“Sony: the One and Only” from the 1970s!

I’ve discovered this about myself over the last decade or so: I love the 70s era in regards to furniture and home furnishings. I also love estate sales because of the wild array of things I can find, things I need, or things I never even knew existed. So naturally, when I came across an ad for an estate sale close to home, I knew I must go. The vintageness was calling my name.

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So as I walked into this house, masked up and ready to go, I felt really good about what was happening. Wall to wall it was full of my favorite era. And then it happened.

OK, before I tell you why I was so excited I could’ve peed my pants, I guess I should also share that I’ve loved the Sony brand for a long time, most likely due to my introduction to the Walkman when I was an impressionable middle schooler. In fact, the title of this post is Sony’s slogan from the 1970s and I went with it because of what was in a particular room inside this estate sale home.

Cameras, tape players, radios, TVs. It had a little bit of everything. Then as if it could possibly get any better, I found equipment from what I guessed was the 70s AND it was Sony! I immediately held on to a few particular items lest anyone else swoop in and scoop them up. I’ll tell you this: there’s not much worse than hesitating on an estate sale item and right when you decide to go back to get it, you see someone else holding it and buying it. It’s just devastating.

So now I’m the proud new owner of 3 vintage Sony products: a 70s era TV, radio, and clock. Check them out below and let me know what you think!

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I’m especially excited about the TV even though it’s not HD and in fact doesn’t have any signal at all, it’s just a beautiful little thing. The blue is so bright and a great example of the 70s color and style. The clock has the flip-down numbers so that’s neat, along with a working radio. The large radio works and also reminds me so much of the 70s style.

I always highly recommend checking out estate sales so if you can find one in your area, I challenge you to go just for the sake of finding something you never knew you always wanted 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

I’ve done the impossible… and beyond!

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I’ve done it! Just last weekend I accomplished the Impossible. Flying with birds? Nope. Walking on water? Not yet. Holding my breath for more than a minute? Uh uh. Wow, now having the Impossible Burger from Burger King sounds so anticlimactic. But folks… the announcement is… drum roll please…

I ordered the Impossible Whopper at Burger King!

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The occasion was to celebrate family visiting for a short stay as they passed through town. Some of us got McDonald’s, and two of us got Burger King. Honestly, I think the last time I had anything from Burger King was probably a bacon double cheeseburger and I loved every bite, but that was decades ago, I’m sure.

This is not my first experience with meatless restaurant burgers. Well, first I should say that I absolutely love the teriyaki flavor Sweet Earth burger found at grocery stores like Kroger and Whole Foods. I add vegan cheese, sometimes mushrooms or hummus or avocados and oh my… oh my….

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But for restaurant meals, I’ve had the Beyond Meat burger while I was on this trip in Atlanta, Georgia. I never would have thought my first Beyond Meat burger would be in a hotel but boy, was it delicious.

Back to the Impossible Whopper. I was impressed with how much it reminded me of burgers made with meat. It was tasty for sure. I ordered it without mayonnaise so when we got back to my house, I just added that myself with the vegan alternative. I left the lettuce and onions on which definitely made the overall experience more flavorful.

The only strike against this burger is not really the burgers fault, per se. It tasted just like a fast food restaurant burger. I can’t exactly put a finger on it, perhaps it was the thin size or something. But it just had that fast food feel to it. I much prefer a bigger, “meatier” burger, if you will. You definitely didn’t ask for this but here is my ranking of the burgers based on enjoyability:

  1. Sweet Earth burger patties – best grocery store burger I’ve found anywhere, and I’ve tried other brands
  2. Beyond Meat burger – tasted exactly like a nice juicy beef burger, and it was amazing
  3. Impossible burger – granted, this was from Burger King so another test with frozen patties or a different restaurant may be necessary

Have you tried any plant-based burgers? If so, chime in below with your experience and thoughts on the taste, and overall experience. Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

bad boys, bad boys… in the median of the highway

I was driving on a highway recently and going along with traffic that may or may not have been travelling over the designated speed limit. All of the sudden I saw a cop car in the grassy median pointed at the oncoming traffic (me!). After I passed by I checked the mirror and sure enough the officer u-turned and came up quickly, lights flickering.

I can’t describe the feeling accurately except to say the nerves and ache of the upcoming encounter started in my brain and honest to goodness the warmth of this panic was felt all the way down to my legs. Literally, I felt a warm sensation in my shins at the thought of getting pulled over.

I moved over one lane to prepare for the shoulder of the highway and much to my full body relief, the cop went past me and just kept going. As literal as the warm feeling was that moved from the top of my head down to my ankles, the relief was just as real. I felt like dancing.

Have you had an experience like this? I guess I’d call it guilt washing over like an ocean wave, but then followed up by the cool refreshing shower after a dip in the ocean.

-Out of the Wilderness

Biden and Trump on issues like race, sex, electoral college, and pets

I’ve put together a list showing where each candidate stands on issues lots of voters care about. I may be adding to this list as we get closer to election but for now, here are a few key examples of where each major candidate stands on important issues.


Abortion:

Biden… supports a woman’s choice but early in his political career was not supportive of Roe v. Wade.

Trump… supports life for the unborn baby, although he admits early in his adulthood he was pro-choice


Masks being mandatory: 

Trump… doubts making them mandatory on a national level is necessary

Biden… if President, he’d make them mandatory in public


Electoral college:

Biden… supports the use of the electoral college

Trump… would rather have a popular election where whoever gets the most votes, wins


Equality between gay/straight:

Trump… supports tradition marriage (man and woman)

Biden… supports equality in regards to marriage rights


Racism against black people:

Biden… opposed busing in the 70s / wrote bill in 1994 that heavily leaned towards imprisoning people of color / famously said in 2020, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” 

Trump… lawsuit in 1973 alleging Trump was discriminating against black people looking for homes in one of his apartment buildings 


What kind of music do they listen to:

Biden… older rock like Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner, also bands like Coldplay and Adele have been on his playlist

Trump… all kinds from Tony Bennett to Eminem, reggae to Elton John


Do they have any pets:

Trump… no pets

Biden… has German Shepherd named Major and possibly another named Champ


-Out of the Wilderness

My family are beach people (part 2)

As I said yesterday, here are more photos from the beach week I spent with family in north Florida. All of us have so much fun at the beach whether it’s playing with dogs, water sports, or just playing in a nearby pool. Oh, also there was karaoke by me and my sister. She performed “Sweet Caroline” to chants of an encore and I performed “9 to 5” on a level Dolly would sure approve of. 😉

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-Out of the Wilderness