Do You Remember the Cups That Came in Packages of Oatmeal?

Oatmeal Cups

So here is another from the “do you remember?” category….plastic cups that came in boxes of oatmeal.  For years upon years, I never knew this was a thing.  Mainly because I was never around when my Mom opened the new boxes of oatmeal, and also probably because we didn’t buy the brands of oatmeal that was still doing this in the 80’s.

But even though I was totally unaware of this being a thing, I knew all about the cups, and they were favorites of mine.  How is this possible you may be asking, but sit tight and I’ll tell you how I could be at both ends of the spectrum at the same time.

My grandmother on my Mom’s side had a lot of grandkids.  18 of us to be exact, and more times than not, there would be at least 5 or 6 at her house at any given time.  As kids do, one would get thirsty, and so that meant all of us were thirsty, because Lord forbid if one of us was getting something the others weren’t.  So off the kitchen we would go, and we all knew which glasses were for us grandkids to use.  The plastic tumblers in shades of blue, green, yellow, pink, and clear.

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Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day

For those of you residing here in the U.S.A. like myself, I’d just like to say have a happy and safe 4th of July.  Hopefully, you’ll be enjoying the day in some old fashioned way.  Perhaps you plan to play a spirited game of Lawn Darts, or maybe you’ll fire up the BBQ and then hit the pool before unleashing a barrage of dangerous and illegal fireworks!  For me and the little Ramblers here, we’re taking a page out of The Sandlot’s kids playbook, and will be enjoying a night baseball game.  We’ll be heading up the road to watch a minor league game while chowing down on some ballpark food fare like hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and ice cream.  But whatever you get into, stay safe and enjoy!

– Retro Rambler

Music Monday – Week of July 2nd


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending July 2nd, 1983

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

    • For the sixth week, Irene Cara is still holding on at #1 with “Flashdance”.
    • Michael Jackson’s fourth single from the Thriller album, “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, enters the top ten. It’s a song that was originally written and recorded for his “Off The Wall” album but didn’t make the cut. It was rerecorded for “Thriller” which explains why it sounds a little out of place with the rest of the Thriller album. Unlike Thriller’s previous singles, this one didn’t not have a video.
    • The Human League, Loverboy and Michael Sembello all enter the charts this week. The Hollies also enter the charts this week with an updated version of “Stop In the Name of Love”.

Going on Wagon Train in the 1980’s

Wagon Train

As I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to be able to take a lot of vacations.  Well, vacations may be the wrong word. Working vacations, road trips, or just getting away from home are all probably better labels for what we had.

Those of you who have read much of what I’ve written will remember that my Dad had a business that required a lot of travel.  We were fortunate in the fact that since he owned the business, he was free to take the family along on any trip he pleased. If he had a trip to make that would take him close by anything of significance, he would load the family up and take us along with him for a few days.

Now while this meant there were never any trips to places like Disney World or Six Flags, what it did mean was that I got to see a whole lot of this great country. The numerous trips also instilled in me a love for travel that has never died, and I eventually went on to take a job that required me to travel quite extensively for a decade myself, partly because of the nostalgia of all the trips from my youth.

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Music Monday – Week of June 25th


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 25th, 1983

  • “Every Breath You Take” by the Police has rocketed up the chart. After debuting at #36 three weeks ago, it’s already at #4.
  • Michael Jackson, Prince and Bryan Adams all have two songs on the chart this week.
  • “White Wedding” by Billy Idol appears on the chart. The song was originally released in 1982 and only got has high at #108.

New Giveaway on Twitter!

Over on twitter, I’m running a giveaway where you can win the He-Man and Skeletor custom minifigure set pictured above.  It’s easy to enter….all you’ve got to do is follow me on twitter @yesterdayville, and retweet the contest tweet pinned at the top of my profile there.  Do that, and you’re in.  This contest ends Tuesday June 26, 2018.  Click here to go directly to the tweet that you need to retweet to enter.

If you don’t win this contest, don’t fret, you’ll have plenty more opportunities throughout the summer to win cool prizes.  I’m going to be running over 20 contests on my various social media channels over the rest of the summer, so check me out on each so you don’t miss the next chance to win.  Here’s where you can find me:

Twitter – @yesterdayville
Facebook – Retro Ramblings Page
YouTube – Retro Rambler’s Retro Rewind Show

Celebrating 40 Years of Garfield

A few days ago, one of our favorite felines turned 40 years old.  That’s right, Garfield debuted in 1978, and is still going strong today.  I just wanted to take a moment and wish Garfield a happy birthday, and congratulate Jim Davis on 40 years of phenomenal success with his creation.  In honor of our cat hero, here is one of my favorite specials he starred in, Garfield in Paradise.  Enjoy.