Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy year end special

In honor of the arrival of the brand new year and the old thing that just passed, I’ve looked through my photo archives and found one photo from each month that merits a snappy or crappy vote from you gorgeous TucsonCitizen.com readers.

As you may know, this fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy? Have fun deciding, and please don’t be swayed by my own votes, which I’ve included in the captions.

May your New Year be blessed with a lot of the snappy and little to no crappy.



Ryn Gargulinski is a poet, artist, performer and TucsonCitizen.com Ryngmaster who sometimes thinks crappy stuff is snappy. Her column usually appears every Friday on Rynski’s Blogski but she wrote this week’s TC.com editorial for The Arizona Daily Star, which will appear on Rynski’s Blogski on Monday. Her art, writing and more is at RynRules.com. E-mail rynski@tucsoncitizen.com.

wb-logolilWhat do you think?

What’s the snappiest and crappiest thing you’ve seen, done or heard all year?

What photo is the snappiest? The crappiest?

Is New Year’s Eve the crappiest holiday?


About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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47 Responses to Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy year end special

  1. Jennatoolz says:

    Hi Ryn!! Happy New Year!
    I vote that New Years Eve is EXTRA SUPER Snappy because it just so happens to be my birthday. So, imho there is absolutely, without a doubt, NOTHING crappy about this day! 😉

    • Rynski says:

      heya jenna!
      well, happy birthday! how awesome! hope the day – and new year – brings you and yours all the fun, joy and beautiful things you deserve.
      …your birthday is also quite easy for folks to remember – and you always get a holiday the following day. good day you picked to be born, haha.

      • Jennatoolz says:

        Thank you Ryn! 
        Well, if you want to get technical, my mom had to have a C-section when I was born, and the Dr’s gave her a choice. She chose this day (as opposed to New Years day) because she wanted the tax deduction. I’ve been “used” since the day I was born, hahaha. 😛
        It’s always a good time on my birthday…never a dull moment!

      • Rynski says:

        oh that’s too funny! a tax deduction baby – you’re cool, and profitable! hahahaha.
        if she picked new year’s day she may have had the horror of being photographed and put on the front page of a newspaper while in her post-birth weariness as the papers often flock to hospitals on jan. 1 to report the “first baby born in the new year” – the moms often HATE that story, mainly because of the photo. hahah.

    • azmouse says:


    • Andrew Ulanowski says:

      What a total dork I am! Happy Birthday Jenna! Yay! <Whistling, cheering, screaming!>

  2. radmax says:

    Happy pre-New year Rynski! Well, I generally agree with your snap/craps, but I have some issues with a couple… 😉
    #4-I hate dead stuff in jars, always afraid I’ll open one up in dim light and take a swig by mistake. 🙂
    #7-Cabbage patch dolls are not only bland and creepy, they have that nondescript ‘butter face’ which I loath.
    #8-Thank the Lord someone had the foresight to lock this porta-crapper. Judging from the outside, I’m sure it is ten times more horrifying on the inside…ewwwwww!
    Have a happy all you all!

    • Jennatoolz says:

      Butter face! Haha…I found that funny! Happy New Year to you Radmax 😀

    • Rynski says:

      happy ny eve to you, radmax!
      #4. i love strange jarred things – even once had a whole jarred fossil collection of things that died around the house and job (when i worked in a pet store). but i fully understand your fear of swigging it. remember that joke about the scabs/potato chips?
      #7. cabbage patch dolls are disgusting and yes! a perfect example of butter face – hahahah. i picked snappy for that one because the doll is imprisoned – and if you look closely there is a big dead bug on the windowsill.
      #8. i was undecided on the porta-potty because they are, at times, a thing of necessity. seems weird, however, it was in a neighborhood alleyway.
      and i thought FOR SURE you would disagree with the novelty button.

      • radmax says:

        Hey Rynski, Charlie was a fine singer/songwriter… 😉 My gal even purchased a pair of his purported pants!(at least they look like someone died in them) 🙂
        Andrew(crazylegs)Ulanowski, have a great time tonight bud!

      • Rynski says:

        yes, charlie was quite the singer/songwriter. i’ll bet half the joints in town this eve will be playing his tunes!
        charles manson pants? where can i get some??

    • Andrew Ulanowski says:

      Happiness to you as well Radmax!

  3. Andrew Ulanowski says:

    Ryn-o-rama! Happiest of new years (and decades) to you and all of those you whom you love!

    Best wishes to the rest of you that play here as well!
    I am going to have decidedly snappy evening dancing to the groovy beat of Batucaxe!
    My fave was the novelty serial killer button – truly bizzare!

    Captcha= saucepan conflicts  (interesting concept – sounds like a theme for Jerry Springer!)

    • Jennatoolz says:

      Best wishes to you as well, Andrew! Have fun dancing! I’ll probably be attempting to dance, but it may look more like wild stumbling. 😛

    • Rynski says:

      happy to you and yours, too, andrew!
      thanks for the well wishes – and what fun it sounds you’ll have on your snappy eve. i heard batucaxe is awesome – they also have very fine photo galleries on their website.
      enjoy! and so glad you, too, are a fan of the novelty serial killer button. less hassle and easier to enjoy than the serial killer trading cards, for sure.
      may your new year be devoid of any saucepan conflicts.

    • Jennatoolz says:

      Neat, I just checked out some youtube videos of Batucaxe…that dancing looks way fun, and also looks like an awesome workout haha. Very cool! 😀

  4. azmouse says:

    Happy New Years Eve!!

    Although I know it isn’t ‘politically correct’, I like the serial killer collectables. They too, unfortunately, are a part of our history in this country.
    #1 IS snappy, cuz it’s a cat.
    #3 is snappy to me too, for it’s slight retro look and for nastalgia quality.
    #4 is only snappy if they are fakes. Even freaks deserve a decent funeral….
    #7 Looks like my daughters old cabbage patch doll. “Hang in there, Frida Corrina. I won’t rest until I find you and save you!!!!”

    • Rynski says:

      happy ny eve to you, too, azmouse!
      cool you’re on board with the serial killer button. twisted and weird but yes, gotta be snappy.
      i’m kinda wary of #3, even though you are correct that it does have that funky and fun retro/nostalgic feel, because the clowns look very angry as if the food they are selling will poison you.
      #4 – i think it’s even BETTER than a funeral for dead things to be on display. this way they can be revered for years to come.
      #7 – oh, i do hope! you find frida corrina! hahahahah

    • Andrew Ulanowski says:

      Hiya Mouse! Seems you’ve been missing some lately . . . hope this new year and decade will bring many good things to you!

      • azmouse says:

        Hi Andrew!
        I’ve had family visiting and thought it not very polite to hanging on the computer for hours on end like I usually do…lol
        They will al be heading out soon.
        Hope you have a fab new year and dance your a$$ off tonight!

      • Rynski says:

        azmouse – you should have given all your guests little computers and you all could have sat around on the computer all day…hahha. maybe next year….

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        Nice Mouse! Thanks, my a$$ is already small, making it an a$$et so I will shake it but I will not break it!  Full moon tonight so if you hear some howling, it’s NOT the coyotes!

      • Jennatoolz says:

        It will be me! Owwww Owww!!! Lol 😛

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        So . . . did you? Howl Jenna? Hope so. The moon was a beaut!

  5. Carolyn Classen says:

    Our Japanese culture has a “maneki neko” good luck cat displayed in businesses and homes.  This particular plump ceramic cat in photo #1 may be a “cousin”, but I’m unsure.  Do you remember which restaurant it was displayed in?  Would not be considered crappy in our culture.

    • azmouse says:

      All cats are cool, and I love the idea of a ‘good luck’ cat.
      Carolyn, do you know of anywhere here in town I could get a traditional Japanese good luck cat?

    • Rynski says:

      hiya carolyn,
      the gorgeous feline on display was, i believe, snapped in the healthy japenese eatery on campbell. Yoshimatsu means yum! really dig their food, the ambiance and the fun decor. they sell lots of little knick-knacks and such, azmouse, maybe you can check for a lucky cat there.
      always loved the lucky cats. they look so dang happy!

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        thanks for the recommend on the Yum! Japanese food Ryn. I’ve passed by there and always wondered . . .

  6. Carolyn Classen says:

    Yoshimatsu restaurant may have  some in their cute gift shop, 2660 N. Campbell between Grant and Glenn on the east side of Campbell, phone 320-1574. Good luck in finding one.

    • Rynski says:

      hey! you were reading my mind as i was typing up my last comment!

      • azmouse says:

        Thanks guys. I’ll have to check it out. I’ve never been there.

      • azmouse says:

        Wow, just spent a half hour just looking over the extensive menu. Now I wanna go there!

      • Rynski says:

        it’s a great place – affordable, too.
        besides, bento boxes are the cutest lil thangs…

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        Let me know when you go Mouse, I’ll meet you there!

      • azmouse says:

        Your on, Andrew! Then I can check out your buns of steel from all that dancing! LOL

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        Buns-O-Steel! Hilarious Mouse! OK, I’ll be waiting to hear from you, chopsticks in hand . . .
        I danced a lot this evening! Batucaxe was excellent and once again, rocked the house! The audience participated fully as Yarrow King got up and directed us all in some fine Afro-Brazilian style dance moves. I watched bands before and after and while they were all competent, no one else had people participating like they did.
        First captcha of the year = outgoing insurance (curious)

  7. art dolls says:

    The funny thing about this.

  8. Yeah…Bless with alot of Snappy and little to no crappy..:) Anywy nice picture you took!

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