HTmarket’s new personal shopper service

So you want to set up a home theater but you’re not
quite sure how to put it all together. Or maybe you just don’t have the time to
pick it all out yourself, or you simply want the benefit of someone else’s
experience weighing in. It looks like, the online theater
marketplace, may be just what you need! They’re taking advantage of the fact
that they have a very knowledgable and experienced staff, and launching a new
Personal Web Shopper program for anyone to use, free of charge. It’s totally
unique, and very useful to the aspiring home theater

This new service is probably the best way yet to get a
tailor-made home theater that’s totally you, without the remorse of having
purchased the wrong items or being stuck with something you thought you would
need, but don’t. And with over ten thousand items in their catalog, you can bet
that the home theater you get will be pretty specific to your wants and

Basically, you give a ring at (888)
764-9273, and they assign you your very own shopper. You describe the home
theater you’re looking to put together (or whatever it is you’re looking to do),
and they take lots of notes. The Web Shopper then uses your specifications to
assemble the perfect setup. They go over all the products involved with you, and
help you design your room and pick what fits. With this service, you’ll stay
within budget, you’ll meet your deadlines, and you won’t have to worry about a

It’s like having Alfred take care of everything for your
Batcave. A professional home theater shopping staff at your command… I know
it’s been a while since anyone gave me that kind of service. The whole thing
is complimentary, too, and they don’t work on commission; there’s no pressure,
no obligation, no puppydog eyes. And at the end of it all, the theater you get
is YOUR theater, not some generic theater arrangement you have to settle for out
of convenience. It’s a truly personalized

If you’re putting together a home theater, I can’t think
of any reason not to see what
their Personal Web Shoppers can do. The advantages to the service are pretty
obvious, and there are no disadvantages. I recommend giving them a call!

I want a popcorn machine!

I was looking at popcorn machines over at, and it got me thinking… I could really use one of these. I daresay I need one.

When I was a younger guy, I worked in a four-screen movie theater called the Glen Theater, as an usher and concessions booth worker. And lemme tell ya, was pretty much the best job a 16-year-old guy could have. The work was easy, and came in very short, very intense bursts, punctuated by hours of playing cards and talking about movies. We were allowed to see free movies anytime we liked, with no limit. We got free popcorn and soda, and the occasional bag of candy. I also had a crush on half the girls who worked there…

Anyway, Thoreau had his Walden, Lyra had her Oxford, I had the Glen. Everything about it was perfect, even the imperfect parts.

A big part of the job was keeping the popcorn machine running. It was an 8 oz. kettle machine, with an automatic oil pump. It was truly ancient- probably older than I am. Nevertheless, it worked flawlessly.

That smell was everywhere. It was completely and permanently infused into my work shirt- I only had one, after all, and I worked almost every day- and no amount of washing could cause the shirt to lose that characteristic popcorn essence. Not that I ever wanted it to, of course; I could be anywhere, and as long as I smelled that popcorn smell, I was in a good mood. Pavlov would be proud. Remarkably, over a decade later, it still works that way! I can’t imagine walking into a theater without smelling fresh, kettle-popped popcorn, and the minute I step through the doors, any theater feels like home.

Microwave popcorn is nowhere close, in my opinion. I’ve mentioned that I’m going to have a home theater of my own someday, and I still intend to do so. When I do, mark my words: it will not be complete until I have a real popcorn machine, popping away, filling my brain with memories via those marvelous popcorn sounds and smells.