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Treehouse of Horrors XXIX -Prize Guide – Countess Dracula

OK.  So yes…I am going to admit that I have a bit of a thing for hot cartoon ladies. Maybe it was seeing “Fritz the Cat” in my formative years…or maybe I just appreciate a well-shaped leg.  But, whatever it is, I have been clear with my appreciation of the female cartoon form in TSTO…

Fem Fatale…Marge…Miss Springfield…and several others, including the obvious…Booberella (she has boooooooobs!) are all part of what makes me smile in this game.  It’s harmless. I’m not “cheating” on Deb, or trying to marginalize these character’s other contributions  to society.  And to be fair, there are plenty of “hunks” in the game for others who like hunks, to drool over.

So…yes…if I zoom in on the Countess…as she bobs around her victims…her gown flowing in the wind (where does that wind come from anyway? It’s like Favio…he always has wind blowing around his swirling head of blond locks)…you get the picture.  And I am happy that Countess Dracula is now part of our game!

Yes. There is that little bit about being “eternally part of the world of the living dead” if she takes a bite.  But, at least for this event, the curse is reversible.

You have her, or you want her… let’s dig into the details.

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Friday Filler – Taking the Time to Chillax And Celebrate My “Tappiversary”

I have to admit that I often get that panicked feeling when I think I am going to miss a “tapping cycle.”  I end up “talking myself down” with a pep talk of “Hey…it’s not that big a deal if you get 4 in today, instead of 5.”  But, I know myself.  I know that if I start to slack off, it’s a very slippery slope.

It’s very much like buying a bag of Halloween Candy and promising that you will only eat 2 Kit Kat bars or 1 Butter Finger bar a day…wait…did I say 2 or 3? They’re tiny…and probably don’t amount to even a half of an actual size bar. So…maybe 4 a day is no big deal if I hit the rowing machine sometime today. But, I don’t have time to row…and I really want 4…so what the heck…4 it is…I’ll row longer tomorrow.

See?

But, tapping isn’t the same as Kit Kat bars.  The fact is, I get a whole lot less satisfaction from tapping, but I am a whole lot more addicted to it. Which presents a problem when you travel. Which I am going to be doing…

In fact, I am writing this early. By the time this posts, I’ll be in New York, with my friend Dave….after battling a week when I had 3 weeks of work to do, in one week, before I took off…knowing that although I SAID it would be a “working trip” I most likely wouldn’t do much at all.  Like I said…I know when the slope is slippery…and I am used to knowing when I am going to slide.

BUT, WE ARE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A HUGE UPDATE!!!!!!
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?????
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Treehouse of Horrors XXIX – Prize Guide – The Webs


I’m not going to lie (and you should never trust someone who starts a sentence with “I’m not going to lie!”), this is really a silly item that is barely worth the tapping to get it.

I honestly have no idea why the designers/programmers thought that this would be a great addition to Halloween…but, here it is.

The Webs.

I get it. The concept is creepy.  But for those of us at or nearing retirement age, the idea of being “cocooned” for eternity is just plain weird.  Unless of course, you are talking about the way the codgers in the movie “Cocoon” were treated (swimming with hot aliens in a pool that reversed the aging process).  But, I digress…

We got The Webs…”A Retirement Forest” at “Giant Spider Acres.”
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If You Are Getting Popups On the Addicts Site…READ THIS

OK. Let’s just be honest about it…there are a ton of bad folks out there trying to mess with our site, and every other site in the world.  It’s in the headlines. It’s all over the web…and yes…you may be getting some of the same annoying Pop-Ups while others who go to the same sites do not.

You may be screaming…”WHY ME?????”

Well…as it turns out, it could be partly “user error.”  If you are using any device in the iWorld (pads, phones, books, laptops) you are likely really OK when it comes to Malware. Apple actually does a pretty good job.  HOWEVER…it doesn’t protect you from pop-ups on web sites. If you don’t have pop-up blockers installed in your browsers…you might consider it.

But there are actually a couple of common sense things you can do, to get rid of those nasty popups and “YOU MIGHT HAVE WON AN AMAZON GIFT CARD” notices.

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Treehouse of Horror XXIX – Prize Guide – Dracula-La Land

OK.  I get it. If you are going to do a parody or a pun…or even worse, a bad parody and a bad pun, you might as well go all of the way.  And this prize does.

It’s actually from an episode…the Treehoouse of Horrors that came out around the same time that the Horror Film (at least for me) La La Land, came out. It’s from Season 21, and the segment is called, “Tweenlight.”  Yes. Another play on the “Twilight” movies. Equally awful as La La Land.

According to the WIKI- Dracula-la Land is a neighborhood of Springfield where everyone is a vampire, or at least looks like one.

“Homer and Count Dracula drove into Dracula-la Land searching for their children (Lisa and Edmund), who had run off together. After a brief search, which included asking Count von Count if he’d seen the kids, Dracula spotted Edmund carrying Lisa up the side of a bell tower.”

OK then. And then they dance and sing?  Man. I really hated that movie. Bad dancing. Bad singing. Silly story. But, I digress…

Here are the details for Dracula-La Land

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Treehouse of Horrors XXIX – Act I Prize Guide – Transylvania Welcome Sign

Boom!  And just like that, we are thrown back into the world of old school vampires, and mummies, and werewolves! Oh My!

I have loads of questions about mummies, but we won’t get there for quite some time. So, perhaps I’ll just stick with what we DO have…an old school look at Dracula (and family) from a Simpsons perspective.

We are going to get a ton of Old School Dracula stuff.  And by “old school” I mean the good old kind of vampire that flies around like a bat, wears a cape, and doesn’t so much like the sun. These are not the kind we have seen in the silly, violent, over-sexed modern day vampires we see in TV and movies these days. And let’s be honest…when you start your career like Robert Pattinson, with a hacky, horrible movie like “Twilight,” you are pretty much doomed to be the “cute guy with fangs” for the rest of your life.  It is WAY better to make your mark as an older, wiser, Transylvanian Dracula, like Bela Lugosi.  No type casting there!  But, I digress…

The first prize…is the Transylvania Welcome Sign!
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Friday Filler – When the Old Way Really Is the Better Way

Thank Grog It’s Firday!!

Yes. I am going to go there.

I am going get on my high grandpa horse (which isn’t so high since he had a hoof replacement a few years back) and tell you why the modern day version of horror films can’t stand up to the greats of yesteryear!

I’ll wait for you to stop rolling your eyes…still waiting…still waiting… OK. Just CLOSE your eyes and listen.

Back in the days of black and white TV, and three channels, and a broken channel changer that meant you had to change the channel with needle nose pliers (I didn’t say that everything was better back then), I was introduced to one of the funniest, and creepiest movies I had ever seen (I was seven at the time…so creepy and funny were still pretty new to me).

This movie was the best of its kind (as I was to find out later), and ironically was a “Greatest Hits” homage to tons of movies that I had yet to discover.  And, even more ironic, is in many ways the basis of THIS VERY UPDATE!!!

The name of that movie???
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Treehouse of Horrow XXIX – Math Tips and Bits of Help to Get It All

Let’s start by admitting a couple of things.  First of all…YES…This Event is just like every other event in recent history. It looks a lot harder than it really is…but it is made a bit more difficult by the HUGE NUMBER OF GLITCHES (some real, some perceived) that come with every update from EA.  It is another SNAFU (Situation Normal All FREAKED Up!).

That said. I also admit to having none of the major glitches that are being reported. My game isn’t “laggy” and I am already ahead of the calendar, with hardly a donut dropped (except on a couple of Premium Items that only kinda help).

So…How Did I Do It??? What’s The Secret Math?  What makes me the Master of This Update????
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Tree House of Horror XXIX – Act One Calendar and Math You Need to Get It All

Whoooohooooo!
The wait is over and now we are back to the grinding!

This early in a major event, there is no way to know if EA has made any huge changes or not…like how many items we are going to be allowed to place before we hit the limits again…or how much land they’ll give us to place the HUGE list of stuff we see coming down the pike. But, you CAN bet that there will be a lot of grinding.

And, if you WANT IT ALL you are going to have to drop some donuts (purchased or farmed) over the next six weeks (yes, this one is “shorter” than a few others we have had).

And…yes…because so many of you complained about the “Do It Yourself” Calendar I did at the end of the last event (which some of you also loved) I am willing to compromise, and combine the “Artistic Freedom” of the big calendar, and the “convenient simplicity” of the digital calendar…into one calendar of function and beauty.

Here is that calendar, and all of the numbers you need to stay on track with the main prize track!

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Friday Filler – Are We There Yet?



Thank Grog It’s Firday!

As a father of five, and a grandpa to seven, I am a veteran of dealing with kids and their propensity for over-anticipation. In the “Good Old Days,” you could count on the seasons. You could count on retailers sticking to an unspoken rule of when they would bring out Halloween decorations, when it was OK to start pitching deals on Thanksgiving Turkeys, and when we would see the huge Christmas catalogs from Sears and Montgomery Wards hit our mailboxes.

Yes. I am that old.

But today, the lines have become so blurred, so completely without real meaning, that we find ourselves anticipating events, and expecting instant gratification in ways that have blown the word “anticipation” out of the lexicon of our current culture.

We are so used to being able to click a mouse, or tap a padular device, and have something delivered to our house, that the very thought of waiting for something worthwhile is a thing of the past.  The “Amazon Way” has given rise to year-around shopping…for anything…anytime…with shorter and shorter windows for delivery. And concurrently,  out of survival, many of the largest Box Stores have mimicked this culture with “Same Day Grocery Delivery” and “Bonus Reward Deals” available only for “Drive Thru Instant Delivery Pickup.” You don’t have to shop around people anymore. You don’t have to wait for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for Christmas to officially start. You don’t have to wait for anything.

And then…there is the “EA Way.”
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