Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Spookymilk Survivor X — (Optional) Challenge #10: Misleading Logline

The Spookymilk Survivor writer’s challenge for this week was optional, which was a nice touch during the holiday week. The goal was to write a letter from someone totally misunderstanding the basis of a movie.

This was another idea that came out of nowhere, but once I latched on to it, I knew exactly how I wanted to develop it:

Dear Timmy:

I am so proud of you for being selected for the exchange program! I know you will enjoy your three months away from home. My goodness, I was 28 before I left the country, and that was just to Winnipeg – you’re only 17 and going all the way to Thailand!

I didn’t want my favorite great nephew to go without a gift, so I looked to see if that nice Rick Steves from the PBS made a video for visiting Bangkok, but the store did not have one. I did find one by someone else, though I’m not sure who Emanuelle is, but she had a lot of videos so she apparently gets around. Anyway, the helpful man at the video store was sure that you’d learn a lot from it.

I’ve also sent a book of stamps, so you can write to me often. Take care, and fly as fast as the plane!

Love and kisses,
Aunt Ella

The video is of course Emanuelle in Bangkok, which is not at all what Aunt Ella wants to be giving to Timmy, regardless of the video store worker’s recommendation.

And the big payoff: RESULTS. Hey hey, my first immunity! The judges’ comments:

K: The sweet, familial tone here really drives the gag home. Is there really one with the word “Bangkok” in the title? Subtle!

DK: I laughed a lot at this one. I probably like it so much in part because it’s the only one that goes for a praise angle, but the naivete is both believable and hilarious, and it doesn’t drag out too much either.

So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice…

Merry Christmas!

There’s another mouth to feed in the Runner household!
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Belle is a 4-yr old Dachshund/Miniature Pinscher mix (Doxie-pin). She loves car rides, barks very infrequently, and is a better fielder than Delmon Young ever will be. And K is already her best friend.

Merry Christmas everyone from the Runner family!

Christmas Firsts

A couple more trade packages arrived under the wire before the holidays, and in them were a few firsts for me:

  • first eTopps card
  • first Pacific GU or AU code
  • first Allen & Ginter code card
  • first trade with Napkin Doon and Stealing Home

From Napkin Doon of The Adventures of Napkin Doon (obviously), for a few Rangers cards I upgraded my 1970 Kelloggs Harmon card, and got the aforementioned Pacific relic and eTopps cards.


clockwise, from top left: 1970 Kelloggs #61 Harmon Killebrew; 2003 Topps eTopps #5 Torii Hunter; 2001 Pacific Private Stock Game Used Gear #105 Matt Lawton (bat)

Meanwhile, from Stealing Home (All Trade Bait, All The Time…) came some 2011 A&G Twins that I needed plus a couple other goodies, in exchange for random HOFers and Dodgers.


clockwise, from top left: 1997 Pacific Prism #44 Marty Cordova; 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter code card #350 Joe Mauer; 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter #48 Francisco Liriano; 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary Cognac #99 Ben Revere

Thanks guys, and happy holidays!

Holiday Friday Random 10

Time to point WMP at the Christmas folder on the external HD…

  1. “A Song and a Christmas Tree” – Andy Williams, The Andy Williams Christmas Album
  2. “It Came upon a Midnight Clear” – The Salvation Army Brass, Christmas in Brass 2009
  3. “Comfort and Joy (Thomas)” – The Salvation Army Brass, Christmas in Brass 2008
  4. “Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing” – Mannheim Steamroller, A Fresh Aire Christmas
  5. “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav’nly Light” – Glad, An Acapella Christmas
  6. Jingle Bells” – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Jingle All the Way
  7. “The First Noel” – Tom Stacy, The nu-view Christmas
  8. Holly and the Ivy” – Jon Anderson, 3 Ships
  9. Variations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel” – George Winston, December
  10. “Angels We Have Heard on High” – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chex Holiday Classics

Happy holidays, everyone!

Santa’s Helper Has A Name: goyboy

Back in October I made a big purchase from goyboy at his Blujay Online Market website, and on a whim I recently went back and took a look at what he had there.  Besides several more Twins cards I added to my cart, he fished through some others boxes and when all was said and done, the 200+ cards I bought from him (for a little over $60) topped the 149 cards from the previous purchase.

There is such a variety of great cards, I had to show a sampling from each brand.


clockwise, from top left: 2001 Topps Stadium Club Super Teams Twins; 2004 Topps Fall Classic #FC1987 Twins vs. Cardinals; 2008 Topps Opening Day Tattoo TC Bear; 1993 Topps Rockies Inaugural Year #200 Kirby Puckett; 2003 Topps Total Total Topps #TT17 Torii Hunter; 2003 Topps Traded Gold #T274 Trent Oeltjen [0890/2003]

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Organizational Behavior

In the past month there were posts by other bloggers regarding how they organize their collections. This (finally) inspired me to finish a couple organization projects that definitely needed completing.


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