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Update: Skateboard for a house…not trade scratched…

UPDATE 8/2/06 I have accepted an offer from Susan Johnson in Alaska. She is trading her lifetime collection of PEZ dispensers for the RA MILLER Red Devil. Send your offers for the PEZ dispensers to

Well, I have been getting some interesting offers, so far I’ve gotten offered a 1985 Chevy Cavalier with some rust on it, a 3 bedroom 2 bath mobile home in Texas that I would have to figure out how to move and provide a new home for, a sparkly pen, and the chance to learn how to earn millions of dollars from several mortgage gurus and an internet marketer. In addition to those I have recieved numerous emails saying this won’t work, emails telling me that I have provided laughter and amusement, and some emails that were kind enough to correct my spelling on some hurried ads I placed. (thanks). Below is my answer to the naysayers…

I appreciate the naysaying. He/she has some pretty good points but he/she is a fine example of being trapped in the box. Most people never imagine that they can escape the arbitrary limitations society/parents/self have imposed. The reason why Kyle McDonald was able to trade one red paperclip up to a house was because he believed that he could. More importantly he understood that one persons junk is another persons treasure. Most importantly he understood that cooperation with other people has many levels and the benefits of working toward mutual satisfaction. This is what we call a win/win situation. Everyone along the trade path wins.
That is why it worked. That is why it will work again. That is why I was able to trade my old variflex skateboard to Bryan Dodd ( for an original piece of art from American Folk Artist R.A. Miller, that is why I have so far been offered a car, an abandoned mobile home, and other things of value for my little Red Devil.
Don’t worry. I won’t give up. Thanks for your support and help. You can follow my progress (and find other things) at my blog, Incredible at

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, what will you offer me for my lovely 13 x 21 inch Red Devil painted (on both sides) by the now deceased godfather of American Folk Art, R.A. Miller? Email your offers to

For those of you following my quest to trade my old veriflex skateboard for a house, the trade for four medium size moving boxes full of unopened Pez has fallen through…. so to sum up….I traded my old veraflex skateboard

….to Bryan Dodd, an artist living in Georgia who is using the skateboard in his art for this incredible piece of folk art by the famous American Folk Artist R.A. Miller. I have included a short biography of this American Icon below the piece of art I have for trade.

I was going to trade this piece for a huge collection of Pez dispensers but details of the trade changed which caused us to mutually cancel this trade. The upshot is that this incredible piece of art was not ready to leave me. So the question is…what will you give me for the Red Devil?

R. A. Miller (1911 – 2006) – Biography                            Â
             Considered              to be one of the prominent “Elder” American              Folk Artists his work can be found in the Museum of American Folk              Art in New York.               R.A. Miller lived on the same property he was born on although              not in the same house. The original family house was destroyed              by the tornado of 1936 that              killed many              people.              He later married and found religion and started preaching at Revivals            all over Northwest Georgia.
He started to create art while in his late ’60’s after experiencing                  problems with his eyesight. He is best known for his tin cut                  out figures. His subjects include  flags, devils, roosters, and Uncle Sam. His paintings on wood or masonite                   often include dinosaurs along with a religious message. Some                  of his artwork has also been used in the music videos of the                  group R.E.M.
R.A. used a hammer to flatten discarded gutters and cuts out pieces of tin  roofing to make his cut-outs. His unique contribution to American art is well  covered  in the books Light Of The Spirit, portraits of Southern Outsider Artists (1998)  Goekjian/Leacock and Fine Folk: Art’n’Facts From The Rural South (1990) Perryman/Smith.
Miller’s work has been included in such exhibitions as Outside the Mainstream: Folk Art in Our Time at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (1988) and Passionate Visions of the American South at the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana (October 1993-January 1994). Further exhibitions, the inclusion of his work      in museums’ permanent collections, and articles in such international publications as Raw Vision have contributed to Miller’s status as an elder statesman among Georgia’s self-taught artists.



Here are some great links from Allison that Incredible readers will probably enjoy….
1) Nitpickers-Â Are you the kind of person that loves it when you notice a digital watch in a Western? Hate it? You’ll love this site
2) Roadfood- The most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America
3) The Onion – Home of the best twisted news on the internet
(Thanks Allison!)

colonial legacies kim jong il Politics Uncategorized

Castro relinquishes power before surgery

I gotta say that young Raul looks up to the challenge. He looks positively chipper in the photo below. There has been a lot of speculation that Cuba will undergo huge change after Fidel is gone, but don’t count on it. Cuba is the most successful country in the Americas in many regards. Cuba may change but hopefully not the way that American business wants it to.

Fidel Castro temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Raul on Monday night and told Cubans he underwent surgery.The Cuban leader said he had suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, apparently due to stress from recent public appearances in Argentina and Cuba, according to the letter read live on television by his secretary, Carlos Valenciaga.
“The operation obligates me to undertake several weeks of rest,” the letter read, adding that extreme stress “had provoked in me a sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding that obligated me to undergo a complicated surgical procedure.”
Castro said he was temporarily relinquishing the presidency to his younger brother and successor Raul, the defense minister, but said the move was of “a provisional character.” There was no immediate appearance or statement by Raul Castro.
The elder Castro asked that celebrations scheduled for his 80th birthday on Aug. 13 be postponed until Dec. 2, the 50th anniversary of Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces.
Castro said he would also temporarily relinquish his duties as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba to Raul, who turned 75 in June and who has been taking on a more public profile in recent weeks.

The Life Aloha

Sunday in Hawaii, Trees, snot, stars, canoes, and Superheroes


Had a very nice weekend and found some great things to let Hawaiichicken readers know about.

Saturday evening we had dinner at a GREAT Indian restaurant in Waikiki. India Cafe. The samosa’s were great, the spicy shrimp sambal was spicy and delicious, the dosai were amazing, and really everything was great. Tiny place, great service, great food, and totally reasonable pricing.

After that we saw a production of “Sylvia” at the Yellow Brick Studio. It was cute. The Actors Guild (TAG) does a fair number of productions that are small and enjoyable. Which actually reminds me that last weekend we went to the Diamond Head Theatre and saw our friend Melissa performing in “Into the Woods.” Melissa only had a small part at the end as Sleeping Beauty, but the whole production was enjoyable. I admit to loving musicals.

Sunday, we paid a visit to Foster Botanical Gardens, very nice to be amongst huge trees and interesting tropical plants. After that we went to The Bishop Museum where we laughed our way through the totally gross Grossology exhibit, tripped our way through the interactive Science of Hawaii, and laid back in the planetarium to watch a great program about the star navigation of the early Polynesian voyagers.

We wrapped up the weekend with a movie at Koolau Stadium. It was “My Super Ex-Girlfriend”. Could be the romantic comedy hit of the summer.
in Kaneohe.
I realize you can’t have the same weekend we had because different shows will be running. But all the links above are a great way to figure out how to have a great time.

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New blogger at Incredible (and technical issues)

You guys might have noticed that our right sidebar has crashed. We are going through a server upgrade and yours truly tried to modify the sidebar only to find out that no modifications stick at the moment. I should be able to restore it in a day or two.
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the latest addition to our team of bloggers. Ladies and gentlemen…The Holy Rollin Reverand Earl! He is an intergalactic skip tracer of transgressional metaphysics. He wakes each day to commit the unpardonable sin. “The sooner you get that over with, the better!” he says, “Hallelujah!”.
His hermit cathedral is an oasis of nihilistic hypocrisy. His flock sustainably cultivates the horns of its own dilemma in hidden underground crypts. He is forever questioning the answer that truth is stranger than fiction. The Reverend rides towards us from out of the past tilting at postapocalyptic windmills, receding as he comes around the future’s bend. His religion, and he’s insufferably pious, is Nothing, his mission, to save all of us from it. Amen.


The Rise of Slim (how our oceans are changing)

This is a five part series in the LA Times on the state of our ocean – very informative and well worth the time to read. The first of the series started yesterday and described how the run-off from fertilizer (and other pollutants) are “fertilizing” the oceans with basic building blocks of life that are causing more ancient forms of life, such as bacteria and jelly fish, to thrive while beginning to render more advanced forms of life, such as fish, extinct. We are literally changing the evolutionary structure of our planet through our pollution and waste.,0,7842752.special

colonial legacies Politics Uncategorized

From Israel to Lebanon

Matthew sent me this link this morning. Warning. It is graphic. This is what American tax dollars are contributing to.

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Spooky Sunday TV Face

I was browsing around and found this gallery of ghost photo’s at About…this one is my favorite…

snake oil

Woman sought in Magic Cheese scam

For the record, I LOVE cheese, but $500 “Magic Cheese” that makes you younger?? Even I wouldn’t fall for that….
Actually, the people buying the stuff didn’t need to believe in the benefits. The Chilean buyers believed they were fermenting the “Cheese” in order to sell it to the French. So, they just needed to believe that FRENCH people were dumb enough to buy the stuff.

Police in Chile are asking Paris to extradite a French woman after a massive pyramid-selling scam in which thousands of people were conned.
People were persuaded to buy a powder which they could allegedly turn into “Magic Cheese”, said to make skin look younger and to be highly valuable.
The powder, called Yo Flex and costing up to $500 (£270), turned out to be an almost-worthless food supplement.
More than 20,000 Peruvians and 6,000 Chileans were reportedly duped.
Some spent their life savings or borrowed money to take part.
According to the police in Santiago, the suspect, Madame Gilberte van Erpe, or Madame Gil as she has been dubbed by the press, told people that “Magic Cheese” was the latest fashion in France, where women used it as a skin cosmetic to fight the effects of ageing.
The fraud consisted of selling people packs of Yo Flex powder that was said to be the raw ingredient of the magic cream.
According to reports, victims of the scam believed they only had to mix the powder with milk, to ferment the “Magic Cheese”.
They were told they could then sell the cheese to a company, which would export it to France, where it would be sold on to French women at a premium.

BBC NEWS | Americas | Woman sought in Magic Cheese scam

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Man accused of biting off rooster's head on Yahoo! News

Personally, I think people should be allowed to bite the heads off roosters if they want to. The alternative would seem to be outlawing the killing of chickens and roosters and making the eating for their flesh illegal. I wouldn’t mind if that happened, but short of that, I think people should be able to bit the heads off roosters that they own. As long as they do it humanely, no slow gnawing or torturous gnoshing…all of this reminds me of my favorite chicken site

A man accused of biting the head off his pet rooster was arrested Friday and faces up to a year in prison if convicted, an animal protection spokesman said.
A neighbor had complained about a dead rooster near his Manhattan apartment and agents found the body of the beheaded rooster on a fire escape, said Joe Pentangelo, spokesman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The rooster’s head was not located.
Humberto Rodriguez, 52, told agents that he bit the rooster’s head off because he blamed it for injuring a pet pigeon that he also kept in the apartment, Pentangelo said.
Rodriguez is charged with animal cruelty and could face up to a year in prison if convicted. It is also illegal to possess a live rooster in New York City, Pentangelo said.
Pentangelo said Friday night he did not know whether Rodriguez had a lawyer.