Okay, rather than doing each of these topics as a separate post, I'm doing one of my "This 'N That" colums to deal with a bunch of stuff!
FRANKENSTEIN: THE LEGACY COLLECTION - Well, it took me a week and a half, but I finally got around to watching all the movies on this two disc DVD set (disc 2 is two-sided). Yeah, I never got around to mentioning that I'd started, or was in progress. This collection includes the Universal Pictures versions of FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, and HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN... plus a bunch of extras, not all of which I've gotten around to watching yet.
Now, I love these movies... I have since I was a kid. Even as a kid, I knew there were some plotholes so big you couldn't plug them with Castle Frankenstein... But they're still fun movies to watch anyway. It was interesting watching the Monster be portrayed first by Karloff (for the first three movies), then Lon Chaney Jr., then Lugosi, and finally Glenn Strange... and noting the differences between them. Yeah, Karloff was the best, but let's face it... he wasn't as young as he used to be by the time the last few movies came around.
And yes, conspicuous in its absense was FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN, which would've fit between GHOST and HOUSE... and I know that one was included in the WOLF MAN LEGACY COLLECTION, along with THE WOLF MAN, WEREWOLF OF LONDON, and SHE-WOLF OF LONDON... the latter of which I don't think I've ever even read anything about before, and I've read a lot of books about classic (and not-so-classic) horror movies. OK, maybe I did read about it, but I don't remember it!
Anyway... it's an excellent buy, as are the other LEGACY COLLECTION DVDs, I'm sure (which also include THE MUMMY, DRACULA, INVISIBLE MAN and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON... too bad we can't see a KING KONG LEGACY COLLECTION, which would include KONG, SON OF KONG, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, and THE LOST WORLD!).
COMICS MINI-REVIEWS -- Yeah, I should get around to doing those sometime late Sunday, I think... I have read this biweekly stack, just haven't gotten around to 'em!
GARAGE SALE -- Jessi and I kind of threw together a garage sale for today, and considering the weather, plus the fact that we didn't get any signs posted until late Friday, and didn't advertise in the paper, we did okay. We'll be advertising for next Saturday's garage sale, for sure. Anyone looking for some good deals on comic book and Beatles posters who lives in the Olympia, WA area should check us out, because I'll be selling those there, along with a bunch of kitchen stuff, books, and other housewares.
WAL-MART -- So, after the garage sale was over, and we took down all our signs, we headed to Wal-Mart...but not the one relatively near the house, here in Lacey... nope, we went down to Centralia (about a half-hour drive via I-5) to the Super Wal-Mart there, because we'd heard that certain Weight Watchers branded items were available there that weren't for sale anywhere in the Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater area...
Hoo-boy... not only did they have the snack cakes we were looking for, they also had the widest variety of WEIGHT WATCHERS SMART ONES microwavable meals we've seen! Having gone to the website, I knew there were a lot nobody around here carried, but this was insane! Naturally, we kind of stocked up... strangely, of the three varieties of WW pizza, they only had pepperoni and veggie deluxe... no regular deluxe at all, which I can usually find around here. I prefer the deluxe, while Jessi prefers pepperoni (if they made a Hawaiian style WW pizza, that would be my favorite, I'm sure). We also found a number of other snacks there that were very low in points, so I think we'll be making that trek at least once a month to stock up, until we can get the local Safeway, Albertson's, Mega Foods, or Top Food & Drug to carry these items!
BIKE RIDE -- On Sunday morning, at 9 a.m. (probably before most of you reading this, but I'm writing this at... let's see, it's 10:49 pm as I type this sentence), Jessi, some friends of hers, and I will be going on a 20 mile bike ride. This will be the first bike ride I've gone on since I was in high school... and to be honest, I'm a bit nervous about it. We're taking the Chehalis Western Trail from near the house to Tenino... we don't know if we'll be riding back or not, which would be another 20 mile ride.
So, basically, I'm expecting to return from that feeling sore in places I'm not used to feeling sore! Hopefully, I'm worrying over nothing.
SMALLVILLE -- Finally watched last Wednesday's episode... and I feel like I missed something... last week, Lionel had Genevieve Teague by the metaphorical shorthairs... and suddenly, this week, Lionel, and then Lex, are captured by the Teagues?!? I almost feel like there was supposed to be another episode in there, and I hope a stop at Kryptonsite will sort it all out.
I always find myself feeling sorry for Chloe, whom I've always thought was the more interesting and fascinating when compared to Lana... she's long had a crush on Clark, and yet she has to constantly deal with her best friend being the one Clark has eyes for... plus her cousin, Lois Lane, will be the one to end up with him! Add to that the fact that she's the only person other than the Kents who knows of Clark's powers... that's an awful heavy burden to carry. I do hope that in the next season, the writers give her a love interest who will help her drop the torch she carries for Clark, and find happiness.
Anyway... the freak of the week was kind of intersting... although I do find myself wondering how in the heck does one not only learn they can turn anybody into a human waxwork, but also learn they can change people back again? And why is it that it's never consistent whether or not FOTW powers will work on Clark? Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't... although this is the first time I was aware of Clark, when attacked, somehow bouncing the power back at the FOTW.
I really find myself curious as to where Smallville will go next season, too. Will it really be that interesting having Clark going to college, while Lana stays in Smallville, and Chloe's off at Met U (I think that's where she's supposed to be going to). Lois is supposed to be back next season, too... maybe she'll go back to college, and find herself further inspired to go into journalism? It'd be a nice bit of stunt casting if they could get Teri Hatcher (who played Lois on Lois & Clark) to appear as, perhaps, one of Lois' journalism instructors or something like that.
FINALE -- That's about it for this edition of This 'N That... but like I said, Sunday night I hope to post mini-reviews... and maybe I'll even fill you guys in on how the bike trip went!
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