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Sunday, Aug. 05, 2007 @ 7:59 pm
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Let's hear it for the restorative powers of a trip back to childhood (though to be honest it was much better to watch it the first time at some gawdawful early hour, just me and a giant bowl of Lucky Charms and glass of Rich and Ready (an orange beverage somewhat like Sunny Delight that was sold in gallon jugs and contained no actual orange juice). (to be honest I'm sure the short workout, followed by a nice long session at Barnes and Noble with a large Earl Grey and a decedent piece of Godive w/raspberries also helped the mood improve).

I was amazed at how good the production values were given the budget and the time, to say nothing of how less than kind time has been to some people. (Who knew Sid Haig went on to work for Rob Zombie).

The cheesy 70's hair and clothing was worth a hoot, to say nothing of the toothpaste commercial smiles. (apparently in the 38th century man has developed a hell of a dental plan).

Which of course got me to thinking about all the other cheesy shows of the 70's that we thought were "oh so cool" at the time, but which appear so cheesy by today's standards.

(oh and Purple I looked it up, StarLost was the brainchild of Harlan Ellison - I knew there was a reason it was so attractive, but he bailed out after the producers tried to change to much and thus it flopped)

I know some of my favorites were Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers (again with the space cowboy - I"m sensing a theme here, me and the Han Solo types, explains alot about my history and current lack of a love life)), The Incredible Hulk, Shazaam, Isis (far better than any stupid Power Ranger), Bay City Rollers (come one was I the only kid who woke up for rockers in kilts), Frightenstein (Another Canadian gem, educational show based on Frankenstien, Dracula etc.. complete with guest apperances by Vincent Price, how can you not love it), Electric Company, Mathnet, Dungeons and Dragons (cartoon based on the rpg), Scooby Doo, Captain Caveman, the Fantastic Four, Spiderman and his Amazing Friends, Mulligans Stew, Speed Buggy..Josie and the Pussycats (in outer space yet), Godzilla and Godzuky, Man they just dont' make kids shows like they used to. Of course I"m from the generatio for whom anime meant Astro Boy. Hell I was 9 before our town got cable and I was an adult before I had it. We lived out of town and my dad had better things to do than splurge for a giant ugly satelitte dish (they were huge then). So I had to do with 2 American channels and three or four (on good days) Canadian channels. IF we really got lucky we picked up I think it was channel 13, which was Canadian but broadcast in French.

They either make parents want to hurl, or they talk to kids like they are stupid, or they are just an excuse to sell shit, or worse some combination of the above. Speed Buggy is still funny, and I still love Jason, even if it is cheesy. Maybe I just have a bad case of nostalgia. I'm sure every generation since television thinks their kids shows were the best.

Now I"ve got a bizarre craving for Lucky Charms, or really bad pancakes (someting I used to make for our family on Saturday mornings. I loved to cook but it took me years to get the hang of pancakes. Luckily I have a tolerant family willing to eat almost anything)


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In every neighborhood there is at least one house that all the neighbors gossip about. This is a diary from the woman who lives in that house. I am a single mother in her mid thirties. I live in North Dakota with my son, Warren.

I tend to be a bit of a slob, and am the opposite of a girly-girl. I am geek girl, who loves Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Buffy, Angel, action movies, science fiction, action adventure, Dr. Who, and so on and so on.

I love to write and while I don't post much fiction online anymore I would love to be a writer someday. I am also overweight, bipolar and suffer from allergy induced asthma.