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Oldest Milky Way Candy Bar Discovered

Posted by LOTGK on April 7, 2011

Mummified Milky Way Candy Bar

Every now and again I get that “Chocolate” urge and venture down the hallway to the Las Vegas vending machine. I call it Las Vegas for it’s a gamble if you receive something after you feed it money. I inserted my money and I selected the Milky Way candy bar. As the candy bar fell into the slot at the bottom I mumbled under my breath, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner.” The above photo is what I received. WTF!

Where the Hell did this candy bar come from? Had I somehow awoken in the future in a post apocalyptic zombie outbreak. If so, I’m lucky to have found a treasure such as this. I could now live to fight zombies another day.

Dejected, I went back to my office, placed the candy bar on my desk, took out my cell phone, and snapped this photo. I then sent it to the printer, 8X11 size in color. I then went back to the Las Vegas vending machine and taped the photo of the Milky Way candy bar on the glass where everyone can see.

It was on…

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

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Reading While Driving

Posted by LOTGK on March 23, 2011

Reading Her Nook While Driving

It was raining hard in Frisco. (Youngstown) On my way home from work today I spied a woman driving a pickup truck and unbelievably she was reading a Barnes And Noble Nook. Cell phone chatter is the norm these days but reading a FN book? Intrigued, I switched to the left lane and followed her a little ways in hopes of getting a photo. In less than a half mile I took my shot and snapped the above photo.

She was oblivious, holding her Nook and glancing up at the road as we drove on. A moment after I snapped the picture, I chuckled to myself of the absurdity of the event. I realized that, there I was, cell phone in hand, driving in the rain, hoping to get in position to snap this woman driving while reading a Nook.

A perfect ending would have been Harry Chapin’s Taxi playing on the radio. Alas, Aerosmith was playing.

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Phantom Fireworks Trash Can

Posted by LOTGK on July 3, 2010

Phantom Fireworks - Youngstown, Ohio

July second, I found myself in downtown Youngstown, Ohio driving past the Phantom Fireworks outlet on Martin Luther King Junior Blvd. Of course my Jeep pulled into the packed parking lot. It was a good day to buy fireworks to celebrate the birth of our great nation. I found a great parking spot thanks to the workers in the lot directing traffic most efficiently.

$430.00 Value For $200.00 Bucks

As I was browsing the various assortments I happened upon the Phantom Fireworks Trash Can assortment. Mac, the showroom manager, (Whom I happen to know and BTW he throws one hell of a hot tub party,) came over and explained that there were two versions. One with the Grand Finale kit and one with the Showtime repeater. As you can see by the picture, (Taken with my HTC Hero phone) both trash can assortments have a good selection. The cost was $199.00 including the trash can. I quickly used my calculator on my phone and added up each item. If I purchased each item separately, the cost would be $430.00, less the buy one get one free sale going on bringing the total to $215.00. A saving of $15.00 and you get the functional trash can thrown in for free. If I would have selected the Showtime Repeater version, the cost would have been $480.00 less the buy one get one free promotion going on, or a $40.00 savings.

Fully Packed Trash Can

I opted for the Grand Finale version and my Phantom Fireworks trash can was packed up for me and I wheeled it up to the register. The line moved rather quickly and soon I was out the door. To the left is my trash can full of fireworks. I choose the Grand Finale version because it has 14 different repeater items including the Emerald City, Rain Of Fire, and Walloping Warhead, three of my favorites. Also, two 500 gram maximum load cakes were part of the deal, and a large rocket bag assortment with hundreds of rockets of all different types plus a reloadable shell kit, the Radical Recoil shells.

Luckily, my Jeep has folding seats and no roof so my trash can fit perfectly in the back.

A tip from me, the Curator of the Grassy Knoll Institute. The Phantom Fireworks trash can assortment is a good value, but make sure you have a vehicle big enough to not only haul your fireworks purchases, but the trash can as well.

As with all Fourth Of July celebrations:
* Please make sure that you use caution when illuminating the skies this Fourth Of July celebrating the birth of our great nation.
* Keep children and viewers at a safe distance.
* Make sure to have water to douse any embers that may still be smoldering.
* Never carry fireworks in your pockets. Trust me on this.
* Only light one item at a time.
* Alcohol and fireworks do not mix well together. Have a designated lighter as you would a designated driver.
* And as always, May The Fourth Be With You.

May The Fourth Be With You!!!!

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Youngstown Blizzard Of 2010

Posted by LOTGK on February 11, 2010

Last Friday began the onslaught of the blizzard of 2010 with it dumping 22 inches of snow in just under 24 hours. Last night another 4 inches were added. On Saturday morning, after shoveling the drive and getting the boy off to work, I revved up the Jeep Wrangler and went to Mill Creek Park to play in the snow. Hope you enjoy the photos.

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Mountain Heritage Inn – Gatlinburg Tennessee

Posted by LOTGK on January 29, 2010

Bigger Than You Think

For well over 20 years I have been traveling to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to attend the Smoky Mountain Gift Show located at the entrance of the great Smoky Mountains. I have stayed in just about every hotel, motel, cottage, Inn, bungalow, and room in town. About 10 years ago, we were told about the Mountain Heritage Inn, located at 575 River Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The proprietors are real nice folks, (Hello Louise) who understand a traveler and are ready to help when something comes up. The Inn is located in the heart of Gatlinburg making everything within walking distance. The room rates are very affordable. This exact cottage, room 127, is $74.99 per night. Before you say that other establishments offer lower rates, take a look at what you get for this price.

First, the cottage is a stand alone structure. It does not share any walls with other rooms. This offers enormous privacy. It has a nice little front porch with old fashioned rocking chairs and a grill for cooking burgers or hot dogs. A quick right turn from the room and you find the pathway to the Parkway, the main road of Gatlinburg and the convention center.

Inside the cabin, there is a spacious kitchen with round table and chairs, a mini stove, full sized refrigerator, microwave, kitchen sink, counter, cupboards, toaster, dishes and utensils. Everything needed to have a cooked meal in your room.

Moving along, the bathroom was large and clean with all lights working. (I absolutely hate when lights are burned out) The sink counter was large to hold all my toiletries and a large mirror to help in shaving. The shower and tub surround was sturdy and the water pressure strong.

As you enter the main living area, the heater and air conditioner is located on the right side of the wall. Amazingly, it was very quiet compared to other floor units. A comfortable recliner to watch TV in and a work desk with lamp plus several drawers for your clothes.

On the far right side of the room, a gas fireplace sits. It’s very easy to use, merely turn the switch, set the timer and sit back and prepare to get toasty. To the left of the fireplace is the 25 inch TV set with a good channel lineup. Below the TV is a dresser for clothes.

But wait, there’s more. There’s a hot tub in the room. After a long day of work at the show, a nice relaxing soak does the body good.

Lastly, a king sized bed with a firm comfortable mattress with clean sheets and covers. Plenty of fluffy pillows to sleep soundly.

Before we get to the photo gallery of the cottage, let me tell you one quick story about one of my trips to Gatlinburg. We had gotten a late start and with the drive time roughly 10 hours, we were going to get in town quite late. I called ahead to Louise and explained the situation, that we would not be there by 6pm, but more likely around 11pm. With the office closing at 6pm, Louise said that she would tape our keys to our doors and in the morning come in and register.

Sure enough, our keys were on our room doors. Try that at another hotel. Now onto the gallery.

There you have it, the cottage at the Mountain Heritage Inn. At $74.99 it’s a pretty good bargain for what you get.

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