Kirkkitsch’s Blog

January 11, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Lost 'n Found, Rants

I‘ve been meaning to share this gem with you ever since Christmas. I received this on Christmas Eve, whilst parked in the parking lot of the local mall. Once I’d paid on my Dillard’s card, I came back to find this under my windshield wiper. Apparently the seasoned criminal has a boner for the lid from a box of Office Max printer paper. Yeah. That was the “property in plain view”…in the passenger seat of my car.

You know what’d be really nice? If the police would be remotely this vigilant the other 11 months of the year. Instead, they waste resources and time doing stupid shit like this. *sigh*

Halloween Circa 1983 and ’84
November 8, 2011, 6:01 am
Filed under: Holidays, Lost 'n Found

Ah, eighties teen party memories. I stumbled across these whilst looking for a seasonal windsock (they were all faded…dammit). I think I threw a Halloween party every year since I was 13. I miss the 80’s and their graphics. Everything started going to hell once 3D rendering kicked in and shadows and highlights became the norm. It was the final nail in the coffin of my beloved cereal characters. My kingdom for a 1 dimensional Sugar Bear (Super Sugar Crisp) or Lucky the Leprechaun (Lucky Charms). *sigh*

Eighties Stickers
July 13, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Lost 'n Found

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Around 5 or 6 years ago (maybe longer), I paid a visit to a store in nearby Fort Worth, that was a childhood favorite: The Party Palace. Back in the 80’s, this place was the shit! The interior was wall-to-wall STICKERS of every kind, greeting cards and party supplies. But they were known for their stickers, pencils and suckers (shaped like stars, hearts, teddy bears, etc.) on long, clear sticks (think The Facts of Life shop, Over Our Heads). As far as the eye could see were rolls and rolls of ‘serve yourself’ stickers. Back then, stickers came on a roll, like the rolls of stamps of yesteryear, and they either had perforated lines where you could tear them, or there’d be a pair of scissors nearby (connected with a string; not unlike the pens they used to have at the bank), so that you could cut off however many you wanted. The store, like so many of my childhood favorites, has since closed and a shiny new shopping strip has been put in its place. Continue reading

It’s In the Cards
June 22, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Lost 'n Found

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I recently visited one of my favorite stores, Curiosities, in Dallas. They have the best stuff and everything is arranged just so. It’s beautiful (imo). I’ll post my pictures later. In the meantime, here are a few of the cards I bought while I was there. They have random drawers filled with random decks of cards. I’m not sure from which game these particular cards are from, but I thought they were beautiful. I’d love to own the deck in its entirety. In addition, I also bought 3 other random cards that I liked. I definitely recognize the ‘Wacky Witch’ from a vintage Old Maid card game. Not sure where ‘9’ or ‘Jinx’ came from, but I loved the graphics.

Yikes -or- Scared Strait
April 5, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Clippings, Lost 'n Found

Still doing “Spring Cleaning” (it’s now Spring…and I’m still cleaning, so technically I’m “Spring Cleaning”), and ran across the personal ad that, once and for all, cured me of placing personal ads, back in the early 90’s. Thought I would share it with you:

Elizabeth Taylor 1932 – 2011
March 23, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Lost 'n Found

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Funny how things turn up when they do. I discovered (via Facebook of all places) that Elizabeth Taylor has passed away. It breaks my heart because she was my mother’s favorite actress. She prided herself on the fact that people used to tell her she looked like her. It was her silver lining in an otherwise mundane existence.

As you know, I’m still working on sorting out all the stuff I found while cleaning out one of the closets, and one of those things was this mimeod letter I received after writing to her, back in the 80’s; The envelope is marked March 24, 1989, so I think this was during the time she was hospitalized at the Betty Ford Center for alcoholism (you know, back in the day, when people actually went there with the intention of getting better). Although I knew the autograph wasn’t an original (mimeo in lieu of written in pen), my mom was convinced otherwise; I think she was giddy at the fact that there had been a response, period. Cute.

So rest in peace, Liz. You lived a rollercoaster of a life and were loved more than you’ll ever know.

My First Beard
March 23, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Lost 'n Found