Posted in Back in My Day

TAKE A PICTURE! It’s easy!

My first camera was a Brownie, you opened the top, and looked down to line up and take your shot. The one I had didn’t have a lot of fancy settings, and while I did get a few good shots, I wasted a lot of film on shadows, glare, and yes, even my thumb.

It’s not just the film, I had to take the whole roll of 20 or 24 images to a little kiosk in the Valu-Mart parking lot, where a crabby teenage girl would collect my film and often sell me a fresh roll or two, depending on how much money I could hustle up. (Being in the fifth grade and having a girlfriend of sorts already, made it tough to rub two coins together.)

Then I had to pay for processing on the whole roll, it would be nice if they could just toss the obvious failures and only charge for the good pictures. But that’s not how the fotomat business worked.

I wonder what happened to those little parking lot structures. I could use one to store my rakes and shovels.

Posted in Flotsam, Mildly Interesting

Our new doorman

Though shall not pa… FLY? What fly?

My parents used to have one of these croaking frog greeters, I think it started to grate on their nerves, so they turned it off, eventually the batteries leaked and it got thrown away.

I guess we got this at the Saturday auction, but I sure don’t remember bidding on it.

Posted in Mildly Interesting, Podcasts

Mike Rowe is the new Paul Harvey

Today’s podcast recommendation is Mike Rowe’s “The Way I Heard It”… Mike dives into all sorts of events, his stories are riveting, and often there is a twist at the end. That’s why I called him “The new Paul Harvey” although that’s a bit of stretch, the style is similar.

Check it out here or find it on your favorite podcast player. More on that later.

Posted in Mildly Interesting, This explains everything

I want FASTER Monopoly, not this monstrosity

I previously posted here about our experience with the https://www.neverjethot.com/posts/speed-die-monopoly-faster-but-more-evil/ – We like to move things along, because of short attention spans I guess.

So imagine my dismay/morbid curiosity when I saw this sadistic Monopoly game on DeviantArt;

This is just one corner of it.

If this becomes a real game, buy stock in Kimberly-Clark, because there will be tears.

Posted in Flotsam, Mildly Interesting

Be your own boss! Help people avoid butt splinters!

At first glance, I thought this old magazine ad was suggesting that I should start a career in the exciting world of toilet seat repair. Back then, toilet seats were made of wood, and many were outdoors, so maybe they didn’t hold up as well as today’s plastic or lucite seats.

Still, people were self-sufficient, and could get this stuff in Mount Pilot, or just order it from the Sears catalog. I mean, it’s RIGHT THERE. Unless that page is missing.

Posted in This explains everything

Midol for Men

I used to work with a guy who always seemed to be “MANstruating” – He didn’t limit himself to just a few days a month.

It’s too bad the Period Powerhouses Midol and Pamprin have thus far been unable to come up with a formula that relieves these symptoms.

I know Anheuser-Busch* makes a few products that seem to help, but you can’t have it at work.

  • Anheuser Busch! There’s a joke in here somewhere!
Posted in Dig it

Mystery of Buddha

I got this “lucky Buddha coin” from some dude on Listia, it’s kind of cool, but such a dark patina that it’s hard to see. I don’t think much luck is getting through.

Teresa had some red goop “jewelry cleaner”, but as you see, it had no effect. Maybe it doesn’t work on brass. I have an ultrasonic cleaner in the garage but it’s too cold to fool around out there this time of night. So stay tuned.

Posted in Back in My Day, This explains everything

How did this get in my pocket?

I was fixing to throw these jeans in the laundry, and found this old tally sheet from 2017. I haven’t worked there for many months. It begs the question, how long have I been wearing these pants?

It was a graveyard shift job driving an order picker forklift. Some nights I miss it, but not much. Doesn’t look like I spent much time on the machine that night!

I recently had a dream that I was working there again, hadn’t been there 15 minutes before the second shift lead ambled over and said that day shift was saying that I was “doing it wrong”! This made me so mad that I woke up, and I was fuming about it for several days.



Posted in Mildly Interesting

News from the Upside Down

I got this Chia Pet for Christmas, it’s Dustin from the Netflix show Stranger Things. It’s the first Chia Pet I have ever owned. Surprising how fast this stuff grows; Unfortunately I didn’t have the right consistency on the seed slurry, and he wound up with a few bald patches. No worries, that stuff is so thick that you can’t tell, unless you are right on top of it.

I have some of the seeds left, maybe it’s fixable? Next year I’ll ask Santa for a Walter White, or Telly Savalas.