Newfangled Holiday Chips

Written by Suzanne on November 19, 2012 – 2:12 pm -

This week, the loss of Hostess treats packed the interwebs via social media. Meanwhile, another classic snack is bringing an unusual sweetness to their usual saltiness. Pringles was once known as “The Newfangled Chip”. What an advancement for potato chip loving fans Pringles must have been! Let’s look back and watch in amazement:

Their newest newfangledness is adding in holiday sweetness with flavors like Pumpkin Spice, and White Chocolate Peppermint…for a limited time only, of course.

Put the Twinkie down for a second and let us know. Anyone try these Newer Newfangled sweet & salty concoctions?

For more holiday flavor/product mergers, click here to read an article by USA Today.

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Psyched

Written by Suzanne on January 10, 2012 – 11:42 am -

When the USA Network series Psych debuted years ago, my mom was intrigued. I took a look at the commercials and wasn’t impressed. I’m still unsure why that was, but I didn’t view an episode until a couple weeks ago. A friend commented on Facebook saying I’d probably really like the show, so I decided to finally tune in. I was psyched to find out that Netflix offers instant play of the first 5 seasons.

After viewing the pilot, I knew I was hooked. Here I am dealing with PCS (Pop Culture Syndrome) and so are the lead characters in Pysch, Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster. “fake psychic. real detectives.”

Pop culture references abound throughout every episode usually with an emphasis on the 1980’s.

Take a look at the official Psych website, watch Psych Outs (bloopers), take some fun quizzes all about the 80’s, and watch some Season 6 episodes.

http://www.usanetwork.com/series/psych

I’m not usually into crime stories, but the comedy and great characters of Psych keeps me interested. Do you watch Psych? Are you a newbie like me, or have you been a die-hard fan from the beginning?

For the die-hard fans out there, have you seen James Roday & Maggie Lawson in this fun Kevin Pollack interview? Isn’t it cute that Roday & Lawson are a couple in “real life”?

Stay tuned to the USA Network for all new episodes of Pysch starting February 2012.

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5 Bands in Costume

Written by Suzanne on October 21, 2011 – 9:42 am -

During my internet travels this week I found an article at starcostumes.com called “The 12 Greatest Costumed Rock Bands Ever”.

Click here to check it out.

I have to admit I don’t know most of the bands listed except the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper and KISS.

What costumed bands do I know besides the ones above? Check out this 5 on Friday and find out!

5 Bands in Costume

1. Let’s a “Go-Go” to this Hulla Baloo dance party with Paul Revere & the Raiders! Anyone know who the cute guy is that introduces them? I do.

Visit Paul Revere & the Raiders to see them still rocking in costume http://www.paulrevereraiders.com

 

2. Move over Paul Revere & the Raiders because Adam & the Ants are riding through. Stand & deliver artsy fashion, also known as cool costumes.

Adam Ant still delivers his New Romantic style, check him out at http://www.adam-ant.net

 

3. Uno, dos, tres, quatro…Wooly Bully time with Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Watch it now!

Find out what Sam the Sham is up to, visit http://www.samthesham.com

 

4. Cher! Okay so Cher is a singer and not really a band but it’s my site and I can post what I want to.

See what Cher is wearing these days… http://www.cher.com

 

5. Need an idea for a costume? Look no further than The Village People. They’re like a costume catalog on stage.

Click here to watch everyone’s favorite group dance song, YMCA.

 

Wow, 35 years of The Village People on their official site! Visit http://www.officialvillagepeople.com today!

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5 of my Fave Rockabilly Tunes

Written by Suzanne on October 14, 2011 – 9:59 am -

I was at Henry’s Marketplace the other day, shopping for protein powders and healthier junk food. They always have a fun music list playing in the store and this time it was a whole lotta Rockabilly. I was practically dancing in the aisles. This got me thinking that I haven’t been listening to Rockabilly music lately.

I’ve always had a thing for 50’s and 60’s music. I have a thing for most music in general no matter the decade but my favorite activity when I was a kiddo, besides reading & watching TV, was blasting my mom’s 45’s in my room. She didn’t have every rockabilly record but she had enough to get me interested. By the time the Stray Cats strutted their way on the radio in the 1980’s, I was amped with rockabilly excitement.

“The term rockabilly is a portmanteau of rock (from rock ‘n’ roll) and hillbilly, the latter a reference to the country music (often called hillbilly music in the 1940s and 1950s) that contributed strongly to the style’s development. Other important influences on rockabilly include western swing, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues. While there are notable exceptions, its origins lie primarily in the Southern United States.”—Wikipedia

So I’ve been rockin rockabilly style again, seems like a perfect reason for an HIH Five on Friday post.

Here are 5 of my Fave Rockabilly Tunes:

Eddie Cochran— C’mon Everybody

Bill Haley—Rock Around the Clock

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps— Be-Bop-a-Lula

Elvis Presley—That’s All Right Mama

Stray Cats—Stray Cat Strut

What are your favorite Rockabilly tunes?

Check out the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, click here.

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Gumby’s a Part of You

Written by Suzanne on October 12, 2011 – 9:30 am -

If you grew up in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s then you know Gumby. A little green slab of clay that turned into a pretty cool dude, he could jump into books, shape shift and do a lot of fun things. He also had a good heart and kind nature. It’s no wonder why I loved tuning in to see what he and his friends were up to.

There’s a lot of fun trivia to be found about Gumby via cyberspace. Did you know they tested audition reaction by showing Gumby for the first time on the Howdy Doody Show? Did you know that Art Clokey created Gumby just after finishing film school? I bet you knew that Art Clokey also created another one of my favorite TV shows, Davey & Goliath.

Click here to watch Art Clokey’s first stop motion clay animation, Gumbasia.

In honor of what would have been Art Clokey’s 90th birthday, Oct. 12, 2011, Google created a Google Doodle in the style of his Claymation characters.

Visit the official Gumby World site for all things Gumby & friends. http://www.gumbyworld.com

Are you a Gumby fan?

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Like Valley Girl

Written by Suzanne on July 27, 2011 – 8:22 am -

So I like did a search on my site using the totally tubular words VALLEY GIRL and like OH me gawd I didn’t get anything?
That’s like so uncool, right? Fer sher! Totally!

I had to like put something up like so this minute because like oh me gawd! That was like so much an awesomely huge part of like my existence you know? Oh ME gawd!
There was a time when I tried like so hard to like talk with as many like “likes” as I could, right? You remember don’t you? Really? Are you fer sher?

Well it was this totally bitchin’ time in the 80’s and there was like all this awesome music. Totally rad colors like fluorescent ya know? Pinks, greens, yellows. There was like lightning bolt earrings and shades that look like those window thingys, you know shades like the ones you wear on your face. Fer sher!

Like OH me gawd, just like the raddest time could be spent like at the mall. You remember don’t you? Really?

OK, ok so like here’s some videos I like found on the internet which would have been so totally awesome back in say 1984. OH me gawd, like all we had then was like MTV and like arcades and like the Atari like 64. Oh and like 3 Way Calling which was like so cool. OK, ok! So here’s the videos:

I wasn’t from the Valley I was like from Chula Vista. Like oh me gawd it’s like still in California so that’s like why I thought it was so cool to be part of that scene. Ya know?

A contest? Like nobody told me about a contest?

So some of the comments on this next video like please, gag me with a spoon! But this video from Solid Gold is hot like Nicolas Cage! Totally!

Were you ever like a Valley Girl or did you want to say, “Oh me gawd bag your face!” every time one talked near you?

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Sarah Jessica Parker is 46

Written by Suzanne on March 25, 2011 – 11:03 am -

I don’t keep up with every celebrity birthday but I noticed Sarah Jessica Parker is 46. This got me thinking about the TV show Square Pegs that is now a distant far off memory.

Before she was a teen on a totally tubular series about teens, she was a child actress on Broadway playing Annie. Remember how every girl age 6-14 tried singing their best rendition of “I Don’t Need Anything But You”?

Her ballet training at a young age helped with her role as Janey Glenn in the 1985 movie, Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

These days we usually see Sarah Jessica Parker talking about her Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw.

Happy 46th birthday to Sarah Jessica Parker!

Take 5 minutes and watch a minisode of Square Pegs via the Minisode Network, click here.

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Last Summer

Written by Suzanne on August 6, 2010 – 10:29 am -

Visit http://www.themotels.com/ for current info and tour dates.

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Holiday Hiatus

Written by Suzanne on November 15, 2009 – 11:13 am -

xmas 

When I was growing up Winter holiday decorations and Christmas music weren’t seen or heard until the day after Thanksgiving. Between Halloween and Turkey Day there was a calm before the holiday season that created a feeling of excitement when the first fake snowflake was spotted on the local store window.

These days we can see department store workers putting up their holiday displays the same day they’re moving the Halloween items to Clearance. This makes perfect sense from a marketing perspective but from what I’ve gathered from family and friends it’s a bit annoying to the consumer.

Back in the day before DVD, YouTube, Hulu and Netflix we actually had to wait until the appropriate season to see holiday specials. These specials aren’t so special anymore because we can watch The Grinch at Halloween or The Great Pumpkin on Christmas Day.

The latest pop culture tradition might be holding out to put up the tinsel until after we’ve cleaned off the Thanksgiving table, or waiting until the week before Christmas to watch Rudolph. I’m going to break tradition with my HIH holiday image above because I’m going on a holiday hiatus. I need some time to hibernate offline.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with or without decorations. It’s a time to get ready for the New Year, to reflect on memories, and spread love in the form of hugs, gifts and even a dollop of Cool Whip.

 

Happy Holidays!

Click here to learn more about one of my holiday favorites, The Snowman.

For classic Christmas specials on DVD click here.

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Halloween Costume Hunt

Written by Suzanne on October 23, 2009 – 10:53 am -

The 5 on Friday

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?

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