Happy Second Anniversary!!! (Or Happy Blogiversary!!!)

(Editor’s Note: I thought with it being The Impulsive Buy’s second anniversary today, I would take the time to let you know more about The Impulsive Buy via an interview with someone who knows me quite well. As a matter of fact, I’ve slept with this person so many times that this person knows the ins and outs about me, The Impulsive Buy, and a couple of sexual position that I cannot physically explain without dislocating something. The person I’m talking about is…myself.)

Marvo: First off, let me congratulate you on reaching the two year milestone at The Impulsive Buy.

Marvo: Thanks, it’s been an awesome two years.

Marvo: So let’s start at the beginning.

Marvo: Let’s.

Marvo: How did The Impulsive Buy start?

Marvo: On a dark and stormy night, I was celebrating the fact that I was unemployed and my girlfriend broke up with me by eating a half gallon of ice cream and Salt & Pepper Pringles, while reading The Onion online. I was reading The Onion because I believe that humor is the bandage for emotional wounds, I was eating ice cream because I believe it is the aloe vera for emotional burns, and I was eating the Salt & Pepper Pringles because they were new. While I was eating the Salt & Pepper Pringles, all I could think about was how crappy they were, but at the same time I was trying to prevent myself from laughing while reading some story at The Onion. That’s when I had my “you’ve got your chocolate in my peanut butter and you’ve got your peanut butter in my chocolate” epiphany and decided to start up The Impulsive Buy.

Marvo: Where did the name “Marvo” come from?

Marvo: Well, as you probably know, my first name is Marvin and I shortened it to Marvo, thinking no one would read my blog. But people began reading and the name just stuck. Thank goodness I didn’t use my original Yahoo! account name, sexxxycollegeboy1993.

Marvo: Did you know that “Marvin” means “great lover of the ocean?”

Marvo: Yes, I did, but I’m not a big fan of the ocean. Also, I like to think of myself as a great lover…period.

Marvo: I believe all your ex-girlfriends would say differently.

Marvo: You’re probably right.

Marvo: You’ve done 314 reviews so far, which one is your favorite?

Marvo: I don’t like to play favorites. I consider every single review to be like one of my illegitimate children from dozens of mommas. I sort of feel like Kevin Federline…Times twenty. I love every review equally, except the Rice Krispies Treats Kazaam Crunch review, which I wish I could drop off at an orphanage’s doorstep.

Marvo: So how are you going to celebrate the second year anniversary of The Impulsive Buy?

Marvo: I’ll probably be doing the same thing I did when it was born, eat a half gallon of ice cream, eat a can of Pringles, and cry my single lonely ass to sleep. Oh, also I’m going to have a frickin’ prize drawing. Booyah! Oh, wait. I mean, Yahtzee!

Marvo: What do you have as prizes for the Second Anniversary Prize Drawing? A date with you perhaps?

Marvo: A date with me would probably be the worst prize ever, because I would probably just take the winner to McDonald’s and only allow them to order stuff off of the Dollar Menu. Instead, three lucky Impulsive Buy readers will each receive a mystery box containing various products the Impulsive Buy has reviewed over the past two years. The contents of each box will vary.

Marvo: What do readers have to do to enter? Is there nudity involved?

Marvo: Thank goodness, no nudity…This time. To enter the Impulsive Buy’s Second Anniversary Prize Drawing, just leave a comment for THIS post with whatever you want to say. Please make sure you fill out the email field because I’ll be emailing the winners for their mailing addresses. Don’t worry about the shipping.

Marvo: Are you going to be a dick and not allow international entries?

Marvo: The Impulsive Buy will start accepting entries for the drawing on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 and stop accepting entries on Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Only one entry allowed per person. The drawing is open to EVERYONE.

Marvo: So how are you going to determine the winners?

I haven’t decided that yet. Although I could just do what I did last year.

Marvo: Hey aren’t you forgetting the fine print?

Marvo: Fine Print: The Impulsive Buy promises your email address will not be used to send you spam about sexy, single males waiting for you. The Impulsive Buy also promises your mailing address will not be used to send you letters that say “Do Not Discard” on the front of the envelope, which you eventually discard because it’s just a damn credit card application. The Impulsive Buy will not be responsible for lost mail, damaged mail, or Britney’s second child becoming the Antichrist.

Marvo: Well thanks for taking the time for this interview.

Marvo: Thanks for having me. Now if you’ll excuse me there’s a half gallon of ice cream and a can of Pringles with my name on them.

183 thoughts to “Happy Second Anniversary!!! (Or Happy Blogiversary!!!)”

  1. Holy crap, your two-year blogiversry is the same day as my three year anniversary with my boyfriend. Sexy! I absolutely adore your blog(s).

  2. Happy Anniversary, Marvelous Marvo! And thanks for a site that keeps us informed of all the wacky foodstuffs out there, and entertains us as well. Keep up the good work!

    A new fan

  3. uh, yaay happy birthday!! I’d just like to share a little known fact of how i tripped upon yourwebsite on this interweb. My friend wanted to test and see if would really could get free condoms from trojan.. and thus I was ultimately sent a letter and a sample of Mint Tingle Trojan Condom. I thought it was slightly odd, so I looked up the type of condom online and behold your website popped up (on my screen of course) and since then i return faithfully every few days or so. soo yaay for condoms and yaay for your blog!

  4. Just stumbled on this site last week while browsing the web, now I’m addicted.. My next month I will probably know your reviews beter than you 😉

  5. It has been a great two years of many laughs. Thanks for all the good times. I look forward to your 3rd year of reviews!! Keep up the good work.

  6. Happy 2nd Blogivarsary Marvo. I made a haiku for you:

    The Impulsive Buy:
    Marv’ eats so I don’t have to.
    My stomach thanks you.

  7. Marvo – happy blogiversary! Thanks for such a funny, informative site!!! Keep up the great work.

  8. You make me laugh! I have to thank DOOCE for introducing your great blog to the world of Dooce readers.

    It’s hard to explain to my husband the stuff I learn from your site…when he wants to buy something that you’ve slammed I’m forced to say, “Oh a friend of mine said they are the nastiest things ever!!” Sometimes he blieves me, and sometimes he doesn’t…but I get to use the “I told you so!” when he doesn’t

  9. How i’d love to help you on your wonderful journey of impulsiveness. If you ever need a sidekick, let me know.
    thanks so much for 2 great years!

  10. Happy Second Anniversary, Marvo! I discovered this gem of a site a couple months ago, and I never looked back. Your witty banter cracks me up while saving me money from crappy purchases. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Bath & Body Works Daiquiri body wash review; it’s one of my faves.

    Here’s to 2 great years and more to come!

  11. No prize bribe required: I just want to congratulate you on two wonderful years of buying so impulsively and telling us all about it. Thanks for the fun, Marvo. (And for a guy who doesn’t really like the ocean, you sure picked an interesting place to live.)

  12. Well, I finally got to your website. I’ve been checking it out for the last few hours. I really enjoyed reading your reviews. Would love to keep reading all your past reviews, but it will keep me up all night! Anyway, congratulations on your second anniversary and to many more years to come.

  13. Hey – Happy Blogiversary! I had a birthday too! I’m mainly a lurker, but since it’s your birthday and all, I thought I’d drop a note. And, lets be honest – I love presents. Good luck to me!

  14. Hey Marvo! Happy 2nd Birthday! (So to speak)

    What can I say that hasn’t been said already about Marvo? His greatness? His magnificence? His overwhelming genius shining through like a beacon of blinding light through the quagmire that is our sorry excuse for a life? Nope, it’s all been done before!

    I’ve been a silent fan for a few months now, this is the first time I’m posting. And no, it’s NOT just for the free stuff. In fact, I’m going to make your job easier by being the one entry you’re most likely NOT going to pick!

    You may live on a far off rock in the middle of the Pacific, but I live on a remote little penninsula on the southern tip of Asia. That’s right, I live in India! Ah India, the land where tigers walk through our village, we all live in mud huts, and everyone travels on the backs of elephants. You should try it sometime! (Oh and did I mention we also all have laptops strapped to our backs with high-speed DSL connections so we can check out your site?)

    So you think YOU have it bad when it comes to choice of products! Your blog is the probably the first and only time I’ll ever get wind of any of these things, let alone having the chance to try ’em out! That’s why we all NEED YOU Marvo. And I wouldn’t want you to go so broke on the shipping and handling that you can’t keep bringing us all our daily dose of sunshine!

    So consider this just a simple little note from a simpler little fan – Keep up the great work always! That’s all we ask of you! 🙂

  15. Well, it’s Wednesday August 16th, and I’m just getting around to finally replying to this — did you mean that as of 12:00:01 AM (which time zone) you will stop taking entries, or did you mean that you’ll take them through today until 12:00:01 of August 17th?

    In any case, procrastination is my middle name (really! Wanna see my birth certificate??) so it doesn’t surprise me that I’m either getting in *just under the wire* or else I’m just a day late and a dollar short. (Actually, could you loan me a dollar?? Just kidding)

    Thanks for an always entertaining read, and a respite from my day to day work environment… and happy anniversary/birthday/blogiversary…..

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