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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mead 'Data Center' notebooks:







I remember these circa '78, but apparently they came out as early as '75. I had a couple: one had hot-air balloons on the cover, and another was a solid maroon color. They weren't very durable as I recall, and it's almost impossible to find an example in decent shape like the above. The above pics were taken from an eBay listing which is still active. Apparently the original owner had a "thing" for flower stickers, not that there's anything wrong with that....

I kind of remember this, but not really:

I've been trying to come up with some wordage for this post, but for some reason I'm drawing a blank on this one...

Really cheap advice:

Never argue with the boss. Unless you're good at it.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Random find:

In my opinion, having the Burger King's face plastered all over the pictures somehow takes away the "groovy", but that's just me.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Like My Dog" by Billy Currington:

He never tells me that he's sick of this house
He never says, "Why don't you get off that couch?"
He don't cost me nothin' when he wants to go out
I want you to love me like my dog

He never says I need a new attitude
Him and my sister ain't always in a feud
When I leave the seat up, he don't think that's rude
I want you to love me like my dog does baby

When I come home want you to just go crazy
He never looks at me like he might hate me
I want you to love me like my dog

He never acts like he don't care for my friends
He never asks me "Where 'n the hell have you been?"
He don't play dead when I want to pet him
I want you to love my like my dog does, honey

He never says, "I wish you made more money"
He always thinks that pull-my-finger's funny
I want you to love me like my dog

He don't get mad at me and throw a major fit
When I say his sister is a bitch
I want you to love me like my dog does, baby

When I come home, want you to just go crazy
He never looks at me like he might hate me
I want you to love me like my dog

I want you to love me like my dog does, baby

Friday, January 23, 2015

Who knew...

... that smoking could look so 'back-to-nature'. I just noticed that the cigarette doesn't seem to be lit, as there's no smoke rising from it, but maybe I'm just being picky.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Misc. Remembrance:

For some reason, in our neighborhood in the mid-'70s there was a surge in bundt cake popularity. Seems every week all the mothers were making bundt cakes and sharing recipes, and borrowing bundt cake pans. By the time the '80s came around, nobody was making bundt cakes. To this day I hate bundt cake (although to be honest I haven't had any since back in the day).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Never happened:

We went to Burger King a few times in '74, and not once was our order ever taken by The Supremes.

Stuff I didn't have:

I had the castle, the schoolhouse, the barn, and the airplane, but my folks never got me this one - I guess because it was more of a dollhouse than the other Fisher Price playsets. Dad was real sensitive about that sort of thing....

Did you know...

... that in '74, you could have bought a limited edition Volkswagen Beetle fresh from the factory for $2499???

Monday, January 12, 2015

Post-'70s random commercial:

I wonder if anyone ever came to help Mrs. Fletcher, or if she's still lying there...

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Erasermate pens:

Introduced in 1978, I had a couple. Even though the ink was erasable, it didn't erase completely, so you could still see what you previously wrote. I don't think documents and forms could be written or signed in erasable ink, and banks wouldn't allow you to write or sign checks with erasable ink either. I'm not sure if they make erasable ink pens these days, but I wouldn't buy one.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Random:

Back in '72, seems like everybody was into yoga. Except me. In our house it wasn't allowed.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pure awesome:

Yes there's nothing like spending the last day of the year sick. Yeah.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A 1974 Christmas gift. Or was is '75....


I'm not sure of the exact date, but then again this wasn't really a fave of mine. Why my folks kept getting me toys requiring 2 people, with me being an only child at the time, is beyond me. But whatever.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Misc. Remembrance:


In the very early '70s my folks had a Dodge Hornet. What I liked most about it was the hornet logo, which was red, white and blue (the logo pictured here is faded, but it is red white and blue). I believe our Hornet was more of a maroon-brown color, but I'm not 100% certain because it was over 40 years ago and the only photograph I have is a black-and-white. I don't think my folks had it for more than a couple of years. I'm pretty sure they're not collectors' items, because I haven't seen any since.

The Creature Double Feature:

This was a Saturday favorite, although I didn't get a chance to watch it every Saturday because usually by 1:00 pm my folks would decide I'd watched enough TV and would make me go outside and play. It was all basically b-list movies at their cheesiest. I loved the old Vampire movies the best. The Man With The X-Ray Eyes and The Brain That Wouldn't Die were also faves. Eventually I stopped watching it altogether when all they showed were Godzilla flicks. The above ad was dated May 5, 1976 in the image description.

Some things just can't be improved:

As if Toughskins weren't ugly enough, Plaid Toughskins takes it to a whole new level. And not in a good way. At all.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Can't say I blame them:

I guess if I wasn't able to afford shoes, I wouldn't be smiling either.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Question:

So how many times have you seen anybody walking down the street holding a flag, dressed in red white and blue??? Anyone?? Yeah, didn't think so.

L'eggs, the pantyhose that came in an egg. Seriously.

 
Didn't know what to do with those leftover L'eggs eggs? Apparently Alexandra Eames can help you out...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice. And it all comes down to you:


So I'm back, to the velvet underground
Back to the floor, that I love
To a room with some lace and paper flowers
Back to the gypsy that I was
To the gypsy... that I was
And it all comes down to you
Well, you know that it does
Well, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
Ah, and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy
You see your gypsy
To the gypsy that remains faces freedom with a little fear
I have no fear, I have only love
And if I was a child
And the child was enough
Enough for me to love
Enough to love

Had it. Once.

Back in the day I begged my folks for a can of this stuff. I wanted to have a silly string fight with them but they didn't want any part of it, so instead I just covered the front bushes of the house with Silly String 'til the can was empty. I never asked for it again. To be honest, it was always kind of hard to have fun with those two...

Not quite what I was looking for:


I was doing a random image search for Silly String and found the above in the search results. The formal jacket and bow tie really adds a lot of class to the whole thing...

Monday, December 08, 2014

Lynn Anderson, one of my top-ten faves:


If I Kiss You, Will You Go Away

Stuff I had:

I guess it was around '76. It was probably one of the last lunchboxes I had. As I recall, something happened to it and it got destroyed, so mom replaced it with a blue one since yellow was sold out. I always brought my lunch to school because I hated the school lunches, plus I was really into lunch boxes. There was always one kid in school who had one of those boring red-plaid lunch boxes, and as I recall they were always eating alone. I'm not sure exactly how much my lunchboxes would be worth on today's collector's market, but I bet they'd fetch a few hundred dollars total if I sold them all, especially since half of them were metal. I've thought about maybe snagging one off eBay for sentimental value, but I have a hard time spending 50 bucks on something that cost 2 bucks back in the day. I'm so damn cheap..

Random:


When I was a kid, I never really got into the concept of sitting on Santa's lap. It always made me a little uncomfortable. I mean, how well did I really know this guy..

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

When art imitates life:

Like the above, I don't own a smartphone. I have a pay-as-you-go flip phone, because I don't really care about all the gadgets. Yes, I'm a dinosaur, and I'm damn proud of it. Just please don't tell anyone.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The good old days weren't always good:

This is how Lego people looked back in '74. I remembered they sucked but I just didn't realize how bad they really were.

Random find:

Since it's officially the Holiday season, I thought I'd post the above.

I don't really know what to post today, so here's some Jim Croce songs. Whatever....

Friday, November 28, 2014

If you ask me...


... back in the day, some people took the Frisbee a little too seriously..

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving:

A Thanksgiving history lesson from the Bradys.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stuff I had:


The Wham-O Moonlighter Frisbee. Think I got it around '77 for Christmas. Nobody questioned the concept of a glow-in-the-dark Frisbee since you don't play Frisbee in the dark. Unless you're stoned. But whatever.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Misc. Remembrance:


In the early '70s when I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, I thought it was really cool that he had a traffic light in his apartment (which, when you think about it, if you're going to have a traffic light for private use you pretty much have to steal one because you just can't buy them in stores). I asked my folks if we could install one in our home and of course they said "no". I told myself that when I got older I'd have one in my place, but now that I'm old enough to make that call, for some reason it just doesn't seem that important as it used to be..

Monday, November 17, 2014

I know I'm in the minority on this one:

But in 1978 I didn't think Steve Martin was funny (although I did laugh my @$$ off watching The Jerk), and quite frankly I still don't think he's funny...

Monday, November 10, 2014

As I recall...


... back in the day, digital watches were very expensive. And most, in retrospect, were extremely ugly. I'm not sure if they make them any more, but then again not many people these days wear watches except as a fashion accessory. The list of common everyday staples of life from back in the day that are becoming (or have become) obsolete is steadily growing: watches, rotary and land line phones, black-and-white televisions, typewriters, record players, newspapers (even magazines are on the decline). And to be honest I don't recall the last time I've seen an ash tray being for sale in a store. I can't really say that I miss them though. Especially the ash trays.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Onset Beach:


Back in the day my grandparents used to take us to Onset Beach in Wareham. It was a lot closer than the beaches on Cape Cod. I haven't been there since around '79, but back then it was always packed with people. As I recall the Kayak Center used to be a restaurant / snack shop, and my grandmother used to give me 45 cents to buy a frozen Milky Way bar. I don't know if you've ever tried eating a frozen Milky Way bar, but basically they were so hard it was like gnawing on a block of plywood. To this day I have no idea why I never decided to buy something else, but she told me to get a frozen Milky Way bar, and I figured she was paying for it so what the hell....

It's getting harder and harder to come up with stuff...


... but I just remembered how, in the late '70s (ca. '77), dad thought he was going to get rich selling Amway products. I don't think he sold anything except maybe some breath freshener spray and some cleaning agents (to his girlfriend), and I don't think his Amway career lasted more than 3 months. I still remember riding in his truck and in the center console were the Gordon Lightfoot 8-track tapes and the breath spray. Sorry it didn't work out for him but at least I got some free breath spray out of the deal...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Random fact:

Some girls will fall for anyone who can play a guitar, if the above pic is any indication...