Monday, May 30, 2016


Barking Up The Dollar Tree, also a Savvy Find

The other day I made a trip to the local Dollar Tree, I was reminded thanks to Facebook that its been one year since they have been open.  It seems the card selection has improved since first opening so that's good.  I did buy 3 repacks which I'll show another day.  Once I scan them.  As for today I will show other items I got there.

Recently this Dollar Tree has started getting movies that you might have actually heard of.  In the past they were really crappy ones if they had any at all.  I'm quite okay with that since I don't expect DVD's of high quality to be sold for a buck.  This time though I found three I didn't want to pass up.  Two I knew would be good because I've seen them before, and the other was a total shot in the dark.

A total shot in the dark here but I figured it was a Christian movie and for a buck I'll give it a try.  I might watch it soon, but I'm not in a rush.  It could be good, if it is I might review it one day.

The next one was an easy pick up.  As a matter of fact, I watched it as soon as I got home.

I don't watch SNL much these days, nothing really against it, but I can't get into the newer cast.  That's not to say they aren't good, I love Cecily Strong, I mean L-O-V-E! I actually stopped watching regularly once they opted not to keep her at the Weekend Update desk.  These days it competes with Ring Of Honor Wrestling locally so if I watch anything its usually that.

The 2009-2010 season didn't ring a bell at first, but I have a pretty good collection of Saturday Night Live DVD's that consist of the best of ones they do.  If they put out full seasons of the 90's to today I would probably get them, but I still need to get the first 5 out on DVD.

When I grabbed it and read the synopsis, at first nothing really rang a bell, but did see it had clips of when Betty White hosted. "I don't have Facebook, but it seems like a big waste of time."  She was a pretty good host.  Then I saw it included some MacGruber sketches, which were usually good.  I can't say the same for the movie, which is usually the case for sketches turned into movies, but I do like Will Forte.  Having said that, I don't like a lot of his characters or his show Last Man on Earth, but oh well.  Then I saw it had Kenan Thompson hosting "What Up With That", which was usually good.  I think it was the first one he did.  It had the ESPN announcers sketch on there too, where they would announce some insane sports event on ESPN Classic (this one was Women's Bowling).  Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte both slay me on those.  The clincher was it had a couple Digital Shorts, one being Shy Ronnie.  The Digital Shorts were always either really great or really bad, and this was one of my favorites.  I think only D*** In A Box and I'm On A Boat were better (maybe Lazy Sunday too).

As I watched it I saw a lot of cast mates I miss today like Abby Elliott and Bill Hader.  They included a good amount of time for Weekend Update and yes, Stefan was on there.  I think another reason I skip SNL these days is Colin Jost and the other guy (apologies I forget who he is, only seen him a couple times) just don't connect to me like Seth Meyers did.  This DVD also had cameos of former cast mates like Amy Poehler, Tiny Fey, Ana Gasteyer, and Molly Shannon (the NPR show this time with Betty White talking about her "muffins").  The only bad thing is like
most of the SNL DVDs the extras could have been a lot more.  They make the DVD length TV length, but since its on DVD I think they could have added more.  Instead they only had Weekend Update dress rehearsal, an extra sketch I think, and a full episode of the Thursday Weekend Update show they did for a couple years.  I would have added about another 4-5 sketches maybe even one that didn't make the show, and a couple more Digital Shorts or their parody commercials.  Oh well, for a buck I won't complain.  Plus it didn't have much Kristen Wiig which is a plus in my book.

So this last DVD I got wasn't a DVD...


Well, here it is.

It's not everyday you find a Blu-Ray movie for a buck, especially still sealed.  Even if you do its not a movie you ever heard of or want to know of.  That isn't the case here.  My mom really likes Darkman, and while its been a long time since I've seen it, it was without a doubt worth a buck.  I can't remember what is included but it does have an extra or two as well.  I'm going to keep it sealed for now for a couple reasons.  First is because I don have it on DVD already, but it didn't have extras and I figured it would look a lot better on Blu-Ray.  The other reason I have it sealed?  Well, I don't own a Blu-Ray player.  I know I will one day, maybe even soon, but for now its not something I need.  Sure I should have passed on this, but who knows I might get a player next week and then kick myself for not getting this.  This isn't the only movie I have on Blu-Ray though.  As you may remember last year I bought Last Action Hero (which I DON'T have on DVD), and I have quite a few Disney movies on Blu-Ray.  Just a few bucks more you get the DVD AND Blu-Ray, so why not?  That reminds me I need to look for Lion King and Finding Nemo on Blu-Ray at some point.

So I think I came out well with these three movies.  There might have been a fourth movie too but I can't remember what it was and I passed it up.  Truth be told I had a really bad headache at the time and was waiting for my mom to finish shopping so I could go home.  I only stumbled on these because I was bored.  They hide them in a random aisle where you can't see them.  Sure I guess they should go next to headphones, but I think it would be smarter next to the books or even by the checkout, not the middle of a long aisle opposite dish soap.

After we left, we did make one more stop.  We went to Savvy Seconds.  I didn't expect to get anything as we just went recently and I didn't see anything.  This time didn't offer much, as I spent most my time trying to decide if I needed a Liz Phair CD I've passed up the last 4 times I went.  In the end, I passed it up again, along with a Collective Soul CD (which I might have), and a Dave Matthews Band cassette (YES, I SAID A CASSETTE).  It made me think about when Walmart finally decided to stop carrying cassettes.  I can't think of an actual time, but I'm sure it had to be very early 2000's if not late 90's.  Truth be told I was still buying them until the end too.  Though DMB wasn't one I bought, mainly because I bought it at a garage sale a few years earlier.  One of my first CD's, though I'm not his biggest fan.

At any rate, I was ready to go, I saw some football shoulder pads that finally had a price on it, but passed it up, and was ready to walk out empty handed until my mom held something up.  "Did you see this?" she asked.  I hadn't and it was something I'm glad she found.  It wasn't something I needed, but still cool nonetheless.

Sorry for the blurry picture, but its a Jose Reyes bobblehead.  It had a buck on it, so I figured why not.  As I stood in line I noticed something though.  First he doesn't have a bat.  So I assumed he did at one point, but it was missing. Then I looked down and noticed a piece broke off.  Even thought it wasn't all there, I still figured it was worth a buck and got it anyways.  What I imagine happened is that the previous owner dropped it.  It also seems the head doesn't seem quite right, but it still bobbles.  Here is better photos.

The missing piece was a logo for the video game MLB 2K8.  I found out a short time ago that this was a pre-order bonus if you bought the game.  I never played that one, so I missed out I guess.  I was still mad at the fact they stopped making the MVP series which I thought was a lot better (MVP 2005 is one of my top 5 games ever).  It wouldn't be until the 2K13 game came out that I would get a newer version.  Even then it was only because it was really cheap and I had some credits to burn.

It seems to be a pretty nice bobblehead but I'm not going to lie and say I'm a big Jose Reyes fan.  I can't even think of a reason that warranted him to be the cover player for the game.  Oh well, I like it so I'd goes next to the Kirk Herbstreit one I have.

I don't think bobbleheads really look like the person they usually depict, but I'm sure its tough as heck to make someone's likeness exactly the same.  One more photo, this one of the sell sheet (I assume you'd call it that) of the bobblehead.

The funny thing is I looked on eBay then on Google images to find out more information on this, and the first couple photos I saw also had him missing a bat.  I guess they got lost easily or broken.

So I guess that wraps it up for today, but before I go I wanted to post a picture that Lanny Poffo posted a couple days ago.  Lanny was a wrestler and was known as The Genius.  More importantly, Lanny is the brother of Macho Man Randy Savage.  Around the anniversary of Savage's death, Lanny posted this picture.

It seems a short time before Macho Man died, he found this kitten abandoned so he adopted it.  It is missing a front arm, but he took care of it.  Once Randy passed away, his wife took care of the kitten.  Lanny said Randy named it after one of him longtime friends in wrestling, Sylvester Ritter.  Ritter was better known by the name the Junk Yard Dog. Savage named this kitten JYC- or Junk Yard Cat.  It was just cool to read this about Savage since after he had left wrestling he was a pretty quiet guy that didn't let much of his private life out.  As of the date Lanny posted the photo, the cat is still living.

Okay I will stop there for tonight, I hope everyone had a good extended weekend (for those that did), and hope for a great week ahead.  I finally finished a couple tasks up so now I get the fun task of sorting my roughly 20,000 plus cards so I can start shipping some out soon.  Maybe I will wait a while, I have a few other things to do too, so at any rate I'll be busy for a bit.  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  I just realized the title for today was Barking Up The Dollar Tree, then made no real reference to dogs but did talk about a cat. Them's the breaks I guess.


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5/30/16, 9:43 PM delete

Unless that Lix Phair CD is over 2 bucks, you best not pass on it next visit.

5/31/16, 2:16 AM delete

I have her "Why can't I" on my YouTube playlist. That song just "clicked" with me the first time I heard it. I think it's the only song of hers I've ever heard, too.

5/31/16, 10:56 AM delete

The issue I have is I just gave a bunch of my CD's to a friend a couple months ago because I didn't have room. I ripped all of them first, but still I'm not sure I want to start adding more again. I think I have her stuff already so I'm not sure I really need it. There are two copies of the CD there so I still might next time I go. I think its 50 cents or a buck, so still a good deal.

5/31/16, 10:59 AM delete

I was listening to her for a while before that song came out, but it is still one of my favorites of hers. It seemed like a double edged sword for her though, as some kind of thought she sold out for a pop-ish song, only to really fade back into obscurity. I still like her either way though.