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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Random:

Back in '78, some people felt that if Mork could pull off the rainbow suspenders look, they could too. They were wrong, btw.Very, Very wrong..

We All Live In A Capital I.

We all live in a capital I, In the middle of the desert, In the center of the sky. And all day long we polish on the I, To keep it clean and shiny So it brightens up the sky.
Rubbing it here And scrubbing it there, Polishing the I So high in the air.
As we work we sing a lively tune "It is great to be so happy on a busy afternoon." And when we're through with the day's only chore, We go into the I And we close the door.
Capital I, capital I, capital I, capital I

True (although I'm not sure if I ever posted this or not):

I frequently dream that I show up at a restaurant really late, like just before closing. The waiter begrudgingly seats us, and my date excuses herself to go to the ladies room. i fall asleep at the table, and the waiter comes over and wakes me up and says "I'm sorry, we're closing now", and my date has ditched me. I walk out into the parking lot, and i can't find my car.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

For Fred Flintstone, every day off was a good day.

Misc. remembrance:

Back in Junior High, everyone was walking around wearing this tee. Pink Floyd couldn't have paid for better advertising.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Linda Blair:

I was recently thinking of Linda Blair, after having done the Exorcist post. She was such a cute kid back then.

Random:

I found the above pic when I did an image search for "photoshop contest".

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Exorcist:

I'm one of the few who did not find this movie scary, because of 3 reasons:
1. I didn't see it in '73 when it came out at the movies because I was only 5.
2. I read the book in the early 80's when I was in my teens, so that pretty much spoiled any surprise or shock-value that the movie might hold.
3. I finally saw it after that on television, and by then the delivery was already becoming out-dated (although, to be fair to the flick, and to all who participated in its making, I'm sure if I'd seen it at the movies it would've been different).
I believe the book was written by Shirley Maclaine's (sp?) brother, at least that's what I read somewhere.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Misc. Remembrance:

When I was about 4, 'til about 8 years of age (ca. '72 to '76), my folks used to play cards with a couple named Pat and Eddie. We'd go over their house and the adults would play cards while I played with their kids: Lori and Teddy. Pat was a nurse. Eddie had previously undergone colon surgery (or something like that), and whenever he'd reach for a snack and it was something he really shouldn't be eating, Pat would say, rather sternly: "Now Eddie, remember your bowels". Mortified, he'd say (under his breath) "Shut up, Pat". Then his kids would chime in: "Remember your bowels, Eddie! Remember your bowels!"...
I've since lost touch with them all. I really miss those days.

If Blogger wasn't free i'd REALLY be complaining right now:

My followers aren't showing on my page. Just a blank spot (the above pic) on my footer. Nothing. They don't show even from my dashboard page. Am I the only one who can't see them? Anybody else can't see them too?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Good morning Starshine, the earth says "hello".

The reason I've got a buzz-cut:

Because the wind never messes up my hair, unlike some people's..

Monday, September 21, 2009

For the record:

I was really debating whether-or-not to post this (for obvious reasons), but it was from the decade, and I don't have anything else to post (as if you didn't already know that..).. I'm SO sorry......

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Comic:

Actually I've had this on file for some time and didn't know what to do with it...
Click pic for larger image.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My ghost story (I was going to wait 'til Halloween, but I'm kind of short on ideas lately):

There's a church I used to attend in South Wellfleet, Mass., right on the corner of Route 6 and Lieutenant Island Road, across from Rookies restaurant. It's not an old church, it was built sometime around 1970. The basement of the building is a huge banquet hall, with a large kitchen off to the side, with several small classrooms at the other end of the building. One day I was sitting upstairs in the church by myself, and I started to hear talking downstairs. It was muffled, and i couldn't really make out what was being said, but there was also laughter and the clanking of dishes, the sound of people walking around, etc. It got louder and louder, but I still couldn't make out what was being said, so I decided to go down and see who was there. I assumed some of the ladies of the church were cleaning up in the kitchen.
I got downstairs and nobody was there. Dead quiet. Not a sound. the voices stopped as soon as I reached the bottom of the stairs, like I just walked in on a conversation they didn't want me to hear.
I went back upstairs. A few minutes later it started again. It got louder, and louder, and louder, and louder, so I went back down, thinking I had just missed them.
Nothing.
Whenever I'd go back upstairs it would start, and whenever I went downstairs it would stop.
It happened several times, and on several different occasions. I thought it was just me, but finally i asked somebody about it, and they experienced the same thing. Several people had the experience, not just me. And whenever I was downstairs in the dark, I could sense I was not alone. I could literally feel it. There are several classrooms with windows, but they always keep the doors shut, so in the hall it's pitch black.
It's really creepy.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sometimes that woman was no darn fun.

When I was about 8, I read an illustrated book of old Chinese folk tales in my school's library. It was there that I discovered the queue. I wanted to grow one, but basically mom said "No way, over my dead body". For the life of me, I couldn't understand why she was being so unreasonable...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Farewell to one of the great ones:

I wasn't going to post anything on her passing. So many celebs have died recently that if I posted them all my blog would've looked like an obituary site, but I can't help it. I'll miss Mary. She made the world a better place, for sure. My condolences to Peter and Paul.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Random find:

Between you and me I'd love to know what Madame just said to Bea. Although, this being a "family-friendly site", I'm not sure I could post it if even I did know...

Just lookin' out of the window - watching the asphalt grow:

Good Times: Any time you meet a payment. Good Times: Any time you meet a friend. Good Times: Any time you’re out from under. Not getting hassled, not getting hustled. Keepin’ your head above water, Making a wave when you can.
Temporary lay offs. - Good Times. Easy credit and rip offs. - Good Times. Scratchin’ and surviving. - Good Times. Hangin in a chow line - Good Times. Ain’t we lucky we got ‘em - Good Times.

I watched this show every week until John Amos got written off. Then it just wasn't the same. On another note, I was always in awe about how big John's nostrils were. They were huge..

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Jaws game:

Between you and me, I think mom really bought this game for herself. She'd make me play it with her. It was embarrassing, really. Basically, it would be:
"Come on, Joe, we're gonna play Jaws".
"Not again...".
"Just one game".
"But we just played it yesterday!!"
When we moved, I "accidentally" lost it. Funny how that happened..

Monday, September 14, 2009

Misc.:

I should've known that punchline was coming.. btw, I hope the dog doesn't quit the strip.....

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Green Ghost Game:

My cousin Dee Dee had this game. We played it once in my grandparent's house.
In the bathroom..... (it was the only room that was dark enough when we pulled the shade down).
I was drawn to glow-in-the-dark things. Plus, I loved haunted houses, ghosts, etc. I don't remember much about how the game went (who won, etc.), because Dee Dee habitually made the rules up as she went along (she thought I was too young to notice, but I did notice, and basically I knew she was full of crap that day). She was always "just remembering" rules which worked in her favor, whatever we were playing.. ..
The above pic is taken from an ebay listing. You can find it here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mario, the guy that just won't go away...

Lately I've been playing on-line Super Mario Bros. I haven't played it since the early 90's. If you're not sick of the game, the link is here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I don't really miss that dog..

Sometime around 1975, about a year before my folks split up, I had a beagle. She used to scoot across the carpet on her butt like in the above comic. She also used to try to hump my mother's leg (nobody else's, just mom's) before mom would smack her away. I used to laugh my ass off. Needless to say, when my folks split the dog was the first thing to go. Looking back, I can't say I blame them for that one...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I see trees of green, red roses too. I see 'em bloom, for me and for you. And I think to myself: what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue, clouds of white. Bright blessed days, dark sacred nights. And I think to myself: what a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow.....so pretty in the sky, Are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, sayin' how do you do? Theyre really sayin' "I love you".
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow (theyll learn much more than Ill never know). And I think to myself: what a wonderful world. Yes, I think to myself: what a wonderful world.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Random:

My local radio station has been playing "YMCA" alot lately. I miss these guys, as well as the disco days.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I was just thinking about:

Vertibird. I had a blast with this game. Mine broke not long after I got it, so I don't have many memories to post. It was great playing it with someone else, but just as fun alone. Pictured is a current eBay auction: Item# 220477348050.

Monday, September 07, 2009

In my opinion:

Nobody could twirl an umbrella wearing a sundress quite like Marlo Thomas.

Sunfish sailboats:

These things were everywhere ca. 1974/75/76/77. When we'd go to Hardings Beach in Chatham (which, btw, is closed this weekend due to Great White Shark sightings, 4 of them to be exact), there were always at least half a dozen of these things either in the water or on the beach. I wanted to try one, but no one in my family owned a sunfish.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Who needs alarm clocks when you live on a mountain...

I live in a mountain community, and my house is on 51 acres. And so, being wilderness, I've got a pack of coyotes that hang out on my property. I don't let my dog out at night, because I'm afraid they'll rip him apart. I've yet to see any of them, but when they start howling, I can tell there's at least half a dozen or so.
They woke me up this morning at 4 o'clock.
Yes, sometimes, I really hate those coyotes...

Saturday, September 05, 2009

I knew it:

I'm old enough to remember the original Gordon on Sesame Street. For the longest time I thought the current Gordon was a replacement, but wasn't sure, until I saw a pic of the first actor on Wikipedia (above).
Yes, once again, I was right.....

"Autumn frosts have slain July"...

It's fall already here in the northern Adirondacks. Actually, the leaves started changing colors a few weeks ago. On some trees, some of the leaves have already turned red. At night the temps have frequently dropped down into the mid-30's, while during the day it's been in the upper 70's. Fall is my favorite season, it always has been.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Misc. Remembrance:

Wings gave me this idea for a post:
When I was about 5, my aunt used to live about 4 doors away. She often babysat me when my folks would go out for the night. Once, when I slept over, I woke up really early the next morning before my aunt, uncle and cousins were awake. I figured instead of just lying in bed doing nothing, I'd get up and go home. My folks always kept the doors unlocked, so I just let myself in and went upstairs to my room. My aunt woke a couple of hours later, went to check on me and found me missing. She called my mom in a panic: "Joe's gone!! He's missing! He's not here!" My mother's response was "What do mean he's not there???? Where the hell could he be??!" She decided to check my room, and there I was sleeping in my own bed...
Hey what can I say, it was just time to go home..

Going for coffee:

In the early 70's, it wasn't uncommon for mom to say "Come on Joe, we're heading to so-and-so's house for coffee". Then we'd go to their house where she and mom would have coffee and talk (sometimes several moms), while us kids would go off and play. Sometimes they'd come to our place, but mostly we'd go over to their house. Those were fun and simple times. I think that's a lost custom, however, especially now that the majority of women aren't stay-at-home moms.

1976's Car Wash:

I'm not sure which came first: the song or the movie. Personally, I preferred the song. However I will watch snippets of this movie once in awhile just to marvel at that one character's (the guy in the circular pic with the chick, and on the left in the "R") afro.. I'm still in awe of it..

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The church bell chimed 'til it rang 29 times for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald:

"Does any one know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours? The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay if they'd put fifteen more miles behind 'er. They might have split up or they might have capsized; they may have broke deep and took water. And all that remains is the faces and the names of the wives and the sons and the daughters."



The Edmund Fitzgerald sank on November 10, 1975. When the song came out in '76, it kind of scared me. I also remember feeling sad for the surviving family members. You can read more here.
(On a side-note, I never had the urge to scuba dive and check out old shipwrecks. It just looks so cold and dark down there...)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

1979 Entex Handheld 1 or 2 player Baseball Game:

This was a great game. For 1 player, you'd switch to auto function, and the pitches came automatically. For 2-player play, you'd switch to manual play, and the person pitching can remove the top portion, which is connected by 26" cord inside, and select from 5 pitches...curve, slider, fastball, change-up, and knuckler. I have to 'fess up that I'm copying the description from an ebay listing, but I did have this game and played it for a long time. The ebay listing is here.

Molly Ringwald:

Back in '79, Molly Ringwald was a nobody. She didn't even make it to the second season of "The Facts Of Life". No one had any idea how large a star she'd become in the 80's. When Sixteen Candles came out in '84, people were saying: "Wasn't she that Facts Of Life kid?". I don't know what she's doing now, but in the mid-80's she had quite the career. Sixteen Candles is one of my all-time favorites.
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