November 25, 2011 • 9:33 PM 2
Today marked only the second occasion in which I decided to set forth into the wild and brave the insanity that is Black Friday.
Oddly enough, both times my intention in doing so was not to capitalize on the various sales events, but rather to simply take in the spectacle of watching others step over each other in hopes of acquiring a precious Tickle Me Elmo-like gift, or in the case of this year, an incredibly cheap 40″ TV.
It’s funny, whenever I think of Black Friday and other Christmas/holiday related shopping insanity, there’s one image that comes to my mind.
Said image was from one of my brother’s old Mad magazines, and to date, it serves as the definitive vision of Christmas carnage in my mind:
It might be kind of hard to tell, as the image is kind of small, but basically “The Last Parking Space At The Mall” is a brilliantly rendered Norman Rockwell-esque painting depicting a man shooting another man in a snowy parking lot while his wife attempts to pull him back into the car.
Mad Magazine is usually good for a snicker or 2, but this painting was easily one of the most brilliant fuckin’ comedic images I can recall from my youth.
Sadly though, I didn’t see holiday mayhem of any kind this time around.
I did however get to laugh at the people standing in line surrounding the Best Buy.
Seriously man, I spent close to 3 hours in the general area, and I never once saw that line shrink an inch.
Needless to say, I never even got to set foot in Best Buy this morning.
Oh well, thanks to holiday “tent culture,” virtually all of the really good deals in there are literally impossible to acquire without spending the night outside the building.
Which brings me to the deals that I actually did get a chance to capitalize on.
I initially set out to “do” Black Friday with a friend of mine around midnight.
Said friend ultimately ended up walking away with 2 boxes of half price golf balls, while I bought absolutely nothing.
Fortunately, there were some other sales going on in the U-district at a reasonable hour that I ended up checking out after catching a few much needed hours of sleep.
First, I went to Zanadu comics, where a 50% off everything sale was going on from 8AM to 12PM.
In case you couldn’t tell from the image above, I ended up getting a softcover copy of the absolutely massive X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia, as well as the first volume of Ed Brubaker’s The Immortal Iron Fist.
Truth be told, I’m not exactly salivating over the prospect of reading either of these books, however Utopia will serve to complete my Dark Avengers trade collection, and Iron Fist is a book that, given my status as a rabid kung fu movie fan, should’ve been in my collection years ago.
I’m a little wary of Utopia, as X-Men books haven’t been kind to me in the past, I don’t know, 15 goddamn years; but I’m hoping the Dark Avengers stuff will help to round things out a little.
As for Iron Fist, I’ve read nothing but good about it, and I’ve been putting off reading it for a really long time; so I’m pretty sure it’s gonna’ be awesome.
Anyway, 2 good to great books for 50% off = Definitely worth it in my book.
Next I went to Pink Gorilla to check out their highly variable collection of used/retro videogames.
While I haven’t found anything too special there in a few years now, I was surprised to find a perfectly good copy of Super Castlevania IV.
Outside of that though, I didn’t find anything else exciting, or failing that; worth the asking price.
Despite this, I was surprised to be given a randomized coupon at the register, with the one I drew being a buy1 get 1 free!
Upon scanning the wall, I decided to pick up Donkey Kong Country 3, a game that, while inferior to the sequel (which I already own) is somewhat rare, and often prohibitively overpriced.
Lucky me, I got it for free.
Oh yeah, and I got a free poster too.
Anyway, while I’d like to say I made it through the day without spending a decent amount of money, I’m proud to say that I at least managed to save more than I spent this Black Friday.
How did you do?
December 25, 2010 • 9:59 PM 1
Like the tree?
Sadly, it’s an artificial one, as the Azn Badger’s mother has allergies to Christmas trees of the real variety.
Even so, I think it looks pretty snazzy.
Anyway, here’s some more photos of the Azn Badger’s Christmas decorations:
Hope everyone had a happy and a healthy, see you tomorrow!
December 22, 2010 • 10:40 PM 0
Well folks, the Azn Badger’s peak season adventure at Amazon has officially wrapped.
Well, my peak season anyway; I’m sure there’s a shit ton of people from other shifts that still have to work, but I’m done, and frankly that’s the only thing that matters.
Anyway, here’s hoping I don’t get laid off in the next few weeks!
If I do, it’s probably for the best, being as I honestly don’t feel like living out the rest of my days using my 4 year arts degree to boast the honor of being a “professional box maker.”
Also, I suppose the $3.50 (each way) toll that’s going to start applying to my commute across the 5-20 bridge every day, would also serve as a reason to celebrate my termination at Amazon.
Anyway, with the completion of another blistering, though atypically only 40 hour work week; I present to you this week’s celebratory Farley clip:
December 20, 2010 • 8:52 PM 2
Remember gym class in middle school?
Remember how you basically got an “A” just for changing into your gym clothes?
Well, don’t let anyone tell you that just plain showing up for work everyday isn’t without it’s benefits; because I just got a 16 GB Zune Touch HD for doing exactly that!
Oh yeah, and I also got a wall charger/USB adaptor, and a screen cleaning kit to go with it.
FOH’ FREE Y’ALL!
*Ahem!* Sorry. We Japanese don’t gloat all too often, but when it comes to the acquisition of fancy and overpriced material goods, we just can’t help ourselves.
Anyway, turns out there was some sort of lottery involving the various employees at the warehouse with a certain standard of attendance, and my name just happened to be pulled for the second prize.
It’s kind of funny really, I honestly didn’t know anything about a drawing or prizes or what not; which made the whole experience of being told I had won something all the more surreal.
Trust me, as awesome as the Azn Badger may seem in print, in person he is very much a mustelid (look it up, retard) of the loser-ly variety.
That being said, I was absolutely blown away by the announcement, such that I honestly didn’t believe it at first.
I think it goes without saying, that despite all the hardship and long hours at work lately, (particulary of the “frozen” variety…) a silly little thing like getting second prize in a lottery I didn’t even know I had entered really did a lot to perk me up.
In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that it made me “happy.”
It’s kind of funny actually, when the subcontractor correspondent approached me to tell me about the prize, my first reaction was to steel myself in anticipation of bad news along the lines of:
“You accidentally shipped a dildo and House of 1000 Corpses to a child for Christmas. You sir, Mr. Badger; are fired.”
“You’re slow. And dumb. And you smell of lamb shanks and feces. Now, get back to work dick fur.”
In retrospect, the sunny and inviting smile on their face probably should’ve tipped me off to their intentions, but give me a break; I’m Azn, we’re good at misinterpreting things like faces, and y’know; English.
Anyway, after far too many days of freezer duty, my hands are a cracked and, quite literally, bloody mess right now; resulting in the necessary application of bag balm.
Word to the wise:
Never type with balmy jism on your hands; it can get very messy…
With bag jizz all over my hands, I’m not really able to handle my shiny new Zune at the moment, so I’m thinking I’ll wait a day or 2 to fire her up.
Hell, I can wait, after all; it’s not everyday you get a free toy, much less a $200+ one…
Oh well, happy early Christmas to me I guess!