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Support Local Biz: August 21, 2008

Submitted by on August 21, 2008 – 11:40 AM7 Comments

The 90210 reruns on SOAPnet have just cycled back to the beginning — and you can read S1 recaps at The HeldenFiles.

You can also get yourself a big bag of Hoffernalia while browsing the Hoff's site, which I can't believe I'd never visited before (thanks to Alli for the tip).

Looking for an all-purpose, three-minute expositional answer to just about any action-movie dilemma? Matt Zoller Seitz has "The Explanation."

And the end of summer means…well, a few things, including back-to-school shopping, which I still do every year even though school is half a lifetime ago. I cannot resist the lure of new notebooks and organizing tools, and MZS's neighbors tipped me to 1) cheap, chic school stuff at Muji ("the Japanese Ikea"); and 2) a big summer sale at Container Store. My spies also told me that you can say you're shopping for college and get another 10% off just by signing up for a mailing; they don't ask for proof or anything. I'm not saying you should or should not do so; I'm saying we're in a recession.

But it also means the TN Fall Contest is approaching. Would you like to donate a prize? Would you care to help out on the administrative end? Drop me a line: bunting at tomatonation dot com. Or start shopping the proposals at

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  • Kama Cath says:

    I'm not sure what it says about me that I actually got goose bumps when I read the phrase "sale at Container Store." I would sell my soul to the devil for the right storage system… fibbing about going to college? Done.

  • Cij says:

    Darn you Sars! Every time I go to Donor's Choose I end up funding some project! I hold you entirely responsible. :) But I still intend to donate towards your TN challenge- and I can't wait to see how you outdo yourself this year.

  • Melissa says:

    Re: The Explanation: thanks Sars! This basically reminded me of several movies that I love, haven't seen in years, and will look for on my DVD shelf this weekend!

    ….except The Matrix. Sheesh, what a waste of brainpower that was!

  • tulip says:

    Ah! Muji! When we were in NYC we stopped by there. Oh how I loved it.I am a SUCKER for that kind of office supply/organizer/IKEA-ish type stuff. I wish we had one closer or they sold online!! :)

    Yay Donor's Choose! Can't wait for this year!

  • Devin McCullen says:

    I think I would have ended the montage with the Hungarian guy yelling "I'm telling you it's Keyzer Soze!" But that's just me, and I definitely trust MZS's critical faculties more than mine.

  • The fall Blogger Challenge at is right around the corner (October 1st)… mark your calendars!

  • Leigh in CO says:

    WAH! Saturday morning SOAPNet 90120 is crappity Kelly-back-from-rehab season! Way too much Nate in lurve (and…SUSAN. I always forget about Susan. Not a fan of Susan.) . Talk about disappointing.

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