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Feedback / Re: Master_Phruby's feedback
« on: May 29, 2015, 04:35 PM »
Figured he should get some feedback for it - Paul's always selflessly helping people with Disney exclusives.  Thanks again for the help.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: May 28, 2015, 03:43 PM »
I wandered into the Disney Store today, which I've been doing once a week or so for months and miraculously found Chopper.  I've been looking since December.  I nearly paid $35 or $40 for one a few short weeks ago.  $10 seemed like a steal.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: May 22, 2015, 12:02 PM »
I feel way better about the Lightning advancing than I do Chicago. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: May 20, 2015, 10:47 PM »
I biked 6 miles to work yesterday, then biked 6 miles home.  My wife and I are gearing up for an 8k so we ran 5 miles after work.

Then the game... stayed up, finished around 1:10 - glued to highlights and discussion afterwards so I went to bed around 2.  Next thing I know, a vet is returning my call from the day before at 7:00 a.m. and I'm up an hour early.  Just in time to bike 6 more miles to work.

I'm a little tired, and now the Lightning just blew a one goal lead with under 2 minutes left to send this one into OT. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Wampa and Hoth Luke
« on: May 18, 2015, 10:03 PM »
So stick with the regular one is what your saying?  I was only wondering about it on the off chance that the 3 3/4" one was undersized.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Wampa and Hoth Luke
« on: May 18, 2015, 01:24 PM »
How close is the scale on that old Ultra Wampa?  I'm wondering if buying a 6" one and putting it in the 3 3/4" display might be a good idea, if it's not wildly inaccurate to go with a larger one.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: May 18, 2015, 01:22 PM »
Now that the rust is shaken off and Rundblad has a game under his belt, Hawks in 5!

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: May 14, 2015, 11:36 AM »
Up next...

Blackhawks (6)
Lightning (6)

I hope you're more right this time than you were last round.  This is my hockey dream come true.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:28 PM »
Glad to hear your pooch is doing well. One question: was the dog-sitter a friend?

One of my wife's former students, nice girl and she's dog-sat for us before without incident.  She felt really awful that the dog had gotten sick, and I stopped giving her updates once I found out that it was going to require surgery.  The only reason I ever talked to her about it in the first place was because I needed to know what else was in that trash can.  After the first few days though when it got really serious, I just didn't tell her what was going on anymore, we didn't mention it on Facebook or anything so she wouldn't hear about it there too.

As awful as the whole thing is, she certainly didn't do anything malicious - it was a dumb accident that turned into a huge thing.  So I'm trying to keep her feeling even worse.

If it makes you feel better Rob, Wave 2 is technically NOT a Hasbro product.  Sure, Disney took inspiration from the old Hasbro parts, but these new Wave 2 toolings (bodies, legs, hats) are all Disney at this point - there is now Hasbro copyright on them. 

I gave up on these long ago.  I'd buy a "one of each part" set if they ever made it, but I'm not going to let not having them bug me too much.

I suppose a little bit... i'm going back to florida for Christmas and might head over to the Lego thing in Orlando with the nieces and nephews.  If I do, I'll probably swing by and see what's what and maybe pick up some of these - depends how rich I'm feeling when I get there.  But I'm done worrying about whether I eventually get them or not.  Too much hassle, too expensive.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: May 13, 2015, 04:34 PM »
Sorry to hear about your Great Dane IAS. 

We had a scare these past two weeks with our older Boston, Emerson.  She got into a trash can while I was out of town (dog sitter left the bathroom door open, against instructions) and the dog ate a bunch of trash. 

She was distended and threw up a few times, but otherwise seemed okay and the dog sitter who didn't want to mention there were tampons in the trash can only told me that she may have eaten some paper towels.  So I waited until Wednesday when suddenly she was trying to take a crap and nothing came out.  Off to the vet, x-rays show possible blockage.  Next day she passes a tampon, I'm thinking everything is good now, but she's not eating and not getting her energy back.

Another x-ray shows another blockage, before you know it I'm at an emergency vet getting an ultrasound which shows a "linear foreign body" (fancy word for string) that is causing her small intestine to bunch up on itself.  The string is acting like a saw and they basically tell me that it's only a matter of time before it perforates her intestine and she dies (they felt like it was hours, not days).  On top of that there was a blockage of some sort in her stomach that wasn't moving into her GI tract (hence throwing up her food and then eventually not eating).

So the doctors insist that it's surgery or take her home to die.  She's 12, but I had to try.  She could live another four years if I'm lucky... so she had the surgery.  They removed a plastic thing from her stomach, cleaned out some hair ball, and then removed DENTAL FLOSS from her small intestine.  They had to remove a section of intestine that was too damaged to heal properly. 

That was May 1st.  I got her back the following Sunday and it's been dog infirmary at my house ever since.  She's had to come to work with me all of last week, has had diarrhea like you wouldn't believe, can't climb stairs or play or jump on anything, was on three prescriptions and a fancy bland diet.

This coming Friday she's able to ditch the cone and stop being kept in a crate whenever I'm not around to make sure she doesn't play with the other dog and rip her sutures.  She's also lost a little over two pounds - which for a 19 pound dog is a lot.  So once she's otherwise recovered I have to work on fattening her back up - that part I'm sure she'll love.

The price tag on this was completely insane - so I'm sharing this to tell you all to make sure your pets don't get into garbage.  Even if you think you're on top of this, it can be a total freaking disaster over something as simple as a door left open.  Also if you don't have pet insurance, I recommend that you at least consider it.  Even if it only covered half, it could have saved me thousands of dollars.

This is about two weeks ago, pre-surgery when she was miserable and doped up and not eating.

This is the day I took her home from the animal hospital.

Chilling at my office in her crate:

Sutures after about a week:

Starting to feel a little better:

And, appetite fully restored, back in the kitchen at my office hoping Sam drops some of the food that's going into his smoothie:

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 13, 2015, 12:04 PM »
Right.  When I heard 5 pack I assumed he meant the 5 figures from the original 5 pack.

5 aliens for $18.99 shipped (they dropped it another dollar, just looked) is tempting.  It would be fun to have a few extras at that price.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: May 12, 2015, 11:34 PM »
A Chicago / Tampa Bay final would make me so happy.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 12, 2015, 12:48 PM »
That's crazy... initially those Alien figures were going to be some rare thing... I paid $100 for a set.  Should have just waited. 

It's official.  This Disney build a droid line is going to be the thing that after 20 years of collecting, turns my collection into something that's not complete.  I could barely fathom the idea of getting out there and spending hundreds of dollars trying to assemble them all, now they are going to have a ton more, some of which will have brief availability before yet another series of them comes out - presumably this will continue for years to come.

I'm going to stop concerning myself with these things.

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