Remember mix tapes? It took some skill to make a killer mix tape. To time the songs just right and to make the spaces between songs the perfect size. Remember trying to squeeze that last song in, only to find out that there wasn’t enough tape left? You had to do math.
Remember that time between cassette tapes and CDs when you couldn’t make a mix CD and it was really frustrating? For a long time, you really couldn’t. You could only make mix tapes with your CDs, but still no mix CDs. Then all of the sudden there was Napster, and you could download songs. But you still couldn’t make CDs unless you had a real fancy, expensive computer with a burner. That was extravagant.
(I had a floppy disc computer for a long time…I even had one at the job I just lost in July…hello, update!)
My point is, these things are now commonplace. What computer doesn’t come with a burner and DVD player? There is no more math involved in making a gift for a friend, the computer will tell you if you got too many songs. The computer will space everything correctly and make sure the volume doesn’t fluctuate. This is just minor advance, too…compared to other things. Can you imagine what it’s like for a member from an older generation to see a TV in every room of a house, let alone a flat screen? and I’m not even gonna get into the internet…
Sometimes, I wish I could just make a mix tape again…but if I did, no one would listen to it because 99.8% of the population doesn’t have a tape deck.
Last night I went to my first Broadway musical in 14 years. Some dear old friends
of the family were in town with their three year old who desperately wanted to see Mary Poppins. As you can see, He is super excited!! I was also pretty excited because a.) I loved Mary Poppins as a child and I know all the songs and b.) I never get to go to the theater because it is way too damn expensive. Of course if I were to go, I probably would’ve picked something else, but I digress.
The Vega family had purchased great tickets about 12 rows back from center stage. The theater was sick looking. I wasn’t allowed to take photos but I did anyway. Rebel.
Check out those balconies. So, the show started and I was immediately disappointed as Bert did not have his one man band get up on. Then, The Sea Captain was non existent AND Winnifred Banks didn’t sing that song about suffragettes. WTF??? Also not included in this travesty was Uncle Albert, my favorite Jewish character who loved to laugh. Again, WTF???
In the place of all these classic parts, were terrible new songs (one was about how it was hard being Mrs. Banks), and statues that could sing and dance. They added all these extra weird scenes too and fucked up the whole story. The feed the birds lady was all out of place, Mary Poppins left the family at the end of Act I only to return in Act II after some mean nanny came to work and it ended with a new song called Anything Can Happen instead of Let’s Go Fly a Kite (which was also misplaced). Seriously, bad moves.
Plusses were 1.)Everyone could sing their asses off 2.) Killer scenery 3.) The chimney sweep dance sequence on the rooftops and 4.) I got this sweet umbrella. Yes!
OK, when I see this phrase on a box of medicine, it says to me, “This pill will not make you sleepy”. What it actually means is, “This pill is not going to let you sleep at all. You will be up all night watching Netflix instantly”.
Yes, it’s time for another round….
lady: what rums do you have?
me: bacardi, malibu, captain morgan’s, sailor jerry and this (i show her the well bottle)
lady: do you have myers?
me: no (in a slightly are you serious? tone)
lady: do you have mount gay?
Happy 25th, Back to the Future
Check out Todd and mine’s new blog, Eat it & Beat it. We decided today while eating a horrific lunch that we were going to start reviewing all the restaurants we eat at. It will be a tremendous help to the people who live/visit New York in that they won’t make the same mistakes we have made in choosing a place to get food. Please visit it and recommend it to your foodie friends.
I LOVE mid century french movies. LOVE them. Examples: Danger Diabolique, Diabolique, Elevator to the Gallows, Le Cercle Rouge, Le Samurai, Belle du Jour…
I also really like Ingmar Bergman and that Fellini movie Amarcord.
First off, no one told me that Norma Jennings (Peggy Lipton in real life) from Twin Peaks was on The Mod Squad. No one told me Ms. Lipton cut an album. And lastly, no one told me she was married to Quincy Jones for over 15 years and that Rashida Jones is her daughter. Please try and keep me informed, people.