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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone been to Hawaii?
« on: October 20, 2004, 11:16 PM »
I've been to Hawaii, but it was back in the 80's.  Still it was incredibly memorable.  While I was there, I spent a week on Oahu and a week on Maui.  Oahu is definitely very urban.  There are some great beaches like Waikiki and Hanauma Bay, but Honolulu dominates the island.  If you're a surfer there are some great surfing beaches near Hanauma Bay and along the North Shore, but you have to know what you're doing or else you're gonna die.  Seriously, you could die.  There's also the Polynesion Clutural Center which was a cool way to spend a day.  The coolest thing I did was take a glider ride at an airport near Hickam Field, and old Army air base.  As for the historical aspect, for our family, it was good to go there.  I have an uncle who was in the Army during the attack on Pearl Harbor and we visited the Army barracks where he was stationed.  Since then I've learned a lot about the day, but that's between me and my uncle.

Maui was simply put, paradise.  It's incredibly beautiful.  The water is crystal clear, and you can even dive down to volcanic rock if you're a couple hundred feet offshore.  That's just incredible.

If I was going to go, I'd want to check out the big island and Kauaii.  Those are apparently among the best.  There's so much to do on the big island.  And if you go there, you can get me some Kona coffee, LOL!

A friend of mine went to Kauaii with his wife.  It's one of the less traveled to islands, so it's pristine and beautiful.  It's also got what some call the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific".  I hear flying over this thing on a helicopter ride is awesome.

As for some of the smaller islands, Molokai isn't traveled to all that often.  But then there's also the Leper colony there.

Lanai is among the smallest islands, and there really isn't much there.  Although there is probably one of the most exclusive and probably equally expensive resorts in Hawaii on Lanai.

I think you can skip Oahu unless you're want to check it out for a couple of days.  Maui is awesome, but seriously consider the Big Island and Kauaii.

Here's my current ESB want list:

-Hoth Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi
-Wedge Antilles - Snowspeeder Pilot gear
-Luke Skywalker - Snowspeeder Pilot gear, with removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster & holster, grappling hook & mine
-Zev Senesca - Rogue 2 Snowspeeder Pilot

-4-LOM resculpt
-Zuckuss resculpt

-E-3PO - Cloud City Protocol Droid
-R5-M2 - Echo Base Astromech Droid

-Treva Horne

Feedback / Re: Morgbug's feedback
« on: October 16, 2004, 11:40 PM »
Even though our trades get held up by customs at times, I'm happy to report that Morgbug is a very good trader.  Thanks once again!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: October 15, 2004, 10:05 PM »
Those dirty rat-bastards at Amazon cancelled my Vision order.  ARRRGGHHHH!!!!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: October 13, 2004, 10:10 PM »
Surprise, surprise, surprise!  I was very surprised to see that the Vision turned up on  So, I wound up ordering one.  Nice to pay retail, even with shipping, isn't it?

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football 2004
« on: October 12, 2004, 10:41 PM »
Wait, you said "Gunning For".  Are you hoping I lose or something?!

Feedback / Re: Nicklab's feedback
« on: October 12, 2004, 05:51 PM »
Thank you much Brent.  You have the patience of a Saint for dealing with customs as you do.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football 2004
« on: October 12, 2004, 05:40 PM »
Looks like we're gonna be duking it out for first place this week Brent!

I hear ya.  Steinbrenner was smart in the way he went about putting YES together.  He owns the Yanks, and had a stake in the Nets at the time, too.  He also locked up the Devils once their current TV deal is up, and also looked into getting some other programming like Manchester United soccer.

If Pohlad wants to make a Twins focused network a reality, then he would try to lock up the T-wolves and Wild as well as some college teams to make it happen.  YES has proven successful, and so has NESN for the Red Sox.  I think it's pretty much inevitable that baseball owners are gonna go this route.

There will definitely be growing pains for baseball teams to do this.  YES wasn't carried on Cablevision in the NY area for a long time.  That wound up affecting about 6 million households.  Finally, the two parties came to an agreement since so many fans were incensed that they couldn't see the games.

I may be mistaken, but I think Pohlad is THE richest owner in baseball.  What he could do is follow the Yankees lead and try to form his own regional Sports cable channel.  Carry the bulk of the Twins games, the T-Wolves and the Wild when they come back.  A move like that will increase the team's revenues and then he could put more of that money out on the field.  That is the real future of baseball from an economic standpoint.

Gentle Giant / Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
« on: October 10, 2004, 02:10 AM »
I haven't heard anything definitive about a new Vader, but I think it's highly possible that we might get a new Vader in time for EPISODE III.

As for a re-release of the original version...there's no way in hell that's going to happen.  I heard that straight from the guys at Gentle Giant.

I think it was a good series.  Two extra inning games, and it went to 4 out of a possible 5.

As for the Red Sox, just let the teams play and we'll see who wins.  The Yanks have been pretty hot against the Red Sox lately, and Pedro hasn't been anywhere near as dominant against the Yanks as he was back in '99.  Schilling is another story entirely.  The guy's a horse, pure and simple, but he's also facing Mussina who's been pretty hot recently.  We just have to see how it plays out.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2004
« on: October 10, 2004, 01:00 AM »
That was just awesome!

Gentle Giant / Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
« on: October 10, 2004, 12:57 AM »
Just got my Deluxe Stormtrooper mini-bust today.  The number?  280 out of 10,000.  Can you believe that?!  But the nice added bonus was a Han Solo Bust Up that was packed in with it.  Nice little value added thing for Gentle Giant to do.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: October 10, 2004, 12:56 AM »
Still trying to find Gamiling and the Orc from the new TTT assortment.  Haven't seen hide nor hair of those yet, just the new Aragorn, reissue Frodo & Boromir.

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