Archive for November, 2007

It’s Christmas Time In The City

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Tonight, Lexcie and I went on our self-guided New York City Christmas windows tour, as well as a few other prime holiday spots in Manhattan.

Our first stop was Bloomingdale’s, which had the strangest holiday-themed windows I’ve ever seen. They apparently took ideas from kids at the Children’s Museum of the Arts and ran with them – which included candy-covered robots and a four-eyed, two-mouthed princess. Oh, and lots and lots of glitter. It was just… strange. And didn’t feel very Christmas-y at all.

Barney’s, on the other hand, was a breath of fresh creative air. (more…)

Thanksgiving and More

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

It’s been quite a busy Thanksgiving Day weekend. On Thursday, the whole famn damily came over for dinner – there were about 20 of us in my small house – and pigged out on the usual Thanksgiving fare: eight-cheese platter with salami and pepperoni, spinach dip in pumpernickel, herring and sour cream on Wasa crispbread, turkey, orange/cranberry compote, green bean casserole, peas/bacon/mushrooms/pearl onions, stuffed mushrooms, mashed turnips, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, stuffed artichokes, celery salad, feta salad, pound cake, berry/apple/chocolate/sweet potato/pumpkin pies, three cheesecakes, sugar cookies, a fruit basket and chocolate. Oh, and shots of DiSorrano. My stomach hurts just writing all of this.

I thought Friday would be spent in recovery mode (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – I hope you have a wonderful day and stuff yourself silly!

I am thankful for:

  • My family and friends, who’ve shaped me in to whom I’ve become
  • My pets, who never fail to put a smile on my face
  • My health, and that I’ve been cancer-free for two years
  • My job, which  introduces me to fascinating people and places
  • My home, though crazy, is a haven I can come home to each day
  • My books, which take me to places I might never get to go
  • My music, the background to many important times in my life
  • My imagination, which has gotten me far in life
  • And chocolate, which has always been there to help out in any situation

Brought To You By The Letter – WHY?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

I read an interesting blog by Ada Calhoun today on whether “Sesame Street” ruined Generation X in response to a New York Times article by Virginia Heffernan. Apparently, there is a warning on the back of the Sesame Street: Old School DVD that says “These early ‘Sesame Street’ episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.”

I purchase the DVD for my mother last Christmas. The show holds a special place in her heart, especially since it debuted the same week my oldest sister was born in 1969. We’ve watched the first two episodes so far, and one particular segment stuck out: kids running through a construction site, learning words such as up, down, over, under and through. I wish I could find the clip on You Tube, because it involved kids running around broken bits of glass, rusty metal pieces and on top of sawhorses, if I recall correctly. As I watched it, I thought to myself that if the same scene played today, it would involve lawsuits, tetanus and Child Protective Services.

How about some characters that are no longer on the show?

  1. Lefty The Salesman – A creepy salesman in trenchcoat trying to sell inncocent Ernie various goods from an invisible ice-cream cone to a bottle of air? Oh no! And don’t forget the gangster mentions of Louie the Lip and The Golden An.
  2. Roosevelt Franklin – The jive talkin’ kid was removed from the series “following letters complaining of a negative African-American stereotype, and because his rowdy elementary school did not set a good example for children,” according to Muppet Wiki.
  3. Don Music – The agonized musician “was abandoned because of complaints about his alarming tendencies toward self-inflicted punishment. Apparently, kids were imitating his head-banging at home,” according to Sesame Street Unpaved.

In my opinion, even Cookie Monster jumped the shark when he sang “Healthy Food.”

I think Calhoun summed it up nicely:

“Kids today are often presented by kids’ programming with a misleading ‘everyone wins!’ version of reality. They could stand a little more misanthropic Oscar, a little less ‘Prozacky Elmo.'”

I couldn’t agree more. My generation doesn’t know how good we had it.

X Marks The Spot

Monday, November 19th, 2007

So, while searching for Neal Schon of Journey on Flickr, I came across this doozy of floozies:

X Marks The Spot

I have no words.

Revisiting Old Fears

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Today, someone sent me a YouTube link to BoHeman Rhapsody. Of course, being a He-Man and She-Ra fan in my youth, I got quite a kick out of it. Then, I decided to look at what other 80s cartoon fodder resided in the sidebar. I then came across a TV cartoon opening that used to scare the crap out of me back in the day. It made me think – what else frightened me as a child? Apparently, enough to make a list – and most can be now found on YouTube. Thanks, Internet.

And here they are:

  1. When Cringer turned into Battlecat in “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” – Approximately 45 seconds into this clip, Battlecat transforms, roars, and makes me want to hide under a blanket.
  2. Kimball from “Romper Room” – Another dose of disturbance at approximately 45 seconds. A pre-courser to Barney, perhaps? And speaking of another big, fat character…
  3. Grimace – Although, the McDonald’s character is not a scary as he was back in the 1970s
  4. When Chrissy & The Alphabeats sang “You’re Alive” on “Sesame Street” – This band was probably the creepiest feature on “Sesame Street.” Twenty years later, I still have to breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out to calm myself down.
  5. Slim Goodbody – A man who wears his insides on his outsides. ‘Nuff said.
  6. Anne Ramsey – I though Sloth a little scary, but Mama Fratelli just takes the cake.
  7. Lady Elaine Fairchilde – I’m beginning to sense that I have an inane fear of certain puppets. I couldn’t even find a YouTube clip of Lady Elaine – I guess her and her big red nose disturbs others, as well.
  8. The music video for Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” – Ronald Reagan in Spandex. A talking stomach. Feet marching through a jungle of severed heads. Genesis.
  9. The Willy Wonka psychadelic boat trip – There’s no way of knowing, where direction the boat is going. And that’s enough for me.
  10. I’m sure there’s a #10, but I’ve seemed to surpress the memory. Hopefully it stays that way.

Super Spaz Goes to Applebees

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

My attempt to start a bubble symphony at Applebees tonight resulted in water going straight into my eye. Then my face. Fail!

But everyone got a good laugh out of it, and I don’t have to wash my face before bed. Win!

Symphonic Overload

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

I never, ever learn. Ear plugs are a must for me at concerts.

Last night, Jarid had an extra ticket to see Rooney and The Polyphonic Spree at Terminal 5 on 11th and 56th. Last minute, he asked me to go, so I said yes, even though I had no clue who Rooney was and my only experience with The Polyphonic Spree was a college roommate’s continuous playing of “Hold Me Now” on iTunes. (more…)

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot…

Friday, November 16th, 2007

like Christmas. Everywhere you go.

Macy’s on 34th Street has finished bedecking its windows a week before the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I haven’t seen the side windows yet, but red-present themed windows and its usual Miracle on 34th Street windows facing – you guessed it – 34th Street, are complete. With the exception of the movie-based windows, the others were a lot better last year. I’ve figured that in a week or two I’ll do the New York City Christmas Windows Walking Tour.

Penn Station has put up its wreathes and garland, which always makes me happy, since the station is pretty bland otherwise. And as I stepped into K-Mart yesterday, all I could smell was pine, cinnamon and peppermint.

I can’t wait until all the Christmas lights are up in the city and around my neighborhood. Since I actually have a good camera this year – as well as a tripod – I’m going to try get some pictures. And since my house now has a porch and an easily accessible roof, I also plan to outfit it in lights. But it will look nothing like this!

All Over The World

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Or at least the East Coast.

It’s been a busy month ambling from place to place, and it’s rare I see a weekend at home. (more…)