Monday, October 12, 2015
This past saturday night, I ventured down to the St.Paul Ordway Theatre to see Broadway Songbook of the Seventies. There was an ensemble group of 6 singers and a small band accompanying them. I wanted to see the show especially for Erin Schwab who has been nick named the "Bette Midler" of our Twin Cities. I first heard of the show when she was Jason Matheson's Guest co-host a few weeks back when we were in his audience. The 70's show was quite a journey back to my youth. This song, in particular, gives me a memory snapshot of my family on one of our camping trips. I can literally remember singing along to this song in the back of our station wagon. Jame's Taylor's "Fire and Rain" is another one. While at this show, it was so hard to not sing along with the performers as the audience was so mellow, but I still really enjoyed it. My nurse Jen had never been to the Ordway, so I was glad that she really had a great time too and I could encourage her to keep broadway songs and performances as a new "like" for her. I feel really blessed to have songs like this that can trigger so many special times of my life.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
"A Window Into Our Culture." There is a "Decades" channel that is on now which features several old shows from past decades. Yesterday I discovered a Binge being played of "Celebrity Bowling." Of course I googled the show and it ran on saturday afternoons from 1971-78 I think. So what I do while watching is pull up the various celebs. on Google. Sad to say that most are either in their eighties or deceased. Stars like; James Farrentino and then wife Michelle Lee. (James was married 4 times), also; Angie Dickinson, Earl Holliman her co-star from Police Woman(he never married), The Brady's were on, Ruth Buzzy, Rowen and Martin, Roy Rogers, Ernest Borgnine, Lloyd and Beau Bridges! so many. The stars of the 50's, 60's and 70's. I love seeing the fashions, watching the stars interact and appreciating a simpler time. The American Bowlers Assoc. sponsored the show to promote family fun! Can you imagine? These days the highest rated shows all have some kind of shock factor and grandstanding element. I mean "Naked and Afraid" to "Celebrity Bowling" ??? Doesn't mean that I don't watch them, but I can't get over the difference in entertainment styles from then and now. The prizes were watches, silverplate tea service sets, Samsonite luggage, Amana microwaves, Rice A Roni, refrigerator frost free freezers! Oh, I think I forgot a generous supply of Turtle Wax and Farrah slacks!!! This has been just sheer entertainment for me. And it wouldn't be half as fun without my friend Google, so it goes to show how everything old can be new again. (with the help of SOME technology.) I found a clip of the episode with the Brady's. Check it out below. I wonder what they received for participating in this show. Maybe cases of Rice a Roni!
Friday, October 2, 2015
Some of you may remember a couple of months ago, I made a purchase of a neck heat and reheat pack, decided that it wasn't for me, took it back the next day to find out that they had a NO REFUND policy that I was not made aware of. I had a very bad argument with the "manager" at this kiosk until she relented and said she would credit my debit account. I told them to "get real jobs" and left, feeling very vindicated. Came to find out that she never did complete that task. She lied just to get rid of me. Yesterday, I went back just to at least get my merchandise back. There was a very nice young guy who I approached with a "can you please help me and I love your hair." Right away I knew he could help me with anything. So, the awkward part came when he handed me the phone and on the other end was the snarky "manager" from the return attempt. She said, "oh, I remember you. You were the one who told us to get real jobs. I don't know if you were having a bad day or what, but you were so rude! I said "so were you, could I just please have my merchandise?" I could have easily bitten back but harder but had to hold it together for the sake of the nice young man who was being so friendly. He did give me an extra hand warmer pack and off we went. Once again, buyers beware of those damn kiosks!!!