Matthew’s Day Off

Have you seen the 2012 Honda CR-V Matthew’s Day Off commercial? It’s one of the commercials that will be played during Super Bowl XLVI. And it’s a play of the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986).

To celebrate the launch of the all-new 2012 CR-V, Honda brought Ferris Bueller’s Day Off back in a big game commercial. We cast Matthew Broderick as himself, skipping out on a day of acting work and living it up in his all-new CR-V. Relive movie history with Honda’s fresh twist and wonderful homage to this ’80s classic.

I love this commercial and I loved the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! I love Matthew Broderick! I love the references to the movie throughout the commercial.

Can you name all of the references to the movie that were in the commercial (there are over two dozen references?)

I’m looking forward to watching the Superbowl with the New York Giants vs New England Patriots. But really, I look forward to watching the commercials during the game. Sometimes, they are better than the game itself.

I am a little surprised that the commercial is online before the Superbowl game. I always like the surprise of watching th commercials first during the game.

Side note:

Viewers are invited to the Honda CR-V Facebook page to discover and comment on dozens of “Easter eggs” connected with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Hometown Favorites

I think I have blogged about this website before, but I recently revisited the website and wanted to share some on my favorites.

Hometown Favorites specializes in candies, condiments and everyday food items from back home. Begun in 1996 by a stay-at-home mother of five searching for favorite childhood candies, Hometown Favorites has grown and expanded to include over 2000 “hard to find” food products. Hometown Favorites has been featured in a variety of publications and television shows including Good Housekeeping, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, People, Oprah, Good Morning America and many others as the premier on-line source for nostalgic and retro foods.

From Skybars to Maypo Hot Cereal, My-T-Fine Pudding to Cinnamon Toothpicks, Hometown Favorites stocks over 2000 favorite products; items that used to be readily available at the corner grocer but may now be in limited availability in your area. If we don’t stock it, we will try to track it down for you.  Our gift center and new retro toy aisle provide gifts and ideas for even the most discriminating recipient. Our fun selection is available to the individual consumer or for corporate gift and promotional needs.

I love finding things from when I was growing up. Like Nostalgic Candy, Breakfast Foods and Baking Supplies. They even have a link for Discontinued Foods.

Here are some of my favorites that I found on the website:

Zotz Sour Fizz Candy — I love these candies. I would either suck on them until they started to fizz. Or I would crunch them really fast. Or I would put a couple of them in my mouth and pretend to be a mad dog!

Chuckles Jelly Candy — I had a method on how I ate this candy. I would eat them in this order: the orange one, then the green one, then the yellow and saving the red one for last. Then I would throw away the black one… I did not like the licorice one (and still don’t.)

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Cereal — I love this cereal. My friend, Rita and her boys introduced this cereal to me.

Fresca Soda — I also thought this was a “cool” person’s pop to drink.

Indian Pumpkin Seeds — I remember going to the five and dime store in my grandparents small hometown, La Costa, Texas when I was little and getting these. I tried them a couple of years ago and my arm went numb! There was so much salt on those poor little pumpkin seeds…

Chef Boyardee – 2 Pepperoni Pizza Kit — Ugggh, I remember my pizzas would come out in the shape of New York! And I would eat the pepperonis while making it and then I wouldn’t have enough for the pizza when it was ready to be cooked!

Here is a list of Discontinued Candy & Grocery Foods that are gone, but not forgotten:

  • 1-2-3 Jell-O
  • Bacardi Breezers
  • Baskin Robbins Hard Candy, Jamoca Almond, Neapolitan, Tanganilla
  • Doritos Sour Cream & Onion flavor
  • Dr. Pepper Gum
  • Grape Tang
  • Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum
  • Marathon Bar
  • Nabisco Dip in a Chip
  • PBMax Candy Bar
  • Seven Seas Creamy Italian

Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if some of those were still around!

Check out the website to see if they have any of your favorites there.

Happy Birthday Debbie Meyer!

I wanted to wish a Happy Birthday to Debbie Meyer! I have known Debbie since 2nd or 3rd grade. After all these years, I still consider her one of my dearest friends.

I hope you have a fantastic day and this video is for you, “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane. I know how much you like Keane!



Thanks for being my friend! ~ Sylvia

Side notes:

If you are looking for an illustrator, Debbie is your person! Here are some links to her great illustrations, check it out. — Deb Meyer Creative

Debbie Meyer is a member of SCBWI. She creates her fun and quirky artwork using Adobe Illustrator. Deb’s clients include: The SCBWI Bulletin, Wee Ones Magazine, Stories For Children Magazine, Warner Press, Noodle Net, People’s Education, Red River Kids Magazine, Turf Monster Lawn Service and Company Bookworm.

Little Deb’s Doodlings (Blog)




First Class Blogger Award

Better late than never…

I did a Google search on my blog (what can I say, I like to see if my blog is posted on there) and look what I found. I was a recipient of  a First Class Blogger Award in January 23, 2011. What a nice surprise to see my blog on this site.

First Class Blogger Award doesn’t make you jump through a lot of unnecessary hoops. If we think your blog deserves recognition, you will be recognized! We don’t want you to have to pass the award onto anybody else. We don’t require you to answer any questions whatsoever.

All we would like for you to do is copy the graphic of your choice and paste it somewhere on your site. You can either place it into your sidebar or write an post proclaiming your writing merits, your time and effort were recognized by The First Class Blogging Award.

Here is what the committee wrote about my blog:

The World According To Sylvia is a big-hearted Texas personal blog which covers a plethora of subjects. Sylvia likes to share her two cents with any and all visitors. Her posts can be very serious or extremely funny. Whether you find it useful or not Sylvia finds it post-worthy. Drop by and enjoy a blog that has been around since 2007.

I want first thank the selection committee for picking me and sorry for the delay on responding to this honor. Thanks Tom B., Melanie T. and Rose R..

5 Deadly Terms By A Woman

A friend posted this on their Facebook page and I thought it was pretty funny. Have a good weekend.

“Welcome Back, Kotter” actor Robert Hegyes

Well, yesterday I blogged about the recent deaths of famous people and what happens today? One of the Sweathogs in the ’70s hit “Welcome Back, Kotter,” Robert Hegyes dies at the age of 60.

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Hegyes is best known for playing Juan Epstein on “Welcome Back, Kotter,” the 1970s sitcom, which starred John Travolta and Gabe Kaplan. He appeared in all four seasons of the sitcom and joined most of his fellow Sweathogs at the “Welcome Back Kotter” reunion held at the 2011 TV Land Awards. After “Kotter,” Hegyes went on to co-star in “Cagney and Lacey” as Detective Manny Esposito. His other TV work includes an episode of “The Love Boat,” “NewsRadio” and “CHiPS.” (From

I remember watching Welcome Back, Kotter when I was a kid. I loved the theme song of the show too (by John B. Sebastian.) I thought the show was pretty funny. I always wanted to be a “Sweathog” along with Freddie ‘Boom Boom’ Washington (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), Arnold Horshack  (Ron Palillo) and Vinnie Barbarino (John Travolta). And I thought Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) would be a great teacher to have. I did like when Epstein would say, “Hey, Mr. Kotter, I got a note!” Who hasn’t tried that line before?

Plus they had some of the greatest lines:

  • “Up your nose with a rubber hose!”
  • “What?” “Where?” “Why?”
  • “Ooh-ooh-ooooh!”
  • “Hi there” when Washington would say it.
  • “I’m so confused.”



Then they started showing reruns of the show in the 90’s and they were still funny. In 2011 the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter was honored with a TV Land Award for their 35th Anniversary. It was nice to see the gang back together again.

The castmembers will be honored with the 35th Anniversary Award at the 2011 TV Land Awards, airing April 17. (Heidi Gutman/ABC )

So sad that stars from our youth are passing away.

One of the best posts that I read today regarding Robert Hegyes’ death was by

Rest in peace, Robert… Signed, Epstein’s Mother.


Side note:

Looks like there is another cycle of three famous people to die.


The Final Countdown

For the past couple of weeks, I have been on a mission to find old movies that I saw when I was younger. One of the movies that I have been looking for is “The Final Countdown” (1980). One of the stars of the movie was James Farentino, who on January 24, 2012, died of heart failure following a long illness. It’s so weird that I have been thinking about that movie and one of it’s stars passes away.

The Final Countdown is a 1980 science fiction film about a modern aircraft carrier that travels through time to just before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It was directed by Don Taylor, and stars Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, James Farentino, Katharine Ross and Charles Durning. (From

Pictured: James Farentino in the 1984 movie Blue Thunder.


I also should mention the passing of Joe Paterno, former head coach of Penn State. Regardless of the events that happened at the end of his coaching career, he was a great college football coach and should be remember for what he did.

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

So with the resents deaths of Etta James, Joe Paterno and James Farentino, that is three famous people who have past away.


10 Questions That Create Success

My friend, Jason T. Ryan, posted this on his Facebook page and I wanted to pass it along. These questions are good to ask yourself.

Thanks, Jason!

10 Questions That Create Success

Want help focusing on what really matters? Ask yourself these on a daily basis.

By Geoffrey James |  @Sales_Source   | Jan 23, 2012

Think that success means making lots of money?  Think again.

Pictures of dead presidents have never made anybody happy. And how can you be successful if you’re not happy? And buying things with that all money isn’t much better. A new car, for instance, might tickle your fancy for a day or two–but pride of ownership is temporary.

Real success comes from the quality of your relationships and the emotions that you experience each day. That’s where these 10 questions come in.

Ask them at the end of each day and I absolutely guarantee that you’ll become more successful. Here they are:

1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?

2. Have I done something today that improved the world?

3. Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?

4. Have I reviewed and honed my plans for the future?

5. Have I acted in private with the same integrity I exhibit in public?

6. Have I avoided unkind words and deeds?

7. Have I accomplished something worthwhile?

8. Have I helped someone less fortunate?

9. Have I collected some wonderful memories?

10. Have I felt grateful for the incredible gift of being alive?

Here’s the thing.  The questions you ask yourself on a daily basis determine your focus, and your focus determines your results.

These questions force you to focus on what’s really important. Take heed of them and rest of your life—especially your work—will quickly fall into place.


Mom – Lydia M. Garza (1940-2010)

I redid the video that I did for my Mom’s funereal in 2010. I used a great App called Flixlab. It was so easy to use.

This time making the video, I didn’t even cry. I miss and love you Mom!

via Mom – Lydia M. Garza (1940-2010).

The Official David Chokachi Facebook Page

Just wanted to post the link to The Official David Chokachi Facebook Page.

David Chokachi

He was kind enough to respond back to me when I asked his some questions about a movie he was in. I just wanted to make sure other fans knew of his page on Facebook.

You ROCK David!

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