Saturday, April 7, 2012

Weekend OTR: Molly’s Easter Dress Creation

easter-dressHappy Easter to everyone.

When Easter rolls around, I can’t help but think about something I heard in my church a few years ago on Easter morning. The place was packed and a lady sitting in front of my wife and me leaned back and said one of the funniest things I’d heard in some time.

“Look at all the CEOs,” she said.


“Yeah, you know – people who show up on Christmas and Easter only.”

By the way, if you’re a fan of old time radio, you should pay a visit to Trust me on this. OTR fans should also head over to First Arkansas News every Sunday to check on the latest Lum and Abner comic strip. Yes, that’s an original series over there and you don’t want to miss it.

Having said all of that, click the below link to listen to this weekend’s OTR episode.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Retrogaming heaven


The folks at my wife’s office decided to replace their 36” Mitsibushi tube television sets with 60” LCD TVs.

The question, of course, is what does one do with a huge, outdated television? The Mitsubishi in question, after all, weighs around 200 pounds and isn’t exactly state of the art. The thing is bulky and can’t touch it’s HDTV counterparts in this day and age where high definition rules the airwaves.

So, anyway – what does one do with a huge television set? You give it to someone who loves vintage video game systems, of course. My wife’s employers decided the Mitsubishis were worthless and decided to give them away for free to anyone willing to haul them out of the building. My wife grabbed one and – with quite a bit of help – managed to cram it in the back of her GMC Terrain (it barely fit because the thing is simply massive).

The television is outstanding for classic video games, so I’m glad to have it. I’ve got quite a few vintage systems around here – an Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and Playstation 1. They all look terrible on the HDTV sets we have (well, the Atari 2600 looks OK, but not great). Those systems have pretty well remained in a closet for the past few years for want of a suitable television set. Yes, our Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2, Sega Dreamcast (with a VGA box) and that piece of crap Xbox 360 all look great on HDTV sets, but I’ve truly missed my older systems.

So, there’s a lesson here – if you’re a fan of vintage video games and find them unplayable on an HDTV set, the chances are good you can find a tube television for next to nothing (or, maybe even for free).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: A life-sized Hot Wheels car!


Yes, that’s a photo of a genuine Arkansas vehicle! My, but I love this state. Click here for more Wordless Wednesday entries.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Music Monday: Mekons!

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Horoscope for the week of April 2

Dr. Zodiac – our resident psychic, soothsayer and general purpose mystic – said the stars were too busy pulling April Fool’s Day gags on each other to give our fates for the coming week much consideration.

The good news is that the stars have come up with a bunch of vague, pitiful horoscopes that aren’t brimming with the specific miseries to which we’ve become accustomed. The bad news is that the horoscopes are all rather, well, lame.

Dr. Zodiac has taken those vague, lame forecasts and has criticized each one (his comments are in italics). Read on and you’ll see what he means. Maybe next week’s horoscope will be better.


Mar 21-Apr 19

This week, you will face several obstacles at work. Seriously? Who doesn’t face obstacles every single week at work? This forecast is worse than vague – it’s just plain lazy. Your lucky number this week is 678901.


Apr 20-May 20

You will become reacquainted with someone from your past this week. Here’s another lazy one. Doesn’t that happen to virtually everyone in this Facebook-happy world? Good grief! Your lucky number this week is 309156.


May 21-Jun 21

Don’t be afraid of change. Embrace it! Is this a forecast or a proverb? This is the kind of stuff you’d expect to find in a fortune cookie. Seriously, folks – the stars have let us down with this slop this week. They can do better. Your lucky number this week is 84124097655792.


Jun 22-Jul 22

Negative people will try to discourage you this week. Don’t let them. Isn’t this pretty much true every single week? How about some specifics, stars? Why did y’all even bother this week? Your lucky number this week is 7094216.


Jul 23-Aug

You will find a program you very much like on television this week. You will watch it. Enjoy! Yes, there’s some life-changing advice, huh? And who could have foreseen that? Jeepers! Your lucky number this week is 812340.


Aug 23-Sep 22

Don’t trust anyone named Frederick this week. Seriously. If you do, you’ll regret it. Now, that’s what I call a horoscope! While it is somewhat vague, it is specific enough to offer some useful advice. Good work on this one. Sadly, the stars didn’t put much time into the rest of them. Your lucky number this week is 5. 


Sep 23-Oct 23

Coffee is fine in moderation. If you drink too much, you should consider cutting back to, say, a cup or two a day. That’s just some general health advice. You can pick up this kind of slop anywhere. The stars have let you down, Libra. Your lucky number this week is 18.


Oct 24-Nov 21

Have you made out your shopping list this week? You should or you won’t know what to buy at the grocery store and wouldn’t that be unfortunate? I honestly don’t know where to begin here as there are so many things that are worthless about this alleged forecast. It’s obvious the stars simply aren’t trying this week. I would apologize for them, but this isn’t my fault. Your lucky number this week is 2785.


Nov 22-Dec 21

Spring is here, so perhaps you should consider taking up a new hobby. Tennis, anyone? Yes, don’t you feel prepared for the week ahead now? While the stars are typically advising you of some calamity that is about to fall down on your head, you’re getting this kind of junk this week. Feel cheated? You should. Your lucky number this week is 30-15.


Dec 22-Jan 19

All of your friends hate you. While still vague, this is an improvement. If your friends really do hate you, it’s a good thing to know about it before something awful happens, huh? Your lucky number this week is 68109.


Jan 20-Feb 18

You once had a pet, but it died. You miss it. Well, there you go. You didn’t already know this, did you? The stars are driving me crazy with this kind of slop this week. Perhaps that’s the point. Your lucky number this week is 78190.


Feb 19-Mar 20

Don’t feel bad. No one else got a decent forecast this week, either. And you didn’t get one at all, Pisces. Perhaps you are well within your rights to feel bad. Your lucky number this week is 40274.