child of the 70’s

Are you a 70’s child?
You’re probably aged 25-35 if…

You wore anything Izod, especially those wind-breakers that folded up into a pouch you could wear around your waist.
You owned a Jordache anything, or you remember when Jordache jeans were cool.
In your sophomore class picture, you’re wearing a shirt with the collar “up”.
You know, by heart, the words to Weird Al Yankovic’s songs.
The Brady Bunch Movie brings back warm memories.
You remember the days when “safe sex” meant “my parents are going out of town”.
You thought “Weird Science” was a masterpiece.
You remember any of the following: Echo and the Bunnymen, Cutting Crew, Scritti Politti, or Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark.
Your first musical purchase was an 8-track tape.
Chevy Chase was really funny in those vacation movies.
You remember “Friday Night Videos” before the days of MTV.
A predominant colour in your childhood photos is “plaid”.
While in high school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get together again at the end of the century and play “1999” by Prince over and over again.
You remember that music that was labeled “alternative” really was.
You took family trips BEFORE the invention of the mini-van and remember riding in the back of the station wagon trying to get passing trucks to honk at you.
You often catch yourself saying “When I was your age”, “Youth is wasted on the young”, “I used to be able to do that”, or “What is that thing called again?”.
You can recite the Preamble to the Constitution, but only to the tune of Schoolhouse Rock.
You ever dressed like a cast member of a Duran Duran, Madonna, Rick Springfield, or Cyndi Lauper video.
You actually know who Rick Springfield is.
You know the origin of the phrase “Where’s the beef?”.
You remember when film critics were certain that no movie could ever possibly get better special effects than those in the movie TRON.
You wanted to move to Hawaii because that’s where Magnum lived.
If male: your first love was Marsha Brady, Jeannine, Samantha from Bewitched, Josie or any one of the Pussycat.
If female: you thought that Shawn Cassidy was “dreamy”, lusted after “Ted, your ship’s photographer” on the Love Boat or Chachi.
You don’t even want to remember the hairstyles you had in the 80’s.
You’ve shopped at a Banana Republic or Benetton, but not in the last five years, OK?
You actually remember Benetton.
You’re starting to believe that having the kids go to school all year wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.
You ever asked to be gagged with a spoon.
You remember when there was only “G”, “PG”, and “R”.
You were not allowed to see The Exorcist, The Omen, or The Blue Lagoon when they came out.
You learned to swim at about the same time that Jaws came out and still carry the emotional scars.
You remember wanting to stay up to see Mr. Bill on Saturday Night Live.
You actually remember Mr. Bill.
You tuned in regularly to the adventures of the Bionic Man and Woman, Wonder Woman, and/or the Incredible Hulk.
You ever wanted to learn to play “Stairway to Heaven” on the guitar and choreographed “Dancing Queen” by yourself in your room.
You know all the words to the double-album set of Grease.
“All-skate, change directions” means something to you.
You ever owned a set of “Pop-Wheels”, that handy little combination of shoe and roller skate that lasted about a year on the open market.
You still wonder if Mikey died from a lethal cocktail of Pop Rocks and Coca Cola.
The first time you ever kissed someone was at a dance during “Crazy for You” by Madonna.
You freaked out when you found that you now fall into the “26 to 40” age category on questionnaires.
You remember trying to guess the first episode of the Brady Bunch from the first scene.
You had ringside seats for Luke and Laura’s wedding.
You know who shot J.R.
This rings a bell: “and my name, is Charlie. They work for me.”
You ever had a Dorothy Hammill haircut or used Short and Sassy shampoo.
You sat with your friends on a Friday night and dialed “8-6-7-5-3-0-9” to see if Jenny would answer.
You remember having to get off the couch to change the TV channel.
You could sing “99 Red Balloons” in English and in German.
Most of the fillings in your mouth are directly related to Bazooka or Bubble Yum.
Rotary phones.
Leg warmers were cool.
It was a major accomplishment to get to the “Chase” scene in Ms. Pacman.
You ever owned a Donnie and Marie or Sonny and Cher poster.
There was nothing strange about Bert and Ernie living together.

Journal

I was just wondering if anyone else out there keeps one. Mine I write in in spirts or when I just feel I need to write. I use to have a little book, but I was always afraid someone would read, trust me my mom would. Now I’ve gon all high tec and have one saved on the computer with a pass word to get it. My mom stinks at computers so I’m safe there, and this way I can read everything that I write…Any other fellow writers out there…

Star Trek: Nemesis

I saw the preview for Star Trek: Nemesis before My Big Fat Greek Wedding today, and it looks good, although I think you have to be a fan of the series (which I am). It comes out 12-13-02. The following is a synopsis from the official site:

“The Federation is about to encounter its greatest challenge – The Romulans want peace. Conceived in the regal senate halls of Romulus and forged in the dilithium mines of Remus, comes a nemesis bent on destroying Picard…and the entire Federation.

Ordered by Starfleet to be the first line of diplomacy in ushering in a new era for the Federation, the crew of the USS Enterprise-E is dispatched to Romulus for an unexpected peace mission. Once in the shadow of the Romulan Empire, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew are thrust into the center of a plot that could lead to the destruction of Earth at the hands of a new and chilling nemesis.”

Excuses to Miss Work

Well, I just finished one hell of a Monday and when I saw these… might use them one day…

19 Excuses for missing work

1. If it is all the same to you I won’t be coming in to work. The voices told me to clean all the guns today.
2. When I got up this morning I took two Ex-Lax in addition to my Prozac. I can’t get off the john, but I feel good about it.
3. I set half the clocks in my house ahead an hour and the other half back an hour Saturday and spent 18 hours in some kind of space-time continuum loop, reliving Sunday (right up until the explosion). I was able to exit the loop only by reversing the polarity of the power source exactly e*log(pi) clocks in the house while simultaneously rapping my dog on the snout with a rolled up Times. Accordingly, I will be in late, or early.
4. My stigmata’s acting up.
5. I can’t come in to work today because I’ll be stalking my previous boss, who fired me for not showing up for work. OK?
6. I have a rare case of 48-hour projectile leprosy, but I know we have that deadline to meet…
7. I am stuck in the blood pressure machine down at the Food Giant.
8. Yes, I seem to have contracted some attention-deficit disorder and, hey, how about them Skins, huh? So, I won’t be able to, yes, could I help you? No, no, I’ll be sticking with Sprint, but thank you for calling.
9. Constipation has made me a walking time bomb.
10. I just found out that I was switched at birth. Legally, I shouldn’t come to work knowing my employee records may now contain false information.
11. The psychiatrist said it was an excellent session. He even gave me this jaw restraint so I won’t bite things when I am startled.
12. The dog ate my car keys. We’re going to hitchhike to the vet.
13. I prefer to remain an enigma.
14. My step other has come back as one of the Undead and we must track her to her coffin to drive a stake through her heart and give her eternal peace. One day should do it.
15. I can’t come to work today because the EPA has determined that my house is completely surrounded by wetlands and I have to arrange for helicopter transportation.
16. I am converting my calendar from Julian to Gregorian.
17. I am extremely sensitive to a rise in the interest rates.
18. I refuse to travel to my job in the District until there is a commuter tax. I insist on paying my fair share.
19. I’ve used up all my sick days…so I’m calling in dead!

More Dirty Dancing Chapter 25

Chapter 25

Kellerman’s was a family affair from the start. It had been open since Johnny bought the place in 1972, but didn’t have total control until the title cleared two years later. When that happened, Johnny began to open up Kellerman’s on a limited basis, inviting his cast and crew from his shows to rehearse and practice their lines. He also tested out new ideas with Phil and Penny.

Johnny had friends and relatives stay over every once in a while, accepting any ideas that they could give him. He conducted surveys, held meetings and got lots of advice from Neil and spoke to other hotel managers.

All this was done while the building was being renovated, which was ten years, four years longer than he had expected.

In 1985, when the renovation was complete, Johnny put the finishing touches on it. Once again, it was open on a limited basis, and once again Johnny worked off of different people’s advice and opinions.

In 1990, Kellerman’s had started taking reservations when a fire developed in the restaurant’s kitchen. It was shutdown for at least two years before the restaurant began again in 1994.

The buildings opened again in 1995. People started to come up, especially when they heard that it was Johnny’s hotel. He kept it open in the winter for the skiing crowd. In the summer he opened for the hikers and traveler’s passing through.

The idea for a meeting place came from a suggestion of one of his customers. A lot of hotels now, he said, were run as convention and meeting centers, not to mention weddings, parties and reunions. An extension had to be built and by the spring of 1999, Kellerman’s was ready to service the public in any capacity it wanted.

After the first year, it became the most sought after place to spend the summer.

And that’s why Johnny always blamed Baby for it. She wrote the book, Dirty Dancing and it became the movie. The steady business that they had today was from the wildly successful book and movie. He refused to believe that it was through word of mouth.

Or because he had been a celebrity.

last week in august

i am going on vacation beginning monday the 26 next week..my parents are coming from florida and the last two days (thurs and fri) we head up to new hampshire

i don’t know if i will be writing and posting during that week, so i will try to get all the stories done as quickly as i can…

just wanted to let you guys know..thanks for all your support….i appreciate it….

Arlington County Fair

[i][size=medium][color=0000FF][font=Courier]If you are looking for something to do on SUNDAY[/font][/color][/size][/i]

You might take in the Arlington County Fair.
It is FREE!
It is AIR CONDITIONED!
BUT there is no parking at the location BUT
there are shuttle buses from Metro and
2 other locations (with parking)

Get Details at :

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More Dirty Dancing Chapter 24

Chapter 24

“It will be fun, Frannie,� Johnny said, smiling. “Your mother and I have been practicing all year for this. We were upset you hadn’t even asked us.�

One of the students ran up to her. “Frannie?� she asked. “Please come quick. Chrissy wants you to look at this,�

“I will be there soon, Allie,� she answered. “Right now I must see to…�

“Go Frannie,� Baby said, “I will check on Lynn for you and give you a report. Work on your show.� She walked over to her daughter and gave her a quick hug. “I will speak to you later,� she whispered in her ear. “We have a lot to catch up on.�

Baby released her and stroked her short, curly brown hair, just like she did when she was a little girl. “Yes,� she answered, “I would like that. Looking forward to it.�

“Good,� Baby said, “now go and don’t worry about anything. Everything will be just fine.�

Frannie followed Allie outside into the ballroom. Her mother told her Johnny set it up exactly how it had been back in 1963. She surveyed the room. The folding chairs were in place and everything looked exactly how it did in the movie.

“Frannie,� a voice called. “Can you watch me? I need someone to watch me dance.�

She looked up and recognized her little sister, Suzanne Penelope. What little, she thought, she was twenty-seven years old. She was engaged to David Jonas, one of her best students. The ceremony was in two months and was booked at Kellerman’s.

Now, Suzy,� Frannie smiled, “if you intend to be in the show, you have to dance like a professional. Where is Jonathan? We need him for this scene.�

“Right here, sis,� Jonathan Castle said walking over to hug his sister. He was thirty one and had not married. Nor was he intending to.

He had been living the last five years with his girlfriend, Ashley, in New York City.

Johnny and Baby hated the arrangement, but they were getting used to it.

“Alright then, where is the rest of the crew. “Get up there, chorus line, go on,� she said, motioning the rest of the cast. “ I want this scene done perfectly. Then I’ll come over and hug the two of you.�

She looked around, “Have any of you seen Kev and little Cody?� she asked of her husband and two year girl.

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