Me, Sher, and Ad

Me, Sher, and Ad
Bro Adam and sis Sher, my rocks!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

QUOTE from F. Scott Fitzgerald



This will be a pretty quick blog.

I had written a blog post today about "bucket lists" over my lunch time. It was rather lengthy and detailed.  Now I am very diligent about saving my posts as I write them. Long story short, I was spell-checking the post and did some random crazy sequence of keystrokes which thereby deleted and closed the post. IT WAS GONE.

In shock and fear I reopened the blog post and two letters remained of the more than 500 I had just written. The letters 've'. I was dumbfounded looking at a blank screen after an hour of writing.

I got through it. The blog post wasn't meant to be at this time. Such is life. I am still here. I wasn't going to immediately try and write it but stepped away from the computer and took a deep breath. Thanks to my friends who talked me "off the ledge."

Instead, I searched for a quote which I wanted to pass on to my readers and I think I found one that I really like today. It's from one of my favorite authors, the author of The Great Gatsby,
F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hope you like it.


For what it's worth ... it's never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you're not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Saturday Morning Cartoons!!!

Bugs and Rudolph, the Hairy Monster 

After a week of sad news happening across the globe, I needed something to take me back to happier times as a kid.

My brother Adam posted the intro for the 70s kids TV show for the "Electric Company" on Face Book and I started thinking of what cartoons we used to watch. We would excitedly get up early on the weekends and begin our ritual of watching our favorites each Saturday morning for hours. I don't think Mom minded that much as it kept us out of her hair. We repeated this pattern on Sundays with the Three Stooges shorts, Hercules, Tarzan or monster movies. Each day after school, we fit in Gillian's Island, the Brady Bunch, the Monkees or McHale's Navy.

Adam and I never fought about which cartoons or TV shows we would watch and luckily liked the same ones. We fought over other important stuff like who was stronger (he was) or faster (he was), who could build the bigger plane model or who would win in a fight, Luke Skywalker or Han Solo.

So in no particular order, here is the list of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons from my childhood along with either a little blurb of each or a video from Youtube!


Super Friends (1973-1986)

Totally went downhill after the addition of those idiot alien wonder twins, Zan and Jayna and the annoying space monkey Gleek. I loved the original more. Aquaman was my favorite. Thank god someone never dropped him in New Mexico though. I mean what would he do then? Take a Greyhound bus to San Diego???




Looney Tunes (1930-1969)

I am such a HUGE Bugs Bunny fan. My favorite Christmas ornament is Bugs Bunny Carmen Miranda! I didn't like Foghorn Leghorn though. So annoying. Here's Bugs with the Hairy Monster. I loved the Hairy Monster and forgot his name was Rudoph! What a big red goof.




Dungeons and Dragons (1983-1985)

I would play Dungeons and Dragons role playing game for HOURS during highschool with my brother Adam and friends Mark, Greg, and Chris. I was a magician. I remember specifically that Chris and I would argue over how to pronounce stupid monster's names. LOL. When they came out with a cartoon, I was beside myself!




Scooby Doo (1969-present)

Scooby Doo does not exist for me after that Scrappy Doo was introduced. I was really messed up from that. I mean, a puppy that was a tough guy and could walk and talk? REALLY? LOL I don't think so. I loved how Velma would pick them all up at once and run away from a monster with them. I loved Scooby Doo. Really one of my all time favs. This shit would scare the hell out of this 7 year old!




Tom and Jerry (1940-present)

Many an afternoon and Saturday morning would be spent watching Tom and Jerry chase each other around their house. Poor Tom Cat. He sucked at mousing. Jerry Mouse was pretty smart though. But you'd think he'd eff up sometime and get caught. I would've bought those electronic mousetraps which zap the mouse if I were Tom. But if that happened, we wouldn't have had 5 decades of cartoons!! I like the older versions best, the ones done in from 1940 to 1958, the Hanna-Barbera era.




Josie and the Pussycats (1963-1982)

Another crush-worthy cartoon during my childhood. I had a crush on Valerie in this one. Loved the mean cat Sebastian. His lock opening ability with his claws was incredible. AND the music was really groovy. Listen to the theme song and you KNOW you wanna sing along, "Long tails, and ears for hats!!!!"




Captain Caveman (and the Teen Angels) (1977-1980)

The most implausible of cartoons, a caveman in a block of ice, saved by a modern girl group called the Teen Angels. I crushed on those Teen Angel gals. I would run around the house screaming "Captain CAVEMAN!!!!" at the top of my lungs. Take one part Scooby-Doo, one party Josie and the Pussycats, put them in a blender and press blend. You get this cartoon.




School House Rock! (1973-2009)

I loved School House Rock! I learned about history, math, grammar, the legal system! Why couldn't they have done this with my Nature of Politics or Calculus courses at Rutgers??? I still know all the words to these cartoon songs. "Hey that's not fair, giving a guy a shot down there!" LMAO Seriously though, an ingenious way for young kids to learn and remember!




No 70's Saturday morning cartoon binge watching would be complete without including mentions of these live-action shows:  "Banana Splits", "Sigmund and the Seamonsters", and "Land of the Lost".


Banana Splits (1968-1970)

Banana Splits was a kids variety hour that seemed like everyone was stoned or on acid. Totally didn't get it but I love the buggies the Banana Splits would drive around and even had some toys ones I played with. What ever happened to those? LOL The theme song is s definite ear worm. You'll be singing "Tra-la-la!" in your head long after you read this...




Sigmund and the Seamonsters (1973-1978)

I also loved Sigmund and the Seamonsters and would search the beaches of Strathmere, NJ as a kid for my own seamonster Sigmund. Found alot of seaweed but no seamonster. Johnny the main kid was cool as shit too. Poor little Sigmund, his family thought he was a rotten seamonster but he honestly just wanted friends!




Land of the Lost (1974-1977)

With Land of the Lost, I was terrified of the Sleestaks, the race of the dinosaur humanoids. I kept watching it because I desperately wanted a pet baby brontosaurus like Dopey. I think this triggered my life long fascination with dinosaurs. The special effects were cutting edge at the time but absolutely hysterical to look at now.




AND FINALLY,  thanks to my brother Adam for posting the opening video for the Electric Company. I loved watching all of our favorite shows together. Great memories. Hope this post brings back some of yours!

HEY YOU GUYS!!!!! (You'll see in the clip below, LOL) And yes, that's Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno who starred in it!

ELECTRIC COMPANY (1971-1977)







Sunday, February 11, 2018

Philly Eagles, SUPER BOWL and Kelce!




This blog is dedicated to UNDERDOGS everywhere.

This past Sunday at Super Bowl LII, the Eagles became the world champions versus the New England Patriots 41-33!!! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE GAME! I have so many emotions still swirling around my head.

I helped bartend at the Lake Wynonah Lodge that day to an awesome group of loyal fans and loyal friends. Just an incredible, incredible day. I was the Master of the give-aways and jokingly put myself on "Crock-Pot" duty taking care of the food. 

When those final seconds counted down and we won, I think we were all in shock! We did it! Back slaps, high-fives, bear hugs, and celebratory shots all around! It became the Philadelphia Eagles, in fact, ALL OF PHILLY's first Super Bowl win! We are WORLD CHAMPIONS!

I still get chills from that moment. I went home and stayed up late, still on an emotional high, and watched Philly going crazy, watching the recaps, and all the emotional speeches from the players.


UNDERDOGS!

Yes, some knuckle-heads did some fucked up things but luckily the city survived. My own former workplace haunt, the Ritz-Carlton Philly, didn't even survived unscathed with idiots taking down the blue awning. Again, idiots. 

That week, we waited in anticipation for the incredible parade through Philly on Thursday. I watched from my phone throughout lunch and let's just say I didn't get much work done that week. I have never experienced such a love and camaraderie amongst fans. 

I loved going through all the pics posted on Facebook and Instagram by my friends, classmates, former co-workers all going to the parade. I have never had such a warm heart and love for my hometown of Philly. 

Yes I grew up, was raised and will always have Wenonah, NJ, as my true hometown but PHILLY is where I grew up and found myself during my 20s. PHILLY will always be in my heart as my home. I am Philly bred. PHILLY is my attitude and when I'm drunk, I do say YO!!! Someone this weekend mentioned my Philly accent and I didn't realize that I still have it. And it made me proud. 

A couple things stand out from these past couple weeks: 

WE BLEED GREEN! 
Philly EMBRACED and loved their Underdog status!
Following all this with my fellow Philly natives including my sis Sher.
Watching my San Diego brother Adam remain tried and true to his Philly Eagles roots.
Going back and forth with my DC gal Wendy with Eagles' memes. 
Everyone wearing dog masks.
Nick Foles' class and his little kiddo wearing huge headphones at the end of the game.
Tom Brady not shaking Nick Foles' hand after the win. ASS.
Crisco poles. LOL
Giving away tubs of Crisco and dog biscuits at the Super Bowl party.
Living vicariously through my fraternity brother Alex who was there!
My high school bud Copey's passion and FB posts.
My green hair almost did not wash out. LOL 
Carson Wentz graciousness and maturity as the team leader but giving Nick Foles' his space and deserved time in the spotlight.
MVP Foles
THE PHILLY SPECIAL.
Chris Long's commitment and passion to his causes and what he believes in. 
Mychal Kendrick's class and maturity. He's a great speaker. 
Coach Doug Pederson's coaching, drive, and true grit. 
ALL THE MERCHANDISE I WANT TO BUY!
Watching/hearing all the emotions of all the Philly announcers on TV, Comcast, and WIP.
The awesome parade seeing everyone celebrate and come together! 
Jason Kelce in his Mummer costume. COUNTLESS memes of Jason Kelce all over the internet! 


Jason Kelce is PHILLY.
And LASTLY, center Jason Kelce's just incredible, incredible passion, team spirit, PHILLY spirit and voice for this team and all of Philadelphia! I watched his speech over and over again and just get chills. As my Ritz-Carlton friend Anastacia said, "He's more Philly than almost all of Philly itself!" The first time I heard the speech, it brought me to tears. Enjoy his speech below again and again. I included the transcript from Philly.com so you can get the full effect of such great words.

This man below, this lion, is Philly's true heart and spirit. Kelce will always be remembered for igniting Philly's passion and saying what we all felt. Nick Foles will always be Super Bowl LII's MVP but Jason Kelce will always be our parade MVP and Philly mascot! Move over Billy Penn!

Jason Kelce's speech (censored) from ESPN:



Unforunately, ESPN has taken the gracious liberty of forbidding sites from embedding certain versions. Here's a link the awesome UNCENSORED version:  
THANKs 31Mike! (Youtube) 


Jason Kelce's speech (transcript): 

PHILADELPHIA!
If you love Philadelphia Eagles, let me get a "HELL YEAH!"

CROWD:  HELL YEAH! 

I'm going to take a second to talk to you about under dogs. I know Lane and Chris just talked about this, but I don't think it's been beat home enough.

Howie Roseman, a few years ago, was relinquished of all control pretty much in this organization ... He was put in the side HEY! HEY! ... of the building where I didn't see him for over a year.

Two years ago, when they made a decision, he came out of there a different man. He came out of there with a purpose and a drive to make this possible. And I saw a different Howie Roseman. An underdog.

Doug Pederson.

When Doug Pederson was hired, he was rated as the worst coaching hire by a lot of freaking analysts out there in the media. This past off-season, some clown named Mike Lombardi told him that he was the least-qualified head coach in the NFL. 

You saw a driven Doug Pederson, a man who went for it on fourth and down, went for it on fourth and down ... in the Super Bowl ... with a trick play. He wasn't playing just to go mediocre. He's playing for a Super Bowl.

And it don't stop with him. It does not stop with him.

Jason Peters was told he was too old, didn't have it anymore. Before he got hurt, he was the best freaking tackle in the NFL.

Big V was told he didn't have it. 

Stefen Wisniewski ain't good enough.

Jason Kelce is too small.

Lane Johnson can't lay off the juice.

Brandon Brooks has anxiety.

Carson Wentz didn't go to Division I school.


Nick Foles don't got it.

Corey Clement's too slow. 

LeGarrette Blount ain't got it anymore.

Jay Ajayi can't stay healthy.

Torrey Smith can't catch.

Nelson Agholor can't catch.

Zach Ertz can't block.

Brent Celek's too old.

Brandon Graham was drafted too high. 

Vinny Curry ain't got it.

Beau Allen can't fit the scheme.

Mychal Kendricks can't fit the scheme.

Nigel Bradham can't catch.

Jalen Mills can't cover.

Patrick Robinson can't cover.

It's the whole team! It's the whole team! 

This entire organization, with a bunch of driven men who accomplished something. We were a bunch of underdogs. And you know what an underdog is? It's a hungry dog. And Jeff Stoutland has had this in our building for five years -- it's a quote in the O-line room that has stood on the wall for the last five years -- "Hungry dogs run faster." And that's this team!

Bottom line is, we wanted it more. All the players. All the coaches. The front office. Jeffrey Lurie. Everybody wanted it more. And that's why we're up here today. And that's why we're the first team in Eagles history to hold that freakin' trophy. 

Any of you know who the biggest underdog is? It's y'all, Philadelphia. For 52 years, y'all have been waiting for this. You want to talk about an underdog? You want to talk about a hungry dog? For 52 years, you've been starved of this championship. 

Everybody wonders why we're so mean. Everybody wonders why the Philadelphia Eagles aren't the nicest fans. If I don't eat breakfast, I'm fucking pissed off. 

No one wanted us. No one liked this team. No analyst like this team to win the Super Bowl and nobody likes our fans. And you know what? I just heard one of the best chants this past day, and it's one of my favorites and it's new, and I hope you learn it. 

Because I'm about to drop it right now. 

You know what I got to say to all those people who doubted us, all those people that counted us out, and everybody who said we couldn't get it done? 

What my man Jay Ajayi just said: Fuck you!

SINGING: "No one likes us. No one likes us. No one likes us. We don't care. We're from Philly. Fucking Philly. No one likes us. We don't care. No one likes us. No one likes us. No one likes us. We don't care. We're from Philly. Fucking Philly. No one likes us. We don't care!" 

E-A-G-L-E-S!  EAGLES!!! 





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sick and the BRAT Diet

(NOT MY PIC)


With trepidation, I have been reading about my sick friends on Facebook. Some have even done selfies in the hospital wearing masks! Now THAT's selfie dedication. LOL. But seriously, at work, some sicky thing has been going through one of the units. I have been spraying down my computer and door knobs with Lysol, using plenty of hand sanitizer, washing my hands frequently, and relegating my clients to "separate" pens for signing documents. I seriously do! Working in social services exposes you to tons of people with who knows possibly what. I can't afford to be sick!

I read that the Lehigh Valley Hospital has set up flu tents. It is becoming a cause for concern. The CDC states that the flu epidemic has not yet peaked. You hear of of dozens of children across the country extremely ill from the flu or have died!

According to ABCNews.com: "The CDC's latest incluenza report shows that at least 53 children have died from the flu this season, including 16 just last week.

This doesn't even include people catching colds or sinus infections. Obviously, if you're sick, you should be staying home. I know that's not possible for some depending on the position. Just realize though, that if you are sick and at work, you risk infecting your entire office.

I was sick twice in December and early January with a reoccurring sinus infection. After a bout of antibiotics, I finally rid if from my system. Before that, I had a really good healthy run, being sick only way back in August 2016. I take care of myself for the most part and stay healthy by good diet, exercise, vitamins, and getting my sleep. Burning the candle at both ends brings down your immune system. I'll stress it again, you need your rest and sleep.

SKELETOR! 
I remember getting mononucleosis back when I was 11 years old. I spent four longs weeks home from school, each day rising in my bedroom to then spend the day in my parent's huge bed, drifting in and out of sleep while watching endless TV. Mom would come in and watch the "soaps" each afternoon. I became pretty good at naming all the characters in my Mom's soap operas whether I like it or not! Luke, Laura, Scorpio, and the Cassadine clan on "General Hospital". Ha-ha! I knew them all! 😊

She and Dad bought me books and puzzles to help pass the time. One afternoon, she came in with a "Masters of the Universe" Skeletor toy action figure! I was so excited. I still have him in a box somewhere in the attic. I remember the happiness of that day like it was yesterday. Minus the mono of course. Ha-ha. It's one of my favorite memories and was always a favorite toy of mine after that.

Mom taught me a lot about taking care of myself when I am sick. Drink plenty of liquids. Chicken soup (Jewish penicillin) really does help you. Get your rest. Invest in good tissues, soft toilet paper, and VICKS Vapor Rub. And if you have stomach issues, follow the BRAT diet.

One of my friends asked me the other week what the BRAT diet was. I was shocked that she had not heard of it. I thought it was universally known. I guess not but the concept is pretty basic. You eat only certain foods which will not aggravate your sensitive stomach and system.  It's kinda blah but it's very easy on the stomach until your intestinal system balances itself out again.

The BRAT diet consists of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. Pretty simple, huh? Forget the curry, forget the jalapeno poppers, forget the chili con carne, forget those hot wings and pretty much anything fried. Once you follow the BRAT diet for a couple days, start introducing other non-spicy or non-acidic foods into your diet. It's all about calming your system.

The BRAT diet also works for the first couple days after food poisoning or post surgery. But honestly, as much as I swear by the BRAT diet, I worship my Mom's chicken soup recipe, which actually was handed down from my Nana. Jewish Penicillin is the bomb when you're sick!

Here's my blog on my Mom's Chicken Soup:
http://frazzledatforty.blogspot.com/2014/04/moms-chicken-soup.html

Take care of yourself! Spring is just a less than 6 weeks away!
Remember, if you do not get better, get your arse over to the Doctor!