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Minyanville Mailbags, Silence of the Lambs Trivia and other Fine Friday Vibes

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"Compensating?!"

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Let's cut to the chase, this baby's runnin' late...

Minyanville Trivia: "Are you willing turn that [shudder] high-powered intellect on yourself, Dr. Lecter?" Edition

Since I make it a point to level with you all, I can tell you that I didn't really think anyone would actually win when I posted this trivia:


"Dare we go metaphysical with a "Real Time Minyanville Trivia" with CritterWear going to the first Minyan to guess what kind of car I went with? I only offer b/c the unsolicited guesses are way... way... off.
I say yes (those who have been told are out, obviously)."

While we're leveling, I didn't so much want anyone to win. I just did some lazy-Friday risk/reward math and decided, with so freaking many different choices, the joke was worth the risked downside of being so Knobby as to talk about the car I just bought. And I just thought it was interesting how freaking easy it was to buy it on the 'net.

I obviously should have known better. Let this be a lesson to you all about lazy-Friday trading.

Minyan George "Dr. Lecter" Hill gets the W and the critter wear by emailing:

Subject: Ridin' in my car

He said rebate and free money, thus American brand

Now which company would screw their dealer network and sell online... With the Minnie Macke on the way a practical choice is the best odds (by the way do we have a name...
[NB: Not yet on the naming contest. I'm afraid that Superfly is still in the lead])

We'll go with the manly looking, heh gotta compensate right, 300M with da hemy. Now just don't let Daisy drive home from the city, ok old sport

Peace, G

George, I haven't been this freaked out since the Minyan DavidFine/ Skittle incident. "Compensate"? Ouch.

Now I simply feel silly about choosing "Flesh Pink" for the color.

Pick a critter, George, and wear it knowing that this one impressed the heck outta me... the F. Scott quote at the end? Hall of Fame stuff, my man.

Minyan Neal writes, bluntly, "Blockbuster's (BBI) database is nationwide. You can rent anywhere with your card."

I wanted to hit this quickly, in the interest of clarity. The database may be nationwide. I know it has been a long-standing "initiative". Cards may even be interchangeable at some stores.

But it hasn't ever been the case at a Blockbuster I've shopped, and I've shopped a lot of 'em (issues with self-abuse).

So, at best, it's a mixed bag, as you often get at semi-franchised chains. See: "Keep it Baffling, Stupid"

Many others shared their own irritation with Blockbuster. I share the below and, with it, wish you all a great weekend!

Minyan Suzzane Writes:

You go, Macke!

You said almost everything I hate about BlockBuster. The only thing you left out is the infuriating experience of trying to view a BB DVD once you manage to get one home: most of the time the darn things are so full of greasy finger prints and/or other smuck that you have to clean it yourself to have it work and not to ruin your own player. Yuk!

My husband always grumbles that it would be better to have non-returnable DVDs that self destruct in three days to a week. It would be cheaper, more convenient for the customer, and Block Buster may actually be able to offer many more choices. But then, as you so aptly pointed out, they are not retailers....or marketers!

Thanks for your great insight.

Minyan Suzanne


Thanks for the great note! Next time I'll try to be more comprehensively abusive!

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