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Monday, March 02, 2015

A tale of two board games:

Back around '73, our family was visiting a friend of my grandmother's. I was the only kid there and really had nothing to do. Nana's friend asked if I'd like to go into her granddaughter's room and see if she had any toys I wanted to play with. As I was rifling through her stuff, the granddaughter walked into the room and was rather annoyed I was invading her space. She was kind of a bitch, actually. I saw she had 2 Partridge Family board games, and as I was looking at them the grandmother asked if I wanted one. The granddaughter started to protest, and her grandmother got annoyed and said to her, "What are you whining about, you have TWO." To be honest I felt a little uncomfortable taking her stuff, but then I figured that she really wasn't being very friendly, and I knew I'd probably never see her again, so since it was a mutual dislike between the two of us, I accepted. I was actually given the better of the two. Sucked to be her. Yes, life's not fair, but it's great when it's unfair in your favor...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Misc. remembrance:

Even though I was always deathly afraid of speaking in public, I always enjoyed "show and tell", although my presentations were never quite as bizarre as the above.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rose instead. We'll get a table near the street in our old familiar place, You and I, face to face:

A bottle of red, a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite. I'll meet you anytime you want in our Italian restaurant.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Random fact:

Apparently, during the 1973 oil crisis there were a few who knew how to make the best out a bad situation.

Monday, February 02, 2015

When art imitates life:

Although, usually our plans were tree house designs, but basically the concept was the same.

So does anybody remember...

.... Phil A. O'Fish from '76??? Well, neither do I. Btw, in my opinion, an animal selling out its' own kind for a couple of bucks is just plain wrong.

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...

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???

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


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