Happy 10th Birthday Spongebob!
How great is it that Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends actually rick-rolled the entire country during the Thanksgiving Day Parade? If you don’t know about the phenomenon, go here or here, or just watch the video below – give it 30 seconds or so to kick (or rick) in:
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I don’t watch much TV – although there is one in my home office that my kids (particularly my son) like to watch (He is watching a movie right now). With that in mind, I (almost) struggled to come up with five current TV shows that I like to watch.
- Eli Stone – A wonderful show. Eli is a corporate lawyer with a brain tumor. The tumor causes visions (he believes from God) about what cases he needs to take, generally as the little guy going against his own corporate law firm. Each episode also offers a song (often by George Michael) to help guide Eli to the case. It’s funny, serious, weird, and enchanting all at once. You would never guess from watching the show that Jonny Lee Miller (Eli) is British. James Saito is also great in this series. Set in San Francisco. Tuesdays on ABC.
- Monk – Wonderful, strange, engaging, annoying, brilliant, Monk is an OCD detective without a badge or a job. He spends his time searching for his wife’s killer and helping the San Francisco police solve crimes. Tony Shalub is perfect for the part. Fridays on USA Network. The website is also fun.
- Pushing Daisies – A touch can bring someone back to life, but a second touch will kill them (with no opportunity to ever come back to life again). Lee Pace (Ned) is wonderful in the lead and has a dog and a girlfriend (sort of) that have both been brought back from the dead by Ned – so he can’t touch them again. Chi McBride (Emerson Cod) is great as a detective who needs Ned’s help. Also, how can you go wrong with a diner called The Pie Hole? Set in Coeur d’ Coeurs (wherever that might be). Wednesdays on ABC.
- The Amazing Race – (Ugly) Americans romp through the world, creating chaos, havoc, and dissonance everywhere they go. Captivating TV that makes me proud to be an American (ok, just a touch of sarcasm). Sundays on CBS.
- Spongebob Squarepants – Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? You guessed it – Spongebob Squarepants. My son and I watch together. One of my guilty pleasures. Daily on Nickelodeon.
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As Ronald Reagan would have said, “Well, there you go…”
I generally avoid politics. I vote quietly (and early and often – old joke). I saw this at Atypical Musings and Musings and it made me laugh. Who would have thought you could include both of the dominant American political parties in one celebration?
CNN apparently made a bit of a mistake during the Republican National Convention. See if you can find it:
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Verizon Wireless surprized a customer in a park one day. This video made me laugh:
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This week’s Five for Friday highlights some fabulous firsts from my childhood:
- My First time on TV – The Uncle Bill Show. This was a really cheesy show that aired each weekday afternoon in Fresno, CA. It was an hour long and (if I remember right) featured Gilligan’s Island during the first half-hour, then The Flintstones during the second. The studio audience was made up of kids. Each day there would be a featured group from the audience – generally a birthday kid and a few of his friends. Uncle Bill was the host (not even close to Captain Kangaroo) who would interview the featured kids and have them play with some toys that were provided by the sponsor of the show. The original reality TV. A friend’s mom arranged for him (and a few others of us) to be on the show on his birthday. We were in fourth grade. The next day I actually had kids at school asking me for my autograph.
- My First Album Purchased (yes, album… as in record album – made of vinyl – I’m old, ok?) – The Turtles. I was a first grader and the music was cool – even if the band was not (as evidenced by the video). This was the beginning of a lifetime love affair with Rock.
- My First “Real” Bike – Schwinn Stingray – metal-flake gold with a banana seat and sissy bar. I loved that bike and actually won a “best of” in a bike parade. I even had one of those little vanity license plates with my name on it. I thought I was cool – it would have helped my esteem immeasurably if other kids would have thought so too.
- My First Pre-celebrity Sighting – Steve Martin. My friends and I used to hang out at Disneyland and no day was complete without a visit to the magic shop. There was a young guy who worked there that we thought was kind of funny. We would stop in and he would talk with us and demonstrate some magic tricks, then we would generally end up buying one of them. Can you imagine how our jaws dropped a few years later when we saw him on Saturday Night Live? I remember being with a group of people and two of us looking at each other and shouting, “The Magic Shop Guy!”
- My First Concert – The Ohio Players. I went by myself in the middle of the 70s. I think I was the only white guy in the house. It’s still the best time I’ve ever had at a concert. I start singing Rollercoaster every time my family goes to an amusement park – my kids don’t believe Rollercoaster is a real song (maybe it’s because of the way I sing it).
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Just to mix it up a bit, I thought I might list some random favorites on Fridays – kind of a Five for Friday. Today I’m listing five of my favorite TV shows while I was growing up (in no particular order). See if you notice a theme:
The Banana Splits (some people might not remember this Saturday morning live-cartoon).
The Partridge Family
H.R. Pufnstuf (plus a surreal throw-in if you like Pearl Jam)
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