All right... the time has come. I am officially getting ready to delete the content from Really Rather Random Guy (dot blogspot dot com) and in preparing for that, I wanted to import a bunch of the content that I know will then be lost forever, by bringing the posts over here to Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks (dot blogspot dot com). So, with that in mind, I thought I would preface these entries with the fact that they are indeed OLD blog posts from an OLD, now DEFUNCT blog, and cross my fingers and hope that folks will still want to read them.
This post was originally published back on January 30th, 2014.
So... this package showed up. And it was from my friend Laura over at the Boo Bobby Blog. If you've never been to the Boo Bobby Blog, you really should go and check it out. It is a sort of combination between a slice-of-life confessional blog and a "hey look at this cool stuff I found for CHEAP!!!" sort of blog. And somewhere between those two is where the magic happens. I dare you not to go over there and simply fall in love with Laura and her husband Jerome, and their kids and their friends. Join them for a family game night of charades or out roller-skating, and then see how Laura has decorated the built-in bookshelf in their new house with cool vintage toys and kitschy knick-knacks that you've seen a million times at old antique stores but NEVER LIKE THIS. I have so much respect for Laura and her natural photography talents and her easy, effortless way of writing like she's talking directly to you. It ENRAGES me with pure JEALOUSY that her blog is so ridiculously good.
And then she sent me some stuff in the mail and it just made it WORSE because she's GENEROUS TOOOO!!! Will she stop at nothing? Let's take a look at what she sent me, shall we?
First up, we have to take a look at the decorations on the box. I get the feeling that Laura literally doodled on this package while she stood in line at the post office and did I mention that she is also an incredibly talented artist who recreates giant-sized Disney-and-other-kids'-characters decorations for parties?
Spider-Man, ladies and gentlemen. And we haven't even gotten INSIDE THE BOX YET.
Here we go! Look at this pile of goodies y'all! Let's look closer.
First up we have these adorable little Mini Bean Sesame Street Characters! Laura and I share a deep and abiding love of all things Sesame, and she knew these little guys would be a shot right through the heart! Bert and Ernie are great, that's a given... but a Twiddle Bug? Come on! That is the cat's pajamas people! What a random character to give the mini-bean treatment! I love it!
Next up are these seasonal Snoopies. These guys are just spectacular. I actually have a bunch of these Snoopies for the Christmas tree already... but amazingly NONE of these ones! And the Halloween Snoopy stirring a bubbling cauldron of green slime? Excellent. These are Russel Stover premiums that were (and may still be...) sold attached to little boxes of chocolates around their respective holidays. Obviously the Christmas ones are meant to be hung on the tree.
Mini-figures! Little plastic guys! Gotta love these. I've seen these featured all over the internet in the last couple of years. The bigger guys, the astronauts, Turtle/snail/alien guys, and the white robot are all from a set of Tim Mee toys "Galaxy Laser Team" figures which I must now track down the rest of. The little tiny arm men? No idea. But I LOVE them. I mean, look at those beautiful bast**ds.
Laura is a big fan of old, kitschy items and uses them in ALL of her decorating. So naturally this overflows into her Christmas decorating as well. So it was no surprise at all to me to find these fun little guys included. These are going on the tree next year!
Muppets and rodents are both woven intricately into my life. Laura is yet another of my online friends brave enough to mail me glassware. This Rizzo the Rat juice glass is actually a Smuckers Jelly jar from back around '99, promoting "Muppets from Space". The mice are... well they're just mice. But they're PULL-BACK mice!!!
I had a bunch of these Dick Tracy action figures as a kid. I think I liked them back then because they were made by Play-Mates in the same style as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures. I had them pretty much working for the Shredder and Big Boss from C.O.P.S. (both of whom, in my imaginary universe answered to Hordak). I wasn't a huge fan of the Dick Tracy movie, but I loved the bizarre nature of the gangsters in the Dick Tracy canon. They weren't quite supervillains... but they were close enough. And most of them ended up with powers when I played with them anyway. Flattop was one of my absolute favorites! This is a straight-up blast from my past!
I think this is probably my #1 favorite item from the package. ZOAR!!! Laura knows of my deep and abiding love for all things MotU and this little lady-bird is proof of it! Fun-fact: Zoar started off as a boy-bird, and a completely independent character on his own in the mini-comics packaged with the action figures. Then he became a lady-bird when it was revealed on the TV show that this was an alternate form of the Sorceress. When I was just a little guy I actually pulled the wings completely off of my Zoar and cried for DAYS. I probably won't be doing the same with this one. But I am a huge man-child... so who knows?
Aaaand now we're onto the REAL reason you people come to my blog... The freaky-tiki stuff. Or in my case, the Advertising Mascot soft-goods. These oven mitts featuring the Poppin' Fresh Doughboy and Sprout are honest-to-goodness ALWAYS going to be on display in my cave. There will be no scorch marks or boil-over stains for these mint-condition mitts! These paw protectors are staying pristine! And Mr. Peanut? Well I have documented in depth my love for this chap. He's going on the shelf with the other bean-bag mascots.
Who ya gonna fall... asleep on??? That was terrible. But this pillow case isn't terrible at all! I'm assuming this was from a Real Ghostbusters (cartoon) sheet set... but I really don't know. (I'm so lazy... hold on.. I'm Googling it...) Yes! RGB indeed! loveLoveLOVE the Real Ghostbusters cartoon and toys and memorabilia... so this one is a real coup! Not sure if I'll display it or just go ahead and USE it! I'm leaning towards using it though. I ALWAYS forget to check the bedding sections at second-hand places but I totally should because I'd love to find some old Star Wars sheets or Ghostbusters, or even California Raisins!
Christmas Golden books! Here we have the version of the Night Before Christmas that I remember the best from when I was a kid... Disney's Santa's Toy Shop, which is loads of good fun, and Frosty the Snow Man! If I'm being honest, this version of Frosty always creeped me out. I couldn't really put my finger on why until it dawned on me: The weird coal-chips for lips. They look... sinister in some way.
And a couple of non-seasonal Golden Books, including "I Think That It Is Wonderful" from the Sesame Street collection, and "The Neatos and the Litterbugs in the Mystery of the Missing Ticket" which sort of sounds like there would be other mysteries in the series, right? Like Nancy Drew in the Mystery of the Cackling Cankles (or whatever) is just one in a series. But nope. This is the only appearance I can find of the Neatos and the Litterbugs, mystery solving or otherwise. It looks fun though.
And this is a book about Mountain Monsters. Because Laura just... "gets" me.
And look at this thing. This is a vintage Christmas Card in which Laura wrote an incredible message to me in AND bemoaned the fact that she was defacing a beautiful vintage Christmas card! I felt her pain believe me, but I'm so glad I was card-worthy, because this beautiful reindeer has earned itself a spot among the valuable wall-space items of the CAVE. I only have 4 Christmas cards hung up in my cave, and this is one of those 4. Because... look at it. Just LOOK. Bask in its glorious light.
Welp... that's it for this addition of RRRG kiddos! I want to send a huge THANK YOU!!! Out to Laura at the Boo Bobby Blog for the amazing gift-package. I LOVED it. Everything you sent me was obviously thought about and considered for quite a while before selecting it to be included. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. It was so thoughtful!
I'll be back soon with a reveal of the new-and-improved Geek-Cave, which has been undergoing renovations since I revealed it last year! I'm pretty excited with the semi-new look (although a lot of it remains mainly unchanged... there's still a LOT to share!) and I can't wait to post about it here! Before that happens I may hop on here and post some stuff about books I like, or characters I've been thinking about, or heck my favorite flavors of Jelly Beans... who knows? Keep 'em peeled here folks!
I had that same Frosty Golden Book! I really need to catalog which ones I had growing up, I'm sure I could find a lot of inspirational/influential material in there.ReplyDelete
I am always shocked when I find a book I had forgotten from my childhood because more times than not it's had some sort of unremembered influence on my adulthood that I wasn't even aware of... and then I think "Ah. That actually makes sense now..."Delete
Ha ha! Oh my gosh, you totally talked me up and if anyone goes to my semi-abandoned blog they're gonna be bored outta there minds!!! I'm so embarrassed, it's like when someone calls and says they're right down the street and they'll be there in a few minutes.... and your house looks like crap. What can you do? ;)ReplyDelete
BUT I'm happy because it hit the spot :)
The doodles were just that, doodles in the post line. Wish I would have thought of it at the beginning of the 40 minute wait.
The bird was the last item I placed in the box. I found it last year and put it away for Gabe when he was old enough to appreciate it. But I knew before I shut the box that it was yours and I got it out of my closet. It was also separated from it's wings (obviously pulling them off was trending in 1980). Putting those wings back in was so impossible that I had it a whole year without being able to. But sending it to you just gave me magic powers! Oh my gosh, NEVER let your boys pull them off. Or you'll have to mail it back so I can use the anointing again. Serious.
And that pillowcase was from our childhood :) It glows in the dark! I bet you've already found that out. I had the same dilemma with it and just literally had it hanging in my closet on a clip hanger until I could stop being so protective of it ;) Giving it to you just felt right. Don't sweat on it. Just kidding!
I honestly felt like the package was not enough and you deserved some more awesome stuff. I'm having so much trouble sending my box to Trash Man because of the same issue. It's just not everything I need to "say" . You get that, I know you do. You are so kind, Geek :)
P.S. Go here and you'll love your mice even more http://boobobby.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-latest.html
It's less sweat and more drool that worries me, to be honest...Delete
And don't ever feel like what you do isn't enough. That's not the point. Just the fact that you took time to send some kindness my way was enough to make me feel great! Even if that kindness had been a simple handwritten note, I would have treasured it equally. I don't value the "stuff" I value the intent behind it when people send it to me. I mean... I guess if you sent me a box full of old toenail clippings and used tissues I might not feel THAT... but odds are there would be a different message behind that sort of a package anyway. Trash Man is going to appreciate whatever you send his way because of the implied friendship behind it.
Gabe made me draw Spiderman and embarrassed me with a little fit. I didn't want to so I made it super sloppy/crappy.
Because I'm passive aggressive.
And that is hilarious.Delete
Wow! Very nice of her! Giddy up!ReplyDelete
Ride 'em cowboy! Er... wait what?Delete
How awesome! Laura is truly the best. I adore that woman, she is beautiful on the inside and out. Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope you guys are all doing well!ReplyDelete
I can't agree with you more Michael! We are all doing pretty well as of this moment (but waiting for the flu or some other horrible plague to wipe through us like a tornado) so thank you for asking!Delete
Super jealous on that pillow case!ReplyDelete
Zoar, so jealous.ReplyDelete