December 13th, 2009

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NES for sale

Fine people of the internet, I recently came into the possession of a Nintendo Entertainment System and its various companion items, for which I have no use, and therefore, of which I desire to be rid. Vintage electronics dealers of Ebay and Etsy value the NES, controllers and pistol at $60-$100, and the games at between $2 and $12 apiece, but I am not one of these. I want $70 OBO for the whole shebang:


+ one top-loading NES Control Deck circa 1993
+ one "Nintendo Zapper" pistol
+ two rectangular Nintendo controllers
+ one wire labelled "RF switch" which purports to marry NES and TV
+ one power adapter to plug your NES into the wall
+ fourteen delightful game cartridges: Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Ninja Gaiden Marble Madness, Days of Thunder, Legacy of the WIZARD, Gargoyle's Quest II, Ghostbusters, Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II The Arcade Game, P.o.W.: Prisoners of War, Friday the 13th ("Destroy Jason... if you can!"), Ghosts 'N Goblins, and Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu.

Contact me via email to thorazos at gmail dot com to reclaim a bygone era of gaming with this ridiculously complete package. You can pick it up from my place near PGE Park, or throw in an extra $20 and I will speedily ship it to the address you specify.

SOLD! Thanks everybody!


Somehow I managed to buy an item at Fred Meyer and then walk out the doors with the little security tag still on it. Is there a cheater way that I can get that stupid thing off at home, or do I actually have to go back to the store and get it removed?
Nom nom nom nom

Dear Major Retailers...

To the folks who manage the shelves at Safeway, Freddy's and Walgreens:

There's this thing called Hannukah that happens once a year, around Christmas. Different people spell it differently, say it differently and celebrate it differently, but it pretty much revolves around latkes (potato pancakes), candle lighting and presents.

So here's the thing. Portland may not be overflowing with Jews--everyone says there aren't any minorities here--but we need a lot of candles and a lot of wrapping paper. Hannukah lasts eight nights, and we light more and more candles each day, and we exchange presents at the same time. And stereotypes be damned, we're willing to spend money to get what we need.

The fine folks at Freddy's get some points for having a selection of two (light blue and dark blue) designs of wrapping paper, but their fine staff didn't even seem to know that there were special candles for Hannukah. Safeway and Walgreens were woefully deficient in both the paper and candle departments.

I know that there are other places to get these things, but many of us visit your fine establishments already on a regular basis, and if you had these things on your shelves, we'd be absolutely thrilled.

Please? In 2010 could you all stock these things? The one with the best selection will be where I go for stocking stuffers for the goyim among my loved ones!

//end rant

Wedding Gift

Oh hai.

I am in need of a marble cheese slicer by Friday. The one they want at Bed Bath and Beyond is out of stock both in store and on their website. Please see below for the link to the website so you can see what exactly it is they want. Where would I be able to pick up one like that below? Color doesn't matter but it does need to be marble, and it does need to slice cheese.

Thank you!
Rain (Boomer)

dog friendly hotels near grass

My parents want to come down here for Christmas with their elderly dog in tow. They're looking for an inexpensive hotel near grassy spots where they can walk our 15 yo Lab. I'm thinking their best bet is still the Motel 6 on 30th and Powell because that's at least kitty-corner to the Cleveland track. It's hard to tell by looking at Yahoo or Google Maps which entries on are near lawns and other softer footing.


Edit: Yeah, that Motel 6 is sketchy, so scratch that idea. Where else?