Archive for October, 2009
If you need some spooky tunes to Watusi to this Halloween then transport your soul back to my interview last year with The Ghastly Ones.
You know me and my flashbacks! Who doesn’t like leftovers and what better way to reuse a post than to revisit a fun one from a year ago?
Transport yourself back to my interview with Baron Shivers from The Ghastly Ones by clicking here.
“…Come meet the band and get this limited edition record signed. Master Monster Hot Rod artist, THE PIZZ, who illustrated the cover, will be signing as well! Free full color die-cut sticker from POSTERPOP for the first 50 people! Dan Moses from The Dynotones and Big Tiki Dude will be spinning CD’s! “—The Ghastly Ones website
Halloween is almost here and I’m still searching for a costume. This year I’m contemplating the idea of being myself. What will you be for Halloween? Maybe these videos will give us some ideas.
How about something retro in plastic and polyester?
There’s always the outer space theme?
Maybe 80′s Flashback Fashion? Let’s listen to Mr. T’s advice on this one.
For all you Star Trek fans out there Klingon never goes out of Halloween style, especially if you add a little hip hop.
Alright, how about something scary? A werewolf or a vampire?
Any other ideas?
The internet is full of Helium Balloon Boy articles this morning. Speculation that Richard Heene, storm chaser and Wife Swap cast member, had set his boy up, up and away on a balloon ride hoax all in the name of publicity. Comments and posts started floating around soon after the boy was found safe and sound in the Heene attic. When I first read the hoax idea I wasn’t shocked at all. This doesn’t mean I believe it was a hoax. I haven’t a clue what it was but it did make me wonder why I wasn’t shocked at the notion.
Why should we be surprised by a family creating an elaborate hoax to get more publicity? This is 2009 and in the last decade the reality of reality TV has gone from good, bad and now the inevitable, an ugly helium balloon.
Reality TV seemed like a swell idea. Remember MTV’s Real World? It felt like a sociology class experiment put together in a new and artful way. Then along came the survival shows, the biggest losers, the American idols, the girls next door, wife swapping, and rockers, rappers and wannabes handing out passes to their future lovers.
We’ve watched celebs in their houses and families larger than the Brady Bunch adding on another car seat to their school bus at home. We’ve felt guilty watching the breakdown and public separation of the Gosselin family yet still we watch the scripted antics of non actors acting out unreality we call Reality TV. All this unreality in the name of reality must alter our perceptions of what happens in the name of publicity. These days 15 minutes of fame can go on for a decade.
Our television dial has already been tuned to a different channel. Another dimension in time, a bit like The Twilight Zone, things that seemed bizarre before are now common place on the boob tube. I’m reminded of Bela Lugosi’s classic scene directed by Ed Wood in the film Glen or Glenda.
“Pull the string! Pull the string! A mistake is made. A story must be told.” In this case it’s more like “Don’t pull the (expletive) string! I mean tether!”
We’re not going too far with this Friday Flashback. I thought we could take a trip through the Housewife in Hollywood.com halls.
So light those candles, gut that pumpkin and enjoy some not so scary entertainment with these Halloween themed posts from last year. Flashback to October 2008 by clicking the hyperlinks below.
My Top 5 Halloween in Hollywood Favorites:
Are You Ready for a Mad Monster Party?
Need a spooky song in your head? Those of you familiar with Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion will appreciate this clip:
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For another version of Grim Grinning Ghosts take a listen to the Dapper Dans riding down Disneyland’s Main Street:
Visit http://doombuggies.com/ for Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion fun!
It’s time for a Friday Flashback. Let’s go back in time to 1970-1975. I was too young to appreciate The Odd Couple when it first aired on TV but I did enjoy reruns several years later. The Odd Couple starred Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
The Odd Couple started out as a play by Neil Simon and in 1968 the film was made starring Jack Lemmon as Felix and Walter Matthau as Oscar.
Spending much of my childhood a few feet away from a TV, I tend to remember the TV series better. Quick synopsis: Felix Unger’s wife kicks him out and he has no one to turn to except his childhood friend Oscar Madison. Oscar takes him in and while their lifestyles are constantly at odds the storyline creates great conflict and laughs for a sitcom.
Not only was the storyline great but the characters are memorable and the laughs stand the test of decades. The question still remains, “Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?”
Taste of Trivia: Did you know that in 1973 Tony Randall and Jack Klugman recorded an album called “The Odd Couple Sings” for London Records? Roland Shaw and The London Festival Orchestra and Chorus provided the music and additional vocals. It didn’t hit the Billboard Charts but the fans must have got a kick out of it.
Listen to the songs on the album by clicking here.
The good folks at Celestial Seasonings asked me to do a taste test on a few of their new Green Teas. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first because the only tea I usually gravitate towards is of the iced variety and loaded with sugar, also known as Sweet Tea.
I do like they’re Roastaroma tea as a coffee alternative and I’ve read about the benefits of green tea but in my own experience most leave an after taste reminiscent of brewed grass. Now some people can get used to that brewed grass taste but I’d bypass the benefits altogether and go back to my overly caffeinated Cup of Joe instead.
Celestial Seasonings isn’t new to Green Tea but they’ve infused Bai Mu Dan white tea to their green tea creating even smoother, more full-flavored blends.
Not only have they infused teas, they’ve combined their new green tea packaging with empowering traditional wisdom represented by nine symbolic Asian characters.
Take a look at these beautiful boxes:
Antioxidant Supplement Green Tea
Decaf Mandarin Orchard™ Green Tea
Raspberry Gardens® Green Tea
I enjoyed all three of these but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Raspberry Gardens® Green Tea. It has a natural raspberry flavor that isn’t overpowering.
The Decaf Mandarin Orchard™ has the antioxidant benefits of green tea without any caffeine. I’d like to make this one into an iced green tea and drink it all day.
The Antioxidant Supplement Green Tea is great with a light citrus taste and they’ve added more Vitamins A, C and E. My hubby enjoyed this one which is surprising because he’s not much of a tea drinker, but this one might have changed his mind.
Try out any of these Celestial Seasonings Green Teas and let me know which one you like best. I’d like to try more from their collection. I think Decaf Mint Green Tea and Blueberry Breeze® Green Tea are next.
Visit http://celestialseasonings.com to find out more about their tasty Green Teas.