kybearfuzz: (Bill the Cat)
I bought my first lawn mower when I moved in my house in 2001. It's just like the one I grew up using, a 20" gas-powered mower. It's done a great job for all these years, but last week while I was mowing it seemed to be giving me a near-death rattle. The motor wasn't running as smoothly and it seemed to struggle quite a bit.

Since then, I've been looking online at different mowers. I have been wanting to try something different, so I've been spying the electric lawn mowers. Buying gas for the old mower is a pain, so I'd like to see about avoid it. Battery-powered ones have their ups and downs, mostly linked to battery life. Corded ones have their drawbacks as well, as many folks have told me about running over the electric cord.

On the way home from work today, I stopped at Home Depot to look at the furry eye candy... er, to comparison shop for mowers. They didn't have much in the way of electric mowers. The only model in stock was battery-powered and expensive. However, just next to it was something that caught my eye, something I'd not seen for a long time.

A manual reel mower.

The design is a bit fancier than the mowers I remember, but it principles are very much the same. I've never used one. My dad had one, but it literally sat outside in a corner of the yard, like a prop or a decorative item. The blades and wheels on it had long rusted in place, so it was completely non-functional.

So, on a lark, I bought one. It's far cheaper than the powered mowers and the online reviews are actually very positive. It's must quieter than powered models and, while it requires a bit more effort by me, it should be good for a cardio workout. For my 1/4 acre yard, which is 1/3 wooded, it may be an effective stop-gap while I continue a search for the electric mower. I put it together tonight after my chest/back workout.

I'm very eager to try it out tomorrow after work.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
So I got up this morning feeling better, after catching a quick bug the other day. I worked out and mowed the yard, feeling a bit energized. I grabbed lunch and drove to the Cincinnati Comicon (the "Con") held in Northern KY. I had not attended this particular comic book convention before, but I had a list of comics I wanted to get and though I could grab some deals.

After spending $35 to get in and $5 for parking, I went inside, grabbed a vendor map, and started my shopping journey. And was bitterly disappointed.

The "Con" was very heavy on the creators and very light on the back issue vendors. I found a few good deals at one table, but didn't want to spend all my money in one place, so I ventured to look for others. There was only one other vendor with a huge supply of back issues, but he's local and I've already seen his goods in his store. The other handful listed as "vendors" basically had about 10-12 long boxes of comics, which is almost nothing, and certainly not enough to pay for the rental space.

I was there for maybe an hour, spent $27, stopped by Starbucks for a Frap that the barista screwed up, and went home for a nap.

The "Con" was a waste of time. The Comic Expo in two weeks is usually much more fun.

Lesson learned.
kybearfuzz: (Mario)
I spent most of the day sleeping. I'm not depressed or anything, but after a weekend full of softball, followed by an afternoon in Lexington, KY with my sister, and then another softball evening, I was just beat. I slept in, goofed around online for a couple of hours, went back to sleep for a couple of hours, then got the day started.

After an early dinner, I stopped by Home Depot as I was thinking of buying a pressure washer. I just wanted to look at them to see what they cost. I found a good deal on one, so I went ahead and bought it. My reason for getting it was to clean the exterior of the house, which desperately needs washing. One of the issues of living so close to the woods is that the green pollen, algae, or whatever clings to the house.

I'm sure I will feel incredibly manly blasting the house clean tomorrow. I suspect it will have many other uses, like cleaning the steps, the patio, anything requiring a good water blast. Heh...
kybearfuzz: (Armed)
It's certainly been a busy Saturday.

Last night, I went to dinner with a friend who has recently started a new career at a bank. He deals with mutual funds, retirement accounts, etc., as well as basic banking processes. I asked for his opinion on whether to pay off the mortgage or buy a new car. His response was basically to pay off the house, as I wasn't paying hardly any interest at this point, then get a home equity loan to buy the car. The interest from it would be tax deductible and likely last longer.

So this morning, I showered and dressed and headed to my bank. The Assistant VP gave me an estimated pay off amount. However, when it came to the interest rate on the proposed loan to buy the car, the rate was 3.24 to 6%, a variable rate. I thought that was too freakin' high considering. Of course, it would be toward the lower end if I opened a home equity line of credit for half the value of my home. Ugh...

I left and went to lunch, determined that I should at least test drive some cars. My Toyota Corolla is still doing well and it's been a good car, but I'm craving something different. It's nine years old and has over 164,000 miles on it.

So I drove up to Carmax in Northern Cincinnati and met a very handsome, young salesperson named Jeff. Jeff is probably in his late 20's, has wavy brown hair and beard, lean otterish build, and the most amazing deep blue eyes I've ever seen on a man. Seriously, he is a good looking feller. So Jeff talked me into letting them give me an estimate on my car and then we test drove a couple cars on the lot. I drove a Nissan Rogue (with some nice bells and whistles) and a Nissan Ultima (which was unimpressive). I looked at a Camry and was very interested in a Ford Escape (until I saw the Consumer Reports ratings -- yikes). Overall, I just wasn't ready to buy, but I have a few more that I'd like to drive, like a Kia Soul because I'm curious and it's fairly well-rated.

So, I'm back home and a bit tired. While I haven't made any big decisions, it's been a good information-gathering day. Ideally, I'd like to see about being in a new car by next week. Since my bank won't give me a decent loan rate, I'm not sure if the house will get paid off at this time, as I may buy the car outright to avoid the loan.

As for the cat, I think the name "Milo" is going to stick. At this point though, he's still hunkered down in the storage space. I moved some boxes so I could get a better look at him, but still have yet to crawl in after him. I'm trying to be patient. I think he is exploring a bit at night, though he seems to be walking gingerly (no pun intended) so I can't hear him.
kybearfuzz: (Halo)
So before I packed up and headed south, I purchased a used DVD of "Black Christmas". I've written about this movie over and over again. I'm jokingly obsessed. I have no idea why, I just find the movie fascinating in odds ways.

Now I have the Blu-ray and a DVD copy already, this after I gave away another copy to a buddy, so why buy another? In my research online about the movie, I came across a nearly defunct website that listed some cool features on an earlier DVD release that strangely are missing from later DVD and Blu-Ray releases. So, I found a copy on Amazon Marketplace. It had been sitting at my post office while my mail was held during Christmas.

I got this DVD copy in the mail today and it's full of extras that are absent from the later releases -- good extras.

BC Poster Bit
Black Christmas Movie Poster

Among the extras available are:
  • Audio commentary by Director Bob Clark (he also directed "A Christmas Story" and "Porky's").
  • Audio commentary by stars John Saxon and Keir Dullea.
  • A "Revisited" Documentary.
  • A Episode of a TV Series called "Dark Dreamers" staring John Saxon (not sure why this is on here, but okay... something more to watch)

What surprised me about the DVD is that there are even more extras as a DVD-ROM, yet the DVD doesn't even state this on the cover or the interior flier. I wouldn't have even known of them if I hadn't seen them on the aforementioned website.

The DVD-ROM includes a PDF press book for "Silent Night, Deadly Night," which was the original US release title; a PDF of their movie posters (the above pic is a portion of one of them); and (the best part) is a PDF of the original script, with crossed-out scene, hand-written pages, etc. It must have been a working script by the writers. It's nice to be able to read some of the lines that got a bit blurred in the movie. Even more fun was some of the cut scenes, which were actually pretty funny. This is probably one of the fun scenes in the movie, between Sergeant Nash and Barb (Margot Kidder) when she gets the best of the officer, using a word he's unfamiliar with.

Black Christmas Script Bit
Black Christmas Fellatio Phone Number

Unlike most movies today, where they do whole "making of" documentaries to accompany a film, there is very little production documentation and photos I can find. It is rare that I delve so far into something like this. I have one more "piece" of the movie background to get. In my searches, I came across a paperback novelization of the film in 1976, released in Canada (where the movie was filmed), written from the screenplay. Supposedly, it contains extra scenes that are documented out, probably like the script I have. With the joys of the internet, I managed to find a used copy of a nearly 40-year-old paperback. It should be here next week.

I am such a geek. Seriously.
kybearfuzz: (Screaming Bride)
Last night, I got a call from [ profile] aceofspace, asking if he could fly into Cincinnati and we drive down to our hometown together. Of course, I said yes. It seems American Airlines canceled his flight to Knoxville, and left him to sit for several hours to the next day, unless he changed his plans. Unfortunately, they sent his bags to Knoxville (we hope), so he was without essentials. So after a quick dinner, we went to the wilds of Wal-Mart late last night.

Oh, dear God, it was a wasteland. In addition to their employees putting new stock out, there were easily two dozen or more carts full of returned goods to be restocked out near the registers. We went to the menswear department, where we found the tee-shirt/socks aisles completely trashed. Literally, more stock on the floor than on the hooks.

Since we were there, I went to the toys department to grab a toy for my nephew. If I thought the menswear areas were bad, I certainly was not prepared for the toy aisles. It was like someone picked up each aisle, shook it up and down several times, then put it back down. I told [ profile] aceofspace that it looked like a violent crime scene. Needless to say, we moved quickly out of the area. Gift card for the nephew. Let his dad drag him to the toy aisles instead.

I think I'm going to try to avoid Wal-Mart (more than I usually do) until long after Christmas.
kybearfuzz: (Default)
After work on Friday, I drove 40 miles north to the outlet stores to buy candles. [ profile] jeepdude_70 and I had gone a few weeks back and he got me hooked on the Yankee Candle scent "Leather." I burned through the large candle I bought then, so I went there to get more. It's a discontinued scent, which is surprising because it seems so original. I bought way too many of them, but I should be set for a while. :)

Saturday, I went to see Dredd 3D. This movie was FUN! Very gory, very true to the comic book, full of action with a cool (yet simple) plot, some comedy, and interesting special effects. I'm surprised there isn't more hype about this movie. I think it has a 76% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes still.

Yesterday was a typical Sunday. I worked out, ate lunch, and did laundry. Thankfully, there was a South Park marathon on to keep me occupied. I'm up to page 8 of issue #9 of the comic, which surprises the heck out of me.

Now it's Monday. Where did the weekend go???
kybearfuzz: (Default)
Great weekends always fly by so quickly. After finishing work on Friday, I desperately needed some fun.

Saturday, I drove up to the outlet stores and had a bout of shopping therapy with [ profile] jeepdude_70. I'd not seen him in a while, so it was good to hang out and catch up with him. While he swears I enable him in the shopping, I blew quite a bit of money on stuff I usually wouldn't thanks to him ($50 at Yankee Candle Company, for example). I did get some much needed clothes and a big candle with "Leather" scent. I got home, had to punch a hole in my butch card for repairing the lawn mower before mowing, and grab dinner. Overall, it was an awesome day.

Sunday, I had lunch with my buddy Dan at Mokka in Newport. Pancakes with orange creamsicle "fluff." Oh, SOOOO GOOOOOD! Dinner was a mac & cheese bar at Brian's ([ profile] cincycub), which was inventive and incredibly tasty.

Monday, I settled back into my own office after working in the branch director's office most of July. After work, I worked out, cleaned house, and settled down on the couch for TV and drawing, letting the stresses just kind of melt away. TV was two hours of "Absoultely Fabulous" and a new episode of "RuPaul's Drag U," the latter having three of my favorite drag queen professors included -- Raja, Sharon Needles, and Pandora Boxx.

While watching TV, I worked on several pages of the next issue of "Grizzly & The Bear Patrol." Not to toot my own horn (if only I were so limber), but the two pages I drew last night were some of the best I've done in a while. I can't wait to put the color to them.

Overall, things are moving at a good click. It's nice getting back to the norm.

Double-header softball tonight. I've got a good feeling about it.
kybearfuzz: (Purple Bear)
Oh, I am soooo tired today.

It's my own fault really. Usually my workout has weight lifting days broken up by cardio workout days, but yesterday I decided to do the bicep workout instead of cardio. So I'm relatively sore doing weights two days in a row.

My First W00t shirtWhen I got home I did get this shirt in the mail. One of my FB buddies posted a link to the WOOt shirt of the day and it tickled for some reason. I like math humor and just thought it was so cool that I ordered it on the spot and paid the extra $5 to overnight it. I feel very "Big Bang Theory" wearing it.

I think I'll wear it on Thanksgiving and see how many of my relatives can figure it out.

Thank heavens that Friday is only one day away...
kybearfuzz: (Enjoy the Day)
Continuing the saga of the week-long staycation, I went in search of getting the "... get new tires..." crossed off my list. I checked a few of the local tire places, but was put off by user comments listed. Apparently, some tire places are desperate and doing some harsh sales tactics on folks. I went to one place and they were booked solid all day. So I iPhoned a map of other tire places and came up with Sears Auto next to the Florence Mall (yep, the one next to the "Florence Y'All" water tower).

One thing I did like about the sales guy (who was a cute daddy bear-ish guy) was that he started by showing me the lower-end tires. Granted this might have been because I look like a hobo, unshaven and in shorts, but it felt good to have him start on the low end and allow me to go up if I wanted without pressure. After doing a bit of tire research last night, I settled on "premium" but relatively good-priced tires (Goodyear!). It was within what I expected to pay so I'm happy there.

After walking to Qdoba for lunch, I ventured into the mall and JCPenney where they were having a big clearance sale. I bought a few dress shirts for work at $7.00 a shirt! I asked the mens area salesperson to measure my neck to make sure I got the right size. He was a bit overly helpful, reminding me a bit of Leslie Jordan, only taller. He was constantly showing me one shirt after another, but he measured my neck, chest and waist to make sure. In fact, he measured my chest like three times over the course of an hour. I guess the gym thing is working on those. I'm not used to being so well-catered to in a store, which is sad really. After the sales and discounts, I walked out with eight shirts and three ties for $65!

After picking up my car and heading home, I admit I'm a bit beat. Happy Thursday everyone!
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
Monday was pretty busy, a big cue of how the rest of the week will go. I dread tomorrow as I'm expecting some drama and fireworks at the office. Such is life. If it were always on an even keel, I suppose it would be boring.

I had a follow-up appointment regarding my ultrasound from a few weeks ago. Nothing troublesome, just hearing the results from the actual doctor who sent me for the exam. All is well.

After the appointment, I went for a jog and then decided to hit a movie. The Final Destination in 3D was pretty good. Same formula as the other three, one guy foresees a horrible, death-filled event at a race track. In getting his friends and a few lucky others away from the track in time, he saves them from an immediate death, but one-by-one they meet an untimely and creative demise on their own. It's violent fluff, but entertaining. I'm not sure I'd buy it, but I'd see it again. There's no extra scene at the end.

After the movie, I wolfed down a dinner at Qdoba and then headed to Kohl's to do a bit a shopping for my upcoming overseas trip and found a nice green shirt that will go well with a favorite tie of mine. I'm still looking for a few things, but I have nearly a couple of weeks to go.

My last stop was the comic book shop. I found a couple of 1970's back issues of "Superboy and Legion of Super-Heroes" that I didn't have, so it's been a grand day for a Monday :D
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
Work is going well. Bowling Green is okay too. I did snag a couple of odd photos for viewing, but I'll have to post them later, I'm too tired tonight. The hotel is also full of church hoppers according to the vans outside. How comforting...

Smiling V
V for Vendetta

I managed to make it for a matinee of V for Vendetta. I was pleasantly surprised how good this movie was. I had overheard in a comic book shop that the previews were misleading as the movie is far more dramatic than action packed. While the film does have a far amount of action, it excels better in some very tense drama. The story of a terroristic vigilante in a corrupt dictator-ruled Britain has some strong political overtones that parallel some current issues today. I don't think it's intentional, as the story was originally defined during the Margaret Thatcher years. The V character is so suave and romantic, I have to admit that I was falling for him myself. I never read the comic, but the movie was impressive.

After the movie, I went clearance rack shopping at Old Navy and found some great long-sleeved stuff for $5. The local comic book shop was nearby and open until 9 PM, which was a nice surprise. The shop has a good inventory of 1970's and 1980's comics and at cheap prices, not to mention their 50 cent comic box. I blew about $20 and got a nice stash of comics. It's been a good Tuesday.

Did I enjoy the movie? Oh yeah!
Would I see it again? Would love to...
Buy the DVD? I'm planning on it...
kybearfuzz: (Nov 2004)
I scooted out of work early on Sunday and caught a matinee of Flightplan. Jodie Foster never ceases to amaze me. It's no surprise to me that she's an Oscar winner. She was amazing and the story was very well put together in my opinion. I also noted that Peter Sarsgaard was in the movie too, always nice to see a cute guy on screen. I highly recommend the movie.

Saturday was spent in a funk of sorts. After some shopping therapy for some things I've been meaning to get for the house, I spent the majority of the day cleaning. When I'm in a poor mood, I clean. It's a pattern long established back when I was a kid. I know that my future hubby will likely just tick me off whenever he wants the house cleaned. Needless to say the house is now near spotless.

Today was messing with the yard, mowing, weeding, and cleaning. The yard has been long neglected. Afterward I met up with [ profile] nonljeric for a matinee of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. It was cute, but I don't see it as a movie I'd buy. Actually, I was surprised that there were not more people in the theater.

Now I'm tired. I'm watching the Charmed season premiere. Only four more work days to go until life can return to a semblance of normal. And PRIDE NIGHT is coming.. :)


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