Friday, January 31, 2020

Savvy Shopping: It's Showtime!

Still in the process of cleaning but I did manage to make a trip to Dollar Tree and my local second hand store, and since I have the pictures nearby, it's time for a Savvy Loot Box!

So since I haven't done this in a while, let me explain.  I was always envious of the various loot boxes you can buy with random stuff, but never wanted to pay the 20-30 or more plus shipping for boxes that may or may not have stuff I like.  So instead when I make purchases at my local second hand store, Savvy Seconds, I calculate the total and then post it.  For this trip I am including my trip to Dollar Tree and one purchase I made at Walmart (I have another purchase I hope to post in the near future but need to scan first).  In total, all of the items on this trip (minus the future post) totals- $8.93.  The biggest purchases were from Dollar Tree and Walmart, so just counting Savvy the total is only $1.45.  I think I did pretty well.

Let's start with the Walmart purchase just to knock it out.

I found this in the $3.74 bin and its one I've wanted for a while.  I was hoping to find it on Blu Ray at some point and maybe with a digital code, but I went ahead and got it because I watched it on TV recently and realized I liked it a lot more than I remember.  I would be happy to find it at Dollar Tree for a buck on Blu Ray one day, but for now, this will do.

Speaking of Dollar Tree and Blu Rays, I bought some movies there as well.  In fact it was the biggest reason for the trip.  I've known about a new batch of movies for over a week but was never able to make it there until I went on Tuesday.  I found out that they actually just set the movies out on Monday and by the time I got there it was mostly picked over.  I still found a few good ones.

TMNT isn't one I really needed, but my nephews had it on DVD and its really scratched.  I don't remember really watching it because I like the originals much more, but for a buck I went ahead and got it.  The code on the front was expired and beyond reading, so I didn't get it on digital, but I'm okay with that.  Entourage The Movie is one of the ones I was looking for.  I've never seen it but really liked the series, and wanted to know how the movie was.  I was very happy to grab a copy.  The Broken Saints DVD isn't really my thing, but it is 10 hours of content and I believe 5 hours of extras.  I can give it a shot for a buck.  Finally the ESPN double feature was one I could have passed on, but The Best That Never Was is a really good documentary and one I'm glad I now have.  I don't know if I've seen Run Ricky Run, but I'll watch it at some point.

I passed on a few more movies, mainly because I'm not sure if I'd ever watch them and I should cut back until I watch some that I've bought.  I passed on a random middle season of Community, and 3 Twilight movies.  If the first Twilight movie was there I would have got them, even though I've never seen any of them.  I'm sure future shipments will have all of them, but oh well.  Maybe someone who loves the series will see them and get them.

So now let's get to the Savvy Loot.  If you thought the movie portion of this post was over, you are wrong.  I've spent some time recently working on converting my VHS tapes, and just yesterday watched six hours of wrestling (1987 Starrcade and 2000 Souled Out from WCW and a random Shawn Michaels best of that had cut matches) while I was converting them.  As I make progress, I usually end up buying more.  So what did I get?

I don't have a cell phone so when I go I can't look up if any of these have value or are on Youtube.  That's why I usually stay away from feature movies, ones that could be on DVD and stick to oddball stuff.  Usually the bloopers are all on Youtube, but I can't resist.  This time though I realized a good portion of these AREN'T on Youtube, or they aren't the full version, so I may spend some time on these.  To me the biggest get was the Magic Johnson Always Showtime and the Schoolhouse Rock.  I know the Schoolhouse Rock is on DVD, but I was excited to find it.  I should have passed on some of these, but I'm okay that I didn't.  The Charlie Brown one was pretty good.  I hadn't seen it before, but I liked it.  The Olympics one IS on Youtube, but I haven't watched it yet.  The Kings of Comedy I got because I needed one more, and I just watched a documentary on Bernie Mac so I wanted to watch it again.  Talkin' Follies is still sealed, but not on Youtube, so I'll wait until later to watch that one.  The Dorf on Golf is on Youtube, and as much as I liked Tim Conway, I can't get into it, but I'll finish watching it.  I like the instructional videos on sports so I usually get those.  Maybe one day I'll put them all on one disc and let my friends who have little ones watch them.  The NFL Follies one is also sealed but I'm positive its on Youtube.  The Finding Buck McHenry one I got because I remember seeing it once in elementary school and I wanted to watch it again.  At worst, finding it for 10 cents and never seeing it again isn't that bad.  I hope it will transfer.

The Schoolhouse Rock tape was interesting.  Someone actually transferred it to a 6 hour tape, but put the original stickers on the tape.  Once that episode was over, they didn't add anything else to the tape.  So its a 30 minute video with 5 1/2 hours of free space.  I'm not sure what to do with it, but its basically a blank tape, so I might hold on to it in the rare case I need it for something.

Elsewhere in the store.... by the way tapes were 10 cents each so $1 for all ten of those.  Okay, elsewhere in the store I found a couple picture frames that I had other ideas for.

At ten cents each, I though I could display cards.  When I tried it out when I got home, I wasn't so sure of the idea, but I can still use them for photos, so its not the worst thing I've blown money on.

My mom bought some books, and she showed these to me, and I figured why not.  10 books for a quarter, so I'll just say a quarter for both of these.  However at checkout we were informed books as of now are 25 for 25 cents, so maybe next time I'll look a little harder.  As for these books, the trail one is an older book that I don't think the Katy Trail is in it so it was published in the mid 80's.  That could be a cool history book.  The other one I didn't look at too close or I would have passed if I saw it was written by Brian Kilmeade.  I'm not a big fan of his, but oh well.  He is one of the morning show hosts on Fox & Friends.  My reason for not liking him is not political, I just don't think he's that bright, so it could be an interesting read after all.

We decided we'd just pay a quarter for 10 books because we wanted to get home, but like I said, next time, I will spend more time looking.  I did see a couple Matt Christopher kids books I thought about getting and might if they are still there.

So as we were leaving I looked in the free toy bin.  I didn't find anything worth grabbing, but once outside I looked in the shopping cart of free stuff.  This is mostly just junk but I've scored a few good items in the past so its always worth looking at.

To be honest, I really just grabbed this because of the case.  I miss video stores.  As for the tape, I was surprised to see a Disney movie for free, so that was a plus.  I think its even on Youtube, and you can't pass up free.

Why would I get these?  I don't know.  I figured at worst maybe a friend might want them.  I didn't really get a good look at them because I just grabbed them as the bag I was holding was full of books.  They seem pretty scratched as expected, but I think they can be fixed.

The best however was something I found for my mom.

I'm not into classical, but we played this in the car on the way home and it wasn't too bad.  The disc never skipped, so I guess it was free because it didn't have a case.  Which is odd since they usually put them in blank cases and still sell, so maybe this was part of a set.  At any rate my mom liked it, and it might have been the best deal of the day.

So that wraps up a Savvy Loot for this time, I still have more to show once I clean my laptop up more.  Thanks for reading and I hope soon to have another post about the other Walmart item.

By the way the Super Bowl is this weekend and I haven't talked about it much, but I'm very excited the Chiefs are playing in their first one in 50 years.  I'm staying calm in case the game doesn't turn out like I hope, but I really want to see the Chiefs win.  If they do, I might have a post about that coming up.  Anyways, thanks for reading and have a great day!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Little Puzzled

Since the beginning of the year, I've been working on cleaning up my laptop.  I have a ton of music and photos, and for the last couple years I've worked half-heartedly to clean the folders up.  For some reason at the start of the year I finally got into the mood to work on it.  In one day I slashed my photo folder by 2/3rds.  Without much effort to be honest, most were doubles, triples, 8x, of the same photo.  The last 1/3rd I've worked on a bit since then and maybe cut another 1/8th or so down.  At current count, I still have over 11,000 photos on my hard drive.  A lot are still doubles, but under different names or sizes, so it will take longer to clean it up.  I'm okay with that, I'm just happy I cleaned up what I did.

In the music department, I haven't gotten near as far, but I have cleaned up a lot.  I won't say how I got all the music, but it's 2020, and its much easier to find a playlist of music online and not as necessary to have all this music sitting around.  Especially since I either don't listen to 60% of it or my tastes have changed.  So while I don't need EVERY Van Morrison or Warren Zevon song, having a personal greatest hits selection works just fine.  CD's I still own or ones my mom has I am keeping so its not like I'm cutting down to zero, but again, its a start.

Combined if I cut most of those folders, I will double the capacity of my laptop.  A few years ago I was really wanting a 2 TB hard drive for all my stuff, today, almost all of it fits on a 1 TB and even then I'm still cutting stuff out.  Soon 500GB might be enough.  Except on rare occasions where I have to switch between my desktop and laptop, I haven't used my external hard drive much in the last 2 years.

A few days ago, I decided to take a break from it.  I decided to clean up other stuff I have too much of- VHS tapes.  I have been working on converting VHS to DVD and eventually to my computer and once I do, I should have more space.  At least in theory.  I still buy VHS tapes when I got thrifting if I find something interesting, so maybe I'll never be done.

Speaking of thrifting and VHS, how about a Savvy Shopping post?  This was my most recent trip to my local second hand store, and my mom and I made out like bandits.  Let's dive in.

Let's start with the last item I got.  Long time readers know I'm not much of a book reader, yet somehow also end up with books.  It wasn't even my intention this time to be honest.  One book for a quarter or 10 books for a quarter.  My mom was in the checkout line and had 10 books.  I'm not much for waiting in line so I did a second browse of movies, and happened to look over and saw this book.  I don't know much about Bo and really didn't care about getting the book, but something told me to pick it up and look inside.

I opened it up and sure enough my instincts were right.  Co-author John Bacon signed this copy.  A signed copy is worth a quarter, so now I have to find a time to read this.  Even if I don't its nice to have a few books that are signed.  Maybe one day I'll do a post on it.  For now I'll just say this isn't high on my list.  I mean I have Roberto Clemente and Johnny Damon books to read first and some much older I never got around to.  So maybe by the summer of 2025 I'll get to this one.  Though in honesty, I did read 3-4 books last year, a new record.  So maybe once I catch up on cleaning up my computer and clearing up VHS tapes, I'll spend more time reading.

Speaking of VHS tapes, I found one I've wanted for a while and ended up getting 5.  The sign says 5 of 50 cents or 10 for a buck.  I never asked if that means 1 tape is worth a dime, or what, but usually find 5 that are worth it anyways, so its never been an issue.  So what was the tape I wanted?

In the 90's whenever a motorsport event was on, there would always be a commercial for "AND THE WALKED AWAY", a VHS series of crashes from all over motorsports.  I've always wanted to watch these, but never went out of my way to check it out.  When I got home I checked Youtube and sure enough, Volume 4 was on there, but cut into sections.  So I'm thinking I'll make a copy and might just upload the entire thing in one video.  I was surprised to see one of the events in this tape happened at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, MO, which is just down the road from where I live.  Even though I never went to many of the events there, I do miss the days the Fairgrounds held all kinds of motorsports events.

Figuring I'd find 5 VHS tapes, I grabbed this one as well, mainly because I knew with it still being sealed, the tape would be in great condition to copy if it wasn't already on Youtube.  As it turns out, it is also on Youtube.  In fact all 5 VHS tapes I got were on Youtube in some capacity.  Some are chopped up, but all are on there.  I go for oddball VHS tapes to get, and never really go after actual full length movies because I don't plan on using the VCR much after I get caught up, and because at best I'll try to make a copy for my own use and for the oddball stuff, maybe upload to Youtube.  At worst, I'll be told to take it down, and I will. 

I've seen Carman in concert at least 3 times, maybe closer to 5.  I always liked his music, and to be honest some of his videos have interesting concepts.  This tape was oddball enough I took a chance even though the case is torn to bits.  But what do you expect for a kids tape?  I watched some of it on Youtube, and its not the best.  In fact I went ahead and made a copy of it yesterday because some was cut on the Youtube version, and I doubt I'll upload it.  It was not my thing.  However while reading the credits I noticed one of the videos had a couple kids names I recognized.  Taylor Hanson and Isaac Hanson.  This was around 1992-1994 and they were unknown at the time.  Later they would form a band with their brother and be know as Hanson.  MMMBOP indeed!  *At least Mmmbop is a bit more catchy then what was on this tape.

I haven't really checked out much on this, but it is on Youtube.  I'm not sure if I was more disappointed some of these weren't any good or if they were on Youtube.  If I had a cell phone I could have looked them up before buying them, but its 50 cents and goes to a good cause, who cares?  This one appealed to me because I like tigers.  That was the main reason I got it and I don't regret it.  It's probably the second best tape I got.

I was very excited to find this one.  Not because I knew anything about it, but it seemed oddball just because it was exclusive to JC Penney.  Honestly that was the only reason I got it, and I've yet to watch it, but from the clips I've seen I'm on the fence if I'll like it or not.

At this point I want to say I'm not advocating copying VHS tapes like these, and the main reason I'm even doing it is because I have some home videos I need to convert.  However, since I don't plan on selling these, I'm making copies of stuff I might watch again.  Some I may try to upload to Youtube, but even if I don't, its mainly for my entertainment.

Okay moving on.  They also have a DVD section and it is usually stocked, but not with stuff that is interesting to me.  On this date though, I found something I've wanted for a while.  Well, something I had but lost.

Walk The Line is a movie I love and have seen a ton of times.  At one point, maybe during a move I lost the dvd.  I still have the case, but the movie is gone.  I told my mom earlier in the week that at some point I was going to buy it on Blu Ray, but finding it for a buck on DVD was good enough.  Not to mention having a remnant of Blockbuster Video was nice as well.  I'm still going to upgrade, but in the meantime I'll get use out of this.

I also found some movies for my mom.

My mom is a somewhat big fan of John Wayne.  She likes True Grit, so she was happy to get this.  I was never into Westerns all that much, but maybe I'll watch it one day.

I showed her this one, and while it was 2.50, she wanted it and so I got it.  It had a slipcase, but it looked nasty so I tossed it when I got home.  The DVD's look scratchless, but they don't look too clean.  I don't think it will affect their playing but we'll see when she watches it.

Moving on, lately my mom has wanted to put together puzzles.  Since she retired she tries to find things to fill her time.  She hit the motherlode this time.

Like me she is a bit cheap.  She won't pay more than a buck for a puzzle, so finding these for 50 cents each was great.  She even passed more up.  For the price of all of these, she could have bought ONE at Walmart.  I've helped her on a couple of these and all have their pieces, so I hope when we go back we find some more.  The Christmas one has been my favorite so far.

As we were leaving I stopped at the free box.  I usually never find anything, but this caught my eye.  It turns out it was from 2019, I thought it was the 1994 version.  Oh well, its still a cool piece to display.  It goes well with this I also found.

Pretty sure this Rafiki is the 1994 version.  The tag is ripped off, but I'm fine with that.  Lion King is one of my favorite movies, and I've been looking for a Rafiki trading card for some time, so this will work in place of that for now.  I want one because Robert Guillaume is from Missouri and I'm sure he doesn't have an actual trading card so the closest I can get is one of Rafiki.

All in all this was a great trip and hopefully I'll go back soon and find more deals.  I can also get rid of these photos off my computer once I post this blog and will clean up my folders a bit more, so I'm happy about that too.

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Once I Was...

Once I was 10 years old.  No this isn't a Lukas Graham song, but I was thinking about something earlier.  Last night the Kansas City Chiefs made it to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.  I've never seen the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, and this will make this Super Bowl the best one ever (well, unless they lose, then the 2003 Buccaneers win will be the best ever).  I thought about my nephews and how they will be 19 and 17 this year and they've experienced an amazing run of Missouri teams with success.

I forget the year, but I was around 10 or 11.

I brought up being 10 once because I use it as a jumping off point of sorts.  I remember stuff from before I was 10, but it was really around the age of 10 that I really got into sports.  Being born in 1982, I was alive for the Royals and Cardinals World Series victories, but I don't remember them.  So in the 90's I was stuck with two baseball teams that had odd decades.  The Royals were going through a phase where a new owner was needed after Ewing Kauffman passed, and they weren't willing to spend money until a new owner took over (which would be David Glass around 2000).  The only year they had decent success was 1994, where they might have had a shot at the World Series, but its not like it was a sure thing.  George Brett retired in 1993, so the team was looking for a new face of the franchise.  Aside from a standout year from Bob Hamelin, nobody got much of the spotlight nationally until the turn of the century where three outfielders started to turn heads: Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, and Johnny Damon.  Knowing the team couldn't retain them, all three would be traded and eventually all win a World Series ring elsewhere.  Over on the other side of the state, the Cardinals had moderate success but weren't really contenders, just more consistently towards the top.  Much like Kansas City, their face of the team was starting to wind down his career, but Ozzie Smith still has many memorable moments.  While nowhere near flailing, the weren't a champion caliber team like they were in the 80's.  Things changed at the end of the decade when Tony LaRussa came to town and shortly after Mark McGwire.  With McGwire hitting home runs, fans got over The Wizard retiring, and seemed content with a home run record over a World Series.  Things turned better after the turn of the century with Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina joining the team, but we'll get to that in a bit.

Dad loved that Chiefs shirt.

So did I.  I still have it today and wear it often.  I'm pictured with my sister who is an avid reader.

In other sports, Missouri had no NBA teams, and St. Louis was still without an NFL team when the football Cardinals left for Phoenix in the mid 80's.  That changed when the Rams came to town.  It wasn't an overnight success, as it would take a couple years for the team to employ a former bag boy from Iowa as their starting QB, which would lead to the Greatest Show on Turf.  By the turn of the century, you wondered if the Rams were going to become a dynasty.  We'd find out later they wouldn't.

My nephews posing at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield.  Around the ages of 8 and 6.

I'm not sure their age here, as I wasn't with them on this trip.  I found it while going through photos.

In Kansas City, things actually looked bright.  After a decade of more or less horrible teams, in 1989 the Chiefs started to make moves to start a serious run.  The era of Martyball entered the NFL lead by head coach Marty Schottenheimer and on the field perfected by the duo of Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith.  In 1993 the Chiefs had Joe Montana and Marcus Allen on offense and seemed unstoppable.  With a 13-3 record they were ready for a return to the Super Bowl.  However at the time, Buffalo and Houston (Oilers, not Texans- they are yet to come) proved to be very talented as well.  As the decade progressed, the light was dimming, and before long Martyball was over, Montana and Allen retired, and Neil Smith did the unthinkable- he went to Denver to win a ring (which he did).  The time was up when driving to a playoff game to see the Rams, Derrick Thomas crashed his car and would pass away a short time later.  The team still had flashes of greatness, but nowhere near the level they had in Martyball.

My high school days, I was preparing a speech for a FHA event.  I really liked that jersey.

Elsewhere in Kansas City, talk of possibly landing an NHL team or an NBA team was so constant it put more emphasis on the state motto SHOW ME! Neither happened but hey, they have a new arena for when WWE or Elton John comes to town.  However a new league began in the mid 90's called MLS.  Major League Soccer was helped in the early years by Lamar Hunt who even let the Kansas City Wizards play home games at his NFL teams stadium- Arrowhead Stadium.  The Wizards didn't have much success, but still brought excitement to soccer fans in the state.

On the other side of the state, St. Louis DID have an NHL team.  A moderately successful one at that.  Well, I mean they made the playoffs every year, but forgot how to advance past the first round.  The Checkerdome was replaced by the arena with more name changes than Prince and it seemed like they were destined for mediocrity.  However with stars like Brett Hull, Curtis Joseph, and Brendan Shanahan, the team brought hope.  Then they all went elsewhere.  Fortunately the team found a player with some name value to draw in fans.  Wayne Gretzsky brought in the fans, but never brought home the cup.

My nephews taking in a St. Louis Cardinals game.  I believe it was 2011, when they were 10 and 8.

From the age of 10 until the age of 17, sports in Missouri was filled with mostly heartache.  Even the Missouri Tigers brought their share.  The Fifth Down (which I was 9, but I'll allow it), the Flea Kicker, and a field so bad the Rolling Stones had to play a concert so they could replace the turf.  Those were the highlights of the Tigers football team in the early to mid 90s.  Luck started to change when Larry Smith took over and had a QB named Corby Jones and a running back nicknamed "Brocky".  They lead the Tigers to their first good team in years and first bowl appearance in almost 20.  After Brock and Corby left, the magic seemed to run out.  Well, for a while, but I'll get to that later.

In basketball, the Tigers team actually had promise.  Norm Stewart was the steady man that was there forever as coach, and he recruited and created many future NBA players.  They even went undefeated in the Big 8 (which would become the Big 12 a couple years later) and a run for the NCAA Title!  Then freaking Tyus Edney happened, and with that, the bottom fell out.  Norm would retire and it would be a lot of misery and headache for many years before they made noise again.

2011 was the year my other sister Andrea was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  This was on a building across from the hospital on one of her first trips to St. Louis for chemo during the 2011 Playoffs.

Counting the Rams winning the Super Bowl in 2000, and the Wizards claiming the MLS cup in 2000, my teenage years weren't the best as a sports fan.  But things turned around.  Since this is long, I'll shorten it a bit.  The Cardinals started making it to the World Series again and actually won a few.  And the other teams played.

In 2001, my oldest nephew was born.  From his birth to age 10, Cardinals won a World Series and appeared in another, but I don't count it because like my first 10 years, I'm sure he doesn't remember it.  The other sports didn't field any contenders.  However in 2011, things started to turn.  The Cardinals made another World Series run, and won.  in 2013, they would go back, but would fall to the Red Sox.  The next year the Royals were 90 feet away from possibly winning the series but fell to the Giants.  In 2015 though, they would win it all against the Mets.  So while I was alive for the 1985 World Series, I didn't remember it.  When my nephew was 14, he got to see the Royals win it all and his uncle be so excited.

This was a 2015 game I atteneded which a rain delay lasted long enough that my friend and I left.  They ended up winning the game that started about 30 minutes after we left.

Not all was lost, as we explored the Royals Hall of Fame and got to see many great items.

In MLS the team formerly known as the Wizards were now Sporting Kansas City.  While they relocated to Kansas City, Kansas, many fans in Missouri still claimed them.  In 2013 they won the MLS Cup.  If they won when I was 12, I'd be really excited (though they didn't form until I was 14 so there's that).  While the Rams were going through the motions and the Chiefs started the 2010's with a coach who didn't know why he ran plays and a player who would kill his girlfriend then kill himself at the Stadium in front of staff.  So the only team he might have cheered for was the team his grandma rooted for- the Packers.  When he was 10, the Packers won the Super Bowl (well, he was about 2 months shy of 10 but still).  We'll fast forward to now in a bit.

As for Mizzou, they moved to the SEC and actually played in back to back SEC championships (where they didn't fare well) but he got to see the team succeed.  The basketball team had times of brilliance, but have pretty much stumbled throughout the decade.  There was promise when they hired a former assistant under Norm Stewart who had just won the D-II title.  Kim Anderson was a nice guy, but he couldn't keep up with the SEC and was replaced.  Then Cuonzo Martin came in and the Porter brothers were recruited.  Then Michael got hurt and never played a game.  Then his brother got hurt and decided to go pro and went undrafted.  Now they are no better off then when they had Kim.  On the women's side they've had pretty good success and even had a player make it to the WNBA.  Sophie Cunningham is no longer here, but the Women's team are still putting up a fight with nationally ranked teams.

in the 2010's I attended many Mizzou Football games, and then sold programs for a couple years.  I had a lot of fun.

The St. Louis Blues stayed consistent.  They made the playoffs and forgot to advance.  That all changed last year when they finally won a Stanley Cup title.  Something I never seen in my lifetime, but my nephew got to see before he turned 20.

Now last night the Kansas City Chiefs did something they haven't done in 50 years.  Make it to the Super Bowl.  Something I've never seen in my lifetime, but my nephew got to see before he turns 20.

I guess what I'm saying is, my nephews are either good luck charms, or I'm a bit upset my teenage years wasn't as successful in terms of sports as theirs are.  Hey if the Chiefs can win it all, I can deal with that.

Overall, since 2013 every professional sports team from Missouri has made it to the title game of their sport.  With exception to the Rams who moved a a few years ago, but actually DID make it to the Super Bowl last year.  So I can't really complain.  A part of me does like it better this way because maybe I can savor it a little more then I would have in my teenage years.  I should also mention I have two nieces who are a few years younger, so hopefully their teenage years will be filled with more success for Missouri teams.  Maybe at some point the Missouri Tigers can join in with the winning besides just winning in wrestling and track and field.

My excitement for the Chiefs making it to the Super Bowl is much more calmer then when the Royals went to the World Series, but I am pretty excited.  I started blogging at just the right time when the Royals were hot, and it made blogging much more fun.  I know I don't take much time to write these days, but maybe this will spark me to get out my Chiefs cards and do a few posts before the game.  The past decade I went to two Chiefs games, both preseason, and the first two I've ever seen live.  The first NFL game I saw live?  The Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers.  Let's hope the end result will be different than that game.

A photo I took of the 2011 game I saw between the Chiefs and the 49ers.  San Francisco won with a late comeback when all the backups came in.  I'm pretty sure the QB in this photo for San Fran is Colin Kaepernick who I also saw play in college.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.  Also, sorry for the lack of card related content, but I do have some in the works and I need to catch up on some Savvy Loot posts.  Maybe the Chiefs are the spark I need to start writing more.  We'll see.