Monday, September 19, 2016

The Sweet Bunch Cup



This is a beautiful sterling silver 1924 loving cup tennis trophy by the J.E. McCall Company.  This company was founded in 1839 and is a respected maker of silver, china and crystal.  Numbered 441 and is marked "Sterling" on bottom.

It reads: 



Joseph B. McCall Trophy

1924

Tennis Championship

Mens Singles

P.E. Co. A.A.

Runner Up

Wm. C. Stults Jr.

Weight:  223 grams

Height:  6"

Width:  5-3/4" across widest point

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

This Blog Has No Use Anymore

This blog has no use anymore, unless I want to use it as, you know, a blog. Google has already permanently sandboxed it, and I have used it for so many general topics that it can't ever be narrowed down to a niche blog on any subject. I can't see anything here because I'd have better luck trying to sell brains to Trump voters. 

So, all I can do is use it as a blog.

To like talk about things that interest me. Use it an extension of my memory. 

Right now I have nothing to say. My Thriller Video collection has stalled because there just haven't been many on Ebay to bid on. I remember when I first started collecting them someone sold an entire sealed collection on Beta for $666 at Halloween. If I knew then what I know now I would have bought it and the game would have been over. 

Lately to satisfy my urge to collect I've been picking up cassette tapes when I find them because I can get them for a couple of bucks wheras records now cost ten dollars even in non-collectible, or playable, condition.

Tomorrow the NFL season starts, and I'm already almost insurmountably behind in the one league I actually care about due to another monster performance against me in the Thursday night NFL opener. It's the same game Peyton Manning threw seven touchdowns in three years ago, and of course he was playing against me. My season never got off the ground after that.

I did sign up for a FanDuel contest because I believe Spencer Ware and Christine Micahel are going to run wild, which allowed me to get a top QB and three top wide receivers. Almost everyone will also this type of line-up, but I hope mine is just different enough to finish in the money.

I like September.




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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Kickin' Butt At Fantasy Football

My Devo team apparently kicked some butts in the draft in this league. I have discovered auction drafts, and they are everything I dreamed they could be. My drafts are over now. This was the last one, and apparently I was peaking. Bring on the season. 


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Rockford Pages Poetry Slam Team: Rockford Pages Poet Gets Shiny New Teeth

Rockford Pages Poetry Slam Team: Rockford Pages Poet Gets Shiny New Teeth: Outsider poet Thomas L. Vaultonburg recently got some shiny new teeth. At least on line he did. As was pointed out by his father thirty-five... Pin It

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Aquatron VX-33 "The Egg" 8 Eight Track Tape Player

Aquatron VX-33 "The Egg" 8 Eight Track Tape Player

Been in a cool dark storage area for about 5 years.

This was rebuilt to work like new. Still does.

The belt was replaced, heads cleaned and adjusted.
 Bad lamps were replaced, knobs were cleaned and unit 100% tested.

There is nothing wrong with this physically and electrically. The pictures does not do it justice. I repair electronic, but I am not a photographer.

The battery box is super clean and the antenna is straight.

Offered as-is, no return.

No worries. There will be no return. 

I have only two 8-Tracks, The Beach Boys "Endless Summer" and Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, so I played them both this afternoon. Why this detour on the way to perfect recording technology was needed I'll still never know, but having this thing seems to complete some transactional analysis in my brain. I react to it emotively and consider it an aesthetic triumph. I hope to eventually get a few more 8 Tracks to play. The radio works, too. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Star Wars Original 12 Figures From Kenner

(o) KENNER (o)
VINTAGE STAR WARS
FIRST 12 FIGS WITH STAND!
THIS IS THE COMPLETE SET OF THE FIRST 12 VINTAGE STAR WARS FIGURES WITH ALL ORIGINAL VINTAGE WEAPONS. THERE IS NOTHING REPRODUCTION IN THIS LISTING!
I BELIEVE THE DEATH SQUAD COMMANDER IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A DARK BLUE GUN BUT HERE HE HAS A LIGHTER BLUE IMPERIAL BLASTER. ALL OTHER WEAPONS ARE CORRECT INCLUDING LEIAS BLACK BLASTER. THERE ARE NO MAJOR FLAWS IN ANY FIGURE EXCEPT FOR LEIA WHO HAS A SMALL RIP IN HER CAPE (PICTURED). ASIDE FROM HER RIP THERE ARE SLIGHT PAINT CHIPS ON A FEW OF THE FIGS BUT IN GENERAL THEY ARE ALL IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. THE STAND HAS A SMALL CHIP ON THE BACK (PICTURED). 

Star Wars original 12 Kenner action figures, all original, with original capes and weapons, on a Kenner stand I believe you had to mail in from a General Mills cereal offer. I know this because my mom got this for us, although I don't remember having most of these action figures, just Darth Vader, C3PO, R2D2, Chewbacca, and a Jawa. We had no interest in the human characters.

We saw Star Wars at the Robin outdoor theater I think the summer after it came out, when it was re-released. Of course it was awesome, and we were blown away, but we didn't really collect the toys very much. 

C3PO and Obi Wan Kenobi

We called Darth Vader Dark Vader the entire summer until school started and the other kids corrected us. I still persisted in believing his name was Dark Vader, and it was not apparent to me until The Empire Strikes Back that he was a human in a suit of Space Agre armor and not a robot. 

We never had or wanted either one of these action figures. In 1978 it just didn't seem to make any sense to us. 

Chewbacca and Princess Leia

To us R2D2 and C3PO were the true stars of the movie. I didn't detect until much later how much of a jerk C3PO was.

We're far enough down that no one is reading anymore, so I'm going to tell this awful story. We didn't have these toys, because in general we couldn't afford them. For Christmas 1978 all I wanted was the Millennium Falcon from the Sears catalog. I knew that wan't possible. I did get the Land Cruiser, however, and I was happy. Knowing my brother could only have been four years old at the time makes this story all the more awful, and adding to that awfulness that the man who owned the Ben Franklin lived across the street from us, but we coerced our youngest brother to shoplift a Jawa. I think the action figures might have only been like $2.98 at that time, but we didn't have it. 


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Congo Park Watercolor By Jenny Mathews

Jenny and I went on vacation to New Orleans earlier in the summer. It was an amazing vacation. We stayed at the Olivier House. 


The Olivier House by Jenny Mathews


Of course we received the usual warnings. Don't go here, don't go there, which we did our best to ignore. One of the places we were advised against going to was Louise Armstrong Park. Not safe they said. But we went, anyway. Reading the history of the park and Congo Square was fascinating. It was the one place slaves and freed Blacks were allowed to congregate in freely. Well, semi-freely. One could almost feel the energy that had been imbued into that ground. For me the most striking feature of Congo Park was...


No matter what question you ask in New Orleans, the answer seems to be Marie Laveau, and even locals in the know will freely admit ain't nobody really knows a damn thing about her. I never asked about Marie Laveau, because I didn't want to get the answer they give to tourists. I don't know much about anything metaphysical, but if this tree isn't my spirit plant I don't know what is. 
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