Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Turns out I was able to find a few affordable things still remaining on the wedding registry for Rebecca Liddicoat and Robert Griffin III. So I sent the couple a lovely orange Kate Spade bath towel. I've gotten a little more information about this that has turned me slightly against the Griffins. First, they should have made the registry private and given the password to family and friends. Second, there is also an option where the couple could donate 50% or even 100% of the value of the gifts to charity. That would have been nice. They're of course under no obligation to do so, but to not do either of those things makes it seem like they wanted gifts from fans. But we have to go back to the elemental reason you buy someone a gift, to show them you care about them, to make them happy, and because it brings joy to the sender to make the recipient happy. All those reasons still apply here so I am happy I did it and I hope they use my bath towel in good health.
Posted by Paul at 12:34 PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Robert Griffin III has done a lot of great work, at considerable personal harm, to restore the once great Redskins. To express gratitude for his efforts Redskins fans bought almost every single item (under $50) of his wedding registry at Bed Bath and Beyond. RGIII even posted this picture of himself with all these boxes to thank the fans. But now some people are criticizing him, saying he is rich and he shouldn't accept gifts from fans who earn so much less than him, he should donate them to charity. First of all, as much as I admire RGIII and Rebecca Liddicoat, they're not William and Kate. There is nothing wrong with them setting up a registry for family and friends, and there's nothing wrong with fans sending them gifts. If I had thought about it before everything was bought, I might have sent something. Just to get a thank you card from the couple would have been nice. My previous post about Rebecca Liddicoat may have been a little harsh. I said she wasn't pretty enough to be with a star quarterback the caliber of RGIII. But now I am reconsidering. I kind of like the fact that they were registered somewhere normal like Bed Bath & Beyond as opposed to some place ridiculous like Michael C Fina. It shows that they are good salt of the earth people, and that she isn't marrying him for his money, and he isn't marrying her just for her looks. So let's hope they have a long happy life together enjoying gravy from the gravy boats their fans bought.
Monday, May 20, 2013
I have never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. Probably because I usually don't sit close enough. But if I were ever in that position I hope I would snag the ball as gracefully as this guy and the Mets-Cubs game, and without tumbling over the railing into the section below. But I would never want to be this guy. Through hardly any fault of his own a foul ball smashed his beer cup and doused 13 people (someone counted). No surprise the ball was hit by the Mighty Pooh Holes. It takes a strong man to douse that many people.
Friday, May 17, 2013
An anonymous buyer paid $1.9M for this painting of Bea Arthur. Dorothy Zbornak did not pose for this nude, the image comes solely from the mind of artist John Currin who painted it in 1991. Click here to see the NOT SAFE FOR WORK version of Bea Arthur Nude
1 billion youtube hits for videos like Psy's "Gangnam Style" and Justin Bieber's "Baby" sounds believable, considering those artists have huge promotional machines behind them. But nothing can explain the popularity of these videos, except that kids like to watch the same things over and over, and parents are happy to put their kids in front of the computer for a few minutes of peace and quiet. Here they are, four inexplicably popular youtube videos for kids. The Gummy Bear Song - 325 million (but there are probably another 325 million views for different languages of this idiotic song) Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - 234 million (the song is a classic, the video is cool, but not cool enough to explain these hits) The Lion Sleeps Tonight featuring the Happy Hippo and Stan - 27 million (this one I actually understand, the song is a classic and easy to understand and the dog's dance moves make kids laugh) Note: the most popular version is not available for embed, but even the backup version has 8 million views. The Duck Song - 130 million (this is one we love, funny and silly and unique and creative. It even spawned 2 more Duck songs)
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Randomly inserted in 2012 Bowman boxes were 10 golden contracts, entitling the signee to a $500 signing bonus, a Yu Darvish autographed baseball and a chance at the grand prize, your own card in the 2013 Bowman set. The winner is a card shop owner from Las Vegas named Marcel Bilak. Is Bilak's double thumbs up pose funny or douchey? They are doing this again this year, except there are 25 contracts, no signing bonus and a 4%, instead of 10% chance of getting your own card. There's only one of these contracts on eBay, listed for $1500, but I think $300-$400 is a more realistic value. I think if I got my own card I would try to grow my hair out and recreate this Oscar Gamble 1976 Topps card. Or maybe I can piss off Mrs. Poop and recreate Glenn Hubbard's 1984 Fleer card Maybe I could have Chase and Julian chase me like Steve Finley did in his 2002 Fleer Ultra Probably the best thing would be to recreate the famous 1989 Bill Ripken Fleer, but instead of Fuck Face I could write Poop on the knob on the bat. True story: I gave Mrs. Poop that card for Mother's Day and told her I wanted to give her a gift that would always remind her of me, every time she looked at it.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I've been reading a lot of reviews on the season finale of "How I Met Your Mother" most of them were negative, implying the reveal wasn't dramatic enough or my mother wasn't shocking enough ("I waited 8 years for that" was the general sentiment). I just kind of wrote those negative Nellies off as the cynics who troll the internet without ever saying anything nice. I was happy to read an article on the New York Post that was a little more favorable, and like me, hopeful about what will transpire in the final season. But I was unhappy to read what the Post titled the post. "How I met yo mama!!!!!!!" The Post has since changed it to simply what the article was headlined, which is standard for pretty much every other newspaper site. I'm not exactly sure how a mistake like this happened but my internet experts say there was probably an internal line where the writer used this flippant shorthand to title the story, and it accidentally got copied and pasted into something that would be made public. Not a big deal, actually kind of funny, and the kind of stuff only the Poop notices, and only the Poop brings to you, my loyal Poopheads.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Her name is Cristin Milloti, and she is my mother. Finally, on the finale of the 8th season of "How I Met Your Mother" they revealed the titular "mother." She was carrying the yellow umbrella and wearing the cute boots that Lilly is going to borrow because they are the same size. And I am assured that this is not a pump fake, this is really her. I really liked this episode in its entirety even before the reveal. The stuff with Ted still being in love with Robin is a bit much. Barney and Robin trying to break up that couple was quite funny (yes that was Penny from "Happy Endings"). And although the Marshall judge thing was totally unrealistic, I do understand they are trying to set up some major tension between Marshall and Lily for the 9th and final season. I think there is plenty of material for a very strong final season. There are a lot of loose ends that could be tied up as well as enough fun stuff to do with the courtship (I'm assuming they will jam pack next season so that it ends with the wedding, or better yet the birth of the kids, or better yet until the day he is telling them the story). It should be a great final season to bring a show that started off as a 10, and fell to a six, back up to its rightful perch. But for now the big question is, who do the kids resemble most?
Staten Island just got a little more enticing. A new Buffalo Wild Wings opened on Richmond Avenue right near the location of the old Staten Island Hotel. It's not really visible from the street, but it's in a plaza behind Applebee's and next to Waldbaum's I think. I will have to make my first official visit there soon. And then continue on Richmond Avenue and head to Ralph's. Sounds like a pretty good day. Hope I have the chance to do it soon. Apparently, I'm not the only one excited about it because when it opened, strategically during the NCAA Tournament, it set a record for first week sales.