Due to the Duck’s quest to record interesting things and places, I simply can’t pass up local history museums. Today’s video focuses on the Litchfield Park Historical Society and Museum, which is run by two very friendly, and very knowledgeable, ladies who spend their free time volunteering here and sharing all that they know with guests. Litchfield Park, AZ, was named after Paul Litchfield of the Goodyear Tire company (which also explains the name of the local Goodyear, AZ), as the company needed a place to grow cotton, which could be used to strengthen the rubber in their tires. More history and some clips of Litchfield Park’s scenic downtown (including a duck pond) can be found in the video below. Continue reading Bonus Post: Litchfield Park Historical Society and Museum
We’ve got a special video for you guys today. We shall be visiting the…um…Kick “Butt” Gift Shop (except in place of “butt”, you have the Biblical term for donkey…). This place has a nice collection of spicy snacks and sauces, including peanuts, jelly beans, popcorn, and of course, hot sauce created by Southwest Specialty Food. Peppers range from the mild chipotle and the jalapeno to the fiery inferno that is the ghost pepper and Carolina reaper (the latter one being the hottest known pepper in the world). Mother Duck and I have picked nine items covering this range of spiciness that we would like to try, for better or for worse. Will we survive? Of course. But will this be a pain-free experience? Not likely. Continue reading Bonus Post: Kick “Butt” Spicy Food Taste Test
I was never big into antiques…until I first visited the Brass Armadillo antique mall. This place boasts a massive collection of unique and amazing items you won’t find anywhere else (and items you can find elsewhere, but still, that’s how much stuff they have). And now that I’m working on building my Youtube channel, I thought it would be good fun to share with you all some of the more interesting (and sometimes spooky) items on display. Watch in awe and wonder as we visit a table supported by dolphins, old rotary telephones, a rusted old gas pump, a doll of Benjamin Franklin, and…a baby’s head on the body of a spider? And what’s that nun doing in that birdcage? Continue reading Bonus Post: Brass Armadillo #1-Annalee Dolls and Spider Babies
Hey there, everyone, I’ve been quite busy with Youtube lately. As I sought out more interesting things to visit and record, I learned about the Goodyear Bible Museum. This small museum is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which seemed rather odd at first, until I learned that it was actually situated within a hotel. This museum may be small, but on display, you can find a good number of rare and very old Bibles dating back hundreds of years. Mother Duck and I even learned a few things while we were there. The Goodyear Bible Museum, which moved to Arizona from Greenwood, Indiana in 1999, also doubles as a showroom for the rare Bibles they have for sale. I bet they’d be pretty expensive…. Continue reading Bonus Post: Goodyear Bible Museum
About two years ago, I lost my pet goldfish Peepers. To this day, I still remember her fondly and believe quite adamantly that fish are severely underrated pets. They don’t bite (unless you own a shark). They don’t destroy the furniture. They don’t leave surprises on the rug. Furthermore, Peepers was a very sweet fish indeed. She would follow me around when I went to different sides of her bowl, and if I needed to reach in to readjust her bridge, sometimes she would swim alongside my hand. Continue reading Bonus Post: A Tribute to Peepers
For years, I would spot this massive, concrete monstrosity beside the freeway. While I would often ponder over what this mysterious place was, I didn’t actually bother looking into its identity until the fairly recent past. You see, over the past year, I have become increasingly interested in abandoned places thanks to Youtubers like Exploring with Josh and the Proper People. Thanks to their great respect and appreciation of abandoned buildings and the history behind them, I began to see the beauty in that decaying old relic in the middle of the desert. Nay, even that doesn’t truly express how I felt about it. I began to feel pride, and actual affection, for our own abandoned building, our own piece of history.
More and more lately, I have learned to appreciate history. Not just the big events, but small, everyday history. The history of regular people. Abandoned houses that were once inhabited by families I will never know. Abandoned hospitals that went out of business because they cared for their patients above profits. Abandoned shops which were once someone’s livelihood. These buildings tell personal stories, if you know where to look for the history behind them, and if you know how to read between the lines. Here is a little bit of the story behind our own abandoned piece of history. Continue reading A Tribute to the Phoenix Trotting Park
Greetings and welcome to another bonus post. The Duck’s Youtube channel has certainly been increasing in variety these past weeks, and today, I have published my very first video recorded using my dad’s Canon camera. It’s a pretty complex camera to use, and I’m still getting used to how it works, but I’m sure it’ll get easier with practice. For now, I think this first venture into the outside world went well enough despite any technical issues I might have had. Continue reading Bonus Post: Piggies, Fountains, and Star Gazing
Hey there, everybodies, we’re back for part 2 of my video game collection tour! In the previous episode, I showed off my PlayStation-related figurines from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Ratchet & Clank. If you haven’t checked it out, please do. This video, on the other hand, covers all the random things I couldn’t fit into the last video, which mainly includes Nintendo and PC items. Behold the Duck’s plushie collection, including my harmless plush versions of the Five Nights at Freddy’s characters. Watch in awe as you witness one of the largest figurines known to mankind (probably not, but it sounds cooler that way), Scervo from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. And let’s not forget some iconic items from the Zelda series, like Link’s Master Sword and Hylian Shield! Continue reading The Duck’s Gaming Hoard Part 2
Thanks to my discovery of the wonderful thing that is a comic convention (a misleading name indeed when it covers gaming, movies, and TV in addition to comic books), I have been able to amass a semi-respectable collection of video game items, including figurines, plushies, and replica weapons and the like. It also fueled my obsession to the point that I have felt compelled to purchase these things even when I’m not visiting the comicon. I just can’t get enough gaming goodness! Wherever these wondrous items came from, the point is, my collection is pretty sweet. I guess. Continue reading The Duck’s Gaming Hoard Part 1
By now, I have been blogging for nearly seven years, and it is indeed in the written word where I excel. Due to my recent return to Youtube, however, I decided I might try my hand at a little side endeavor. Vlogging. For those of you not familiar with the term, it simply refers to the act of blogging in a video format. This is in no way a replacement for this here blog, but rather, a supplemental thing where a simple typed blog post is not terribly interesting or where my spiel is better accompanied with a few props to illustrate what I’m talking about. Continue reading Bonus Post: What is the Sporadic Quack?