Mango Kale, More Junk, Normal

DAY 17 -- I did it. I have officially arrived at the promised land. I've heard the angels singing, seen the streets of gold, and slept until 8:30 this morning.

Summer break is officially here.

After finishing up some end-of-the-year type stuff at work this morning, I set out for an afternoon of errands and, of course, stops at several of my favorite junk stores. As you may recall, I've toasted the start of summer break for the past few years with something unique from the beer wall at Friar Tuck -- last year a bottle of Phucket and two years a go a bottle of Yeastie Boys. Not this year though. After shifting gears a bit earlier this year and continuing my no-booze streak (four months today), I opted for a beverage a little more in line with my current frame of mind.


Smoothie King, son! Mango Kale!

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The afternoon couldn't have been a more perfect start to my summer break as blue skies provided the backdrop for my afternoon shopping.


As always, here's a round-up of the junk I hauled home.

Remember Weebles? You know, the toys that wobble but don't fall down. Here's the haunted house my brother and I had when we were kids. Only two bucks at Goodwill and, in this condition, resellable for probably 15-20. Mason has turned it into a Paw Patrol haunted house so it's likely not going anywhere.


A book about moonshiners that looked interesting.


A set of three book racks that were part of a late-70s Disney book club. I paid a buck for all three and the cheapest one I'm seeing anywhere online right now is just one rack for ten bucks. These'll definitely be hitting eBay sometime soon.


A few of my friends love playing Settlers of Catan but I know nothing about the game beyond its name and its popularity. That's how I knew I'd be able to make a decent profit off this unplayed game when the price tag was only fifty cents.


Of course, I'm always a sucker for those dollar CDs.


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On my way home, I made my annual call to my pal Derek to make sure he knew what time I had to be at work tomorrow. Of course, "August 3rd" is the correct answer.

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I saw a lady dancing with a hula hoop in the park today. She had on headphones that looked like they were connected to an old-school walkman. Spinning the hula hoop on her arms, she danced around that vacant basketball court like she was the only person on the planet.

Well, she and the nine cars waiting at the stoplight.

Sometimes I wish I could be that carefree and oblivious to the world around me.

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I got a new book in the mail today -- one which I supported through a crowd-funding effort. As I was opening the package, I heard Charlotte say, "Let me guess. More Mister Rogers stuff."

Yep. More Mister Rogers stuff.


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Remember the Alanis Morrissette video for her song Ironic?


Well, check out this new video from The Homeless Gospel Choir. It's pretty amazing.

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