Hardcore Jollies

Took another trip to the Super Flea today and found some great items!

I stopped by a pinball and arcade vendor I hadn’t seen before – he fully restores vintage gaming machines and builds custom mods.  He had an original Pac-Man machine and a few other Pac-related arcades that he had modified to play 40-60 games each.  After speaking with him I learned that these were not your typical MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) cabinets – he actually installs the hardware for all 40 titles into one machine!

The coolest item in his booth was an original Doctor Who pinball machine, fully restored and looking brand new!

Dr Who Pinball Back Box

Dr Who Pinball Table

From there I made my way to a record vendor who I knew had a title I was looking for.  But I was surprised to find not one but eight original Parliament Funkadelic LPs.  They were stickered with outrageously high prices.  He was asking $65 for a VG condition copy of Gloryhallastoopid, which one can readily acquire for between $8 and $12.   I leveled with him and when he realized how well I knew my P-Funk history he conceded and let me name my price.

I walked away with Funkadelic’s Hardcore Jollies, which features wildly funky album art by the great Pedro Bell.

Hardcore Jollies
To date I’ve got 12 LPs from Parliament/Funkadelic/Bootsy’s Rubber Band.  I also have a few albums that Fred Wesley recorded with the Horny Horns around the same time they were performing with the PFunk.

Most likely the next related disc I’ll look for is “(I Wanna) Testify” – the hit single released by The Parliaments (George Clinton’s barbershop doo-wop group) in 1967.

For those who missed the Mothership Connection live in Houston Halloween night 1976, this is the most soulful moment of the show.  Watch the landing of the Mothership while Glen Goins takes us to church…

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A Very Geeky Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!  My holiday was filled with fun and surprises, and I’m excited to share a few of them with you here.

As many of you know I am a Pacman fanatic and own a sizable collection of original Pacman merchandise.  Below is a photo of just a portion of my collection.

A few of my Pacman collectibles

I even designed and applied a custom vinyl graphic to my car to show my Pacman pride.

Pacmobile

Earlier this season my girlfriend surprised me with some new Pacman merchandise – the energy drink and power pellet candy.

Pacman Bonus Fruit Energy Drink

Pacman Power Pellet Candy

And as soon as the holiday season came around, I unpacked my 2008 Hallmark Pacman Christmas ornament.

Pacman Hallmark ornament 2008

The Great Yellow One was the furthest thing from my brain on our trip to see family, until we stopped for food at a rest stop and I saw this in a crane machine.

Pacman crane machine

Sadly I was without change so we trucked on down the road.

To my astonishment, my brother read my mind and presented me with a UFO plush Pacman just like the one in the crane machine the next day!

I continued to dance a little jig when I received the following geeky gifts…

A Pacman “Hot Heads” oven mit

Pacman Oven Mit

funky Pacman Lounge Pants (from two different people!)

Pacman Lounge Pants

a custom-made Daft Punk cigarette case/business card holder

Daft Punk Cigarette Case

a Kryten bobblehead figure from Red Dwarf

Kryten bobblehead

and a :CueCat barcode scanner to help catalog all my albums.

:CueCat barcode scanner

I finished off the night tuning into the new Doctor Who Christmas Special.  What more could I possibly ask for!  Thanks to everyone who made Christmas so special, and have a happy new year!

Pacman doll

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