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Macy’s Windows Display The “Good Life”

I was heading home from the Megadeth show just the other night and ended up walking past the famous Macy’s Department store where the windows caught my eyes. It was for a fashion line of some kind called “Good Life” and I liked the look of the windows display so wanted to share the visuals with you. Check it out.

good life designs, macy's windows

good life designs, macy's windows

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A New Orbit For Forbidden Planet in NYC

We really enjoy the comic book medium here at the PiercingMetal oops, I mean PiercingKen Base Camp and that is why we wanted to share a few photos with you from the just moved and newly expanded Forbidden Planet Comics Shop in NYC. For many years this space was almost directly across the street before it moved to the smaller corner spot on 13th Street and Broadway. That space had a lot of stuff in a confined area and would really leave you a little claustrophobic at times.

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A Little Garden Art For Ya

I must admit that sometimes the strangest observances pique my interest and such was the case while hitting a neighborhood Home Depot store not too long ago where I found myself in the garden section and was curiously amused by the stacked up watering cans. At first glance I thought that they were cleverly and skillfully positioned together on top of one another and balanced with deadly precision so as not to topple over. It was only when a gust of wind blew the baseball cap I was wearing off my head that I realized how each of these cans were instead hanging on to security by a pole that was in the bucket display. The realization was a combination of the cap falling right near the stack of cans and also in my seeing that they did not fall down. Take a look though, its kind of deceiving right?



Here’s another angle.




Sometimes the illusion or perception of it makes it a magical visual but of course I might finally need a pair of glasses. Sigh. Alright that is all I have for you right now. See you again soon.

I Admit To Being Vanilla Sometimes :)

Oh and I am speaking of just a preferred flavor of choice and nothing quite as drastic as some of you might be thinking. Anyways, so the reason I am exclaiming this to you is based on a recent shopping adventure where I saw what lies in the photo below. I had never heard of Vanilla Syrup before but I guess it had to exist since I used to get Vanilla soda back when I was a young boy on shopping adventures with my Grandmother. There was one candy store who used to make soda as well and this was one of their concoctions. That and egg creams. Mmmmmm egg creams.



This stuff really upgrades a cold glass of milk if you are seeking something different than the chocolate syrup family. Of course I love those as well as my sometimes expanding waistline tells me. I have yet to sample this delicious stuff in any other offering but feel it might work well over some of the coffee as it brews or perhaps even on ice cream. The trick of using this stuff is to pour carefully as its much thinner in consistency than chocolate syrup and clear so you can easily overload your spoon. Either way, I am glad that I picked this up. I love it.

That’s all I got for you now. Please continue along with your business.

For The Record….Or In The Bag – Either Works :)

Record Factory Bag that is. I was recently browsing through some old collections of stuff and found some old magazines, LP’s and of course those wonderful 45’s that so many of us had in our possession as vinyl people back in the day. So anyway, a good handful of the 45’s were in this little bag and I snapped a photo of it to remind us of a time so long ago.

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Since many of the PiercingKen blog readers are not from this exact region let me explain a little bit about the historical significance of this find. Way back in the day when you could still find pre-recorded albums on cassette and 8-track tape, the LP ruled the roost. They lived in bins that spanned large floor spaces and new releases were up on the wall. The 45’s were in a bin behind the register and this was the bag you left the store with at the establishment known as Record Factory. Going to this place on 86th off 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge was always something you did with your friends and you almost always left with something. Over the years I can easily say that I dropped hundreds and hundreds of dollars in this place. I smiled a little bit thinking about those treks to the store with my band buddies as we looked for the latest Hard Rock and Metal release.

Eventually the tapes went away, then the albums to make room for CD’s. Finally the store went away as well and in its place stands a cell phone outlet for one of the big providers. Close by the Record Factory was another haunt called The Little Record Store which was also loved since it always had Metal imports to browse. That’s gone too. If you wondered, there are now no less than eleven cell phone stores between 4th Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway on 86th Street. Some of them majors and others these little fly by the minute joints. The times they are indeed a changing.

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