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Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: September 21, 2004, 12:09 AM »
Oh buck up little camper!  *gently nudges Matt on the chin*  :)


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gladiator School
« on: September 21, 2004, 12:03 AM »
I want Kirk Douglas mimic classes to cry out "I am Spartacus" like he does.  Till then I'm out...

The outfits are adorable though... 

"Do you like movies about gladiators Timmy?"  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Hurricane Ivan Sucks
« on: September 20, 2004, 11:49 PM »
Oh yeah, lots to be thankful for here... 

I don't think they'd feel guilty.  If anything I wound up feeling more guilty than them...  They're old, so whatcha gonna do, ya know? :) 

Should be irked at my brother because he was home alone.  His family were at his mother-in-law's, so he could've come got me...  Probably had to have paid his ass to get up and come out  though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pittsburgh get-together
« on: September 20, 2004, 11:47 PM »
As always, I'm working on being there.  Should be fun...  Got my day all free.

Not sure how much of a Pitt audience we have here at JD, beyond ourselves of course, and I believe this is where I met Keldor and showed him over to the Pitt site, but that's at least some.  Be nice if some new guys would find us through here! :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 20, 2004, 04:21 PM »
I've now gotten two Bradley's, and LAV, two Fountains, and that's about it...  Just recently though, and all great stuff for real cheap.

The Bradley's I had help with from a friend at GP's site...

Now to get some playset extras...  :)

I second that Dave.  I've found NONE of the ESB yet.  A friend in the area got me Lando and Vader on Friday though, so that's a start...  Still need doubles of them though, and 3PO and Yoda I've not got at all.

I wanted 5 Stormtroopers...  Things aren't shaping up well for that. :(

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone 3-pk ...does it suffice?
« on: September 20, 2004, 04:16 PM »
I don't see why not...  Costs are over for that figure beyond reproducing it, which is minimal, so it'd actually be in their better interest to satiate demand unless you mean they'd be better off selling it for $4.99 a piece and make $15 as opposed to $10 for 3?

I think the thing is though, they'd sell MORE of the $10 than they could of the $15 / 3 individual figures...  The single pack would take up less space, wouldn't interfere with case ratios, etc., and the figures would still be generating more profit than ever really.

Watto's Junk Yard / Hurricane Ivan Sucks
« on: September 20, 2004, 04:07 PM »
OK, so I wanted to write this up because this is a collosal mess for me, though things have slowly worked out and my trauma is minor compared to some in my area...

On Friday the 18th, I went to school at my regular time...  I left around 9:50 in the morning for my 11:00 class, and the day was already sopping wet with pouring down rain and stuff.

My school's in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh, which has experienced flood problems before, and I take Route 28 South to Route 8 North to get to my school and Route 8 in particular (where it meets with 28) has seen horrible flooding in the past (route 28 follows the Allegheny River BTW, and Route 8 meets it right where a creek dumps into the Allegheny).

OK, so I go to school...  Everything's ok till about 2 miles out from my school I suddenly lose all power steering and my car almost goes off the road.  If you've never lost Power Steering, you can still steer the car but it becomes incredibly difficult to control and very "stiff" to turn the wheel.

OK, I'm PO'd, and on top of it I get to the parking lot at school and someone's taken my Umbrella out so I'm bumpershoot-less.

I pop the hood, stand in the rain, get soaked, and look around while talking on the cell to my father.  I find the problem though, as he points me toward the Serpentine Belt which is a belt on a car that weaves in and out of a bunch of sprockets and runs a few systems on most cars.  On mine, it runs power steering among others.  The belt's not broke, but it's off the sprockets/spindels.

So I threw a Serp belt, and while my car will run it also can damage it if I drive it, so I can't take this car home.

Topping all this off up to this point, is the fact I have tickets to see Mitch Hedberg at the Improv Friday evening, and I gotta be down where its at by 6:30, and that leaves me little time to get out of school at 3:20, go home, get cleaned up, go to my girlfriend's and get her, and be there on time.

OK, so the plan is that my father's gonna come down with a towtruck guy, and he's gonna ride home with the towtruck towing my car and he'll leave me HIS car (My car's a 94 Le Baron Convertible, and my dad's is a 94 Le Baron Sedan.  Same engine).  This should happen while I'm at school in my classes, and I should just emerge from class to see his car.

So I go to classes, which I had to be at because my school never cancels class even though 50% of the student body commute, and I have review for two exams on the following Tuesday (tomorrow).  Class is boring as usual, but at least I learn that I'm in the top of my Managerial Accounting course which is getting me in good with my prof for it because he kind of mentors the students he feels will excel at things.  Cool!

So I leave school at 3:20 after my last class, walk down, and what do I see but MY car still sitting inthe lot.  not good because the rain's been non-stop and SUPER heavy all day because of Ivan's remnants.  Not blowing a lot, but steady downpours.

I go get into MY car and wait...  I make some cell calls because I'm kinda wondering where my old man is now.  Problem #2 has arisen though, and it's that the force of these torrential downpours is forcing water INTO my car.  My ragtop isn't holding up to this at all, and I'm sitting in a soaking wet interior...  Not good at ALL.

I'm talking ot my mom trying to find out when dad left to see if he just left really late, and when I am here he comes...  The towtruck dude goes right past me to a lot down a hill, and dad pulls up beside me...  Now, my father's not the most civil/nice man on Earth, so he starts yelling at me (while I'm still on the phone) to get in his car...  Why, I don't know, because I would've had to moved my car anyway to get it lined up with the towtruck's winch, and had to have gotten out anyway.

He finally leaves without me to get the towtruck guy (because I yelled at him to do so), and they come back, but because my father pissed me off so royally, I'm now kinda "rushed" and I forget some stuff in my car...  Namely, my cell phone car charger.  This'll be important shortly.

So finally my father leaves with the towtruck guy and my car, and I leave in my father's car.  I tell them "Don't go back to route 8.  If it wasn't flooded before, it is now, so follow me".  I'm gonna go through an area north of my school called North Park, and I'm gonna go get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike which dumps onto Route 8 North of my school and the PA Turnpike's next exit is right down on route 28 a little closer to where I live.

It's sort of a long way around, but I know 8's a mess.

So what does the Towtruck guy do?  Goes to route 8 and ignores me...  Well I can't piss with them so I leave and head for North Park.

The road to get there is OUT on its lower portions...  Big chunks of it gone, cops sending you away from that place, but fortunately I don't need the lower part so I go up where I need to be and get off at N. Park.  NP's flooded though, so some roads are out.  I weave my way through it though, and find myself on a road I know but parts of it are also out...  Floods, mudslides, trees down, wrecks...

I wind up finally getting on a road that WILL come out on Route 8 RIGHT at the Turnpike exit.  How I got on this road, I dunno, but I knew it when I got there and boy was I happy.

I'm heading maybe a mile from route 8 towards it, and guess what....

The SAME F'N BELT pops off my dad's car.  I swear to god, same thing.  We'll come later on Saturday find out that any amount of spray up into this cars will pop that belt off.  It's a failing they have, but driving slowly through overflowing creeks is how yous tall your car out.  In short, if it's flooding, don't take any of these cars out.

So I pull into a Sheetz, which is where I can limp my car to.  It's on route 8.  I leave it, tell them inside that it's broken and that I'm gonna try going home and someone will be up and tow it.  They're ok with that.

So my dad will take 3 hours to get home...  It's about 4:30 p.m. Friday now that I'm at Sheetz.  Dad'll get home around 8 maybe, so 3.5 hours.

Sheetz is a cool enough place to be though because it's open 24 hours, gas is cheap so I can run my car with the heater on I just can't drive it, and I have food because Sheetz sells hoagies and coffee and nacho's...  They're cool if you don't have them.  I dunno how national Sheetz are.

Anyway, I talk to my mom some, my buddy Dan who lives in the city, etc., and none of them can come get me...  Dan just won't because of the Comedy Club, and my mother can't because she's evacuating everything from the first floor to our 2nd because the flood waters are at the porch (My parents have no basement.  OLD house).

On top of THAT, I can't find my girlfriend...  She lives in a highly flood-prone area that's been evacuated twice this year already, and she's been evacuated again...  I'm worried about her.

OK, so time rolls on...  I get in touch with my girlfriend eventually, and she's ok and all that stuff.  No problems, but her house is off-limits and she forgot her cell phone of all days.  To make matters even worse, my phone's dying and because of my father's asinine behavior I forgot the car charger.   ::)

My phone dies, and now I'm having real trouble trying to coordinate anything with my girlfriend to come get me...  But as it turns out, this all has happened in this ammount of time:

-PA TUrnpike's closed due to Landslide.
-PA Route 8's closed South-bound due to heavy flooding from 2 boroughs up.
-PA Route 28's closed off and on due to rockslides
-McKnight Road closed due to flooding
-Route 910 through Indianola Closed due to bridges out (people stranded)
-all back roads from where my girlfriend lives to route 8 (they all empty onto route 8 somewhere) are closed due to flooding, mudslides/rockslides, trees down, etc.)

So, basically, I'm stuck for the time being...  I'm now using a pay phone, which I bet I paid out $11 in payphone useage trying to find a ride home and my girlfriend.

Eventually my father gets home and by 10 he determines that he WON'T come get me.  He and my mother are afraid of going out in the bad weather and themselves getting stuck, which at the time (I'm sick, cold, in soaking wet clothes, and feel like crap overall and wanna get home) I was PO'd but over time I've decided that I just can't expect that of them...

The thing that irked me though is that I talked to police, truckers, etc., and all of them told me that the Turnpike and 28 were open so my parents COULD have gotten to me, but they were listening to the radio and were afraid so they wouldn't.  I was right, and they weren't, but they never listen so whatcha gonna do, ya know?

So I try my girlfriend who FINALLY I get ahold of because they FINALLY let her in the house...  She's just got a flooded basement, but the road she lives on, just about 8 houses down, there's entire houses gone.  She was lucky.

She is amazed my folks won't come get me, but she can't get to 28 to get to the Turnpike to get to route 8...  Crap.  So, she gets in her truck and drives on her CLOSED road to get me.  She's gutsy like that!

She comes, at approximately 11:30, and finally picks me up...  I go back to her place and spend the night drying out and feeling like someone kicked me in the jimmy (heh), and I get home finally the next day at about 4 p.m. to survey the damage on my road...  Cars swept away, houses destroyed inside...  A mess.

So, that was my tale of Woe Friday...  I had no idea when I got home that Chris had even done the server changes and stuff...

Luckily my parent's house was spared any damage.  The houses down the road aren't so lucky, but nobody was hurt either in all of this.  And my girlfriend rocks the house because she came and got me.

And Hurricane Ivan can eat a fat one.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: JediDefender Battlefront/Commando Clan
« on: September 16, 2004, 09:08 PM »
At this point, here's my deal on this...

I have an X-Box, so if I get it, it's likely for the X-Box as my PC (while nice) is a Win 98 machine and I'm finding games are now going to NOT running on an OS this old.  I'm not one for upgrading unless I get a SECOND computer to run my old games on.  CorranHorn mentioned that option to me, and while obvious, it had never even dawned upon me.

So, at this stage of the proverbial game, I'm an X-Boxer, but, I'm sad to see the MAJORITY of you are playing PS2 or PC, so if I'm doing this on PC I'll be a later arrival...  Till I can figure what the hell I'm doing here.

I'm not an MP gamer fan, so I'd be doing this just to participate.  I don't even have X-Box Live, so actually I doubt I even get this for X-Box.  Plus PC's gonna have mods for this, you know it, and they're going ot make owning the PC version 10x better anyway...  So, PC's what I'm aiming for, but sometime down the road.  X-Box is unlikely for me right now because I'm not paying for XB Live till I have $.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bring on the Cooter festival!
« on: September 16, 2004, 02:32 AM »

Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: September 16, 2004, 01:55 AM »
I'm irked at who's rare and VR...

Army builders as rares and very rares?  WTF?   >:(  It should never be like that.  And Tarkin and Veers?  Veers is the representative  figure of a field officer. 

That kinda stuff sucks butt, bigtime. 

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC case Breakdowns and You..
« on: September 16, 2004, 12:40 AM »
Retail asked them to so people wouldn't just order online?

They have that kinda pull...  it's possible.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sesame Street
« on: September 15, 2004, 11:24 PM »
The Count, Bert and Ernie, and Kermit were the greatest characters on TV ever. 

Kermit ThEE Frog Here!

But yeah, kids don't have a clue these days.  They missed all the fun stuff.  I still laugh thinking about Bert and Ernie fishing and Ernie yelling "Heeeeeeere Fishy Fishy Fishy Fish!!!!" till fish flew in the boat and pissed Bert off to no end.  I learned how to annoy people watching those two, and have honed it into the fine art you see displayed daily in the forums today.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Episodes 7 thru 9 NOT Happening....
« on: September 14, 2004, 07:54 PM »
I think the possibility is there, but I think it's unlikely.  Lucas is such a "I don't give 2 ***** what you think so I'm gonna do what I want" kinda guy.  I think he'll likely go onto some flops and retire. :)

SW on the small screen is possibly gonna have a huge future though.  With the mini-series CW winning an Emmy, it's a viable source...  Just has to be done right.  What's the odds on that one in Vegas though?  I mean, it'd almost hinge on Lucas's personal involvement.   ;D

Hammil's talk of 7,8,9 was old news...  Nothing new in his words that haven't been uttered somewhere else down the line, so I think it's just got everyone's panties in a wad over anticipating SW hype for another decade or whatever.  Lucas says no to that though, so that's what I agree with till he changes his mind again and claims he never said "no 7,8,9" at any point.

Modern Classifieds / Re: WTB Some Stuff (OTC, VOTC, and Late Saga)
« on: September 14, 2004, 07:49 PM »

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