Saturday, November 17, 2012

From Cheesy Game Shows to Magic Rocks - The 70s Were Super Cool II

With more than 170 page views to date, my post about the 70s was one of the most-viewed of all time, so I decided it was time for another installment! How many of these groovy things do you remember?

Cheesy Game Shows - Do they still run game shows today? I know that you can still catch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy every night, but in the 1970s, cheesy game shows RULED the air. Here are just a few that I remember:

Treasure Hunt - Ooooh...who remembers this one? The game with the giant presents? Huge gift boxes were numbered, and if you earned the chance, you could choose a box and got to keep whatever treasure it happened to hold! A year's supply of Riunte? Woo-hoo! 

Joker's Wild - This game involved pulling a enormous lever on a slot machine to see how much cash you would walk away with at the end of the day. You'd better hope the devil didn't show up. "$500, $500, Devil - Oooooooh, you lost everything!" Incidentally, I was terrified of that devil.

Tic Tac Doe - Now, this game was fun to watch. It was a little like easy Jeopardy. In this game, you feared the dragon (which was not really frightening at all).

Card Sharks - This game required extreme intelligence, as you had to guess whether the next ginormous card to be flipped over would be of higher or lower value than the previous one. I used to love to play this with my Barbie dolls because a regular deck was in perfect scale to the real show.

Match Game - This was the game of fill-in-the-blanks. Many of the questions could easily take on a provocative slant. "Dirty Debbie was so dirty..." "How dirty was she?" (It was the 70s after all). The object of the game was to try and see how many celebrities filled in the blank with the same word you did. 

Jean Nate - Back in the 70s, there was no Bath & Body Works. Jean Nate was the body splash of the decade. I suspect you can still buy it in Walgreens.

Shrinky Dinks - Sheets of plastic that you would color, cut out, then bake them in the oven. The plastic would shrink and harden. Cool, yet kind of pointless. 

You could supposedly make necklaces or keychains out of them, but nine times out of 10, the hole you punched melted shut. Apparently, at some point after I outgrew Shrinky Dinks, they introduced an electric Shrinky Dinks maker (similar to the Easy Bake oven.) The company probably got sued because an unsupervised child burned himself, so now it takes four hours for your Dinks to shrink.

Love's Baby Soft - Another popular fragrance back in the 70s. It was pink and feminine and smelled powdery and, well, baby soft. 

Tube Tops - Tube tops were huge (or in some cases, very small) in the 70s. I had a few myself. They are back in style and I love wearing them today.

Iron-Ons - In the 70s, everybody had at least one shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie with an iron-on design on it. There were shops everywhere where you could pick your design and have it pressed onto your choice of garment. Down in Florida, these shops closed by the early 80s, but it turns out they are still alive and well on the Jersey Shore (or at least they were until Sandy paid them a visit). 

Dr. Scholls - If you were a girl in the 70s, chances are, you had a pair of Dr. Scholl's sandals. They had heavy wooden soles and wide leather straps with a big buckle. I believe they came in red, white and blue. Mine were navy, like the ones pictured here.

One-piece Outfits - These were all the rage in the 70s! Polyester pantsuits, denim overalls,  lycra bodysuits and terry-cloth rompers. Biggest problem was, you had to practically get naked to pee.

Magic Rocks - I thought these things were sooooo cool! Tiny colorful pebbles that grew and turned into what looked like upside-down stalagmites (or stalactites?) in a few hours. The downside was that once they had grown, the magic was over. You had to carefully pour the water out without clogging the drain with the Magic Rocks, then they went in the garbage with your Shrinky Dinks. 

Big, Heavy Cars (and groovy small ones too) - In the 70s, most cars were HUGE. No wonder there was a gas shortage! My mom drove a 1970 Lincoln Continental (watch this groovy commercial). Metallic brown. It was a TANK. I can't believe the thing even fit in the garage! It probably got about five miles to the gallon. There were small cars, too. My friend Danielle's mom drove a purple Gremlin. As a six-year-old girl, I thought it was the coolest car ever!

Hope you've enjoyed this super trip back to the 70s. :) Peace!

With Love and Aloha ~ Nancy

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Lucky" 13

The number 13 has a great deal of significance in my life. Those of you who know me personally (and even some of you who just know me from my blog), know that I was born on Friday the 13th. Although I can't honestly say that I haven't had some "unlucky" things happen to me throughout my life, I can't honestly say that I've had any more than anyone else either. Black cats do tend to cross my path at an alarming rate though. I just shake my head and say, "Really?!" ;)

Recently, I had a twitch in my right eye. Just out of curiosity, I thought I'd Google whether there are any old wives' tales about this happening. Turns out, there is one. According to an old wives' tale, if your right eye twitches, there will be a birth in your family. :o At this point, I hope not! I'm hoping that a "new addition" counts. ;) Anyway, as I scrolled down the page where I found this entertaining information, I noticed that there are (not surprisingly) a number of myths connected to the number 13. In really thinking about it, I realized just how significant that number is in my life. 

Here are 13 facts demonstrating how the number 13 has significance in my life:

1. I was born on Friday, November 13, 1970.
2. The sum of the digits in my birthdate - 11/13/70, 1+1+1+3+7+0 = 13.
3. The sum of the number of letters in my given name: Nancy Lee Villa - count 'em = 13.
4. The sum of the number of letters in my (first and last) married name - Nancy Kniskern = 13.
5. The sum of the digits of my house number where I currently reside, 2+8+2+1 = 13. 
6. The age I turned the year I fell in love with Duran Duran - 13.
7. The age I blurted out ("You're like my 13th Birthday present!!") when I finally met Duran Duran 28 years later, prompting Simon LeBon to exclaim, "You're 13 today?! Happy Birthday!" and giving the entire band a laugh at my expense - 13.
8. I met Duran Duran during their tour supporting their 13th studio album, All You Need is Now.  
9. The football jersey number of my first high school crush was 13.
10. The number of contracts (and two-and-a-half years) it took to sell our old house after purchasing 2+8+2+1 = 13. True story. 
11. Number of days after Halloween that my birthday falls - 13. Creepy, huh? 
12. I have personally known two other people who were born on Friday, November 13. One was a former coworker of mine who was several years older than me, and one is the daughter of one of my current coworkers, who is 22 years younger than me.
13. The sum of the digits of the date on which a little bit of my Aloha spirit died - 1+1+0+6+2+0+1+2 = 13

So, there you have it! :) Yes, there have been times that I have felt "unlucky." For the most part, though, I feel extremely blessed. I have an amazing family that I love more than anything in the world, a wonderful husband and children, friends who bring smiles and laughter into my life, and I am healthy. I believe that I am pretty lucky after all and 13 will always be my special number. :)

With Love and Aloha ~ Nancy