Vibrating Belt Exercise Machine
These things go by lots of names, the least complimentary of which may be fat-melting jiggle machine. Discredited by many as a weight loss method, at least one source thinks these things may be beneficial.
If you want to try it out, it’s at Find thrift store, and it’s a bargain at half price!
Rob McConnell: Boss Brass
Jo Basile: Moscow With Love
Johnny Mandel: The Russians Are Coming… The Russians Are Coming…
Mae West: Great Balls of Fire
Al Boliska: The World’s Worst Jokes
I bought four A.A. Allen records at Goodwill last week, not for their covers, but for something I’ll show you later.
A. A. Allen was an old-school tent preacher who cast out demons and made the lame walk. He died in 1970 after a heavy drinking binge.
That is one seriously enlarged heart.
I have a few albums of tent preachers recorded in action and they’re all pretty awesome. On this one, Allen isn’t railing against Satan so much as boring church music.
Side two features some pretty awesome black gospel singing.
Here’s the back cover (click to enlarge):
Note the thumbnails of other A. A. Allen records. There’s a few I wouldn’t mind finding, especially this one:
The next two have really boring covers, and long, boring sermons (45 minutes per side because they’re at 16 rpm!)
I bought them anyway. Here’s why:
Just got this nifty petit point clown at Goodwill. It was made by an 86 year old Lion (the service club, presumably). It makes a very handsome pair with this one I got a few years back:
For Octoberfest, two versions of “In Heaven There Is No Beer” (sometimes known as “No Beer In Heaven”) from records I’ve culled. For a time I bought any record that had this song in it in an attempt to find a particularly loopy version I heard more than a decade ago on tourist radio as I was driving through Drumheller, Alberta. It was a spirited version with interjections in several languages (“Ja ja ja ja”, “Oui oui oui oui”) between the choruses. I still wish I could find that version.
Things I like that are less than 5 km from my new condo. (click photos to enlarge)
Apple tree 2 m
Worst signage ever cafe 450 m
MacKinnon Ravine bike path 500 m
Bliss Baked Goods 1.3 km
On Food Network Canada’s Donut Showdown.
Salvation Army Thrift Store 2.1 km
Bon Ton Bakery 2.9 km
Duchess Bake Shop 3.4 km
Swanky new Jasper Place Library 3.4 km
Valley Zoo (formerly Storyland Valley Zoo), 5 km
I’m more than a little sad that the castle entrance gate is gone.
(postcard courtesy of the Internet)