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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Random find:

In 1974, eating at McDonald's was pretty inexpensive.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


One of the most painful experiences in life is losing a friend.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Does anyone remember...

... the episodes of "One Day At A Time" when Ann Romano would be going through a personal crisis, and at the end of the episode she would stand in front of a full-length mirror, all the lights would go dim, and she'd start to talk to her image and lecture herself??? Does anyone else think that's weird in retrospect???

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

In honor of all who served and gave their lives for the rest of us.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Night Disco:

"I Feel Love" by Donna Summer. Yes, I guess she does....

"Joshua" by Dolly Parton:

Well a good way's down the railroad track, there was this little ole' run-down shack, and in it lived a man I'd never seen. Folks said "he was a mean and a viscous man, and you better not step foot on his land" but I didn't think nobody could be that mean. So I took me out walkin' down the railroad track, I was gonna go down to that little ol' shack and just find out if all them things I'd heard was true. There was a big black dog a-layin' out in the yard, and it growled at me and I swallowed hard and I heard somebody say "Well, who are you?" Ohhh and there he stood in the door of that shack and his beard and his hair was long and black, and he was the biggest man I'd ever seen. When he spoke his voice was low and deep, but he just didn't frighten me, 'cause somehow I just knew he wasn't mean. He said "What you doin' snoopin' round my place?" then I saw a smile come across his face, so I smiled back and I told him who I was. He said "Come on in and pull ya up a chair (you might as well since you're already here)", and he said "you can call me Joshua". Joshua, Joshua, what you doin' livin' here all alone? Joshua, Joshua, ain't you got nobody to call your own??
We talked 'til the sun was clean outta sight and we're still talkin' when it come daylight, and there was just so much we had to say. Now I'd spent my life in an orphan's home, and just like him I was all alone, so I said "yeah" when he asked if I'd stay. Well we grew closer as time went on, and that little ol' shack it was a happy home, and we just couldn't help but fall in love. That big black dog and that little ol' shack sittin' down by the railroad track it's plenty good enough for me and Joshua. Joshua, Joshua well you're just what I been a-lookin' for. Joshua, Joshua ya ain't gonna be lonesome anymore.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

1977 Big Foot Game:

Val mentioned this one, although I don't remember it. However, around '75 - '78, Big Foot was a huge topic. Seems like everyone was reporting a Big Foot sighting. "In Search Of" and other SciFi TV shows regularly mentioned him. To this day I'm not quite sure what Big Foot was supposed to be...

A 1976 fave:

"Evergreen" by Barbra Streisand. This song always takes me back.

Misc. Remembrance:

It was probably 1972, and a friend of my mother's came over to have coffee with my mom. She came with her two kids: Lori and Teddy. Lori and I decided to hide on our parents and have Teddy tell them that he couldn't find us, while we hid behind the chimney of my house as our parents searched for us. We lived near a swamp. So our parents are outside frantically calling our names, while Lori and myself were hiding behind the chimney laughing at them. Finally after about 10 minutes we ran out from behind the chimney and said "Here we are!" We got our @$$e$ kicked that day. I think I was punished for a week...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday Night Disco:

"Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste Of Honey.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Random Fact:

The Carpenters weren't the first to record "Top Of The World". Lynn Anderson recorded the song first, and I like her version much better.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Misc. Remembrance:

I can remember circa 1972 and watching "That Girl" re-runs on daytime TV, and noticing that in the opening song how the girl in the window bore an uncanny resemblance to Ann Marie, and being amazed that they were able to find someone who looked just like her for the store window. It blew my mind.

Misc. Remembrance:

In the late '70s (ca. '77) my cousin Joanne fell on some ice and broke her leg. Her relatives showered her with toys and get-well cards and money. They really went all-out for her. Less than a year later, my cousin Paula (Joanne's sister) broke her arm, and she remembered how Joanne really raked it in and was looking forward to all the stuff she was going to get, but by then everyone was burned out from giving to Joanne they basically told Paula to "just deal with it". She got nothing. She was really bummed out about it. Sucked to be her..

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A public service announcement from Joe:

This is drugs:
This is your brain on drugs:
Any questions????

Misc. Remembrance:

My mother has smoked ever since I can remember. And always Marlboro Lights. One day in '78 we were driving to my aunt's house in Whitman Massachusetts. Mom was lost in thought, not paying attention to anything except her driving, and my window was open so I took her cigarettes and threw them out the window while she wasn't looking. I stared at her and smiled. She smiled back. I'm still smiling, and she says "what???". I'm still smiling and said that I threw her cigarettes out the window. She laughed. I laughed. While the smile was still frozen on her face, she said "you didn't". I said "I did". She's still smiling. Then she says "no, really...". Me (still smiling): "yup". All of a sudden she wasn't smiling. She starts looking around the seat hoping I was kidding. By then we were about 3 miles from where I threw them out, and frankly I didn't quite remember exactly where I threw them out. Reality "sets in". She didn't have any extra money with her, so she had to turn the car around to look for them. It took us 20 minutes to find them again. As I recall we ended up being late...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

To all Mothers:

 Happy Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Saturday Night Disco:

"More Than A Woman" by The Bee Gees.


The first several seconds of this video seems to stick for some reason, but then it kicks in and plays.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Misc. Remembrance:

Around '78 / '79, all the girls in my school seemed to be wearing clogs. I still think they're the ugliest things I've ever seen..

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Random fact:

In the mid-'70s, one of my cousins used to drink buttermilk. She drank maple syrup a couple of times also. Hey if that's her "thing"...


What do you get when you combine The Brady Bunch, Soul Train, and Up With People??? You get Good-Time Music!!!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Non - '70s post:

In the '50s, mom wanted to date a certain guy. One day he finally asked her out and she said yes. When he came to pick her up for their date, my grandmother told them "no way" and sent him home because he was wearing a leather jacket, and no daughter of hers was ever gonna date a guy in a leather jacket..