A Zack Morris Hand-Me-Down

The producers of Saved By the Bell were clearly into recycling.

That sweet Cosby-esque sweater Darren the freshman sports in a 1992 episode...


...was most definitely a Zack Morris hand-me-down from a year earlier.


Now you know.

See My Junk

Last week I tossed up twelve images depicting some junk I'd picked up in recent weeks. Your job was to figure out what was in the pictures. Ten out of twelve wasn't bad -- but the two you didn't get, I'm quite surprised.

Let's start with the ones that were identified.

#1 -- An old classroom style record player.



My dad had two of these in his attic and finally let me have one. Closes up like a suitcase and even has springs in the feet on the bottom to eliminate skipping.

#4 -- 26 Songs of the Letter People From TV (LP)


The Letter People
was a favorite PBS kids show in my house when I was growing up. Picked this up for about ten bucks on Amazon and sold it a week later on eBay for $50.

#5 -- Friday DVD


One of my favorites. Not to mention a cheap price tag at the flea market.

#6 -- Turn the Terrible Tank


This game was at my grandma's house when I was growing up. Over the past few months, every time I'd visit my home town, this game would be staring me in the face with a tempting price tag of $4. Not knowing if the tank worked or not, I always passed. That is until my last trip back home when this was "yellow tagged" -- half off. Two dollars was worth the risk. It took a little tinkering my a skilled electrician (aka, my dad), but the tank works perfectly. Two dollars well spent.

#7 -- New Kids on the Block - In Step...Out of Time VHS


Same resale shop. Fifty cents. No brainer.

#8 -- Luke Duke action figure


Bo and the General had been alone on my shelf for long enough. I needed to find a Luke figure from this early 80s line. Avoiding eBay, I held out hoping that I'd stumble across on at a garage sale or flea market (considering I found my Boss Hogg and Rosco figures from this line at a resale store for about a buck total). Long story short, thanks to Larry from DukesCollector.com, Luke is back home doing what he does best -- sliding across the hood of the General Lee.

By the way, if you've not visited Larry's site and you're a Dukes of Hazzard fan, you don't know what you're missing! Take a few minutes to check it out!

#9 -- Magnetic Mister Rogers Postcards


I covered this on the Neighborhood Archive.

#10 -- Heathcliff Rides Again


Heathcliff doesn't do much for me but my daughter thinks he's funny. For a quarter, it was worth it.

#11 -- Letter People - Alpha Days


More from the Letter People. My brother picked up this book several years ago and I somehow talked him into giving it to me.

#12 -- Back to the Future Hot Wheels


Grabbed this at the flea market for cheap. Goes nicely with the A-Team van and KITT that Shawn from Branded in the 80s hooked me up with a while back.

Now for the two stumpers...

#2 -- The Dark Knight DVD


C'mon, nerds. You dropped the ball on this one.

#3 -- Stack of Atari 2600 Games


One guess was that this was the top of a 2600 console. Close. It's actually a side view of a stack of games I picked up at a pretty cool store outside of St. Louis. Nothing ground breaking. Just a handful of typical Atari games that are fun for about 30 seconds.

So there it is, folks. You've seen my junk.

High School Mixtape

The League of Extraordinary Bloggers has gone musical this week:
What songs were forever being looped on your car’s stereo back in high school. A cassette could only hold a dozen or so songs, so that’s the magic number of songs to list.
I'm going at this two ways. First of all, what better way to talk about mixtapes from high school than with an actual mixtape from high school?!? While many people might consider this League assignment an opportunity to flaunt their obsucre teenage tastes, I have no shame. Also, keep in mind that my brother occasionally worked at the local radio station which is where this tape was (mostly) compiled. These are not songs that were favorites from my personal collection but rather songs that I wanted but didn't have immediate access to at home.

So here goes. An acutal Tim Lybarger Joint (yes, this is seriously what I called my mixtapes in high school...a nod, of course, to Spike Lee).


SIDE 1
  • What's It All About? - Run DMC
  • Flex - Mad Cobra
  • Boot Scootin' Boogie (Dance Mix) - Brooks and Dunn
  • Back to the Hotel - N2Deep
  • When I Look Into Your Eyes - Firehouse
  • I Was a King - Shabba Ranks (f. Eddie Murphy)
  • How About That - Bad Company
  • People Everyday (remix) - Arrested Development
  • Steam - Peter Gabriel
  • Who's the Man? - Heavy D & the Boyz
  • Deeper and Deeper - Madonna
SIDE 2
  • House Call - Shabba Ranks
  • Trailor Load of Girls - Shabba Ranks
  • Open Arms - Journey
  • Gangsta - Bel Biv Devoe
  • Push It - Salt-n-Pepa
  • Never Say Goodbye - Guardian
  • Forever and a Day - Guardian
  • Informer - Snow
  • Somebody to Shove - Soul Asylum
  • Champion Sound - Snow
  • 50 Ways - Snow
  • The Rhyming Game - Ernie & Bert
This tape was made sometime around my sophomore year in high school. This wasn't music to drive by.

By the time I turned sixteen and was driving around with music playing in my car, my tastes had changed significantly (and for the better, I might add). So with this week's League assignment in mind, here are ten songs you definitely would have heard in my car around '93-ish.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I still love every one of these tracks. More than I can say for that sophomore year mixtape.

Check out the mixtapes of some other League bloggers: Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks, Green Plastic Squirt Gun, Monster Cafe, Toyriffic...

Guess My Junk

Below are twelve things I've picked up over the past week or two. Some I may have mentioned here, or on my Neighborhood Archive site, or maybe on Twitter. Others I've yet to mention.

My question to you is simple: What are these things?


I wish I had some awesome prize to give away to the person who can successfully name all twelve but I don't. Pride, people. The prize is pride!

What do you know? What can you figure out that you don't know? Feel free to leave your responses in the comments below.

Name one or name them all. I'm just bored and looking for something to entertain myself.

What I Learned About FBDO

What I learned about Ferris Bueller's Day Off from Susannah Gora's book You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried (The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation).
  • The script was written by John Hughes in roughly 36 hours.
  • John Cusack was "seriously considered" by casting directors for the part of Ferris.
  • The part of Cameron was offered to Emilio Estevez who turned down the role.
  • Meg Ryan auditioned for the role of Jeanie.
  • The economics lesson given by Ben Stein was ad-libbed. He was told to just talk about something he knew.
  • The Bueller's house number is 2800. John Hughes grew up at 2800 Shannon Road in Northbrook Heights, IL.
  • The parade scene was to include some choreographed dance moves from Ferris but this was cut due to an injury Matthew Broderick sustained filming the final "chase" scene.
  • There were plans to include a scene where Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane visit a strip club but, of course, this scene was cut.

The End of the Line

An obscure line from the greatest movie ever seems appropriate right now.

"Come on. This is it. This is the end of the line."


Get your laughs in now, year-round workers. It's back-to-school time. As of 7:30 this morning, I'm back at work for another year of educating America's youth.

Another summer in the books.

The end of the line, indeed.

Finally...a Nerf Baseball

As mentioned in the past here on FASTE, I've been looking for an original Nerf baseball for quite some time. There are spongy baseballs in just about any store you go to, but I want one of the originals marketed by Nerf back in the 80s.


As you may recall from my post on backyard baseball (probably my all-time favorite post on this site, by the way), this was the kind of ball that we frequently used in my neighborhood. You could swing for the fences every time and not ever have to worry about bodily harm to your friends or damage to neighborhood houses.

Finding an original Nerf baseball has proven difficult. In a few cases, I stumbled upon some pictures of one -- one even in its original box -- only to discover that the ball was part of a sale or auction that ended long ago.


[Image courtesy of eBay (I think)]

This past spring, I came up with a Nerf softball. Close...but not quite the same.

Then the eBay gods smiled upon me. (FYI, the eBay gods are not to be confused with the cereal gods).


I can't say I won't continue to look for one in the original box, but this is exactly what I've spent the past few years searching for.

Nice to have one less thing on my holy grail list.