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Modern Classifieds / Re: FS: MOC Stormtrooper collection
« on: June 30, 2009, 05:40 PM »

Stormies for sale. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Homeowners/Home Improvement thread
« on: June 26, 2009, 01:44 PM »
I'd say call a plumber, but that's just me. You may be able to get away with using a diverter assembly like those for the clawfoot tubs, but I'm not sure it would fit with the current tub. A handheld shower assembly might work also. If you run into a relatively knowledgeable person at the Home Depot, he/she may be able to help, too.

As for us, we've recently had a couple major upgrades to our home. First, our old (O'Keefe & Merritt) stove finally kicked the bucket when the oven door broke. It was unfixable, so we needed to upgrade. The problem was, our kitchen was using the old setup, with no vent hood, no electrical, and only a chimney pipe venting the oven through the wall up to the roof. There was also just an open vent on the ceiling above the stove that "vented" the stove to the roof. It was an awfully inefficient setup. But now that we needed a new range, we needed electrical for the ignition and a vent hood. We decided to go with a microwave/hood combo for more space, and we had the contractor patch the roof vent so that should save us a little in heating costs during the winter. Ah, the kitchen is finally in the 20th century.

The second upgrade was to the bathroom. It still had the original clawfoot tub with the whole stupid encircling shower curtain and eyesore faucet/shower assembly. The vanity was some aging and mildewing cheapo wood and formica heap and the flooring was peeling up at the edges. The medicine cabinet was the original '40s built-in with about 50 layers of dripping pain and a scratched up mirror. The toilet was surprisingly in good shape and as a bonus, wasn't low-flow. It was, however, Dapped to the floor, and you could tell by the anchor bolts, the Dap was what was holding it down. The whole bathroom was awful. So, we had the contractor replace the tub and shower with a standard tub with faux marble and brushed nickel fixtures. The vanity was replaced with a pedestal sink and matching fixtures. The medicine cabinet was replaced. The toilet anchoring was fixed, and the flooring replaced. And additional storage was placed above the toilet. Nothing fancy, but my gosh, what an improvement.

Next up, a new backyard fence and cement patio with landscaping.

Well, I just returned from a week in Nashville with the family, and my concerns were just confirmed; there's not really much to do there. We went to the Parthenon, but that was a big snore. The Nashville Zoo was above-average good, as zoo's go. The Hermitage was fine, as historical places go, but not really great for the kiddos. It's fairly pretty and green away from the city, but the weather was so dang hot and humid, it made any type of outdoor activity un-fun. I wanted to see at least one Civil War site, so we went to the Carnton Plantation in Franklin. The site was OK, but Franklin sure has nice houses. We also visited the Opryland hotel/resort and that's pretty neat, especially for the kids.

We did drink heavily, but it was only water, since we'd get dehydrated so quickly. We didn't get out to the Loveless Cafe or Pancake Pantry, since the breakfast was free at the hotel, but did manage to try a Cracker Barrel (decent) and had dinner at Steamboat Bill's (pretty good). I guess the positives I took were that traffic was bearable and Nashville has a good radio station (Jack FM).

Also, we rented a Dodge Charger to get around, and it's a shame what Chrysler has done to that once proud Charger name.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: PayPal Question
« on: June 16, 2009, 11:58 AM »
Does anyone know if I send funds from my CDN PayPal account to a US PayPal account via a straight transfer (ie. NOT a credit or debit card), will the receiver be charged a conversion fee?  I've tried searching through PayPal's "help" section but can't quite find what I'm looking for.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Jesse, PayPal charges 3.9% + U.S.$0.30 for all international transfers, including from Canada to the United States. To double check, I reviewed my PayPal transactions and the last one I had from Canada for a total of U.S.$50, subtracted $2.25 in fees, which is equal to 3.9% + U.S.$0.30. This wasn't a credit card transfer, either.

I hope that's what you're asking about.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Stuff to do in Nashville?
« on: June 11, 2009, 03:11 PM »
So, I gotta go to Nashville next week to visit the father-in-law for a week. He's not much for doing stuff, since he's sorta disabled, so I'm not going to totally depend on his suggestions for stuff for us to do. I gotta say, though, I'm at a complete loss as to what to do there. The Hermitage seems like the only thing. There's the Parthenon, but I'm skeptical at best. My wife suggested the zoo (big whoop), but what else? I was all excited about taking a day trip (just me) to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, but then I found out it's in a dry county, so no tasting (boo!), so why even visit?

Anyone have any suggestions at all? Keep in mind that we probably can't travel far with the kids (so no Dollywood) and whatever has got to have something that will at least interest them a bit...maybe.

Um, and we're not much into country music (clarification: we don't like country music), so that's a factor to consider, too.

And are there good places to eat, that shouldn't be missed? I realize there's a lot of meat and three there, but since I don't eat meat, that's sort of a negative.

At least the motel has a pool.

And I also feel it's necessary to mention that heating up anything with a strong or potentially offensive odor (seafood of ALL kinds) in the communal microwave is a big no-no. Nothing worse than the smell of someone's "catch of the week" wafting through the office for 1-2 days.

Announcements / Re: - Now Under New Ownership!
« on: May 21, 2009, 10:54 AM »
Congrats to everyone.

So, I'm interested to hear the backstory on all this. Why'd Chris leave (is he still going to be around to post)? How did Paul and Jeff make their ways to taking the helm. And why the sudden 180 for Jeff; from resigning as staff member because he needed more free time, to becoming co-owner and webmaster (seems like that'll zap even more of his free time).

I'd also like to know what other major changes or ideas you two have for the site.

Just hecka curious about all of it.


JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2008 - 2009
« on: May 15, 2009, 10:57 AM »
Time to revise my picks again. I sucked in the first round and second round (50% in each). I'm seeing a Chicago-Carolina final.

First Round

Boston over Montreal
Washington over Rangers
Carolina over Devils
Philadelphia over Pens

Sharks over Ducks
Columbus over Wings
Blues over Vancouver
Chicago over Calgary

Second round

Carolina over Boston
Washington over Pens

Ducks over Red Wings
Chicago over Vancouver

Conference Finals

Carolina over Pens

Chicago over Wings

Cup Finals

Chicago over Carolina

Sure hope they go seven games each.

Vintage Kenner / Re: My Stormtroopers
« on: May 6, 2009, 05:26 PM »
Thanks, Dale. I'm quite proud of these. I always knew these were my best cards, but the grades just confirmed it for, it was fun.

I wish I would have bought that book when it came out. It fetches a pretty penny now.

And it makes a great background when photographing figures!  ;)

Vintage Kenner / My Stormtroopers
« on: May 6, 2009, 01:04 PM »
Not sure where to post this, but it's vintage and this is the only vintage section.

So, after being in the Stormtrooper focus arena for several years, I've trimmed and whittled my collection over the last year+. My collection previously consisted of the following:

Star Wars 12b
Star Wars Harbert 12
Star Wars Takara 12
Star Wars 20b
Star Wars 20g
Star Wars 20h
Empire Strikes Back 31b
Empire Strikes Back 41a
Empire Strikes Back 41e
Empire Strikes Back 47
Empire Strikes Back German 45
Empire Strikes Back 48c
Return of the Jedi 65b
Return of the Jedi 65c
Return of the Jedi Palitoy 65
Return of the Jedi Top Toys
Return of the Jedi 77a UP
Return of the Jedi 77a P
Return of the Jedi 77b
Return of the Jedi 79a
Return of the Jedi 79b
Return of the Jedi Tri-logo
Power of the Force

Plus an ESB Proof and the POTF Stormtrooper Coin Sculpt and Stage 1 Hardcopy.

Needless to say I was happy and proud of my collection. However, with age and family come different priorities, and for me, this meant that I just wasn't able to keep up and add to my collection. I came to the realization that many other collectors would probably appreciate these items much more than I. So, I began to whittle. First to go was the Sculpt and Hardcopy to a fellow Left-Coaster with a Trooper focus, then some of the ROTJ went, the ESB and the SW and POTF, peppered with various foreign cards here and there. I believe a lot of what I had is now under the watchful eye of another Trooper collector in Texas, but there are others around the globe.

Now for my current collection.

As I was whittling, I came to the further realization that I did not want to just jettison everything. So, I picked just a handful of items that I could easily save and appreciate. I thought it would be a neat idea to have one card from each series (SW, ESB, ROTJ) that I personally chose as my favorite (and most pristine). And in addition, I just couldn't part with my ESB proof card. And to further enhance them, I had 'em graded by AFA. I don't know why, but for me, having a grade on these just seems like a fitting tribute to my collection.

So, without further ado, my current Stormtrooper focus collection:

Star Wars 12 B - AFA Graded 80 C80 B80 F85

Empire Strikes Back 48 C - AFA Graded 90 (yes, 90!) C90 B85 F90

Return of the Jedi 65 C - AFA Graded 85 C85 B90 F85

Empire Strikes Back 21 Proof Card - AFA Graded 85

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2008 - 2009
« on: April 30, 2009, 06:04 PM »
Time to revise my picks. I sucked in the first round and the Sharks choked on a chicken duck bone.

First Round

Boston over Montreal
Washington over Rangers
Carolina over Devils
Philadelphia over Pens

Sharks over Ducks
Columbus over Wings
Blues over Vancouver
Chicago over Calgary

Second round

Carolina over Boston
Washington over Pens

Ducks over Red Wings
Chicago over Vancouver

Conference Finals

Washington over Carolina

Chicago over Ducks

Cup Finals

Chicago over Washington

Also, as far as the Sharks choking yet again in the playoffs, well, I'm frustrated as hell. However, I'm getting tired of all the local fair-weather fans that I hear and read that are saying that they won't watch the Sharks anymore, etc. It's especially irritating when they say that they've waited 17 years! Um, 17 years is nothing. They should talk to some Leafs fans. The Sharks will be back, and they'll break through eventually.

Can't wait for the Wings-Ducks and the Pens-Caps series. Those should be good ones.

Modern Classifieds / FS: MOC Stormtrooper collection
« on: April 17, 2009, 12:15 PM »
Below are 23 Stormtrooper carded items from my collection. They are the modern portion of my former Stormtrooper focus. Most are in new condition, and flaws (if any) are noted next to each figure. Prices are listes, or I can sell as one big chunk for $140. Prices do not include shipping, which is calculated based on weight and shipping distance. I can accept money orders or PayPal, but if paying by PayPal, you'll need to pay the nominal PayPal fees (I'll calculate for you). I'll ship to just about anywhere. Just let me know if you're interested. Thanks for taking a peek!

POTF Red Card w/holo  $3

POTF Red Card no holo - crease on back  $3

POTF Red Card, bilingual square card  $10

POTF Red Card, trilogo  $7

POTF Red Card, Italian card - resealed, but hardly noticeable; with crease  $6

POTF Red Card, trilogo with THX insert  $12

POTF Red Card bootleg - back is blank; bubble is crumpled but sealed  $4

POTF Green Card w/holo  $3

POTF Green Card no holo  $3

POTF Freeze Frame - slight smudge on top left; v. slight bow to card  $5

POTF Freeze Frame trilogo  $9

POTF Commtech with white background on chip  $4

POTF Deluxe Crowd Control Stormtrooper - some creases  $5

POTF Deluxe Crowd Control Stormtrooper bootleg - crumpled bubble  $6

Death Star Chase  $10

Original Trilogy Collection  $11

Vintage Original Trilogy Collection  $12

McQuarrie Stormtrooper, Fan's Choice - small dent in upper left corner  $11

McQuarrie Stormtrooper, 30th Anniversary version  $7

2006 San Diego Comic-Con 501st Stormtrooper  $12

Saga Shadow Stormtrooper  $11

30th Anniversary Stormtrooper  $5

Comic 2-pack Stormtrooper and Tarkin  $6

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2008 - 2009
« on: April 13, 2009, 12:58 PM »
I'm really looking forward to the playoffs, and as always, hoping/praying for the best for the Sharks.

Here's my biased prediction:

First Round

Boston over Montreal
Washington over Rangers
Carolina over Devils
Philadelphia over Pens

Sharks over Ducks
Columbus over Wings
Blues over Vancouver
Chicago over Calgary

Second round

Carolina over Boston
Washington over Philadelphia

San Jose over Columbus
Chicago over Blues

Conference Finals

Washington over Carolina

San Jose over Chicago

Cup Finals

San Jose over Washington

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: April 9, 2009, 11:15 AM »
I'll happily mock mini-van owners, I just thought I shouldn't push too hard on the issue  :P  It is kind of amazing how kids are soooo much bigger today than when we all grew up.  Imagine fitting kids into a compact car.  How utterly absurd.  But hey, if you're cool being mistaken for a soccer mom, that's really none of my business.   ;)

Hell, when I was a kid, we didn't even have seatbelts, much less carseats. We were able to fit our entire family of five kids in a Vega...until we got our '72 VW bus, then I had the "luxury" of being able sit in the cargo area at the very back. It's not that the kids today are bigger, it's that the carseats are bigger (or actually exist). There's no way you can fit two Britax carseats (with accompanying kids) and more than two adults into a normal-sized car. And when there actually is space for more than two adults (such as with SUVs and wagons), it's nearly impossible to climb over the carseats to get to the "free" seat. This is why many begrudgingly go the minivan route. We have to use the third row of seats about every two weeks when we haul the mother-in-law around. If it wasn't for that, we would surely have NOT purchased a minivan. But, we have one, and it's what we need...for now.  :( At least I take solace from the fact that it's probably one of the safest vehicles for the kids. But that's pretty much it. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2009
« on: April 7, 2009, 12:25 PM »
AL East - Boston
AL Central - Cleveland
AL West - Angels
AL Wild Card - Tampa Bay

NL East - Mets
NL Central - Cincinnati
NL West - Giants
NL Wild Card - Dodgers

AL Angels over Cleveland
NL Giants over Mets
WS Giants over Angels (revenge for 2002)!

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