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Something fun pass the time this weekend: an NES inspired Great Gatsby Flash Game. Cheers, Old Sport.

Instructions: space jumps, tab shoots, arrow keys move right and left. Click the image to start.

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We are headed to the Riviera Theatre tonight for a 10pm showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Seeing the show in a theater is always fun, but before you go, you should know some of the rules and props you need to do in order to participate.


There are literally hundreds of them, but these are a few you should know.

  • The first time you see the Narrator shout “The man you are about to see has no neck”.
  • Brad is referred to as an “Asshole” when his name is mentioned by the Narrator.
  • Janet on the other hand is referred to as a “Slut”.

The Timewarp:

Proper instructions for doing the Timewarp can be found here.


Rice: At the beginning of the film is the wedding of Ralph Hapschatt and Betty Munroe. As the newlyweds exit the church, you should throw the rice along with the on-screen wedding guests.

Newspapers: When Brad and Janet are caught in the storm, Janet covers her head with a newspaper The “Plain Dealer”. At this point, you should likewise cover your head.

Water pistols: These are used by members of the audience to simulate the rainstorm that Brad and Janet are caught in. (Now do you see why you should use the newspapers?)

Candles, flashlights: During the “There’s a light” verse of “Over at the Frankenstein Place, “you should light up the theater with candles, flashlights, lighters, etc. (Be careful to respect the theater’s policy about open flames – remember you are wearing newspapers on your head!)

Rubber gloves: During and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his rubber gloves three times. Later, Magenta pulls these gloves off his hands. You should snap your gloves in sync each time to create a fantastic sound effect.

Noisemakers: At the end of the creation speech, the Transylvanians respond with applause and noisemakers. You should do the same.

Confetti: At the end of the “Charles Atlas Song” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti as Rocky and Frank head toward the bedroom. You should do the same.

Toilet paper: When Dr. Scott enters the lab, Brad cries out “Great Scott!” At this point, you should hurl rolls of toilet paper into the air (preferably Scotts).

Toast: When Frank proposes a toast at dinner, members of the audience throw toast into the air (preferably unbuttered… things could get sticky).

Party hat: At the dinner table, when Frank puts on a party hat, you should do the same.

Bell: During the song “Planet Schmanet Janet,” ring the bell when Frank sings “Did you hear a bell ring?”

Cards: During the song “I’m Going Home,” Frank sings “Cards for sorrow, cards for pain”. At this point you should shower the theater with cards.

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My God he had awesome hair…

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My good friend and fellow Dandy Mr. Pentheros did me the honor of reviewing several of this years best Oktoberfest Biers. Subsequently, he is also one of the organizers of Man’s Night, a local event held annually in Lockport, NY. It was conceived and designed to get men (and Dandy’s) together for a night of good drink, good company and better food. More on Man’s Night coming soon… For now, onto the beer. Huzzah!

I broke them down by nose, color and taste, giving my personal take and grade. This list is heavy on local brews because of the rising popularity of “Oktoberfest” style lagers which is largely a Northeastern thing (due to the uniqueness of our Autumn season, comparatively speaking with the rest of the country). And I think we all like promoting all things local…


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I usually save the Star Wars stuff for the Tumblr page, but this is just too amazing not to share with everyone… Behold, Christmas In The Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album (of course I’m buying this on vinyl). Produced in 1980, it features recordings of Star Wars-themed Christmas songs and stories about a droid factory where the robots make toys year-round for “S. Claus”.

Much of the album is sung or narrated by Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and R2-D2 as well as cameo’s by  Chewbacca, but the album has another notable feature besides its amazing cover art. Brace yourself…

This is the first professional recording of Jon Bon Jovi (credited as “John Bongiovi”, his birth name) who sang the lead vocals on the song “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

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Here’s a Dandy tip for you. While pocket squares are quickly becoming one of my favorite accessories, paying anywhere from $25-$55 for a piece of fabric can get expensive. Instead, why not head down to your local fabric store and find some stellar patterned fabric and make your own?

While finishing the edges will definitely add a nice touch, sewing is certainly not a requirement. Simply cut a 10″ x 10″ square (sizes can vary), fold both rough edges in, and then fold in half. Pow! Instant Dandy flair to any outfit.

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Living the High Life

So this is happening… Trying to finish off some of the left over beers from our Halloween Party while listening to one of my most prized possessions: Music to Relax By In Your BarcaLounger. You’re not going to find this on iTunes any time soon…

Forget your troubles, sit ‘way back, relax and listen to top Columbia artists perform music on this album designed with you in mind. Here is music to satisfy your urge for armchair travel.

This is classic lounge music at it’s best and I couldn’t think of a better beer for this nostalgic masterpiece than the Champagne of Beers, Miller High Life.

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Here is the lookbook for the upcoming Versace for H&M Collection available November 19th in select stores. My feelings about this collection are pretty much summed-up by the models face: somewhat unsure, a little frightened, slightly curious…

Versace’s men’s collection for H&M is a mix of slick tailoring and pieces of extravagant pattern. Suit jackets and trousers come in either black or pink, while a black tuxedo jacket has metallic tip trims on its pockets, and shirts have metallic wing-tips on the collars. Versace’s palm and optical prints are used on T-shirts, as well as on thin-knit cashmere sweaters, while print is also used on velvet bombers, jeans, and even underpants.

There’s leather in the men’s collection too, with a quilted leather jacket trimmed with gold studs in the Versace classical Greek pattern, which is repeated down the sides of black cotton shorts and a rolled-sleeve T-shirt. Accessories include embellished beanies and patterned caps, embellished or print scarfs, as well as hi-top sneakers and the perfect dress shoes.

The standout piece for me was without a doubt this head to toe magenta suit, complete with matching shirt and shoes. Not that I would buy the whole thing, but that jacket is pretty fantastic. Check out for previews of the entire collection as well as pricing.

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The wife and I headed out to East Aurora Friday night to see our friend Alix Martin‘s art opening at redFISH Studios. Alix is an incredible artist and we have the great fortune of owning several of her paintings. While we were there, I also had the pleasure of meeting Lisa DeCarlo, the artist/owner of Pure Design Reclaimed which just opened underneath redFISH.

The premise of Lisa’s shop is simple. She collects reclaimed wood and materials from all over the area and transforms them into beautiful rustic/industrial home accessories and furniture. Items like old pulleys are turned into hanging flower boxes, ladders are transformed into wine racks, wagon wheels and wine bottles into chandeliers. Lisa has a brilliant eye and her clever combination of materials creates truly unique pieces.

Another great thing about Pure Design is everything is made right there in the store. You can walk in and actually see her creations coming to life as she works on them. The wife and I instantly wanted everything in the store and Lisa was kind enough to allow me to photograph some of her work for the blog.

redFISH Art Studios and Pure Design Reclaimed are both located at 21 Elm St in East Aurora.

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