Sears Christmas Wishbook 1976 – Part 3

May 23, 2010

I’m back – I think Ham’s done all the posts since Christmas! I owe him a debt of gratitude for keeping the site going as I once again had to battle some real-world problems. Thank you, Ham!

And without further ado, I bring to you Sears Christmas Wishbook Part 3 – Kitchens! Enjoy!


Sears Christmas Wish Book 1976 – Part 2

November 5, 2009


First, I apologize for not updating this series in the last 6 months. You know how it is when life gets in the way… but now I’m back and not a second too soon! In Part 2 we bring you Vans, Appliances, Furniture and Bedding! 


Sears Christmas Wish Book 1976 – Part 1

May 28, 2009


We’re starting a new series here at Project Absurd dedicated to the Sears Christmas Wish Book of 1976! Click here or on the picture above to see Part 1: Catalog Junk and Men’s Clothes!


1970s and 80s Toy Shelf – Part 1

April 4, 2009

Click here to view part one of a series dedicated to my old toy shelf from the 1970s and 80s.


Don’t Tip The Waiter

February 6, 2008
Don’t Tip The Waiter

In 1979 the Colorforms company put out this wonderful game. I used to play it at my grandmother’s house with my cousins. I haven’t seen it in years. Yet, I require it. I must find it. I have to have it.

Many years ago I realized it had gone missing from Grandma’s. She had no idea what happened to it. It was just… gone. And, you know how it is. Now it has become a thing. I can’t let it go. It haunts me.

Why was this game so great? Hell if I know. It probably wasn’t. Yet, because I don’t have it in my posession to ignore personally, I just find myself longing for it. Occasionally, I check eBay to see if I can find it cheaply. Never happens. The cheap versions are missing parts. And the complete sets are expensive. The completed auction I shamelessly swiped these photos from was for a complete set (as you’ll see) and sold for $41 + $5.60 shipping and handling! I’m getting married in 3 months, I don’t have that kind of cash on hand to throw away on a board game. Not even this, the most awesome of all board games.

These pictures represent the first time I have even seen this game (except for pictures of the cover on board game websites) in probably 20 years. Now I want this game back even more!


The game consisted of a large-nosed waiter made of heavy cardboard.


Once assembled, his torso and arms would rock back and forth in an unsteady manner.


At the top of his outstretched hand, above his head, was a tray. And on this tray would sit the crux of the game. The plates of food!


The food was the best. Just look at it! The corn-on-the-cob, the spaghetti, the alphabet soup, the… whatever that is third one down on the left-hand side! My favorite meals are the lollipop and the candy cane on plates. Ya gotta love that.

I believe the point of the game was to take turns putting a plate on the waiter’s tray. Whoever made the waiter tip and dump the plates then had to pay the waiter cash-money (you know, tipping the waiter for “tipping the waiter”). I think whoever was left with money in the end won the game. Or maybe I’m forgetting something. But speaking of money, the money in this game ROCKS.


So I know, I know. It’s a silly and pointless game. But that’s why I like it. Sometimes silly and pointless things are the best (hence, this whole site!)!

If anyone knows where I can get this game – complete – and for not a huge wad of dough, let me know! And please, please…



(blog post only…no article this time!)

25 Beautiful New Hairstyles of 1975

January 13, 2008


This is my first major post of the new year, and, as promised, I bring you the cover story to the April 1975 issue of Goodhousekeeping:

25 Beautiful New Hairstyles of 1975!



The Star Wars Holiday Special

November 24, 2007

Check out our own unique review of The Star Wars Holiday Special.


Good Housekeeping – April 1975

November 17, 2007


I recently picked up some old magazines at a flea market on the cheap. This Good Housekeeping issue from 1975 is one of the better ones. Come with me as I deconstruct all of its 70s grooviness!


Brazilian Star Wars

August 9, 2007

Click here to check out my review of Os Trapalhões Na Guerra Dos Planetas (Brazilian Star Wars).


Stuff Found In A Shoebox

April 2, 2007


Come see what absurdities I found in a shoebox from my parents’ house!