Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Tonight Show.

I am taking no sides in the controversy going on with the Tonight Show. I haven't watched it since 1992. I saw the first few shows that Jay Leno did and I wasn't impressed. I have nothing against Jay, I am just indifferent when it comes to his humor. I liked Johnny Carson and when he retired simply lost interest. I am posting three videos today from the show, two with Johnny and one from a night when Don Rickles was the guest host.

The first is a classic. Ed Ames portrayed a Native American on the Daniel Boone series. He he demonstrates tomahawk throwing.

This one George Gobel had come out last, following Bob Hope and Dean Martin. Keep an eye on Dean.

The last one has Don Rickles as the guest host. Bob Hope walked out unannounced and brought two friends with him.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday Silliness.

My wife did not going to movies with me. She said that I embarrassed her because I would be laughing when no one else was. It never bothered me. If I think something is funny, I am going to laugh. I will admit my sense of humor is a little odd, but wouldn't this be a boring world if we all liked the same things? Today I am just proving how weird I really am. A few months before she died my wife told me that she had always thought I was funny, she just didn't want to encourage me. As you probably have noticed by now, I don't need any encouragement.

The first thing I am going to do is something that I have thought about doing for a long time. I am a fan of Weird Al Yankovic. I have always wanted to post some pictures to go along with one of the lyrics from his song The Saga Begins.

The Jedi I admire most

Met up with Darth Maul

And now he's toast.

If the milk is evaporated, what is in the can?

My cousin Glenn sent me this, a redneck fire alarm.

And finally,(O.K. You don't have to applaud that loud) I just finished reading the book American Gods, by Neil Gaimen. There is a running joke throughout the book. Do you know how you can prove the C.I.A. had nothing to do with the Kennedy assassination?
He's dead, isn't he?

With that I'll take my cue from Snagglepuss and I'll exit, stage right.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

No Evil Today.

Sorry, evil took the day off today. The Thursday Thunks people have also. That means I have to come up with my own topic. I have made a few minor changes around here. Tuesday in her blog Amid Life's Crises, Dana pointed out a few things that bloggers do that can be annoying. I wish I had been wearing my steel-toed boots because she stomped all over my toes. (I know, you want some cheese with that whine.) Just kidding Dana.

There were two things on the list that I had been doing, and one that I used too. First, if you want to make a comment here, and I really enjoy it when you do, you do not have to use word verification to do so. I really hadn't thought about it being there and it was a no-brainer decision for me. (Which is good because my personal theme song is If I Only Had A Brain from the Wizard Of Oz.) The second is I had not been responding to comments left here. I am now doing that. The one thing that I had quit doing is talking about not posting. I try to post on most days, but if I miss one (or several) so be it. Some days it is a time factor, not feeling well, having nothing to say, or simply being lazy that day. (My money is on the laziness.)

Most of what she mentioned I don't do. I don't have a counter and I don't want one. I do like doing the Thursday Thunks meme, but not to increase readership here. It gives me a creative outlet for my sense of humor, which by now you should have figured out is slightly warped. (O.K. There is no slightly about it.) If you like what I have to say or are amused by it, welcome. I am not going to drag anyone here.

There are a lot of blogs out there that are based on one theme. I read several of those and enjoy them, but I don't want to write one of those. I like baseball cards and comic books, but if I were write one of those I would quit in about a month. I have more interests than that. I like commenting on things I read, talking about my life, coming up with a topic for the day. Thank you all for reading.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Evil Books.

Let's see, yesterday evil basketball uniforms, today evil books. It is a good thing tomorrow is Thursday Thunks or you would be thinking that you had stumbled onto Professor Van Helsing's blog instead of my usual ramblings. I actually was going to talk about something else today instead, but I read an interesting article and I decided to go with this topic. People are always trying to get certain books banned. I was going to write about it last October when the American Library Association held their annual banned book week, but it fell during a time I was blogging sporadically and I decided to wait until next year.

Certain books do bother some people. The Harry Potter series is always popular to those who want to ban, because they believe it will lead children down the path of studying witchcraft. I haven't noticed a huge jump in children becoming witches. I have read all seven books and while magic is there, I read more the themes of friendship, togetherness, fighting prejudice, and the overall theme of good versus evil. This may come as a shock to some, but good wins. Oh darn, I hope I didn't spoil that for anyone. There is a woman in Atlanta who has been trying to get the books removed from the school library for a few years. She keeps losing but keeps coming back and trying again. I believe it is a parents right to chose what their children read, but they don't have the right to decide for others.

So what book started this rant? What is so evil that it must be kept out of childrens hands? The Menifee Union School District in California has banned Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary from their elementary schools, grades K-8. Why? Because a parent complained that their child learned the meaning of oral sex from the dictionary. That is the old mentality, let's take sex out of the schools and put it back in the alley's where it belongs. Good grief. Actions like this insures that most children in that school now know what it means. Trying to hide it only increases the curiosity.

The dictionaries were bought for advanced readers in the fourth and fifth grades. We want our children to learn
and then become shocked when they do. Instead of panicking the parents should be talking to their children. You can't bury your head in the sand and hope it goes away. Children are curious and will find out on their own if they aren't helped. Reacting like this sends the wrong message.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Evil Uniforms.

Look closely at those two basketball jerseys. One of them is a normal, everyday uniform. The other is purely evil, causing referees to have fits and assess the offending team a technical foul. Have you spotted it yet? No? Look closer. The evil of it just jumps off the screen. Still don't see it, huh? O.K., I'll give you a subtle hint. It's the one on the left. Was that subtle enough? So what is so evil about it? It is so obvious I just can't believe you can't see it. The letters Br in Brookville are lower than the numbers. SAY WHAT????!!!!

Who in their right mind is going to nitpick like that? The Illinois High School Association is the culprit. They have been cracking down on teams because of this. Their enforcement of the rule has been spotty, and they are now allowing schools to file for a waiver to exempt them from this rule.

Actually they are not the ones who made that rule. The rules are set by the National Federation of State High School Associations. To defend themselves they explained that it needs to be that way so that opponents, scorekeepers and referees can quickly identify a player. They set the guidelines, but it is up to each state to interpret them. In the Midwest, only Illinois and Missouri enforce it. I will give the IHSA a little credit (very little), they are not demanding that schools immediately replace their uniforms. They are saying they will allow the schools to make the changes during the normal replacement of the uniforms, which is about five years. Considering they cost about $1000 each, it could get very expensive if they made the schools do it now. With the financial crunch most schools are going through today it would be ridiculous to force that. Of course the smart thing to do would be to change the rule, but how often do organizations like that do the smart thing?

Monday, January 25, 2010

What A Night.

Last night was stranger than usual. You see a lot of weirdness when you work third shift in retail but last night went a little beyond. First I had my normal routine interrupted by a major change being done in the produce department. They totally stripped out the refrigerated cases, washed all the shelves, and reset the product. We will be hearing some complaints from that because people will have to look a little more to find what they want. They do this periodically but usually a little at a time, not the whole thing. Our freezer is located by the produce area. Usually I have plenty of room to break down my pallets, but last night was very crowded. Fortunately, the truck had come in early and they sent someone to stock it. He did about half the truck which did make my job easier. The worst part of working around the produce people is there was one who obviously loves the sound of his voice because he was sharing it with everyone. You could hear it through most of the grocery side. Thankfully I was done in frozen at 3:30 A.M.(usually I get done at close to 7:00) and was able to get away from him.

The second unusual thing was something that I found down one of the frozen aisles. I saw a shirt laying on the floor. That is not unusual as people change their minds about things and just leave them. This shirt, however, was not one we were selling. It was someones stained shirt. I love people. A little later I went to the mens room and there, sitting on the sink, was one of our hand baskets, filled with socks, sweat pants, and a small pillow sitting on top of it. There was no one else there. I have no idea who put it there and why. There are some things that are probably best left unknown. Like I said strange things happen at nights.

As weird as my night was it was not as bad as the other night at the Wal-Mart in Canton, Ohio. There, at 1:30 A.M., a man answered natures call in the store. He urinated on the meat case. They had to throw away $600 worth of meat. You never know what will happen when you work nights.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jack Benny and Groucho Marx.

I talked about my inner Jack Benny awhile back. Here he is in action.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Some of my co-workers believe that I am anti-social. I'm not, but I do understand why they would think that. I do not take breaks or lunches with anyone and when I do take my break or lunch I go sit in the McDonalds in the store rather than in the break room. Actually there is a reason why I do that. Most of my co-workers take a break at Midnight, lunch at 2:00 A.M., and another break at 5:00. For the last four years I have taken my lunch after 3:00 A.M. The reason I do that is to make sure someone is available to unload a meat and produce truck that we get every night. Before I started taking a later lunch there were a few times that the truck arrived and the managers had to unload it. You can guess how well that went over. there are three of us who take care of it, and we were told to work it out among ourselves. I volunteered to go later. I actually prefer it that way. I would rather have most of the night out of the way before I take my lunch. Since I take a later lunch I take my break around 12:30. I also combine both of my breaks and take a half an hour. I never go exactly on time. I always pick a stopping point and go then. When working dairy or frozen foods you can not leave the freight out. It has to be put back into refrigeration when you go on break. I don't like coming back to a few cases so I go when I am done with whatever I have out. So there is a reason why I don't take breaks with my co-workers.

I will confess that even if I took breaks at the same time as everyone else I still would go to McDonalds. I take a book with me and I prefer to read in peace. The break room is gossip central. I really don't want to listen to the constant complaining about other people. I hear enough of it simply working. Even sitting in the break room at those odd times there are people coming and going. I prefer to go off by myself and go into whatever world my current book is taking me. If that makes me anti-social, so be it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday Thunks.

1. Pants on the Ground....

is your sign to go buy a new belt.

2. To compliment Kimber's question from last week.... have you ever fell down the stairs?

Yes. Fortunately the only thing I bruised was my dignity. They were outdoors and ice covered. That is one of the things that i don't miss about living in Illinois.

3. Have you ever written to a company about their product? Ever called them?

I have never written but I did call Proctor & Gamble once. One of the ladies from the church I was attending at the time claimed to have seen the CEO of P&G on the Phil Donahue show where he claimed 5% of their profits went to the church of Satan. They sent me a booklet disclaiming that.

4. Your rabbit goes to the vet. Ok, you take them to the vet... most pets wouldn't go on their own. The vet tells you that your species has cancer. Do you:

* a. tell them to pull out the needle and put them to sleep on the spot
* b. take them home and let them live out their life until the end
* c. same as b. except you don't let them get to the suffering stage
* d. go full steam ahead with cancer treatments

C. I would find out how long he had before he got very bad. I would also keep a close watch on him and not let him suffer much, even though I did threaten to make him into rabbit stew once.

5. What is your favorite comfort food?

Sausage and pepperoni pizza on a thin crust.

6. If your child was put in jail for putting a gun in their spouses mouth and pulling the trigger (even though the gun wasn't loaded), strangling them and breaking their arm... would you post bail for them?

I never fathered any children. I have three step-children, but since their mother died they don't talk to me. However, had we still been in touch, no I wouldn't. If they did that they need time to contemplate their actions.

7. If elephants had wings, how many feathers do you think they would have on each wing?

That is a silly question. Everyone knows that it is their ears that enable elephants to fly, and there are no feathers on them.

8. Is there anything growing in your refrigerator right now?

Had you asked last week I would have said yes. After almost being pulled into the refrigerator then I cleaned it out.

9. What did you do with your Thursdays while we were on a break?

Just posted the usual nonsense that I do most every day.

10. Would you donate to the Kimber Ark Building Fund and donate wood? She is about to float away after all...

Just let me know what kind of boards you need.

11. If I were to send you a letter and I wanted to put a little heart sticker on the back of the envelope, what color sticker would you like it to be?


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday Thunks.

1. Build It Yourself Coffin Kits. Creepy, interesting, cost effective, your new hobby?

Cost effective and a good idea if. My Dad had talked about being buried in a plain wooden coffin. He had read where that was what Billy Graham had been buried in and thought it was a good idea. The cost of coffins can be extremely high. He asked my brother to build him one, but my brother declined. I understand why he did. We were able to get one and at the visitation several people commented on how much they liked the idea and when their time came that is what they wanted.

2. Can you blow up a balloon under water?

Possibly, but since I am allergic to drowning I wouldn't try.

3. Why do you think when naming citrus fruit they simply named an orange the color it is?

The person in charge of naming things was out to lunch. His assistant had always wanted to name a fruit after its color and took the opportunity to do so.

4. Insanity Cafe's topic of the day on Tuesday was this article. Have you ever known someone to do something embarrassingly stupid like that?

No one I know has even come close to doing that, at least as far as I know.

5. If you got stranded high on a mountain in the snow, how many snowmen would you make? Would you name them and talk to them?

I wouldn't make any. My hands were frostbit when I was 13 and I quit doing things like that afterwords. If there were any one there I wouldn't talk to them. The voices in my head would get jealous.

6. Have you ever tripped and fell while walking up the stairs?

I am glad you specified upstairs. No.

7. If you were to make your own currency what would it look like, what would you call it and would you give some to your fellow Thursday Thunkers?

I would call it counterfeit, with a picture of Al Capone on the front and Alcatraz on the back. You could have all you wanted after signing a waiver absolving me of all responsibility.

8. Have you ever made a Mr. Potato Head from a real potato?

No, but my wife once tried using a sweet potato as a plant. It didn't do to well.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Not In My Back Yard.

Usually when a community gets upset over a retail store building there the retailer in question is usually Wal-Mart. I found it a little odd when I read that a community is upset over a plan for a new Dollar General. When you consider most Dollar Generals have less space then the grocery section of a Wal-Mart super-center it does seem a little odd. The community in question is Riverton, Illinois, a small town of about 3000 located just outside of Springfield. The controversy came when the town zoning board changed the area from agricultural to commercial. When the idea first surfaced one of the people near the proposed store started a petition and had 80 signatures against it. The board rejected the petition and approved the change. The store will have to put up a privacy fence and there are a few other conditions they will have to meet.

The proposed store is only 9000 square feet, which is not large. The average Wal-Mart super-center is 200,000 square feet. The argument is that the town is close enough to Springfield that the new store is not needed. The current Dollar General is only 3000 square feet. The mice there are hunchbacked.

Why would anyone want to shop Dollar General when you can go to Springfield and shop? How about convenience? Not everyone has transportation. Believe it or not, there are actually people who walk to stores. For a small town this would be a good thing. Having the added space would increase Dollar General's sales, which would increase the sales taxes collected, not to mention the added property taxes for the new building. Small towns need every bit of revenue they can get. I think the zoning board there made the right decision.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Coming Clean, Maybe.

Last October I started to blog about the St Louis Cardinals decision to hire Mark McGwire as their batting coach. The main point was going to be how before spring training began he needed to address the steroid issue. I had most of the post worked out in my head, but then I decided to wait and comment on it either on the first day of spring training or when Mark addressed it himself. Yesterday Mark revealed he had used steroids for almost 10 years, including the 1998 season where he hit 70 home runs. When I heard that I was glad he was finally showing some remorse for his actions. I was going to praise him for that. Then I read about his explanations for taking them.

He claims that steroids did not help him hit any home runs. He did hit 49 home runs as a rookie in 1987, but his totals were dropping. He was injured and didn't play much in 1993 and 1994, then his home run binge really took off. I have the same problem with his statements that I do with Barry Bonds. I have an excellent bovine excrement detector and when I read his claims it went off so loud I still have a headache from it. If you want to read more about his claims and the rebuttals to them click here, here, and here. I know there will be some who disagree with me, but I feel that any of those who are tainted by steroids do not deserve to be put in Baseball's Hall Of Fame. Obviously the voters seem to agree. To get in a player needs 75% of the vote. Mark has only recieved 25% the four years he has been eligible.

While I was working on this I recieved a phone call from My Buddy In Illinois. We were talking about this. He is a Cardinals fan but is not too enthused about Mark. I told him that originally I was going to call this post Coming Clean, but then I decided to call it Coming Clean Partway. He suggested using maybe, so I told him I would give him credit. He never reads my blog. Of course the fact that he doesn't have a computer has a little to do with that.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sleeping On The Job.

It is never a good idea to sleep on the job, especially if you are a prison guard. Working there is dangerous enough when you are fully alert. This picture has been making the rounds. It was taken at Rikers Island late last year. The guard was sleeping while on duty in the infirmary. She has been reassigned pending an investigation. The guard who took it has also been transferred for violating a no-cellphones policy. The union has jumped to her defense. One statement they made was "Many correction officers are forced to work 70 to 80 hours of mandatory overtime.
Since we don't know the particular circumstances of that particular officer, we are not going to condemn her. She may have been sick." I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, but if she was sick she had no business being there. Also I would like to know what time frame that overtime accumulates. Is it a week, two weeks, a month, how long? The one quote that I don't agree with is a knock on the guard who took the picture. "We believe it was highly suspect for the other officer to take a picture and potentially jeopardize her safety." How did the other officer jeopardize her safety by taking a picture? Didn't she jeopardize her own safety by sleeping?

Too many times now people want to play the blame game. "The devil made me do it." "I had too much sugar and I couldn't think straight." "My parents never taught me it was wrong." There are too many excuses. It is refreshing when you actually hear someone admit they are the one who messed up. It is too bad that doesn't happen more often.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My Inner Jack Benny Is Happy.

I like to buy things as cheap as I can. Whenever I do I say I am keeping my inner Jack Benny happy. Of course anyone much younger than I am gives me a look that either says "Who the heck is Jack Benny?" or "I'll humor the old man and laugh." In case you don't know Jack Benny was a comedian who was a huge radio star and also had a television show. He had a reputation for being cheap. Probably his greatest gag came on radio when he was confronted by an armed robber. The robber said "Your money or your life." Silent pause. "I said Your money or your life." Benny the replied "I'm thinking it over." Right now my inner Jack Benny is ecstatic.

If you have read this blog long enough you know that I am a fan of Mad Magazine. I am behind on my reviews of it. I have three issues that I will get to soon. One of my favorite artists from Mad was Don Martin. Martin died in 2000. He left Mad over a disagreement he had with Mad publisher William Gaines. He felt he had been cheated out of royalties from all of the paperback books that Mad published which reprinted material from the magazine. A lot has changed since then and publishing companies are now paying the creators for their work. In 2007 a book was published that reprinted every page that Martin had done for Mad. This covered the years 1956-1988. As you can imagine it was a huge undertaking and it was printed in two volumes. The cost of the book was $150. I liked Martin, but not that much. A couple of weeks before Christmas one of the blogs I read daily, News From Me by Mark Evanier, mentioned that Barnes And Noble had the book for under $25. I went their website to buy it, but unfortunately it was sold out. On December 31 he mentioned they had some more copies. I immediately went to the website and bought the book. On Tuesday I recieved an email stating the book had shipped. Amazingly enough it arrived yesterday. I have looked through it and will start reading it today. That was a fantastic bargain and my inner Jack Benny is partying.

To make an even better value Barnes And Noble offers free shipping on orders over $25. Since the Don Martin books cost was $22.84 I needed to buy something else. I never have a hard time finding another book. My choice was

Over a year ago I did a post I called Good Things From a Bad Relationship. One thing I mentioned was I had become a fan of Akira Toriyama, who created Dragonball and Dragonball Z. The first story he ever wrote was called Dr Slump. I have never read it and don't know a lot about it, but I have been looking for Volume 1 for awhile to give it a try. I will review it next week.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

McNuggets Madness.

Some people are very fanatical when it comes to their Chicken McNuggets from McDonalds. Last year a woman was so outraged that they were out of them that she actually called 911. While I disagree with her calling 911, her situation was mishandled by the staff at that McDonalds. It was after she placed her order and paid for it that she was informed they were out. She was offered a different meal, which she didn't want. She wanted a refund, which was due, but they weren't going to give her that. It was their fault and she should have had her money returned. If I was the owner there whichever manager was on duty would have been fired. I have worked enough fast food to know that the counter people are supposed to be informed immediately when you are out of something. When I first heard about that I figured there would be no other story about Chicken McNuggets that would have topped that. Of course, I was wrong.

On January 1 Melodi Dushane went to a McDonalds in Toledo, Ohio, and placed her order for McNuggets. Since it was 6:20 A.M. they were serving breakfast items, not dinner items. She was enraged and pulled up to the drive-up widow to argue. She punched the cashier in the mouth, took a swing at the manager, and then shattered the drive-thru window with her fist. Can you say over-reaction? I knew you could. Ms Dushane has been charged with felony vandalism and has been ordered to stay away from McDonalds until her court appearance. I am surprised she wasn't charged with assault, but that night come later. I thought it was the Big Mac's that attacked, but I guess the nuggets are the rage today.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Good Old Days?

Last night was a fairly easy night. I actually had a helper in frozen foods, which is rare. Most of what came in was for the end doors, so it took us longer to sort the cases than usual. They were a little short handed in grocery so I was asked if after we were done in frozen we could go stock the bake aisle. I told our manager that wasn't a problem. I did half of frozen and then left my helper to finish up. While working on the bake aisle my mind started wandering, which actually is not very unusual. I started thinking about my Grandma Bagby. Why exactly I am not sure, but that was what was there. Part of it was due to the cold streak we are experiencing. The other morning when I came home it was 19 degrees. The people I work with were complaining about it being so cold. I checked on the weather where Mom lives in central Illinois, and it 3 degrees below zero. Times like that I am very glad I live in Georgia. I do not like cold weather. My hands were frostbit when I was 13 and I have not cared much for cold weather since then.

So what was I thinking about my Grandma? It occurred to me exactly how rough she had it. She passed away in 1973. She never had indoor plumbing in her house. When it was cold like that her bathroom was outdoors. Some people want to claim the the old days were better, but I disagree. Indoor plumbing is a great thing. So is electric or gas heat. Grandma had a coal stove in her front room to heat the house. To cook she had a wood burning stove. Does anybody want to go back to that? I have some great memories from being in her house, but I am glad I don't have to live like that.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Famous Last Words.

The other night one of my co-workers was unhappy with his job assignment. He was assigned to work in pets. (Hi Caron.) He had been working there for a couple of years and had been requesting to work somewhere else. The previous week they had been moving him around but he was needed in pets that night. He told the manager "I am not working pets. Deal with it." Anybody care to guess how they dealt with it?

He was not one of the most popular people we had, always complaining about everything. It couldn't be proved, but food would disappear from the employees refrigerator on nights he worked. We butted heads one night. I was working in frozen foods and was pulling pallets out of the freezer so I could separate them to make stocking easier. I had two carts sitting outside the freezer to put cases on. While I was busy he came and took one of my carts. I caught up with him before he got very far. I grabbed a hold of the cart and told him that I needed that. His response was you don't need two. Actually I could have used three but was making due with two. I told him I needed it so I didn't have to keep pulling the pallet in and out of the freezer. He told me if I didn't let go he was going to management. I didn't say anything but kept a firm grip on the cart. When he realized I wasn't going to let go he walked away. Common courtesy would have been to ask, but that wasn't his style. I do not like confrontations, but I am not going to back down when I am right. After that he never messed with me again.

My attitude on working is I am there all night and I will go wherever they need me. According to my schedule Thursday, Friday and Saturday I work in dairy, Sunday and Monday in frozen foods. On Saturday night there are two of us scheduled for dairy. If the truck is small, which it usually is, I am put in grocery. Last Saturday I worked aisle 3, which is coffee, tea, and jelly and aisle 11, which is crackers and cookies. I have worked every aisle in grocery so it really doesn't matter where they put me. I have not worked a lot on the general merchandise side but I have worked in automotive, furniture, sporting goods, toys, pharmacy, electronics and infants. There is no difference in stocking general merchandise than there is grocery. You take it out of a box and put it on a shelf. It is not rocket science, simply retail. As long as they give me a check every two weeks, I will work where they need me.

Thursday night I was working with a new guy, but I don't look for him to be around long. We were working in dairy and he put out some yogurt. He put it on the shelf backwards. I asked him how was the customer supposed to know what it was. He told me they could read the shelf label. I told him the store manager would object to that. He gave me a look that told me he was going to it his way no matter what.

I am going to close with my favorite famous last words story. During the Civil War at Spotsylvania Union General John Sedgewick was making fun of his troops as they were ducking from gunfire. He told them the Confederates couldn't hit an elephant at that distance. Unfortunately for him there weren't aiming for elephants. He was killed shortly after saying that.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Batman Pin-Ups.

On the Captain Comics board I have been reviewing some old Batman comics. I bought a friends collection and I have been having fun reviewing them. The stories are not that great but that is part of the fun. One of the books I reviewed was Batman 400, which was published in 1986. One of my friends had purchased a UK reprint, which reprinted everything but the pin-ups that were in the original. Here is the cover of the book and the pin-ups.

Art by Bill Sienkiewicz.

Art by Steve Rude.

Art by Bernie Wrightson.

Art by Mike Grell.

Art by Mike Kaluta.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year everyone. What was I doing at midnight as the new year came in? I was unloading a meat and produce truck that was supposed to arrive at 3:03 A.M. I call the truck arrival time the lie of the night. Of course, when dealing with trucks there are a lot of variables. They can be slowed down by accidents, being unloaded by the previous store,(Some don't get in a hurry to unload) or be sped up by the load being ready earlier then planned. Overall it was a very calm, quiet night, just the way I like it.