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Baby Beluga

I was perusing around through my numerous RSS feeds today when I came across a mention of Raffi – Baby Beluga and I couldn’t help but track down the song and have a listen for old times sake. It’s funny how a song can transport you back to a certain time and place. As I was listening (and yes tearing up a little bit) I could remember sitting is Mom and Dad’s spare room with the sun shining in and listening to Baby Beluga over and over again on my little portable record player. Now that I think about it Mom & Dad must have been awfully tired of listening to the songs on that record. If any of you have similar Raffi induced childhood memories, then please do share.

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The Circling Ant

This is another one of my when I was younger posts. I worked at the CIRX and CJCI radio station in Prince George for a couple of years as a Weekend Night Operator. This is a glorified title for what basically amounted to baby-sitting the radio station overnight on the weekends when the DJ’s had all gone home.

My duties for the night probably encompassed at total of about 2 hours and on Friday night it was an 8 hour shift and Saturday night a 12 hours shift so needless to say I had a lot of spare time. I spent a lot of time on the net as we had a T1 connection long before high speed internet became really popular so it was great. One night I was chatting to Aline, oh hang on I should talk about the ant situation first.

Every spring the back of the radio station (where the computer was) developed a serious ant problem, they would come in the back door and you could usually see a nice trail of ants wandering around the back room, not the funnest thing to deal with when your tired and just want to go home and go to bed. Not to mention I’m not just talking the little guys, these were the really big nasty black ones. I remember a few times after getting home having one fall out of my hair while going to the bathroom, OK onward I don’t need to remember that feeling.

Anyways like I said I was chatting on line to Aline, using Mirc I believe, and I noticed an ant go by on the base of the monitor. I wasn’t that worried because it was just one of the little guys and I could easily turn around and see at least four of five big ones behind me. So we kept chatting and the he went by again, and again. The base of the monitor at the back had one of the swivel things at that base and he was going around and around that apparently thinking he was getting somewhere. So what did I do, I started keeping track of his laps around the monitor and I think he got up to something like 38 before he finally disappeared. It was hilarious at the time and certainly help to pass the evening.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

I’m sure you’ve heard of this before, it’s a game to see how many connections any Actor/Actress has with Kevin Bacon. Well I was searching around on imdb yesterday and realized that I can make a connection with myself to Kevin Bacon in just four steps, wow four that’s it. Now I know I never acted in a movie so it probably doesn’t count but it’s still a connection and that’s good enough for me.

So here’s my Four Degrees:

During elementary school I was in the same class with Myriam Sirois (this is actually who I was looking up when I figured this out as I knew she’s gone to Hollywood and wanted to see what she’d done since grade 6)
Myriam Sirois was in Ranma ½: Chugoku Nekonron daikessen! Okite yaburi no gekito hen (1991) with Lynda Boyd
Lynda Boyd was in Going the Distance (2004) with Jackie Burroughs
Jackie Burroughs was in Cavedweller (2004) with Kevin Bacon

I don’t think I’ve heard of any of the in between people (I might have just don’t recognize the names) but I just thought it was cool, thought I’d share.

Thinking back to my younger day stories, I remember when Myriam first went off to make movies it was quite a big deal up in PG and I remember one day later on in class one of the boys in our class, Thomas Manning if I remember correctly, came back from wherever he’d been and asked “Does anyone know Myriam is out in the hallway?” So of course we all knew who he was talking about and proceeded to all run out into the hallway to talk to her. She spent a while talking about her experiences and all the famous people she’s met but the one I remember was that she’s met Bill Cosby and he was really nice.

I don’t know what made me think of her, her name had just popped into my head while I was trying to fall asleep the other night and it was a day or two later that I finally got around to looking up her information. So even though I live in Vancouver that’s my only encounter with anyone in the movie industry.

Childhood Days: White Rocks

I’m not to sure how young I was but it was fairly young yet still old enough to help Dad with the construction. We were building an addition onto our house (second garage and a huge patio) and everything was pretty much coming to an end, the sod had been set on the side of the house and Mom and gone and found a whole bunch of rocks for the section around the tree that we weren’t adding grass to because the pine needles would have killed it. So Mom got the rocks all set up the way she wanted and then decided that she wanted white rocks to surround her tree so we went out there one afternoon with our cans of white paint and painted those poor gray rocks so that they were all white. To this day you can still see the white on most of them (they were pretty big rocks) and am always reminded of that day whenever we go out on the patio to barbecue.


You were an 80’s kid if…

1. You ever ended a sentence w/ the word “SIKE”
2. You watched Pound Puppies
3. You can sing the rap to “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”
4. You wore biker shorts under your skirts and felt stylish.
5. You yearned to be a member of the babysitters club and tried to start one of your own.
6. You owned those lil Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls.
7. You know that “WOAH” comes from Joey on Blossom
8. Two words: M.C.Hammer
9. If you ever watched Fraggle Rock
10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars.(HELL YEAH!!!)
11. You can sing the entire theme song to “Duck Tales”
12. It was actually worth getting up on Sat morning to watch cartoons
13. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head
14. You saw “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” on the big screen
15. You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class.
16. You had a clip that held your shirt in a knot at the Side
17. You played the game MASH (Mansion, Apartment,Shelter,House)
18. You wore a Jordache Jean jacket and you were proud of it
19. L.A. Gear… need I say more
20. You wanted to change your name to “JEM” in kindergarten
21. You remember all of the Ramona books
22. You know the profound meaning of “WAX ON, WAX OFF”
23. You wanted to be a Goonie
24. You ever wore fluorescent clothing (some head to toe)
25. You can remember what Michael Jackson REALLY looked like
26. You ever wondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf
27. You took lunch pals to school
28. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets
29. You still get the urge to say “NOT” after every sentence
30. Barbie and the Rockers were your fav band
31. You thought She-Ra and He-Man should hook up
32. You thought your childhood friends would never leave you b/c you exchanged friendship bracelets
33. you ever owned a pair of jelly shoes (and probably in neon colors)
34. After Pee-Wee’s big Adventures you kept saying “I know you are but what am I”
35. You remember “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”
36. You remember skating before inline skates
37. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip-n-slide
38. You had a Skip-it
39. You had or attended a b-day party at McDonalds
40. You’ve gone thru this nodding your head in agreement
41. “Don’t worry, Be happy!!”
42. You wore like 8 pair of socks over tights w/ high top reeboks
43. You wore socks scrunched down
45. Boom boxes vs. Cd players
46. Both Gremlin movies
48. You remember Rainbow Bright and My Lil Pony Tales
49. You thought Doogie Howser was hot!
50. Alf, the furry brown alien from Melmac
51. New Kids On the Block when they were cool
52. Knew all the characters and there life stories on the ORIGINAL Saved by the Bell
53. Know all the words to Bon Jovi- SHOT THRU THE HEART
54. You just sang it to yourself
55. You remember when Mullets were cool
56. You tight rolled your pants
57. You owned a banana clip!

Childhood Days: Part 1

It amazes me the stupid things we used to do back then and it puzzles me that our parents didn’t seem to know what was going on or I’m sure they would have not let it continue. I start this story already in progress as I was pretty young and honestly don’t remember how the whole thing got started or where those sharp little metal pieces came from. From what I can remember they were about an inch or two long by about 3/4 inch wide, fairly thin and really fricking sharp and they had some type of a cutout I just not sure what it was and I don’t think I ever really found out what they were originally used for. Most of them looked a little rusty too like they’d been in the ground for some time.

Like I said before I have no idea where they came from but that summer there just suddenly seemed to be a whole wackload of them all around our neighborhood. So what did we, as kids with nothing to do and whole summer of time to waste, decide to do, well obviously we thought it would be fun to start having wars and throwing these little things at each other, duh.

I’m pretty sure this went on for most of the summer or at least until the first snow and we stopped being able to find them and being that I grew up on a cul-de-sac they pretty much remained in the area so there was always more to find again the next day and I’m sure to this day that if you took a metal detector around that area you’d be able to find most of them in the lawns and in the the little path at the end of the street.

I don’t really remember the throwing part but I knew it was happening and I clearly remember one of our neighbors showing off that he was bleeding from someone throwing one at him. I also remember one sunny day holding onto a stack of them I’d freshly dug out of someones lawn and distinctly remember how sharp they were, strange how certain memories stick after all these years.

By the end of the summer I don’t remember anyone getting any serious injuries but I’m sure we kids must have a had an above average number of cuts and bruises that summer. To this day I’d still like to find out at least what those little pieces of metal were actually supposed to be used for, aside from hurling at your neighbor!

And what if anything does this have to do with crap apples you ask, well one of our neighbors used have a crab apple tree (still does actually) and well of course the ripe apples that had fallen off the tree were just another object for us as a neighborhood to throw at each other. I don’t remember them being poisonous though and actually sitting here thinking about it I can still taste the bitterness of those little red apples when we used to go and steel some off the branches.