Soda Nostalgia

Soda Nostalgia

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The boys talked about different things including nostalgic old sodas. Anyone remember 7Up Gold?

How about Fruitopia?

Marvel’s Loki had a classic soda on a conference table, Josta

If Surge! can make a comeback, why not Orbitz? People these days enjoy boba teas and drinks…

The boys also waxed nostalgic about a regional burger chain that started in Holt, Michigan. When it opened they touted 25 cent burgers, fries, & drinks. We ate like kings in high school as it was the cheapest fast food around. Unfortunately after being sold to Pepsi they fell into bankruptcy but there is one operating store left for those nostalgia cravings. Our town had 2 stores, one building was torn down to make way for a CVS but the other is still standing and now houses a Checkers/Rally’s. The distinctive building design still makes you think of “rotten cow” (as we affectionately called it) to this day.

Another restaurant the boys loved was Rax, home of the roast beef sandwich & chocolate chip shakes. They also had an all-you-can-eat “dinner bar” that offered salad, pasta, & taco options. Interesting to learn that they are still around with the majority of the restaurants located in Ohio

One that the boys miss was Mr. Fables, a local chain in the Holland/Grand Rapids area. Think “Big Boy Restaurant” and that’s basically what Mr. Fables was – a fast-casual restaurant catering in burgers, fries, & other fast food items. Interestingly, before the Westshore Mall became a “dead mall” Big Boy took over the Mr. Fables location inside the mall since the decor/color scheme was very similar. A former employee started his own local restaurant chain which was immortalized (kind of) in the movie, “American Pie” as the “Dog Years” restaurant hangout…

That A Ghost

The creators of Homestar Runner tried different animation techniques to beautiful aplomb. In this one, they made a 1930’s-esque cartoon complete with film scratches & dirt.

Homestar and friends try to capture a ghost

Tinfoil Hat Time

Just a little eye candy to keep you focused…

The boys discussed some fan theories that could blow your mind. MattyV relayed a theory about the movie, “The Breakfast Club” positing that the entire thing never happened. Some points were made and could very well be plausible:

  • Allision said she didn’t have friends
  • Her parents ignored her
  • she had nothing better to do on a Saturday
  • She is creative and a compulsive liar

The stolen items in her bag may have been taken during the school week and she created each character based on each item (switchblade = Bender, Hair Bow = Claire, Varsity Patch = Andrew, Wallet = Brian). It was also brought up why would an assistant school principal waste an entire Saturday unpaid (salaried employee) at school making the kids do basically nothing? It’s an interesting theory for sure…

Another fan theory finds that Nemo in the film “Finding Nemo” died prior to the start of the film

Alice Cooper is touring this fall with legendary guitarist Ace Frehley, unfortunately the closest date for the boys is Detroit…

The boys talked about how some musical acts are still relevant and share the nostalgia vibe while others are just out to make a buck and really ruin teenage memories of the music and the artists. Vince Neil isn’t doing well, if we went to this concert we would have demanded our money back. He’s back on tour in 2021 and not doing any better

On the day of recording, it was the anniversary of “Killdozer”. Here‘s a documentary on YouTube about the ordeal…

Strong Bad Email #36

One of the internet sensations of the mid-2000s, Homestar Runner was a weekly web short animation (before YouTube became popular) that had a host of characters. Strong Bad was a luchador-type character with boxing gloves and a surly attitude (think Bender from “Futurama”). One series of web shorts was Strong Bad reading emails he received, which I think were the funniest of the franchise.

Here is #36 where he shows off his superior guitar skillz

Toe Thumbs

Toe Thumbs

Since it was mentioned on the podcast, you have to see it too…

Here’s some eye bleach for you…

“Pull the strings and you open up an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Y…”

TikTok for a lot of women has become an advertisement for OnlyFans. Many porn stars are moving to the platform to make more money through self-made porn.

This girl needs help, her TikToks go from creepy to real sad & disturbing

Chris Rock speaks out about how “cancel culture” is ruining the entertainment industry

Kevin Feige tries to appease the “cancel culture” for casting a white woman in an Asian role

Sunday Cinema – East Troy, MI

For the month of May, it’s MattyV’s birthday so we will look at some concerts he would have loved to have seen…

Monsters of Rock July 1988 East Troy, MI

A friend of mine was able to go, his parents got him tickets. That was the concert to see if you were a metalhead in the late 1980’s – Dokken, Metallica, Van Halen, Scorpions, & Kingdom Come. Hearing about that concert after he went made us all so jealous. All I could do was cut out newspaper clippings of the concert and listen to the bands’ CDs dreaming of what it was like (which I think I still have somewhere)…

Sunday Cinema – Lake Tahoe, NV

For the month of May, it’s MattyV’s birthday so we will look at some concerts he would have loved to have seen…

Phish Live July 2018 Lake Tahoe, NV

Started listening to Phish a couple of years ago, none of my friends were into “jam bands” so I wasn’t exposed to them when I was younger. From what I understand the songs meld into one another into one long jam. Hopefully we will get the chance to see them in 2022…

Sunday Cinema – Detroit, MI

For the month of May, it’s MattyV’s birthday so we will look at some concerts he would have loved to have seen…

KISS January 1976 Detroit, MI

I would have loved to have seen them in their infancy, the raw power of the band before they monetized. Developing their onstage personas, crafting their onstage antics (fire-breathing, blood-spitting, guitars on fire, side-show stuff)They are one band that has been on a continual “farewell tour”…

Sunday Cinema (on a Wednesday!) Live from Tinley Park

For the month of May, it’s MattyV’s birthday so we will look at some concerts he would have loved to have seen…

Grateful Dead July 1990 Tinley Park, IL

My high school art teacher turned me on to “the dead” and I have enjoyed them ever since. Songs like “St. Stephen”, “Shakedown Street”, and others give an otherworldly vibe and are great for just disconnecting from the busy world for a while. I would have loved to have seen them before Jerry’s untimely demise…

Deuces

Deuces

Comedian/Political Pundit Adam Corolla had a conversation with Dennis Prager about the state of our society today…

We’ve talked about the Chinese term “Baizuo” which is derogatory towards us Westerners.

Ron Swanson (played by a liberal) sums up what many people think about the government

The “Flat Tax” proposal has been around for years. It may be high time to transition to it away from federal taxes…

“When you’ve been friend-zoned…”

Lark Vorhees from “Saved by the Bell” has something going on…

Freeform’s “Cruel Summer” is pretty good so far, it’s a slow-burn so give it a few episodes. A little reminiscent of “Defending Jacob“…

A loss this past week, Jim Steinman, a collaborator with such musicians as Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, & Barry Manilow…

Keep Rocking Junkies!