Saturday, July 28, 2007

Saturday, July 28

golfmobile is helping me try to duplicate some "props" from the TV show. Here's her version of me and "Willie" (Dana Hill) from Season Three's "Basket Case."

Below is another video of the radio control helicopter painted like TC's Island Hoppers, buzzing around me -- NOT skillfully!

More RC Island Hoppers

Friday, July 27, 2007

Did you see the sunrise? (July 27)

Don't have a lot of time right now, but I wanted to get this picture in place. Will add more later.

Since it was SO exhausting to get up and watch the sunrise, I had to relax when I got home from golfmobile's office:

Actually, if you REALLY want to know, I was exhausted after going through THIS (technically, some of this is what we filmed the other night when golfmobile couldn't figure out how to get it downloaded from her digital video camera to the computer. But once she mastered that, she compiled this video. There is still some more to edit and put together, so there may be a second disastrous radio control helicopter video upcoming. I just wish that the quality of a video didn't deteriorate so much when you upload it to the internet . . . .):

RC Island Hoppers

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday, July 26

Back at the office today.
What am I doing here?
And who's that guy on the desktop
behind me?

So more adventures after work! Now that we have the kingsize mattress, we need kingsize bed. golfmobile found a really good one online that both she and Larry liked at Rooms to Go. But if it was a good price there, could it possibly also be at the Rooms to Go Outlet? Or would there be something there worth considering? golfmobile had to check, since it was on the way to the retail RTG.
Okay, nothing at the outlet at all! Terrible things in terrible condition "as is." I think not. But I explored a rather attractive armoire, found a huge headboard --

And there was a headboard with wrought-iron curlicues that I couldn't resist checking out.
Thereafter, off to the retail RTG, where I found a mirror framed in geometric metal. Interesting . . . .

Alas! The bed golf and Larry wanted is on "back order." So in disappointement, I had to try to scramble up a canopy bed, to golfmobile's great chagrin. But, hey! SHE took me there.
I know what you're thinking -- what happened to the helicopter flights tonight? Well, hopefully tomorrow -- "after work." This work thing is getting really annoying. . . .

July 24

Another boring day at the office -- ho-hum -- but at least I got taken somewhere after work. Golfmobile and her husband decided that they needed a new bed, so we had to go check them out. I got to ride in the other car this evening, not the Isuzu Rodeo "golfmobile." This is in Larry's Dodge Stratus coupe.

Right: Hanging from the Hawaiian shells necklace.

Left: Sitting on the dashboard

Below: Look, ma! One hand!

We went to the Original Mattress Factory, where the salesman had obviously been alone all day with no one to talk to. He was very pleasant, but he talked a LOT. I must confess that golfmobile got some very straaaaaange looks as she assisted me in testing the firmness of different mattresses.

A decision was made, a mattress purchased, and delivery scheduled for Saturday. I'll be sure to be there to help.

On the next day, Wednesday, July 25, after work, we attempted to take me for a helicopter ride with the RC Dragonflies, but unfortunately golfmobile doesn't know how to pull video on a memory stick from her camera to her computer, so I have no video for you of my airborne adventures. So we have to do it again tonight, recording on the tape, and THEN the dummy can get some video on here. Of course, one helicopter is painted to resemble TC's Island Hoppers, but it's only "representative," not a true Island Hoppers pattern.

Hang in there (no pun intended) -- video soon! But don't expect TOO much -- though I'm far from chunky, even my little weight does affect the ability of the heli to get up in the air and stay there. But I'm a tough guy, I LAUGH at crashes--hehehehehehehehehe!

First Night and Day Two

A quick recap of my first night: The house is full of cats! Five Himalyans -- three sealpoints (two male, one female) and two bluepoints (one each male and female). I THOUGHT Sundance and I were becoming friends -- apparently not! Hey! Leggo! No permanent damage, fortunately.

Day Two: I was eager to get out of the house and on our way. Stashing myself in golfmobile's (my Creator) handbag seemed to be the most efficient way to ensure I would be included.

However, I had not been warned about Atlanta traffic! Gridlock! I believe you may be able to see my obvious annoyance and displeasure at this delay.

And, frankly, it was a boring day at the office. All golfmobile does is work . . .

Come to think of it, it was a pretty boring evening too. I was left in golfmobile's tote bag while she played on the internet.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Magnum, G.I., Is Born

On Saturday, July 21, 2007, a nice lady who lives near Atlanta remembered that she had a G.I. Joe in her computer/sewing room, and she decided that she needed to "create" --- ME! Magnum action figure. With a few touches of paint, she added Tom Selleck's heavy eyebrows and iconic moustache. But my "hair" was just painted on. I needed "real hair." Unable to find any fake fur at fabric shops, she decided the only alternative was to find some plush stuffed animal and cut its foot off, and thus create a wig cap. Now, this is an economical lady, so she wasn't going to spend a fortune buying a stuffed animal just to cut it up. Ergo, the Dollar Tree! Of course, when one is looking for something specific, it's never available and there was no $1 plush animal with the right color of brown hair. So using the same paint as for the eyebrows and moustache, she painted my hair. Voilá! Magnum, G.I.!

But I was naked! Of course, there exists no fabric in action figure size portion with the appropriate parrot-and-palm-leaves pattern; however, she was able to dig through old fabric and find a floral print with a red background and teal flowers, so it became the substitute for Magnum's signature Hawaiian shirt. She also found some old khaki duck cloth and made me some shorts -- not quite as short as Tom Selleck wore, but they'll do for now.

I began to think that I needed to go lots of places to have pictures taken of me. I would become the Roaming Gnome of action figures. And so I christened myself Roaming Magnum, G.I. (with the assistance of several other Magnum P.I. (MPI) fans from

First, I needed documentation of the beginning of my Great Adventure. I thought it would be appropriate to look as though I were standing among palm trees. But there aren't a lot of action size palm trees around Atlanta. However, in my "home" there was a potted Hawaiian ti plant that has trunks that look rather palm-tree-like, so I hopped up into the potted plant. Looking around the room, I spotted a couple of Madame Alexander dolls dressed as hula dancers. "Hey, girls! Come join me!" Well, I tell you, they couldn't have been more thrilled! They hadn't been doing anything but standing around ever since my Creator had made THEIR Hawaiian outfits, so there was quite a scuffle to see who got first honors of being in the first picture. Cissette, with the "teenage" body, got there first, followed shortly by Wendy in a gold hula skirt. Then the OTHER Wendy in a green skirt insisted she be included, and Cissette graciously stepped aside and let both Wendys strutt their stuff with me.

So this was the first of my episodes. Stay tuned!

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