Recent Matt Paprocki Posts

March 27, 2009

New Site:

I promised it's been coming for a while and it's happened. My new Blu-ray site is up and running, and if anyone wants to chip in and design a new logo, that's be great. So, uh, yeah. It's there and you should read it and stuff.

God I suck at PR.

September 28, 2008

Breaking 1500 at Blogcritics

Soon, I'll be breaking a milestone for Blogcritics. With one more post, I'll have 1500 articles on the site. While not the highest count by any means, that's 300 articles a year on average, a crap load of writing to say the least. I don't write anywhere near as much as I used for the site, so I was surprised that I was close to anything notable.

I'm not sure if I should do something special or just let it go. The next article on tap is a Blu-ray review to the simply fucking terrible sequel to Rest Stop. Hardly a celebration. But if I don't do anything special, there's always 2000, which sounds more impressive anyway I guess. If someone has an idea, feel free to post it here, but either way, something is going up in the next day or two regardless.

March 9, 2008

Ever Have Something Just "Click" in Your Mind?

I'm a moron (save it, I know I opened myself up with that).

For 24 years, I've watched Ghostbusters regularly. It's one of those movies that I can recite pretty much every line right along with the actors. Same goes for Blazing Saddles (Anybody got a dime?), Animal House (Otis, my man!), and Ninja Turtles (You put anchovies on that thing...).

However, in all of my years, it never dawned on me that the "Keymaster" and "Gatekeeper" is a brilliant stand in for sexual innuendo. I watched it last night on HD Net (the premiere of the flick in HD around here; bring on the HD-DV... err, Blu-ray!) and damn it if the first time Dana asks Peter if he's the Keymaster it just came together. I blame my innocent youth and simply not paying enough attention, both excuses which I'm sure will come back to haunt me.

February 12, 2008

So... sick...

Dear god. There's sick and then there's "please someone stick me with a plasma grenade from Halo and get it over with." That's where I am.

Saturday night I come home from work and feel fine. I get some needed writing done, and start playing Halo. About 20 minutes into the session, I start feeling sick. Like, rapidly heading downhill by the minute. Sunday morning and afternoon was spent in the hospital. I woke up about 4 AM and my cough had caused so much pain in my chest, I could barely breathe. Here it is on Tuesday and I've slept maybe a total of three hours over the past two nights because of this crap.

I'm headed to the doctor again this afternoon to get something that my actually help because the hospital meds sure as hell didn't. I just took another freelance job too and I haven't even started. I can barely stay awake to type this, yet I can't sleep either because this damn cough doesn't let me.

February 4, 2008

Blu-ray Saga Comes to Close, Happy Ending Inside

This Blu-ray saga specifically so I don't have to recap.

Last week, Best Buy provided me with the information that proved they in fact processed the return as the exact same time as the sale. Why they didn't do this earlier, who knows? So, that brought this all back on the bank, and I filed a complaint with the BBB of Cleveland where they're located plus the Attorney General and followed up with the local news channel who was helping me along.

Today, I went to deposit my paycheck as I never had a chance this weekend, and when the teller handed me the slip, it had way more money on it than I thought it should. I asked her to make sure she deposited this into the right account as I knew I didn't have that much money. She double checked, and lo and behold, there sits a full credit for the rest of the overdraft fees I've been fighting for.

I win.

Matt Paprocki - 1
Charter One Bank - 0

Not sure which complaint actually convinced them to do it (or maybe the combination), but at this point, I don't care. Thanks to any and all who helped even if they'll never read this. So, to restate:

I win.

January 15, 2008

Verizon Gives Best Excuse Yet for No Service

I don't think I've ever posted about this here before, but Ken is certainly aware of our issues with Verizon. Simply put, we cannot get a signal anywhere in our house. The last month was the worst. I made 36 calls, 16 of which were dropped. My mom made 18, 9 were dropped. That doesn't include the times calls didn't even make it to me, or the times I hung up myself because I wasn't able to hear anybody. So, the following are the excuses we were given previously:

New construction in the area
We live too close to the water
Too many trees near our home
Falling leaves due to the change in seasons

However, the next one is simply the greatest excuse ever given by a customer service representative in the history of customer service:

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January 12, 2008

The Blu-ray Saga Grows

If you read this site on a regular basis (get a life!), then you probably remember the saga of me getting a Blu-ray player. If not, here's the story. Well, even that was apparently too easy, as things took a turn from frustrating to "absolutely freakin' ridiculous" in a matter of a few days. The saga continues:

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January 3, 2008

The Begining of a Blu-tiful Friendship

For those not in the know, I planned on getting a PS3 with my tax return. It would be a belated Christmas gift from my parents, and I would split in the cost to pay for it. They even got me some Blu-ray movies to open on Christmas to let me know the plan was still going.

So, yesterday I stop into Best Buy to browse. It was a mistake as always. I really should know better than to go in with the attitude “Hey Matt, you’re just looking at the HD DVDs.” That’s never worked.

As I’m browsing, a guy comes up next to me and starts looking at the Blu-ray. After a minute or two, he looks over to me and says, “Do you have this Blu-Ray stuff?”

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August 14, 2007

Buy my 360!

That's right folks. You can own MY 360! The one where all of the magic on the review section of Blogcritics comes from. Well, most of it anyway. It's simply become too much for me. The achievements are an addiction, and once I admitted I had a problem, I had to take drastic steps. Selling it was my only option.

I'm missing out in the finer things in life, at least I'm told I am. It's time to explore other things. I mean, if I died right now, I would have never had the chance to experience 360 games in HDMI coming from the brand new 360 Elite I'll be buying with the funds. How could I miss something like that? It would be a tragedy I tell you, a true tragedy. That's not going to happen.

July 25, 2007

Attack of the Killer Fleas from Hell

I had the weekend planned. Really I did. Saturday I was going to Detroit for their giant monster film festival to see the original Godzilla on the big screen. Sunday was a lazy day of catching up on movies and games, along with getting a new grill.

As you can probably assume, I’m not writing this because all of that happened.

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May 21, 2007

The Passing of Another Ferret

We lost another. Sierra was given to us after being found running through a neighborhood loose. She was extremely aggressive, biting everyone and everything. It earned her the nickname Vampira. It’s amazing anyone would let her go, especially given her gorgeous albino coat that assuredly cost someone a staggering amount of money.

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March 12, 2007

The Hook Up: How to Manage 18 Consoles on One TV

Digital Press has a wonderful little saying at the top of the site’s main page: “consoles precariously wired in spider-web fashion...”

Yeah, that just about covers it. Every once in a while though, something goes wrong when you’re dealing with stuff like this. In this case, it was a new TV. New cables led me to a new switch box, new cabling, and moved systems.

Now, it’s simply not plausible to move two consoles around. The mass of tangled wires behind the TV doesn’t allow for something like that. In this case, there’s only one thing can be done. The dreaded, all encompassing “movement of them all.”

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January 30, 2007

A Whole Lotta Games Up For Auction

This is the official set of "Matt P. needs a new TV since his is a broken POS so bid high on these auctions of incredibly crappy games." I mean, you wouldn't want me to be without a TV and likewise be unable to provide you with incredibly high quality reviews, now would you? See, bidding on these auctions and paying me money helps you, see?

December 11, 2006

Updated Game Room

Last week, I decided to clean one shelf. One shelf. It turned into an entire project when I realized how I could use the space. It ended up with two rooms redone partially, systems moved, and games swapped. I gained extra room for at least a few hundred games when it was said and done. As such, new pics were bound to happen. I also added better descriptions (click on each pic for more info) and titles to make it easier to piece together.

November 17, 2006

Interviewed by The Advertiser

One of Ken's buddies interviewed me for the paper he writes for on the PS3 launch. Aside from sounding like an idiot when I said kids would use their gift cards for a PS3 after Christmas (I meant kids have some extra cash and could use them on another game console in their price range), it went fine.

November 7, 2006

My Gamerscore Tops 30K

Mines bigger than Kens. That is all.

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July 20, 2006

Screw It

That sums up just about everything right now. This is my official request to restart this year from scratch. Earlier, we lost our five year old ferret Marvin to cancer. A month or so later, our 19 year old dog Bitsy needed to be put down due to cancer. This morning, I broke my big toe, and it's now one of the most disgusting things you'll ever see. A guppie in the fish tank was found floating and dead as well about the same time.

Tonight, we also lost another ferret. Hermes didn't make it to two years. He died after 90-minutes of surgery to remove a spleen that had outgrown his body and was litterly sucking his blood dry. He died twice on the operating table and was brought back both times. Post op, he died again, and this time was gone for good. Hermes survived a previous surgery when he was barely a month old and died then on the table too. He fought for everything, and I can only hope he enjoyed some of the short time he had with us. I know I did.

June 22, 2006

Storms of the Century

Or not, but last night we had one hell of a weather blast. It started with an ominous green sky, which in basic terms means "you're screwed." While I'm sure they see them often in Oklahoma and other states in the tornado belt, I only remember seeing one one other time here in Ohio, and that memory was vague. I wish I had a shot of the radar, because it was by far the largest and most concentrated line I've ever seen.

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June 3, 2006

My DS for sale, 2 games included!

My DS is up for sale on eBay. My shipping is cheap and you get two absolutely terrible... err, near classic games too! If you're looking for a DS, this is the best one on eBay*. Oh, and check my other auctions for horrible... err, near classic DVDs!

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March 24, 2006

The Passing of our Ferret

It's always tough to lose a close pet, but it's even worse when you know it's going to happen and the call is on you. That was Marvin's situation. What we thought last September was an intestinal disease turned out to be adrenal glad cancer. The past week showed a serious decline in the little guy. He was listless, constantly sleeping, and his back legs were slowly giving out on him.

Marvin's stress level sent him into seizures whenever we gave him any type of medicine, so there was nothing really left to do. This morning we took him in and the vet confirmed he had a quarter-sized tumor. It hit fast. At five and with his condition, surgery wasn't an option either. He had only a few days left at best, and after seeing him lay and stare blankly at me last night (almost like he was trying to tell me what needed to be done), we made that inevitable call this morning.

Marvin was five, a rescue from someone who decided not keep him after an argument with his girlfriend. His love for sock theft (which we'll likely still be finding around the house for the next few years), dangling objects, plastic bags, and buckets will not be forgotten.

November 2, 2005

Buy my book!

Ok, it's not actually MY book, but I did contribute a few sections, along with a few other Digital Press writers. Once you've bought it, make sure to drop a customer review off at Amazon stating what an important factor it was in your life to have Atari Lynx games running on your Mac and what a helpful guide this was towards completing that goal.

October 23, 2005

Game room pics updated

Got a new entertainment center so things needed moved. Lots of changes, including the semi-removal of the arcade game which seems like I'll never have enough cash to get it working again. I'll be updating the magazine pics in the next few days. Finally got them in order by dates and it looks SO much neater.

And just in case you even think for a second that I have too much stuff, I have NOTHING on this guy.

September 9, 2005

Featured on Eternal Collector

Had some issues with them a LONG time ago and communication broke down. But, here I am, featured as they wanted my collection. It's a great site outside of this too.

August 6, 2005

Congrats to Ken

After royally busting his ass, Ken managed to pass his sociology class with a score of 93%. He was probably going to post something on it, but this will save him the time. This is all after he claimed he had a "project" to look through magazines for ads that "exploited women." How convienient.


August 2, 2005

Wow... something other than hate mail!

Got this today from DP member Dji:

Hello Mr. Paprocki,

Just wanted to say thanks for the many reviews you have here. I've found many of them quite informative and/or funny. I've nodded in agreement at most of your assessments. Of course I haven't read them all, but one thing's for sure: I'll be reading any review I encounter with your name on it. And that's saying something, since I can't stand reviews 95% of the time, especially mainstream ones. In fact I don't even read them anymore. Especially those by Matt Casamassina, of IGN fame. 9 out of 10 for Donkey Kong 64? ("Buy it.") What about Ivan Sulic's review of Jak 3 ("If you like games, you'll buy this immediately or we'll come to your house and beat you to death."). Bleh Damn I can't stand being told "you're not a true gamer if you don't buy this" or other such nonsense (I hate the phrase "must-have" with a passion), which most reviewers are extremely fond of... as well as calling every other game the best ever and giving 9's all over the place.

And what about Hilary Goldstein's review of Metal Slug 3 for Xbox, in which he (yes, he) actually recommended that the reader download a rom instead of paying the "ridiculous amount of money SNK was asking" (not actual quote). This was taken down shortly thereafter. Damn IGN sucks. And it's not like GamePro, EGM or especially the official mags are better. I'd be willing to bet that most of these guys have never seen a Neo Geo (whether AES or MVS) in their lives, yet alone played one. GameSpot seems a little better, yet it's skewered towards PC gaming too much for my tastes.

Anyway... I can see you're a huge fan of beat 'em ups, run and gun, fighters, etc. and so am I, so that's nice. I'm eager to read your reviews for genres I'm less familiar with/interested in, too. You are obviously knowledgeable and you have strong opinions. Nothing worse than a wishy-washy review, except maybe a fanboy's review. Thankfully, you've found a nice balance as a reviewer. Keep it up. However, I've noticed a few typos here and there, and that always bugs me. Otherwise I couldn't ask for more. Thanks again.


June 14, 2005

Blogcritics Pick o' the week

That's right, yours truly had a review picked as one of the best of the Blogcritics video lot this week. If you just want to read the the award winning review that all of three people probably read, you can do that here.

May 30, 2005

How NOT to hook up a router

Long, long story follows.

Here's the situation: We've been having some connection issues for about week. It just seems to drop randomly. We had a service call set up to check the line last Tuesday, but I had to have some injections done in my back at a moments notice and we had to cancel.

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May 18, 2005

My wrestling figures for sale on eBay

I know it's a little odd to post something like this, but this is a collection that took me years (and a few grand) to get together and not a single lot has reached a $100 yet. Take a look and if you're interested, PLEASE bid. This isn't something I'm too keen on getting rid of in the first place, but for space and cash reasons, they need to go... but not for $60.

And yes Ken, my My eBay page is a disaster of HTML. Sue me.

May 13, 2005

Why garage sales rock

My parents found a garage sale this morning and called me at home. They had a Playstation, 26 games, and some accessories for $40. Once it was confirmed there were no sports games, I told them to go for it and I'd pay them back. They came home with one hell of a great find.

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April 20, 2005

Matt's full Game Room pictures

Well, almost full. I missed my Nintendo Powers and the upstairs (with all the portable stuff) isn't here. Batteries died in my digital camera. Still, it's more than I was able to grab before, all in one place thanks to Digital Press.

April 4, 2005

Hit by Spyware or something like that

Warning: The following rant contains a line that may offend Puritans.

Spyware sucks. At least, that's what I think it was. I was hit yesterday and I have no idea where from. It completely killed my laptop for an entire day. After I noticed things running a little slow, I ran Adware. It told me to reboot to completely clean it up and that was it. Whatever it did, it hit the explorer.exe file Windows needs to run. It refused to boot AT ALL.

So, after re-installing Windows entirely (and then Word too which it seems to have got a hold of and w.bloggar won’t run at all now), I downloaded Ad-Aware which is supposed to be better. Well, it found the one piece that was left but it can’t get rid of it no matter what I do. I tried Spybot too.

Now, about every 20 minutes, I get a pop-up ad on my desktop for refinancing mortgages. I would threaten to shave the creator’s testicles off with a cheese grater if I ever met him face to face, but that would be a threat and I could get in trouble. Oh wait, I just did. Oops. I’m open to suggestions if anyone has any.

March 23, 2005

Gaming Room (almost) Goes Up In Flames

Near complete and total disaster today inside my game room. You sort of need a little backstory to really understand just how bad this could have been. In the best terms possible, everything behind my TV, as a friend once affectionately put it, is ghetto rigged. There's no better terminology.

So, by my count, there are 25 things plugged into 8 different surge protectors. Those 8 go into two industrial style power type boxes usually reserved for work/tool benches and the like where there are not enough actual outlets (like behind my entertainment center). Picked them up at Sam's Club. The cables from those run a long way along the right side of the room to an outlet above my animal aquariums. So yes, 25 different items, 8 surge protectors, one double equipped power outlet. Smart? No, not really.

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March 18, 2005

Toys R Us To Have Massive Store Closings

Well, working there has been interesting and it seems like that's going to end, at least according to CNN. My store meets the "requirements" for a closure on all counts. Nothing is official though and I have yet to hear anything of the sort. It seems the land the stores are on is worth more than the stores. Ouch.

February 22, 2005

Suday Madness Update

Well, after this escapade on Sunday, things have slowly worked themselves out. The lizards are fine. Angilas (if you know where that name is from, pat yourself on the back for being genuinely cool), the one that took a pretty heavy beating, is fine. Dropped in some crickets this afternoon and though he was a little hesitant, he came around and ate his share. He's not a fan of taking antibiotics by mouth (and we're not a fan of giving them), but I think we can pass on the vet visit as he seems fine and save $60+ in the process. Considering he only cost $20 to begin with, I think we've done our part.

Insurance is still an issue, just not as bad. I found a plan through Anthem that offers me decent coverage for $109 a month. Prescriptions and doctor visits are the same co-pay I had previously. I'll still need to pay 20% of anything major (emergency room, surgery, etc.), but since I really don't/can't do anything because of my back, it's kind of hard to really screw anything up that badly. Actually, it's all George Bush's fault. Maybe I'll just move to Canada.

February 21, 2005

Why Some Days Are Better Spent in Bed

One of my all time worst days was yesterday and I've got to vent somewhere. Why not BW? Warning: This is a long, overly dramatic and potentially boring rant. If you don't like this stuff, don't read it.

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June 5, 2004

E-Bay Horror Week

I've been on E-Bay for some time. My "About Me" page says I started sometime in 2001, but it's been much longer. I discovered the site in early '98 I believe but probably became serious enough about in '01. I've been on both ends of the deal countless times being a huge video game fanatic. That 3,500 game collection always seems to need one more new addition. Oh, and all those doubles I keep buying need to be sold as well. Of course, not everything can go smoothly. Sometimes bidders won't pay, I forget to pay (yeah, I did it once), and then other times absolutely EVERYTHING goes wrong. This is the saga of one month of my E-Bay dealings, easily the worst I've ever experienced. I will not use names or ID's since the stories tell themselves just fine without them. Besides, after how some of the deals have went, I very well may get sued for mentioning them. Idiot seller #1: I've been looking for a cheap baseball game for the PS One. I never liked the Triple Play series so I decide to go for Bases Loaded '96, the first baseball game on the console. I've always enjoyed the series since it's days on the NES all the way through to this final game in the series, this version here on the Playstation system. So, there is only one listed on E-bay. The opening bid is a meager $.50 and the game is complete with box and instructions. His shipping is on the high side, $4.50, but this is a "long box" Playsation game. These are bulkier and bigger so the cost is OK as far as I'm concerned. He also states that he will never combine shipping and that insurance is required on everything he sells. Ok, fine, he's a jerk as far as the combining shipping is concerned but I'm only buying one game. The auction ends at the starting bid price of $.50. I pay immediately through Paypal. After a few days, the game a plain manila envelope with no additional packing material. It's a miracle it made it to my home unscathed. Even worse, he sends it "Media Mail" which cost him a meager $1.08 (or something close to this). Then, as if it this wasn't bad enough, he never insured it. He requires it, yet he doesn't provide the service. I E-mail him with all of my concerns. He is quick to reply with something like "all terms in auction are final. i pay people to package, tape, head to the post office and other things." Ok, this guy isn't an English major, but I can live with that. So, I whip up another E-mail demanding my insurance money ($1.05) back since it was uninsured. I also tell him that if he actually pays for people to drop a game into a plain manila envelope without any material, he has a very poor business model. Am I being picky? Sure. Note that for $4.50 he could have went to any US Postal Service location, get free, sturdy, Priority Mail boxes and slapped the game inside of that. It would have come much quicker and would have cost around the stated shipping price in the auction (and this is how I assumed it was coming). The E-mail comes back to me. He blocked my E-mail address. Well, I wasn't done complaining and this is no way to deal with a paying customer. I head over to E-Bay and use the "Ask seller a question" function. I add a note to my returned E-mail telling him how his customer service is and send it off. I also report him to E-Bay and request a refund from Paypal. He gives me a negative feedback the next day claiming I file false complaints against him. I of course return the favor. Also note I was not the only one to complain about his shipping practices or insurance. In fact, he has over 70 negatives on the same subject. Sadly, the complaints I filed through Paypal were denied, but I really didn't expect them to go through. I never received a response from E-Bay. Idiot #2: This guy only becomes an idiot towards the end. I purchase a Neo Geo AES cart called "Dunk Dream." It's a fairly valuable cart and I end up winning it for $50. He obviously did not know what he had since his description stated many erroneous facts about the game. It's probably why I got it so cheap. So the game comes well packed and costs very near to his asking price for shipping. I'm happy. Happy, that is, until the game entered my console. It's not actually Dunk Dream. The box says Dunk Dream, the cart has a sticker for Dunk Dream, but the actual insides of the cart have been switched. It plays Nam '75 (a much less desirable game) instead of the basketball game I so wanted. I've run into this problem before with some Genesis carts, but never on the Neo Geo. Now, I know it's not this guy's fault. He really had no idea what he had. I send him a very polite E-mail stating the situation and try my best to explain what exactly the problem is. He replies in a timely manner and says to send it back for a full refund. Great! I wrap it back up and slap a delivery confirmation sticker on it so I can track it. The game arrived at his location almost 2 weeks ago and I have not heard a word. I've sent him 2 E-mails and the only response I got was "I'll get the game tomorrow" and that was about a week and a half ago. For a $50+ refund, this is ridiculous. Idiot #3: Me. Yeah, me. I screwed up. I'm an E-Bay idiot. I win an Amiga CD game "Fightin' Spirit" from E-Bay for about $20. It's in the UK as most games for the console are. I pay, of course, immediately through Paypal. The game gets here within reasonable time. I tear open the packaging, pop it into the console, and start playing. Everything works great. I head over to the site and leave him positive feedback. Later in the day, I come to find out the game is a CD-R. A copy. A burned, illegal copy. I'm furious. I had never actually seen an Amiga CD game before so it didn't hit me immediately. I noticed the "CD-R" imprint on the inner ring of the disc. I send him an extremely nasty E-mail. I got taken on this one and wasn't going to stand for it. He E-mails me back in a few days with "All of that companies games are like that." Ok, yeah, sure they are. Well, to be perfectly honest, he was right. I did some research, and sure enough, he was telling the truth. I felt terrible but just couldn't bring myself to apologize. I didn't think I had a chance to make ammends and just let it go. Thankfully, he left me a positive and the deal went ok. I'm sure I'll get around to writing something to him, but I feel terrible right now (you should have seen the E-mail I sent). To my credit, his auction is extremely deceiving making it even harder to believe. You would think he would save himself the agony and state something about the games origins in the description. Also, his feedback was private and was only about 95% with 30 or so negatives. Idiot #4: I agree to sell an Atari Jaguar system for my friend. In return, I got a few new games to add to my collection. Fast forward to the final day of the auction. With just over an hour left to go, the current high bidder sends me an E-mail along the lines of "I've spent too much this week and can't pay. Can you cancel my bid?" Simply put, no, I won't cancel your bid. It's not my fault nor is it my responsibility to do this. Since he is new to E-bay (his feedback rating is a meager 2) I tell him to look under help and learn how to retract your bid. He replies quickly and says "Just sell it to the second high bidder." No, it doesn't work this way. I begin to get frustrated and replay to tell him that if he ends up being the high bidder, it is his responsibility to pay. Either cancel your bid or pay the price. His quick reply is "I can't cancel my bid. The auction only has one hour to go. It won't let me." Yeah, NOW it has a hour to go. It didn't twenty minutes ago when you started all of this. I E-mail him again and basically repeat what I said before. You have to pay; it's really that simple. I don't hear from him until auction end. He sends me a note saying that if shipping isn't $15-$20 (shipping would be determined based on location and weight of the package) he can pay, but only if I give him a total that night. It was 9:30 PM, I was tired, and I simply did not care at this point. I told him that I couldn't get a shipping quote without his address and was not about to do all of the work required that night. I would get everything together Monday and get back to him once I had his address. He quickly E-mailed me his address. I send him a shipping quote and have yet to hear from him yet in any form. So, that's a bad month for an E-Bayer. A REAL bad month. In fact, I'd say it was the worst month I've ever had on the site. Nearly every transaction went wrong in some way for me and the struggle has continued into the new month. Will it ever end? Probably not. There's too much stuff on E-Bay to pass up. These are of course nightmare transactions and there are millions of good ones everyday. I just happen to get all the nasty ones.

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