Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Just Want to Show You This One Thing...

This is a receipt from the Post Office where I held up the line for a good half hour on Tuesday mailing trade packages. I have stuff going out to about 60 bloggers in three countries. I still have ten packages for which I need addresses and another half dozen I have not yet prepared, but I just had to show you this insane receipt. It's 7 1/2 feet long. The total was $179.14.

The postal worker who helped me was a trainee under supervision. Now she's an expert.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wallet Card Goes to St. Patrick's Day

While today is St. Patrick's Day as observed by the majority of Irish and wanna-be Irish revelers the world over, it doesn't feel like it where I am. We celebrated over the weekend, and we did so the same way we celebrate everything else: parades and alcohol. Cue the Wallet Card.

On Saturday we made it to the Irish Channel parade uptown. It was still early in the St. Patrick's Day season, so everyone's costumes and tolerance for partying were still intact. I doubt all those giant coins made it through to tonight.

This man's tongue was...I mean, look at it. Is that an Irish thing?

As you may remember from my previous #WalletCard posts, parades are made up of marching groups and floats, and St. Paddy's parades here have far more of the former. These guys carry huge foam cylinders packed with flowers which they trade for kisses. All in good fun, of course. I went home with six flowers myself.

Not Irish, per se, but worth a look.

The mayor of Kenner, La., Mr. Mike Yenni. Is this the first #WalletMayor?

The perfect beer for St. P.....wait....

There. That's the stuff.

We passed the old bead tree on our way to the restroom. Over a month later and it's still all beaded up!

See that guy in the front of the float with the white hat? He called me over for a look at the card after this picture was taken, and upon realization what card it was he dropped several dozen green beads on me. At that moment everyone in the crowd wished they had brought their Griffey rookies from home.

The floats are re-purposed from Mardi Gras, some more cleverly than others.

This is one of my good friends, Tony, who marches with the Lyons Club. I see him in a lot of parades.

We finished up the day with a few pounds of boiled crawfish on the lakefront. This is the sunset over "the Point" at Lake Pontchartrain.

Some unique parking outside the restaurant.

We were up early the next morning for the Metairie St. Patrick's Day Parade (rarely on St. Patrick's Day), my favorite parade all year long.

Everybody wears green, but some people only have one green shirt. This is Jason's only green shirt.

#WalletCop is back!

Everyone outside of the New Orleans metropolitan area thinks we have a Southern accent. We do not. Oh, we have an accent, don't get me wrong, but it's not that drawl you may be imagining. It's difficult to describe. We call it the "yat" accent. Hence this band, the Yat Pack.

I should have mentioned that in lieu of beads and trinkets (of which there are still plenty to be had), the majority of throws in these parades are carrots, onions, potatoes, and some very coveted heads of cabbage. That young lady above is about to launch a potato into the crowd.

By the time we made it home we had six heads of cabbage, a half dozen carrots, a few onions, potatoes, and oranges. Oh, and three bars of Irish Spring.

I'm not kidding, They throw bars of Irish Spring. None of this has ever seemed strange to me until I had to type it.

That girl in the middle wore a skirt so short that I could not in good conscience show it on this blog.

As you can see I did forego the plastic sleeve this weekend. May only be a BGS 9 now.

Happy St.Patrick's Day, everybody!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Quick Note

I've spent the last few evenings assembling trade packages for just about everyone I've ever traded with and even a few I haven't. I'll be sending e-mails this week requesting addresses from some of you as well as going through everyone's set-building want lists (what you see above is mostly PC, team collection, and mini collection stuff) to see what I can contribute. Some of you are getting PWE's, but it will be mostly bubble mailers. I hope to have everything out no later than next week, time permitting.

It's a big, time-consuming effort, but my wife could not be happier that all this cardboard is leaving the house, so there's that.

I've also got a bunch of trade posts forthcoming, so if you've sent me cards in the last few weeks, don't fret. I haven't forgotten about you. My gratitude will be well-represented soon enough.

Happy hump day, everybody.

Friday, March 6, 2015

What Do We Have Here? Upper Deck Random Acts of Kindness Edition


In perspective

What a week this has been. Just yesterday I received my 1994 Upper Deck Griffey/Mantle Dual Auto, and today this arrives from Upper Deck's Random Acts of Kindness program. A billion thanks to Chris and Upper Deck for sending this stunning piece of Griffeyabilia.

I also owe a debt of gratitude to Gavin whose Wallet Card game is the reason this happened in the first place. I owe you, bro, and will find a way to pass the kindness on, I assure you. Plus a big thanks to all the friends, Mardi Gras Officers (the masked guys on horses), and NOPD who humored me taking all those #WalletCard photos.

FYI, the "card" measures 18" by 25" and is a half inch thick. The edition is limited to 25. I don't see finding an appropriate top loader, so I may just have to bite the bullet and get it framed.

It came with a hand-written card from Chris, but it mentions a very exciting project we will be working on the coming weeks so I will not be showing you that.


Thanks for reading!