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100_3485.JPGWelcome to the near end of my button box junk posts. This is the panel of buttons I put together to make it easier to finish doing these button box junk posts. I have too many to tell stories about on an individual basis. It's just stupid stuff anyway. Again I had to use black dots of pain to cover up the guilty. On that button at the bottom, it was an "in memoriam" pin. I don't remember who the person was or why I came into possession of it. I could have left it out this picture, but I don't think so good. So, "black dots of pain" is that button. Dupe buttons are all over like "Dawg Gone". Not worth repeating.  Otherwise, here goes. 

100_3487.JPG A lot of these pins and in the following pin posts were created when a bunch of us were sitting around our college radio station WBWC with a pile of magazines and a button maker. If I get another Appliance Store button, I'll sic the black dots on them. The monkey was just one of those created at the radio station. The 70's equipment and microphone was a upgrade from the 50's radio crap we used to use. Hell, we thought it was bonus that we had a , what did they call them, a "compact disc" player? I think we got it when record labels started sending CD Singles to promote.  WCSB was another one of the radio stations I provided "content" for with our "Under The Shelf" show. 

You should know the story of Maximum Compact. Get it? Those are the dots and dashes that make up a digital signal. Bwa ha ha ha. Speaking of Nofeast, towards the end of my Parma store and the end of the company's tenure in Cleveland, we had a fly by night extended warranty company that sold coverages for your big screen about $200 less than other warranties at the time. They paid us pretty well too. Trouble was , they went under and guess who was left holding the debt? Lesson learned. We then had GE Financial backing our warranty. They cost more, but GE wasn't going anywhere right? As a company, we were, but not GE Warranty!  You know the handmade badge. It's for an obscure band called "Spudlok". Who would name their radio show "Under The Shelf" and their band "Spudlok"? Hmmmmmm.

100_3488.JPGNow, don't be shocked by the Nazi propaganda up on top. That's a button for the band "The Residents" and I believe that's a likeness of TV's Bill Shatner. I was a minor fan of The Residents, and we called them the "Kings Of The Avante Garde" over on the WBWC hosted by Evan Ford. My friend Bill was all in and knew every nook and cranny about the band that's most famous for appearing as four giant eyeballs. I just couldn't get too much of a groove for these guys. The button is from "Third Reich and Roll" which I wish I could say was a good album, but too odd for my tastes. Therefore I listened to Negativland! "Negativland Is Stupid" with the little Monopoly house was a symbol from their "Big 10-8 Place" album.  I really became a fan when they released "Escape From Noise" album. I covered the boys and their inspirations on me in this post: -- The mice button was from  a McPromo for some Dipsney feature that I don't know and don't remember. Maybe it was Cinderelly? Never saw it. "We're you anywhere near Chernobyl comrade?" "I don't remember." (Letterman, summer of '86.)

100_3486.JPGNow we're almost cooking with gas. I think we're cooking with Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagermeister. I made it into the liquor preferred by Bill Clinton. I think I got this button when I got throw uppity from drinking the stuff. I also have a steel stamped ashtray that says Whirlpool from the same night.  What did I do? What did I say? Did I really puke in the buckets used to hold up our radio station's tent? Did we really stop at a quick wash place to rinse the buckets out? 

There's a Zappa button. I like Zappa. I actually had a ton of Zappa and came close to having everything. Then, no job, no future, no rent money, hmmm, these Zappa discs over here gotta be worth something... Then of course, the famous Miami Vice pair of cops, Crockett and Geordi La Forge. Never mind they were a few centuries apart. Then, a self made Kraftwerk "Electric Cafe" pin. Being as this was the first CD I ever bought, it has become the most listened too CD that I own. Why not have a cheap B&W pin created with a xerox and Scotch tape? The Amelia Earhart button was from a previous post. More crap from Curtis Mathes. Well, it's cut off here, but it seems Dolly Parton needs a breast reduction and Nitzer Ebb is on a 10K run. ....and scene.  Button Panel #1, roll away,  adieu. 



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Choc-O-Jet! The band was No Trend. (Junk Blog infraction-- ) Actually, Choc-O-Jet, as I remembered was a device for dispensing a chocolate flavored beverage. It seemed like it was for hot cocoa but I remembered maybe for a chocolate drink like a YooHoo? Funny thing was, it was a brand I saw everywhere but never meant anything to me. Hell, it was only a few years back when the ice makers in hotels and bars started meaning something to me. I'm funny that way. Hoshizaki has pretty much run away with the hotel ice maker business. I'm still a fan of Manitowoc. Them's good ice makers.

Meanwhile, technically I got my earliest start on radio at a college station. WBWC. A friend had a radio show called "Evan Ford's Avant Garde Show"  (EFAGS for short) and my friend Pete and I, when we formed a band called "The Unedible Two" , would take our stuff up to his show, he'd interview us and we'd play our tune.  It was a tradition when my friend Bill and I had formed "Spudlok", and did the same thing. Record song that night, put it on Evan's show later in the night, then go to Dennys. Repeat. Perform the "old Jewish stars at a restaurant when in walks Gumby" sketch from SNL over burgers and "Decadence" cake. Good Times. Good Times.  I sorta had my foot in the door and then started helping the guy who said "Wait, WBWC signs on at 10am? Why is there no morning show?" Therefore I was on my way to radio obscurity.  Meanwhile "Choc-O-Jet" by No Trend was one of the songs Evan played on one of the tapes I made. How's that for obscure. I remember the tune plain as day.

So what the hell? It's Thanksgiving 2015 and I must have the Turkey DT's. Actually, the above object is a nice tin, given to me by someone that had gone to Germany and brought back like $100 worth of these. Because it's in a tin, and I like them tins, I've kept it. Nothing in it, but what was in it was a great help to me. Made in Germany. Kraftwerk. Um... Kraftwerk. Um... ahh.. VOLKSWAGEN.  Daka Daka in your German car? SCHO-KA-KOLA!

100_3117.JPGWell well. They can't sell this in America. It's a dark chocolate but it has caffeine added. Lots of caffeine. Of course, you look on the 'Zon and you can buy a tin for $7, so have a Hershey bar and a Starbuxx coffee and you'll get the same thrill and save some change. Of course, to say Hershey's is as good as the flavor of this chocolate would be to say "Bud tastes the same as Paulaner." Um, German purity law? Strike 17 for Bud. "Excuse me Klaus Roeder, where is the men's room?" "Eeet ees de vun mit Bud un ze door" 

My friend gave this too me when I was working in morning radio and yet, using my weekends to drive from Toledo to Memphis, TN to party with friends I had met on the net. I'd have to leave at 4PM Memphis time to get home for a 5am start time at the radio station. Needless to say, many a Dew and drumming acrobatics with the window down would keep me awake for the ride home. I was younger. I could drive 11 hours and still be ready to rage. Um, well,  I would fake that I was ready to rage. I didn't drink coffee back then, so I had the next best thing. A slice of this dark chocolate.

Yeah, I wasn't getting that much of an effect from it, but I considered it a real help those times when I was less than awake. By the time the tin was done, that was about the time I moved to Louisville and cut 6 hours out of my trip. Nuff said. I suppose they don't want this sold in America because of the protests about it being marketed for kids. They are getting a hard time about caffeine in peanut butter. They had a hard time with it being in cheap fruity beer-booze. Peeps can OD on caffeine and die from it. Boy, it should be ILLEGAL because WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? (Stossell Sux)  -Ric

100_3088.JPGI've got quite a few of these. They are easy ways to promote your brand. Foam koozies. Your logo here. 100 Minimum and $75 set up fee. I used a few until they eventually got torn up, but there are ones I save in my junk collection. Radio station? Check. Radio station I worked at? Bonus points. Put crap in the koozie for storage. Perfect.

100_3089.JPGHere's the crap. It's not like this stuff needs the scary protection provided by sooper 'IOT koozie, but it's in there. Hell, a thousand years from now, this koozie will likely still be filled with this crap. Crap like this doesn't break down in landfills. Maybe I should call this blog "The CRAP Blog." Nahhh, some of this crap does have a valued use. Who wants to be known as a guy that has a house full of crap? I guess a house full of junk isn't that much better. What's in a name. It's all worthless.

100_3091.JPGI have a thing for key chains. I have used the same damn key chains for over 30 years. A Sears home services key chain, a "Great Northern Plaza's" mall key chain and a brown leather "belt hook" key chain. That's it. I haven't used anything else, but I sure have a lot of replacements if I need them. My button box is full of them for lack of anywhere else to put them.

Here is a typical "better than the worst" beer key chain. Miller Lite is about as poo poo as it gets as a beer, but it's better than Bud or Coors light beers. I like bottle opener beer key chains. Which is why the 94.5 WXKR key chain is a good one as well. My former radio "host" at WIOT works for 94.5 and that was a freebie he gave me back in the days when they still had freebies to give. The other is a key chain with a red LED light provided by one of our "partners" (repair providers) while I worked at the Louisville warranty company. I carried one for a couple of years but it fell apart. Here's it's clone, and it's clean. (Name removed.)

100_3092.JPGHere's something I bought from a flea market. A ZAPPA patch. It's meant to be sewn onto my jeans jacket along with a Depeche Mode and New Order and KMFDM and Yo Yo Ma and Metallica and Led Zeppelin and DEVO patch. *burp* For a while, I loved Zappa's music. The first CD I bought was "Thing Fish" which the Zappa expert I bought it from told me it was considered by Zappa fans to be his worst. It recycled everything and didn't have a guitar solo! However, I thought it was funny. I like humor. I was in the process of owning every Zappa disc but then, I had rent to pay, so I sold most of the collection. He's like the Grateful Dead. You either need to collect them all or pass on everything except the hits. I really don't listen to his stuff anymore, but I'm new to the Grateful give me time. I used to listen to Kraftwerk or Devo every day as well. Of course it helps when Sirius/XM has a 24/7 channel devoted to your band and they play your concerts  which you were damn smart enough to record pretty much all of... so that there is always something different to hear. I digress.

100_3093.JPGWhen I worked for the Louisville warranty company, I had the chance to go up in a balloon. We had sponsorship in a Louisville area balloon rally and all I got was this lousy pin. Float in a hot air balloon strapped to a basket with flammable materials lit in a controlled fashion? AHHHHH!  Pins are popular in Louisville. Ask anyone that has a worthless collection of pins for the Kentucky Derby festival. They are good for 10% off of a hot dog at festival vendors. They also give you preferred seating in the "thunder pots", or portable toilets brought in for the "Thunder Over Louisville" festival two weeks before the Kentucky Derby. Ahh, the near South. "Hop on the snodder and go to the CiCi's."

Then, my Tokyo Shapiro name tag. Nothing to see here. At least they didn't make us wear smocks or ties or jackets or condoms.

100_3094.JPGFinally, no cash value. There was a lasertag called "Photon." It was the first and arguably the best lasertag ever. You got dressed in a heavy battery suit and wore a surgical hat so you wouldn't get head lice when you put on the heavy helmet. Then you went into a built out, lots of lights and plastic and aircraft carpet field and played lasertag with a pounding soundtrack that would make Tangerine Dream jealous.  You'd be all sweaty from running for 6 1/2 minutes and then they would spray Lysol in your helmet. You'd eat red jump rope licorice and drink water from the fountain and play Empire City 1941 in the arcade. Fun, eh? Ahhh, but the company went under and they left their arenas as furnished shells and the one in Louisville became "Laser Blaze." Less of a laser tag system, more fluorescent paint and rock and roll soundtrack. It was still to us that played Photon, the closet thing to Photon. It wasn't. I remember when our company held a year end even there and one team was guilty of cheating in order to win. Couldn't have done that with Photon. Well, unless you were Predator. He knew all the tricks. That MF. Scoring on me when I fell down in pain from a leg cramp. Standing there. Scoring on an injured warrior. What a dick.

ARF! -Ric

SHURE-ly it's junk...right?

DSCF8627.JPGOn this blog, a few of the items I have in my junk box are junk in waiting and someday will become a useful item. I remember that I needed these when I got my first real turntable. It's a Shure turntable cartridge. It was the one above the cheapest one I could get.

You see, I never was one for records. I had my Soundesign "rock on rock" turntable to play the few records that I had. We used to have a Goodwill right across the street and this was in the 80's when you would pay a few bucks for stuff rather than tens of bucks. That's when I found a Technics turntable. All it needed was a needle. It's not the best from Technics but it's better than any crystal ceramic piece of dung on cheap turn tables.

100_2805.JPGA man built this! It's a turntable! It has a lot of dust on it because I haven't used it for two years. When I started using it again, I had to get a belt for it as the old one had rotted from lack of use.  You can see the duplicate Shure cartridge I bought for it. I've been using the same for all these years, but maybe it's seen 150 sides, so it's still good as used.

DSCF8628.JPGSo, I bought two of these suckers. Guess from where? I must have bought these in 1989 or so. I went into the Northeast Appliance store in North Olmsted (a store I'd have the "pleasure" of closing forever a few years later.) The tag said 30 bucks but I think I got two for $40. Even back then, turntables were on the way out. Northeast had 4 cartridges back then ranging from $20 to $80 and well, I don't even remember if we still carried them when I helped scrape NENO from the memories of Clevelanders. So, buying two, I thought was a good idea. I still had only a few singles and some EP's and DEVO and Kraftwerk albums. I didn't listen to them, I taped them if they weren't out on CD.

DSCF8626.JPGShure DTE800. What a bunch of advertising speak! "Durabody Encapsulated"?  It's not a allergy tablet, it's a record player cartridge. "Construction ensures long life and performance uniformity".  What the hell does that mean? I guess it means they pooped hundreds of thousands of these from the factory and they would all perform the same. Of course, every turntable and every system is different. Every record is different. It may sound like sh*t when played on your $20,000 HIFI, but on a $8 turntable from Goodwill through a Soundesign stereo? It'll sound A-OK. The bit about a diamond tip for improved blah blah blah, that's the only reasonable claim. I think the more expensive these got, the more adjectives they used to describe it.

DSCF8629.JPGSo, I plan to eventually put this to use in the above turntable, but right now, it lies dormant in my junk collection. Junk until it becomes UN Junk. Hey! There's a slogan in there. Dormant texture returns to a bright, crisp , audio experience when rescued from this beautiful, clean and delectable piled high junk system to perform it's excellence finally for the 180G platters.

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100_2799.JPGFor those of you who might have wanted to know what vinyl I had sitting in front of my turntable, here it is! The very first LP I ever bought, and it's a double set. It's all orchestra. I thought I was going to get Meco's disco Cantina band. No dice. My brother had the mono GE record player and I played this a bit, but it was mostly boring to me. As for the movie, I liked it but I didn't go nuts for space crap and well, I think I've seen the other two original movies on video or TV and the new three flicks, the Jar Jar one on TV. Sorry geeks and fudds.

What's more of interest is that I stuck a sales stamp for "Music City News" on it. Likely is was from the giant Publishers Clearing House (or a competitor, yes, they had competitors in the 70's.) big envelope of fun. It even says "newspaper format". It later double as a price tag as I must have tried to see this at a flea market a long time ago as it has 1.00 on it. Hey! I'll buy that for 1.00! What's that dust? It's black... OH, it's vinyl grindings from being played with a rock. Neat movie photos and the big scary DARTH on the back.

ARF! -Ric