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Other Collectibles / Re: Food Items Help
« on: September 25, 2005, 01:31 AM »
Did you get the Keebler cookie jars?  You can still find the specially marked packages in some discount stores, like Big Lots.

For more info and a printable order form:

http://www.kelloggs.com/promotions/starwars/gg_cookie_jars.shtml

Other food-related premiums available in the U.S. earlier this year (you'll have to hunt for the marked packaging now):

Crispix mail-in: R2-D2 snack bowl
Eggos mail-in: Star Wars FX Plate

Both these say "Offer good while supplies last"

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Other Collectibles / Re: Most You've Ever Spent on a Single Collectible
« on: September 25, 2005, 01:16 AM »
I think I spent $275 or $300 for my R2-D2 Pepsi cooler, the ones that they filled with ice and put cans of Pepsi in at convenience stores back when Ep1 came out.  It was unused in the box.  Unfortunately, it was in our shed, which leaks and now bugs are in there, so the box is pretty much crap now.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your Collecting Budget?
« on: September 25, 2005, 01:09 AM »
Hmmmm.. Depends on how much stuff I find that I want and whether or not my husband is with me at the time. <G>


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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Lightsaber Battle TV Game
« on: July 3, 2005, 03:41 AM »
I worked the overnight shift Friday, and I came home Friday morning and played the game for like a hour.  I went through the "combo moves" practices dozens of times, and I still couldn't get past Stage 3 Obi-Wan. 

The combo moves are basically, you do three particular "swipes" of your saber in rapid succession and it can cause major damage to your opponent.  The problem is you've gotta get them just right and at the right point in the combat for them to work.   

I just hope I haven't permanently damaged my shoulder (I had a similar pain in the same place several months ago and it took weeks to heal up -- but I don't remember what caused it that time).

I'm getting too old for this sort of thing.... but it's so darn fun!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Scion vs. Prius
« on: July 3, 2005, 03:36 AM »
Lots of great things to think about.  We haven't looked at any other cars at this point, but I have a coupon to get a $50 American Express Gift Card if I test drive a Hyundai, so I'll check 'em out.  Now, my mechanic had told us to stay away from Hyundai and Kia, but Inadvertent Imitation, it sounds like you've had good luck with yours so I'll definitely pay closer attention. 

Infamy Of Crete, I haven't looked at the Honda Civic in person, but it didn't get as high a ratings from the various car reviewers (Edmunds, Consumer Report, etc.), so that's why I picked the Prius.  Maybe I should take a closer look at the Civic.

Thanks again, everyone!  We still haven't made a decision yet.....


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 3, 2005, 03:30 AM »
I work in a TV newsroom, so we have scanners going all the time.  I always had a sick sense of humor, but some of the stuff is really funny to me. Like Friday there were a couple of suicide threat calls, in one case the guy told the cops he wasn't going to kill himself right now, eventually, but not right now.  In the other case, the guy said the woman was trying to kill herself and the woman said the guy was trying to kill her. Don't get me wrong -- domestic violence is a terrible thing, if in fact that's what it was, but the description on the scanners was hilarious. 

It can also be very tragic and gruesome -- I've heard the cops describe walking into a house and seeing blood everywhere after a teenager stabbed his uncle.  I heard the calls when a transient got caught under a semi-truck and ripped apart.   

Other days are pretty boring -- stolen cars, fender benders, and yeah, this time of year, fireworks complaints. 


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: If You Lost Your Collection....
« on: July 3, 2005, 03:22 AM »
About 7 or 8 years ago, I created a computer database of my collection and plugged in values from current price guides and magazines.  It was worth more than $20,000.  Then my database got too huge for my computer at the time and started freaking out, and I got behind, and prices have changed, but I figure with all the new stuff, it's gotta be in the $20K-25K range, at least.  We talked about trying to get an insurance rider for the collection, but until we get the stuff organized (still waiting to tile that Star Wars room) and cataloged again, I'm sure we can't even *talk* to our insurance agent about it.  Plus, with the cost of insurance in Florida right now, it may be more than we can afford. 

Bottom line, if I lost my collection, I'd probably lose a lot more as well, and at that point, there'd be more important things to spend any insurance money on than rebuilding the collection.  Plus, as some of you have mentioned, I have a few rare or hard-to-find pieces, and lots of vintage stuff.  I mean, I've been collecting since the first movie came out.  Plus, like some of you have said, I don't know if emotionally I would be able to keep collecting.  I would definitely be heartbroken.  I'd probably have to take anti-depressants or get therapy or something if I lost it all. 

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Dontcha know his head is in a pickle jar in a freezer under the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, waiting for the day he can take a robotic body? .... or something like that. ;D

No, no, no, Walt's in cryogenic suspension under Cinderella's Castle in Florida. LOL

I'd love to talk with William Shakespeare about his plays and see what he'd churn out if he were alive and writing today.

If we bring back Young Orson, can we bring back Young Elvis, too? 


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The Wookiee Arcade / Lightsaber Battle TV Game
« on: June 29, 2005, 11:24 AM »
I guess this is the right forum...
This is the plug 'n' play game that uses a seeker ball to track your movements with a mini-lightsaber.  I've been wanting this from day one, but couldn't afford it, then we couldn't find it anywhere, and finally, last night, it showed up again at Wal-mart, and my wonderful husband picked it up for me.

Ow, my wrist and elbow hurt this morning!

It's a little annoying, in that you have to turn off the game and turn it back on to switch players (at least, I haven't found any other way to switch players; nothing in the manual about it).

In actual play, it seems like sometimes it reads my movements, sometimes it doesn't.  Some of the problem could be because I'm short, so the seeker ball doesn't point at my chest the way it should according to the manual; it's more at my head height.  Between that, and the fact I'm terrible at video games anyway, I still haven't made it past Stage 1.

One good point, though -- I don't get a lot of exercise, and this is kind of a physical game, so maybe I'll lose weight.  :P


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Scion vs. Prius
« on: June 29, 2005, 11:13 AM »
Yes, the salesman told us he could have a base model in the color we want within two or three weeks.  But there is a Prius with a couple of options we can live with (side airbags and floor mats, total of $859) coming into a nearby dealer in a couple of weeks, and the local salesperson thinks she can trade for it or something (I'm really mad with the Pensacola dealership for the attitude of the first salesman we talked to, so now they are trying a little bit harder to make me happy). 

Thanks for your comments.  Any others?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Scion vs. Prius
« on: June 28, 2005, 01:46 PM »
My husband and I are looking at cars.  We did a lot of internet research and test drove the Prius and the Scion XB last weekend.  Now, we're trying to make the final decision.

I love the Prius -- Tim thinks it'll take a lot of getting used to (looking down a "tunnel" to the digital speedometer reading, computer display screen always doing something in the center of the dash, and a slight hesitation when you first push the accelerator).  He's also concerned about a couple of dozen reports that the gas engine can suddenly die on you while you're driving.  And it's more expensive.

Scion still gets good gas mileage, has a lot of storage/cargo space, and drives like a normal car.   And it's cheaper.

So, if anyone here has a Prius or a Scion and wants to share their opinions of those cars, please let me know.  Maybe it'll help!

Auriette


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ebay/Paypal question
« on: June 28, 2005, 01:38 PM »
When you go to pay for something on eBay using PayPal, the default will be your bank account, but as you go through the payment process, you'll get the option to change payment source to your credit card.  Now, I've never used any of the quickpay links, so I don't know if they do something different there; I've always just gone to PayPal.com and gone through the usual payment procedure from there.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who's got the best burger?
« on: June 28, 2005, 01:35 PM »
I've gotta plug a local place - if you're ever in Pensacola check out the Scenic 90 Cafe on Cervantes Street (aka Highway 90).  They have the best burger, fries, and shake we've found.  They just went up on their prices a little, I think it's now $4.50 for the burger and fries and $3.49 for the shake, but it's worth it.  I can never finish the burger, so I always have a snack for later.   :)

National chain-wise, I'll go with Burger King.  We used to eat at Hardee's a lot, but their new prices are too high for fast food.

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Nope, I don't try to hide that I'm a nut job for SW.  One of the guys I work with bribed offered to buy me dinner the other night for doing a project for him, and I said, okay, I want a Burger King kids meal.  He's like, "Are you sure, I was going to get you a good meal." And I said, I want a Star Wars toy. He ended up buying me about a dozen toys and then was really all bummed out when I admitted that I already had them all (but I told him I could trade them for other stuff....). 

Now, I don't know that any of them really grasp how massive my collection is; if I ever get my SW room fixed up, maybe I can talk 'em into doing a story on it (I work at a TV station) and then they'll understand completely.  I had to go straight to work after the premiere of Ep3, and I wore my costume. <G>

So, nope, I make no secret or apologies for my obsession.  :)

Auriette


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Salsa. Mild, medium or hot?
« on: June 9, 2005, 02:11 AM »
Ewwww, salsa.  I don't like the chunky bits.  I do like a little Taco Bell mild red sauce on my chimichangas....


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