Bob “The Whale”, bassist for a local band Ryan Dupont Band lost his home and everything in it due to a fire in Ipswich, MA. On Sunday, June 25 there will be a fundraiser to help him get back on his feet at The Bay Bridge Restaurant and Nightclub in Salem, featuring such bands as Velvet Elvis. Please come. Donations will be $15 and that includes a buffet.
Baybridge Restaurant and Night Club
29 Bridge Street (Rt 1a)
Salem, MA 01970
On Saturday night I was feeling ill, so I did something I very rarely do: I channel surfed. I discovered that we now receive VH1 Classic, a station that plays old music videos. I watched it for a little while and I forgot what it was like to sit down and actually watch music videos on television. It’s been years since MTV or VH1 showed music videos.
A lot of the music videos I saw were cheesy and silly, like Cyndi Lauper doing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”…it made me giggle. It’s funny because the music video probably seemed so hip and cutting edge at the time. When I used to jazz dance as a kid, we did our dance recital to that song one year. We were dressed in flourescent orange costumes with lacy tutus, spandex leggings, and tacky belly shirts.
Kids used to come to school saying, “Did you see so-and-so’s new music video?” I wasn’t that hip, and I favored music videos like the “Call Me Al” video with Paul Simon and Chevy Chase. Although, I was a fan of Paula Abdul’s “Shut Up and Dance” remix music video of “Opposites Attract” with that cartoon cat.
I used to imagine myself turning into the type of teenager who would do my homework while watching MTV, lying on my stomach, swinging my legs clad in stirrup pants, having big poofy hair, and doing math homework that I magically grew good at. But by the time I approached teenagehood wearing stirrups had become a major fashion faux pas (with good reason!). My hair had grown curly and poofy with adolescence, but straight grunge-era hair had prevailed by that point so I was a few years too late. I never grew to understand math or numbers. And by that point, MTV was starting to show less and less music videos. And now they don’t show music videos at all! VH1 has sadly become another E! with celebrity gossip and whatnot, which is a shame because I always thought they were a cool alternative to MTV.
Despite the demise of music video television, I’m certain I can still rest assured that there are still plenty of celebs getting money for nothing and chicks for free…but now people are probably far more apt to sing “I Want My Internet.”Filed under Music, My Life, nostalgia | Comments (6)
While waiting for the T, there was a guy walking around talking to himself. Suddenly, he declared: “Man, I need a beer!”
Then he fished around his pockets and pulled out a can of MUG root beer. “Oh, I found one,” he said, then offered it to a stranger. “Want one?”Filed under Greater Boston (General), MBTA, overheard | Comment (1)
Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than being a recipient of a stupid joke. The worst is when someone cracks a bad joke and then expects you to react. Their gaze lingers and they wait for you to laugh. Sometimes I can force out a really fake sounding chuckle but it’s often the best I can do.
At a local clothing store, the guy who works by the dressing room makes such bad jokes that when I see him there, I purchase my clothes without trying them on.
Usually the entire exchange goes like this –
Him: “How many items?”
Him: “Oh, four?”
Customer: “No — three.”
Then when the customer realizes he’s making a joke, he stands there smiling and waiting for the customer to laugh. He’s done this to me at least twice, and I’ve seen him doing the same joke to other customers. It’s very unfortunate.
When I first met Matt, he used to make this awful joke. If I was making Annie’s Mac & Cheese, he’d say, “Does Annie mind that you’re eating her macaroni and cheese?” And he’d stand there waiting for me to react, so I’d have to force out a “hehehehe.” And it happened twice! Awkward! :-)Filed under Uncategorized | Comments (4)
The Jetsons was initially supposed to take place in 2065.
I always remember this one episode where it’s been raining and raining and raining…so Jane Jetson asks the building super to “do something about the rain.” So, the super pressed a button and the house moved up above those pesky rain-causing clouds. And then it was sunny!
Well, folks, it’s time to start working on this a little harder. I’ll be 84 in 2065…I’d like to see this sort of thing in the works NOW. After that week straight of rain last month, I don’t want another rainy weekend! I long for the day when I can raise my house above the clouds at a push of a button!Filed under Greater Boston (General), nostalgia, weather | Comments (4)