Friday, May 29, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #12 - Answer

Awwwww Yeah! It's 'Family Matters' bitches! The spin-off from the show 'Perfect Strangers'.



The Winslow family, and their nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel, battled it out on my television set every Friday in my house.

Did you know that Reginald Vel Johnson (Carl Winslow) is the only actor to have appeared in all 215 episodes of the show? Kellie Williams (Laura Winslow) was in 214 episodes, and Jaleel White (Steve Urkel) was in 204 episodes.

The Winslows had a third child for the first four seasons. She was written out of the fifth season and all other future seasons and never mentioned again.... From the fifth season on, only Laura and Eddie Winslow were referenced....

Also, did you know that JudyAnn Elder replaced Jo Marie Payton as Harriet Winslow in the last half of the final season?

MVPuppets 3

NBA executives are praying to the basketball gods for a Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers match-up in the NBA Finals. The most marketable thing ever on this planet is a Kobe Bryant v. LeBron James finals.

Anyway, I just found another one of those Kobe and LeBron commercials. It's super short, watch it....

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #12

I wanted to end the first dozen with a bang. Everyone can name this TV show theme.... I watch too much television!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #11 - Answer

Did you get it? Did you know the theme from one of the best television shows ever on television?



Yes, you did? Then it's time for the 'Dance of Joy'!



No, you didn't? 'Well, feed me garlic and call me stinky!'

Perfect Strangers was that show where a feet-on-the-ground guy from Wisconsin moves to the big city, and ends up taking in his nonsensical cousin who is fresh off the boat from Mypos.

Wait! Don't jump to conclusions! This show was not a one sided coin! Cousin Larry and Balki Batokomous were both able to teach each other a little bit about life throughout the show's 8 season run.

Did you know that Louie Anderson was cast for the role of Larry Appleton in the original pilot episode? Here's a still photo from the pilot. Would the show have been the success it was if Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker weren't the stars?

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #11

I'm back from the face of the sun, I mean satan's taint, I mean the City of Lamont.

My dad was on this business trip with me, and stayed in the room next to mine. He said that when he pulled the comforter off of the bed, as soon as it hit the floor, he saw bugs scatter everywhere.

On a lighter note, here's today's theme.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Screw Lamont!

All right. I have one thing to say. Screw the City of Lamont! It smells like sulfur, and it's 95 degrees at 10:00 pm.

I'm staying at a creepy motel, called the Budget Inn. There are cigarette ashes all over the room, I'm afraid to take my socks off, and I'm not even able to enjoy the free Playboy Channel because I found what I can only assume is a pubic hair on what were supposed to be my clean sheets.

So, I'm writing this blog, while sitting in a chair near the room's window, wondering if I'm going to enjoy breakfast at 'Le McDonald's' or 'Le Jack in The Box'. Both of which were recommended to me when I asked the manager of the hotel, "Where is a nice place to eat breakfast around here?"

I'm not going to post "Can You Guess This TV Theme" today. I'm too consumed by the pair of eyes, I can only hope I am imagining, are staring at the me through the motel's bathroom windows. Why are they clear? Aren't the windows in bathrooms supposed to be frosted?

So, I'm going to post a video.... If you were a geek at any point during the previous 35 years, you should be able to relate to this video.... Laugh at me, I dare you, I'll throw my twelve-sided die and attack you with my goblin sword....


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #10 - Answer

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari play Kip Wilson and Henry Desmond who play Buffy and Hildegarde in 'Bosom Buddies'.



The theme to the show was Billy Joel's "My Life". The show was really funny! Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari have great chemistry, however, they're not attractive women.

And how can you lose with Tom Hanks? The man can do drama, the man can do comedy... And he's one of the most loved and most successful men in Hollywood. He can't lose!

How do you think that pitch meeting went? 'Ok, I have an idea for a show.... There's these two guys, their apartment is destroyed... So they have to get another affordable apartment.... But the only way they can do that, get this, you're gonna laugh, they have to dress as women because it's an all female building. Wait.... It gets better! None of the women in the building will be able to figure out that the two characters are men in women's clothing. Just to put the icing on the cake... We have two unknown actors for the lead roles!'

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #10

This show only lasted two seasons, and if I give any more hints I'll give it away. So here it is, give it your best shot....

Monday, May 25, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #9 - Answer

I was going to add some clever comment in the blog this morning... Something like 'You should be able to identify this easily, however, I'd identify it using a paperclip, a wad of chewing gum, and spectacles from the 1940's'.

I'm sure you are all very sad that you missed out on this humor, however, as I'm writing this, I'm still giggling to myself. 'Spectacles.... That's an old-timey word for glasses.... Giggle Giggle'.

All right, so by now, I'm assuming that you all knew that the theme was from the television show "MacGyver".



Did you know that MacGyver's first name was Angus?
Richard Dean Anderson is awesome...

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #9

Being that it's Memorial Day, I wanted my 'Can You Guess This TV Theme' to have a military theme. Naturally, you would think MASH, right? Yeah, I tried that, however, the friendly people over at YouTube will steal your first born child if you try to upload any original MASH content. I couldn't find any good MASH videos, and I never understood why that show was so popular, so I have something better for you all.

So, here's today's TV theme. Enjoy!


Saturday, May 23, 2009

MVPuppets 2

What? A Saturday post? Crazy right?

Anyway, I just found another one of those Kobe and LeBron commercials. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #8 - Answer

I just finished watching the entire series of "My So Called Life" on DVD.



Screw "My So Called Life"! How dare this show take my gentle soul and crush it into a million pieces. I am not happy! Are Angela Chase (played by Claire Danes) and Brian Krakow going to get together? Is she going to stay with Jordan Catalano (played by Jared Leto)? What's going to happen with the gay friend? Or the druggie friend? Or the goodie two-shoes friend? Will there be harmony ever again? It just ended with a season 1 cliffhanger! There are so many doors left open!!!!!!! I need to know what happens!!!!!!! Please god!!!!!!! I need to know what happens!!!!!!!

I've looked everywhere! Not one person gives any kind of closure as to what could have happened after the first season. And when I say I looked everywhere, I mean I looked at the first two sites that came up when I googled "My So Called Life Season 2".

By the way, Colleen, you're right. Jordan Catalano is dreamy!!!!

MVPuppets

A match up in the NBA Finals between two of the greatest players in the history of the sport (Kobe Bryant and LeBron James) seems to be inevitable.

Nike has put together a few videos with Kobe and LeBron puppets... They're hilarious! Here they are.... In the "Chalk" commercial, it looks like Kobe and LeBron live in a house filled with mountains of cocaine.





Minnie Lost Her Mickey

Wayne Allwine, the actor who voiced Mickey Mouse for the last 32 years, died on Monday, May 18, 2009, from complications of diabetes.

He is survived by Russi Taylor, his wife of 18 years, and the current voice of Minnie Mouse (and has been for the past 23 years).

Minnie lost her Mickey.... Awwwwwww.......

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #8

Here's an easy one.... Colleen, I'm going to throw you a bone this time. You should be able to answer this one immediately.... I proudly retain my status of having the same television tastes as a 13-year old girl....

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #7 - Answer

I remember waking up early every morning during summer vacation one year, just so I could watch "Mama's Family" in syndication.

Vicki Lawrence played Thelma "Mama" Harper, cranky queen of the family providing shelter and knocking sense into her dimwitted family. Her son Vinton and his wife Naomi, her nephew Buddy and her nosy neighbor Iola made up her gang of dolts.

I was watching clips of "Mama's Family" on the computer today.... Yeah.... I don't find the show quite as funny as I did 20 years ago....

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #7

Ok Jerry.... You've guessed them all so far.... Try this one.... This show was very popular, but the theme is just generic enough to make it sound like every other theme for every other television show ever....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #6 - Answer

Jerry, you're too good.... You are correct, today's theme was the song "C'mon C'mon" by the Von Bondies, and it's the theme for the television show "Rescue Me".


Do any of you watch this show? It is fantastic! I just finished watching the fourth season....

The character development is amazing. After watching the first three episodes, you'll feel like you've known the characters your entire life, and you'll have to know what happens next. The show is emotional and passionate. It's just a fascinating hour of television.

Denis Leary plays an ill-tempered, self destructive, hypocritical, manipulative, relapsed alcoholic fireman who has to deal with his crazy family, crazy job, crazy coworkers and a crazy post 9/11 world. He plays the role sooooo well.

My grandfather was a New York fireman, and it's like I can see him in the characters.

You can watch all of the episodes at Hulu for free.... I'm so nice.... I'll help you get there.... Just click on the logo below....

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #6

This is the theme from a television show that is still on TV, however, nobody else I know watches it. So I'm going to guess that not one person who reads my blog will know what show this theme is from.....

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? #5 - Answer

Were you able to figure it out? One of the best ensemble comedies ever! Any show with Harry Anderson and John Larroquette has got to be good.

Did you know that during the show's run, there was one male bailiff, Nostradamus "Bull" Shannon, and three female bailiffs?

The first female bailiff was played by Selma Diamond. She died after two seasons of performing on the show.

The second female bailiff was Florence Halop. She died after one season of performing on the show.


Marsha Warfield, who played Roz Russell, broke the "Night Court Curse" and survived throughout the remainder of the series.


Can You Guess This TV Theme? #5

Someone walked into my office in the morning yesterday and said "I know what it is!" I hadn't even sat down yet.... I have to make this more difficult....

This one is a little more difficult, but everyone should be able to recognize it....

Monday, May 18, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme #4 - Answer

It's your favorite mustachioed man, Tom Selleck in "Magnum, P.I.".

I think I've blogged about this before.... But Tom Selleck's role in "Magnum, P.I.", caused scheduling issues that caused him to lose the role of Indiana Jones to Harrison Ford.

There were an unbelievable amount of famous guest stars on this show.... Well, maybe they weren't famous until after they were guest stars on "Magnum, P.I.". The guest star list included: Carol Burnett, Carol Channing, Ted Danson, Dana Delaney, Shannen Doherty, Tate Donovan, James Doohan, Ernest Borgnine, Dick Butkus, Morgan Fairchild, Norman Fell, Phil Hartman, Joanna Kerns, Angela Lansbury, Pat Morita, Christopher Penn, John Ratzenberger, Judge Reinhold, Alfonso Ribiero, Cesar Romero, Frank Sinatra, Sharon Stone, Alan Trammell, Marcia Wallace and Orson Welles.


Can You Guess This TV Theme? #4

I was yelled at for making the last theme too easy....

Here's one that should be a little more difficult. There's no words to link the theme to the show, but it's still pretty popular.... Can you guess it?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme Everyday - Answer!

Schlemeil! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!

Did you know that the Yiddish translation for 'Schlemeil' is an 'inept and clumsy person", and the Yiddish translation for 'Schlimazel' is a 'chronically unlucky person'?

Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall played "Laverne and Shirley"....

Did you know that Shirley left the show after the 7th season, and even though the show kept the name "Laverne and Shirley", it was actually 'The Laverne Show'?

For extra points, do you know which woman (Cindy or Penny) was Laverne and which woman was Shirley?



Can You Guess This TV Theme Everyday

Apparently everyone is enjoying these, so I'll keep going with them until I run out. I wish more of the theme songs didn't have the title of the show in the song. Take for example the theme to "21 Jump Street".... Maybe I'll just post it so everyone can have the pleasure of listening to it....

So here's today's theme.... Another easy one.... Well, I thought the last one was easy too, but Colleen thought it was the theme from "Perfect Strangers".

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme Thursday - Answer

Today's TV theme was from the best show about a retired baseball player and single father who moves from urban Brooklyn, New York with his daughter to suburban Fairfield, Connecticut to work as a live-in housekeeper for an uptight divorcee and single mother with a cantankerous and over-sexed mother. That's right! It's that wacky situation comedy, "Who's The Boss"!


Orange County

So the word around town is that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be proposing today that the state sell multiple properties around the State of California, including the Orange County Fairgrounds, to raise capital. The government is calling this move an “extraordinary” response to extraordinarily tough times.

In documents obtained by the Orange County Register, seven locations are listed as examples of high value sites:

  • OC Fairgrounds
  • San Quentin Prison
  • Los Angeles Coliseum
  • Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • The Cow Palace
  • Ventura Fair, and
  • Cal Expo (site of the State Fair) in Sacramento

The OC Fairgrounds have an estimated worth of $96 million to $180 million and could be sold, like the other properties, in 24 to 60 months, according to the documents.

Cow Palace is estimated to be worth between $40 million and $75 million. Del Mar Fairgrounds, $350 million to $650 million. Cal Expo, $80 million to $150 million. Ventura County Fair, $37 million to $70 million. San Quentin up to $1 billion.

The plan contains brief sales pitches for each of the properties.

The Orange County Fairgrounds, for instance, is "very well located in the coastal community of Costa Mesa," near the 55 Freeway, making it "a very high value, centrally located . . . development opportunity for Orange County."

Would they build office buildings? Or more multi-family housing?

“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures,” the document begins. “(But) taking action now can help shore up California’s financial future.”

None of this is really significant to me, other than the potential closing of the Orange County Fairgrounds, since I'm about five minutes away from the giant lot. I'd miss going to the fair every year, riding the rides, EATING THE FOOD.....

However, correct me if I'm wrong.... I don't think they're going to sell any of these properties.... I think this is a huge "red herring". We're getting the wool pulled over our eyes. This is an opportunity for our government to tell us that they're going to sell some of our most prized landmarks. Then we'll spend the next month or so groveling at their feet to keep the landmarks, so they'll stay open, and our children can enjoy them, and their children's children, and so on....

After the month of groveling, they'll seem to cave, and they'll tell us that they won't be selling our beloved treasures. We will all be relieved. Very soon after this, we'll see an initiative to raise our taxes. And they will claim this is because they tried other ways to raise capital quickly, and we liked none of them. So the only thing they can do now is raise taxes. And we'll approve of the tax hikes because they saved our cherished fairgrounds....

What's next? Are they going to come out with a plan to tell us that they're planning to cut the police force in California in half, and that doing this will make our state less safe, but it's a necessary evil.

Oooooh, maybe they'll hit us where it hurts, our children. Maybe they'll tell us that they're going to need to fire teachers and close down schools. This will decrease the quality of our children's education due to larger class sizes, and it will add to the average commute parents who have to drive their children to school.

Dear Government of the State of California:

Please make an attempt to decrease all the "BS" spending, or raise my taxes already! Stop this feeble attempt of tugging at the heartstrings of the citizens, only to fiscally prey upon the citizens who provide a majority of the support that you receive now through our taxpayer dollars. We don't appreciate it.

Sincerely

Your Citizen

Can You Name This TV Theme Thursday

Do you like the alliteration? Theme Thursday? See, because they both start with "Th".... I guess I'll make this a Thursday thing from now on....

The first TV theme was pretty difficult.... So today I'm going to add an easier theme
....


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Can You Guess This TV Theme? - Answer

Ladies and gentlemen, hide your cats! It's your favorite Alien Life Form! It's the theme from the show Alf!

Can You Guess This TV Theme?

Here's a new fun game that I'm going to try.... I've recently come across many old musical introductions from some of my favorite television shows. So here's what I'm going to do.... I'm going to post the song in the early blog (7:00 am). Then in the later blog (3:00 pm), I'll post the YouTube video of the show's intro.... Tell me if you think this is interesting, or if it's the least fun game that you've ever been a part of....

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pomegranate

Have you heard about the new Palm Pre? It's supposed to be the IPhone killer.... And that IPhone? My phone seems so useless and outdated....

Check out this phone.... It's called the Pomegranate Phone and it puts the IPhone to shame.

Have you ever had an important business meeting with an international client, and needed to brush up on their language? Use the Pomegranate Phone....

Need to project a business presentation, or have you ever wanted to project a movie onto your living room wall with full "HD" quality? Use the Pomegranate Phone....

Have you ever been running late for that important meeting, and left the house before shaving your face? Use the Pomegranate Phone....

Ever need a quick pick me up? Needed that last minute cup of coffee? Need a phone that can make a single serve cup of coffee? Use your Pomegranate Phone....

Finally, ever been hanging out with a group of friends when they break out into an improvisational jam session? Need a harmonica? Use your Pomegranate Phone....

Click on the phone below to go to the Pomegranate Phone website for an amazing presentation.... But remember, something this good must come with a catch....

Monday, May 11, 2009

More Radness

Here's another little bit of radness.... Embrace it.....

Radness

Check out this rad photo.... I don't know who took it, or where it was taken.... It's just rad....

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Boy Named Sue

I posted about Shel Silverstein earlier, and about how he wrote the music and lyrics for "A Boy Named Sue". Everybody I talked to today has said "'A Boy Named Sue', what's that?" I know..... I was shocked too!

So here it is, "A Boy Named Sue".....

How Can A Guy Who Looks So Creepy, Write Children's Poetry So Well?

Do you remember Shel Silverstein? Along with "Where The Wild Things Are", when I was a child, I had all of Shel Silverstein's poetry books. The guy wrote wonderful children's poetry, second only to Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss). His poems were fun, jaunty and simple, and were typically accompanied by a cute monochrome comic that add a cute and childlike touch. I know that his poetry will definitely be part of Noah's reading material.....

His amazing bibliography contains many popular books, including "A Giraffe and a Half", "The Giving Tree", "A Light In The Attic", "Falling Up" and "Where The Sidewalk Ends".

Did you know that Shel Silverstein passed away 10 years ago today, on May 8, 1999? Or that he was a famous songwriter and musician, and that he wrote the music and lyrics and won a Grammy in 1970 for "A Boy Named Sue " (which was performed by Johnny Cash).

Here's a video with animation, with the voice of Shel Silverstein reading "The Giving Tree".


And here's one of his most famous poems, titled "Hug O' War".


I was just going to post a link to Shel's website, where you'll find a lot of his animated poems and fun games, but I just found so much cool information about Mr. Silverstein that I felt like I had to share it with you.... Noah and I have been having a lot of fun perusing the nooks and crannies of the site....

Anyway, click on signature to go to his site:

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mini Sirloin Burgers!

How is this not the everybody's favorite commercial? Yippee Ki-Yay Mini Sirloin Burgers! Well done Jack, well done.... If you haven't tried the mini sirloin burgers, they're a little overpriced, but they're tasty.... By the way, you'll be surprised at how many times you will finding yourself humming the tune of this commercial after watching it....

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Take A DeepLeap

I don't have much to do at the office today, so I'm looking for a fun time waster... I think I've found one in DeepLeap. It's a mix between Scrabble and Word Jumble. 75 tiles drop during each game and the tiles arrive every three seconds; you arrange them into words for points. The bigger words will get you more points. Each tile has a scrabble-like point associated with each letter. For example, you get more points for using the letter Q than for using the letter A. But you better not hesitate, because you'll lose letters as you're tile bar is filled, and if you lose letters, you lose points.

So give the self-described "Fast-Paced Time-Wasting Word Game" a try by clicking on the picture of the game below.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Have A Slice..... Save The World.....

I'm not the guy who will go out and buy all new "green" light bulbs because installing them is the environmental equivalent of taking 500,000 Hummers off the road. But this is one of the best ideas I have EVER seen! How has nobody ever thought about this? How do I invest in this product? It would actually be irresponsible for establishments not to serve their pizza in these boxes....


Monday, May 4, 2009

It's The End Of The World As We Know It, And I Feel Fine

WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!

Wait a minute....

This has happened before?

It didn't destroy civilization?

This isn't the end of the world?

These commercials aired during the swine-flu panic of 1976.... Watch them and remember, if you have a tickle in the back of your throat.... DON'T TOUCH ANYBODY!!!!! QUARANTINE YOURSELF!!!!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tulips

Ok, one more about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.


Here are more pictures from one of the biggest tulip farm in Skagit County, Washington. Roozengaarde was established in 1985 by the Roozen family and the Washington Bulb Company, Inc. The Roozen family business of growing tulips, daffodils and irises is the largest in the world, covering Skagit Valley with more than 1200 acres of field blooms and 15 acres of greenhouses. The driving force behind Roozengaarde was Bernadette Roozen Miller, who passed away in 1996. Each fall, the 3 acre show garden is planted with over two hundred thousand spring-flowering bulbs, providing a gorgeous display of color during the early weeks of spring.















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