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Things I didn’t realize I would miss until they were gone.

AOL CDs

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These were so handy to use as coasters, or to cover your drinking glass when sitting on the patio (to keep the bugs out).  Sure, it had that little hole in the center, but most of the flying insects we have around here aren’t stealth bombers.  The disc kept them out.

They also came in handy for keeping squirrels away from the bird feeders.  I couple of those CDs hanging right above the feeder was enough to thwart even the most determined squirrel.

 

TUNA TWIST

tunatwist2I still remember most the jingle:

“I’m Sir Celery! I’m Miss Parsley! We are the Onion Twins! … Tuna Twist makes tuna taste fresh as a garden.”

Tuna Twist was a little packet of dehydrated veggies with some sort of seasoning. You would add a bit of hot water to the mix and let it sit for a few minutes, then add it to your tuna and mayo.  One of their tag lines was something like “It turns 4 ordinary tuna sandwiches into 6 tasty ones”.  It came in a Garden Vegetable variety, Onion variety, and as memory serves, a cheesy variety.  This was the best thing since Tang and Space Food Sticks.  I wonder why they took it off the market?  Someone needs to contact Nabisco and have them resurrect this culinary marvel.

Side note:  You gotta love that far-out 70s font on the box.  Groovy!

 

HICCUPS

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Yes, hiccups.  They’re a right pain in the neck (pun intended) when you have them, but am I the only person that doesn’t purposefully try to hiccup once they’re gone?

It seems like there are as many cures for hiccups as there are grandmothers.  The scare-tactic never worked for me, nor did the laughing technique.  I’ve had people advise me to burp, fart, pee, run, hold my tongue, rub my eyes, pinch myself and stand on my head.  You know, you finally come to the realization that *some people* are simply using you to entertain themselves.

About the only “cures” that have worked for me were A) drinking a full 8oz of water as slowly as possible without stopping -or- B) placing a spoonful of sugar on my tongue and letting it dissolve slowly.

So that’s my advice.  However, if you want to spin in a circle until you fall to the ground in an attempt to cure yourself of hiccups, be my guest… and send in the video link, please.

 

MST3K

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I’m proud to be a mstie.

It’s the one TV show I miss the most.  Oh, I know there is RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic, but I want the old shows back.  I can’t find them anywhere.  They were on the SciFi Channel after leaving Comedy Central, but now they seem to only exist in multi-episode DVDs.

I long for another Turkey Day Marathon.

Thanksgiving is less than 4 months away.  Surely someone can make this happen.

Turkey Day Marathon ‘09!!!

 

NOAA Weather (Local Cable)

noaaNOAA Weather used to have a place on our local access cable TV channel lineup.  It was a simple concept: rotating radar images of the US, our state, our county, our city and weekly forecasts.  There was no sharply-dressed meteorologist, no Action Weather Team, and no commercials.  It was simply THE WEATHER.  Served up quick and dirty.

The only “personalities” were the voices coming from NOAA Weather Radio, The Voice of the National Weather Service.  We didn’t know their names, we had no idea if they were sitting at a desk or recording from the bathroom… and we didn’t care.  When you were in a hurry, and wanted to see a radar map — BAM! — there it was.

I have no ill-regard for the Weather Channel and their “Local on the 8s”, but in this fast-paced world, sometimes 8 minutes seems like a long time.

Especially if you live in Tornado Alley.

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3 Responses to “Things I didn’t realize I would miss until they were gone.”

  1. August 3rd, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Tara says:

    something funny i heard from someone who worked at time warner (AOL): there were scads of people that thought they were “on the internet” just because they had received the free AOL disk in the mail – and time warner was counting many of these people as “users” – even though some of them didn’t even have a COMPUTER. isn’t that cute that people would think the disk magically put them on the internet even without a computer?! i wonder what they thought the internet was exactly – a magical place they would some day be able to visit because of the disk – sort of like disneyland? and to think you were using your magic pass as a squirrel-buster! -xoxbunnyxoxo

  2. August 22nd, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Bill D says:

    I loved Tuna Twist. Nabico removed it from market…something about gastrointestinal problems in people? I never had a problem with it. I have not eaten Tuna since the late 70’s when this was pulled!

  3. August 24th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    bunny says:

    Bill D, are you out there?! It’s darn good you laid off the tuna, because it appears to have a lot of mercury in it – so much mercury you’d be better off eating ten thermometers on toasted rye than a tuna sandwich. By the way, Starkist is making foil pouches of tuna called “Tuna Creations” – with flavors like lemon pepper and herb & garlic – which they promise create an effect called a “flavor explosion.” Stand back Bill, stand back, because a flavor explosion sounds pretty dangerous if you haven’t had tuna in a while.

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