Weekend Threesome – 4/17/22

Here’s three rotten eggs guaranteed to put a hop in your step on this Easter Sunday.  The Santa Bunny says you should check out this week’s Weekend Threesome…

Even though it hasn’t even gotten warm enough yet to turn on the fan in my computer room, I still kicked off the summer Friday by making my first sno cone of the year…

Mmmmmm!!! OK, not this exact one… it’s from 2015.

I bought my original sno cone maker from Mecca in 2003, and it’s been my frequent summer treat ever since….. with the exception of last year when I only made a single one the entire summer.

Why?  Blame my stupid ice maker for crapping out on me last year.

$54 to sit around and look like a Robbie the Robot droid…

The new sno cone machine I bought two years ago to replace Ol’ Faithful with makes literal snow, which was fine with the ice cubes my freezer always made.  But now that I have to make ice the old fashioned way in trays, the cubes were too big for it to effectively slice and dice.  After one attempt in 2021, I just put it away the rest of the year and suffered without my cherry sno cones on hot days.

But for whatever reason this week, I got a real craving for one and came up with a crude solution to fixing the big ice block problem…

Sorry, but I’m not a fan of watermelon flavored sno cones…

I put a bunch of ice in a Ziploc Great Value baggie and beat the living hell out of it with a hammer.  Hey, it worked!  And I satisfied my sno cone fix, while assuring that the eight bottles of cherry sno cone syrup I ordered two years ago will finally get used up…

I admittedly am not a fan of reading.  I can handle short stories…. I’ve read many of Stephen King’s and all of the non-book length Sherlock Holmes tales.  I’m too ADD for anything that requires a long commitment….

One thing I enjoy reading, and which I’ve highly recommended before on this blog, are the yearly Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers.  I was introduced to a couple of them about 20 years ago and came across a few more in the decades since.  I’ve read and re-read those older ones I had because their almost unending supply of trivial facts, stories and other assorted curiosities never fail to pique my interest.

And occasionally used one as a prop.  Put your hand on the Bible, Rainy…

Since I began having forty free minutes each week at the laundromat three years ago, it renewed my interest to acquire more of these to pass the time, so I started ordering them in threes from Amazon.  They kept me busy while the plumbers were wreaking havoc in my kitchen the final week of 2019, gave me something to get my mind off the pain while I was feeling shitty for a week and a half last summer, and with three nights off each week now… I usually find an hour or so to get away from the desktop, have a comfy seat and polish off some more interesting input while Ody wonders why in the hell I’m invading HIS living room.

The time came to add a few more to the collection last week, and because the edition titles always blend together… I needed to gather up my entire stock to make sure I didn’t order a duplicate.

How Shadow got to be as smart as he is…

I guess if I ever need to throw Buster off a sixteen story (pun intended) building, I can accomplish that now.  I’m currently a little more than halfway through the third one from the top (with the baseball ticket bookmark hanging out of it) and my two new arrivals (one order got canceled, BOO!) are above it.  And that’s not even half of the 36 or so annual editions that have been released…. so my tower of bathroom reader knowledge will only grow in the future!

And finally, an oddball photo for you all…. and the very first picture I’ve ever taken at work!

Sugar and spice costs more than snips and snails, you know…

Price tags for novelty toys to be given out at children’s birthday parties.  As you can see, gender equity is obviously a myth…

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16 Responses to Weekend Threesome – 4/17/22

  1. Ahhh sno-cones – that was #1 priority for me whenever I went to a carnival, etc. I never thought about getting a sno-cone machine of my VERY OWN though. Bathroom Readers seem like a good alternative to the “Hemmings Motor News” which is my husband’s read of choice for the throne room.

    Pam

    • I tend not to read in the bathroom (I’ve never even taken one of my precious Readers in there before). I do remember as a kid reading the labels on all of the packages within reach of the toilet. It’s how I learned of a thing called Toxic Shock Syndrome! I’ll have to make that the next way for Buster to die…

  2. Willow Croft says:

    I read one of those bathroom readers once…and now I want sno-cones…but not while on the “pot”, rest assured!

  3. Sugar and spice costs more than snips and snails, you know…only when they’re in stock. Which sadly isn’t as often as we’ve come to expect. If it’s any consolation, it’s the same at Mecca as everywhere else.

    • We’ve been sitting on more merch these past few months than at any other time I’ve been there. It’s been a huge over-correction from the past couple years. I think we have enough plastic storage now to kill an entire solar system of earths…

      • I’ve heard that Michael’s was receiving Christmas inventory well into January and February (and having to discount prices). Everything is off kilter.

      • We’ve already gotten over the late holiday stuff. Unfortunately, Mecca always expects year over year sales increases and it has to compete with the last two Springs which had hoarding and then people with stimulus money burning a hole in their pocket. We have stuff coming out our ears, and people aren’t quite in the mood for buying this year with all the inflation…

      • You’d think with less demand, inflation would begin to slow down. I think the current economic times are complicating long held thoughts on the economy.

  4. draliman says:

    Is that for stamping kids with a UV-visible “you are authorised to come into my birthday party” stamp or something to stamp on them with?

  5. ghostmmnc says:

    My husband reads those all the time. Once in awhile he will show me some funny list or joke. I wonder if they repeat any of the articles? 🙂

    • I think they occasionally reprint old articles, but very rarely. I have seen a lot of the facts be retold though in slightly different ways. There’s no way to keep everything 100% fresh with that many books!

  6. franhunne4u says:

    I like short story collections, too. There was a Greek one (which I read in English, as Greek is all Greek to me) I read in 2020, while spending some time in Crete. Little infamies by Panos Karnezis. Subtly funny and black humor.

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