Impatient Skittles

Today’s PWYT photo comes from Greg H. who works at an auto towing company in Richmond, British Columbia.

skittles

We all (and clearly just about everyone on the internet) love cat photos.  We have no idea why cat photos get so much attention, but for some reason they do.

We originally created PWYT to be about PEOPLE posing with their toasters, but we have now officially extended this to include people’s pets posing with their toasters.  There was no hard and fast rule on this.  To tell you the truth, we never really thought too hard about it.  To our creative readers out there that like to break the rules, don’t get any smart ideas!  This is a wholesome, fun, family-friendly website.  We will not take… well… we’ll probably look at everything you send us… BUT we will certainly NOT post anything and everything you send us.  Let’s keep this wholesome here.

Alright, back to our scheduled programming…  Here’s what Greg had to say about his picture:

“Hey PWYT!  Greg here, writing to you from Richmond BC.  I’ve been following PWYT for a little while now.  I’ve got it bookmarked on my phone and I check back here once in a while when I check up on my internet feed, which usually happens when I’m sitting on the crapper.  Apologies for the mental image.  I don’t usually submit stuff like this to websites, but I like you guys and thought I’d do a bit of giving back.  Here’s how the picture happened.

My feline friend Skittles really likes to have some warm tuna on toast as a treat.  I don’t give it to her too often… only about once a month.  I popped a slice of toast into the toaster and went to conduct my business in the bathroom.  On this day, I happened to check up on PWYT and I saw your most recent post with Fred and his toaster (hilarious by the way).  When I came out of the bathroom, Skittles was posing just like you can see in the picture attached to this email, really eagerly awaiting her toasty tuna treat.  Having just gotten caught up with PWYT in the bathroom, I thought this was the perfect chance for a picture.  I don’t think Skittles has ever been on the internet yet.  This will be her first.

She was also doing this funny waddle action, which I’ve never seen her to do in the past.  I tried to switch it over to video so I could film her doing her new waddle thing.  By the time I switched over, she got down from the cabinet door, sat up really straight and just stared at me with this half-sleepy facial expression.  I think she somehow knew that I was going to try to take a video and she didn’t approve.  Sometimes I get creeped out by how smart she is.  Sorry, no video this time.  Do you guys accept videos, by the way?

Anyway, that’s all from me!  Let me know if you have any questions.  I’ll look forward to reading this in the bathroom ;)”

There you have it, folks—Skittles impatiently waiting for her toasty tuna toast.  Tune in next time for more PWYT goodness!

PS… Greg, we haven’t given much thought to whether videos are okay or not.  So far we don’t have any videos posted, nor have we received any videos from people.  However, we’ll have a quick meeting to discuss this amongst ourselves.  *discussing the video issue…*  We’re back!  We’ve come to the unanimous decision that videos are okay, since “Pose With Your Toaster” does not imply specifically images or videos.  It only requires someone (or something) to be posing with a toaster.  Again… creative people, don’t get any funny ideas.  You can send weird stuff to us, but we’ve got an obligation to filter out stuff that doesn’t fit with PWYT’s policies.  You know who you are…

Until next time, stay tuned and keep those photos (and now videos!) coming in…

Time Travelling Toaster De-Limo-Rean

Today’s precious gem comes from Collin Marlow from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada…

limo-toaster

As you can see from the image above, “precious” doesn’t do the image justice.

We think fantastically ludicrously epically awesome sauce, yet super duper geekily badass describes this situation a little better. (FLEASYSDGB for short)…

Alright, nay-sayers… we know what you’re thinking…

“pffft… give me a break, this ain’t REAL… this just be some photoshop voodoo stuff”

Well, hey, we get it. It totally is just photoshop. Nobody’s trying to fool anyone here.

We and Collin admit it. It’s photoshopped, it’s not real, it’s just a fake picture of something that never happened.

But you know what? We don’t care that it never happened. The cool part we’re all interested in, is that it COULD happen.

We believe Lloyd Christmas says it best…

“… so you’re telling me there’s a chance! YEAHHH!!!” That’s right boys and girls, we choose to live in a world of hope and possibility. Those who choose the same can join us… those who don’t can eat burnt toast.

We also state on our about page that we’re totally cool with fake toaster posing pics… Go ahead… go check out the about page and read the fine print.

Before we pass it over to Collin, here’s a little housekeeping to give credit where credit is due:

The story Collin has for you is quite inspirational and we applaud him for his actions.

On with the show. Take it away Collin from Vancouver Canada eh!

“Hi there PWYT family, my name is Collin Marlow and I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The story behind my picture is a bit of a strange one. It’s a story of passion… of dreams… of regret, but also of victory. It’s a story that is dear to my heart. Let me explain…

I’ve always been a big fan of the Back to the Future series. I’ve always wanted to be Marty McFly… to be able to travel through time in the DeLorean and change events in the past with Doc Brown.

I never did think that desire would hit home so hard.

The closest I could get to becoming Marty McFly was to get his car, the DeLorean.

5 months ago, after a lot of saving up money and research, I was able to find someone who was willing to sell me their DeLorean. I live in Vancouver and the seller was in Coquitlam. We met about half way and did the exchange.

There was one small issue… one decision I had to make. I couldn’t get the car insured right then and there. I could either drive the car home uninsured and have it in my garage that day, or I could leave it at my uncle’s house and have someone come insure it the week after.

My impatience and joy having finally gotten the car in my hands came over me. I think you can probably tell where this is going.

I made the decision to risk it. I decided to drive the DeLorean home uninsured. It wasn’t that far… about 15 minutes. Besides, I’d get to enjoy driving the car home that very minute.

Driving in the DeLorean was great. Man… I felt like Marty McFly driving the great DeLorean time machine with Doc Brown by my side. I was on top of the world—like that guy from Titanic, except cooler. (no offense)

I was just 2 minutes away from home when it happened.

Long story short… I got into an accident and the car was nearly a complete wreck.

It felt like the world was against me that day… I was devastated. Dumfounded.

It was a traumatizing experience and I know I had another choice to make…

I could let this event torment me for years to come and get bitter about it… always living in regret… always wishing I could literally go back in time to change my decision.

OR, I could make the most of the situation and celebrate what I had. I had gotten to experience a dream come true. I had my DeLorean, I drove it, I loved it, I felt like McFly and Doc Brown.

Those were my choices. I chose the latter.

To make the most of what I had, I sold what was left of the DeLorean for scraps and kept a few pieces of it for the sake of sentimentality. I decided to move on use the money for one last ride.

I hired a limo company in town to take me around for a bit of closure.

The picture above commemorates this ride. Maybe it wasn’t as cool as the DeLorean, but I imagined Doc was right there with me, riding in style away from that tragic event of the past. The toaster on top is there for two reasons. I imagine Doc would have used some appliance parts to run a time machine, and because I knew that I wanted to submit the picture to you guys here at PWYT.

Thanks to VanCity Limos for the awesome limousine ride. They’re the same company I got the background from. I told the chauffeur about my story and he told me he was impressed with how I was dealing with the situation.

Thanks for reading and sharing in this experience with me. Thanks for helping me cherish the experience of my dream and helping me move on.”

Coach Companion

Howdy Y’all.

We received this fine photograph from Fred C. who lives in Fresno California.

FRED
Here is Fred sitting beside his favorite toaster (he’s only got one), where he likes to spend most of his time at home, which is sitting on the coach in front of the TV.
Yup, Fred’s a good ol’ chronic couch potato, and not ashamed to say it. Oddly enough, when we received the photo from Fred, he didn’t leave much of a description in the email, but instead left his phone number and asked us to call him to talk. We originally thought this was pretty weird (no offense, Fred), since we’ve never actually gotten on the phone with any of our followers/fans before. But we thought… heck, why not? So we had a quick chat over skype while Fred told us all about his coach companion. Fred doesn’t have a desktop computer, he only has a smartphone, but he hates typing on it and he’s super slow typing on his phone. That’s why he wanted to skype with us instead so he could just tell us about his picture instead. Here’s what we found out about Fred.

Fred found our site pretty recently he said. He can’t remember how he came upon our site. He thinks it was while he was searching for toaster repair tips or toaster cleaning tips.
Fred says that he was too shy to show his face on camera and that showing just the toaster in its natural environment is the most important thing anyway. We didn’t do a video skype chat so we have no idea what Fred looks like either. We imagine he’s a handsome young chap, probably in his mid 30s, and we think he’s wearing a space jam t-shirt in the photo, but we’re not entirely sure. We didn’t ask Fred… we should have. Fred, if you’re reading this, please enlighten us. =)

Some of Fred’s favorite shows are Game of Thrones, Modern Family, Gotham and also one of our favorites, Breaking Bad. (wooot for Breaking Bad…!)  Fred, like many of our fans, is a quirky dude. That’s not surprising, considering the quirkiness of our website. (That’s why we love y’all.)Apparently, Fred keeps his toaster there at the foot of his coach all the time.  So, why the toaster on the ground beside the coach?  The intriguing reasons for this strange behaviour include the following:

TV Feasting

Who doesn’t like to do a little snacking by the TV?  We all do, but Fred takes this to the extreme. When Fred comes home from work, he typically spends the rest of the night eating dinner and relaxing by the TV. What’s fascinating about Fred is that he does 90% of this sitting right on the coach, as shown in the picture. Fred is a couch potato to the max. He uses his toaster to cook his entire dinner. Just with that toaster, he’s come up with dozens of recipes from roasted potatoes, baked salmon, garlic bread… etc. There was a long list of stuff that he told us. When we heard him go on and on, we were completely blown away and bursting out laughing in the background. Bloody genius… We told him that he should write a toaster cook book one day.

Chilly Willy

Fred says it gets a little chilly in his house and he hates turning on the house furnace because it makes loud annoying noises and is pretty wasteful since he hangs out mostly in his living room all the time and turning on the house heat would heat up the whole house AND raise his heating bills. Fred genius-ly places his toaster at the foot of his couch so that the heat efficiently rises and keeps only his immediate area warm and toasty (pun proudly and absolutely intended). Since he makes multi-course meals just with his toaster, that toaster runs and keeps him nice and warm at least through a whole episode of Modern Family. When he’s not cooking up some tasty meal in the toaster, he’ll sometimes let it run with nothing inside.

Foot Warmer

When Fred wants to kick his feet up, he’ll prop it up on a short table that’s just to the right of the photo. That table is slightly taller than the couch so there’s plenty of gap when he puts his toaster under the table. He puts it on a 3 minute toast and that table heats up and keeps his feet nice and warm.

Fred truly embodies our motto… “Epic Selfies with Everyone’s Favorite Kitchen Appliance.” After speaking with him, it’s obvious that his favorite appliance is his toaster. Most leave their toasters on the kitchen counter and only use it once a week on those weekend mornings. Instead, he found the perfect couch companion in his toaster. Rock on, Fred… rock on…

Great Timing Jessie!

Today’s fabulous toaster pose comes from Jessie L. from Houston, Texas.

Jessie says he worked real hard to get this photo made for us.

There isn’t too much of a story to go with this one… it’s more an explanation for how he did it, and a list of troubles he had to go through to get the photo to turn out properly. Poor guy…

Jessie writes…
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“Greetings, toaster posing fans. My name is Jessie and I wanted to get a little ambitious with my toaster photo. I got into photography recently and I bought some gear to play with. Some of this gear includes a cloth background, camera tripod, flash and a couple lenses.

My idea was to use this poster photo as an opportunity to use my camera gear for the first time and take a ‘freeze frame’ photo, especially since I had a new flash to play with.

I set it all up on a tripod, and quickly threw my background up as well. (notice all the wrinkles and lack of care to hang it up properly… it was fresh out of the box.)

Anyway, I got my tripod and flash set up and the plan was to take the photo as the toast sprung out, so the toast would be frozen in mid air. Sounded like a relatively simple idea at the time. How hard could it be, right? Boy was I wrong.

First problem: getting the toast to spring into the air that high.

Good thing I’m an engineer… I was able to modify my toaster to give it that extra oomph to launch those bad boys a good 6 inches into the air. The process was a little complicated—I won’t bore you with all the details.

Second problem: getting both slices to actually pop out of the toaster at the same time. Solution was similar to the first problem. I used my handy dandy engineering skills to get those toast slices to play nice.

Third problem was the timing. My engineering skills wouldn’t come in handy with this. I had to seek the help of my roommate to help me with this. It’s obvious that setting the timer on the camera wasn’t going to get me anywhere close to the accuracy in timing I needed to get the shot done. I asked my roommate to get behind the camera to push the shutter button at just the right time.

Timing was much harder than it sounds. It must’ve been about an hour of pure trial and error before we got the perfect shot.

In that time, we went through one and a half loaves of bread. They all got toasted up pretty well. You can see that the toast in the photo got real nice and toasty. A handful more times and those would have been black.

At the time of my writing this, I’m experiencing the side effects of this whole photo shoot. I’ve got a bit of a headache from all the repeated camera flashes that went off straight into my eye. I’ve also got a good case of face-ache from holding that bloody smile for almost a good hour.

Well, glad I got that done. Enjoy the fruits of my labor.”