Christmas Radio Gadget Redo

cradio2I’ve always been one of those geeks that decks out windows for Christmas. While Microsoft has discontinued the use and support for Windows desktop gadgets due to “Security Issues”, I still can’t get past having a few Christmas Gadgets loaded around Christmas time.


(you can still use gadgets with windows 8, 8.1 & 10 by installing 8 Gadget Pack:, or Gadgets Revived: Download Christmas Radio Gadget Below. (Scroll Down)

One of my all time favorites was one called Christmas Radio, by However, over the years, the radio stations stopped working one by one, until finally, none worked at all. It also appears the website is long gone. I used the way back machine to see when the last sighting of that site was, and it seems to be Jan, 4 of 2012, then after that, the site was up for grabs.

Each year, I would look online for Christmas radio gadgets, and find none, and then I’d try searching for the same radio gadget and not be able to find it. For a few years, I used grooveshark or Pandora, and last year Spotify, but these are semi irritating to say the least.

This year I was going through old backups and I came across that Christmas Radio .gadget file, and a thought crossed my mind. “I usually enjoy the challenge of taking things apart, reverse engineering them, and figuring out how they work, or changing them to make them facilitate my own needs. I wonder if I might be able to apply that skill here?” Then I asked, what is a .gadget file anyway? In short, I discovered, it’s simply a renamed .zip file. Wait, WHAT!!!???

Sure enough, I was able to open this old gadget file with 7 zip and begin to manipulate the files within. I soon located the file that contained the radio stations list, found my own online stations that worked, and began replacing the old defunct ones with my new list. I’m proud to say, the good old standard Christmas Radio gadget is now working again and fully functional. I’ve included it here for your download pleasure, ENJOY!

(oh, and if you’re the author, great work! and if you want credit, please tell me who you are, or if you have any objections, please let me know.)


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Carry On Wayward Son Cover (See, marching & concert band do pay off)

Awesome arrangement of Kansas’ – Carry on Wayward Son. LoNotice the guitar solo is also done on a specially equipped Trombone. Brought to you by my long time buddy, thanks for bringing this to my attention, good stuff!

Watch Me! (or Almost A Different Time Piece Every Day)

I have previously posted about my fascination with Watches, Clocks and Timepieces. Along the way I have mentioned and promised pics of my entire collection. Much easier said than done, as there are now 282 in all.

My vision was to post pics of each, with a short description, current retail price, actual price I paid, and any repairs I performed to restore to working order. As long winded as I tend to be, I’m sure some of you would be willing to run me over in an SUV if I posted in my normal detailed way. To spare you, I try not to do that, and be short and concise, allowing you to enjoy the pics, but make no guarantees as sometimes the details are what make the piece even more special.


In addition to a general overall collection set of pics, (Above) when I have time, I will post individual watch pics with short descriptions over the next year or so. You might want to subscribe (at top right) that way you will get an email letting you know each time I’ve added a new set of pics. (if you do subscribe, don’t forget to retrieve the email sent to you and to click on the link to activate the subscription in that email.)

Overall Collection – 282 watches, 6 acrylic cases. (holding 22 x 1, 36 x 4, and 60 x1) 2 leather/Vinyl Cases (12 ea) and 1 double level leather (20 ea.) All full, I’m now out of room, #’s 277 – 282 have no place to go.

Of the 4 Acrylic cases that hold 36 ea. 2 were each epoxied to the tops of the other 2 upside down. Giving me actually 2 Acrylic turnstile displays that hold 72 Ea. and an empty rotating area above Where the Felix watches sit.

2 Leather cases are not shown, they are here (Below), along with top view of yellow vinyl Invicta case:

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Individual Watches

NOTE: Pictures shown are stock, or were taken by the seller or previous owner. If you see hands or arms, they are not mine, as I feel my hand/arm celebrity training are not adequate.

We’ll start off the pics, with the most recent 2 additions:

1) Adee Kaye AK7000-M$(KGrHqV,!p8FC31!E)+3BQ5yPS!SdQ~~60_12

Retail price: $312.99

    My Cost: $32

Repairs Needed?: Yes

Marked as new, however case screw missing and feature buttons not working. Possible adjustment of Stems/Contacts needed.

Repaired?: Yes.

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2) Station Masters Watch


Retail price:  Gift

My Cost: N/A

Repairs Needed?: No

Railroads have had strict standards for timepieces since the mid-1800s. This replica brass station master’s watch reproduces one from 1908 and features “approved for railroad service” features such as an open-faced dial with the stem at 12 o’clock. Made for display in this glass-domed case, as it would have been kept in a station master’s office.

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Repaired?: No.

(Available from National Geograhic Catalog and Website)



Updated Jan. 26, 2013

3) Bewell Black Sandalwood and Maple


Retail price:  $65 – $75

My Cost: $45

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: A Buddy of mine has been said to use the phrase “That’s Nuttier Than A Wooden Watch”, but he’s going to have to change this now to something like “I would say that’s nuttier than a wooden watch, but a friend actually owns a couple of wooden watches, so maybe it’s just nuttier than he is.”

Number 2 of the Wood watches in my collection.

Wood watches are becoming very popular and are considered “Green” as they are hand carved from natural woods (this one is Bamboo and Sandalwood) and help keep our environment clean. Wood watches are also said to become more $(KGrHqFHJF!FDHn!1RQhBQ73JrEB2!~~60_57beautiful with time due to absorbing the natural oils from your skin, which also helps to preserve them.

Repaired?: No.



4) Android Volcano



Retail price:  $159

My Cost: $75

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: I know you’ve heard of an Android phone, but what about an Android watch? The Android watch Company is in no way related to those that make Android phones. Android watches usually have a simple design, yet stand out as being very unique. They’re also usually incredibly sturdy. I have an Invicta that’s almost the size of this Android, that a long time friend exclaimed “Holy moly, that’s not a watch, it’s a weapon!” Just think what he’d say if he saw this one! In the pic below you can see just how big this watch is (pic from internet)

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Interestingly, Androids next version up (shown in pics below), the Chrono version of this watch, comes with a Black leather band that has the same stitching but again, in orange. I also will be reserving funds for this slightly more expensive Chrono version. I’ve always liked Chrono’s, especially when they have an aviation look to them, and this one does.

Number 2 of the Android watches in my collection.

Android Volcano Chrono (Below) – I don’t have this version yet, but it’s on my list to obtain in near future:



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5) Casio Edifice AMW-200


Retail price:  Gift

My Cost: N/A Gift

Repairs Needed?: Yes

Details: I Originally received this watch as a gift when I was young. It quickly became a favorite, but didn’t get worn long before the band broke. It was put in a drawer then, until the internet came along and the bands could be easily found online. I always got comments on this watch. Eventually the bezel began cracking, so I improvised and engineered a way to use an exacto knife to cut away the cracked bezel parts (over the buttons on each side) and still have a fashionable looking watch. It bugged me though. I saw one up for sale on ebay for $12 in perfect working condition, but the band was broke. I figured I’d steal it’s bezel to put on mine. When it arrived I discovered it was in better shape than mine was, so I ordered a band for it. putting these bands on requires removing the Bezel. In removing the Bezel, it cracked in 2 places, and one of the top screw mounts broke completely off. I repaired this with plastic epoxy and the watch now sits next to it’s altered bezel counterpart, looking almost brand new.

Throughout my youth I had 2 favorite watches, this one, and a Timex i-Control watch that was similar in size and shape, both had resin bands that broke numerous times and had to be replaced. Unlike Timex however, Casio still makes the bands for this watch. Timex stopped making replacements for the i-control years ago.


6) Pulsar PF3609X1

Retail price:  $295

My Cost: $225

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: I’ve always loved the big pulsar watches. I happened across this model when I was looking for info on the newest pulsar models, and found this listed on ebay UK. Most of the few listings I found would not ship to the us, and of course were listed in English pounds or Euro’s. More digging led me to an Australian watch shop who had listed on ebay US. “Latest Chunky Pulsar” which was an accurate but funny title. I contacted them via phone, and was told they no longer had these in stock, only the 1 listed on Ebay. Then they called me back and said they were incorrect, they had a 2nd one, brand new with tags, they’d be glad to hold (put on lay away) if I put down a

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deposit. I did, and it took a few months of sending payments to get it paid off, (and almost a month to ship to me from down under) but it was well worth it. This watch was not sold in the U.S. and was very hard to find. (and still is, if you search, you’ll see 99% of the results are in the UK)


Generally speaking, I don’t care for watches with white faces, but this one definitely is a thing of beauty. One of my favorites, and one of the few I paid almost full price for.







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My Cost: $56

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Another Chunky Pulsar, actually, I had just purchased this one, and was looking for other Pulsar models I might like, when I came across the one listed above this one. Currently this model is still sold in the U.S. and can be found for $70 on sites like Newegg, Sears, K-Mart etc.

Another of my favorites, then again, each of my collection has some uniqueness and is a favorite, some more so than others, but ALL of my Pulsars bring a smile.

 $(KGrHqQOKpUE6T2s6Sl4BOseLLrk4w~~60_57$(KGrHqF,!lcE6htclz4KBOseLCo20g~~60_57I never did complete the task that started it all, attempting to find a Pulsar like a high school friend had that was big, and thick, but I did find a lot of other cool Pulsars instead.


8) Invicta Corduba 7136

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MSRP: $795

Current Retail: $295 to $550

My Cost: $250

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: I originally came across this model on ebay, which introduced me to Invicta watches. The 7136 being sold was used, was missing its band, and the divers screw down cap mechanism that covers the crown.

I won the ebay auction, thinking I would order the missing crown cap. Invicta will not sell parts to customers, but requires customers to send watches in for repairs.

I’m sorry, I don’t trust my collection pieces to USPS, UPS, DHL or even Fedx. (Especially in light of the fact I’ve had issue after issue with all of the above except Fedx damaging, losing, destroying and refusing to honor the insurance on less expensive packages)

Still, I ordered a replacement watch band online, and wore my incomplete 7136 proudly.

Even with the crown cover missing, it was just a beautiful piece of workmanship to observe.

I spent months searching for a replacement crown cover and during that time learned how coveted and rare this model was. incredibly difficult to find at a low price or in new condition. Then one day in my meanderings, I happened across an off the radar website listing one for $595 brand new. UGH! too much!

I kept searching, and came across another site listing them for $250, but what I found was, most of these sites had never removed their pages when the 7136 was no longer in stock, so in reality, while still showing as available, a phone call revealed they were long out of stock.

I had an idea though. I emailed the store listing the one for $595 and asked if they indeed did still have it, and they replied they did. I then sent them an email with a link to the ones listed for $250 and asked if they would match the price. To my surprise, they did, and sent me a paypal invoice. I didn’t hesitate to grab this deal, seeing as how this model in NEW condition is next to impossible to find.

So, yes, I have 2 of these, 1 is used, and shows signs of usage and is missing it’s crown cover. The other, looks just as in the pictures above. Of all my collection, this one is in the top 5 of favorites, if not number 1. just watching the movement is like watching a thing of fine detailed craftmanship and a joy to watch. Check out these vids:

Updated Feb. 04, 2013

9) Philip Watch “Hippos” (“Seahorse”)

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Retail price:  $250

My Cost: $117.50

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Philip Watch is not a well known name for watches in the U.S., never the less, this watch making company has been making fine swiss watches since 1858.

I couldn’t pass this one up even though I usually do not care for the color green on watches. This is a beautiful green dial with matching Leather Band, and the Guillochage is very pleasing to the eye. I once passed up a Blue Martell Chronograph with similar fine detailed Guillochage and to this day regret my decision, as that brand and model are simply nowhere to be found.

Click on the LAST pic to see a larger view of the Guillochage.

Guillochage – Ornamentation such as finely carved intersecting lines on Jewelry and watches, carved by a Guilloche.

Guilloche – A rare artisan of which there are very few today that can perform the art of finely carving detailed hollow lines that intersect on fine jewelry and watch faces.

10) Bulova Space Age Automatic

Retail price:
$90 – $250

My Cost: $146

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: This was one of the first examples of NOS added to my collection. New Old Stock – Stock of Brand New Items that have been socked away unopened for many years. A 70’s model that reminds me of the Refit Enterprises Deflector Dish. Another of my favorites, and it’s a Bulova, what more do you need to say? I have the black version of this also, listed below.

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11) Bulova Space Age Automatic


Retail price:  $90 – $250

My Cost: $90

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Another elegant version of this watch. NO, I don’t read Chinese or Japanese, the date dial also reads in English but that is not shown here.

12) Android Divemaster Predator Chrono Moon Phase.


Retail price:

My Cost: $99

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: What can I say? I love big chunky watches, especially Android’s. This one is a Chrono, and even has Moon phase. Another watch with an eye pleasing dial.

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12) Croton Skeleton Automatic


Retail price:  $150

My Cost: $125

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: I’ve always been attracted to Skeleton watches, especially when they’re nicely done with details like this one.


13) Balmer Sphinx


Retail price:  $2695

My Cost: $156

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: This was one of those, it’s Christmas Morning and no one is bidding on this, maybe I can get it for a steal, deals. This is a very nice watch that’s stylish, but not overbearing. (it’s semi chunky) Definitely one of the Jewels in my collection.


14) Invicta 1261 Sea Spider Skeleton Black and Gold


Retail price:  $595

My Cost: $140

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: I used to not like Gold watches, until I saw this one. This Black and Gold Skeleton is beautifully done, and of course, is very chunky. I had to wait a long while to get this one, as the going rate was around $300 when I was looking, and then, one morning at 3 am this auction was ending, and had very few bidders……


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Updated Feb. 10, 2013

15) Orient 2eu00002w – Special Multi-Year Calendar

Retail price:  $250

My Cost: $150

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Orient watches are very sought after,
no matter the model, they always sell at a higher price, with lots of bidders. I’ve seen many Orient’s that were attractive, I would have liked to have, but those passed me by, due to how high the auction went. Finally, I came across this one, and even though it went a little higher than I wanted, I went through with it, and can now say, I have an Orient in my collection.

The design of this watch reminds me of a Seiko I have that also has the silver with small gold highlights. I’m always attracted to silver with finally detailed highlights that are gold.








16) Croton Octagon CN307273BSYL

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My Cost: $39

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Many Croton’s don’t stand out as unique to me, however I have 3 that aren’t like the rest and 2 of them happen to be black and yellow.






17) Timex Expedition E-Tide Compass T49709


Retail price: 

My Cost: $75

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Like Croton’s, I feel that most Timex’s are just average, everyday looking watches, but there are a few unique models, and I have some of those. This is one of them. Tide, Temp, Compass, Day, Date, indiglo, and good looking too.

It’s hard to see but the band is actually 2 tone, silver and black.






18) Invicta Sea Spider Chrono

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My Cost: $50

Repairs Needed?: Yes

Details: I thought I’d stumbled into another killer deal via auction, until I opened the package upon arrival to only discover the watch didn’t work. Checking the auction again, I discovered I missed the small print at the bottom that said the watch didn’t work and probably needed a new movement. I have a contact at a watch repair shop in downtown L.A., I called him and was able to obtain a replacement movement for $14.95. So as it ends up, after swapping out the movement, I did end up getting another killer deal!


Repair Cost: $14.95

Total Cost: $64.95



19) Invicta Grand Lupah


Retail price:  $160

My Cost: $60

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Lupah’s are a good example of Guillochage, and there domed crystal tend to act as a magnifier, highlighting the Guillochage. Of all the models out there, the yellow faced ones really show the detail and patterns. Click on the pic to the left to open a larger version in a new window that really shows the detail.

Lupah’s are a lot larger than you’d imagine. See the pic at bottom of both the Men’s and Women’s model for an example.



20) Fossil Big Tic JR8096

Retail price:  $79

My Cost: $50

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: I Have 2 of these, both shown here. I’m not sure if they’re different model numbers, but they are different colors. The first, a bronze color with a Blue laser crystal, and gold animated numbers counting the seconds.


21) Fossil Big Tic JR8096 


Retail price:  $79

My Cost: $32

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Number 2 of this style of Big Tic is actually silver, with a normal clear crystal and silver animated numbers counting the seconds.



Updated Feb. 20, 2013

22) Steinhausen TW491S


Retail price:  $199

My Cost: $109

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: This is the Aerostat Model (Large Pilots Model) rumored to have been renamed “Aztec”
The Chrono’s on this watch are Hour, Day, Month and Year, unlike most chrono’s which don’t include the year.

Totally a SteamPunk watch, this one is up there on the favorites list. Notice the lugs where the band attaches. This lug style is a throw back to the 1920’s when wristwatches had these types of lugs. Many were pocket watches that had lugs added to convert the watch into a wristwatch.




23) Brittania Skeleton


Retail price:  $99

My Cost: $15

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: This 90’s unisex model is an excellent example of a see through automatic skeleton.






24) Adee Kaye Tourbillion Chrono Moonphase


Retail price: 

My Cost: $45

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Adee Kaye AK1035-M
I’ve said before that I don’t really care for white faced watches, but here again is an exception. The Black, Brown, and Champagne versions of this watch in my opinion are just not as good looking as the white, which really highlights this models Guillochage.

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25) Fossil JR9307 Digital & Analog


Retail price:  $99

My Cost: $15

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: An interesting design that falls into the “Steampunk” category. This one needed a new battery installed, but works great.


26) Orkina Tourbillion


Retail price:  $25

My Cost: $12

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Orkina is one of those “Overseas” inexpensive brands that are surprisingly good quality and also good looking. Orkina also makes many HUGE watches, this is one of them. If you go searching for this model you’ll have trouble finding it now though.

27) Goer Skeleton


Retail price: 

My Cost: $12

Repairs Needed?: No

Details: Goer is another one of those “Overseas” watch makers that are also surprisingly decent looking and good quality. I Have a couple of Goer’s, Skeletons and Tourbillions and the same with the Orkina’s as shown above and all of them look “Dressier” in person than you would believe from the pictures.

28) Relic Exposed Gears ZR77121


Retail price:  $79

My Cost: $0

Repairs Needed?: YES

Details: As soon as I saw this on ebay, I had to have it. it’s so steampunk, yet elegant in it’s own way. Unfortunately I failed to notice that the sellers pic at left showed the watch’s true condition. There’s no stem or crown. On top of that, upon testing I discovered the movement didn’t work at all.
I contacted the seller who indicated she had assumed it was working and didn’t even notice the missing stem and crown. She emailed me saying she was refunding the full amount and shipping. I emailed her back letting her know not to do that, but give me a discount since I could get replacement parts, but she would have none of that and gave me a full refund.

I was able to get a replacement Crown, Stem and Movement for a total of $16.

There is no second hand on this watch, however like A chrono, this has a separate seconds counting part of the movement, in this case instead of the face having the printed chrono circle and a hand, this watch has a gear that moves and counts the seconds. (The bottom gear) which proved to be difficult to get in place as it goes on an incredibly tiny arbor (spindle) above one layer of the face, but below another. This watch face is actually 3 or 4 separate pieces that have to be mounted in a certain (layer) order.




Christmas at Doc’s

For those family members far away, or unable to come by this season, as always, I’ve gone to great lengths to make things as festive as the last time you were here, or as you remember when we were all younger (what was it, back before electricity?) Anyway, Enjoy!

UPDATED!!!!! New pics added! (Scroll to “Newly Added” Section)


Notice the projection clock on the wall behind the tree?

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Below – Mini Cat is not so Mini anymore


Below – It was fun getting these put in place, stretched my surgery arm to it’s limits, and it was a bit sore afterwards, so with all that effort, had to take a pic just because it’s part of it all.


Christmas Evening Screensaver (3Planesoft) On HDTV Below.

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Original 1950’s Aluminum Tree, done in Blue (I almost got a color wheel for it this year, just to be Nostalgic and true to that era, although my parents had one, we always put light strands on ours)

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Above Left – Can’t have Christmas without the Mini Cat baby pic!

Below – Santa Face Stockings just like we had as kids! Fireside Christmas Screensaver (3Planesoft) on this HDTV. You can also see 2 vintage Nightmare Before Christmas Santa’s sandwiched between the 50’s Clocks, and over to the left, the now impossilbe to find iKea LED Novelty lamp, and the Alien Abduction lamp.


What a geek (below) Yes, I have the complete limited edition “Andromeda” action figure set. I’m goofy that way.


The village this year. (I was a little disappointed, I am missing a box that apparently has the Penguin Crossing, all the figurines, and the Swing and Brick Walkways I usually have in this set. I do have a set of “Twinkle Lit” Dark Green Flocked pines on the way for that big empty spot though)

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Below – Being a drummer I’m fond of these, and before being a drummer, as a kid, my favorite Christmas story and song was “The Little Drummer Boy”. These drum ornaments belonged to my Mother, and I’ve always loved them. One year, back in the day, (when I had more hair than brains – [it was far below my shoulders]) I actually adapted one of these into an earring and wore it on Christmas day.


Below – The Plush Versions of the Nightmare before Christmas Santa (Sandy Claws), along with one of the other super fluffly plush Santa’s, and the “People I respected and Miss dearly” Mini Shrine. This table contains Items that belonged to or were made by My Mother, Step Father, and Step Mother.


This is another Original 50’s Piece. This is a Miniature version of the Santa Plush I had as a kid. Interestingly, we moved into a new house back in the 60’s on Blackbird Street. The house was of course empty, however the Hall closet top shelf had a Smoky the bear and Santa plush. (2 of my favorites) The previous owners had moved out of state or something like that and weren’t able to be reached, so I inherited them. Coming across this mini version was a real find as I was always fond of that plush as a kid, and especially at Christmas.


Below – Mini has never seemed to care for The Grinch. I catch him every year messing with this plush. I didn’t catch it until after these pics were taken, but I had previously scatted him off the back of the couch in the vicinity of The Grinch. Now I can see he had Batted the Grinch over! (he’s upside down hanging off the edge by the silver lamp post)

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Some of the next pics are left blurry on purpose. (read below)


Below – This years “Moon” over the village is just a light fixture. I usually use some sort of lighting to cast a blue glow over the village, which looked very nice with last years addition of the lighted “Moon”, which apparently is somewhere in the missing box. Each of the village houses below were put together, painted, coated, sculpted, lighted, and shadow boxed (wherever any of these applys) by hand. One being built about once a year or so. Didn’t make one this year, but have struck a deal with an ebayer to purchase 2 more sets, each with 2 houses to be built. (see my previous post that goes over the history of the village –

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I was talking with my sister today about this pic below. I remember living on Townsend St. in an apartment, it was christmas, and Mom and Dad had the aluminum tree up, with all it’s multi colored lighting. I used to think it was so Beautiful. I remember back then (I was about 5 yrs old) talking with this same sister in front of the tree and finding out we both liked to do the same thing, stare at the tree, then de-focus our eyes so all the colors shimmered and fused together. These pics remind me of that.

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Below – one of this years happy discoveries. I’m a clock freak, and also love any type of projections. Discovered the company Jasco makes a product called “Projectibles” that come in many scenes. I picked up the snow man and Santa and Reindeer and put together a little Dual display of them in the living room. (I happened across the snowman one at Home Depot. but the other Halloween and Christmas ones are already pretty hard to find.)

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Below, one of my favorites. Given to me by my sister Pam. A Giant Stocking. I had told her I was asked to bring in a stocking for work one year, everyone was and they were to have gifts put in them. She gave me this one and I took it to work and hung it up. It always got a good laugh out of everyone, it’s almost 5 feet long.


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Above – Nightmare Before Christmas Collectors Train set runs at the base of the tree. Highlighted here, a gift from my sister Pam, some years ago. Both her and I are big fans of “The Polar Express” and before Christmas that year we had talked about it, and she asked, well don’t you remember how he lost his bell? I shook my head, No I didn’t remember that, but it was over a year ago, and I’ve literally seen hundreds of shows and movies since. That Christmas I had a gift under the tree marked only to Me from Santa. When I opened it there was a note in the top that read:

“I found this on the seat of my Sleigh. You better fix that hole in your pocket! Merry Christmas! — Mr. C”

Below the note, lying on a soft bed of tissue was a sleigh bell tied through with a small soft loop of rope. Just like in the movie! I loved it. These types of things that tie back to a previous discussion, about something appreciated, become reminders themselves that last for all the coming future. I put this under the tree with the note displayed every year! Of course, not to be outdone, or let it be thought I could forget or let Pam forget, this was reciprocated the following year when I hand made a life size full color ticket for 1 to ride The Polar Express that was an exact replica of those in the movie, that arrived via postal mail in a special handcrafted full color picture envelope stating “To Pam, From Santa – North Pole”

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I worked many days on it, but now I understand the Polar Express tickets are now professionally made and can be bought!

Below – Snap shots of gifts that arrived via mail, and placed under the tree. NOT TO BE OPENED UNTIL CHRISTMAS! (though there was some anticipation of wanting to open it, and for it to be opened early on both sides!) National Geographic Custom gift wrapping, turns out to be a pretty nice box with boxed and sealed items wrapped in tissue paper inside! 2 of them arrived this way, and on Christmas day, I was very pleased to find a couple of gifts inside that were right up my alley!

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One was something I’ve always thought cool and wanted to get. (another of my odd likes, sort of fitting in with clocks, watches, steampunk and gadgets) Globes. Not the bright everyday blue ones (those are OK) but the Nice antique ones, or ones of other planets, or especially the jeweled ones! This one, a levitating globe! (shown here in the pic below to the left of my keyboard and next to my Jeweled Globe.)


and what was it in the 2nd? A Station Masters Watch and Case! Talk about steampunk! Stock Pic and Description form their site directly below, then followed by my own pics of mine!


Railroads have had strict standards for timepieces since the mid-1800s. This replica brass station master’s watch reproduces one from 1908 and features “approved for railroad service” features such as an open-faced dial with the stem at 12 o’clock. Made for display in this glass-domed case, as it would have been kept in a station master’s office.

Below – It’s new place to reside, becoming number 276 of the collection (collection displays partially seen behind. Another post about the watch collection, with each watch highlighted once every week or so will be posted here soon)




Somehow these pics of the Christmas bedroom set got left out (below)


For those of you who have heard me talk about it, but never seen, (and for those who haven’t – My step father Jack was a painter, and a wood carver, and while not a stellar painter [but he was a pretty stellar wood carver], he did good enough in painting to get the point across and it would look pretty good too! A heck of a lot better than I could do. Jack’s paintings became coveted by family members. Jack passed away in the year 2000, and in 2001 as I was helping my mother clean out his workshop, behind his work bench we came across a stack of canvasses, master drafts for paintings not done, and a completed oil painting of the famous Gorilla and Baby Gorilla picture from magazine covers. Since I was the only one who had yet to receive one of Jack’s paintings, my mother said I should take it, but not to tell anyone else I had it, because no one knew it existed, and everyone would want it! LOL. I had it framed and you can see it here) Unfortunately the clock is reflecting on it.


and lastly, someting sent to me by Pam, that simply applies here. I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and basically a happy everything (insert favorite Holiday name here) and if you happen to be one of those scrooges that are out there, I’d like you to picture me holding my thumb and forefinger an inch or so apart, and moving in a slight pinching motion, then read this:


UPDATE: Timebeam Projection Clock Low Wattage (Pwr Saver) Bright Replacement Bulbs.

Surgery Was Successful!

The original Bulb I purchased and listed is no longer available, so I’m updating with new links for replacement bulbs that are higher quality, lower wattage and way more inexpensive than timebeam offers!

New Links:

6000 K Daylight – $10.99

 4000 K Cool – $10-99

Original 2900 K Warm (no longer available was $12.99)


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Original Manufacturer cost for replacement bulb (2 pack, no 1 pack offered)- $48 not including shipping. :(

Super Bright LED ordered from Amazon – $12.99 with free shipping. :) (See below for ordering info on these bulbs)

For those of you who have one of the pre Micro LED projector clocks from Timebeam, that think bulb replacement is a crock due to how fast they fail, how hot they get, and how much Timebeam charges for them, look no further, this Super bright, low wattage, LOW HEAT MR16 style bulb will work perfect in your Projector clock: (no longer available, see links listed at beginning of this post [above]

6 Weeks and still fighting (update on condition after crash)

It’s been 6 weeks since the accident now, and while I said I walked away with only a broken thumb and some soreness, it isn’t that cut and dried. That soreness has taken all this time to go away, and it’s left behind muscles that can’t do what they used to, that scream out sharply when moved in a way they are no longer used to.

This picture totally sums it up for me:

I had limitations of movement that are now getting better but I have to work at it, in much discomfort at times. The right arm which couldn’t be lifted more than half way, can now be raised fully, and moved completely, however, it’s still stiff, and complains.

The left arm I could move at the elbow, up and down, but I couldn’t move it at all from the shoulder. I can now move it about 3 or 4 inches, but with much concentration to get it to do so, (and a good half minute or so) and usually with a wild pang of pain. I learned from Doc Roth that the scans show the top shoulder bone was shattered and the shattered bone pieces actually sliced through part of the muscle. The part that attaches the muscle to the shoulder.


This seems to be repairing itself now, slowly. In addition to that, ever since the accident, the skin over the muscle between the shoulder and elbow is numb. I will feel itches, but when I scratch where the itch is, I can’t feel the scratching. I also had a co-worker lightly tap me with the flat of a fist 2 times and say, “you hang in there” (then realized he tapped on the bad arm and said, OMG, I’m so sorry) I pretended it was nothing, but for the split seconds of each time he barely touched that spot, it felt like the skin was being pushed down into broken glass. I later non chalantly leaned against a doorway, only to howl in pain, as I once again felt the ground glass under the skin.

A simple thing like putting socks on was barely doable right after the accident, but working at it each day, I can now say I can reach the end of both feet without having to walk my fingers down the leg and foot, ending in a feeling of stretched pain. In fact, it’s been wonderful, until today, when suddenly halfway through pulling the sock on, the left shoulder jerked, like the muscle had snapped, leaving me with a pain that felt like the muscle had fallen off the bone and there was now a hole where it used to be. All normal healing I suppose.

The other issue, that’s given me the most trouble, and went un-noticed until I returned home and began walking more; Bruising internally of the left hip. this bruising caused enoumous swelling, and my hip swelled up so much it was pinching the sciatic nerve and was causing some real discomfort and keeping me from sleeping well. Orders then became, stay at home, off your feet until the swelling is gone, “it won’t heal until you get off your feet completely for a period of time”. It’s been probably almost 3 weeks now, and most of the swelling is gone, but it’s still there and still causing pain by pressing on that nerve. Groceries had to be gotten today, and while it was limited to a very few desperately needed items, by the time I got home, I was in pain, and having trouble walking.

This has been no cake walk,

(after sleeping, or periods of being off my feet, or when driving, when I get up, or get to my feet, it’s like an old man. Stiff, and legs that don’t move much, and complain about being moved. It’s almost like I need a walker those first few steps)

but I’m alive! Like I told the docs, get rid of that excruciating shoulder pain, and I can deal with whatever comes, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.

In fact the time off has been much needed, and I’ve found ways to completely enjoy it. (I was bored silly at first, it was driving me crazy, but the first week I pretty much slept anyway) but these will be the topics of the next post.

So, I would now ask that we all pay our respects to a trusty steed, that after 30 years of life, was taken in the line of duty. Magna, you will be missed.


Waiting for the Next “Last Supper”

Growing up, I always had a fascination for 3D pictures. More correctly referred to as “Lenticular” Pictures. These pictures foreground and background change depending on the angle you’re looking from, either giving the picture a sense of depth, or change of scene.

One of the very first Lenticular’s I remember being fascinated with, was my mothers Lighted 17 X 24           “Last Supper”. I was fasinated with the depth, and yearned to crawl into the picture so I could really see each person and object from a different angle, and see what was outside those distant windows.

After my mother passed, I found solace in having a few of her possessions such as clocks on my wall, these seemed to lend a feel of “Home” bringing back memories of those items on my parents walls in my youth. Once I identified this feeling, with the clocks, I began wondering what happened to that Lenticular “Last Supper” Print.

I learned that it had actually been a wedding gift to my sister, who gave it to my mother because she liked it so much, but beyond that, no one seems to know what happened to it. I began a quest of trying to find one, and soon found 2 or 3 on ebay, but they either had super ugly frames, or the seller was asking a small fortune. ($250 and up)

I finally came across one and made a deal with the seller to nab it. The auction description said it was in perfect condition with the exception of a small blotch at the top right hand corner that wasn’t really noticeable. Funny thing about ebay and sellers. “Perfect condition” seems to have various meanings that range from Near Mint condition, to it looks perfect if you think perfect means a 3 year old with crayons and scissors has etched new designs across the entire front.

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At first I was quite pleased. This warm looking 3D Night lighted picture was on it’s way, and all for the small sum of $14.95 and $15 shipping. While the picture seemed a little faded (what would you expect for 60 or so years old?) it had the exact same frame as my mothers!

When it arrived, I was quite disappointed. Some brilliant Van Gogh had decided the frame needed a paint touch up, and spray painted the entire frame gold. Now, more than likely beyond the thought processing skills of this brilliant artist, there’s a new product on the market that they short sightedly overlooked called MASKING TAPE. This brilliant individual didn’t bother masking the Lenticular picture, and it’s edges are heavily covered with gold overspray. it lookes completely tacky. It’s then obvious they tried cleaning the pictures surface using some solvent which has scratched and dulled the picture. (Once known for what it is, the picture above obviously shows the overspray, which before seemed like gold reflection)

I hung the picture anyway and found it was not easy to see the overspray, but the picture did appear dark and faded. It did however give me that feeling of Home. As days went by, my perfectionism got the best of me, and I began searching again, for a better version. This time I expanded my search outside of ebay. Low and behold, I found a real gem, in REAL NEAR MINT condition. was the site.

Webidz Last Supper Lenticular Auction

I contacted the seller, and being low on funds at the time, asked if I could do “buy now” and then pay when my next paycheck arrived. They agreed. I quickly ended the auction with the “buy out” option. This seller truly posted a wonderfully detailed auction with lots of clear pictures with plenty of light. Unlike the previous ebay auction which only had one slightly blurry, slightly dark, with everything in yellow tones picture. After, I paid, the item was quickly shipped, and I must say, a thing of true clear beauty. Purchased for the total sum of $44 with Free shipping. Look at the clarity of this one:

Another Shot Side Angle Showing Depth

On a side note, when the better one arrived, I put the 2 side by side and discovered they are not exactly the same “Da Vinci” Last Supper. Colors, and positions of the people are different among other things.

The First "Last Supper"

The Next "Last Supper"

Which one is the true “Da Vinci” Painting? Who is the other Painting by?


In all, I’m happy, the clarity of the one, makes it perfect for gazing deep into, while the other still lends that home feeling since from a distance at night with the light on, it looks exactly as Mom’s did.