Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Treasure Map!

Today, Willie and I hit up a few stores in Cranbrook and Kimberley and found a few goodies and bought everything with pocket change.  We didn't find anything in Kimberley, but in Marysville they were having a bag sale for $7.00 a bag plus it was buy one bag, get one free!  All the super cool shirts weren't the right size, but we did get one bag.  Willie got a pink polo/golf shirt, I got a purple polo/golf shirt plus some books and the rest of the bag were shirts and a hat for Logan and Avery.  One of the shirts I got Logan was a Mr. T shirt and was his favorite of the three shirts I got him.  If he wears any of them just once I'll consider it a success.

In Cranbrook, we went to the Salvation Army and spent quite a bit of time there because the re-organized their media section so it was easier to look at stuff.  I got movies and Willie got a couple CDs.  At the "checkout" I noticed a brochure called "The Picker's Paradise Treasure Map", so I grabbed one.


It's a brochure of all the second hand stores in the Cranbrook, Marysville and Kimberley area.  


One side lists all the stores and breaks them up in different categories.  It also has the address, phone number and store hours.


The reverse side has a handy dandy map showing all the locations.

Overall, it's pretty good idea and I wish they had done this a while ago.  Looking at the map there are actually a couple places I've never even heard of.  I've probably driven by them though.  The Great Western Garage Sale sounds decent, so I'll have to check it out next time I'm back and be disappointed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Memories...

I was going through some of my boxes looking for a DVD that I wanted to get rid of, but I couldn't find it.  I looked in one box and found the EDGEfest '98 program guide hiding inside a bag at the bottom.  The one thing I remember most about that weekend is mainly Willie not putting on sun screen and then getting cooked like a lobster.


I gave the thin magazine a quick flip through which has short band write ups and a lot of ads inside.  When I hit the page with Sloan on it I discovered I had gotten the page signed by the band!


Pretty sweet.  I know I also had them sign my ticket stub which is somewhere in a box.  I totally forgot that I had this program signed, so it was nice find.

 I also found some other miscellaneous letters and stuff I had gotten in the mail including a letter from Virgin Music Canada and the band Pluto.  It was promoting their new album at the time, "Shake Hand with the Future".  I got a letter with a bunch of tour dates(all out East) plus two stickers.  Fun fact, send me stickers and I'm your new best friend.


You'll notice the bottom of the letter has all the band members names and signatures, yes signatures.  Those are printed facsimiles, they band actually signed the letter.  That was pretty cool they did that.  I wonder how many of those letters they sent out?

I also found an envelope from Handsome Boys Records and Rusty, but unfortunately there wasn't much it in, certainly not any stickers.  The letter I got from Exan and YTV News is in there too.  That's the one where I got the free Nirvana "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah" single/promo CD.  Cam is still cheesed over that one.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I didn't bring any socks

Running a bit late here as I'm on vacation and in Cranbrook right now.  I actually came back last Wednesday and meant to post on here that I was planning on going back, but thought I'd wait until I got to BC to do it.  Then I didn't.  On Thursday we went over to Kootenay Lake and we drove back into Cranbrook this afternoon.

On Thursday we took the round about way to the lake and went up the Creston/Salmo Pass and through to Castlegar. On the way there was passed Shabadoo or Shambala or whatever that music festival is called.  They actually had traffic control at the entrance with flaggers and you had to reduce speed.  I bet they were we checking vehicles for marijuana, like if you didn't have they would give you some.

We stopped in Thrums to see the place my brother and his girlfriend just bought.  It actually has two house on the property, the larger one they rent out and the smaller one they are fixing up for themselves.  The large house is total time warp back to the 70's, the smaller one needs a lot of work too, but at least it's small.  Its also right off the highway, so it's loud and there are train tracks.  I hope they got it cheap!

After that we went to Nelson and walked around downtown a bit.  It was very "diverse".  After that we caught the ferry and went to the cabin.  It was pretty smoky and today when we left it started raining which is probably good because they need it.

I'm back in Cranbrook for a couple days and don't really have any plans.  I need to go to Pages and Tuesday I'll see Willie.  We'll probably go for lunch and hit up some thrift stores.  I need to find a 9V power supply and I know the Hospital Aux has a big wall of electrical stuff.

I also mentioned on my Instagram that I went geocaching and while I was sitting in front of the TV here in Gold Creek I opened the app, which is simply called Geocaching, and got this map.


The blue dot is me at the house and all the green dots below it are geocaches all over the South Star Trails.  That's a lot!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kick out the margarine

Back on a post I did called, Kick out the jams, I mentioned how whenever I finish (or get close to finishing) a jar of jam, I just push it to back of the fridge and put a new jar at the front.  I do the exact same thing with my margarine tubs.  I figured things were getting out of hand and decided to finally clean out the fridge of margarine tubs.


My fridge had eight empty margarine tubs in it!  They were empty, but I did wash them all out and now its time for the recycle bin.  Also, even though I did a cleaning of jam jars back in February I still cleaned out five more as well.  Now I have room for food the fridge!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

World studies

I posted some pictures of some old posters I found and put on my bare fridge.  Well, I finally have some new magnets to add to that.


My mom was in Toronto a couple months ago for a work conference and went to Niagara Falls and got me this magnet.  Now I have the magnet I don't need to ever visit it.  So majestic...

Around the same time a guy from work took a month off to go on holidays and he told me he was going to Afghanistan, he's from there, so I asked him to bring me back a magnet.  Turns out he actually got me a magnet!  Of course, he couldn't find it, then kept forgetting to bring it to work, but he remembered to bring it last Friday, so now it's stuck on my fridge.


I guess Afghanistan was too dangerous to visit (insert sarcastic remark here) so he ended up visiting Iran instead.  Because you know Iran is so much safer??   Well it looks okay in that picture anyway.

Side story!  Once upon a time at T.M. Roberts in Mr. Minnis' grade 6 class, we had to do a report on a country.  I don't remember how it was decided who got what country, but I did my report on Iran and Cam did his report on Iraq.  There were a few arguments on which country was better, Iran or Iraq.  Looking back on at it now, it's not like one was better than the other, it's more like which is less bad.  Although, to be fair Iran didn't get invaded...twice.  Sorry Cam.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Import business

Back in February I ordered a blu-ray from Hong Kong and it took three freaking months to be delivered.  The longest I've ever had to wait for a package from HK was a month, so three months is brutal.  I saw a story on the news that in Vancouver there was a huge backlog of shipping containers of mail just sitting in the port waiting to be released by Canada Customs.  Some containers sat there for two months before getting cleared to Canada Post for delivery.

I went and did another order of legit movies from Hong Kong and crossed my fingers they wouldn't take three months to be delivered.  Luckily, they only took a week to get here!  Pretty crazy how mail delivery can vary from one week to three months.  I'm just glad I didn't have wait another three months.

And now here is what I got!


The Super Inframan, 1975, was Hong Kong's answer to Japanese super hero shows like Kamen Rider and Ultraman.  The filmmakers even enlisted the the help of Japanese studios while making the movie.  The movie is pretty crazy and totally awesome.  It had lots of monster dudes in rubber suits and insane fights.  Like Kamen Rider, Inframan is human sized and fights human sized monsters, but one scene has him grow giant size (like Ultraman) and then squash a enemy monster like a bug, literally!  The Super Inframan is also the first super hero movie out of Hong Kong


Then back to original Japanese superhero stuff with Ultraman X: The Movie!


More Ultraman with Ultraman Ginga S, the complete series.  I have had my eye on these discs, but always thought they were too expensive.  They have been available for a little while and now the price has dropped to half what it used it be.  My waiting actually paid off, but not really cuz I still spent money.


And another Japanese movie, Sadako  Vs Kayoko, the Japanese version of Freddy Vs Jason!  I mentioned I bought this on bootleg DVD in Chinatown, but it didn't have subtitles.  The legit Hong Kong blu-ray does, so it's all good.  I guess I should be buying legit discs to avoid that problem right?


The last one is a HK movie called Screwball '94.  I don't know much about it other than that it's like the HK version of teen sex comedy.  As you can see by the logos, it is a Category III movie which is the same as being rated R over here.  I guess that means there will be boobs in it.  The cover also hints at this.

I should be good for a while on ordering movies from Hong Kong.  There are a few movies I'm keeping an eye on to see if if they get a release like the new reboot of Cutie Honey and Hurricane Polymar.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Google is watching

If you follow my Instagram account, then you've saw a picture I posted a few a weeks ago when Cam was in Calgary.  I took him to Boardwalk fries and burgers and despite the long ass wait for our food, it wasn't terrible.  The buns were slightly blackened, but still overall the burgers were good.

I ordered some upgraded fries and stupidly thought I would get them with the combo meal I ordered, but no.  I got the combo meal plus an extra order of bacon cheddar ranch fries.  When I saw them on the menu I only saw the words "bacon cheddar" and that sounded pretty good.  It wasn't until I ordered them and said it out loud and then realized the ranch was on there.  Long story short I will never eat them again, and Cam probably won't talk to me again.

I'm sure you are wondering where I'm going with this, but I'll explain.  Whenever I go anyway, to a store or whatever, Google on my phone logs it with GPS and then asks me questions about various locations.  Google maps will ask for pictures, Google will ask for a review and Google Guides will ask specific questions about where ever I went.


This is the original picture I took of the bacon ranch fries after Cam and I had ate some them.  Mostly we had a few fries and picked out all the bacon.  


This is a screenshot of what Google asked me when I opened the picture.  It just wanted to know what the picture was, so if I wanted to upload as location photo it would know.  I just cropped it a bit for my Instagram post.  The caption couldn't be anymore perfect for the picture of those soggy soggy ranch fries.


Then yesterday I get an e-mail from Google Local Guides telling me I can get a special version of Google Maps since I'm a contributor.  The e-mail also included tips on taking pictures of food.  It's like they saw my picture of those fries and thought, I needed help or something.  I thought I captured the "essence" of the fries pretty good.  If you need some tips on taking pictures of your food, here you go.


Now I know what "flay lay" means!  It's not as dirty as I thought.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

DIY Whitening

When I back in Cranbrook I found a couple bags of old Star Wars Kenner figures that I had picked up over the years at thrift stores and garage sales.  I brought them back to Calgary to put with my other old Star Wars figures I have that I found at thrift stores here in Calgary.  Some figures look better than others and then there is this one.


While I love all Stormtrooper figures, the Biker Scout figure is one of my favorites.  Unfortunately, this guy has seen better days.  He is pretty worn with lots of the black rubbed off/wearing through, he has loose joints and even a big crack in the upper left torso.  Add to that the torso is severely yellowed.  

The yellowing happens to a lot of Stormtroopers just due to aging of the plastic.  I had read about a home remedy to fix the yellowing, so I thought I'd give it a try to see how it works and since this guy was already so worn it wasn't going to be a big waste if it didn't work.


You need three things to do this and the first two are hydrogen peroxide and a clear glass jar.  The jar I just bought with pocket change at the thrift store because my empty huckleberry jam jars were too small.  The hydrogen peroxide can be found in any pharmacy, but in the guide I read the guy said to use a 6% solution. I looked everywhere and everyone only carried 3%.  I even asked at my pharmacy if it came in a stronger solution and if they could order it.  Again, all the were able to get was the 3% solution, so looks like I'm not off to great start.


Just fill the jar with the hydrogen peroxide and drop the figure in it.  Of course, he should be full submerged.  Before I put my figure in the jar I gave him a wash in warm soapy water just to get any surface dirt and grime off.


The third thing you need is a window and some sunlight.  Is that four things?  Once again the guide I read recommended leaving the jar out for an entire week.  Every day just rotate the jar so the front and back get equal exposure to the sun and shake off any bubbles that form on the figure.


It worked!  Here is a before and after shot of my biker scout and he definitely looks a lot cleaner now.  Even after the first day in the jar there was a noticeable change in colour.  I guess not having the 6% hydrogen peroxide didn't really matter in the long run.  I'm pretty happy it worked and can't wait to find some more old yellowed Stormtroopers to experiment on.  It's like science and stuff.