item 1 >>> Let’s face it: as a kid, you hear it wrong, so you say it wrong, sometimes for the rest of your life. Once I was getting my hair cut, and the girl was talking about the Long Ranger…I said: What did you say?…She seemed flustered and replied: The Lone Ranger…I said: That’s not what you said!…and she admitted to Long Ranger, could never break herself of the habit. As a word collector, I’d love to hear if you have any examples. Over the years, I’ve detected and corrected most of mine, but a couple I just can’t seem to shake are “cramberries” (with an M instead of an N), and “worthwild” for “worthwhile.”
item 2 >>> Brain-Strainer Trivia: What was the name of the wolf in the Bozo cartoons? Nozo?…no that, was his identical twin brother. It was Wacko Wolf. BTW, is Bozo the Clown’s name racist? It comes from a tribe in Mali, mainly fishermen, and predominantly Muslim. Oooops, who knew?
item 3 >>> Steve Lombardozzi, Major League infielder from 1985-90, born in Malden, 9 years younger than me. They tell me his family lived off my street in Danvers in the early 70s, but I wasn’t aware of it at the time…wonder if he ever threw rocks at me on my bike?
item 4 >>> Before hatch-backs, any car where the trunk or luggage section was connected to the passenger compartment was called a “station wagon.” For example, the 1964-65 Plymouth Barracuda, with the big glass fastback, and the 1966-67 Dodge Charger, with the long sloping fastback, were both called “station wagons” in commercials. And indeed, both had back seats that folded down to give you a pretty long cargo area, so there ya go.
item 5 >>> Do they still have Mothers of Twins Clubs, Jewish Couples Clubs, Coffee Clutches, Penny Socials, and Jaycee-ettes? I’m just askin’…
item 6 >>> Just when I think I remember what a blinking green light means…it…it…it escapes me…But listen, there was a song in the 80’s by the British rockabilly group Polecats called “Red Ready, Amber Set, Green Let’s Go!” For us Yank drivers, that’s confusing until you understand that in the UK, while you’re sitting at a red light, the amber light will come on (both red and amber are now lit) indicating that the green is about to come…aha, now the title makes sense…red ready, red & amber set, green go.
item 7 >>> Yes, I do vaguely remember color TVs that would suddenly go black-and-white, and you would slap the side of the set, or stomp on the floor, for the color to come back. Basically I remember fiddling with rabbit-ears, and putting up with “ghosts.” And playing with the vertical and/or horizontal hold, sometimes just for the fun of it! Speaking of memory, and lack thereof, see the opening comments on Thursday’s Stolf’s Blog, at stolf.wordpress.com.
item 8 >>> You might be a Baby Boomer if…you have to take your glasses off to see something. But those days may be nearing an end with the new TruFocal glasses, which allow you to manually adjust the lenses’ focus, much as your eyeball does. The “controls” are in the bridge of the glasses, and the while the whole deal is as lightweight as normal glasses, they do appear to be a bit thicker than average…on the other hand, besides being incredibly convenient, they look really cool. The down side: $900. Dear Santa…
item 9 >>> Yeah, we had a group. 3 guitars, drums, Farfisa organ with the color of the keys reversed. And we came thiiiiiiiiiis close to stardom. We were called the Kimks.
item 10 >>> I get the feeling most people call that amalgamation of hair, lint, dust, dead skin, and spider webs “dust bunnies.” When we were kids, they were “dust kitties” or maybe “dust kittens,” because I distinctly remember the goop that accumulates in the corner of your eye was called “kitties.” Is this a regional thing? Other names for the stuff I’ve heard: beggar’s velvet, turkey nests, ghost poop. (And in my family, snot was called “goo.”)
I suppose as an organized hobby, bird-watching has gone the way of stamp-collecting, but true-believers still enjoy it. And lots of people are fascinated by wild birds. I was with my brother-in-law recently, walking his dogs in Topsfield, when we spotted a hawk chasing a crow. Right, you see that all the time, but I don’t. Anyway…our largest woodpecker is the Pileated Woodpecker, the same guy Woody was based on. It lives all thru the eastern US, and also along the northern Pacific coast. “Pileated” means having a crest on its pileum, which is the top of a bird’s head. Nice when things make sense every once in a while, isn’t it?
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