Thursday, July 23, 2009

Random L.A. Moment-SCORE!

There's a great store in Burbank called 8 Ball. While a little spendy for people like me who are cheap, it's great fun to look around. There are all kinds of curiosities to be found alongside the cool clothing and shoes. Like this remote controlled zombie.
Yes, the remote is the brain. If you decide your zombie might be lonely, get him some pets.
When he gets out of hand on his brain-eating rampage, you could have an angry mob all ready to go.
I bought a couple of things there, one of which was the "Dead Duck" rubber ducky to add to my collection.
The duck just in front of him looks a bit concerned, doesn't he?
And lastly, I found a great album while browsing through Atomic Records a couple of doors down from 8 Ball. I had already found Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House on eBay. One day, I'll borrow a turntable from someone so I can listen to it in all its glory.
As I was browsing, I got to chatting with the guys who work there, and they pointed out this find:
The official, original, spectacular The Haunted Mansion album, with storybook in the middle! Narrated by Thurl Ravenscroft (the original Tony the Tiger), who scared the crap out of me as a kid with his rendition of the Headless Horseman song. So excited about this! While I'm not a rabid fan of Disney, I am a fan of the Haunted Mansion for obvious reasons. (One of my dreams is to get a tour of The Haunted Mansion in California with the lights up! Although I suppose I could tolerate the one in France or Japan in a pinch... ;o))

The album was in fantastic condition. I played it for my dad on his turntable almost the second I got home. He had the decency to look interested.
That find coincided with finding a copy of The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies. This book became my reading material immediately (as I had just finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and I learned a lot of little things about the attraction I didn't know before. If you're interested in the Haunted Mansion, this book is a must read!

It was a great day for unusual finds.


  1. That sounds like an awesome day! Great finds on those albums.

  2. Nice finds! Love the dead duck. The duck beside him may not be concerned now, but he will be . . . he will be . . .

  3. Wow. Talk about a great shopping day. I've been eyeing the zombie pet shop collection for a while. And I've only seen those albums online (posted by collectors) so it's pretty awesome you came across them!


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