Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
I was up in my parent's attic recently trying to find my old Pac-Man puppet (I've still got Ms. Pac-Man, but Pac-Man disappeared years ago. If I had a Baby Pac-Man puppet there would be child support issues.) when a small red 'No. 7 De Luxe Album For Polaroid's Swinger Camera' came tumbling out of a box of paisley patterned bell bottoms. It turned out to be an old album that my father had kept from high school right on up to when I was born. In this album were 18 pictures of cars, four pictures of his dog and one of my mother... and yet she still married him.
Here are said car pics, plus a couple of others, along with any descriptions that were included with-
"Natural Bridge '55 Chevy '57 Chevy"
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I found this old Knox Gelatine recipe flyer in a box full of paper junk that I purchased at a flea market over the weekend and so, in a bit of blogging synergy, I'm sending this one out to Curly Wurly, Big Cheese of All Things Gelled-
Monday, January 08, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Way back in the mid-'70's and on into I don't know when, McDonald's restaurants used to ring in the New Year by handing out cool coloring calendars. By 1985 I was too old to be into Ronald McDonald coloring calendars (which means too old to ask my parents to take me to get one and too young to drive myself) so I missed this one during its original in store go around, but I've come across several since then in thrift stores all over the place- I'm assuming that there was a different calendar printed for each of the states, but I've only ever come across Virginia's. So let's go back in time to 1985 and join Ronald and his pals as they paint the state red! (So they're to blame for that...) Original captions and interesting calender factoids included...
"Ronald goes sight-skiing at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville."
Also, the Phillip Morris plant!! Free cigarettes for the kids!!
They are really overselling things with all these exclamation marks.
True Virginians pronounce the second syllable of 'Norfolk' as if it were a dirty word.
"You'll have a blast exploring the historic battlefield at Yorktown!"
"Ronald makes sure there'll be no hamburglaring in Colonial Williamsburg!!"
"Ronald creates a scene at the beautiful Skyline Drive."
Apparently, Birdie's room came with a whirlpool bath and Ronald's did not. He got all diva about it.
Never been there. Next.
For the longest time I was under the impression that I owned two copies of the "It's A Colorful Year In Virginia" calender until just recently when I actually took a closer look at them. One of the pair is a 1990 re-issue of the original created, apparently, at the request of the Hamburglar's management. The Ham-man had recently undergone extensive plastic surgery in an attempt to make himself less 'wicked Uncle Ernie' and more 'dribbling water-headed baby' in appearance and he was eager to show his handsome new features to the world. Since they were sending the calender back to press anyway, the head honchos at McDonald's decided to spare some expenses by merging two states into one, thus the added "and N.E. Carolina" banner and the little chunk of N.C. that's stuck onto Virginia like one of those hard, red butt-pimples. How was this merger reflected inside the calender? The line "June is a month of Sun Days at Virginia Beach" has the words "and at the Outer Banks!!" added to it. North Carolinians must have been so proud. Also notice that while visiting the Planetarium in Richmond, the Professor has been abducted by aliens and replaced with a plant-based, yet nearly identical replicant. The differences are so subtle that no one even notices...