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The Cavalcade and Nerd Lunch assault the Tallahassee Auto Museum Part II

Posted in blogging, cars, nostalgia, pop culture, random with tags , , on July 20, 2011 by Paxton

A few weeks ago, I visited Carlin Trammel (of Nerd Lunch) in Tallahassee for an historic meeting of bloggy awesomeness.  Together we witnessed the random awesomeness that is the Tallahasse Auto Museum, inhaled Double Downs at a local KFC and talked about all things nerdy (Star Trek, Star Wars, super hero movies, blogging, etc).  Yes, a nerd connection was made.

Anyway, on Monday I discussed all the awesome cars Carlin and I peeped in the museum. On Tuesday, Carlin posted his recollections of our trip to the museum. I’m continuing the week long look at my sojourn over to the ‘hassee by revealing to you all the other randomly epic crap that was crammed into the “auto” museum that had nothing whatsoever to do with cars.  You will be amazed.

Let’s start with…

Fisher Price Grand Piano
Pianos. Yes, this place had a collection of about 10 pianos. This particular one looks like a Fisher Price toy made for a giant baby. I swear my 10 month old son has a piano very similar to this (only “normal” baby size).

awesome gold piano
Here Carlin is checking out the re-DONK-ulous gold piano that would be the perfect centerpiece to any room. And it is flanked by two tasteful life size gold lions. In my mind this is the piano that God is playing when you enter the Gates of Heaven.  And he’s playing the theme to the movie Chariots of Fire.  Or The Sting.

From pianos we move to…

Mego Wizard of Oz
Dolls.  This place also had an entire section of collectible dolls.  Amongst the Barbies and Skippers there were a few choice, geeky items.  Here is a nearly full set of Mego’s 1976 Wizard of Oz figures. They are only missing a few Munchkins figures and the Witches Castle and Munchkinland playsets.  I am in love with this set.  It was this set that put Mego on the map and allowed them to get the Marvel and DC licenses to create their World’s Greatest Super Heroes line.

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The Cavalcade and Nerd Lunch assault the Tallahassee Auto Museum Part I

Posted in Batman, blogging, cars, movies, pop culture with tags , , , on July 18, 2011 by Paxton

I have met so many awesome bloggers in the nearly 5 years since I started the Cavalcade.  Every one of them has influenced this site in some way.  In the last few years, I’ve even been able to team up with some of the bloggers I admire most in some fun team ups. Last July I hooked up with Shawn Robare of Branded in the 80s to talk about Unofficial Movie Trilogies.  Last summer I was asked by Rondal Scott to contribute content for his blog Strange Kid’s Club.  And the awesome blog crossovers just keep coming.  Earlier this year, Carlin Trammel from Nerd Lunch asked if I wanted to meet up somewhere and do a blog crossover.  After several months of working out schedules it finally happened and the Holley household traveled to Tallahassee for a “meet-and-geek” between Nerd Lunch and the Cavalcade of Awesome.

The question was…what do we do?  We decided to check out an “auto museum” off I-10.  I put “auto-museum” in quotes because…well, you’ll see.  I had seen this particular “auto museum” in my travels to Destin, FL to visit my brother-in-law.  They heavily advertise the fact that they have a Batmobile from the movie Batman Forever.  So, this seemed like an appropriate place for two pop culture nerds to join forces.

As soon as I drove in the front gates to the museum, I knew this place was going to be special.  Just inside the gate, to the right, was a nearly life size model of the Batmobile…and a buffalo.  A GIANT, decidedly NOT life size buffalo.  And I discovered that if you take a picture from a certain angle, it actually looks like the buffalo is driving the Batmobile.

Buffalo driving the Batmobile

I know, right?  LEGENDARY.  So I know this place is going to rock even though the outside looks like some random office building.

Tallahassee Auto Museum

That ordinary exterior did well to mask the awesome-ness that was hidden within. Shall we go inside?  Yes.  We shall.

First of all, here are the intrepid explorers, me (left) and CT (right).  We were unprepared for what lay ahead.
Me and CT

And what are we standing in front of? Why gentlemen and gentleladies, that is the Elvismobile.

Elvismobile 1
Check it out in all of its pink glory. Now, understand, Elvis never actually drove this vehicle, the car is just a subtle and classy homage to the King of Rock n Roll. The entire body is lined with rope lights. There is a giant hooka pipe with a skull on top sitting in the middle of the driver’s console.  The door handles have been replaced with pistols.  There’s a trailer caddy hitched to the back with SIX generators used to power a video projector that can show movies on the side of a building.  Like I said.  Subtle and classy.

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Awesomeness Elsewhere – April Fool’s Day Edition

Posted in blogging, holiday with tags , on April 1, 2011 by Paxton

April Fool's Day

–The ad above is from Held Over!. It is for the 1986 movie April Fool’s Day starring Deborah Foreman, Griffin O’Neal and Thomas F Wilson.  To see it bigger and check out the trailer, click on the image.

–Over on Strange Kid’s Club I review the first issue of the comic event Infestation.  It somehow melds zombies, vampires, Star Trek and G.I. Joe.

–I also talked about the new DVD/Blu-Ray releases this week which include Teen Wolf and The Secret of NIMH.

Awesomeness Elsewhere – Mar 18, 2011

Posted in 80s, blogging, movies, music, pop culture, rap with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2011 by Paxton

Fat Boys - Crushin'

Where you can find me this week on the Internets:

New Forgotten Favorites this week. It involves one of my favorite rap groups.  Come see me talk nostalgically about The Fat Boys and how they would rap about comic books and movies.  They also had songs with The Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Freddy Krueger and William “The Refrigerator” Perry.

— I run down the more interesting DVDs/Blu-Rays that went on sale this week.  Come see WrestleMania, BMX Bandits and Sharktopus.  Yes, I said SHARKTOPUS.

— Over on Held Over! I take a look at ads for The Shootist and BeastMaster 1 and 2.

Since I talked about The Fat Boys over on Strange Kid’s Club, let’s see a few videos featuring them.

It doesn’t get any more 80s than The Fat Boys on Miami Vice.

Another great 80s clip featuring The Fat Boys in the movie Knights of the City. Check out Markie Dee sporting that rad crop top. WTF, dude?

And here’s the video for the Fat Boys/Freddy Krueger collaboration Are You Ready for Freddy? It was used to promote the release of Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master.

Awesomeness Elsewhere – Mar 4, 2011

Posted in blogging with tags on March 4, 2011 by Paxton

The Quick and the Dead
It’s been a good week.  Hope everyone else has had a good one also.

Here’s some of my other goings on around the Internets:

– I talk about a few of the notable DVD/Blu-Ray releases this week on Strange Kids Club including 3 movie sequels I had no idea existed and a PG-13 version of Showgirls.

– I’ve been reading a bunch of western novels lately so this week on Held Over is Western Week.  I looked at 5 ads for westerns including The Quick and the Dead, Quigley Down Under and Lust in the Dust.

Awesomeness Elsewhere Jan 25, 2011

Posted in blogging with tags on February 25, 2011 by Paxton

NBA Jam flyer

Some of my other stuff:

– This week was “Video Game Movie” week on Held Over. I looked at vintage movie ads for War Games, The Wizard, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.

– On Tuesday I discussed all the new movie releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for the week including the Auburn National Champs DVD as well as Alien vs Ninja, Weeds Season 5 and the 523rd season of Survivor.

– In this week’s Forgotten Favorites I remember one of the last great arcade game franchises, NBA Jam.

Awesomeness Elsewhere – Jan 28, 2011

Posted in 80s, blogging, movies, nostalgia, personal with tags , , on January 28, 2011 by Paxton

Back to the Future wide

Hello everyone. It’s Friday. TGIF. I just want to catch you up on my activities elsewhere.

— I wrote a nostalgia piece today over at Strange Kid’s Club. I answer the question, “What Makes You a Strange Kid?” It involves Back to the Future, my dad and the Birmingham radio station I-95.  Check it out here.

— I also wrote my weekly DVD column.  I’m getting some really good feedback on it.  If you want to know what to buy this week in DVD/Blu-Ray, then check out this week’s On The Shelves.

Stay tuned, next week I’m going to put up my yearly review of the Oscar nominations.  Should be a blast watching me completely second guess the Academy.  Did they get it right this year?  Come back Monday or Tuesday to find out.

Have a good weekend.