the wit, wisdom and humor of Joe Bob throughout.  If that isn't awesome enough, it was announced last month that Joe Bob would be coming back to host a Thanksgiving marathon called The Dinners Of Death, a Christmas marathon called A Very Joe Bob Christmas, and a new marathon of movies in 2019.

Earlier today, we went to Wild West City theme park in Stanhope, NJ for the Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear horror convention.  There were quite a few very cool vendors and guests, including Brian O'Halloran from Clerks and Kevin Van Hentenryck from Basket Case. and the park itself was surreal with actors performing a wild west bank robbery.  However, the highlight for us was getting to meet and talk with Joe Bob.  We got there pretty early before it got too busy, so we were lucky to spend over an hour talking with him about movies, pop culture and life in general.  He was genuinely one of the nicest and most interesting people I've ever had the privilege of meeting.

I usually have a little bit of anxiety talking to people in general, but especially celebrities.  It's not really that I'm star struck.  I just don't always know a ton about the person, so other than telling them that I'm a big fan of their work, I'm not sure what to say.  That wasn't a problem with Joe Bob at all.  He was just such a cool, friendly, laid back guy, and we have a lot of interests and opinions in common.  I feel like we could have hung out with a few beers and chatted for hours.

He signed two of his books for us before we left, and I look forward to reading them.  He also took this photo with us out in the front of the building.  My wife and I spent the entire drive home talking about how awesome the day was.  I'll never forget it.

Oct 20, 2018

Metallica at Penn State

Worldwired Tour
Bryce Jordan Center
State College, PA - October 20, 2018
Photo Album - Ticket
Traffic getting into this show was unbelievable, so we missed most of the pre-show with comedian Jim Breuer, but we didn't miss any of the concert.  It's the first time I ever saw a show in the round, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but the stage presentation was out of this world.  The highlight was the release of lighted drones during Moth Into Flame, a track off of their latest album that was inspired by the life of Amy Winehouse.

The setlist was a solid mix of classic hits, including Seek and Destroy, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Master of Puppets, One and Sad But True.  They also performed several tracks from their newest album, Hardwired To Self Destruct, which was given to everyone in attendance for free (either via download or a CD) in the months leading up to the show.  They closed with an encore trio of Blackened, Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman.

Update: it has been reported that the attendance for this show was 15,588.  This is an all-time attendance record at the Bryce Jordan Center

Oct 19, 2018

Vintage Halloween Commercials

70's and 80's Halloween Commercials
Shared by Some Classic Game Music
Sit back and enjoy some of the spooky ways companies convinced us to buy their products in the past.

Oct 18, 2018

Creature From The Mountain Dew

Pepsi Monster Match (1991)
The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Oct 17, 2018

Caffeine Free Pepsi Mummy

Pepsi Monster Match (1991)
The Mummy

Oct 16, 2018

Diet Pepsi Wolfman

Pepsi Monster Match (1991)
The Wolfman

Oct 15, 2018

Diet Pepsi Dracula

Pepsi Monster Match (1991)

Oct 14, 2018

Pepsi Bride Of Frankenstein

Pepsi Monster Match (1991)
Bride of Frankenstein

Oct 13, 2018

Pepsi Frankenstein

Pepsi Monster Match (1991)

Oct 12, 2018

Monster Match

Pepsi Monster Match (1991)
This was a pretty cool promotion.  Every pack of Pepsi or bag of Doritos contained half of a Monster Money bill.  If you matched both halves, you won a prize.  The grand prize was if you matched the Frankenstein Monster Money to win a million dollars.

The coolest part was that the back of every carton of Pepsi had an awesome horror monster poster.  I don't remember this part, but according to the bottom left corner of each of these, there was a second contest where you could win prizes if you hung these posters in your window if they were seen by a "Monster Spotter".

Oct 11, 2018

Khabib Nurmagomedov's Punch Out

Khabib talks like he's from an 80's Nintendo game, but damn he can fight.  Congratulations, champ.

Oct 10, 2018

Rocky The Frog

Meet my new friend, Rocky.  He's guarding my car in the parking lot at work.

Oct 9, 2018

I Think I'll Squeeze The Charmin

Robin Williams and The Thinker
Legion of Honor - San Francisco, CA
There are few entertainers who I admire more than Robin Williams.  He had an amazing ability to make the world around him more fun and enjoyable.  I truly wish I had gotten the opportunity to meet him.

Photo by Arthur Grace
Published in "Robin Williams, A Singular Portrait, 1986-2002" (Available on Amazon)

Oct 8, 2018

Ben Franklin Watches You Pee

Electric Factory men's restroom
Philadelphia, PA - September 29, 2018

Oct 7, 2018

Oct 6, 2018

Monster Cereals Halloween Bag

Monster Cereals Halloween Bag
Late 1970's
I miss the days when companies used to be able to market to children.  This was just a simple plastic bag, but it's things like this that helped to make Halloween fun.  Photo credit to Gregg Koenig.

Oct 5, 2018

Spooky NES

Super Nintendo: Castlevania custom case
customized by Vadu Amka
This incredible work of art was made with a mixture of resin, texture gels, linden wood and balsa wood, and is decorated with brass and bronze paint.

Oct 4, 2018

Cub Scout Chocolate

We sold these Hershey bars when I was in Cub Scouts back in 1988.  If I remember correctly, they were one dollar each, which was about twice as much as they cost in the grocery store, but they came in a snazzy silver wrapper that included a coupon for another free chocolate bar.

Oct 3, 2018

The Colors Of The Wind

Nintendo Game Cube: The Wind Waker custom case
customized by Vadu Amka
This customized console was inspired by The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.  I especially love the brick sides and how the air vent looks like the window of a dungeon.

Oct 2, 2018

Robert Smith Eats Pink Tomatoes

Breast Cancer Awareness Banner
Pittston, PA

Oct 1, 2018

Dog Team

Dudley Do-Right
Episode 28: Skagway Dogsled Pulling Contest
October 26, 1969
And so ends another Phillies season in which we snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.