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Goodbye Toys R Us

Well, here we go again. Another US retailer biting the dust. I have to admit, my reactions to the news these past couple of days has ranged from gloominess to anger towards the idiots who have let this happen to what is the last dedicated toy store chain. While increased competition has hurt Toys R Us, it seems the end began in 2005 when they were taken over by a leveraged buy out by three companies that borrowed over 5 billion and then dumped that massive debt into Toys R Us itself. So, after a

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I got a little lion for my birthday!

I got a very special little gift today for my birthday. A cute plush of the Saitama Seibu Lions 'Leo' mascot! Not easy to get here in the states. Of course, now Leo can keep an eye on me at all times.

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The Rover Pipeline: What a mess!

It's been getting interesting here of late in my area of Ohio with the Rover Pipeline being built. The company building it, Energy Transfer Associates or something like that, has really been racking up the problems. This is the same company that flattened a historic farm property in Carrol county last year without any sort of permission or warning to the town and county of their intentions and that got them fined 2.3 million in mitigation damages. Well, since entering my country and Stark county

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My vintage gaming wish list.

Figured I'd blog this. This is a little vintage gaming/computer wish list off the top of my head this evening of some stuff I'd still like to find. First off, a IBM 5150 or 5160 computer. The 5160 or XT version is probably the best and there have to be some left out there! Also programs for said computer (hopefully ones that work with my Tandy 1000SX as well). Apple II programs, parts, and an actual Apple II and a IIc plus. A Coleco Gemini. I have a couple controllers for one of these and almost

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And another old building gone in my town..

I'm not sure now old it was, but another old structure on Front Street in my town is gone. All to further an old man's ego trip of a city park. An observation deck is to be built there so you can get a really good look at a constantly filthy stretch of river and the smoke coming off the power plant. I'm not kidding, that's what you see from that spot. The city has secured $1.2 million in grants for that project and I am wondering if anything of the oldest area of town alongside the Ohio and Er

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Found In a Barn Loft

This is one of a few flea market finds I got yesterday, a 1924 Radiola Superheterodyne complete with tubes. According to the seller, he found this buried in the upper loft of an old barn locally. This is a piece of radio history as it is one of the first sets to use the superheterodyne circuit and is basically the first portable superheterodyne radio. Yes, it originally had a handle and was considered semi-portable! Of course, you had to remove the batteries and the horn or else get a hernia!

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Too much Mt. Dew is not a good thing.

I think I just figured out why I am so much on edge lately. Too much freakin' Mt. Dew. I just realized I am drinking the stuff like an addict and I have a feeling that is part of the reason why I am so much on edge lately. I'm basically to the point I am hardly drinking anything else during the work day and that's not good... Not to say there aren't things getting on my nerves lately, but cutting back on the sugar and caffeine will help me get over that stuff a lot easier. I went down this route

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Emotional Issues

Well, it seems I am having some emotional issues right now. I just realized I was misreading posts on a topic I started and was getting into a odd, sarcastic mood. Part of my issue is that my sleep is messed up again and I am not getting the rest I need before work each day. You can also say I am frustrated and tired of the town I live in. I love old buildings and such, but Dover, Ohio is a bad place to live if you like older structures. Our mayor got re-elected for a record 7th term and he is a

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My Opinion On Ebay and Auctions in General

I've been tinkering around for the first time on eBay for years, mostly to get a handle on what stuff is going for nowdays and am surprised at some of the price spikes certain items are seeing. Of course, I am always wondering if shill bidding might be involved and how much of this stuff is going overseas to foriegn bidders with deep pockets. As such, I always take values on eBay with a grain of salt as the old saying goes. Really, I quit eBay years back when they went paypal only. When it comes

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Another Road Block

I just hit another road block with trying to sell some of my antique radios. I finally got ahold of Estes Radio Auctions today and once again, was told no console radios, especially the ones on legs. I guess what is happening is they are getting swamped with bidders only willing to pay five to ten dollars for a radio, no matter how nice it is, and then these buyers strip out the guts and leave the cabinets for Estes to dispose of. I guess is causing them to lose money, so no big consoles or big

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A Spooky Sight.

I saw an spooky sight today in one of the local papers and looked it up after getting home from work tonight. This was a much talked about mall in its day, now it is just an abandoned shell: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/02/10/snow-fills-abandoned-rolling-acres-mall/23163025/   I never got to go there, but I find myself feeling a mixed sense of irony and sadness looking at these pictures. The irony comes from the fact that it was these type of places that killed off the o

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Why I Miss the 80's

I have seen these little lists before, so thought I would give one a try, Now, before I begin, I would like to note that there are several things I do like about today and would not trade for anything. Also, I will be noting what I knew in my own local area during that time. Even with the bad things that were going on, the 80's could be fun, so here we go. First off, I was a kid in the 80's! Yay! Things seemed more colorful then, from the clothes to even the stores. The only major worry I

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