Using my blog to try and make the world a better place. If I can help someone forget their troubles for a few minutes a day, it's all worth it.

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like Bobby Brady in this pic?????):

1973 (btw, is it just me, or do I look like Bobby Brady in this pic?????):
I watch the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream of warm impermanent sand. So the days flow through my eyes but still the days seem the same. And these children that you spit on as they try to change their world are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Night Disco:

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"Get Right Back" by Maxine Nightingale

It's amazing I wasn't permanently damaged:

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Back in the day, my grandparents were huge Lawrence Welk Show fans. And whenever we visited them we would have to watch it. I still haven't forgiven them...

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Saturday Night Disco:

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"Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" by Tavares

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Non-'70s random:

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It's extremely crude, but I laughed my @$$ off.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Good Morning:

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I won't be around for a few days, so I posted some videos to look at until I return.

I wish I'd learned the guitar:

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"Now that's good planning."

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Poli. Sci. with a minor in home-ec. I'm sure that got her far...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Random:

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When I was a kid I thought it'd be cool to work in a logging camp, and sleep in a lodge and have pancakes for breakfast and work outside all day. Never happened, btw..

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Random find:

I found the above doing a random image search for Dynamite Magazines. I have absolutely no idea as to the point of it, but whatever...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

It's getting to the point where I'm no fun anymore. I am sorry. Sometimes it hurts so badly, I must cry out loud: "I am lonely". I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are. You make it hard. Remember what we've said and done, and felt about each other (oh babe have mercy), don't let the past remind us of what we are (not now). I am not dreaming. I am yours, you are mine. You are what you are.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The best of '75:

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"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac.

Random:

If I'm asked to join in a game of Clue and I can't be Colonel Mustard, I just don't play.

I can't remember if it was '77 or '78. My memory must be slipping:

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"Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas. It'll always be a fave of mine.

It's probably just me...

... but I always found Ronald McDonald to be a bit on the disturbing side, but then again I never really did like clowns.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Random fact:

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When I was around 16, I started to hate birthday parties and being the center of attention. I can relate to what Eric went through...

Monday, March 03, 2014

Random find:


Back in the '70s, this would have been unthinkable.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Random find:

I just found out today that Studio 54 had a line of designer Jeans back in the day. I had no idea. I wonder if any are still in existence.

Friday, February 14, 2014

To all:

Happy Valentine's Day. I love you all ;^)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Non-'70s random:

Nobody likes to be told they're "less than". Even if they are.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Misc. Remembrance:

In the late '70s, my grandmother got an exercise bike. I tried it out but it got old after a few minutes. She didn't use it for long either. Eventually she just hung her bras on it. Exercise bikes also make great tie and coat racks.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

I remember an episode of "One Day At A Time"..

... when Barbara was bummed out that boys weren't noticing her, so she started a rumor in school that she was on the pill so she'd get asked out more, and eventually it all blew up in her face when a boy tried to force himself upon her and almost raped her in her apartment. Talk about a good plan backfiring...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three is a magic number - Ya it is, it's a magic number:

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yeah they did
And there were three in the family
And that's a magic number.

The times they are a changin':

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I remember how, back in the '70s, the debate was Coke vs. Pepsi. Things sure have spiraled out of control since then...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

When art imitates life:

When I was a kid, it was always a drag when my folks called me in from playing outside to take a bath. I'd be having a great time playing with the neighborhood kids, then my folks would call me in. Totally ruined the day.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pet Peeve:

If I had to pick the one color combination that repulses me most, it's yellow and brown. I've always been turned off by it. I like yellow, and I like brown, but together it just irritates me.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Getting Tan:

Being tan was huge back in the day. I know it will always be in vogue, but back then we weren't aware of the risk involved in getting too much sun. People even used baby oil to speed up the process. I never needed to work at it, after a few days in the sun I get really brown. The above is a 1974 Coppertone ad. With a blonde. Who's the spitting image of Malibu Barbie...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Random:

If you walked in to any candy store in 1974, the above are some of what you would typically find. But to be honest, except for the Bazooka and the Gold Rush, I don't remember any of them.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cartoon theatre booths:

These were everywhere back in the day, but I never used one. I saw them mostly in stores by the checkout lines, probably so parents could send their kids off to the booth while they waited in line to pay for their merchandise to get them out of their hair. Often I'd ask for a quarter to watch a cartoon, but my folks always said "no". Out of principle "there's no way in the world they'd pay a quarter for cartoons I could watch at home for free". I can see their point now, but back then it just seemed like they were so damn unreasonable.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Misc. Remembrance:

When I was around 8 years old, I'd be watching Gilligan's Island and think how cool it would be to be stranded on a deserted island. Nothing to do all day but hang out under a palm tree and swim whenever I wanted. I'd live on coconuts and wouldn't have to go to school. And my parents wouldn't be there so I couldn't get bossed around. I wondered if I'd really be able to do it, but I figured if the seven castaways could make a go of it, how hard could it be..

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas eve:

Christmas eve was always such a fun night as a kid. I really miss those days.

Monday, December 23, 2013

1973 ad:

I have to admit, until I viewed the image full-sized I thought it was a fashion ad. Whatever.

Random find. I swear.

I have fairly good memories from 1973, but obviously it wasn't a great year for everybody..

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Random fact:

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Grover could always make me laugh.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Misc. Remembrance:

In the late '70s, there was a guy in our town named Stephen Gay. I guess he was a pretty prominent member of the town, because after he passed away, somebody on the town's zoning board proposed that a certain street's name be changed to "Gay Way" in Stephen's honor. Needless to say it didn't pass...

Monday, December 09, 2013

Random:

In 1974, Joan Crawford was as crazy as ever...

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Non-'70s random:

A slow internet connection that drags can make a newsman come off looking pretty bad. Just sayin'..

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The "Chevette":

Mom purchased one in '78 from my future stepfather. Yes, she married her car salesman. I had 3 myself. Up until the mid-'90s you could still buy these used for about 500 bucks. Each one lasted me a few years. I lived in one of them, but that's for another post. They used to be everywhere, now you don't even see them in salvage yards. One day they all just disappeared.. For the money they were a pretty decent car, and from the different ads I saw they got about 40 mpg highway. I doubt they'll ever become collector items though. I guess the Chevette's gone for good.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Tab:

I didn't care for Tab. It was kind of bitter and left a bad after-taste in my mouth. A lot of people did like it, though, although in hindsight they all seemed to be women. I don't remember any men liking Tab. Even in the above ad the glass has a female contour. I guess it was universally a chick thing. I believe the above ad is from '78.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Oh the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers,
Their laughter and their loveliness can clear a cloudy day.
Like the music of the mountains and the colors of the rainbow,
They're a promise of the future, and a blessing for today.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Back in the day, I would have begged my folks for the above pants but they probably would have said "no". Sometimes they were just no darn fun. Of course, if I found a pair today there'd be nobody to stop me from buying them, but there's no way I'd even be caught dead in them now..

Reverse gender discrimination:

To this day I'm still upset that this was marketed strictly as a "girl's toy". I secretly wanted one so bad, but since it was a "girl's toy" I was embarrassed even to ask for it. I know you can't have everything, but still ...

So how many of you had...

... a pull-ring zipper shirt back in the day?? Of course it would have to be back in the day because I don't think they make them any more. And if they did make them, I doubt you could find any in the above tragic brown/orange color combination, which I'm guessing is circa '72. I wonder what the rest of the shirt looks like.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day 2013

A big thank you to all who served, and are serving. You're the best.

Had it:


Well I didn't, my folks did. It was the above model because I distinctly remember the yellow check-pattern on the coffee maker's face. I'd forgotten what the filter container boxes looked like. I think they got it sometime around '74. I'm not sure if that's when they were invented, but I'd never seen one before that. Prior to their Mr. Coffee, my folks had one of the old aluminum perkers with the glass knob at the top that to this day I have no idea how to use.
BTW, not to be too off-topic, but the spell-check wants me to change "perkers" to "porkers" or "peckers"...

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Misc. Remembrance:

Whenever we visited my grandmother in Chatham back in the day, she always had a fresh batch of Toll House cookies that she'd made just for our visit. She kept them in a tin in her pantry. We'd arrive at the house, I'd give her the obligatory hug, then head right for the pantry and dive into the cookies. The tin was usually empty by the next day. And come to think of it, I don't think anybody else ate them. I still have a thing for Toll House cookies, but making the cookies is such an effort so now I just eat the chips right out of the bag..

Friday, November 08, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Random:

According to the episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show entitled "Phyllis Whips Inflation" that aired January 18th 1975, Mary's take-home pay after deductions was $680 per month, and her rent had just been raised from $145 per month to $175. The above was her reaction when her landlord informed her of the $30 increase.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

When art imitates life:

When I was little I was petrified of shots... okay, I still am...

Random:

Ever have one of those days where nothing goes right?? For the record, I'm not having one of those days, but I've had this pic for a while and didn't want to just throw it away.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Who'll stop the rain?????

Long as I remember, the rain been comin' down. Clouds of mystery pourin' confusion on the ground. Good men through the ages tryin' to find the sun. And I wonder (still I wonder) who'll stop the rain?

There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar. Great expectations, everybody's watching you...

..... People you meet, they all seem to know you; Even your old friends treat you like you're something new. Johnny come lately, the new kid in town. Everybody loves you, so don't let them down. There's talk on the street, it's there to Remind you, that it doesn't really matter which side you're on. You're walking away and they're talking behind you. They will never forget you 'til somebody new comes along.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

In the late '70s, after my neighbor and her husband got divorced, her boyfriend moved in to her house for about a year. He used to walk around the house in a bathrobe and an ascot. I don't think I ever saw him with his pants on...

Sunday, August 04, 2013

A Sunday Hymn:

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Well they're not really hymns... but if it wasn't for the Lord, I never would have gotten through this time. He's the best. Even though I live by myself now, I'm never alone. I don't know what I'd do without him.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Random fact:

In the '70s when I was in grade school, I was pretty good at math. It wasn't until I got in to high school and began taking the advanced courses that I started to fail miserably.

Friday, August 02, 2013

When art imitates life:

The above reminds me of when we were kids and used to tie towels around our necks to make capes, then run around the yard fighting crime as superheroes. No I'm not making this up...

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Really cheap advice:

You better choose your fights carefully, because you're not going to win them all.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes, there beneath the blue suburban skies...


Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs
Of every head he's had the pleasure to have known
And all the people that come and go
Stop and say hello

On the corner is a banker with a motorcar
The little children laugh at him behind his back
And the banker never wears a mac
In the pouring rain...
Very strange

In Penny Lane there is a fireman with an hourglass
And in his pocket is a portrait of the Queen.
He likes to keep his fire engine clean
It's a clean machine

Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout
A pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray
And though she feels as if she's in a play
She is anyway

Penny Lane the barber shaves another customer
We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim
Then the fireman rushes in
From the pouring rain...
Very strange

Monday, July 29, 2013

Random:

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Pretty soon I'll have to start doing job interviews. I pray that they don't go as badly as the above...

I'm gonna make it after all:

While it's true that it's devastating losing a best friend and a roommate that you've had for 26 years, it's also true that eventually you get in to the routine of living alone, and you realize that it's not so bad. Your life doesn't end with them. These last couple of weeks have been pretty brutal (actually the last couple of months have been pretty brutal), but every day the hurt eases little by little, and I'm finding that I'm kind of enjoying living by myself. I had to put my dog in a shelter because I won't be working from home any more, so he would've been left alone in the house for 9 hours a day and I wouldn't have been able to care for him like I did. And quite frankly it's very hard to find an apartment complex that allows dogs. I lost 2 friends in 4 days, but I realized that as hard as that is, I came out stronger through it all. It's amazing all the things we don't think that we'll be able to handle. Turns out when they happen, we find ourselves to be more able to deal with them than we think we are. I have a feeling I'm going to be just fine. A big thanks to all who sent comments, emails, and well-wishes. You all made a rough time a little bit easier.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rest in peace my friend. I'll miss you.

"I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

So many questions:

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Do I know where I'm going to? No. Do I like the things that life is showing me? No. Do I get what I'm hoping for? No. When I look behind me there's no open doors. What am I hoping for??? I don't know..

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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Back in the day I never really knew what my folks did for a living...

Misc. Remembrance:

When Smokey and the Bandit came out in '77, I hadn't seen the movie advertised on TV. When somebody mentioned the title of the movie, I assumed it was about a bear and a raccoon. I had no idea it was about scofflaws and redneck sheriffs...

Monday, July 08, 2013

Yes I'm wise, but it's wisdom born of pain...

.. yes I've paid a price, but look how much I've gained. If I have to, I can do anything. I am strong (strong!), I'm invincible (invincible!) I am woman...

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Good morning everyone:

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One of the first songs I remember. It's still a fave of mine.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Saturday Night Disco:

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"Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn

Friday, June 28, 2013

Come to think of it:

It must've been 40 years since I've had a candy necklace. I used to get them all the time. A couple of times I thought of buying one to see if they taste the same, but at 45 years old it just seems weird now. I could tell the cashier "it's for my daughter", but that even makes it more weird...
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