See-It-Pop Electric Popper from Wards 1968

See It Pop Electric Popper from Wards 1968
See It Pop Electric Popper from Wards 1968

I really just posted this because the kids overreacting made me chuckle. We didn’t have anything near this fancy for our popcorn. We just used an old black kettle with a touch of oil in it. I do remember my dad lifting the lid a bit so that we could see the kernels pop. Heh, children are extremely inquisitive.

Chicken of the Sea Ad from the 70s

Chicken of the Sea Ad from the 70s
Chicken of the Sea Ad from the 70s

I found a couple of interesting tidbits about this Tuna.

I always wondered where the name came from. The story is this:

“In the “old days,” fishermen referred to the white albacore tuna as “chicken of the sea.” It was called this because the white color and very mild flavor reminded them of chicken. The founder of the company thought this would be a unique name for a brand of tuna, and the Chicken of the Sea brand is now widely known in the Americas.” – Wiki

Do you remember Grace Lee Whitney, the blonde woman who played Yeoman Janice Rand in the original Star Trek? She was the very first Chicken of the Sea Mermaid.

What made the 70s so great?

I was asked this question in an email. Why were the 70s great? I am sure my parents didn’t think it was that great with the price of inflation and gas shortages. They had to cut pennies where ever possible, like most families  then, to make ends meet. But for a kid, for me anyway, it was fantastic.

I think not having accessibility to things made it seem more magical. I didn’t have access to 24 hour cartoons stations, so Saturday morning cartoons became special to me.  Occasionally mom would bake chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for me. Holy cow what a special time that was.  A cold glass of milk, warm chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, and sitting on the floor watching Saturday morning cartoons. (You had to sit on the floor so you could change channels to see what was on. We didn’t have remotes back then.) Those mornings had become so magical for me that I can remember one time that I went to bed early on Friday night just so I could start Saturday morning quicker. To my dismay, I woke up with the flu the next morning. 🙁

The accessibility issue applies to many things.  For example there weren’t any computers, video games, or cell phones. We were outside as much as we could get. Everyday was an adventure, especially during summer break. I can’t even think of a time when I said there was nothing to do.  Living in the country gave me endless opportunities to explore and explore I did.

Soft drinks were definitely a luxury item. But that is what made it so great when we did have one. I will never forget those Sunday nights when dad would take us to A&W for an ice cold mug of root beer.  We weren’t missing out by not having soft drinks in the house and we gained quality family time in return.

You can add fast food into the luxury item mix as well. Rarely did we eat out or bring fast food home. We ate home cooked meals as a family twice a day and three times on the weekends.  (Oh yeah, no TV in the kitchen either. We only had one TV in the living room.)

Speaking of TV, there was limited access to stations in the country. I joke about only getting four stations which is kind of true. We also picked up a few religious stations and a PBS station, but I rarely watched them. I wonder if limited access to TV caused the stations to have better programming. I see a lot of people these days screaming out for quality family entertainment when back in the 70s there were a lot of show that we watched together as a family. The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Women, The Hulk, Wonderwoman, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, The Man from Atlantis, BJ and the Bear, and many others. I get it that not everyone thought these shows were great, but you didn’t get an uncomfortable feeling when watching these shows with your parents.

So does convenience lessen the quality of life we have today? In a way I think it does. I do enjoy the convenience, but the magic is gone.  Is it because the kid inside me is gone? Did my dad, back in the 70s, say to himself that this was a magical time for his family? Or was this just another day for him as it is for me now? I do know that I would almost give up my right arm for a chance to relive that simpler life again.

Dr. Suess – What was I Scared of?

I will tell you what I was scared of…

Dr. Suess - What was I Scared of?
Dr. Suess – What was I Scared of?

It was this twisted horror of a book. This book scared the crap out of me! It was extremely disturbing to keep seeing a pair of pants always right there where he was.  The dude was in the middle of a lake fishing and sure enough… the pants were there. My god, creepy as hell. It’s a good thing I didn’t have any green Sears Toughskins. I probably would have set them on fire and ran screaming!

I think this book went by a different name when I read it. I think it used to be called “The Pale Green Pants”. They probably had to change the name to reduce the fear factor! (Hah!)