The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

June 30, 2009

Just a Bit Too Unique For Their Own Good

Filed under: Advertising, Bellevue, Food, Out-of-Context Ads — Brian Lutz @ 10:10 pm

While I work on this week’s Recycled Newspaper post (which, since it’s 4th of July related, better be finished this week or it’s going to be just a tad pointless) I thought I’d go ahead and include this little appetizer from one of the 1976 East Side Journal issues I’m working from.  In this ad snippet, we are promised a “unique” restaurant  on Bel-Red Road (the address would have put it next door to the Coca Cola bottling plant.)  Based on the description, there doesn’t seem to be anything all that odd here.  Tthe various menu items enumerated in the ad make this place sound like a pretty typical pub, presumably one of many in the area.  And yet, just by looking at the place’s name (included after the jump,) one begins to get the sneaking suspicion that they might not have exactly been on the road to success.

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June 28, 2009

My Toys Run on Nitromethane

Filed under: Random Stuff — Tags: , , — Brian Lutz @ 1:54 am

These days, it seems that everyone’s got some sort of hobby.  Aside from the oft-cliched standbys like stamp and coin collecting, you can find people doing just about everything out there from camping to car collecting, biking to baking, or just about anythin in between.  Aside from blogging (which actually does take a fair bit of my time these days)  I have a tendency to be annoyingly indecvisive on the whole matter.  Throughout the years, I have gone through all sorts of different hobbies, and haven’t ever really stuck with any particular one for any length of time.  As you can see above, I’ve been through quite a few of them (although some of the stuff on there is just for illustration purposes.  I’ll leave it to the reader to determine which ones.) The problem with these old hobbies is that in a lot of cases they don’t just disappear.  On the contrary, they have an annoying tendency to accumulate over time.  Take for example my brief foray into arcade collecting (if you can’t find it, it’s the thing in the back.)  I actually got my arcade cabinet shortly after I moved into this apartment, and although I have nearly 10 different boards for it (one of the nice things about one of those is that just about every arcade game after about 1985 or so uses a standardized connector known as JAMMA so you aren’t limited to just the game that came in the cabinet,) I hardly ever use the thing.  Most of the time it just sits there taking up space.  Aside from my Xbox 360 which still sees occasional use whenever I feel like it, most of my older game consoles just sit around as well, occupying the top shelf of the closet in the den.  Over in my room, my old collection of Nerf guns sits in several large bins in the corner, while my golf clubs (purchased a couple of years back when my Dad and my brothers all inexplicably decided to take up golf) typically clogs up the entry hall closet.  I suppose if I didn’t live in an apartment I could just go stick all the stuff in the front yard and have a Great Big Garage Sale of Doom, but that might be a bit hard to pull off here. 

 

Of course, the reason that I even bring this up is because just in time for Summer, the next one has arrived, in the form of a Traxxas Revo 3.3 1/10th (or 1/8th, it’s kind of hard to tell actually) scale nitro-fueled RC car.  It was actually my brother Jason who was the first to get involved in this, introducing me to it when I was down in Provo back in April.  Two of his roommates had HPI Savages (nitro monster trucks, similar in size to this one) while he has an HPI Firestorm (more of a dune buggy type thing, although since the bodies on these things are pretty much just for decoration it doesn’t really matter much.)  Although the things seemed to spend a lot more time broken than running, to someone who likes tinkering around with things and fixing them this is actually a feature rather than a problem.  I was told at the time that it would be my job to convince my Dad and my other brother Jared to get these (as well as my brother-in-law Terence, although that might be a bit of a stretch) but Jared actually ended up buying another Firestorm when he went down to Utah about a week after I was there.  After getting a chance to mess with this on some good offroad terrain and see all the stuff you can do, I decided to get one.  My Dad was also looking at these, and ended up with an HPI Savage X4.6 as a Fathers’ Day present last week.  This meant that technically, all the cool kids were doing it, so last week I oredered a Revo, which arrived on Friday. 

I imagine that for most of you reading this, when you think of RC cars, the first things that come to mind are most likely the toy RC cars that you’ll find lurking somewhere in just about any given discount store.  On the TV commercials, they make the things look like they can go anywhere and do anything (to a point, of course) but when all is said and done, you’re still dealing with products that are built like toys, and as a result are inevitably going to break somewhere along the way.  If it’s within whatever warranty came with the thing, you might be able to get it replaced.  Of course, just about any use of one of the things beyond maybe running it around in circles on the driveway is going to void the warranty anyway.   At that point, you’re pretty much out of luck.  Although there are some exceptions, replacement parts are generally impossible to get, and by the time something breaks you’re looking at a 1/8th scale paperweight.  While I was growing up I went through a number of these toy RC cars, and found most of them to be predictably disappointing (although it was kind of fun getting the dogs and/or cats to chase them around the living room every so often.) 

That’s where the Hobby-grade RCs come in.  First of all, we’re not talking dinky little cars running on AA batteries here.  These things are light years ahead of your standard toy RC car (and have the pricetag to match, of course.)  We’re talking big 1/8th scale RC trucks with actual nitro-fueled (well technically it’s methanol with nitromethane and lubricant oils added) engines capable of speeds over 45 miles per hour (and as much as 70 on the on-road model using the same engine,) 4-wheel drive with actual front and rear differentials, Full suspensions, and all sorts of adjustments and modifications to make.  Let’s just say that with one of these you actually can do all the stuff you see on the toy RC car commercials, and plenty more.  Granted, you’re still going to chew up AA batteries so quickly you’ll want to buy Duracell stock with one of these (the transmitter and receiver  take 12 AAs between them) but it’s a small price to pay, especially compared to what you’ll end up paying for the nitro fuel the thing runs on.  I didn’t say it was a cheap hobby now, did I?

Of course, even with all the fancy suspension setups and all the metal parts you’ll find in this, you’re still going to break things.  In fact, it is quite likely you’ll be breaking even more things on one of these than you would on a toy.  Fortunately, unlike the toy RCs, when you break this you’ll actually be able to find parts for it.  In fact, if you wanted to (and had a good chunk of change to blow on it) you could even build one of these from scratch using the parts available for it.  There are also so-called hop-up parts available.  Getting sick of breaking the suspension A-arms with your ridiculously huge jumps?  Get the anodized aluminum ones, and it’s problem solved.  Same goes for a lot of the other stuff on here.  If you wanted to, you could even just stick a new engine on the thing if the one on here isn’t fast enough for you (although after seeing what the thing can do just on the break-in runs, I can’t imagine why, at least not yet) or if you really wanted to go to extremes, you could even just convert the whole thing to electric (in some cases, high-end electric RC cars have even surpassed the nitro-fueled ones in a lot of ways, but can also be quite a bit more expensive.)  For some peonple, having something you need to fix every time you bring it out probably isn’t exactly their idea of a fun time, but for the gearheads in the family here such tinkering is welcomed.  Already I’ve learned quite a bit about how some of the parts in a car work (things like differentials and carburetors that I’ve never really dealt with before) and suspect I’ll probably have a few more lessons (painful or otherwise) coming as a result of my purchase.

Of course, none of this guarantees that six months from now this thing won’t be taking up space in the closet while I’ve moved on to  some other hobby (there’s been some vague talk of maybe trying to build a “cheap” racecar of some sort for some of the local track races and things like that) but for now, my toys run on nitromethane.

June 25, 2009

Out-of-Context Ad: Shop ‘Til You… Oh, Never Mind.

Filed under: Out-of-Context Ads — Brian Lutz @ 11:23 pm

This week’s Out-of-Context Ad also comes from 1976, where it looks like someone had just a bit too much excitement for one day (I’m kind of surprise the purse isn’t smoldering after an epic shopping spree like that.)  It’s pretty clear what’s going on, but what isn’t quite so clear is exactly what’s being advertised here.  Feel free to speculate in the comments.  The solution, as usual (if I’m not being too lazy anyway) will be posted next week.

And since I actually remembered to keep the solution for last week’s out-of-context ad, you will find it after the jump.

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Guess It Depends on How You Define “Intelligent”…

Filed under: Recycled Newspaper — Brian Lutz @ 10:48 pm

With my return to work, I haven’t had much opportunity lately to get out to the library to do research, but I did manage to make a trip over there this evening.  While I was there, I collected some material for a Recycled Newspaper post which should be coming sometime within the next week or so.  In observance of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, this post will be taking a look at how the Bicentennial was celebrated on the Eastside on July 4th, 1976.  While looking through some of the various East Side Journals from late June and early July of 1976, I came across this cartoon in the July 8th edition.  For a bit of context, this was published a few weeks after the Viking 1 probe had landed on Mars on June 19thof that year, the first American space probe to successfully do so.  From there, Viking 1 operated on the surface of Mars for six years until contact was lost in November of 1982.  The rest I would assume most of you should be familiar with.

June 23, 2009

Short Story: The Blank Part of the Dial

Filed under: Random Stuff — Brian Lutz @ 9:50 pm

(Note:  The events in this story are fictitious, and have nothing to do with anything that has happened while I have been living in my current apartment.  Well OK, maybe one or two of them do, but still…)

As the agent walked Joe through the various features (such as they were) of the new apartment that he was moving himself into, he had began to tune out mentally.  After all, he had been in more of these places than he could count, and when you’ve seen one moderately-priced two bedroom suburban apartment you’ve seen them all, give or take a horde or two of cockroaches.  Of course, for the bargain price he had gotten this place for his expectations weren’t all that high, but even so, it seemed to be reasonable, if nothing fancy.  He wandered slowly behind the agent through what was to become his new residence, occasionally nodding inattentively as some item was noted.   As they made their way to the kitchen, the agent pointed out a  beige refrigerator that looked like every other refrigerator he had ever seen in one of these places, a dishwasher that looks like it just might be old enough to vote by now, and a slightly shopworn old stove. 

As the agent droned on about the various controls on the stove (most of which an undersupervised three year old could probably figure out in about five seconds) he suddenly paused, and a serious look came across his face.  The sudden silence in the room grabbed Joe’s attention, and once the agent saw this, the tone of his voice became markedly hushed, and he proceeded:

“…And whatever you do, do not ever, ever, EVER turn the dial to the blank setting between bake and broil.”

After taking a second to ponder this, Joe asked “Why wouldn’t  I…”

“Just don’t, OK?”

“And what would…”

  “OK?”

“Got it,” Joe mumbled halfheartedly, not being in any mood to argue at this point.  The agent then returned to his normal voice as Joe returned to his standard inattention for the rest of the tour.  Within five minutes, Joe had completely forgotten about the whole thing.

As Joe moved all of his belongings into the apartment and settled in, he found that in general, his apartment was fairly typical.  The grounds were reasonably well kept, the neighbors only occasionally kept him up half the night with loud parties and took up multiple parking spaces with non-functioning junk cars, and for the most part all of the appliances did what they were supposed to.  All of the appliances, that is, except for the oven.  For one reason or another, the oven would never work the way it was supposed to.  One day the food would come out severely undercooked, the next day it would turn everything to charcoal.  Joe suspected that although the upstairs neighbors were generally friendly, he probably wasn’t winning any points with them by setting off the smoke detectors at 2am.  He made several service requests, but these seem to have been largely ignored.

Finally, after several months of these ignored requests, a repairman unexpectedly showed up at Joe’s door.  Without a word, he walked over to the oven, opened the door, looked around the inside with a flashlight, and messed around with the temperature knob a bit.  Finally, after a couple of minutes of this perfunctory fiddling, the  repairman quickly got up, nervously told Joe that everything was working fine, and walked hastily out the front door, accidentally leaving a screwdriver behind on the kitchen counter.  Joe suspected that nothing had really been done, and wasn’t particularly happy about it.  Sure enough, the oven continued to incinerate every other meal Joe tried to cook in it, a fact which annoyed him to no end.

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June 18, 2009

Summertime, and the Living is Easy… Dieting Not So Much

Filed under: Random Stuff — Brian Lutz @ 1:36 am

After the long, rough winter we had to endure up here this year and the extended stretch of cold weather that lasted right into early Spring, I can’t say I’d blame anyone here for feeling that we’ve been due for a bit of payback, which seems to have come in the form of an extended stretch of nice sunny late Spring weather as we make the final approach toward Summer, with the Fourth of July just beginning to show up on the horizon.  Of course, with all that I’ve had going on lately I haven’t had a whole lot of opportunity to take advantage of it (provided, of course, that “take advantage of it” means the same thing as “sit in a blazing hot car wishing the AC would hurry up”,) but it’s definitely a welcome respite from the various weather-related crud we’ve had going around lately.  My traditional summer wardrobe of shorts and Tevas has already seen plenty of use during the past month, and I’ve even managed to pay a visit to the swimming pool in my apartment complex that I always seem to forget exists until sometime in mid-September or so. 

Pretty much everywhere you go, the signs of impending Summer are in evidence, as the various stores have dutifully stocked their obligatory seasonal aisles full of vaguely Summer related stuff, most of which is actually fairly reasonable.  In fact, I’d have to say that if I had any particular need for colorful Summer-related dry goods  in quantity, the stuff at Target this year is actually quite reasonable (at least in relation to last year’s cavalcade of technicolor gone horribly wrong which was already on clearance by June 10th.)  In fact, out of the whole collection on the shelf, I think that the only thing that even really caught my attention was this campfire-shaped drink dispenser.  In the interest of political correctness I’ll go ahead and dispense with the obvious “firewater” joke that could be made here, but if in the midst of your miscellaneous Summer-related merriment you find yourself hot and thirsty, would you trust an object designed with the intention of resembling a raging inferno with your beverage-cooling needs?  Me neither.

 

Another common side effect of the Summer and the warm weather which accompanies it is the fact that ice cream goes on sale, often at some of the best prices you’ll find all year.  Take, for example, this shockingly low price on Ben and Jerry’s.  Not only are these pints (which normally sell for $3.34 here, but often reach upwards of $4 at most other stores in the area) selling for a mere $2.50 apiece, but there’s an additional offer of a $5 giftcard when you buy five, bringing the price down to a buck-fifty each.  Normally I’d say that this would be a great time to stock up, but this is Ben and Jerry’s we’re talking about here, one of the most  nutritionally dangerous substances known to man.  Through a phenomenon that scientists have yet to explain, this ice cream seemingly defies the Laws of Thermodynamics to the point that if you eat half a pound of the stuff you’ll somehow manage to gain two pounds.  Well OK, maybe it’s not THAT drastic, but just keeping one pint of the stuff around here is dangerous enough as is, I don’t know what I’d do with five pints sitting in the freezer.  Then again, a bargain’s a bargain, and that one’s hard to pass up.  Ultimately, I decided to actually listen to my better judgment for once (either that, or the fact that they were low on Cherry Garcia and out of Strawberry Cheesecake) and pass this one up.  After all, you never know when there might be a sinister plot to fatten up humanity in preparation for the invasion of some apocalyptic devourer from outer space, and it never hurts to err on the side of caution.

June 16, 2009

Out-of-Context Ad: The Steaks Are High

Filed under: Advertising, Recycled Newspaper — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 1:48 am

Once again, I offer my apologies for the relatively light (and/or nonexistent) posting over the past week or so.  Between my recent return to work and a number of other things going on (and a bit of writer’s block on the side just to complicate things) I haven’t had a whole lot of time for Blogging recently, and is going to put a serious crimp on my ability to do a whole lot of research for a while.  It’s too bad, because since I started working in building 30 at Microsoft recently, I found out that this particular area used to be a sawmill back in Redmond’s early days, although about the only things left of it (at the site at least, apparently the mill equipment got moved out to Cle Elum and remains operational) are a historical marker of indeterminate origin and the thoroughly rusted remains of a ’29 GMC truck out (or what’s left of one anyway)  behind the building  with a tree growing through the middle of them and what I’m sure would be an interesting story behind it.

Anyway, since I don’t have much else to post right now (unless anyone wants to hear another long-winded lament about my chronic singleness) here’s another out-of-context ad in which dinner seems to be served with an extra side of drama.  I’d suggest that you speculate wildly about this one in the typical fashion, but to be honest I’m not sure if anyone’s actually reading this stuff.  If anyone wants it, I might even post the solution to the last one (if I can find it again on my rapidly growing collection of SDHC cards, that is.)

Oh, and by the way, if you didn’t notice already, by semi-popular demand I have gone ahead and started a Twitter feed, which you will find over to the left or at http://twitter.com/Brian_Lutz.  I might even update it every so often…

June 12, 2009

Finding a Noodle in a Haystack

Filed under: Bellevue, Food — Tags: , — Brian Lutz @ 12:43 am

With the large Asian population found in the Seattle Metro area, it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of ethnic restaurants around here.  It seems that everywhere you go here you find no shortage of Chinese, Japanese, or even Vietnamese restaurants ranging from the standard Americanized dishes to the more exotic fare buried under a menu comprised entirely of characters completely incomprehensible to your average Westerner.  Nonetheless, within this area, small teriyaki places in strip malls and are common, sushi continues to gain in popularity and even less common forms of Asian cuisine like Vietnamese Phở are surprisingly easy to find around here.  It is because of the prevalence of the many different flavors of Asian cuisine on offer here that it surprises me a bit that Japanese ramen hasn’t really caught on here.

Of course, it might be said that in America, the whole concept of ramen comes with something of a built-in image problem.  When the word is mentioned, the first things that comes to mind for most people are the ten-for-a-buck blocks of instant noodles and packets of exceedingly salty broth that seem to serve mainly to keep impoverished college students alive.  Naturally, most people tend to stop eating that stuff as soon as they can afford to eat something else, and even though I have to admit that I actually like the stuff every once in a while (I have been known to have e a Cup ‘o Noodles for breakfast far more often than I care to admit,) I can’t exactly say that I blame them.  Of course, in Japan where ramen originated in its present form (although it is originally based on similar Chinese noodle dishes,)  it is more elaborate than the instant noodle products we’re used to here.  Although the fundamentals are the same (the noodles and the broth,) these soups are filled with fresh vegetables, chunks of various braised meats and quite a few different types of broth, which tend to vary mostly by region, although some types have gained more widespread popularity.  In general, ramen in Japan is generally considered to be street food, and is relatively inexpensive and readily accessible. 

It is for those  reasons that it surprises me a bit that nobody has really ever tried to establish a ramen restaurant around here.  Granted, Vietnamese Phở (which, as mentioned above relatively common here) is quite similar in basic concept, but it is also very different in execution.  With all the teriyaki and sushi places found here, you’d think someone would try doing ramen, but up until now, nobody has bothered with it.  In March, Boom Noodle made the journey across the lake from their original Capitol Hill location in Seattle to the Lodge at Bellevue Square in some of the space formerly occupied by a Borders bookstore.  In addition to the ramen mentioned above (more on that later) their menu is packed with all sorts of different Japanese noodle dishes, including a number of variations on udon, soba and even some various fried rice dishes (just in case you happen to be allergic to noodles or something like that.)  Although I’ve only made a couple of visits here so far and haven’t had much opportunity to explore the menu yet,there are quite a few items on there that sound interesting, and the prices are even somewhat reasonable (at least by Downtown Bellevue standards.)

This, for example, is the Tokyo Ramen, which combines the standard noodles with a pork and chicken broth with several relatively large (at least when you’re trying to eat them with chopsticks) chunks of braised pork, bamboo shoots, and a bit of hard-boiled egg, with a piece of nori used for garnish (as is typical of Japanese ramen.)  On a previous visit I had the Miso Ramen, which combines a miso-based broth with the same pork (chicken is also an option,) along with fresh corn and bean sprouts.  All things considered there’s nothing too complicated going on here (most of the work involved would most likely be in preparing the broth) but the simplicity of all works in its favor, and makes for a hearty, satisfying meal.  But there is one catch.

When you arrive, your place is set with nothing but a napkin and a pair of chopsticks, and when you order the soup it comes with what some people might consider to be a somewhat odd-looking Asian-style soup spoon that more closely resembles a miniature ladle than any spoon that most people here would be familiar with.  There isn’t a fork in sight, although I suspect you could procure one if necessary.  Fortunately, I’ve had enough practice with chopsticks over the years to be able to handle them reasonably well (or at least well enough make it through a bowl of this stuff relatively unscathed) but I could definitely see where people might encounter some difficulty with this.  Another question that I haven’t quite figured out is that of the etiquette involved.  The FAQ page on Boom Noodle’s website seems to suggest that slurping is not only acceptable but encouraged, but given the fact that many diners here are presumably eating at the large communal tables in the dining room (although my two visits have both been during slow mid-afternoon times with few other patrons)  and the fact that slurping is, well, slurping, something tells me there has to be a “right” way to eat the stuff.  Unfortunately, given the relative scarcity of this type of ramen in America there doesn’t seem to be much information to go around on the subject.  Then again, ramen isn’t exactly known for being fancy, so I guess that means it’s OK to slurp away.  Nonetheless, if for some reason you find yourself bringing a blind date here, you might just want to stick to the salad.

With all the Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine to be found around here, it seems just a bit odd to me that a place like Boom Noodle should be a novelty, but they have managed to bring a relatively common facet of Japanese cuisine to the Eastside which is surprisingly unexplored around these parts.  Given what has been accomplished here with just a few relatively simple ingredients, I certainly wouldn’t complain if more of these types of places showed up here.

June 6, 2009

It’s My Two Year Blogiversary

Filed under: Site Stuff — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 12:42 am

On June 6th 2007, an unassuming little Blog by the name of The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0 popped up on WordPress.com, one of millions on the site.  As such, for quite a while it remained in relative obscurity, but as time has gone on and I have continued to write and develop it, the site  has become…  Well…  Somewhat less obscure anyway.  Although I have never really harbored any delusions of ever becoming rich and famous off of this stuff (well OK, ,maybe one or two of those somewhere along the line) and this Blog is nowhere near the big leagues.  Nonetheless, I can see that there is a small but growing audience of regular readers out there (some of whom I might not even be related to)  reading this site, and if I have not yet had the chance to do so previously, I would like to thank everyone for their continued visits and patronage of the site, and I hope you will continue to visit. 

To be honest, the immediate to semi-immediate future is somewhat uncertain for me right now so I can’t say for sure which direction all of this will be headed as I continue into the site’s upcoming third year, but I do intend to continue writing here on a regular basis (or something resembling one) and as long as I am around to do so I do intend to actually pick up on the malls project again at some point.  I would also like to try to sort out the Recycled Newspaper stuff and try to get some sort of regular schedule for those posts, but since they tend to be time and research intensive to produce I need to determine what that will be, and if it might be necessary to scale the posts down somewhat in order to make them a bit easier to put out (I would be interested to get feedback on that if anyone out there has any.)  There’s an awful lot of stuff out there that has yet to find its way onto the Internet in any form, so I don’t anticipate running out of material anytime soon.  Unfortunately, that also means that there’s not really any way to find it without just grabbing a roll of microfilm out of the cabinet and hoping to hit something interesting as you scroll through it, but once I do find stuff it’s a lot easier to go from there.

Anyway, just in case anyone out there happens to be interested in any of this (and because I’d like to have this information to refer back to later on,) I thought I’d go ahead and do another quick drop of some of my Blog stats from the past year.  WordPress has actually done a pretty good job of making this data more accessible over the course of the last year, including the addition of stat tables, which I have pasted a couple of below.  If you don’t have any interest in this stuff, I thank you once again for your patronage, and direct you to the post below.  If for some odd reason you DO have an interest in this stuff, here you go:

  • Total posts: 339 (Including this one)
  • Total comments: 481
  • Total Views since June 6th, 2007:  85,360
  • Total Views since June 6th, 2008:  64,545
  • Total Views since January 1st, 2009:  29,521
  • Busiest day: 722 — November 13, 2008 (Most of the hits on this day came from deadmalls.com, which I believe had been linked by an article in the Wall Street Journal that day.)

 

Total Hits per Month:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2007           108 617 313 694 1,117 1,224 1,473 5,546
2008 2,610 2,254 2,216 4,731 2,885 4,590 5,402 5,542 4,094 5,464 6,129 4,293 50,210
2009 5,638 6,355 5,717 5,606 5,402 803             29,521

Average Hits per Day

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Overall
2007           4 20 10 23 36 41 48 27
2008 84 78 71 158 93 153 174 179 136 176 204 138 137
2009 182 227 184 187 174 160             189

 

Top 10 Posts from the Past Year:

2008-06-06 to Today

Title Views  
Retail Wasteland – A Tour of the Totem Lake Mall 9,432
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of the Factoria Mall  3,379
A Tour of Crossroads Bellevue – Part 1:  The Mall 2,804
Classical Gas – Abandoned Route 66 Gas Stations 2,774
My Very Nearly Award-Winning Chili Recipe, and Other Deep Dark Secrets  1,731
The Beginning and the End of the Old Bellevue Safeway 1,493
The Redmond Costco Moves Forward 1,250
Factoria Mall Redevelopment Update: The Beginning is Near 1,192
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of The Everett Mall 1,104
Guaranteed to Bring You More Senior Moments or Your Money Back 955

June 5, 2009

Why Johnny Can’t Spell

Filed under: Food, Random Stuff — Tags: , — Brian Lutz @ 6:43 pm

My apologies if I’ve been a bit quiet here over the past couple of days, but I’ve had a fair bit going on lately, including a return to work (as much as I enjoy writing here, it’s not exactly paying the bills…  It’s not paying the bills at all, in fact.)  Of course, going back for another Microsoft contract means that I’ve once again got access to the world-famous drink fridges, and all the milk I could possibly want to drink (which apparently isn’t a whole lot these days, but at least it makes it easy to stash a box or two of cereal in my desk for a quick breakfast in the morning.)  As I’ve noted in previous posts, for some odd reason the milk cartons we get in the fridges at work come with these cheesy little bits of vague paper industry and/or nutritional propaganda wrapped around some sort of “activity” on the back  in an effort to entertain and/or enlighten bored elementary schoolers  for roughly three or four seconds while  they eat lunch.  Of course as you might expect of such things, most of these end up being the type of thing that even a third grader would find insipid.  Then again, every so often you might actually learn something from one of these things (for example, I had no idea I was supposed to eat five buckets of veggies a day until the milk carton told me so.)   Of course, on occasion we get something just a bit odd, like the one you see below.  I’d point out the problem here, but since we’ve already established that we’re not exactly dealing with rocket science here, I’ll let you find it for yourself:

If for some unknown reason you find yourself stumped by that (I can’t possibly imagine why) you can always follow the suggestion provided on the carton and head over to smartcarton.com for the answer, which I’ve included below to save you the trip:

Um…  Wait a minute, when were we supposed to be looking for a frog?  And what happened to our racooon?  For all we know, landing the front of this milk carton might have been his big break, and now he’s been conveniently made to disappear?  Something’s awfully fishy here…  And speaking of which, has anyone seen the squirral around lately?  I think someone’s got some explaining to do…  And while we’re on the subject, when was the last time any of you saw a koala in their well-managed forest anyway?

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