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I love this commercial, because it was one of the very few commercials that feature an African American actors. Anybody who’s 40 years old and older can tell you, most of the commercials (if not all) that featured African American only actors, were 99% of the time about food, or about foods specifically marketed to Black people. This AT&T commercial kind of doesn’t make sense to me, because overall the message seems to be more about the relationship between two brothers, than a long distance commercial. I guess what they were trying to say that, even if their loved one is far away, talking to them over the phone is like they were there locally, but we all know that’s not exactly true, especially when it comes to young children.

You know, what cracks me up about this commercial, is that it struck up a memory of something we used to do all the time in the hood (even among siblings). That was, anytime someone in the “clique” got a new bike, skate board, roller skates, etc, we would allow someone to temporarily ride it/wear it, and for payment trade with something else of value. For instance, if a friend had a new comic book that was known you really really wanted, the possessor would trade the comic book for “99 rides.” I absolutely have no idea how we came up with that number! But let me tell you, that was a high price back then, and if someone allowed you to ride their bike for 99 rides for something, they were pretty desperate. LOLOLOL

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Hi guys, I know that this is somewhat off topic, but since my blog is also partially about technology, I wanted to share it with you. I purchased a USB air defuser from a CVS store yesterday, and I absolutely love it. It never occurred to me that they would make this to work on USB. This goes to show you how computer technology has effected our lives! It cost me about $15 & it’s extremely easy to use. All you need is a little bit of water, and a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils. Mist lasts for about 3 hours. Comes with 3 extra filters. I love these kinds of defusers because they’re 1000% safer than using candles. Great for people with small children. You still have to be careful that the child doesn’t consume any oils, but at least they’re safe as far as major accidents. I connected this to the USB on my cable box, and called it a day. This is soo cute. They’re a lot of defusers on amazon that charge you upwards of $70 for doing the exact same thing. Highly recommend these for those with heavy allergies. You’ll see a huge difference between an air difuser, and burning oils. Unfortunately, fire changes the chemical composition of oils, whereas air defusers lift the oil in to the atmosphere.

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How many of you remember Buster Brown? I was left so confused as a child, because the kid in the picture was so androgynous, I had no idea that it was actually supposed to be a boy? The dog freaked me out too. I’m sorry but, that did not look like a dog; it actually reminds me of that voodoo doll movie with shoes I used to wear from Buster Brown. Believe it or not, I used to love them a lot because they were extremely comfortable to me. So many shoes I used to have would cut me up. I’m not sure if they are still in business. The last time I remember seeing Buster Brown shoes, was just before “penny loafers” started becoming really popular around the end of the 70’s, beginning 80’s. Here is one of their earlier commercials click here.

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Do you remember Jiffy Pop? I remember my mom making this quite a few times in the mid to very late 70’s. To be honest, I don’t understand why these became such a hit, because every time we’d made it, it would always burn a little at the bottom. And let me tell you, once popcorn burns, that stays in the air for a looooong time. But it was fun watching the aluminum foil raise though. I much preferred air popped popcorn any day: plus they are healthier too.

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Do you remember stackable turntables? Looking back, this has got to have been the worst invention that ever came out of the music industry. Although it was great at first, because if you were the only host with many guests, the music was one less thing you had to worry about. However, on the other hand, this probably was the single most reason why almost all my records were damaged. When it came time for the next record to drop, it would drop whilst the turntable was still spinning, thus causing the vinyl to scratch! It’s so weird, because I would NEVER tolerate hearing scratches and pops on any CD or digital recording. However, if it happens to be on an actual album, some how it adds to the quality on the album. All the pops and cricks actually adds to the nostalgia and almost immediately invoke memories. Today I’m sure anybody younger than 20 probably has never seen a turntable before, and if they saw anybody that had one, they’d probably laugh. Turntables only exist today for two reasons; for the DJs that still prefer to use them; and the oldies folk like me who want to convert our albums in to mp3s. They have stayed around for much longer than I thought. It would be interesting to find out when they actually stop production of turntables; or maybe they will always be around? Wow, come to think about it, VHS tapes didn’t even last as long as turntables did. I guess that goes to show you the power that music has in our society and across all cultures!

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clear+sparkles+jelly+shoesAccording to wikipedia, Jelly Bean Shoes became a fad in the 80’s. However, I seem to remember them slightly before the 80’s (like 1977-78 ish). I could not believe how popular these shoes were. To my understanding some of them actually came with a pack of Jelly Bean candy along with the shoes. At first, I thought they were cool, because they were not only unisex, they also came in different colors too. I had a pair of blue ones when I was a kid. Boy, let me tell you they hurt like bloody murder after the first couple of hours wearing them. They hurt so bad that I remember getting some sort of blisters around my ankles, because the straps were so hard and thick, they were digging in to my skin. The base of the slip flops were so hard that my bunions hurt just within a couple of hours wearing them. These shoes were supposed to protect our feet from the ground, but there was nothing really to protect our feet from the Jelly Bean. LOL. Thank goodness I had older sneakers I could wear back then.

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Today, I saw a woman with a rather large carrying bag, that had a variety of large circled colors on it. For some reason, the first thing that came to my head, was an old floor game called "Twister". Do you remember Twisler? The commercials used to be on all the time. I remembered this clearly when I as a kid. I never participated much 'cause although I was very young, I was very aware of the impact of my weight (not that I couldn't play, but I was worried if I missed a step and fall, I could injure someone, even at close range). I already had the sense that this game was mostly for very thin children. Gotta hand it to those subliminal messages, they work, even on young children. If you'd like to see a youtube on it, here it is.

Today, I saw a woman with a rather large carrying bag, that had a variety of large circled colors on it. For some reason, the first thing that came to my head, was an old floor game called “Twister”. Do you remember Twisler? The commercials used to be on all the time. I remembered this clearly when I as a kid. I never participated much ’cause although I was very young, I was very aware of the impact of my weight (not that I couldn’t play, but I was worried if I missed a step and fall, I could injure someone, even at close range). I already had the sense that this game was mostly for very thin children. Gotta hand it to those subliminal messages, they work, even on young children. If you’d like to see a youtube on it, here it is.

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Do You remember your first Vew-Master? I do. I had a lot of fun with mine, but I do remember getting a little tired of it after a few years, because we had to go back and forth between reading the text on the disc and viewing the image. I must have had discs of just about every major show that was on television. This included Star-Trek (the cartoon version as well), The Flintstones, Road Runner, Casper, Sub-Mariner, Buck Rogers, and Bazooka Joe. We would get about 3 discs for about 4-6 dollars each. Today, the older classic discs from the 60 -70’s are now collector items; and you’ll pay about $20 and up to about $60 dollars depending on what’s on the disc, the condition of the disc (mint or not), and if a View-Master comes with it. I can’t tell you how many discs I had (and how many I actually lost). But it was a mesmerizing little gadget.

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Then I got the talking View-Master. A mini record was attached tot he back of the picture disks. We would place them in to the unit like normal, and then the sound would voila! The sound would play. I kinda hated this unit because we had to always remember to position the disc in a certain way. Each scene was numbered from 1 through 8 (I think). If the number 1 wasn’t facing upward, then the audio disc would play out of sync. LOL. Each time we would crank the lever down, the Talking View-Master would play the next chapter associated with whatever scene you were looking at. In essence The view master was the first portable slide show. View-Master then moved on to wall projectors, which was pretty cool. My only problem was, when I’d visit friends our other family, by the time you found a perfect spot to watch it on, I had no interest to watch it anymore. LOL. I could be wrong, but I think the View-Master may have been responsible for inspiring the professional projectors today used in colleges and conferences.

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Do you remember Pop Rocks? In essence, they were an assortment  of flavored candy, that really popped in your mouth when you ate them. To my understanding, the candy was first introduced in the 1970’s, however, I remembered them up until at least mid 80’s. My favorite was the grape as a kid. They felt like firecrackers popping in my mouth LOL. However, I did not eat a lot of them, because back then their were rumors that if you drank soda behind it you would die. The rumors got so bad that I remember either the company that made Pop Rocks, or the FDA created a special hotline for parents who were concerned about the exploding candy. Despite all the reassurance from the FDA, this was one rumor that got the best of the company. By the mid 1980’s, the once famed Pop Rocks disappeared just as fast as it was first introduced. I often wondered if Pop Rocks ever did come back, would the old rumors resurface? I’d be honest, although I knew they were rumors, it was enough to get me to stop eating them. Ahh, the power of belief systems..

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Now, I know I’m not the only one who remembers this game! All the playing pieces looked like regular checkers, but how you play it seems more like Tic Tac Toe. If I remember correctly, the rules were to get either 4 of your checker across, diagonal, or vertical you win. Sounds easy? Na, I didn’t remember this game to be so easy when I was growing up. It seemed as though there were hardly any winners. I think this was because the base of the game had many rows ad columns. The only bad part I remembered about this game though, was the pieces were EVERYWHERE!! LOL. Thank goodness there were no babies around, otherwise this game would have been quite dangerous, despite how fun it looks.

 

-Yogi