A Prize In Every Box

This is a place for the random musings and life experiences of one Fliven, who looks for life's fun little surprises, even when its in a giant box of stale, tasteless foodstuffs.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I still think this is in the top five funniest things I've ever seen.

Long Weekend

Friday I got treated to Outback by dear old Dad...I helped him out a few weeks ago with his annual fundraising banquet...printing up flyers, creating displays, setting up, etc. So this was a thank-you dinner. Nothing says thank-you like a two-inch steak with hot bread with honey butter on the side. *Salivate*

And it turns out I didn't have to work on Monday! A couple weeks ago everyone was all like "yeah, we'll all be here, working a regular day, blah blah blah" and then on Friday I was hearing "maybe a half day" or "I'll be in at noon" and then my boss told me to just stay home and call in Monday morning to see if I'm needed. So I called like, 3 times, and NO ONE ANSWERED. Not even at noon. So I said forget it, and called it a day off. I cleaned, did a little furniture restoring, and played some Ninja Turtles on X-Box with the siblings. Weird game. Weird game.

Today's entertainment: http://www.band-name.com/bands.html
These people are reading my mind! What a great idea for a website.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Because when I think "fearsome wrestling persona", I think of a guy with abnormally long arms and a teacup for a head.


Have you ever had that feeling where you're not quite awake, but you're not tired enough to go back to sleep? That would be me right now. Good thing its Friday and its slow today...at least until UPS gets here and scatters my lovely little vacation-away-from-vacation to the four winds.

Today's exciting and entertaining image was inspired from the random discovery of the potato fakes of yesterday. I decided to find out if I could locate one of my personal favorite toys, M.U.S.C.L.E. Men. These were little plastic wrestlers created in Japan and were loads of fun, because they were cheap, portable, and pretty much indestructible. Which are very important things when giving a toy to a bored 9-year-old boy.

And with that, I will adjourn blogging for the weekend. Unless something really cool happens that I need to get down on virtual paper. Saving the world kinda stuff.

(For more entertaining images)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

And now, opening for Foo Fighters....

From Blammo!

Yeah. Today has been hellish at work. Although I did find some amusing things on the 'net, and that's always a good time. And of course, right now I'm working on my blog. Yes, blog. All kids love blog. (Xylophone intro music) "What rolls down stairs alone or in pairs, rolls over your neighbor's dog? What's great for a snack and fits on your back its BLOG! BLOG! BLOG!"

Not much to tell of. Worked, ate, breathed, fought entropy on a microbiological scale, the usual. My sister's sort-of maybe yes maybe no was once but isn't now but might be again (I can't keep up) boyfriend is here from overseas. He's cool. And me and my brother are playing Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Fun game. Nazis and zombies aplenty for the shooting. What disturbs me is that you can kill a civilian (which means you fail the mission) by kicking them. Who in history has died because they got kicked in the kneecap, I ask you?! Ridiculousness. And now a few wise words from a prestigious educator:

"Remember, if you feel yourself getting mad, go ahead!
If someone is doing something that irritates you, tell them about it in detail!
And hike whenever you feel like it!"
-Anthony DeMartino

Today's site: http://www.mrpotatohead.net/fakes/fakes7.htm
Not only are there potato head collectors out there, and not only did someone devote a website to defining what constitutes a "real" versus "fake" potato head, this potato junkie lists seven pages of "Fakes and Foreigners." Some of which are hilarious! I think the Mr. Funny Face at the bottom of page 6 looks like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. And if I ever start a band, one of the name options will be Mr. Potato Head on Safari...or possibly an album title? I dunno.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Boromir Update

Yes, sportsfans, the sword did arrive today. It was in fact shipped the same day she cancelled the order. And this happened, are you ready for this? One year to the day after she ordered it. Hey ho its a funny old world and all of that. I will now go bludgeon myself to death with a plastic "In" tray. :)

Fun with screen capturing!

Rodolfo's Quirks

So our good friend the disgruntled Rodolfo has been avoiding the traps I have laid out for him for the past several weeks. At first I tried peanut butter, which has proven an irresistable bait for meeces in the past, and who can blame them? Apparently Rodolfo is allergic to peanuts, because he avoided the trap for two weeks, despite the permeating aroma of JiF, which smells more like fresh roasted peanuts than the leading brand.

Not to be defeated so easily, I tried the classic cheese bait. I used Kraft Singles which is made with real milk and contains calcium. Nothing. For a week and a half, nothing. I switched to Velveeta (like cheddar only creamier) and had no results, and am currently trying Swiss cheese.

Makes one wonder if Rodolfo, in addition to being allergic to peanuts, is also lactose intolerant. What an amazing society we live in when our rodents can freely have food allergies! Huzzah. My next bait will be a small slice of a Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet.

Yesterday Nyx and I went downtown, braving the hideous metro conditions and the cold, Britain-like weather to view the "Pearl Exhibit" at the museum. I say that with derogatory quotemarks because their "Pearl Exhibit" was like, half a dozen items. I mean yeah, the pearl the size and shape of a pear was pretty neat, but half a dozen things does not constitute an exhibit. I feel an exhibit should involve at least 15-20 items, unless they're large objects, like statues or sarcophagi.

Still, we had a good time, ate greasy food, went to the bookstore and messed around. Nyx found a book on dollar-bill origami. I now know how to make a dollar bill into a horseshoe crab. And that is going straight onto my resume.

I forgot to mention the other day that the Write Again Soon blog link to the vegetarian ad was a hoot. I will NEVER look at vegetables the same way again, and am no longer sure I can even eat peas anymore.

Today's link: http://www.collect.com/shows/article.asp?id=24&cookie%5Ftest=1

Only 10 days to Blade Show '05

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The umbrella is a nice touch. :)

Boromir, Where Art Thou?

For those who don't know, I am now working in the main office of where I was working before...so I am no longer dealing with crazy people (besides coworkers) on a regular basis. My duties include funneling the incoming inventory and taking care of special orders. I told you all that to tell you this: a customer of ours ordered an item, the sword of Boromir, last September. Now, there are much better items we have in stock they could have picked, but no. Fine. They're the customer, its their money. Our standard turn around time for special orders is 4-6 weeks. Because the manufacturers are a cabal of cretins, a murder of morons, a veritable flock of fools, they didn't tell us that the item wouldn't be available until um, now. Its STILL not here. And the customer cancelled the order today.

This is not the bad news. The bad news is that I know, I just know that when UPS comes by today (what can brown do for you?) they're going to have it. There will be great suffering in Guilder if it is. I kid you not. Cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria, etc.

Today me and Nyx are going to run around downtown (finally got her on the phone). Should be good times. There's a pearl exhibit at one of the museums and she made puppy dog eyes until I said we could go. We'll probably hit a bookstore and stuff as well. We're nerds like that.

Monday, May 23, 2005

No reason for all these weird photos...simply because I can. Fairies are nifty. Unless they bite you. Then they must DIE.

The search for me

So today I got to work and decided that I need a new image for my profile. Now, I am not sure I want to put my own photo there, but I'd like something that would cause those who know me to say "yeah, that's him alright!" But thusfar I haven't found what I'm looking for.

A turmoil of Star Wars discussion has been going on between myself and various friends and acquaintances, which has been amusing. Manatee has said it was great and he wants to get another lightsaber now. What a psycho.

Right now I'm hard at work trying to sort through all these inventory issues. In the name of all that is good and decent, how HARD is it to fill an order correctly?! Honestly. Some of these people try my patience.

I believe my girlfriend, Nyx, has gone AWOL. I tried calling her like, 3 times yesterday and haven't heard a thing. Curious. Of course, her cel phone was dying by last report, so perhaps that is the cause.

Only 12 days til the Atlanta Blade Show! Today's website: http://www.kmmproductions.com/
(website of a lot of free music from the guy who did the Invader Zim music, Shrek 2 music, etc.)

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Sweet Sweet Victory

So today the family went to Roy Rogers, where I added to my arsenal of roast beef sandwich wrapper foil balls (the only officially sanctioned foil balls in existence). It was a lot of fun, especially when afterwards we played a cutthroat game of miniature golf. I won of course, coming in at two under par.

Yesterday was nice; I slept until 1:30 in the afternoon! Who knew I could still even DO that?! It takes great skill to sleep for 14 hours straight. That evening I saw Star Wars again with my sister. It was good bonding time. We got our eardrums rattled at the Uptown; which is always fun. Not much else of note going on...I need to call my girlfriend, whom I fear I have been neglecting of late.

Remember kids: a ninja freezes his attacker with the gaze of a thousand unfriendly poodles.

Friday, May 20, 2005

New Parental Controls...

Day Two

So this morning as I was eating breakfast (triple chocolate cupcakes and Sunny D) and enjoying the pale weather* and I heard Rodolfo running around. Rodolfo is the mouse that lives in the wall under my bed. Every night at about 12:30 he gets up and runs across my kitchen/bedroom, goes up the stairs in to my office/wardrobe, and from thence I can only assume he proceeds to my parents' side of the house to terrorize our neurotic cat, get a spot of lunch, and then head back. Usually he runs back around 4:30 in the morning, but today I heard his tiny thunderous feet at 8:30! Which made me start imagining (usually dangerous in my case and always so when eating) what kind of excuses he would come up with if he could talk.

"Damn this traffic," he would say, "there I was, getting out of the bread box early for once, and wouldn't you know it, some idiot bug has to up and crawl under the door right by the dog. Dog barks, lady lets him in, and I am stuck in the kitchen for hours."

Quite a disgruntled mouse, our Rodolfo.

I was also glad yesterday to get some much needed rest after my late late night watching Star Wars. And am also glad today is Friday! I have some cash and am planning on hitting the Dutch Farmers Market on the way home for some goodies. Mmm...pumpkin custard pie....

This weekend I'm taking my sister to see Star Wars, and have a family event of some kind on Sunday. Should be fun. We'll probably have to have a "family meeting" afterwards, which should not be as much fun. But that's the way it goes with family.

More bulletins as events warrant. Today's entertaining site: http://www.worth1000.com/

Thursday, May 19, 2005

A Beginning...

So it begins. Dragged kicking and screaming into the realm of the blog. Well, more like whining and muttering. Perhaps its a fatigue-induced, Peach Snapple-flavored decision, but I am going to stick by it. So what's happened with me recently?

Earlier this morning I had the chance to view the third (or sixth) installment of Star Wars. I expected better, although it did keep me entertained for three hours. I'll probably see it again at the Uptown to get the full experience...maybe it'll be better then. One can only hope anyway. Seriously, is George Lucas thinking if he adds enough special effects and glitz, it'll cover up the really atrocious acting? What on earth is that about? Not to mention the Darth Vader/Frankenstein moment. Sad.

My sister has come home from her world travels, which is nice. She brought me a boomerang. And she got a wee baby turtle that is just about the most wicked cool little thing I have ever seen. I am jealous about that.

Today's fun website: http://void.lbstone.com/

That is all.

Harrumph...most irregular!