Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life, Part 8 by Joshua O’Rourke

Splinter sat on the couch with Shadow cuddled into him closely. The little girl had a large photo album that was almost bigger than her laid across her lap. Inside were photographs of many of the Turtles greatest moments: Birthday parties, Shadows first pictures as a newborn, Donatello building Metalhead and a host of others. While everyone was waiting for Leonardo to return, Splinter told the stories behind every picture Shadow pointed out. Before he knew it, several of the guests were huddled around them listening. Shadow paused on a particular picture. It was one that Splinter had not seen for many years. It was of his sons, just days before having defeated the Shredder in battle. “Grandpa Splinter,” Shadow asked, “why are all of the turtles wearing red masks in this one?” “Well Shadow, the Turtles were still in training when I took that picture. After a while, I gave them all masks of their own; the same ones they wear now. Each mask represents what makes each of them a person. Each one has a different meaning.” “Like what?” Mona asked, She was sitting on the other side of Shadow. “Sorry, football is kinda boring.” Splinter smiled and[…]


Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life, Part 7 by Joshua O’Rourke

Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life Part seven Okay, April thought. Potatoes…check. Sweet potatoes…check. Stuffing, green bean casserole and salad…check. All I have left is the turkey. Oh, and I can’t forget to throw away the take out menus and receipt, Mikey will never let me hear the end of it if he finds them. In the rush to get the turkey made in time for dinner, April ended up ordering all of her side dishes from a local deli down the street. April had never smoked a turkey before, and she didn’t realize how much care and attention it would require making sure the smoker stayed lit. She spent most of her morning climbing out onto the fire escape and checking the smoker. Either that, or she checked it too many times and the turkey wouldn’t be done until much later. Either way, Mondo, Ace and Venus had brought pizza when they arrived. From the next room, April could hear her daughter Shadow playing with Venus and asking her tough questions like: ‘Are you the turtles’ sister?’, or ‘Why aren’t there more girl turtles’, and ‘Why did your mom name you after a planet?’ “Anything else we can[…]


The Story Before The Story: Ninja Turtles by Joshua O’Rourke

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles     Sometime around the year 1990, Hamato Yoshi was a high ranking member of the Foot clan in Japan. Yoshi was an unrivaled warrior, yet a compassionate man, known for possessing great wisdom beyond his years. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he was honored by his masters with an offering of a position of leadership within the Foot clan. Yoshi refused the offering, not because he did not want to become a leader, but because he was afraid of his life within the Foot taking precedence over his life with the woman he loved; Tang Shen. Yoshi and Shen had met each other when they were children, and were devoted to each other when they came of age. Wishing to start a family with Shen, Yoshi left the Foot Clan and went to live in America. Hamato Yoshi left the Foot Clan an honorable man. Yet, one of his superiors did not accept Yoshi’s resignation; Oroku Saki. Saki, whose lineage could be traced back to the very beginnings of the Foot clan, believed it an offense to put personal gain before the glory of serving the Foot clan. Disregarding the wishes of his[…]


Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life, Part 6 by Joshua O’Rourke

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles   Leonardo climbed out of the sewer and into the gloomy alley that was down the street from the Purple Dragons home base. Donatello and Michelangelo had told everyone about the threat of the Dominators returning after many months of laying low. Leonardo had felt a certain amount of hope flee from him when Donatello had informed them of Karai’s email. A small part of Leonardo was more than happy to accept the possibility of the Dominators crawling under a rock somewhere and forgetting they ever existed. In all his years of fighting crime, Leonardo had never seen this kind of violence from anyone they had ever encountered. Shredder may have been a killer, but he had honor. He would never shoot someone in the head and leave them lying in the street for some passerby to find them a day or so later. As Leonardo walked up the street, dressed in baggy blue jeans and a black hooded sweater, he thought of his talk with Raphael before he went to the surface to meet with Karai. “You headed out already,” Raphael had asked him. “We’re not supposed to be at April’s for another hour.” Leonardo[…]


Bargain Bin Radio Show #72

Hello Everyone! Thank you for joining us again.  It is nice to see you.  Things have been pretty busy here with us, how about with you?  Josh has been doing some video reviewing, his first one is about Spider-Man: One More Day.  It will be up on youtube shortly and then here as well. If you have something you would like to hear him or I talk about, go ahead let us know through the comments here, facebook, or twitter @bargainbinradio. In this episode of our show, we talk about what movies we are looking forward to this coming winter, how over zealous fans can make a regular fan feel, and of course, Marvel.  Join us for our next episode and listen in to any comments or questions we read.  Thank you and have a great day! ~Nicole

That is us!

We were guests on another Podcast! 2 Guys and A Buzz

Hello Listeners! This past week, Josh and I were asked (ever so sweetly) to participate in a podcast with fellow casters Johnathan and Will from Two Guys and a Buzz…And we did!  It was an amazing time and I just want to take a moment to say Thank You to both John and Will for having us on your show.  We would love to do it again anytime you are up for it.  I am putting a link here to soundcloud.com so everyone can enjoy this podcast.  Check out all of their other podcasts, and let everyone know what you think.  And remember to vote on Vs.! ~Nicole https://soundcloud.com/2_guys_and_a_buzz/ep15-2-guys-and-a-buzz-kill http://[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232137990″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Synopsis: “In this episode we sit down with our guests Josh and Nicole O’Rourke from Bargain Bin Radio Podcast as we go over why Ohio went against the legalization of Marijuana, why the presidential candidate polls aren’t feeling The Bern, Native Americans and paid restitution, Sesame Street going to HBO and what that means for PBS, Austrian woman destroys money to make sure family doesn’t inherit it after her death, our original segments VS, Buffoon Goon, and What If. Come join us and we’ll[…]


Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life, Part 5 by Joshua O’Rourke

  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O’Neil and Casey Jones   Almost six years ago, at a small restaurant in Brooklyn… April was sick to her stomach. Maybe being eight weeks pregnant had something to do with it, but right now, all she could think about was how Casey was running late for their date. I can’t believe I’m about to have a date with Casey Jones. April thought. A few of months ago, if you had asked April what she thought of Casey, she’d be nice and tell you that he was the world’s biggest nine year old. Casey was violent, sure, but April could tell that he was someone who wanted to help people instead of hurt them. She could tell that he was the perfect foil for the Turtles. Casey was big and broad, but he loved having fun so much that when he and the Turtles got together to catch purse snatchers or rough up some Foot Clan members, you could bet that you would find them playing a pickup basketball game of shooting ski ball with some local kids. Then there was his smile, Casey loved to smile and makes others laugh. April thought back[…]


Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life (the story so far)

  Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life. By Joshua O’Rourke Water was dripping from some unknown source. Obviously it was from some loose fitting on a pipe somewhere, or a faucet or showerhead in one of the bathrooms. For whatever reason, that always seemed to wake Leonardo up before his alarm had the chance. Every day for years now, the small “drip, drip, drip” of water falling from some source nears his room would bring him to a new day. Leonardo opened his eyes slowly and stared up at the stone ceiling above him. His eyes focused quickly and he cracked his knuckles as he rolled out of bed. “VEEP…VEEP” Leonardo quickly pressed the off button on his alarm. His brother, Donatello, made him that alarm for Christmas three years ago. Every time Leo looked at it he remembered how excited Donnie was when he unwrapped it. Donnie was almost bouncing when he said; “It’s based on a perpetual motion engine I designed. It doesn’t run on batteries or electricity, but every time the second hand moves it powers the clock to move the next second. That alarm will keep perfect time for…forever.” Leonardo quickly and neatly made his[…]


Show #70

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another episode of Bargain Bin Radio with Josh and Nicole.  This episode marks our 70th show together, and I am very excited to share it with all of you.  In this episode, I play a little game with Josh called, “Which Marvel actors hated being in Marvel Movies?”  It was fun!  If you have any comments or questions, please leave them here or on our facebook page.  We look forward to hearing from any of our listeners. ~Nicole


A Guy, A Girl, & A Time Machine: TMNT Part 1

Hello Everyone, and welcome back for another episode of A Guy, A Girl, and a Time Machine!  In this episode, we are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful guest: Mr. Rob Luther!  If you haven’t been listening to our regular Bargain Bin podcast (WHY HAVEN’T YOU), Rob hosts a number of podcasts, but the one we talk about the most is the Turtle Flakes Podcast.  So in this episode, we dedicate most of our time talking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  This post will have part 1, but part 2 will posted with it as well.  Thank you so much to Rob for taking the time to talk with us and for spending the virtual evening actually with us. ~Nicole


A Guy, A Girl, & a Time Machine: TMNT Part 2

Here is part two of our podcast with Rob where in we discuss the new 2014 TMNT movie, a variety of books, and go way off topic!  Enjoy! ~Nicole


Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life, Part 4 by Joshua O’Rourke

  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April felt her heart sink down around her ankles. The Dominators were bad news. They were some type of group that was targeting mutants and killing them with zero tolerance. They didn’t care what type of mutant you were, whether you were a criminal or not; if you were a mutant, you were as good as dead. And the worst part was, no one had ever seen them before the murders started, and no one had heard from them since they had stopped. All April knew was that they had it out for the Turtles since the day they had made themselves known. “April…” “April…” Donatello said. April’s mind had wandered off while Donatello had continued talking. He did that sometimes. He didn’t mean to, it’s just that the guy was like a walking text book He was full of information just waiting to be unleashed. “April, did you hear me?” “I’m sorry Donnie. Could you say that again?” April said. “Of course, I said that there are two points of interest here.” “You mean other than the dead body?” “Yes,” Donatello said, “For starters, the victim’s liver was removed. They were stitched back together[…]


Ninja Turtles: A Day in the Life, Part 3 by Joshua O’Rourke

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Oh my God, could this coffee maker brew any slower?” April O’Neil leaned against the counter in her kitchen. In front of her, the coffee maker stood magnanimous and proud at the power it wielded over the puny humans that thought it was merely a thing. How little people knew. Of course, it could be thinking nothing at all and April was just sleep-deprived having worked an accidental ten-hour shift at the hospital yesterday. Winter months were always bad for hospital employees. April held onto the theory that people wanted to go to the hospital to hear from a doctor that, no, there is nothing wrong with them. But as the weather got worse, and the mercury dropped more and more, people needed to hear that nothing was wrong with them. Yes, April was slightly cynical; she knew that being a nurse for the past three years had taken a small toll on her, she had no idea what the next twenty might do to her. Honestly, April hated to admit it, but sometimes, she hated that she gave up on journalism being anything more than just a hobby. Especially considering that everyone and[…]

The did he or she really do it mystery game movie.

Clue: The Movie

Hello All! Thank you for checking out our new podcast segment: A Guy, A Girl, and a Time Machine.  In this podcast we discuss something we love from prior 2005, either movies, games, or comics.  Our inaugural episode is all about a board game turned movie Clue.  Thanks again, and please feel free to leave comments, questions, and find us in iTunes (while there maybe give us a 5* rating!). ~Nicole


Ninja Turtles: A day in the life, Part 2 by Josh O’Rourke

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES   About five minutes before he met his brothers at the platform for their run, Raphael quietly snuck into his old room and sat on the edge of the bed for a rare moment of contemplation. Raphael room was stark and kind of lifeless at one time. He was surrounded by stone walls, bare floor and a twin-sized bed for years. Raphael always looked at his brothers’ rooms and thought; ‘That’s them.’ Raph always thought that when you looked at a person’s room, you’d see who they were. Mikes room was filled with boxes of comics and a large drafting table, loaded with art supplies. Leo’s room was immaculate, filled with art books and travel books. Don’s lab was full of tools, work benches and books. And Raph’s room was empty, but that was then. Raphael wasn’t much of a philosopher, but he always wondered if his room being empty meant he was empty. And then he met Mona, something changed, and his room wasn’t empty anymore. Now it had a TV with a DVD player. Old and new movie posters lined the walls. A large oak dresser sat in the corner, filled with t-shirts that[…]

Reboots and Remakes

Show #60 and Friends! (Reboots and Remakes) part 1

This week we are once again graced with the wonderful talents of Melissa Ann and Brent from scaredstiffreviews.com.  I want to say thank you to them for setting aside what became a wonderful discussion about Reboots and Remakes.  Josh and I had a fabulous time and hope to do it again.  I had to split our conversation into two parts due to the length, but it is still a whole lot of fun.  (See my play on words there:) ~Nicole

Reboots and Remakes 2

Show #60 and Friends! (Reboots and Remakes) part 2

Hello All. This is part 2 of our conversation.  Oh what fun it is to have a couple of hours to talk with intelligent people.  ~Nicole  


Ninja Turtles: a day in the life

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES   Water was dripping from some unknown source. Obviously it was from some loose fitting on a pipe somewhere, or a faucet or shower head in one of the bathrooms. For whatever reason, that always seemed to wake Leonardo up before his alarm had the chance. Every day for years now, the small “drip, drip, drip” of water falling from some source nears his room would bring him to a new day. Leonardo opened his eyes slowly and stared up at the stone ceiling above him. His eyes focused quickly and he cracked his knuckles as he rolled out of bed. “VEEP…VEEP” Leonardo quickly pressed the off button on his alarm. His brother, Donatello, made him that alarm for Christmas three years ago. Every time Leo looked at it he remembered how excited Donnie was when he unwrapped it. Donnie was almost bouncing when he said; “It’s based on a perpetual motion engine I designed. It doesn’t run on batteries or electricity, but every time the second hand moves it powers the clock to move the next second. That alarm will keep perfect time for…forever.” Leonardo quickly and neatly made his bed. The heavy blankets almost[…]


Show #59

Hello Everyone! Have you ever wanted to see a Friday the 13th tv series on the CW?  Neither have we, but its happening!  In this episode, Josh and I talk about all sorts of fun tv and movie fun.  Let us know what you think of some of these new shows we talk about.  Also, make sure to check out Josh’s review of a cool movie called Creep.  Plus, check out scaredstiffreviews.com and Turtle Flakes Podcast…both very interesting and fun podcasts/reviews. ~Nicole


“Creep” Last Minute Reviews with Josh O’Rourke

You see, its movies like this one that give me trust issues. Let it be known that before watching the film Creep, starring Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, I had no idea about its existence, I had just heard about it about a week ago from a couple of friends. Trust me when I tell you that Creep is one of, if not the most, surprising film I’ve seen all year. While you may be put off by another found footage film, of another loner, of another cabin in the woods, you would be wrong. This movie, defies your expectations of what you think a “horror” film is all about. Not ten minutes goes by, and you already realize that this film is not about gore, nudity and pushing the envelope with how far you can go with an “R” rating. This film, in my opinion, shows you exactly how scary/creepy awkward conversations can be. Creep starts out simply enough. Aaron (Brice) is on his way to see Josef (Duplass), a cancer victim given months to live, after answering a craigslist add for a camera man for a days’ work. Josef is dying of a brain tumor the size of[…]


“Before We Go” Last Minute Reviews with Josh O’Rourke

Before We Go Let me share something with you, something that took me a while to learn; you’re going to love who you’re going to love. That one line is what’s at the core of Before We Go. This movie is basic, there’s no CGI, no stunts (save for one punch to the nose), trailers for the trailers or3D option to be found. This film is a simple story about two people who are thrown together by circumstance and good character. From being stranded in Grand Central station to crashing high rise parties they weren’t invited to, to strolling bad neighborhoods and drinking coffee they can’t pay for; this film is a simple story of (about) six hours of the interconnecting lives of two people who are lost. Just like all of us have been at one time or another.   Chris Evans and Alice Eve   Nick Vaughn (Evans) is a trumpet player wasting time playing for nothing in the middle of Grand Central station in NYC. He’s come to New York to audition for a spot in a jazz band that has recently lost their trumpet player. Brooke Dalton (Eve) is probably having the worst night of her[…]


Nicole’s Notions 2: The Depiction of Women in Comics

Nicole’s Notions Part II: Women in Comics   First off, let me being with a statistic: 47% of comic book readers are female, about 9 million ladies.  This may seem like a staggering number, especially when one walks into a comic book store and all you see are guys followed by the staggering hush that falls over the room as an elusive female walks into the men’s domain.  Most of the women I know read comics, including myself, and we pass them on to our daughters and sons.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to share these artistic visionary marvels with our daughter, sons, or significant others; in fact, I encourage it. I love when I can share stories with my daughters, especially when they concern great role models and contain strong, willful, and smart heroes they can look up too. I recently wrote about the harmful side effects the portrayal of male comic book characters can have on men and young boys, so now in my 2nd part, I want to cover a subject I have first hand experience with: How the portrayal of female characters can effect self worth and self esteem. It may seem like playing a[…]

Podcast with friends

Show #58 in 2 parts…With Guests!

Hello everybody! Once again, thank you for tuning in to Bargain Bin Radio.  This week we have a very, very special podcast because we have guests and questions!  This episode does contain the content you have come to enjoy, i.e. wandering conversations.  Our guest are two very special people from the internet, Brent and Melissa Ann.  Melissa Ann writes for Scared Stiff Reviews and is a big fan of horror which is something new to me.  I have included a link to her very interesting and entertaining works.  I have agreed to watch a couple movies based on her and Brent’s recommendations. We talk about horror movies, what movies we would pay to produce, and answer some questions from facebook users.  We talk each others ears off, and even with cutting the episode down it is still almost 2 hours long, thus I have broken it into two parts for ease of listening. Check out the other two posts with the actual podcast.  Once I learn a bit more about web design, I am hoping to be able to learn how to put it all into one post, so bear with me ya’ll! Please let us know with a comment[…]