So what's gone on my humor blog the past week? A lot of old-time radio series Vic and Sade, so there's about forty minutes of amusingly chatty old-time radio to hear over there. All told there were:
- A Partial Review of the Plants and Animals of Australia. Some are great, some are what were you even thinking?
- Does This Actually Clear Up The Issue? From a strange panel in a Flash Gordon comic.
- Statistics Saturday: Episodes Where Captain Kirk Gets His Shirt Torn Or Taken Off, By Season and you might be surprised how few they were.
- Vic and Sade hear about Rush’s Speaking Acquaintances, dipping one's toes into a charming old-time radio series.
- Vic and Sade, with algebra, without Vic, Sade, just Rush and Uncle Fletcher describing algebra problems. It's more than that premise might sound.
- Vic and the Marching Team and how to practice drill steps when you aren't near your teammates.
- Sade and the Marching Auxiliary and how to assemble the wives of ten people most of whom aren't married.
- What Aquaman Says To Me, this week's major piece and maybe my biggest confession in ages.
Believe it or not I'm done with amusement park pictures for the year. Here instead have a couple photographs from my last visit to Video To Go, a local independent video store that closed in October and that wasn't even the last local independent video store to close around here. Anyway:
From this angle you'd barely know Video To Go had finished its rental business and was just selling off everything left in stock.
Remember Columbia Pictures? Part of the decor was this sort of promotional sign for the studios, back when we noticed there were still studios. Playing on the TV was The Simpsons ``Cape Feare'' episode. (In comparison, the first time I ever stepped into Video To Go, they were playing Encino Man.)
Video To Go's clock on the wall, with its old logo that somehow Paramount let them get away with. Or I guess let them get away with for a while.
Ghost Board with Video To Go's no-longer-relevant rental policies. By the time I took this photograph their board with their last batch of new releases was not just a ghost but also removed.
Video To Go's storefront, with their new logo which maybe they got after Paramount stopped letting them get away with the old. bunny_hugger tells me they used to ocupy both that front and the eyeglass place to the right. The local alt-weekly mentioned that before that, they occupied a stand-alone building in the Frandor Mall area that's now Trapper's, a sports bar/comedy club.
And a bonus picture: the winners of the Lansing Pinball League's Halloween costume contest. bunny_hugger's in the center. I'd include more pictures but, well, you don't know who any of the people here are besides Stitch. The women on the left are, of course, The Shining twins, the #2 prizewinners. In the lab coat on the right league organizer and leader WVL is dressed as league superstar CST. He won #1. Way off on the right is HMZ, giving the same ``I look perfectly normal just like all you other hew-mons'' expression that I do when I notice the camera's on me.
Trivia: 556,000 cubic yards of Manhattan schist needed removal, over the course of seven years, for Rockefeller Center. Much was used to fill the South Reservoir in Central Park, forming the foundation for what is now the Great Lawn. Source: Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center, Daniel Okrent.
Currently Reading: Gorgon: The Monsters That Ruled The Planet Before Dinosaurs And How They Died In The Greatest Catastrophe In Earth's History, Peter D Ward.
PS: How Interesting Can A Basketball Tournament Be? in which I spend a lot of words to get around to saying '63'.