The Band Box Tavern

Recently, my sister and I were reminiscing about our wild party days when we were younger- when we’d stay out until 5 in the morning and hide out in my car around the corner from the house, waiting for our mom to leave for work so that we wouldn’t walk in while she was eating breakfast in her nightgown. Inevitably, our conversation turned to drunken nights at a bar in Bellmore that we used to frequent called The Band Box Tavern.

Now, The Band Box was a special place for my sister and I… we’d been Sunday afternoon regulars there since we were toddlers (literally, not figuratively). My dad, like so many others, played Sunday morning softball, and the experience wasn’t complete without a trip to the bar afterward- beer for the men, Shirley Temples with extra cherries for the kids. I know times have changed drastically and nowadays bringing a child to a bar will provoke a visit from Child Protective Services, but in the 1970’s and early 80’s, it was commonplace and we were certainly not the only children running around like ragamuffins.

One Sunday, when I was about 9 years old and my dad was feeling no pain, he gave me a few dollars to put in the Jukebox (the kind that spun 45’s- eek! I’m old!). I was- and still am- a big Blondie fan, and my favorite song at the time was Rapture (you know, Fab Five Freddie and the man from Mars, eating cars, bars, and guitars…) Well, anyway, I was old enough to like music and old enough to put the money in the machine and find the songs I wanted to play, but I was not experienced enough to realize that once I punched in the code to play Rapture, there would be a sizable delay before the song actually played. When the music didn’t start immediately, I thought I had done something wrong, so I punched in the number again. It still didn’t play, so now I thought the jukebox was broken and punched in the number for Rapture a third time,…and a fourth. By the time Rapture played for the seventh time in a row, I was getting dirty looks from the entire bar (remember this was before remote control, and you couldn’t “skip” through songs), and the bartender finally unplugged the jukebox.

It was a homecoming of sorts when we returned to The Band Box as patrons ourselves, and we quickly reestablished our status as regulars. During one of these blurry nights, another regular, whose name escapes me entirely, so I’m going to call him Bear, invited me to accompany him the next day to Atlantic City. Bear looked like an overweight and aging Magnum PI, complete with semi-unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt, showcasing a thick gold chain and tangles of coarse chest hair. I’d guess he was in his mid to late 30’s, with thick, curly salt & pepper hair, and a Hell’s Angels mustache. I found him physically repulsive, so, of course, I agreed to go (insert shooting- myself- in- the- eye emoticon here).

He picked me up the next morning at 7 am, and in my bleary-eyed, hung-over, sleep-deprived state, I wanted nothing more than to cancel the trip and stay in bed. But, he was outside, honking and he had already paid for my coach bus fare the night before. I had told Bear that I’d go with him to AC, but I had also told him that I was broke… in fact, I think I had less than $10 in my wallet. Bear had agreed to pay my way, so I felt obligated to get up and go. I didn’t shower, or even change my clothes from the night before, so I can only imagine how I looked as I stumbled to his car. We drove to The Band Box, where the bus we were taking was leaving from.

When I stepped onto the bus, it was as if I’d walked onto the set of the movie, Cocoon. If you don’t remember, that was the movie with all of the old people who swim in the pool with extraterrestrial eggs and regain their youth by sapping the life force from the alien embryos. In other words, I could have been the great-granddaughter of 75% of the group that we were traveling with. Bear seemed to know everyone on the bus; I’m assuming from his affiliation with the local K of C, rotary club, or VFW. I tried to escape at this point, and called my sister to come get me, but she just laughed and told me to sleep in the messy bed I had made.

I took her advice. I dozed during the 4 ½ hour ride to Jersey, and, even when I wasn’t sleeping, I pretended to. Like a fly on the wall, I overheard the conversations of those around me as they complimented Bear on his pretty, young girlfriend and asked how long he and I had been dating. His boastful reply of how this was our first date almost made my ears bleed and my stomach convulse. I was groaning silently in my head and devising a plan to sabotage any notion that Bear had that he was going to kiss me within the next 8 hours.

It turns out that being a bored, whining, foul-smelling girl was all I needed to do.

I stood next to Bear while he played Black Jack, yawning obnoxiously and making sure that no part of my body touched any part of his. I could smell the stale cigarette smoke in my hair from the night before and the sour smell of alcohol seeping through my skin, and I gave thanks and praise for my disgustingness… I was hoping it would act as garlic to a vampire. Bear had given me $20 so that I could eat while we were there, and we went to some restaurant in the casino. He ordered steak, baked potato, salad… the works. I had already spent some of my $20 on drinks, because, since I wasn’t gambling, I wasn’t entitled to drink for free in the casino. So, I didn’t have enough money to buy a decent meal, and settled for a sandwich and chips. I complained about my food loudly (and sincerely, actually- it was terrible), while I watched with envy as Bear ate his shrimp cocktail. I was tired, hungry, in company that I didn’t want to be in, and I did not hesitate to let Bear know how miserable I was. By the time we returned to the bus to leave, he not only wasn’t speaking to me, he wouldn’t even sit next to me on the ride home.

Moral of the story: The most painless way to get out of a bad date is to be a worse one.

Online X Box Game Rental – Top Game Rental Site

Driving to your local video game store has become a thing of the past. I am sure most of you know by now that online DVD rentals have become more and more popular in the last couple of years. Now you will be seeing most of your game rentals take place online.

Why is online rental going to become more and more popular? Convenience my friend. What would you say if I told you, you never had to leave the house again to rent the latest title for your X Box or X Box 360? I’m sure you would be extremely excited, I was. Whats even better is I was paying less to rent games online than I was in the store. I never got hit with late fees and I didnit have to pay that extremely high price for gas to get to the store.

How is this possible you are thinking? Basically you sign up for the service, load up your favorites list, and wait for the games to come in the mail. Here is one downfall.. With your basic plan you can only have 2 games out at a time. Ok, so what? I can hardly ever play 2 games at once as it is. What I do is play one until I am done, put it back into the prepaid envelopes they send me and then by the time I am done with the second game my other has arrived and the process starts all over again.

All of the major consoles are covered and the amount of titles they stock are sometimes better than your local store. Renting games has gotten so simple. If I don’t know exactly what I want then I don’t have to decide right then. I just keep adding to my list and they keep sending me games. The best part is the no late fee. I sometimes had games that I like playing longer than the 5 or 7 days they allotted to me.

They offer a Free trial of their service to boot. Sometimes it is 10 and regularly 7. There is a no risk no obligation to try the GameFly service.

For more information on renting XBox games online visit:

http://freevideogamerentals.com

Doing Mystery Box Auctions Successfully

It is important to always remember that mystery boxes are not gambling activities such as sweepstakes, raffles, or lotteries. It is also important to know that if you are a seller on reputable e-commerce sites, your reputation means a lot and it can follow you from the start of the mystery box sale all the way to the end. For this reason, you have to be very careful when you are selling or buying mystery boxes. Some of that can affect your reputation even after the sale and the hype has died down.

Some of the things that sellers and buyers should keep in mind include:

  • If you won’t be in a position to deliver, then don’t make promises

It is very important to be clear about what you can do and what you cannot do. This is with regard to different things related to the sale itself, including postal rates, shipping rates and so on. You should not have any hidden charges. Put it all on the table so that the customers can make the purchase knowing the complete amount that they are supposed to pay at the end of the day. No one expects you to give hints regarding what can be found within the box. However, if you want more people to be interested, then you should leave some hints.

  • Look at the feedback of the sellers

You should be a bit skeptical when you are dealing with a first time seller, especially when the box on offered is highly priced. This is because many people have lost a lot of money in the mystery boxes auctions. You need to study sellers and the whole auction before you make a decision. You should choose someone who may have made a sale in the past. It is sometimes better to deal with someone who values and responds to feedback.

  • Get things clearly

Before you bid, you should read things over and understand everything clearly, before you click the button. Most e-commerce platforms put very strict rules, especially when it comes to mystery box auctions. As such, you need to be very careful if you are placing an order or if you are offering a mystery box for sale. When rules are set and followed, it means that many people are happy once they receive their package.

How to do it

For someone who wants to sell a mystery box, the first thing is to decide on the size of the box. You should take note of this and put it down in writing.

You should then decide on the kind of box it will be. It can be a total mystery, but you will notice you get more hits when you add some titles such as makeup, holiday items, girl’s items and so on.

So as to make unwrapping interesting for the buyer on the other end, you should take time to wrap all the items as carefully as possible. This will add to the buyers thrill.

After it is packed, you need to have it weighed again. You should then put the tag the box size and the weight into the auction you choose. It is always important to add disclaimers if any, and you are good to go.