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So awhile back, you may remember I was complaining about my girlfriend not wanting me to buy the Ghostbusters PKE Meter for $75. Well I did it anyway, besides her best wishes. After I bought it, my parents and my girlfriend, all sat around the table and called me an idiot, and cracked jokes.
Well, it seems that Tara and I are going to be moving in November (fingers crossed) and we need furniture, since the apartment we moved into, was pre furnished. When I bought the PKE Meter I tried to explain to everyone that they are highly collectable and rare, and worth a good amount.
It dawned on my girlfriend and I not too long ago, shit, we need a couch for our new apartment. The couch we are looking at is $300, and with all the bills, coming up with a spare $300 is a little tough. So what do I do? I put the PKE Meter up for sale on ebay on Sunday, and list it for a 7 day auction. Well there is still four days left on it, and the PKE Meter is now up to $110!
All I'm saying is, that idiotic $75 investment is going to pay for a new couch! Guess who's going to be sitting on the floor? Not me!
So on a rare occasion, I will throw on some cologne, you know, when I'm feelin fancy. What you may not know about me, is that I clean up very well, and when I do, I go all out. Another thing you may not now about me is I have a rather large collection of colognes, that I spend a pretty penny on. So fellas, I'm going to help you out today. Because today, I'm going to give you a cheat sheet on some of my favorite and most complimented colognes.
I can vouch for all of these, personally, and through my buddies. See whenever one of my buddies are going out on a date, or we are going out for the night, the make a quick stop by my house, and ask me to hook them up, and 9 out of 10 times, someone is going to ask what they are wearing. As for me, I usually wear these when I'm meeting record executives, artists, or anyone of importance in my line of work. Trust me guys, these colognes are bullet proof. Now some of these will be a little more expensive than other, but if you on a tight budget, I also have you covered. So let's get to it!
First up on the list is my all time favorite, and the one cologne I get the most compliments on. Carolina Herrera 212
This one will cost you around $35- $40 for a 1 oz bottle. It seems like a bit of a high price, but trust me, you will be amazed on the amount of compliments you get with this cologne.
Next Up on my list is a new cologne that my girlfriend bought me as a gift that I never heard of, and I also get a lot of compliments on, Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'Homme
This one is a on the pricey side as well, costing you any where from $45-to $60.
Next up on the list is, Herrera by Carolina Herrera
This cologne is made from the same makers as the 212, and I always make sure to have a bottle of this in my house at all times. When you start to buy cologne, you develop a sense of smell, for what cologne is good for what kind of occasion. For me, Herrera by Carolina Herrera is good for just about any occasion. It gives of a unique smell that is bound to get some heads turning. This one will run you a little high at $45-$60 for a 3.4 oz bottle.
And the last cologne that on my cheat sheet of expensive colognes is, Unforgivable Cologne, by Sean John.
Yes this is the same Sean John as P Diddy, but country music fans do not be fooled! This cologne is great! I would be lying if I didn't say this cologne gets you the most attention out of all the ones I mention. If you want to turn heads, or make your woman, or date want to pounce you can't go wrong here, but there is a price. A 4.2 oz bottle of Unforgivable will run you a steep $50-$100. Now you can buy this at some Wal Marts for $35 - $40, but you are getting a very small bottle. I would recommend the Walmart size if you want to test it, before going off the deep end and buying the 4.2 oz bottle.
Ok, so here are some colognes that I won't go too deep into description, but definitely worth the mention.
Sean John I am King
Now, if you are on a tight budget, but you still want to impress your woman, here are a few colognes that will get you that attention without breaking the bank.
First up on the list, Lacotse Red
Lacoste makes a handful of colognes, some better than others. Believe me, they have a lot of bad smelling colognes, but this one is solid. The price isn't that bad either, running you anywhere from $20-$40.
Now guys, this is my secret weapon. I have recently discovered this cologne/body spray, and it has slowly been turning into my everyday cologne. Now, I'm usually against body sprays, like axe and old spice, I feel like they give off a cheap smell, and are a def. not good when trying to get women s attention. Do you hear me guys! DON'T USE AXE BODY SPRAY AS COLOGNE! Now I get it, some of you may be on a tight budget, and AXE is very affordable and cheap. There is a reason its cheap, it's not good, but fear not, I have found a body spray, that is cheap in price, but smells, better than a lot of high end colognes out there. I present to you, Polo #1 by Ralph Lauren (Body Spray)
Guys, this spray is a life saver. I always have a bottle in the car, and believe me, I ALWAYS get a compliment when I wear it. ALWAYS! Here is the thing, when you go to buy it there are two varieties. A Body spray and the actual cologne. The cologne is what is expensive, but the body spray, smells the same and is half the price. This spray bottle is going to cost you $20, and you can pick it up at Ulta (Yes the beauty supply shop, the sell a lot of mens cologne there for a good price).
Finally, if you are in a major pinch, short on cash and on your way to a date and need some cologne, then I would suggest buying Playboys cologne, either the original or if Walmart has it, The New York series.
Both of these colognes have a similar smell to the unforgivable, not exactly the same, but close enough that it will get you attention. Even better they run anywhere from $15-$20. I personally like the Malibu the best, but they only sell that online, and not in stores (unless you buy it in a variety pack of four small bottles).
Now guys, here are few helpful tips when wearing cologne. I have met several people, who don't know how to wear cologne, yes there is a way to wear cologne. See there is nothing worse, than when a guy walks into a bar, event, what have you, and he reeks of too much cologne! Yes, you might have nice cologne on, but when you wear too much, you will reek horrible! Here is my general rule for wearing cologne. Shoot a small shot of cologne away from you. If you can smell the cologne immediately, and it stays in the air after a small spray, then the max you need is two sprays. Also when you spray, you want to spray your left shoulder, from about a forearm length away, and then spray your chest/right shoulder from the same distance. Reason being, when you finally pick up that chick, or she giving you a hug goodbye, her face/nose is going to be headed right for your shoulders, and she is going to leave remember that you smelled great.
If the cologne is somewhat weaker, three sprays should be enough, if real weak four, but I never go with four spray, UNLESS, I know I'm going to be somewhere where there is going to be a lot of people with a lot of different colognes on. The I will go with the fourth spray. Again, spray at least a forearms length away from your body. Another great tip, after your done spraying the cologne, take your palm, and wipe the excess cologne on the nozzle on your palm. Rub your palms together, and run them on your arms and through your hair. That little bit of cologne, will hardly be noticeable, but noticeable.
Finally, with the spray cologne. Spray cologne is weak. It's not meant to be an all day cologne, and its not meant to be a strong cologne, thus why its so cheap in price. Your best bet with a spray cologne is to spray all over, right before you leave your house of car. and as close to your body as possible. Again, don't do this with AXE! Axe body spray smells cheap and is too strong! When you do this with Polo, you will smell as if you have an expensive cologne on, and it will last you a good 4-5 hours.
So there ya go, you are ready to go out and get yourself that girl of your dreams. But first you have to buy the cologne! There a a number of places you can buy all the colognes I have listed. Macy's will have all of them, but they will charge you the most. You can find some of these at Sears, but they will only have small bottles, and not the best prices. Ulta, the beauty supply store, located next to Five Below and Lowes, in Wilkes Barre, will have some of these colognes, and at a decent price. Of course there is Wal Mart, but its the same deal as Sears. the Bon Ton, will have almost all of the colognes, if not all of them, and will be cheaper than Macys, but still pricey. Your best bet, and it is where I buy all of my cologne from is the Cologne/Perfume Kiosk right after the food court.
At first glance, you may think that all of his colognes are fakes, because he is not a retail store, but I can assure you all of his stuff is legit, and new. He also sells it cheaper than ANY of the stores around. He almost always has a sample of every cologne he has for sale, and even better, he will tell you how much to spray and where to spray it! If I'm shopping for a new cologne, I go to him. I ask him how many sprays and where should I spray it, and he will demonstrate how much and where to spray. He is from another country so his English is not the best, but he knows his cologne! Trust me, this guy is a pro!
As you may or may not know, I have a band Viper Bite. We are like a Poison/Motley Crue type band, and Eric Petersen refuses to acknowledge us as a real band, because we have no songs written, only title tracks, and we only have a singer (myself) and a bassist.
Well jokes on him! We have the first ever Viper Bite T shirt in the mail! When it gets here, I will post pictures of the logo and the shirt! Viper Bite is coming to get ya!
As many of you know, I collect soda cans. Not new soda cans, that would just be plain weird. Instead, I collect older soda cans, collectible cans, things of that nature. But what you may have not know about me, is that I also collect glasses. Not reading glasses, but drinking glasses. Again, mostly soda glasses, but I do have my fair share or beer glasses as well. For some reason, I love to be trapped in the past. Any thing that take me to my childhood, or before I love. Even stranger, I LOVE old soda memorabilia, but not like most collectors, who only purchase the Coke and Pepsi stuff you see on Pawn Stars. I like collecting from late 70's and up.
Finding old soda and beer drinking glasses can be tricky. I usually sleep in too late on the weekend to hit up yard sales, but there are always great alternatives to finding glassware. I tend to stay away from antique stores, because they tend to hike up their prices because they either, A. See an old logo on it, and assume it is worth more, or B. Know what the true value of the antique is and mark it up to its actual worth. So antique stores are out. So where do I go when I go on the hunt for my collection? I have a few places I go to. Salvation Army's I have had a great amount of success in finding old soda and beer glasses, same with weekend flea markets. But one of my favorite places to go when searching for old soda glasses is Merchants Village in Pittston.
The reason I love Merchants Village so much is because they aren't like usual flea markets in the area. They are open 7 days a week, and have great hours. Even better, if the seller isn't there, the store is still open! All thanks to this awesome bar code set up they have there, where you take the items you want to the register like any other store and check out there. Now back to soda glass collecting. Over the past few years,I have found myself spending a ton of money on glasses, especially when you start finding a lot in one place and you just want to buy them all. So a good strategy I have came up with is, before going into the store, have a set amount of what you are going to spend, on top of that, I have made a rule not to spend over 3 dollars on a glass. This helps my wallet out a ton.
So this morning I head over to Merchants Village with a budget of $22. So I walk in the old Pittston Wal Mart, and the first thing I see is this beauty!
In case your wondering what this magnificent thing is, allow me to explain. You pour your beer in the well, and then pour into your glass when you are out. What makes this so amazing is, it claims to be able to keep your beer cold AND there is a light in the well that illuminates your beer! It runs off of 4 D batteries, and is priced at $35! Seeing how my budget was at $22 , I had to put it down and keep moving forward.
So here is my second stop.
I spent a lot of time in this stand. Really looking at everything. Who ever stand this was, they obviously had a bar at their house or owned a bar at one time, because he had a lot of cool beer and soda signs. The first thing that caught my eye was this:
I saw this and my jaw dropped! Bud Dry! Are ya kidding me? A failed Bud beer of the 90's advertisement sat right in front of me, illuminating magnificently! However, it was priced at $45, over my budget and I continued to look in the stand. Then I found this!
A classic Pepsi clock! I'm in need of a new clock, and this would actually do well in my kitchen. Priced at $22, this is right on target, it is coming home with me! But then I discover tragic news. It is not battery operated, no, instead it needs to be plugged into the wall, and in my kitchen, I I plug anything in the socket where the clock would go, I blow the fuse. So I put it back on the shelf and cry a little inside.
While inside this same booth, I came across this nice little glass collection.
A collection of Chrysler glasses. I'm still kicking myself for not buying at least ONE of these glasses. They were nice, in good shape, I drive a Chrysler, but at $3 each, I passed. I'm still not sure why I turned it down, and to be honest, next time I go back, if they are there, I'm going to buy it. Side note, I have that sweet upside down 7up glass already in my collection, its actually one of my favorite glasses I own!
So I leave booth one disappointed that I found no treasures, but then I stumble across this booth!
As a glass collector, this is what I'm looking for! Someone who obviously, either collected glasses, or had a family member who worked for both Pepsi or Coke, maybe even a bar, and saved the glasses. All the glasses were reasonably priced, anywhere from $1 to $6. Again, I won't pay over $3 for a glass, unless its something really cool. And if your wondering, yes, I did buy a few glasses from this booth, but I'm saving my purchases till the end.
If you are looking to start collecting something, a big tip I can give you, is that when you go to places like this, really search the shelves, inside and out. Look behind and under thing because you never know, if someone picked something up and put it some where else. For example:
When I'm on the hunt for soda cans, a great place to look is in old beer can collections. Apparently I'm not the only person who collects cans, and a lot of people collect beer cans. I have found some "gems" mixed in beer can collections, that someone missed. Unfortunately today, there was no good cans, but I did get to see some awesome old beer cans.
This was my last stop for the day:
This guy had a lot of stuff jammed into a little area, and I almost missed an awesome glass set, but because I got down and checked a bottom shelf, and moved some things out of the way, I was able to find an awesome glass set.
Now onto my purchases for the day with prices!
Its hard to see but its a Moose Head Light Beer glass. Priced at $2.50 I almost walked away, but then I realized it lights up when you pick it up! How could I say no?
Next is a classic coke glass. Usually I don't buy coke glasses, mainly because they have kept their logo the same, and to be honest I really don't care for it, but the other side I like for some reason so I bought it for $1.
Next up was this sweet Camel Mug:
I wasn't going to pick this one up till I saw the other side:
When A glass has an exact date on it like this, I find the glass now has more meaning, almost like its own back story. It was $2 so I figured why not.
I love the Pepsi font on this glass! It is the same font and logo from my childhood. I wasn't crazy about Santa on it, but for 41 I figured it would be ok in the collection.
Some of you may remember the old 90's Pepsi commercial with Ray Charles singing about diet Pepsi, well thats the deal with this glass! It has the main chorus printed right on it, even better it was a buck! Even Better it had this in it!
This next set of glasses were too good to pass up. I'm a sucker for local history, and these glasses blew my mind!
There are six of them, all front pages of various Scranton newspapers, with headlines from major events in our past. The whole set was $7, which was fair because I got all of them. I was pretty happy with this grab.
Now this glass I broke my rule of not going over $4. In fact this glass was the reason I didn't get the Chrysler glass. I'm still debating this one:
I have NEVER seen a TAB glass, ever! It is a diet soda, and the way the glass is made, its to resemble a waist losing weight. Again, $4 is a bit high, but I think it was worth it.
I'm a HUGE sucker for Spuds Mckenzie! I feel in love with the Bud Light dog when I was about 5 and never looked back. Coming across his merchandise is some what difficult, but when I do, I jump at the chance.
It was $2 and it is now my second Spuds glass, but my first beer mug! I was very happy about this purchase. With that being said that is what I got today from Merchants Village for $22. But that's not all! This weekend, my girlfriend and I went there to walk around and waste some time. While we were there I bought three awesome glasses as well!
I always like a 7up glass, because they always seem to be old looking, and this one was in mint condition and only $1!
Here is a brand of soda that is always hard to find a glass for, Mountain Dew. I really like this one, because it is before Mountain Dew decided to be all "edgy". Not only that but there is basketballs all over it, and the best part...the soda stops at the brim of the net! I paid $2 for this one.
And finally, my favorite soda glass in the entire collection yet.
It doesn't get any better than this! There are a few things to look at with this glass. First, the old school logo wrapping around the glass. It screams late 80's early 90's. Next, its diet Pepsi, so why not put it in a slimming glass? Also notice the one calorie at the top! And if your wondering, yes, it does fit an entire glass of Pepsi in it! I paid $2 for this one as well.
And before we left, this incredible figure caught my eye!
I couldn't believe it! This figure goes any where from $100 -$200 on ebay. It was in mint condition, and still in the box for $12! My girlfriend bought it for me as a gift, and I ripped the box open, and it sits on my desk proudly displayed!
So for the past two weeks I was waking up every morning at 3:33 am or close to that time. The first two times I thought, "That's weird, but then when it kept happening, I started to get a little freaked out. Then to make matters worse, one morning, I woke up to a strange sound, when I opened my eyes, I saw a quick flash of light in the dark, and it was gone. The light was right behind the clock, and when I looked down at the clock, the time read, 3:33.
Trying to figure out this weird occurrence, I brushed it off as nothing. Tired of waking up every morning at 3:33, I figured some good ole melatonin (sleeping aid) would keep me nice and asleep for the rest of the night. So I take the pills, boom, out could. Then out of no where, I open my eyes, the room still pitch black, and I think, "No way." Roll over look at the clock 3:33!
I now think, ok this is getting a bit strange, is something bad going to happen to me? Then last Thursday night, I go to sleep, and to my surprise, I didn't wake up at all till 9:30 am! "Excellent," I thought, this weird thing has passed, about time.
So I'm working Friday night here at the Froggy studio, and I'm getting ready to head out, when I glance at the security monitor. All four screens look normal, but then I notice something strange. The screen itself is broken into four different sections. The top left screen is a part of the parking lot, the top right is the hallway to the workers entrance, the bottom left is the main lobby, and the bottom right is another angle of the parking lot.
I always park in the same spot, and it is in clear view of camera four. Now, this is where it got weird. I look up the monitor and notice something moving on camera 4 and even worse around my car! I moved closer to the camera to investigate what the movement was all about. Upon closer review, it was a small round light moving in no preset pattern.
Now anyone that looks into paranormal activity, will know the technical term, "orb". According to http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com, the definition of an orb is, "Synonymous with sphere, when used in association with the paranormal, an orb is an anomalous globe-shaped spot, either white or colored, that shows up in photographs taken at allegedly haunted locations." Here is an example of a so called "orb":
So, here I am, staring at this thing, that I can only explain as an orb, floating around my car. The way it moved, you could tell it wasn't a bug, or smudge. Knowing no one would believe me when I told them the story, I quickly pulled out my phone, and started to film video of it. I shot for 31 seconds, then ran outside to see if there was anything going on, bug wise.
When I got outside, nothing. No smudge, no rain, no bugs, not even reflections. I shrugged it off, and left for the night. As I drove home it dawned on me. I didn't wake up at 3:33 am this morning! Then I got this weird thought, what if something was waking me up, and today it followed me out the door? I know, it sound ridiculous, but it was pretty strange.
Since then, nothing weird has happened, and I actually forgot about it till yesterday. So now you get to be the judge. I have posted the video of the "orb"! Again it is the bottom right corner of the screen. What do you think?!
Every year, state fairs across America try to find new ways to DEEP FRY FOOD. But NONE of them can touch the brilliant frying minds at the Texas State Fair. It draws the cream of the frying crop.
--The Texas State Fair opens on September 30th. And this year, the deep-fried offering that's got everyone talking is . . . DEEP-FRIED BUBBLEGUM.
--Now . . . they don't actually batter a stick of Big Red and drop it in the deep fryer. Apparently that doesn't work. The fried bubblegum is a deep-fried marshmallow that's flavored with pink bubblegum extract, then covered in frosting and Chicklets.
--Here are some of the other food creations that will be making their debut at the Texas State Fair . . .
--Deep-fried sauerkraut and pork sausage ball.
--A taco served in a bag of nacho cheese-flavored Doritos.
--A buffalo chicken strip coated with pancake batter and deep-fried.
So Robbie and I decided to have some fun with the copier. Now here at Entercom, we are a "green" company, meaning, we try to use as little paper as possible. We think we may get in trouble for this one, what do you think?