The last things I'll mention are what I got a week after Labor Day. This stuff would have tasted better if I wasn't nervous over my car being in the shop. I wanted to get that resolved, the laundry done, and the house straightened up before my parents got home the next day. Also, I was getting over what I think was a cold; it may have even been that enterovirus 68 that is getting a bunch of kids sick in the US.
In the afternoon I went to Walmart. I got a cup of the popcorn shrimp. It was good. I also got some fried mozzarella sticks. These were the best I've ever had. They are nice and fat and had a good taste.
That night. I went to Arby's and McDs. At McDs I got the 20pc McNuggets. I'm only mentioning this because I tried them with some sauces I didn't use when I got when I got the 40pc before. I tried the ranch, sweet and sour, and honey mustard. They were ok, but for some reason I prefer my chicken nuggets(McDs or otherwise) plain.
At Arby's, I got my regular 2 orders of onion rings. They were having a 2 for $6 gyro deal. I got one of each; turkey and beef. Both were really good. I'm definitely going to have to get them again when they do the 2 for $6 deal.
Well, I've posted on the eating stuff, but forgot about the looking at stuff part.
A few weeks ago, I went to the last of the 3 Cash America I visit when doing my south of the river trips. On the way there, I saw another one on the outskirts of the 'hood. I stopped in there. There was some Mesa Boogie amp there for $899, and some keyboards which I don't remember except for an air organ. There was something else which drew my attention. I posted about it and something else(which I'll get to momertarily) on the metal db hoping to start a discussion. I'll repost it here:
I went right over to the guitars. I was looking at the headstocks, and I saw a Fender one that said Squire. It was a 70's style. I take it down and see if it has a "Made in..." on the neckplate. No, but it was a 3-screw, and shaped like a shield. I then look at the back of the head. It says "Made in Japan." I'm like "YEEESSSSS". I then turn it around to look at the price tag, and I'm like "NOOOOOO". It was $318, marked down from $369. Apparently the pawn shops know the Japanese Squire thing. Of course I was hoping it was going to have normal Squire pricing. There was a Chinese Squire, and it was somewhere in the $100-$200 range.
Now on to the Cash America I was planning on visiting:
I was looking up, seeing stuff I saw before. Then my eyes stopped on an OLP that looked odd. There were more than 6 tuners. I counted again, and there were 12. Since I've been looking for an e12, I was immediately interested. I took it down off the wall. The body was the EVH style. Unfortunately, it only had the regular 6 strings. I tried to play on it, but it was out of tune, and the price tag holder was on the strings in a way that was causing a lot of buzzing. I was holding it, almost deciding to buy it. Then I held it up. There seemed to be a fair bit of bowing going on, even with only the 6 strings. I'm way far from being an expert, and I also don't know about fucking with the truss rod. Also, the neck pu was angled toward the bridge. I tried pushing on it a bit, but it wouldn't budge. It was crammed right up against the truss rod "wheel". There were a ton of dings around the side of the body, so it had been abused. If only it was in better condition, the $79 price tag would be a no-brainer if it wasn't dead-sounding or anything.
The only other thing to note was that there was a cute girl working at the counter of the grocery store where I got my dinner, a cute bodyart girl working at the library I went to, and a hot girl using the computer next to me at said library.
The past few weeks, I've been visiting the pawn shop that is between a grocery store and library I visit. They have had a Carvin Pro Bass 100(aka PB100) for $99. It is a 15" speaker model. I haven't tried it out, so I don't know if it works properly. There is a guy that plays bass who works in the Subway I visit almost every week, but of course he hasn't been there so I haven't been able to tell him. If I was looking for a bass amp, I'd be checking it out myself.
Today there was a bass that said Warwick on the truss rod cover, and the headstock said Rock Bass in a goofy font. Warwick is a famous bass builder. I'm assuming the one I saw was some budget model, at least the "Rock Bass" font gave it that appearance. I didn't see what the price was though.
I assume everybody here eats, and some other people besides me are in the US, and like to read about the stuff from the major fast food chains. Or maybe anyone else would like to read about the other local restaurants too.
Even though there are probably less members here than Tim's original, I would think there would be some other people that play musical instruments.
Well, lets get on with the show.
At the pawn shop, There was some model of Marshall TSL. It had a dust cover that I didn't raise up, so I don't know the specific model. I may have seen and mentioned it before if the dust cover was off for all I know.
There was a lefty Fender Mustang bass and A Dean bass with a tiny body.
I didn't even check to see if the Carvin amp was still there.
Last week, I finally opened the second bottle of booze I had. It was Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. The cinnamon "burn" blended well with the alcohol in that I didn't get as much of the alcohol burn. The cinnamon wasn't as hot as I thought it would be. I went through this a lot faster than the Jim Beam. It seemed to go well with the 3 Musketeers mini bars I was eating.
I went back to the pawn shop today. The Carvin amp is still there. Today there was a tiny Ibanez amp with purple knobs. I forget the price even though I was just there. There was also a tiny for $24.99. I thought it was made by Dean, but I can't seem to find it on Google. It doesn't appear to be by Dean Markley either. It had only three knobs: volume, distortion(labeled something else like gain or drive), and what I'm guessing is tone, but had some other name like edge.
The more important item was an Ensoniq SQ-1 synth. They wanted $99.99 for it. I'm going to check out some demos of it on Yt. If it sounds good, I might get it next week.
Speaking of next week, I'll be getting more food that I'll review. Also, I'm thinking of taking a small pawn shop trip next Wed. That is, if I do some thing else, which I may post about.
I'm back, and I've got a ton of stuff to post about.
First, I was in the pawn shop I mentioned in my last post today. They sold the SQ-1. I tried to look at that Ibanez amp without picking it up. It might be a IBZ10G, but I can't seem to find any pics of one with purple knobs. It was $29.99. The other amp that I thought was a Dean is actually a BC Rich amp. The knobs are labeled Gain Edge Volume. Here is a pic of one of these: profile.ultimate-guitar.com/profile_mojo_data/3/5/3/4/353488/pics/_c82198_image_0.jpg I didn't go there last Wed when I went to the other places.
It is made by Tiger electronics. If you didn't realize it is some kind of toy, you can tell by how the instrument input is a 1/8" jack instead of the standard 1/4". If you wanted to use that with a real piece of musical equipment, you would have to get an adaptor.
At the Salvation Army, there was a Gulbransen upright piano for $500. I made an uneducated attempt of the intro of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. There was a keyboard stand there for something like $15. I should have bought it. There was also a Casio keyboard there for $39.99. The model name had the number 700 in it. I recall the string ensemble sounds were pretty decent, and maybe some of the organ sounds were ok.
I'll skip my rant on Casio keyboards for now.
On Wed, I got a really late start, so I didn't do that one thing, but I stopped at the pawn shops. I wanted to get home before 6:30, so I didn't take the time to write notes after each place. I did visit the library and sent myself an email with some stuff I remembered.
I just checked my email, and I got out of order right off the bat. I mention the first pawn shop at a later time.
The second one is the one I visited in August with the Korg M1. It was still there, but had a Roland Fantom(X6?) next to it. Amp-wise, they had a Carvin SX200 for $220. There were some of the guitars still there from last time. This time, there was a Charvel HSS guitar for $750. The pickups had a Jackson label on them. There was also a Peavey Nitro III. I forget how much it was. Someone had repainted it with some graphics that included an elf(think Keebler/Santa, not D&D/LOTR).
I want to go home, so I'll prob pick up again Fri.
Out in the main area, there was a bunch of Strat-style guitars, including a Dean HH for $70, a Squire for under $100, and a Peavey EXP, which was also probably pretty cheap. The rest were names I've never heard of or cheapo brands; the kind you would use if you wanted to do a Hendrix or Townshend impersonation.
In amps, there were 2 interesting ones. First was a wood cabinet amp from a company called Stephens Audio. There doesn't seem to be much info on the net about them. The other one was a total WTF. It had a tiny speaker and a tall body. The model I think was 525. It had at most 2 knobs, and they only wanted $10 for it. I either didn't see or remember the manufacturer, and didn't look at the back. If it was working and didn't sound like ass, it might be worth it if it was a tube amp. In the one glass case, they had a buttload of effects pedals. There was an Ibanez CM5 Classic Metal that I think I've seen in there before. There was a Jim Dunlop Crybaby wah and Hendrix wah for $50 each. There was also a Morley Bad Horsie 2 wah and a basic Morley wah. They also had a BOSS Hi-Band Flanger. I don't know how much it was. I think it might be a bit rare. They had quite a few guitars behind the counter. There was a Washburn superstrat, and a Kramer one with a fancy headstock. There was another one with graphics on the body, but I can't remember if it was a Kramer or Washburn. They had a Mexican Fender Strat. There was a Hamer double cutaway guitar for $240, which I am assuming was one of the budget models. There was also an Ibanez double cutaway. I was kind of thinking it might be from the Artist line, but I just saw those have pointier cutaways, and the pickup switch is in a LP position. I had the guy there give it to me to examine. It seemed rather light. It had a flat top. It had a set neck, and the back said it was made in Japan. Besides the pu selector switch, it had 2 mini switches(these are often used to put humbuckers into single-coil mode). I can't remember if it had 2 or 4 knobs, but 2 of the knobs looked to be aftermarket, and they had "rainbow reflection" decals around them on the body. The pricetag said $249. If it actually was an Artist, that would probably be a good deal. The guy said something like the mini switches were added on.
My computer time at the library is almost over, and I got to get something to eat, and take a piss, so I'll say bye for now.
The next place I went was the place called Guitar Syndicate. Like I said before, the display wall is more for looks than actual $$$$. There was another of those "retro" Epiphones, besides the one that appeared to be the same one I mentioned last time. There was also a Jay Turser LP copy. On another nearby wall, they had one of these: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Starcaster I didn't see/remember what they were asking for it. They had a Japanese Squire, but they wanted $389 for it. Behind the counter, the had a LP Studio, which I think was around $1k. I think they got in another Casiaha in addition to the 1 or 2 they had before. They had a bunch of used fx, but the only one I remember was a Yamaha D1500 digital delay that I think they were asking $350 for. The last thing I want to mention was this thing sitting by the guitar amps. It was this big thingy that looked like a home stereo system from the 60's/70's. If it was a guitar amp, it would be a pain to use since the knobs were at the bottom.
The next place was the jewelry store/pawn shop. Their guitars are behind the counter. There was a Fender Strat and Squire Strat, but I didn't ask anybody about them. There was also a Yamaha SE 350 that was like a HSS strat. There was also some model of Marshall Valvestate, and an Ibanez amp that may have been better than a beginner/practice amp.
The next place was the "tornado" Cash America. Behind the counter, they had a 3pu Gibson Les Paul for $2499.
My time on the 'puter is running out, so I'm going totry and come back in a min with my dad's account.
Also behind the counter was a Harmony LP copy. I don't know what they were asking for it, but probably way too much. It would more of interest to someone collecting old guitars. On the accessible wall, There was some Washburn 7-string and a Jay Turser LP that was $179. They didn't have any actual synths, just a pile of Casiahas. In amps, there was a Peavey Reknown for $99. It was a 2x12. There was also a Peavey Nasville 112 that looked to be from the 80's. They wanted way too much for it. I'm assuming they half-assed the research, and priced it as if it was a newer model.
Between there and the library, I went to the local Salvation Army thrift store. The only thing to mention was a Wurlitzer organ. I'm hoping I'm wrong, but I could have sworn the pricetag said $7499!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? This was just a regular home organ. If it was a super-duper theater model, that price would be accurate. I'm hoping it I didn't see the decimal point, and that it was only $74.99.
After stopping at the library to transcribe my mental notes, and stopping at Church's to find out how late they were open(foreshadowing alert), I stopped at the final pawn shop. The Peavey like mine was still there and was $99. The "400" amp was behind the counter, assumedly to test guitars. I can't remember what fx were there, but I think some were MXR. For guitars, there was Samick V. I wouldn't even consider getting it due to where the output jack is located. Here is a pic that shows where Samick decided to put the jack: www.seufsrepair.com/images/DSC00313.JPG
The other guitar worth mentioning is a Squire. I asked the guy if he could see a Made In ... sticker. He couldn't at first, and said something like "probably Japan". He finally saw that it was made in China. I think the guitar was real cheap, and the guy said something like "you were hoping it you were going to get a deal on a Mexican one". I got the feeling if there was a Japanese Squire there, they would price it really cheap.
Well, I want to get home to watch Criminal Minds(why the fuck aren't they doing repeats this week). I'll see you prob next week.
Before I get to the food and drink, I wanted to mention another visit. I went to the 2 Cash Americas I posted about on Oct 8. At the first one, the Japanese Squire was gone. They had a bunch of other ones that were from China and Indonesia. I recall taking something off the wall and giving it a strum, but I can't remember what I was. The Mesa Boogie amp was gone. That air organ was still there, and had a big sticker on it saying it was marked down. It was maybe $15, but I didn't really care. The rest of the kb were just Casiaha stuff. At the other CA, the 12-string was gone. There was a Squire tele for $139. It was not Japanese. It was missing one of the knobs, and the neck pu was tilted toward the bass side. Behind the counter were 2 Squire strats; a yellow one for $129, and a green one over $200 with lipstick pu. I asked the girl to see them, and neither of them were Japanese. I asked her why they were back there, since there were guitars of equal or greater value in the main area. She didn't know, and I suggested it was because they were in really good condition, no dings or dirt.
Wed night, I went back to Church's. I got the 10pc legs/thighs for $8.99. I also got a large gravy. I need to complain a bit here. I think Church's does some kind of crap where they don't do the sizes as small, medium, large. I think it's some shit like small, large, and family, since I recall that when I was there a long time before. Anyway, the "large" gravy didn't seem so. This is one example of why I don't like going through the drive-thru. I then stopped at KFC and got a Double Down and a gravy. I also got a free medium soda, but I don't know if that came with the DD, or they gave me it because I had to wait for them to cook the DD fresh. The Church's chicken and gravy and the DD were both good. The KFC gravy tasted a lot better this time. Like I said before, maybe the KFC gravy from last time was old.
Well, it's time for me to go again, so see you next time!
The next place I went was a local seafood shack. I got frog legs, conch fritters, and gumbo. Contrary to popular belief, the frog legs did NOT taste like chicken. They had a fishy taste. They came with 2 hushpuppies and fries. I don't remember how the hushpuppies were, but the fries were good. The conch fritters looked burnt on the outside, but I don't know if they are supposed to be like that. They didn't taste burnt, but they didn't taste that great. The gumbo was really good, but the only bad thing was the large isn't very large.* When I placed my order for frog legs, the lady asked what kind of dipping sauce I wanted. I chose hot sauce. It appeared to be some kind of buffalo wing sauce like Frank's. It wasn't very hot. The conch fritters came with some kind of dipping sauce that looked like ranch mixed with hot sauce. It tasted ok, but I couldn't describe the flavor. I used both sauces with the other items and the fries.
Friday, I finally tried out Jimmy Johns. I got the turkey sandwich, the veggie sandwich, and the Italian sandwich. The turkey sandwich, which was the simplest, and the first one I ate, was the best. The next one I had was the veggie. Unfortunately, the cucumber overpowered the rest of the veggies. They need thinner cumber slices and/or less of them. The Italian one was ok. I don't know how it compares to Subway's Italian sandwich. Speaking of Subway, the difference I noticed the most was that the JJ bread was better in that the crust was crispier and chewier, and bread seemed denser/chewier.
I also got some beef stew and spicy beef sticks(that didn't taste spicy) from the grocery store where I got my booze at. Just mentioning for the sake of completion.
I also went to Walmart and got the popcorn shrimp, mozzarella sticks, and a piece of breaded tilapia. With the shrimp and cheese sticks, you need to eat them right away or heat them back up because they don't taste very good cold. They are both awesome when warm, which I think I mentioned in a previous post. The tilapia was surprisingly good.
Saturday, I wanted to try out the new hot food from the Quicktrip convienence store chain. I got the Italian 3 cheese sandwich, the Philly Cheesesteak flatbread sandwich, the Chicken Bacon & Ranch flatbread sandwich, and a Parmesean pretzel. Unfortunately, I wanted to get a bunch of shit done before I ate, so I let the stuff sit out. The sandwiches didn't have much taste to them. The pretzel was really good. I got the garlic butter dipping sauce for it.
I had also went back to the grocery store and got a bunch of stuffed shells which were good.
I also finished off the little bit of leftover beef stew, 1 or 2 of the cheese sticks, and maybe one of the beef sticks.
Saturday, I did the 2 med pizzas for $5.99 deal. I got 1 with double sausage and the other with double peperoni. They would have tasted better to me if my digestive system wasn't acting up.
Be back in a minute.
* I used to pay the same amount for a container of gumbo that was at least twice as large from a Chinese/BBQ restaurant that is now closed.
I ran out of time on my library account, and am now using my dad's.
A week ago, I went to Goodcents because they are/were having a deal with their Twisted Turkey footlongs for $5. I got one of each: turkey & ham, turkey & roast beef, turkey & peperoni. While they were good, they didn't seem much better that Subway, except in the bread dept. I twas similar to JJ's, but JJ's was better.
For an appetizer, I got a 4-pack of the rolled chicken tacos from Taco Bell. I got to pick 2 dipping sauces, so I went with the spicy ranch and the guacamole. The ranch was ok. The guac wasn't that great, but that seems to be one of those things that is hit or miss. The tacos did actually taste really good with out the dipping sauces.
I forgot to mention that I went to the main Salvation Army thrift store in my area and the junk shop nearby.
At the junk shop, there is a bunch of stuff on the 2nd floor on a stage that isn't for sale. On the main level, there was a Peavey Bandit amp from the 80's. There was also a Peavey guitar, which I think might have been a strat style. I don't remember how much they cost. There was also some kind of LP-ish guitar missing the bridge and/or tailpiece, and had no strings obviously. It was under $100; I want to say $65. I talked with the owner quite a while about flea markets and thrift stores. I didn't ask him about what goes on on the 2nd floor though.
At the Salvation Army, I stopped in the as-is area first. I think the only musical item in there was the Farfisa organ. In the regular area, the only thing there(or that I remember) was a Yamaha MR-1 organ. I don't remember how much it cost. I just found out the model name just now, so I don't know anything else about it, except for what it looks like.
Well, I think I'm going to go and see if Walmart has my prescriptions done. I'll be back on Friday.
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: Sorry, it's just that after SM021 and M21, I know Mima's gonna be three for three when it comes to terribly mishandling emotional moments.
Feb 9, 2019 18:50:46 GMT -4
Donkarasu: But at least you're fine with episode 79, because you've never said anything about it.
Feb 9, 2019 19:02:38 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: That was a lucky case of not bad but the dub did better.
Feb 9, 2019 19:09:02 GMT -4
Donkarasu: Masafumi Mima said he got goosebumps when selecting the music for a certain episode and even the voice actors were brought to tears, I'm certain it was indeed episode 108 that he was talking about: twitter.com/Sunma47/status/1073896011758587909
Feb 9, 2019 19:12:11 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: That's fine and good for them. Mima's just unfortunately given me lots of reasons not to trust his music placement skills (actually, lack thereof).
Feb 9, 2019 22:39:49 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: Looks like I'm right not to have believed him when he promised I'd cry at the onscreen events. But I can give him a bit of credit: it turned out better than SM021 and M21 did, so that's a relief.
Feb 10, 2019 10:26:25 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: It ended up with the same results SM079JP did: a "well, okay, that happened. Can't wait for the dub to improve it" kind of feeling.
Feb 10, 2019 10:27:06 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: BTW, I watched it in the first place just because of how cocky Mima was about it.
Feb 10, 2019 18:07:31 GMT -4
Donkarasu: I'm just going to say it now: I will not be happy when TPCI fills the silent moments with music. Silence is needed especially in tear-jerking episodes as it helps set the mood for a depressing atmosphere (it's hard to describe, so I tried my best).
Feb 11, 2019 5:46:51 GMT -4
Donkarasu: It's more Reina Ueda's voice acting as Mao (I can't believe anyone who thinks she wasn't amazing) and the dialogue and less so the background music used which makes those scenes so heart breaking and caused me and others to cry or tear up.
Feb 12, 2019 10:04:15 GMT -4
Donkarasu: While I said I wasn't going to talk about the whole controversy around Vic Mignogna, I do want to say one thing about it and that's, it kind puts me off anything to do with Funimation, especially due to other voice actors being involved in this.
Feb 17, 2019 8:44:25 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: That is my biggest grief behind it. They honestly shouldn't of said anything at all, rather than outright lashing at fans that disagree with them.
Feb 17, 2019 19:44:19 GMT -4
Donkarasu: Regarding Sean Schemmel being the latest person to be a part of it, that causes me to say this: Even if you're not a fan of Masako Nozawa's Goku voice, at least she's a kind woman who respects fans and has never caused any sort of controversy.
Feb 18, 2019 13:03:11 GMT -4
Donkarasu: And for the record, this is not the only time Schemmel did/said something which caused some outrage.
Feb 18, 2019 13:04:46 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: Yeah, I'm aware. His past sins have come to light and while I was able to tolerate a lot of it, his latest episode was were the line in the sand has been crossed. Cancelled Funimation account as well.
Feb 18, 2019 23:00:57 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: If he's gonna be an arrogant butt that insults the hands that feed him, then he'll have to accept the consequences of it and hopefully that'll stick. Still yeah. I was never annoyed with Nozawa's Goku voice and she is really nice.
Feb 18, 2019 23:03:51 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: I mean, Goku's supposed to sound like a disrespectful county hic (remember his inspiration from Journey of the West which the Monkey King routinely pissed off the gods)
Feb 18, 2019 23:05:54 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: and I think most complaints stem from just different tastes in vocals from us overseas. I honestly wonder why people make a really big deal out of it. Not everyone is Norio Wakamoto
Feb 18, 2019 23:07:38 GMT -4