September 20, 2013

On The Playground, Back In My Day

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In honor of back-to-school time, I honor the playgrounds of my own childhood.

We girls wore shorts under
our dresses so we could
hang upside-down.
(left) Yes, it was dangerous! I personally witnessed two broken arms as they happened, and countless little accidents that resulted in bloody mouths and noses.

But oh, the jungle gym was fun. And the monkey bars (right) were wonderful, the boys always climbed across on top instead of swinging arm to arm. The big thing was were you able to just go bar to bar without using both hands on each bar?


We had this on our playground in these exact colors! Perhaps they made thousands of them.

I can't remember what we called it, but we sat three to four girls on both sides and held hands and then made it rock.

Big deal, you might think. But we got that thing almost vertical as we went back and forth!

This was way fun. I'd like to do it again.

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Oh, this was forbidden. Swings were "for sitting", not standing. But standing up was a totally different experience than just swinging as usual.

Looking at this, I remember how those chains could really pinch a third-grader's hands. We girls had callouses on our hands from various playground equipment...but especially the swings.

If we'd had regular shoes like kids do today, like sneakers of some sort, life on the playground would've been a lot easier.
This one is really vintage! We sat facing inward and used our feet to get the thing spinning. It was really hard to get the speed up, but when we did, it was glorious!

We could also sit facing outward, which worked better for making the merry-go-round go faster, but somehow it wasn't as much fun. I don't know why.
 photo MerryGoRound2.jpg This is the more traditional merry-go-round. I loved the primary colors, I seem to remember that we had a game of moving from color to color.

We all grabbed a bar and ran around, spinning the merry-go-round faster and faster. Then someone would yell "Now!" and we'd all jump on. I felt like we were going at least 80 miles per hour! Sadly, the spinning didn't last very long.

Oh! There's the bell! We have to go in now, but we'll be back. We always went back.

September 15, 2013

Gee my hair smelled terrific.

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I loved this shampoo back in the day! It really did make my hair smell terrific. You can still buy this shampoo, but it's been "recreated for today's hair." In other words, it's not at all like the original.

However, it still smells pretty good. The Vermont Country Store has it for $14.95 a bottle.

September 11, 2013

September 10, 2013

20 Years Ago Today

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God, I loved this show.

"The X Files" premiered on September 10, 1993. The last episode aired on May 19, 2002. Wikipedia has a great list of the episodes.

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September 8, 2013

New treats from Chew Mouse!

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ChewMouseIf you're really into wasting some time today, try making a human calendar! It's very...interesting. And it should kill a few minutes for you.

Here's hoping this site doesn't cost you more than a few seconds. If you're messing with it after more than a minute, you just don't get it. Take it from someone who went on and on and on.
Do you like to chat online? With ibots? And the rude ones, do you like them? Then you will love Peter, who's a real bastard! And here's another chat bot that's really rather clever, and it even knows it's clever.

It's fine to create a really depressing blog, and it's especially savvy to publish it as white type on a huge black background. Nobody can doubt how sad you are then! Then again, some other depressing blog might be oddly compelling for ChewMouse, like this one was.

Maybe you'd like to go play with the boob ladies. After that gets old, find yourself a wife quite easily. And make sure she's a good one.

It's just amazing what you can find on the internet. Caring people, information, porn, illegal music...it's a plethora of joy!

Yes...it's really something.

September 3, 2013

September 1, 2013

KiniArt: I love it!

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KiniArt is created by Kim Niles, author and artist. She draws all sorts of animals, but Westies are her specialty. I have a wonderful sweatshirt with a KiniArt Westie on the front, and a huge mug with the same design. Kim's work is available various places on the internet.

Check out the goodies below, click on any one of them to learn more. And be sure to visit Kim's own website!





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                   Mugs 
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                  Sweatshirts and tees 


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