Thursday, May 21, 2015

"He's Gone Already, Chief."

     Last night marked the final episode of the great David Letterman's 33-year run on late-night television! I still remember watching The Late Show with David Letterman for the first time as a kid. My brothers and I were spending the week at our grandparents' house, which meant we got to stay up late! For whatever reason, we started watching The Late Show one night and couldn't stop laughing! Looking back, I think my grandparents were mainly laughing at how cracked up my brothers and I were getting, but regardless... we were all having fun!

     Paul Shaffer, Biff Henderson, Alan Kalter, Rupert Jee: These were the names of celebrities to me as a kid... and I guess still are. Mr. Letterman and his staff with their corny Worldwide Pants style of humor never has lost its appeal with me. Whether good or bad, it's helped shape my entire sense of humor! Rather than focus on how sad I am that the show is ending, I'm choosing to just be glad that it happened. Hey! How's that for corny?

     Feel free to join me on a walk down memory lane with a few of my favorite moments from the show.

Dave and Steve's Gay Vacation

Moe: The Bad-Ass Meat Slicing Man

Dave Works at Taco Bell

Dave and Hello Deli owner Rupert Jee...annoying people.

Alan Kalter's Celebrity Interviews

The CBS Mailbag.

Pat and Kenny read Opera transcripts 

     I AM looking forward to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but I definitely do not envy Mr. Colbert! Anyone who has to fill Mr. Letterman's shoes... well... Let's just say I wouldn't give his troubles to a MONKEY ON A ROCK!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Order 66 Toys - These ARE the Toys You're Looking For!

     It’s May the 4th, aka Star Wars Day! I’m sure most posts out there will center on the newest installment in the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Since all I really have to say on that subject is that I’M SUPER PUMPED, I’ll instead share my account of a Star Wars related experience I had recently.

     First of all, it’s a little known fact about me: I love toys! Actually, it’s probably a well-known fact! It'd probably even be safe to say that it’s the third thing people learn about me after we meet. I’m white. My name is Nathan. I love toys, and I’m a dude. Yep! It’s so well known that most people realize it before even learning what sex I am. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m getting off topic. By far, my favorite kind of toys are Star Wars action figures!

     The other day we were having lunch with my family in McKinney, Texas. We had already said our goodbyes and were driving away from the restaurant when my wife spotted the Imperial logo on a small shop around the corner.

HEY! Like in that movie! ...only with LASERS!!

     Order 66 Toys was the name on the door. We decided to check it out. I was hot, tired, and overall a little grumpy, and for those bull crap reasons alone, I didn’t have the highest of hopes for this place. My wife said to just run in to check it out real quick and text her if it was worth anything. Approximately three seconds after I walked through the door, I sent her a text - “Holy crap! This place is awesome!"

My expression in this photo does not accurately display the proper
amount of enthusiasm.
That's more like it!

     My grumpiness wore off instantly as I beheld the wall-to-wall stock of Star Wars action figures. I was suddenly a kid again… along with more than half of the adults in that store! To the best of my knowledge, they had at least one of every action figure that was ever made! It was pretty overwhelming. In the back of the store were glass cases holding some of the original action figures! I darn near ‘squeeee-ed’ with delight as I pushed an original Landspeeder back and forth!

This photo is blurry from excitement tremors.

     My wife came in to approve the financial transaction that was inevitably going to take place, and I have to say, I was proud of myself. I ended up spending around $15 for a couple of action figures, which is only a fraction of what the fanboy monster inside of me was capable of spending.

Three geeky words: Porkins! And! Tarkin!!!

     BUT… this was only my first visit! And as certain as the twin suns setting behind the western horizon of Tatooine, so shall I return. If there are any Star Wars fans in the McKinney area reading this, check Order 66 Toys out!

     If you’re not in the McKinney area, then hop in the nearest mode of transportation and GET THERE! You’ll be glad you did!
Oh yeah! And to quote the nice girl that helped me check out... May the Force be with you!