Contrary to local belief my Head is full of ideas, most of them fleeting and unformed. Some reoccurring, but needing some form of outlet. A few are actually pretty good. Lets see what comes up!
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As of today consider this site a work in progress. Things just are to dated and in no way reflect my current level of competence. Look for lots of unannounced updates, and structure updates. A total redo if you will .. But it all has to start somewhere. Like now!
It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas. www.wackytackychristmas.com
Firstly I love Christmas, the memories, the songs, the warm feeling of goodwill, but not what it has become.. Think about it 100 years ago Christmas was basically a secular holiday, family gathering, and light gift giving. Largely seeped in Germanic traditions. Today it's non-stop exposure to print, broadcast media, even the internet, that invites up to Buy Buy Buy. Santa ditched his traditional sleigh for a new red Mercedes $250,000 SL300. The media would have us believe that many give new cars to spouse, siblings, wrapped in giant red bows. Giant RedBows where do you get them anyway? They're not sold in Kmart. What kind of message does this send out to the masses, well at least to the 99%.. Try harder, work harder and someday this could be you. Or sorry looser, maybe you can dream about buying a winning lottery ticket. The music. Each year I love to hear all the traditional Christmas songs. Once, not over and over and over, no matter where your go. Food shopping, why do I need to listen to "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" while buying a can of sauerkraut, some milk. Or while eating lunch in my favorite store front pizza joint? If a little medicine is good for you then lets take more cus it must be better. Well at least until the Alzheimer's, or death takes them away I still have those special memories of Christmas as only a 5 year old can have. All was good, all was bright and Santa and his Sleigh were coming tonight..
But how about WackyTackyChristmas I did this website about 6 years ago as a lark, just a virtual sandbox to play around with I feel is an overlooked segment of the Holiday, mainly bad Holiday outdoor lighting. Tasteless, excesses, all are fare game.
As Clark Griswold Jr. said to Senior in that venerable holiday classic movie Christmas Vacation "Dad. I owe everything I learned about outdoor lighting to you"
Currently playing in iTunes: Fir Coat by Widowspeak
Thanksgiving - A Retrospect.
Well gang, it's time to again turn on Professor Pebody's "Way Back" Machine, and set the dial back to thanksgivings when I was a kid.
For us, or at least me, the Holiday was segmented into two parts.
Part 1… AM on TV, Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, more specifically the toy add, many of which it was the first showing and of course the end when Santa in the Fire Truck arrived at Macy's and climbed up the ladder to take station in Toyland. That was it! The official start to the Christmas count down. Before the event, nothing, like trying to Trick-r-Treat before Halloween, after that moment ,All Christmas all the time. When the New York Macy's Parade was over we sometime would switch over to the Detroit Parade just to kill time.. The Detroit Parade didn't hold the fascination for us as we wen't familiar with the local Detroit media personalties, or the sponsoring local merchants. But I do remember it always seemed to be snowing there, of which we had seen none of since the winter before and they had more toy adds. Usually we would drift back to our rooms to entrain ourselves until the afternoons event.
Part 2 PM "the meal
I can remember Hot steamy windows, crowded tables. Turkey, always turkey. Filling/stuffing, Whipped Sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping. Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and the contents from a can of cranberry sauce , laying on it;s side. Sliced for your convenience. ( I swear I was the only one who ate it). There was always deserts but I can' t remember anything past the pumpkin pie.
Here's a link to my Thanksgiving meal on Flickr/Vimeo .