Saturday, June 28, 2008

May the Farce be with you

Here are 3 of the messages left from the Chewy debacle below. I wish I had kept them all, but I only saved a few. I'm a little suspicious of the last caller cuz he's from the 206. Maybe one of you blog readers pranking? Regardless, it was a great message so you got included.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Calling All Chewy Impersonators

Actually, they're calling me. Over the past 2 days, I've received 12 voice mail messages on my cell phone from people saying how they would really like to have my Star Wars collection and how they are ready to do their Chewbacca impression for me. Two of these calls came at 5:00 and 5:20 am this morning. The problem is, however, that I don't have any Star Wars stuff. Obviously they are responding to an ad that listed the wrong phone number.

I noticed that some of the callers had thick New York accents, like Broklyn or something, but they all had different area codes. I looked up a couple of the area codes and saw that it was, in fact, NY, so I looked around on Craigslist in NY and sure enough found this ad:

new york craigslist > queens > free stuff

Free Star Wars collection

Reply to:
Date: 2008-06-25, 7:21PM EDT

My wife says I need to grow up and get rid of my collection. I don’t have the heart to sell it so I’d rather give it away. I want my collection to go to real fans!!!!!!

All original figures in the original boxes.

The focus of my collection has always been Chewbacca. I’d like these items to stay together as a set. Best Chewbacca impression (I’m serious) gets the figures and the costume (with crossbow)

May the force be with you,

Please call as I don’t have access to personal email at work.
#(my phone number)

it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 732682003

So I emailed they guy and hopefully he'll fix this oversight. In the mean time, I'll try to stay amused at people's sob stories about how "someone's in the hospital and it would really mean a lot" (seriously, i've had 2 of those already) but I have yet to hear any good Chewy impersonations...

Monday, June 23, 2008

In Loving Memory

I spent 3 days working on the video slideshow for my Grandma's funeral. Then we drove to Kathleen's parents house to carpool down there and I forgot the DVD's in the car and didn't realize it until we were 45 minutes away. I think that's the dumbest I've felt since I missed my mom's wedding.

Anyways, here's the video for anyone who is interested.

Martha Schilling from itsme again on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fashion Enema

Kathleen had a fashion consultant come over to the house the other day. No shit, a real live fashion consultant. She helped Kath clean out her closet, drawers, shoe rack and storage bins. It was a fashion enema. Look at this pile of give aways!
She took it all to Goodwill. And there's a seperate pile of stuff she's going to sell. I think I may actually have more clothes than her now! That is until phase 2... when they go shopping... (gulp)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Lake Wa Loop

John and I rode the South Lake Washington Loop. Fil joined us for part of the ride. I had never rode that route before, so it was a nice little adventure and John was breaking in his 1 week old bike. 48 miles and sunny the whole way.

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Ok, it's sunny today, but damn, we've had a cloudy June!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hardcore Meat

Johnny O and I have started a new blog.

Every weekend we review another BBQ. If you're having a BBQ let us know and we will come over and eat your food and drink your beverages, and soon after we'll immortalize you on our blog page with a rating of 0-18 based on our patented 9 level "Barbeque Review" rating system.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

My Grandma

Last Sunday my Grandma died. She was an amazing person full of love and compassion.

About about a year ago, she had a stroke, then was diagnosed with cancer and then spent the next 8 months or so in in-house care at my mom's house. Grandma never complained, but she was totally ready to pass on, so it was a relief for everyone when she finally did.

As the first grand child, she was especially fond of me (as I was of her). She was like the president of my fan club. She visited me in a dream the morning she died - that was a real trip.

The last time that Kath and I visited her and were saying goodbye, she said to "take care of each other and have fun"... Good advise.

One Really Hard Commute

My last post was the video on how to fix a flat - I had seen the video last year, but did not re-watch it when I was posting. The day after that post, I rode to work and got a flat on the way in. I could not fix that f'ing thing! It was ridiculous. All I managed to do was loose some skin off my knuckles and get wet and dirty. Finally someone rode by and offered me a new tube. I put it in, pumped it up and was off to work.

Then on the way home I got another god damn flat! And again, I COULD NOT fix it!!! Granted, it was on a seem, so that might have been making it more challenging. So again, I flagged someone down and bought his spare tube off him. And again lost more skin off my knuckles, pinched my hand in the pump, and managed to insert an offending little piece of metal that was inside the tire underneath my finger nail. I was on the side of the road messing with this for about 45 minutes - I just about pitched my bike under a passing bus.

This is what I've learned: Carry a spare tube (not just a patch kit) and carry a CO2 bottle instead of a mini pump unless you like the 5 minute arm workout.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Change That Flat

About a week after I saw this video, I got my first flat tire. It only took me about 10 minutes to change it. So with bike season around the corner (or is already bike season? i can't tell) this might be a useful video to some of you.

And sorry for my lack of posts lately. Work is infringing on my personal life.