Mom's dog loves to ride in the car. But lately she prefers to run back from Mom's house when I feed Mom's cats. She trots very slowly in front of my car all the way to my driveway.
Day before yesterday she was going to run, when there were gunshots at a neighbor's house nearby. She turned around and made a beeline for the car and into the back floorboard she jumped. (She hates gun shots, firecrackers and thunder.)
Today she jumped into the back and I said, "You can feel it coming, can't you?" ... "Yeah, you can feel it coming. I know you can." (Meaning the storm heading our way.) So, I start the car and over the radio I hear: "I can feel it coming ... " BOLL!
If I had written this as a work of fiction in a novel, no one would have believed it. LOL!
You can split a banana into three with just the tip of one finger.
First peel banana, then place the tip of your finger at the top of the fruit and them gently push into it. You'll see that it splits into three sections.
Ooo, sounds like fun! I might even try it...if I liked bananas. Then again, who says you have to like the food in order to play with it.
Welcome to Whoosh, Laughing Andy (and thanks for the tip).
Too funny, Joxie! And hey, I know that song (and you know, knowing the type of music I listen to how much of a stretch that is...not only do I know it, I like it!). The girls love The Weeknd and this May will be the third year in a row they've gone to his concerts (tickets for Christmas). And check this out (fits in the thread here too) - I schooled them on one of the songs off the Starboy CD...
Part of The Weeknd's song "Secrets" is taken from a song I listened to during my teenage years - "Talking in Your Sleep" by The Romantics.
OMG, check out these hairdos. The 80s were such a bad decade in so many ways!
Meyer is one of the highest paid YouTube personalities, earning over $460,000 a year.
WTF?! YouTube - who knew? I definitely chose the wrong career.
Just out of curiosity, I drilled - the highest paid YouTube star is PewDiePie at 15 million; in fact there are a lot of YouTube made millionaires.
I also checked a guy the girls used to watch - Lohanthony. "Hey, Mom - you gotta watch this!" I've seen a bit of his stuff. A couple of years ago he used to be on both YouTube and Vine (I don't even know if Vine is still around), and as of 2014 his net worth from his social media endeavors was $750,000. Not a bad return for a 15 year old kid making 7 second videos in his mom's house; his YouTube videos were a bit longer - 6 or 7 minutes.
Now you know why I've been trying to think up something for YouTube. I was thinking I might do my 'Word of the Day' as Hubert's neighbor. Put on a hat that hides my face, because Hubert doesn't want his family knowing he's writing about the family and posting it online. Maybe also read some of my short works? Still trying to figure it out.
The name of the pop (soda to the rest of you outside of the northern Midwest), Mountain Dew, was originally a term for whiskey - in the South, particularly moonshine. The soda (pop) Mountain Dew was developed as strictly a mixer for good old Southern moonshine.
I remember that image. IIRC, the commercials had a gunshot? cork pop?
I honestly don't remember the hillbilly mascot. I was never a pop drinker, and can't really say that I ever had Mountain Dew. I have one specific memory of it, though. When I was in 9th grade, our family started going up to Port Huron to camp; it wasn't our main summer vacation, but it was close enough for a couple of weekend camping trips a summer. There was a boy up there, who lived close enough to the campground that he'd ride his bike there - he was my summer romance during a few of these trips, until he became a serious annoyance - always hovering around when I wanted to meet other people. The very first time I met him, he said of the campground store - "They have the best Mountain Dew here!" "Seriously, dude?" - or whatever the sarcastic equivalence of the phrase was back then; eye-rolls never change no matter the generation, and the phrase was accompanied by a huge one, I'm sure. A can of Mountain Dew at a campground store is the same as a can of Mountain Dew at a grocery store, at a gas station, or in a vending machine.
Oh! I remember Squirt - whenever I stayed overnight at my best friend's house in grade school, they always seemed to have Squirt in the fridge; I think her Dad used it as a mixer.
The only time we had pop in our house was when Mom hosted "card club". Then it was either Towne Club or Faygo - they are both regional Detroit brands and came in a bunch of flavors. We'd go to the Towne Club store, get a wooden case, and pick and choose bottles to fill the case. I remember the wooden cases better than the pop - they had slots in them to hold each bottle and Towne Club was printed on the side. I'd love to have one now - it'd make a cool vintage planter or shadow box.
I'm not sure if Towne Club is still in existence, but Faygo is - I saw a bottle of "Red Pop" on the landscaping crew's breakroom table just last week. Faygo "Rock and Rye", rootbeer, and "Red Pop" were the ones I remember....and the Faygo Boat Song!
And then there was Vernors, another Michigan pop. It's ginger ale...but not like any other ginger ale. Mom used to give it to us warm when we were sick or had an upset stomach. Vernors - I've heard you either love it, or hate it. Most Michiganders consider Vernors the only real ginger ale.
One of my memories of living in Jackson is going to the drive-in (A&W??) and getting Root Beer. We still have one of the small mugs somewhere in Mom's house. I don't know why they got me small mugs, 'cause I drank it all down as soon as they handed it to me.
I've been told of the time we went to a cafe/restaurant, and I asked for a soda, and another kid informed me it was called, "Pop," and I informed the kid that: "You guys up here call it 'Pop,' but down where we come from we call it 'Soda.'"
'Soda' in our house was a weekend thing with popcorn or some other treat. Though we usually got a soda whenever we went out to eat, or visit someone. I remember the time my Aunt brought home some soda, and her youngest drank it all in one sitting just so no one else could have any. He got 'scolded,' but he was the favorite so not much was done about it. Everyone else just had to go without. My Dad would have 'murdered' my sister or I if we had of done that. Well, we would have felt like we were being murdered.
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I forgot about the A&W Drive-In - we had one fairly close to us too (I wonder if it's still there?). We went every-so-often, mainly as a treat to us kids; Dad hated fast-food. I have one of those tiny mugs, along with a regular-sized one packed in a box with other stuff from Mom's, somewhere down in the basement; I found them packed in a box Mom's basement.
"You guys up here call it 'Pop,' but down where we come from we call it 'Soda."
The very first time that I took Hubs home to visit the family, we drove past the local party store (which I think might be another colloquialism - a party store is a liquor store elsewhere), out front was a sandwich board that read 'Cold Beer and Pop'. Seeing "pop" written cracked him up the whole time we were visiting like it was some type of rural slang. He's one to talk - where he grew up, "pop" is "Coke" no matter what brand!
With regards to records, or vinyl, as it now caused, I've accepted that I'm too old to build another stereo system although I have about 500 LPs. The new vinyl craze makes me laugh. Nobody's playing their hip new vinyl on decent systems. I hear my students talking about their systems and not one of them has a preamp, equalizer, or even a decent receiver (which make for bad sound anyway). These record newbies are using thin speaker wire and don't seem to have a clue about speaker axis. I remember my last system: it had a preamp, an amp, a 64 button equalizer, a tuner, the old, heavy venerable AR turntable with a $100 cartridge in it (big money back then); my speakers were Klispch mid-sized corner horns and after months of experimentation I had one 6 foot axis. No way I'm going to do that again-- my hearing isn't what it was and it's too much work. Now I just have a good sound card, a combination amp and DAC, and a pair of Audio Engine (made for computer usage) speakers and I've got a huge axis. A decent DAC gives me the same "warmth" of vinyl and it's basically a plug and play set-up. Best of all, I don't have to read every issue of High Fidelity and other such magazines. Somehow I just can't imagine folks putting out the time and money it takes to get vinyl to sound good. If I really want the staging you can only get with a excellent stereo system I just plug in my headphones to my amp/DAC -- it's got a secondary equalizer to boost my sound card's equalizer. I just don't see CDs becoming obsolete; not, in my life time anyway. There is one problem: I can't convert my 78s to mp3s. Sigh