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.

Monday, August 31, 2009

"Memories may be beautiful and yet, what's too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget"...


Okay, so everything about the 70's wasn't so great. I defy anyone to wear these clothes today. The Doctor thinks these'll come back in style someday... God help us all.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

For my 700th post, I thought I'd do something a little different...




You Are Western



You see yourself as an individual - and you're driven to be as successful and happy as possible.

You know you only have one life, so you want to live it as well as you possibly can.

You see life as a service. You believing in serving yourself, your family, your friends, and even the world.

You believe that one person can change the world, and you'd like that person to be you.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Remember Fish??

I watched Fish. I admit it. I liked it too. I have an uncle who looks more and more like him as my uncle gets older. Of course, I wouldn't have mentioned it if he reads my blog, mind you..
I can picture my dog saying that...

Friday, August 28, 2009

1972's "Snoopy Come Home":

"No dogs allowed"
Okay, I admit it, I cried at this one. The synopsis is here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fact:

I'm a bit on edge, and have had sort of a "short fuse" today.

Random:

In the 70's, they didn't just hire beautiful people for commercials. Everyone had a shot at it.
Even that guy...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I was just thinking:

About how, once in awhile, Mary Ann would make one of her famous Coconut Cream Pies. But where did she get the cream. She was on a desert island...

Monday, August 24, 2009

When art imitates life:

My instincts didn't serve me very well in math either, I'm afraid, although unlike Hobbes, I knew it.

For the record:

I was never this stubborn as a child. Of course my folks might disagree, but they're wrong.
Btw, the dad yelling at the kid cracks me up. I don't know why..

Sunday, August 23, 2009

That kid's got my bike....

The above picture isn't me, but I had the exact same bike. I also typed in "1974", so the above pic was taken just about the time I had my bike (without the training wheels). It even had the number 4 between the handlebars, but I took it off. He even looks my age. That bike could ride over anything. It was probably one of the first mountain bikes I know of. Those were the days..

Bike license plates / cereal premiums:

Lately I was thinking about the license plates we used to get in cereal boxes, for our bikes. They were metal plates. With painted enamel colors. These were quality items. I doubt they still make these, or anything close. I think I had Oklahoma.. but still it looked pretty good on my bike.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hmmmm, nope. Sorry, no clue:

I've seen quite a few of the old Capn Crunch commercials, and I don't remember this chick at all..

Rhoda...

.... was a pretty good show. I watched it in '76 / '77. I was surprised it didn't last longer. It had a good cast and it was a funny show for its day. The episodes where Joe and Rhoda were getting divorced didn't aire too long after my own folks split up. Divorce was still pretty taboo back then. I knew a few people that were bummed out the show was cancelled .........

Random:

I'd love to live in a dune house. Maybe someday..

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ah, Yogi Bear was always a must-see. I used to think it would be cool to work in a park like Jellystone, as a Ranger (who, like the above Ranger, just sort of drove around in a jeep, dealing with talking bears, doing basically nothing but retrieving picnic baskets and getting paid for it.).. yep, sign me up.

If you've got a sensitive stomach, do not read this post:

In 1974 I had a bunk bed in my room. One day a few friends and cousins were over and we'd jump off my top bunk and my bigger cousin would catch us. Well, when Teddy jumped off the couch, he made sort of an "Aaaaaaa" sound, with his tongue sticking out. My cousin missed him and Teddy fell on the floor. Problem was, his tongue was still sticking out when his jaw clamped shut, he bit his tongue right off. I'll never forget the screaming, I've never heard anyone scream the way Teddy did that day. The adults wouldn't let the kids back in the room, and they had to rush Teddy to the emergency room to get his tongue sewed back on.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How remiss of me..

I forgot to wish Barbie a happy 50th this year.

Raisin Bran sun clocks:

I'm almost sure I had this. I can almost remember being annoyed with it because the dial hands mounted right in the middle of his face. I found that so distracting..

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Damn that looks good...

A 1976 Burger King ad. I'm having a snack attack right now and that whopper looks so good.. Btw, since it was '76, he probably only paid 85 cents for it.

Some people call him the space cowboy, yeah, Some call him the gangster of love. Some people call him Maurice, Cause he speaks of th pompitous of love

He's a lover, and he's a sinner, he plays his music in the sun. He's a joker, he's a smoker, He's a midnight toker, he sure don't want to hurt no one.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Random:

I've always loved Colonial-era New England architecture.

The Play Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber Shop:

My friend Laurie had this one. I was never any good with the perm mold, btw. I just ended up making hippie guys.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The summer of '77

Two of my favorite songs of that year were "Handy Man" and "Your Smiling Face". Handy Man got alot of airtime on the radio that summer. I purchased this album in the fall of that year through Columbia Records. I owed them for 12 more, but since I was only 9 they were basically screwed, but I got some great free albums that year..
While it's true that life isn't always fair, it's fun when it's unfair in my favor every once in awhile..

Sunday, August 16, 2009

If you'd told anyone in 1970 that these things wouldn't be around today they wouldn't believe you:

My grandmother had a whole drawer full of green stamps in 1973. I don't think she redeemed any of them.

My grandmother deserved better..

My grandmother (God bless her soul) and my grandfather (not really), used to take me to the beach in the mid-70's. I used to swim underwater alot. Gram wouldn't see me for a few minutes, so she'd start to call my name and pace up and down the beach looking for me. I'd watch her, but duck under when she looked my way.
Sometimes I had her calling for over 10 minutes.
Later, I'd walk to where we'd set up, and she'd say "I was calling for you, you know", and I'd say "really? Sorry, i didn't hear"...
She fell for it every time.. she was so easy.....

Random:

I was just thinking about Pepsi Light. It's been years since I've tasted this stuff.

Friday, August 14, 2009

In 1978, I loved strawberry lifesavers. I don't believe they sell these anymore. I wish they'd have lasted on the shelves longer than they did. They were great.

Some people you can't please, no matter what:

Even after getting breakfast in bed she's still not satisfied....

Thursday, August 13, 2009

1972, so it had its flaws. .

It took courage to dress like that. Even for back then, I'm sure..

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mammoth Mart:

I was just thinking about Mammoth Mart. I'm guessing they don't exist anymore. Here's some pics.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Misc. Remembrance:


I remember an episode of little house on the prairie, when mary and laura were caught in a blizzard while walking home from school. they took shelter in an abandoned barn. mary found one match in her pocket, and as she struck the match the wind blew it out. just then pa broke open the door and gathered them in his arms.
They all cried.
haha

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gypsy Chic:

Gypsy Chic was very in vogue around '74 - '76. Stevie and Barbra were gypsy gals, as well as Cher (?). Yes, I remember it well...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Random:

This has nothing to do with "the decade", I just like this cartoon.

Movie Viewers:

Circa 1974. I had one of these, they were awesome (to a 6-year old). They had no sound, but they were still cool. The faster you cranked the handle, the faster the movie played. I loved playing them fast.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Okay, I tried but I just can't shut up...

In the 70's, patches on jeans were very "in". I had a jacket when I was about 5 and it had patches all over the back. I was heartbroken when I outgrew it. I didn't want to face the fact that I was too big for it, and that it just didn't fit anymore.
Just like this chick's shorts. Looks like she outgrew them years ago....
Btw, one of the reasons I posted this was that, after I posted the last entry, I realized that post was post #666, and that number always made me a little "nervous", if you know what I mean..

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I'm taking a break from posting. I'll be back in a week.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Doctor Dolittle cartoon:

Aired in the early 70's. I was really bummed out when they cancelled it. and yet, even though it's been over 35 years, I still can't get that damn tune out of my head... (having a good memory does have its drawbacks).

"A" is for 'apple', "J" is for 'jacks'.

I seem to recall Apple Jack boxes with the above graphics. I can see why they changed the design. I mean, is that guy disturbing or what???
Btw, I'm sure somebody really won that radio/phono. As if.

Monday, August 03, 2009

I was robbed:

Since mom wouldn't let me see Jaws when it came out in '75, she decided to take me to see Orca in '77.
I still haven't forgiven her....

If you ask me..

The best part about having Matchbox cars was watching my parents step on them barefoot.. I got yelled at alot, but it was worth it.

Random fact:

Between you and me, I never cared much for fishing. Being in deep water always made me a little "nervous" (if you know what I mean)......

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Poor Violet:

Maybe I'm just being too sensitive, but I felt bad for Violet Beauregarde. So she liked gum. Is that a crime???

Back pocket combs:

I'm not sure if this fad was the late 70's or early 80's, but I do know, however, that I had a shirt JUST like that guy's, which was around '78 / '79.

Happy Days:

I used to watch Happy Days every week. I really liked it. I saw a re-run several years ago and I thought it really sucked.

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