Time Traveling

“Once confined to fantasy and science fiction,
time travel is now simply an engineering problem.”
Michio Kaku

Mr Peabody

Mr. Peabody, his boy Sherman and the “Wayback Machine”

The concept of traveling backward and forward in time has always held my fascination. My interest began as a child. Introduced to the idea of time travel by none other than Mr. Peabody and his Wayback machine.

Conceptually, time travel goes back several centuries. Long before H. G. Wells wrote the book, The Time Machine, Japanese, Hindu, and Buddhist all wrote about time travel. In more recent times, people such as Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku have discussed the possibilities of traveling back and forth in time.

Time travel will forever be one of my favorite genres of novels and movies. Whether I’m reading Stephen King’s novel 11/26/63 or watching, Midnight in Paris, and Back to the Future for the hundredth time, the idea of going back to a time before I existed will always hold my interest in time traveling.

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Weird Al Parody

“One of my pet peeves is that sometimes
the talents of my band get overlooked because,
and it was the same problem that Frank Zappa had,
with a lot of groups that use humor, people don’t realize
there’s a lot of craft behind the comedy.”
Al Yankovic

Grapefruit Diet

My husband and I were listening to my iPhone in the car, and of course I had the phone tuned to my Steve Martin Radio station, when a Weird Al song came on. We love Weird Al’s parodies, but this one we had never heard before and had us laughing out loud.

The song was from his Running with Scissors album, and is Grapefruit Diet, a pastiche of Zoot Suit Riot by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. 

Weird Al never did a video for this song, but I was able to find a YouTube video that I thought everyone would enjoy. If you’re dieting or have ever had to lose weight, you might enjoy this entertaining Weird Al parody.

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Laugh Your Ass Off

“If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth,
inventor of television, we’d still be
eating frozen radio dinners.”
Johnny Carson

iTunes Radio

As you loyal blog followers know, I’m a longtime fan of Steve Martin. The last few years I’ve been listening to his banjo music, most of which he writes and performs.

I fell in love with Steve Martin in the 1970s when he was known for his comedy. I had all his comedy albums and listened to them often. Now, I have his comedy albums on iTunes and enjoy listening to him when I’m cruising in my car.

The other day while syncing my phone to the car, I accidentally discovered iTunes Radio. I know what you’re saying, where has she been?  But, with the new car and the technology that we now have access to, I’m able to use my iPhone in the car.

Anyway, I typed in Steve Martin into the iTunes Radio search and up popped Steve Martin Radio. This radio station is the best. They play comedy routines from Billy Crystal to Chris Rock. They even play some of George Carlin’s and Woody Allen’s old routines.

For the last few days, I’ve been smiling and laughing so much my jaw hurts. If you’re feeling down from all the holiday hassles, tune in to Steve Martin Radio, sit back and be ready to laugh your ass off.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
Charlie Chaplin

Danny Kaye

A sincere compliment can really boost ones morale. I’m not one who demands constant attention or praise. But, it sure is nice to hear, “good job” once in a while. I always have showered my son and husband with compliments. Whenever I accomplish a major hurdle, my son is always the first to give me a compliment.

After 20+ years living together, I’ve come to realize it’s just not my husbands style to give out compliments easily. I guess my husband’s style is more akin to Don Rickles than Johnny Carson.

A few years back I suggested my husband “get in touch with his feminine side”. So one day he said something that was showing his feelings. When he realized this, he stopped and pointed out to me that, “he was getting in contact with his feminine side”.

He may not dish out kudos or compliments easily, but he makes me laugh. To me, that’s more important than any compliment he could ever give me. When I’m feeling low, I can always count on him to make me laugh.

Fishing for compliments has never been something I’ve ever had to do. And I’m not planning on starting this late in life. Besides, I’d much rather be with someone who makes me laugh, because as the old proverb says, “laughter is the best medicine”.

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