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West Side Story

600full-west-side-story-posterFinally we are getting summer weather – and my face is paying the price! My nose is so burnt I have blisters. I guess spending all of Saturday outside without any sunscreen makes it my fault.

I still managed to watch West Side Story. I see this musical as the modern day Romeo and Juliet.

It is such a classic that I’m sure everyone has heard of it at one point. The movie has it all: dancing, singing, the love story, and action for the guys. The movie is based on two gangs – the Jets and the Sharks – who are in a feud and the forbidden love story between to members of the gangs.

love this movie and hope everyone gives it a chance at least once!

Watch the original movie trailer from 1961:

Interested in the making of the movie? Click here for a vintage piece of movie making history:


Pawn America Founder Brad Rixmann is named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award Winner in the Upper Midwest

IMG_6625Congratulations to all the recipients of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award in the Upper Midwest region, including our very own Company Owner Brad Rixmann.

The award, now in its 27th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event in Minneapolis last week. These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. The overall national winner will be announced later this year in November.


The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush (1925)Okay, this weather is nuts! I’m about ready to go to a tanning salon. It’s June and I’m as white as snow. AHHHHH. The sun has not been out forever! Tears are coming that’s how sad I am…. Okay, not really.

This week I watched The Gold Rush. This is a 1925 silent film starring Charlie Chaplin. Not only did Charlie Chaplin star in this film, he also wrote, directed and produced it. He also did his own stunts for the film. This movie is slapstick humor. Since it’s a silent film it’s hard to watch, however, it does have its funny moments. The story is about a man going to find gold in the Gold Rush. He is falling in love with a lady who does not love him.

Though this movie was funny, silent films are not so much my thing. However, I am glad I watched it. The experience of watching movies many have forgotten is amazing, and I suggest everyone give it a try.

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The new Xbox One vs. PS4 – which one is better?

The new Xbox One and the PS4 are both coming out and both have some awesome specs!

Which one are you going to go for? Xbox has finally joined the field with a Blue-ray player on the system and Sony has updated their move features! Both will be working on the cloud and both have social interaction capabilities. Both the controllers have gone through a change, as well. Sony, however, has updated theirs and added a touch pad on their controller.

They both have some fantastic games that are coming out on them, but the truth be told, it all comes down to the feel of the games and which system you feel more confortable with. I have honestly always been a Sony fan, but seeing what the Xbox One is doing, I have opened my eyes. This one is going to be a close call! Xbox has come out with a design of their system and it does look nice, but will PS4 compare to it? I hope to find out on June 10 at 6 p.m.!!!!

You tell me: how do you think they stack up? Which one are you going to go out for and buy? I’m not sure myself yet!! Even with all the hype between the two, are they going to shoot the Wii U out? Will you pick up the new system or will you stick with your old one? With the war that these have had, will one of them finally become the victor?


Three Fun Facts About Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy 01Hope everyone had a good weekend!

This week my attempt to watch Yankee Doodle Dandy was not so great. I started the 1942 biographical musical late Sunday night… and feel asleep mostly, I think, due to the hustle of redoing my bathroom. However, my potty room aside, come Monday I tried again and for some reason I just couldn’t get into it.

The movie of a Broadway star coming out of retirement to be in a friend’s play to star as President Roosevelt may not have caught my eye, however, I did learn some fun facts about the film.

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy was the biggest box office success in Warner Bros. history up to that time.
  • The film was only a few days old when Pearl Harbor happened.
  • It was adapted as a radio play on October 19, 1942.

There is no doubt this film has been loved by many and has the fun facts to back it up however it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Check out the trailer below, starring James Cagney in the title role, and visit Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for the original movie trailer, featuring many more familiar songs from the musical!


Great Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father's Day 2013Father’s Day is coming up, everyone! Guys know that Pawn America has all the things they like: electronics like TVs, computers, tablets, phones, and cameras; recreational outdoor  equipment; power tools for the gardener and the do-it-yourselfer; watches, man cave decorations, instruments, music, movies and games the whole family can enjoy.

If you’re looking for great gift ideas for dad, check us out! Pawn America is your one stop shop for everything dads love and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with everything you need.



To Kill a Mockingbird

Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Memorial Day is one of those holidays that too many of us shrug off as just another day or excuse for a three-day weekend. I know Memorial Day was yesterday, however, I just want to take a moment and say thank you to all the fallen soldiers who have lost their lives protecting and fighting for all of us.

to kill aThis week I watched To Kill a Mockingbird. I remember watching this movie as a child. It is about three young children, Jem, Scout and Dill, telling stories of Boo Radley, a mysterious person no one in town is willing to talk about. As I watched it this time, I realized this is more than a kid’s tale. It also contains a court case with Atticus (Jem and Scout’s father) as the lawyer defending Tom Robinson, an African-American man who is falsely accused of rape.

This story gets thumbs-up from me. It has something for everyone. Has anyone had to read the book, published in 1960 by Harper Lee, for school? Did you know that Harper Lee and Truman Capote were childhood friends and that she crafted the character of Dill after him? If you click on the link, you can find out a lot more about Harper Lee and the book. I’ve never read it and am interested in giving it a try.




Singin’ in the Rain

singin-in-the-rainHello, it’s me again. I’m starting to feel like a movie nerd… and that’s totally okay with me. This week I want to say, wow, Gene Kelly is kind of a superstar! Not only did he act in Singin’ in the Rain, he also was film director and choreographer!

The story is kind of a weird love triangle that is both light-hearted and funny. Set in 1927, it’s about the silent-film romantic team Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). While Don and Lina have fire and passion onscreen, in real life Don can’t stand Lina who thinks they are in real love. He instead has a fancy for Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) whom he met while escaping his screaming fans. The fun then begins…

If you’re not into musicals, this is most likely not for you. However I do recommend giving it a try. :)

Next week I need some ideas for what movie to watch next. Do you have any? In the meantime take advantage of our movie sale! Even if you don’t know of a movie you want, come take a look – how can you beat any DVD for only $1??!!!!

Here are a couple of the most famous songs from the musical to whet your appetite:



What is Gaming?

We all have games that we enjoy and that we love, but where do they take you? Over the last few years I have seen some great and not so great games. The point is every game has a like and a dislike – we are human beings and have likes and dislikes with everything.

My main goal of this blog is to bring people of all walks of life together. Gaming is not just about having fun, it’s also about bringing people together. Some people use gaming as a way to relax, while others use it to strengthen their mind. Scientists have used it to test brain functions as well. Gaming is for everyone and anyone. It’s how you pick up the game and use it that’s different for everyone.

My favorite series of games have always been in the mmorpg and rpg area. As of late I have enjoyed the new aspect of the first person view in games like Skyrim and Dishonored. These are great games and I would highly recommend picking them up.

Tell me what your favorite games are! What genre do you like playing? Is there a genre that you hate playing?


Skyrim cover for The Elder Scrolls V

Skyrim cover for The Elder Scrolls V

A player character preparing to battle a dragon in Skyrim.

A player character preparing to battle a dragon in Skyrim.

Cover art for Dishonored box.

Cover art for Dishonored box.








The Dollar DVD Sale

We are very excited to announce a new sale at all Pawn America stores: the One Dollar DVD sale! We’ve crammed as many DVDs as possible on all the sales floors and are selling all regular DVDs – every genre, including kids’ movies – for only a dollar. It’s the largest selection ever!

Not included in this sale are Blu-rays and box sets, but even with those, you’d be hard-pressed to find another store that sells them for less.

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and get loads of great movies while the gettin’s good!