Music Monday – Week of April 23rd

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 23rd, 1983

  • Michael Jackson is finally knocked out of the top spot. I have to confess I didn’t know that “Come On Eileen” was ever a #1 song.
  • Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and Journey all have two songs on the charts this week.
  • Songs entering the charts this week with noticeable titles: “Affair of the Heart”, “Always Something There to Remind Me” and “Faithfully”

Watch me Teach My Daughter How to Play POG’s!

So I recently picked up some POG’s off ebay, thinking I would do some kind of video with them.  My oldest daughter showed quite a curiosity in them, so what better thing to film than teaching her how to play the game.  So we pulled them out, set up the camera, and away we went.  Check it out, and if you played POG’s back in the day, leave a comment and we’ll talk about it!

You can also check out the post from a while back about the history of POG’s here on Retro Ramblings.

 

Retro Rewind Episode 12 – Opening a Pack of Batman Cards from 1989

Batman Trading Cards

 

Recently, I filmed another episode of my Retro Rewind show for YouTube, and it is another trading card wax pack opening.  The specimen this time out is a pack of Batman 2nd Series cards from 1989.  This card set was based on the mega-hit Batman movie that came out that year, and surprisingly, has a lot of cards that feature production shots and photos.  There are still action shots from the actual movie, but not as many as I would have thought.

So anyway, you can watch the video below where I open and go through the pack.  I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please use the “Like” button, and subscribe to the channel.

 

8 Board Games I Love

Board games have long occupied space in closets and on book shelves, and have entertained families of all types and sizes for decades. While growing up, my brother and I spent many days and hours playing games, just like my daughters do today.

I admit, when the original Nintendo came along, I spent far less time with the conventional board game, and shifted most of my focus to video games. Even so, I have so many fond memories attached to board games, so here today I’m taking a trip down memory lane to look at six of my favorite board games from days gone by, and two more recent ones.


Monopoly

Monopoly

When I hear “board game”, Monopoly is the first thing that comes to mind. I would consider it the “Boardwalk” of board games, while all the others are “Vermont Ave” or “St. James Place”.

The current recognized version was first published in 1935 by Parker Brothers. It underwent a major resign in 2008 that saw Mediterranean and Baltic Avenues colors from purple to brown, and GO from red to black. It also changed the Income Tax to a flat $200, and upped Luxury Tax from the original $75 to $100.

When I was a kid, my family would play, but in the beginning, I was too young to be in on the game. When my time finally came, I instantly fell in love with it. I thought I was a big deal when I could barter my way to a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, or buy Oriental Ave. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand back then how the game worked and would usually be quickly put out of the game due to faulty business decisions.

As I grew older, I graduated from playing with family to playing with friends, where the playing field was a little more level. As an adult, my friends and I came up with a set of additional rules that we called “Survival Monopoly”. It threw in things like “everyone moves one chair to the left”, meaning that you now owned all of your neighbor’s property, and left yours behind to be taken over by someone else.

From the simple color schemes, to the simple rules, playing this board game these days always takes me back to another place in time. A place when I was sitting in front of the fire-place, with my brother and my folks enjoying the evening together. It’s one of the things that brings back some of the strongest feelings of nostalgia within me, and makes me ache to go back. But at the same time, the game helps me stay anchored in the present, as I love to play the game with my daughters. I see in their faces the same joys of playing the game that I have always experienced, and know that I am helping to create in them something that one day they will look back on with similar nostalgic feelings.

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Music Monday – Week of April 9th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 9th, 1983

  • Michael Jackson owns the top spot for the sixth straight week. He also owns the tenth spot.
  • David Bowie debuts on the charts with “Let’s Dance” the first single from the album by the same name. This album will be Bowie’s biggest commercial success and most accessible to the listening masses. Little known fact: Stevie Ray Vaughan is the guitarist on this album. Bowie and Vaughan met at the Montreux Jazz Festival in ’82 and Bowie was so blown away by the guitarist’s talent that he recruited him to play on the album.

Retro Rewind Episode 11: Retro Comic Book Ads Video

Episode 11 of my Retro Rewind show is now up on YouTube.  In this episode, we flip through an old comic book to take a look at all the cool old ads found inside.  I’ve done these type of posts here on the blog where I scan the ads and give a few sentences about them, but I thought it would be fun to try the concept in video form.  So you can watch the video below, and let me know what you think of the concept in this form.  Hopefully you like it, and if you do, please take a second and hit the LIKE button on the video, and be sure to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any future episodes.