Thanks to @Kailua Girl for this blog idea.  Can you name these cartoon characters – WITHOUT Googling it?

 

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To be honest, I can name only about 2/3 of them.  Not only from the cartoon shows but I remember reading their comics!  Remember this familiar logo at the top corner of the comics?

 

Harvey Comics Logo

 

 

And here’s a reel of cartoons that @Kailua Girl sent me.

 

 

As I was watching this reel, none of them seemed to ring a bell – although I was enjoying them.  That is until the last cartoon – I remember the sour balls part!  Then it started to look so familiar.  I think back of the hours that we spent watching these mind-numbing cartoons.  But they were harmless.  Sometimes a bit politically incorrect – by today’s standards – but back then, the term “politically incorrect” wasn’t coined yet.  So it was just good, wholesome cartoons.

 

Which of the cartoons characters above were your favorites?  Did you prefer the cartoon or the comic book?  What other Harveytoon characters do you remember?

 

Thanks again for the blog idea, @Kailua Girl!

 

 

 

Hurricane Ana

 

Looks like another hurricane is headed our way.  Hurricane Ana is expected to be a tropical storm when it reaches Oahu, but when it comes to hurricanes, nothing is definite.

 

I know that a lot of the MLCers are busy preparing for this storm so I’ll keep this blog open for tips, comments, reports, jokes, music, etc. of Hurricane Ana.  I’ll start it off;

 

It’s a good idea to fill up your gas tank in your car.  Even if you have a half tank, top it off.   I did so tonight (Wednesday).  I thought that I’d wait until it got late so there wouldn’t be a crowd.  Hah!  I went to the Costco station at 9:30 PM and the cars were about 5 deep in each line waiting to get to the pumps.  It was just about overflowing into the street.  But since mostly everyone was “topping off”, the lines moved pretty fast.  Why is it a priority to fill your gas tank?  Well, if the power goes, gas pumps won’t work.  If power is out for a week – that means no gas available for a week.

 

If you cell phone dies and the power is out – you can always charge your phone in your car.  Just make sure to start your car every so often to recharge your car battery.  And make sure you don’t run out of gas.

 

Put away smaller potted plants as they could fly and act as projectiles if the wind is strong enough.

 

Fill your bathtub with water.  Then you can use a bucket to scoop up the water and fill your toilet tank if the power outage affects the pump stations and you have no water.

 

Use old milk cartons or 1-gallon plastic jugs to fill with water and freeze.  Then these blocks of ice can be used to keep your perishables cold.  After the ice melts, you can use the water for drinking, cooking, etc.

 

Q: What did the hurricane say to the other hurricane?
A: I have my eye on you.

 

Q: What did the hurricane say to the coconut palm tree?
A: Hold on to your nuts, this is no ordinary blow job!

 

Q: Why did former FEMA director Michael Brown criticized Obama for “responding to Hurricane Sandy too quickly?
A: Because women don’t like premature evacuation.

 

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Be safe out there MLCers.  Take care of each other.

Happy Discover’s Day

13 October 2014

Happy Discover’s Day or Columbus Day.  Lucky you if you have the day off.  I didn’t have a blog post ready and it’s late Sunday night and I’m awfully tired.  So I thought I’d just throw this out there to all us Baby Boomers:

 

Since it’s Discover’s Day – What kinds of things have you discovered over the years?

 

I’ll start off with a few:

  • I discovered just a few days ago that freeway off-ramps are numbered based on the number of miles from a designated starting point.  And if there is more than 1 exit within that mile number, an alpha is added.  For instance, heading Kokohead bound on the H1, the airport exit is 16.  Then the next exit is the Nimitz Highway which is 18A.  There is no exit 17 because no exit exists in the 17 mile stretch.  Then the Dillingham exit is 18B because it’s the 2nd exit within the 18 mile stretch.
  • I recently discovered that artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and Sucralose, and Saccharin are bad for you.  And these substitute sweeteners make you gain weight – which is ironic because it’s what soda people use in their diet sodas.  Yes, you get the sweetness flavoring without sugar so the drink is less in calories – but it changes the way that your body breaks down sugar (from other foods you eat).  And the caramel coloring in sodas isn’t healthy either.
  • I discovered that when you receive the new smaller safety check and your bumper has that “void” lettering left from the previous, bigger safety check, you can use Goo Gone to get the “void” lettering off.  I didn’t have Goo Gone, but I did have Goof Off and that worked just as well.  No harm to the paint.
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  • I discovered that throwing more money in a Vegas machine to try to recover a big amount of money that you just lost – doesn’t work.
  • I discovered that a new outdoor shopping mall just opened up in Las Vegas.  Downtown Summerlin located right behind Red Rock Casino is a shopping town built on a 1.5 mile block.  It has Macy’s and Dillards as anchor stores.  And there is also Nordstrom Rack, Trader Joe’s, and 5 Guys Burgers & Fries stores – just to name a few.
  • I discovered a long time ago that I’m allergic to alcohol.
  • I recently discovered a band in town called Retro 5-0.  They play some cool Eighty’s music.  Listening to them, I thought I was tuned in to 98Rock!
  • I discovered that Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) is one of the best drummers around.
  • I discovered that when I don’t get enough sleep, I get bitchy.  Real bitchy.
  • I discovered that Minna Sugimoto is 5′-5″ tall.

 

Okay, that should be enough to get you started.  Happy Discover’s Day, MLCers!

Remember waking up on Saturday mornings and watching cartoon after cartoon until almost noon?  Actually, after a couple/few hours of cartoons, I would be getting futless and have to do something.  But if I wanted to, I could’ve watched cartoons the whole Saturday morning.

 

Well, this past Saturday was the first time in 50 years that there weren’t any Saturday Morning Cartoons in America.  The end of a era.  NBC stopped Saturday Morning Cartoons back in 1992 and CBS followed not long after.  ABC held out longer until 2004.  Then after that, only CW Network showed Saturday Morning Cartoons.  Until last week.

 

Why, you ask?  Well the FCC requires broadcast networks to show 3 hours of educational programming weekly.  And networks found that Saturday morning was the perfect time to meet the FCC requirements.  They sure aren’t going to show the 3 hours of educational programming during prime time.

 

But it’s not a big deal.  Kids can flip to their 24-hour cable cartoon station to get their fix.  Or on their tablet.  Or their computer. Heck, they can get it on their phone if they wanted.  And they could choose what cartoon to watch and when they want to watch it.

 

Remember how we had to plan our morning around our favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons?  Okay, at 8:00 I’m going to turn to channel 2 and watch The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour.  Then at 9:00, I’ll turn to channel 9 and watch The Jetsons.  9:30 – turn back to channel 2 to watch the Pink Panther.  Then at 10:00 – it’s back to channel 9 to watch the show that I was waiting for – The Archies Comedy Hour.  With The Monkees immediately following.  Okay, The Monkees wasn’t really a cartoon – but it made for a good transition from all the animated stuff.

 

What other Saturday Morning Cartoon shows did we watch?

 

Who remembers Wacky Races?

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Bringing back some memories?  Need more help?  How about:

Heckle and Jeckle

Scooby Doo

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Okay, that should get your memory juices flowing.  What other Saturday Morning Cartoons do you recall?  It’ll be our tribute to the end of Saturday Morning Cartoons…

Not dat kine!  For this one, I’ll need the girls help – or guys who had sisters.

 

Previously, volleymom2 wrote:

 

Rod,

 

Well- absolutely loved the Brady Bunch- I was in love with Greg Brady. I had his pics on my wall along with others. Hey, idea- maybe you should do something on those teen mags like 16 and Tiger Beat- do you remember?

 

Teen Tiger Beat

 

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Not having sisters, I wasn’t exposed to teen mags like 16 and Tiger Beat – except for seeing them in the stores on the magazine racks.  But I wouldn’t dare pick one up to look at – in fear that I might be seen by friends and get teased to no end.

 

But I did subscribe to Myojo magazine.  That was a Japanese pop music magazine.  Once a month on a Saturday, I’d ride the bus to downtown and go into Hakubundo to get my copy.  I couldn’t read a bit of it since it was all in Japanese, but I enjoyed the pictures and the bonus poster.

 

I don’t really have much else to add so I’m depending on the girls – or the guys who used to check out their sister’s magazines – to share stories about teen magazines.  Did you buy them at the store or subscribe to them?  Borrow your friend’s, perhaps.  Cut out the pictures and post them up in your room or a scrapbook?  Share you teen magazine memories with us.

 

Thanks for the blog idea, volleymom2!

 

Thursday 3 – Randomness

2 October 2014

In the previous post, @1oldfut commented:

 

@Rod- Was there ever a Hot Tub Time Machine type question (yes it’s a dumb movie) in the order of would you stay, or would you go back to small kid time?

 

So I thought that it would be a good question to post for a Thursday 3 – along with a couple more random questions.  So here we go;

 

  1. If you had the opportunity, would you stay or would you go back to small kid time?
  2. Eddie Van Halen or Angus Young?
  3. If you were financially secure (retired or still working) and you had to move off this island; What state would you move to?  What country would you move to?

 

Here’s my randomness replies:

 

 

  1. If you had the opportunity, would you stay or would you go back to small kid time?
    I would go back to small kid time – assuming it’s all relative and I wouldn’t be leaving my family in the current world.  Everything was so simple back then.  3 TV stations to choose from – 4 if you lived in town.  Streets weren’t so cluttered.  Ala Moana Center was a local shopping center.  We could take our lunches on excursions.  Music made you happy or sad – not angry or suicidal .  The environment was cleaner.  Life was so easy.
  2. Eddie Van Halen or Angus Young?
    Speaking strictly guitar talent – I gotta go with Eddie – but not by much.  As for music-wise, Alex Van Halen hits the cymbals too much.
  3. If you were financially secure (retired or still working) and you had to move off this island; What state would you move to?  What country would you move to?
    I would choose Washington State (yeah, @Seattle Gail).  I know it’s rainy and cold – but I’m comfortable in that element.  Sunny, hot weather is not for me (Sorry, @AnkleByters).
    My country that I would choose would be Japan.  So much culture.  So much respect for each other.  But again, to avoid the heat, maybe towards the Northern side of Japan.
    Japan

 

Okay, your turn.  Thanks for the blog topic, @1oldfut

 

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What’s wrong with this school!?!  Kindergarteners head out for an all day excursion, but the school makes the kids leave their lunches and water bottles at the school.  The reason that the teacher gave was “because it would be too much responsibility to keep track of 21 water bottles and they might misplace it“.

 

Sounds like a lame excuse to me.

 

Meanwhile, the chaperones had bentos and drinks for themselves.  I wonder if they ate it in front of the five-year-olds or if they had the decency to hide in the bus and stuff their faces.

 

The DOE told the school that they needed to change their policy.  In other words – they (the DOE) just washed their hands of any wrong-doings.  The school’s principal didn’t want to talk on camera but did say that out of the 120 students – they only received 2 complaints.  Oh well then, that’s makes it okay.  NOT!

 

I remember when we went on school excursions.  We were told to bring our lunches in a disposable paper bag.  And our drink was in a can that also was disposable.  Remember – there was no such thing as HI-5 back then.  In fact, there were no such things as water bottles back then too!  We drank water out of the drinking fountains.  Only kine water bottle we had back then was the plastic Army canteens that we used when we played Army.  Or if you might’ve been lucky enough to have a real, aluminum canteen with the Army green pouch for it that your dad bought you from Big 88 Surplus store.  Remember that store?  IIRC, it used to be on Beretania street, between Ward Ave. and Alapai Street, mauka side.

 

But bringing home lunch for a school excursion was a big thing!  Mom always had to plan something for dinner the night before so it would have leftovers that could be made into a sandwich.  For me, it was beef teriyaki. Beef teriyaki sandwich for lunch, and a half frozen juice or soda.  I remember how mom used to put the drink in the freezer first thing in the morning when she woke up – and let it freeze up for a couple of hours.  Then she’d wrap it in tin foil, and again with paper towel held on with a rubber band.  And she’d put it in a plastic bag so as not to sweat and get everything else in the lunch wet.

 

And on our excursion, after the play, symphony, museum, Meadow Gold dairy, or wherever it was that we went, we’d go to a nice park to settle down to have our lunch.  All our lunches were placed in a couple of big boxes that were kept in the back of the bus.  Everyone’s package had their name on it and there would always be a couple of boys assigned to get the lunches and carry them to the picnic area.  Then the teachers would call out the names as they passed out the lunches.  And everyone always compared what they had with each other.  Nobody ever traded.  We each just admired the next person’s lunch.  And drink!  Some had soda. Some had juice.  I don’t think anyone brought milk.

 

And when we were done eating, we threw our rubbish into the big boxes and left them next to the park’s rubbish cans – so as not to fill up the rubbish cans with all our stuff.

 

After a little time to run around and play at the park, it was time to get back on the bus.  Because my schools were on the windward side and all the events were in town, our excursions were a little shorter as it took about an hour for those diesel buses to climb the Pali.  I remember how the morning ride was so exciting because we were on an excursion and didn’t have to do any school work.  Everyone was chatting on the bus and all excited to be on an excursion.  The trip back was a bit more subdued.  Someone would always start singing the “A Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall” song and everyone would join in.  When we got to 90 bottles of beer on the wall, not as many were singing anymore.  By 85 bottles of beer, some kids were crashed out.

 

Can you imagine – our teachers let us sing songs about liquor?  See if that would fly today.  LOL

 

Sometimes the song would be “Henry the VIII” and when it got to the “Second verse, same as the first” – the whole thing started over and it would keep going on and on and on.

 

And when we finally returned to school – which was about 5 minutes before school was about to let out – I had a kinda weird feeling, knowing that other than all of us getting off the bus – it was just a normal day of school and work for everyone else on the campus.  Almost like I missed out on something.  Or almost like a bit of guilt that I should’ve been doing school work, instead of playing.

 

You know, I don’t ever remember going on an excursion after 6th grade.  Were school excursions just an elementary school thing?  Was it different for those of you who went to town schools?  I mean, since the ride was shorter, did you folks get back to school earlier or just got to play at the park longer?  What kind of lunches did you have on your excursions?  Fried chicken and musubi?  What songs did you folks sing in the bus?  Share your small kid time excursion stories here.

 

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Do you have your costume picked out yet?  This Saturday!

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Happy Autumn

25 September 2014

Welcome to Autumn!

 

Happy Fall

 

Autumn or Fall – my favorite season of the year.

 

I think of Autumn as the Twilight of the year.  Summer is the day, Winter is the night, Spring is the dawn, and Autumn is the dusk.  Every day – after a full day of working or playing, it’s time to wind down, relax, and prepare for rest.  And the same applies to the year.  Before the Winter sleep comes, Autumn is the time to settle in, kick back, and decompress for the year.

 

Plus Autumn means that Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years is right around the corner!

 

Here’s an MLC Observation that I’ve always pondered: Why does the longest day of the year mark the start of summer and the shortest day of the year mark the start of winter?   I mean, shouldn’t the longest day of the year be right at the peak of summer?  And the same thing for the shortest day of the year – right smack dab in the middle of winter?  Hmm…

 

But I digress.  Autumn to me means football season.  The days get shorter, the air gets crispier, and there’s a sense of anticipation of the upcoming holidays.

 

One thing that I’d like to see are the “Fall colors” – where the leaves on all the trees turn from green to red/yellow/orange.  It’s not something that we witness living here in Hawaii.

 

What does Autumn mean to you?

Which season is your favorite season?

Name me a song having to do with seasons.  Any season.

 

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Small Kid Time Rules

22 September 2014

I grew up in a structured structure.  Huh?  Translated: Our house had plenty rules.  And my dad made sure that the rules were followed – after all, they were his rules.

 

There were 4 of us boys growing up in the house.  Mom did the cooking and cleaning, that was a given (remember, this was back in the 60’s).  And we had rules to follow.  Actually, they were more like chores.  The biggest one was “The Calendar”.  Written on each day was one of our initials.  It repeated from oldest to the youngest: B, T, H, R, B, T, H, R, B, T, H, R, etc.  And if it was your day, then that meant that you had to set the table (we all ate together) and you had to wash the dishes. It also meant that if your initial was on TOMORROW’s day, then you had to wipe the dishes and put them away.  If the person who’s turn it was to wash the dishes did so early enough, then the dishes would be all dry right before going to sleep so all you had to do was to put them away.  But if the person did them late – then that meant that you had to wipe them first.

 

And for setting the table and doing the dishes – your reward was that you had control over the TV stations.  And being that there were 4 of us, our initials didn’t fall on the same day each week – which made it hell trying to watch the weekly episodes of a favorite show.  If the one who had control of the TV liked the same show that you did – you lucked out.  If they liked something else, then you had to watch that show.

 

Some shows I just couldn’t get into.  Like: Rat Patrol

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and Star Trek

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Lord knows I tried – but I just could not stand these shows.  Rat Patrol made me thirsty from all the desert driving and Star Trek was just too way out there for me.  Get it?  Star Trek… Way out there… Space… And Mr. Spock creeped me out.

 

But back to the rules.  Setting the table and doing the dishes were the biggies.  Then came emptying the rubbish cans.  Each of us had 2 rubbish cans somewhere in the house that we were assigned to.  And we had to empty the rubbish cans every Sunday and Wednesday night – even if they cans had just a couple of pieces of trash in them.  And we could empty them into the big metal one outside the kitchen door or the one next to the garage.

 

BTW, what day do your consider “Rubbish Day”?  For us, rubbish day was the day that we had to take out the trash.  But for others, they consider rubbish day as the day when the rubbish-man comes.  After I got married, took me some getting used to which day was which.

 

And I just recently learned that using the word “rubbish” to me stuff that we throw away is a Hawaii thing!  People in the mainland call it “trash” or “garbage”.  Rubbish to them means nonsense.  Like as in; “Bah, that’s rubbish you’re speaking!”.  I guess we’re the only ones who call the Sanitation Engineers – “Rubbish Man”.  They empty the Rubbish Can, right?  And drive the Rubbish Truck, right?  And they take it to the Dump, right?  I wonder if “Dump” is a local thing too.

 

Anyway, back to rules, again.  After school, we were allowed to play outside.  But we had to be home by 5:00.  If we lost track of time, my dad would open the front door and give a loud whistle with the fingers in his mouth.  It was very distinct.  When I heard that whistle, I RAN home.  Might’ve been in the middle of a kickball game or playing at friend’s house.  But when I heard his whistle, I just said to my friends “Gotta go!” and took off.  I’m sure they understood.  And if I wasn’t in ear-length of dad’s whistle, I always made sure that I asked what time it was.  If I heard Fred Flintstone yelling “Yaba Daba Doo” from someone’s TV, that meant that I was late!  (Remember?  The Flintstones always started at 5:00, right after Checkers and Pogo was done).

 

Yet again, back to dad’s calendar.  If your initial was on the calendar, you had to take a bath first.  As soon as you got home.  At 5:00.  And as soon as one was done, the next day’s initial on the calendar went right in to take a bath.

 

When 6:00 rolled around, everyone was clean.  Dad watched the 6:00 news while mom finished up the cooking.  At 6:30, the table was set and it was time to eat.  But first – say grace.  1 from one of the older two boys, then 1 from one of us younger two.  We alternated every day.  And of course, we had assigned seating places at the table.  I had the best seat as only my seat could see the TV.  And although the TV was supposed to be off during dinner, sometimes it would be left on and I’d make side-eye to watch.  That is until someone rats one me “Dad, Rod is watching TV!”.  And dad would just say “Turn it off”.  Which I promptly did, of course.

 

Bed-time was 9:00.  When Carol Burnette tugged on her ear and said “Good Night”, that was our cue to brush teeth and go to bed.  Of course we always wanted to stay up later, but that wasn’t going to happen.  I remember my older brothers telling me that they were monku-ing about having to go sleep early and nagging my dad why they couldn’t stay up late.  Then one night, my dad gave in and told them “Fine, you guys like stay up late – go.”  They were so happy!  They started watching the late shows.  But as soon as they started to doze off, my dad shook them and said “Eh, stay up.  You wanted to stay up late so stay up late”.  After a couple of times of getting jolted awake, they were whining to go sleep.  My dad made them learn their lesson.  After that, no more complaining when they were told to go sleep.  Of course the first time I said something about why I can’t stay up late, they just looked at me with side-eye and shook their head like “No, don’t go there”.

 

But my point is – is that growing up in a structured structure still haunts me today.  When it’s rubbish day – or the day before the rubbish man comes – I empty every rubbish can in the house – no matter how empty.  At least it’s just once a week now.

 

And I’m always bocha’d before dinner.  My reasoning for that is because after dinner, I get lazy and dread having to have to take a shower.  So I get it out of the way by taking a bath early.  Wrecks havoc on me when we’re on trips and don’t get back to the hotel room until late at night – but I’ve learned to adjust.

 

Dinner isn’t at 6:30 exactly after the news.  Dinner is whenever it’s ready.  I don’t cook so I know better than to push Paula for dinner.  It’s ready when it’s ready.  And I’m good with that.  In fact, sometimes it’s ready while I’m bocha-ing and by the time I come out and cool down, everyone is done eating already.

 

The days of sitting down together to eat dinner – with the TV off – are long gone.  Paula eats in front of the TV and I do the daily newspaper crossword puzzle while I eat.  Sometimes, we’ll all sit together at the table while daughter #2 talks story with us.

 

And as for the concept of writing down the kid’s initials on the calendar and having them do the dishes – I tried it when they were in elementary.  It lasted for about 3 weeks.  I know it’s a cop-out but it’s easier for me to just do the dishes myself than trying to get them to do it.  And as for them emptying their assigned rubbish cans, their logic is that if the rubbish can isn’t full – then why empty it.  Drives me nuts!  So I just do it myself.

 

And getting them to go sleep at 9:00 when they were little wasn’t a problem.  They’d be so tired from school and A+ already.  I just had to lie down with them for a little while and soon – all of us were sleeping.  Then I had to get up and sneak out of their room – and couldn’t go to sleep myself because I just had a Power Nap!

 

So how has your upbringing – your small kid time rules – carried on with you?  Have you tried to pass it on to your kids?   Do you catch yourself doing stuff today because “that’s the way you’ve always done it”?  Think about it – there’s probably some things.

 

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Blaisdell Nites is over. It was a blast!  Next up – Disguise with Retro 5-0 and FUNKSHUN.  It’s a costume party!

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Gotta Have It – iPhone 6

18 September 2014

This Friday – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ comes out!

 

iPhone 6

 

Will you be in line to get one?  Actually, if you didn’t pre-order one – you’re too late.

 

I’m planning on dumping my unlocked AT&T iPhone 4 used on T-Mobile for an iPhone 6.  Later.  Maybe in a month or two when I don’t have to stand in a line to get one.

 

My iPhone 4 is so slow that when a picture opportunity happens, by the time my camera opens – the opportunity is gone.  And since it’s an unlocked AT&T phone, it runs only on 3G speed.  You should’ve seen how excited I was when I saw 3G status instead of E (Edge or 2G) status.  Now, by the time my search engine finds what I was looking for, I forget why I was searching for it.

 

My phone is so slow…

– a snail can cross the street faster than my phone boots up

– by the time a call goes though, the person I was calling had already changed their number

– by the time I see what’s playing at the theater, the movie is already out on DVD

– by the time my camera starts up for a selfie, I need to shave again

– by the time it finishes downloading a road rage video, the thing went viral and is already old news.

 

But do you remember wanting the latest and greatest thing?

 

I remember my mom telling me how she went all over town looking for a Davy Crockett ‘coon skin cap that my older brothers wanted for Christmas.

 

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What kind of things did you just “Gotta Have It”?  Think fads.  Hang Ten shirts?  Pee Chee folders?  Schwinn Sting-Ray?  Jensen speakers?   Sony Walkman? Duncan Yo-yo?

 

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This Saturday!  Call me if you want tickets.  I have a few left.

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