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You Are Listening to Los Angeles: On Defunct Radio
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 5 October 2010
Stats: 4,630 views and 2 Comments

Funny, isn’t it? That I could outlive something like free-form FM radio?

Distant Trains and Matching Luggage
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 4 October 2010
Stats: 3,844 views and 1 Comment

I said “Hi, your suitcase has my uncommon last name on it.” But I was actually thinking “Zzzzzzzzzzzz flibbert-snort garfnaggle brot flibbidy-hoo.”

In My Day, The Web Was…
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 29 September 2010
Stats: 5,719 views and 1 Comment

In my day, the web was small. It wasn’t even a billion pages yet. You could surf the entire thing in under a hundred years. And it was a kinder, more homey place; you knew all your neighbors.

Monsters, Redheads and Darren McGavin
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Posted in Things We Like on 9 September 2010
Stats: 5,389 views and 2 Comments

To my mind, there’s only one way to embrace the waning sunlight of autumn: by watching spooky TV shows.

Why I Collect “Star Wars”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 August 2010
Stats: 19,647 views and 5 Comments

When we moved to Sri Lanka, I was six years old and already the biggest “Star Wars” fan on my block. But something happened there that made me a lifelong collector.

Ode to a Phony Doubloon
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 23 August 2010
Stats: 26,515 views and 4 Comments

The shop was home to one of those carnival midway machines that would print any sequence of letters onto a souvenir coin. In essence, you were making your own money.

Things We Like: Comically Vintage, “Bedazzled,” and Monkey Goggles Klassics!
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Posted in Things We Like on 7 August 2010
Stats: 5,680 views and 1 Comment

Panels from dubious comic books, Peter Cook as the Devil — and vintage goodies from the Monkey Goggles vaults!

Awesome Merry-Go-Round Facts!
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 6 August 2010
Stats: 29,925 views and 3 Comments

Surely the origins of this carnival mainstay are perfectly innocent. Guess again. Grab the brass ring of these true merry-go-round facts!

A Kinder, Gentler Ballgame
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Posted in Seattle on 29 July 2010
Stats: 4,580 views and 2 Comments

If you have a major league jones for a ballgame but find your finances dipping below the Mendoza Line, consider a jaunt to check out the plucky Everett AquaSox.

In Defense of the Awful Clothes I Wore in the 1980s
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 28 July 2010
Stats: 9,658 views and 12 Comments

As I pored over the stack of photos from the 1980s, I realized that I’ve never been happy with the way I look in pictures … and that I used to dress like the world’s worst superhero.