January 23, 2006

"Wonderfalls" and free CDs

I finally rented the first of the three "Wonderfalls" discs. Of course it's awesome, as just about everyone has told me. Episode two had, not once but twice, the Dandy Warhols song used for the opening credits of "Veronica Mars," which we can look back on as a sign of greatness. How was Fox to know that it should be allowed to run for more then four episodes?

When I was home for the holidays my mother handed me a stack of seemingly random CDs that I had stored in their house, including a Dandy Warhols promo single from before their first album came out. It's going for $40 on eBay! In the same stack of free or $0.25 CDs was a David Gray promo from before HIS first album, which may also be worth some money. I decided not to stop there and found that the Sick Of It All promo might be worth selling, as well as a compilation with a poorly inkjet-printed cover containing the Marcy Playground song "Sex and Candy" from before they took off. The last disc is called "Wicked Deluxe," a compilation from an unknown midwest record label. This is the only one of the bunch that's listed on Amazon, but sadly it's going for $0.01. Can't win them all.

Posted at January 23, 2006 09:43 AM, Categories: Beardcore

January 06, 2006

Haggling At The Grocery Store

For the first time ever (er.. that I can remember), I challenged the price that rang up at the supermarket. I swear those chips were 2 for $5, and after years of wondering whether Jewel was secretly screwing me on every order I decided to call them on it. Who knows how many wrong prices they get away with? When they say X for $Y, sometimes you don't need to buy the whole X quantity, but sometimes you do. Do you remember the prices (which are rarely shown on the products anymore) until you reach the checkout aisle?

So this time I challenged them. I'd just come from the chips aisle and I was pretty sure I was right. It took forever but the verdict finally came: I was wrong! Well, sort of. I went back and got a different brand (it was the multi-checkout do-it-yourself thing and the store was almost empty), and the price tag I looked at was in front of the brand I chose, but it was for the next brand over. If you read the whole label you would see that it specified Ruffles, not Lays. I don't think it was a tricky scheme on their part, but I'm not so sure I trust them yet.

The Ruffles suck, by the way. Too greasy. I'd been buying Jays lately until I got a bad bag in Michigan. You'd think they would have potato chip manufacturing, of all things, down to a science. How can two bags be so different? What's so hard about slice, cook, plop-on-gross-fake-flavor, repeat? I've started replacing some of my big-pile-of-chips-at-lunch with a big carrot, which is progress.

Maybe it's all the thrifty shopping I've been doing at Edgewater Produce, but I may be turning into a stingy old man who will ask for a rain check to save ten cents on raisins.

P.S. New POTD! Maybe this year the new year's resolution will stick!

Posted at January 6, 2006 04:34 PM, Categories: Food
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