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They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
By Glinda

The other day on Manolo Beauty (and if you haven’t gone over there yet and checked it out, it is a rather good site, if I do say so myself) I had mentioned a lunch box I used to take to school every day.  Being the 70’s/80’s, it was of course made out of metal.  That post got me thinking about those old metal lunch boxes and how different they are to the ones kids use today.

The one my son takes to school is fantastic.  It is insulated, big enough to fit everything he needs but small enough to still fit in his backpack, has a front pocket, and just does an all around good job of keeping his drink and whatever fruit I pack in there cold until lunchtime. 

So very different from the metal ones, which did a crappy job of keeping anything warm or cold, but damn, did they look good.  We didn’t know it then, but we were toting around compact works of art.  Sure, a lot of those lunchboxes were just advertising disguising themselves as something useful, but they were so much more visually stimulating.

Today we definitely choose function over form, but I can’t help but be a bit nostalgic about those metal boxes.  And really, they were useful as weapons, too.  I love things that can do double duty.  Today’s lunch boxes are soft-sided and useless in a fight.

Join me as I take a trip down memory lane…

I would have loved to have this lunch box!

Never knew anyone with one of these, but I covet it even now.

It seems out of all the recycled 80’s characters, Holly Hobbie was totally left in the dust. Confession, I had this lunch box. And I hated it. And I hated Holly Hobbie. She stood for nothing other than her dumb patchwork clothing.

I NEVER got into Strawberry Shortcake, but I was totally in the minority. I guarantee you someone in my class had this lunchbox.

Yes, we all watched Mork & Mindy, but I don’t know anybody who liked it enough to own a lunchbox with it. Maybe I was hanging with the wrong crowd.

Yes, I owned a Cabbage Patch Kid, who was inexplicably a boy.

I can sing the theme song to this show to this day.

Anybody else think the Sleestaks were pretty lame?

Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, June 28th, 2010
By Glinda

Not one single person believed Mel B’s claim of having “relations” with her husband five times a day, thus keeping her in tip-top physical condition.  We’re on to you, Mel.  Now, if she had said they argued five times a day about whose turn it was to put the dishes away, nary an eyelash would have been batted.  Because we all know it’s the bickering that keeps a marriage alive, not the sex.

Today I was finally putting away some of my clothes from our recent move (January, that counts as recent, right?) and I happened upon a much beloved sweatshirt, circa Express, 1991.   I still wear it, but make no mistake that I am the same weight I was twenty years ago.  Some miracle has occurred that the sweatshirt keeps expanding right along with me.

Classic Toys- Anatex Rollercoaster

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
By Glinda

Anatex rollercoaster

My grandmother bought this very toy for my cousin, who is now 21 years old.  My son played with it lo these many years ago, and it is sitting on my living room floor at this very moment, in pristine condition, waiting for my daughter to play with it. Because even though she is fascinated, all she wants to do right now is gnaw on it, not necessarily play with it.

And that is what I love about quality toys, often as not made out of wood, or at least mostly made of wood.   They can last twenty years and then some.  They are often expensive, but I think a bit of extra money is worth it, especially if you plan on having more than one child.  Now, let’s see if this can last to perhaps a grandchild of mine?  Totally worth the sixty bucks.

Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, May 10th, 2010
By Glinda

Sex and the City 80's outfits

It’s Monday.  I’m sorry, it will be over soon.

Last week I wanted to know how you felt about Santa Clara and their proposed ban on McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys within city boundaries.  A full sixty-four percent of you felt it was ridiculous, and only nineteen percent were glad someone was at least trying to do something, no matter how “symbolic.”   And somehow, almost ten percent of you were on the fence.  As for me, I think it is ridiculous, and yet the same time admire them for trying to stand for what they believe in, even though I think it is misguided.  As I’ve stated before, the factors that go into childhood obesity aren’t going to be fixed by taking away toys.

Today, I’m in a fashion-y sort of mood.  I have no idea why, but this is my blog and you’re just going to have to go with me.

Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, March 15th, 2010
By Glinda

LOLcat mondays


Last week’s poll asked how you felt about animals being kept for human entertainment purposes, and the horrible incident at Sea World Orlando was on my mind.  Thirty six percent of you think that it’s wrong and should be stopped, and forty percent of you felt that it all depends on how the animals are treated. Twenty percent were unsure, and three percent had no issues.  In the past I have had occasional twinges of guilt when visiting places such as Sea World, and to be honest, I hadn’t really thought a whole lot about it.  I’m trying to figure out if beholding the beauty and grandeur of such animals as the killer whale will inspire people to help maintain their natural habitats, but so far it doesn’t seem to be working all that well

Today on the Ides of March, a shout-out to one of my homegirls who was asking this question on Facebook.

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

Friday, December 18th, 2009
By Glinda

As we wind our way out of the 80’s, it seems that Bruce Springsteen is a suprisingly strong CDF contestant.  Not only did he win against Bruce Willis, he triumphed against Jon Bon Jovi, he of the large 80’s hair and (IMHO) bad songs.  Yeah, yeah, I know they were popular and sold a lot of records, but so have Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Even though public opinon on him is currently divided, there was no question that this next contender practically ruled the 80’s movie screen.  Let’s not think of him as the “couch-jumper” but rather the dashing pilot with the cool motorcycle.  Oh, and the volleyball scene couldn’t hurt, either. Speaking as a former volleyball player and collegiate-level assistant coach, I can tell you that as much as I love Goose, it is obvious he cannot play volleyball to save his life.

bruce springsteen


tom cruise top gun

Celebrity Dad Faceoff 2.0

Friday, November 20th, 2009
By Glinda

My friends.  I have to say that I do not understand a world in which Bruce Willis is considered hotter than Mel Gibson, but you have spoken, and I must abide by your will.   That doesn’t mean I have to like it, though.

Today’s challenger is pure vintage 80’s.  The combination of soap opera doctor and pop singer made this next man one hot property back in the day.

bruce willis



My Mom, The Style Icon

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
By Glinda

Mom style icon picture

Who says that moms are all about “mom jeans” and sweats?

Certainly not the people who have submitted photos of their stylishly clad mothers at the aptly named “My Mom, The Style Icon” blog.

I don’t know that my mother would have been considerd a style icon, but she did have some pretty rad cat-eye glasses during the seventies.  Oh yeah, and she had a sort of bouffant hairstyle that went well with the glasses. 

I don’t have a huge impression of her clothing, but the sad part is, she has a lot of her old clothing still in her closets, and yes, she has closets plural, so all I would have to do is go over to her house and have a look-see.  She probably still fits into most of them still, damn her.

I do seem to remember a pair of white go-go boots.  I think I’m going to have to dig up some old albums!

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