Song of the Day

This song was in my head all day. But I only had bits and pieces of the song and glimpse of the video in my head. It was driving my crazy. Then while I was watching TV, adding songs to my iPhone and checking out Facebook, it came to me!

The song I was thinking of was — “It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way” (1987) by The Blow Monkeys. This band was from English and were a New Wave band.

I can’t think of any other songs that this band did. And I’m not sure why this opne stuck with me? But it is on my 80’s playlist.

And after Googling The Blow Monkeys and this song, I didn’t realize that this song was featured in the film, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.

I like this video because it shows what the band looked like in 2009 and 1987 in the background.

Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 13)


Well, when I first started this blog, I blogged about Dancing with the Stars. I posted before the show, during the show and after the show. I had “Dancing with the Stars Fever”.

So tonight, the Stars for season 13 were announced. And as seasons past, I will be watching the show again and I’ll probably be posting before, during and after the show again,

The Stars are:

Carson Kressly

Chaz Bono

Chynna Phillips

David Arquette

Elisabetta Canalis

Hope Solo

J.R. Martinez

Kristin Cavallari

Nancy Grace

Ricki Lake

Rob Kardashian

Ron Artest

I usually don’t make my picks of who I think might win, who really needs to go home and who is the most surprising pair until the pairs are announced. So until then, I will wait and then make my picks.

Hits from 30 years ago

I picked a random year to see what were the top hits of that year. The year I picked was 1976 — 30 years ago. Here are some of the songs that were #1 in 1976.

Saturday Night” by Bay City Rollers — I love the Bay City Rollers and this song. But I did make the mistake of Googling the Bay City Rollers and saw what they look like now… Don’t do it!!

“Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where Youre’ Going To)” by Diana Ross — I have not seen this movie, but I love this song. It was a song that I use to sing in a Tickle deorderant bottle in front of the mirror to.

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon — Everytime I hear this song, I try to challenge myself to rememberthe “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”.

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

“Theme from “S.W.A.T.” by Rhythm Heritage — Another great TV theme song,

Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor — Everyone has a list of songs that get on your nerves (I have many and that is another post). Well, this song is on that list.

Let Your Love Flow” by Bellamy Brothers — I really didn’t like this song when I was younger. But when I got older, I liked this song.

Welcome Back” by John Sebastian — I remember being in my room in the house that I grew up in listening to Kasey Kasem‘s American Top 40 Year-End Countdown and this was the #1 song of the year.

Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band — growing listening to this song, I had no idea what the meaning of it was. Now, I do!

If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago — One of my favorite Chicago songs.

This list is from List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1976 (U.S.). From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Do you remember…

The other day, I was thinking of the cartoons that I use to watch on Saturday mornings when I was growing up. I remember having my Saturday mornings planned on which cartoons I would watch. Here are some of the ones that I remember watching.


Jabberjaw is a 15-foot talking great white shark. He is a drummer for The Neptunes, a rock group made up of four teenagers — Biff, Shelly, Bubbles and Clamhead — who live in an underwater civilization in the year 2076. Jabberjaw and The Neptunes travel to various underwater cities where they encounter and deal with diabolical villains who want to conquer the undersea world. (from Wikipedia)

OK, I watched this one, but it did get on my nerves al little.

Speed Buggy

Speed Buggy is a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on CBS from September 8, 1973 to August 30, 1975. Similar in style to Hanna-Barbera’s successful Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Speed Buggy followed the adventures of an anthropomorphic, fiberglass Dune Buggy, Speed Buggy, (voiced by Mel Blanc), his driver Tinker (Phil Luther, Jr.), and Tinker’s friends, Mark (Michael Bell) and Debbie (Arlene Golonka). The three young adults and their car traveled from race to race, often encountering spy capers and mysteries along the way. Speed Buggy’s trademark quotes were always “Roger-Dodger!” and “Vroom-a-zoom-zoom!” (from Wikipedia)

Hong Kong Phooey

Hong Kong Phooey was voiced by Scatman Crothers. I didn’t know Scatman Crothers was the voice of Hong Kong Phooey! And this cartoon had the BEST theme song.

Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch

This was another one that I watched, but after 10-15 minutes, I would start changing the channels.

Super Friends

The Justice League of America

The core group of five heroes made up the “Super Friends”:

I think Aquaman was my favorite.
Josie and the Pussycats

Oh how I wanted to be a member of the Pussycats.

H.R. Pufnstuf

This was a strange cartoon. I think I was more freaked out watching this cartoon than another cartoon I watched. Something about a “talking flute”…

These are just a few that I watched growing up. They sure don’t make cartoons like these anymore.

Song of the Week

The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)

I have loved this song since it first came out in 1990. I had the cassette single of this song and played it over and over again.  The song is by Quincy Jones featuring Al B. Sure, James Ingram, El DeBarge, Barry White (Barry White’s part is my favorite!) This song is on my Quick List Playlist on my iPod.

Grrr… for some reason, I can not post the video here!! Here is the link to the video — click here.

This song is one of the best… “Sho’ ya right!”

Things I need to make — Dainty Lemon Bars

I got this receipe in one of my daily e-mails. I have a folder to put the one that like really good and that one day I will make. This one is near the top of my list to make soon.

Dainty Lemon Bars Recipe

Not small when it comes to taste

From the, “Houston Junior League Cookbook,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind

INGREDIENTS for Lemon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon water

Combine flour, butter, powdered sugar; mix thoroughly.  Spread in a 9-inch square pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix together eggs, sugar, lemon juice and lemon rind; spread over first layer in pan.  Return to oven for 25 minutes.  When cool, frost with Lemon Glaze.  Cut into 1 inch x 1-1/2 inch bars.

TO PREPARE Lemon Glaze:

Mix powdered sugar, lemon juice and water together and spread thinly over Dainty Lemon Bars.  

YIELDS:  3 dozen bars

New Show — Franklin and Bash

There have been some new shows on TV this past summer. One that I found myself watching and liking is Franklin & Bash on TNT.

Here is the overview of the show:

The series stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as unconventional lawyers and longtime friends.

Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are two streetwise, neighbourhood attorneys. After defeating Damien Karp of the prestigious law firm Infeld Daniels they are recruited by senior partner Stanton Infeld to breathe new life into the ailing firm. Assisting Franklin & Bash is Carmen Phillips, a convicted offender out on parole who assists with background investigations on cases, and Pindar Singh, an agoraphobic but brilliant attorney.

In agreeing to work for Infeld Daniels, Franklin & Bash were guaranteed that they would still be taking on the same kind of cases as before, only with the backing of a major law firm. Over the course of their cases Franklin & Bash, through their courtroom antics, prove to be effective advocates for their clients, much to the chagrin of Damien Karp and his ex-girlfriend Hanna Linden.

(from — Franklin & Bash).

I wasn’t planning on watching the show, but my “crush” on Mark-Paul Gosselaar got the best of me. I have “liked” him since “Saved by the Bell(hey, don’t judge me).

But after watching the first couple of shows, I liked it. The stories are good and they wrap things up by the end of the show. Then last weeks show had Dawson, I mean James Van Der Beek himself! Oh dear Lord, I thought I died and went to teenage-heaven!

So, tonight is the last show of the season. Franklin & Bash has already been renewed for another season. All is well in the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the reruns of the show for the rest of the summer.

If you did not get a chance to watch this show this season, you should at least watch one episode. Even if you don’t like it, at least you will get to see Zack, I mean Mark-Paul Gosselaar.


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