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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When good neighbors go bad...
« on: October 11, 2003, 04:37 PM »
Or when new neighbors just SUCK...!!!

Patty and I just moved into a new place a little over a month ago, and one of the reasons we chose this community, and this neighborhood, was because it was supposedly EXTREMELY quiet and mellow.  It's got an HOA (Home Owner's Association), so there's strict rules about what you can and can't doing, especially when it comes to stuff that might be bothering your fellow neighbors to any extent.  We moved into a cul-de-sac, that the former owner and a few neighbors told us was quiet as a library, not a peep out of anyone at any time...

Well, that's not exactly true, now that we've been here for a while, and have been able to see and listen for ourselves.  Yes, it's usually quiet, but there's some very noticeable and oft exceptions.

Starting to our next door neighbors on the right of us:  An older couple (60's), both of whom have a SERIOUS drinking problem, and are usually drunk every night, which often leads to some rather big fights between the two of them.  Big shouting matches, with swearing and everything.  Annoying.  Couple times a week probably.

Then, to our immediate left, some new people moved in just a month before us, replacing the former little old (85) lady that was there by herself before.  Well, the new neighbors are a young couple with a 1 year old and a live in mother-in-law too.  But they're the type of family who's always having parties (like loud music with LOTS of bass, drinking on the front porch, cars coming and going late into the night, etc.)  That doesn't even include the screaming baby.  Plus, they apparently don't have a dryer, and therefore hang all their clothes on the back patio to dry, in plain view of our patio.  Plus the guy smokes out on the front porch all the time too.  Obnoxious.  We HATE them.  Patty already asked them to tone it down a bit several weeks ago, which has helped a little, but we're close to starting up with the daily phone calls to our HOA.

Then, next house past them, there's an 18 year old daughter who likes to have all her buddies over constantly, and enjoys throwing big parties when her parents are out of town (a couple so far).  All of her friends have the suped up cars, with big stereos and ultra loud mufflers.  More loud music here too.  Annoying.

But the worst is a couple houses beyond that, at the end of the cul-de-sac, where a single lady lives with her two YAPPY as a MF dogs.  >:(   >:(   >:(  She's got two little Scottish terriers that NEVER shut up.  They're barking (little high pitched squeeling barks) in unison practically 24/7.  All day, all night.  They basically just sit out in the front window and stare into the cul-de-sac, and if they see so much as a single leaf move, they start their obnoxious yapping.  What makes it worse, is that the lady doesn't even care, and just let's them do it for as long as they want.  She could at the very least just close her front blinds so the dogs can't see out, but she won't, despite numerous complaints from the other neighbors.  The damned things usually wake us up several nights a week too.  I HATE those dogs more than anything in the world right now.

That about wraps up my disgust at this time.  A huge, peaceful neighborhood and community, and we wind up getting the only 4 bad neighbors in the entire area.  Sucks.  We love the inside of our new place though, when we can't hear the crap from the outside...  :-\

So, what about everyone else?  Who's got crappy neighbors?  How bad are they?  Please do tell, as misery loves company!   :-*


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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Any Purchases You Regret?
« on: October 9, 2003, 12:52 PM »
But i was ticked i paid a total of $80 for just 5 figures, and i could of got them all for $25, if i would of waited.

Yes, patience is the key to collecting.  You should try to hold yourself back from paying scalper prices for figures.  BTW, you paid $70 for five figures, no?  If they were $14 each, and you bought five, the total comes out to $70 (unless you paid $16 per figure).   :)  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Any Purchases You Regret?
« on: October 9, 2003, 02:17 AM »
Saga Qui-Gon

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: FINALLY got a job!
« on: October 2, 2003, 05:58 PM »
Cool deal Chris and congratulations!   8)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Random Thoughts
« on: October 1, 2003, 01:06 PM »
Ah, the good 'ol Kenner days.  The one version of each figure in a particular outfit idea was one of their best.  Of course, collectors should carry the blame for the endless resculpts we get nowadays.  Hasbro will pump out the 20th version of Maul, Jango, Anakin, and R2, and collectors will be there to gobble it all up.  I mean, when did R2 or Chewie change outfits?!  As far as resculpts are concerned, a resculpt should only be made if it is a significant improvement.  I don't know, I just feel that for every n-th version of the same character we get, it's a cheated opportunity at having an unmade character/alien made.  However, with figs like General Riekkan on the horizon, things are looking up....

With the exception of the Death Star Gunner & TIE-Fighter Pilot, most of the orange carded POTF2 stuff was horrible.  The figures were too buff, the proportions were way off, the likeness was poor, etc.  It wasn't until 1997 (green carded era) that Hasbro started pumping out some real nice stuff.  I'm still very fond of most of my POTF2 collection, particularly the stuff made from the freeze frame era and on.  Hasbro seems to have hit their mark with POTJ.  Saga is a great line, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.  Action features should be banned forever.  Metal lightsabers with removable blades should be a standard, and the lightsaber handle should be attachable to the fig's belt.  Jedi figs should have the ability to hold a lightsaber with both hands.  Dynamic poses should only be used when necessary.  Using gummy plastic/cheap materials for making accessories/figures should be a big no-no.  I guess sometimes simpler is better.  Maybe that's why vintage figs have so much appeal.  :)                  

     

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: ANIMATED cartoon CW figures coming?
« on: October 1, 2003, 03:49 AM »
I think they are horrible.  Why did they give Anakin a pompadour and Hammer-pants?  Ice Ice Baby Anakin looks pretty crappy.  Of course, Obi-Wan is the worst one of the bunch (IMO).  The figure looks more like Richard Chamberlain (the way he appeared in Shogun) than Ewan McGregor.  No thanks.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do you eat your fruits and vegetables?
« on: September 29, 2003, 08:59 PM »
Damn.  I'm nowhere even close to that amount!  Aside from the lettuce and tomatoes in my various sandwiches and burgers, I'm lucky if I ever eat any fruits or vegies.




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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Screen Scenes: first wave vs. the second wave
« on: September 29, 2003, 04:18 PM »
Do you think we will ever see the first sets again?  I was thinking about picking up the second war room the next time I see it, but I'd want to have the first one to go with it :).

You might want to check TRU.  I spotted the first wave there last week, so it seems that the first wave is shipping again.  Of course, at TRU, they are priced at $21.99 (versus Target's price of $19.99).  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad^2
« on: September 26, 2003, 05:40 PM »
That's great news!  Congrats!  I hope that the next few months go by smoothly.  

BTW, shouldn't the title be "OCB = Dad*2?"  I mean, if Dad = 1, then 1^2 = 1.  ;)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Whatever!
« on: September 25, 2003, 12:48 PM »
Oh man, that was great.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: September 25, 2003, 12:44 PM »
I like Punch Out, but I can never get past King Hippo.   :-[  Any hints?

When he raises both arms, you hit him in the face and his boxing shorts fall down. Then you just keep throwing body blows at his bandaged area. If you knock him down once, he's finished. :)

Thanks for the tip!  Of course, now I'm stuck on Bald Bull.  Man, I hate it when he does that stupid bull charge move.  

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Any chance we'll see any red ARC Trooper figs?
« on: September 24, 2003, 02:14 AM »
Being that there was a red ARC Trooper in the latest Clone Wars cartoon trailer, any chance Hasbro will make a red ARC Trooper figure (or any other color)?  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: It's The End of the World As We Know It
« on: September 23, 2003, 01:40 AM »
Has anyone spotted Egg Nog in the dairy aisle yet?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: September 19, 2003, 07:19 PM »
Great topic.  Yep, I still have one.  Some of my favorite games include Burgertime, Elevator Action, Q*Bert, Popeye, and Gradius.  I like Punch Out, but I can never get past King Hippo.   :-[  Any hints?  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth 4-pack!
« on: September 19, 2003, 01:08 PM »
It's a bit tricky, but Luke fits in there along with the Tauntaun's guts


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