Saturday, October 27, 2012

Now for a word from our sponsor

This week's topic is to share commercials that we like.

Commercials are amazing little mini movies, the amount of effort that goes into making a good commercial is sort of mind boggling.  A few that I like that you remember the brand:

But sometimes the commercial is funny, buy you can't remember who the sponsor is... that is a problem.  Isn't the purpose of the commercial to sell stuff?
Anyway, enjoy!  Want to see the other ladies favorites?  Check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Save Big Bird

This week's topic is to share your favorite memories of "Sesame Street" or talk about the role it has played in your life. 

We have been doing this blog project for some time, and ironically this is the first topic that has made me feel all my years older than the other ladies.  I am, on average, 10 years older than the rest of the group.  See, I didn't watch Sesame Street as a young child like they did.  Sesame Street first aired in November of 1969, on select stations.  I didn't live in an area where it aired.  It didn't come to my area until the early 1970's. 

There was a lot of talk about how Sesame Street combined the addictive qualities of television with the curriculum of pre-school.  The idea was to provide some sort of pre-school experience for children who didn't have the money to attend an actual pre-school.  I remember my parents talking about it, with horrified tones, that if you were so poor you couldn't afford pre-school how in the world did you afford a television?  The argument continued that if you were going to get PBS, you needed cable.  If you could afford cable and a television you could afford pre-school.

At this point, I was "to old" for Sesame Street  (well, in the target audience sense, but really who is to old for Sesame Street.)  I lived in a household that sent me to pre-school but could not afford a television.  I was in mid-elementary school when we got a television.  Yes, I'm surprised, as well, that the exact day isn't burned into my memory and celebrated annually.  We got our first television from a dead client of my father's.  The estate paid him for some of his work with the tv.  I recall him lugging this enormous box into our house.  It took him and a neighbor to settle it into our family room.  It was black and white heaven.

When I was home sick in jr high and high school, I would watch Sesame Street.  By then we had a color set.  I loved Cookie Monster and Big Bird and Snuffleupagus.  I have watched it with my kids.  But, unlike the other ladies, I didn't watch it as a kid.

On a political note, cutting the budget on PBS is not really going to fix the deficit problem.  We need to look at the big ticket items like Presidential and Congressional pensions.  How about salaries for elected officials or their health benfits.  Let's give everyone in American the same coverage our elected officials get and then we can have a talk about health care and the budget.  Stepping off soap box.

Want to see how their view habits played out?  Check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Stripping for fun

This weeks topic is about your stripper name.  It is the name of your first pet and the first street you lived on.

Since my first pet was Scamp and we lived on Stow Canyon, and I don't think Scamp Stow Canyon is a great stripper name... I am going with my first married pet and our first married street.  Beside a married stripper is better right? Ok, maybe not... 

My stripper name is:

Morocco Edgerton
That is right, it is exotic and yet, staid at the same time.  You have that hint of the far east and the tightly wound Brit.  What better contrast for a stripper.  Come and see me strip, I am a proper lady.
Bob and I got him right after we moved into our apartment together.  Bob didn't really want a cat, but I did.  We had Morocco until we moved into our house in Connecticut.  When I was pregnant with Sam, Morocco was literally pissed about it.  He peed all over the kids toys and in their rooms.  I was 8 months pregnant and was cleaning up a pee mess in Mac's room when Morocco sauntered into the nursery and peed right in the middle of the crib.  That was it!  I called Bob and had him take Morocco to the pound, ASAP.  We never looked back.
Bob and I bought our first house in Cleveland.  We looked at probably 50 houses before we picked the one we ended up with.  Guess what, it was exactly the same floor plan as the house his parents lived in.  Ours was a bit smaller, but exactly the same.  I think that was why Bob loved it so much.  We sold that house, or rather the company I worked for bought it when we moved to Connecticut and built the house the kids were born in.
I have good memories of both the cat and the house.  Both are no longer with us.  Wiley on the other hand is.. if anyone wants a 16 year old dog, let me know!

Want to see what the other ladies are taking off? Check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl


Sunday, October 7, 2012

The real story

This week's topic is to post about what US President you would like to meet.

Mac is super into Presidents.  Bob is super into American history.  I have listened to the two of them go on about presidents and history ad naseum.  At some point they start to sound like the adults in a Peanuts cartoon.  blah blah blah. 

I understand that those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it.  But, I am so anti-political and generally over history that it is hard for me to pick one.  Interestingly enough, I think I would like to meet Nixon.  I would like to know what he hell he was thinking about when he decided to cheat.  Is it that cheating is so generally rampant that not cheating is a strategic disadvantage?

I would like to talk to his wife and understand what was going through her mind and happening in her life when everything went down.  It is hard to stand by your man when they do something stupid and get caught.  Even harder to do it in the public eye.

I would like to Nancy Reagan and ask her about what it was like to watch her husband's Alzheimer's become debilitating while he was in office.  I realize that this is not the story that is told, but behind closed doors, she had to know there was an issue.  What part of the cover up did she cook up?  How much of a roll did she play in it?

I would like to meet George W. Bush and ask him about what really went down in Florida.  Isn't is convenient that the state that tipped the election to you and had ballot issues was the state where your brother was governor.  What is the real story there?

I would like to talk to Barack Obama and ask him how much has he cheated to end up in office.  What sort of favors did he have to trade to make things happen.  I generally think he is a pretty stand up guy, but face it folks, he probably has done something shady at some point.   He is from Illinois after all.

I guess, things aren't always what they seem.  I think there is a lot of corruption in our government.  So, I would like to hear these men, who have great power, tell it like it is.  Truth serum may or may not be involved.

Want to see what the other ladies have on tap? Check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl