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Monday, January 31, 2011

The "Airplane Fiasco" Story

It was an ordinary day. But .... a very stressful one. We left this morning with our friends Barry and Karen W. for St. Martin. Rented a timeshare unit from someone in Lancaster. The unit is in the Pelican Marina complex. Or, at least it used to be called that until a few days ago when they decided to change it. But, that's another story. This story goes like this ....... got up at 3:30 AM and drove to Barry and Karen's house in Rawlinsville. Roads were wet, but not icy. Did encounter some fog. Barry drove to the Baltimore airport from his house which was fine with me. Arrived at 6:30 AM and found covered parking in the lot next to the airport. We sailed through check-in and security and headed toward our gate with the intention of getting breakfast before we boarded about 8:15 AM. So far, so good. Then, after breakfast we headed to our gate destination. As we were passing an arrivals board, I checked to make sure of the gate and time and there it was. "Flight Canceled." Holy S*#t! Now what do we do. RAN to the gate and asked the person at the counter why the flight was canceled. They told us it was mechanical problems. Then we started with the problems. No wait, the problems started when I saw the arrivals board! US Air told us we would have to fly to Philadelphia and then to St. Martin. "But we just came from that direction in the car," I told her. We were supposed to fly from BWI to Charlotte, then to St. Martin. OK, as long as we get there. But, our trip to Phila. wasn't for two more hours and our connecting flight wouldn't get us there till after dark. Didn't like that and told them. Then, the girl said, "OK, see that door over there? Hustle over there and you will leave for Phila. in five minutes." She told us to immediately go to gate A20 when we landed, since she was putting us on an earlier flight to St. Martin. We would have 20 minutes to get to the gate. But, we couldn't take off immediately, since the plane needed de-icing and the line for takeoff was growing. About 20 minutes later we were in the air. Now the ONLY good part of this story is that the four of us were given First Class seats in the plane. For 25 minutes we were treated like Royality. Got to sit in seat 1A!! Got a bottle of wine to drink, but since it was only 8:00 AM I gave it back. I know, I'm nuts. When we landed they immediately got an electric cart for us, since the next gate was on the other side of the airport. After transferring to a second cart, we made it to the gate and saw the frantic look of the gate attendant. The plane was still there, but ready to shut the door. "Quickly, give me your boarding passes," she said. I replied with, "But we don't have any. They didn't have time to print them in Baltimore!" She checked and found we really were on the plane, but there weren't many seats remaining; and they weren't together. Row 31A, B, and C and Row 24F. I told her I would take the 24F and the others could sit together. Didn't even take the trouble to print out the boarding passes. She actually took us to the plane and showed us to our seats. Carol, Karen and Barry went from First Class to the last three seats in the back of the plane. I sat by the emergency door. But, we were flying to St. Martin, so who cares. Arrived 1 1/2 hours earlier then we we originally scheduled to arrive with our old accommodations. That 1 1/2 hours was quickly made up waiting in the Customs line. Seems five planes landed about the same time and we were the last. The line through Customs stretched from one side of the airport to the other. Seems that five planes landed about the same time and we were the last one. But hey, we're in St. Martin. NO SNOW! After Customs we hustled to get our luggage, and then ........ one piece didn't make the journey with us. But, that's another story. It was an extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - Sorry if I have misspelled words. The Wi-Fi is in Dutch and it tells me that 90% of my words are wrong. Pixs from top are: First Class, Flat Stanley enjoying his ride, and our first meal together. More about that later.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The "Vacation Rides" Story

It was an ordinary day. Looking over my rental agreement with Lesley from St. Martin for the Toyota Corolla he will have waiting for us at the airport when we arrive in a few days. Thinking back at all the cars that we have rented over the last 10 years of traveling. I remember the "Red Bullet", as we called it, that we rented in St. Thomas in 2001. It was a Mitsubishi that was scratched all over and had a hubcap missing from the get-go. Didn't have to worry about damaging it, since it came that way. That was the first time that I experienced driving on the left side of the road and had everyone in the car yelling at me to stay on the left. After a visit to that island, we boarded a plane and landed in St. Martin where we got a car and as we entered the Mecure Simpson Hotel parking lot, the car bottomed out on a large speed bump because of all the luggage and people in the car. Everyone got out and I drove off the speed bump. Then in 2002 we rented a Chrysler Sebring convertible in St. Croix. We packed the trunk full with the luggage and still had more left over. Jerry, Just Sue and Carol sat in the back and we packed the rest of the luggage in the front seat and floor area. Later during the vacation we drove to a local beach with the top down and after getting in the water for a swim, it started raining and the interior of the car got soaked. After this visit in St. Croix we headed to Tortola where we rented a Chevy Tracker. We drove to Smuggler's Cove beach and as we entered I pulled off the road to park. The car lurched forward and I hit something on the right side. When we returned home I noticed the dent in the fender. I pushed most of it out, but you could still see it. When I returned the car I pulled against a wall with the right side facing the wall. No one noticed the dent when they inspected it. In 2003 in Turks and Caicos we had a Honda named "Larry". Had the name painted right on the front of the car. Wasn't the car we were given, but as I exited the car lot I saw the "Larry" car and went back and exchanged for it. Not many people get to drive a car named after them. That car also had the steering wheel on the right side of the car and you drove on the left side of the road. Really strange! In 2004 we traveled to Hawaii where my infamous gas station trip took place. Dropped everyone else off to ride horses and I went to get gas in the car. Got out, started the pump, then realized the hose wouldn't reach to the other side of the car. I put the pump handle down, got back into the car to turn it around and realized I was in the back seat. Attendants got a good laugh at my expense. Back to St. Thomas in 2005 and a white 2002 Ford. Had lots of rain and tried to exit the parking lot. Jerry walked out into the flooded parking lot to show me how deep it was and said, "It's only up to my ankles, you can make it." In no time the water was seeping into the car. Also in 2005 Carol and I rented a car from Thrifty that I ran over a speed bump too fast, bottomed out and lost the aerial off the top of the car. Hit my head on the top of the car that time. In 2007we rented a car that had a lock on the transmission. When you got in the car you had to unlock a padlock to get the gearstick to move. In 2009 we rented a Chevy Spark in Barbados. Real small car with steering on the right. Hard to navigate the roundabouts and the island had no signs telling you directions to different towns. had to stop a few times for directions. Also in 2009 Carol and I rented a Toyoto that the hood wouldn't stay down. Found some wash line at the villa and tied it down for the remainder of vacation. Same car that the rental agency tried to charge us for a damaged lock that was damaged when we got it. Well, I'm wondering what I going to get from Leslie. Time will tell! It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - Photos from the top are: "Red Bullet" in St. Thomas, Sebring in St. Croix, "Larry" in Turks and Caicos, right had driving in "Larry", white Ford that got flooded in St. Thomas, speed bump car in St. Martin, small Chevy Spark right-hand drive car in Barbados, and Toyota that I tied the hood to keep it from coming open.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The "So What Are My Chances?" Story

It was an ordinary day. Thinking of trying out for Jeopardy. Would love to travel to California and meet Alex Trebek. Do I have what it takes? If the categories are things that deal with my interests and knowledge, I guess I could make it. My wife sent me an email a few days ago from work that said that Brad Rudder, former high school student where I taught and the biggest money winner ever on Jeopardy, will donate one-half of his winnings to the "Lancaster County Community Foundation" from the upcoming Jeopardy challenge on February 14-16. That is when Brad and Ken Jennings, another big winner, will compete against Thomas J. Watson, the IBM computer that was developed to compete on Jeopardy. Top prize is $1,000,000 while second is $300,000 and third $200,000. The Foundation can count on at least a $100,000 donation. They have to be excited and the members of the foundation will be watching the contest. Kate, one of the Community Foundation members, traveled to New York for the taping of the show, so she knows already how much they will get. Won't disclose it until after the show airs on TV. They are having a party the night of the 16th. Excitement is in the air!! Now, getting back to me. I got on my computer and found out that I can tryout online on February 8 at 8:00 PM. That's right after Jeopardy airs on TV around here. I'm excited already. I'm working on a story for my minute or two that I can share with the viewers when Alex interviews me during the Jeopardy round. I'm also hoping that some categories that I will see during the online test will maybe be: Famous Photographers, Guinea pig traits, Islands in the Caribbean, DIY tools, Basic Cooking Ingredients, Printing Technology, American Idol Winners, Colors, Songs from the 60s, Bald-headed People, and Words with "CLASS". My guess is that the only way I will qualify is if I get categories that I'm familiar with. That's how most people win when they do get on the show. They run through a few categories and build up a nice lead. Or .... are lucky and wager all their money on a "Double Jeopardy" answer and come up with the right question. Brad was famous for that. I hope I'm at least half as much fun to watch as Brad was when he was a contestant. Wish me good luck! It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The "Family Eating Traditions" Story

It was an ordinary day. Went to lunch with our son, daughter-in-law, grandson and son #2. They all have recovered from bad colds and it was time to visit with them again. Stopped at a place near them called Trio. Soup and sandwich restaurant, but that's OK, since the visit was more important than the meal. Had fun talking and catching up on all the latest news from everyone. Talked about our summer vacation at Ocean City, NJ. We have stayed, including our daughter and her family from Maryland, at the same location in Ocean City for the past three four years. This year we were not able to go the same week as usual, and the week we now want had been rented. We had to choose an alternate spot, but it is a mirror image of where we had stayed, only across from that place. When I saw the photos of it online I thought they had put the photos in backwards until I realized it is all reversed. We talked about Caden, our grandson, and his friends at school. Then the conversation drifted to food. Doesn't it always? I had ordered a cheese burger and when it came I asked if I could please have some mayonnaise for it. My daughter-in-law looked at me strange. "Mayonnaise on a cheese burger?" she asked. Then she realized where her husband got that habit. We talked about what we like to eat with mayonnaise. Naturally lunch meat and other sandwiches, raw tomatoes, french fries, onion rings, potato chips, but our family also likes to eat mayonnaise on left over stuffing. We always make extra stuffing (we call it filling) whenever we make it for a meal, like at Thanksgiving, so that we can eat the leftovers by dipping them in mayonnaise. I learned that from my family. My brother and I always did that. My mom showed us how to dip the cold filling in it. She was the one that started me on mayonnaise bread. Used mayonnaise instead of butter or margarine when eating bread. Now, you never used it on toast when you wanted to put jelly on it and dunk it in you hot chocolate. That would be overboard. My daughter-in -law just looked at me as I told the story about the mayonnaise bread. Ah ha! She now knows where some of the strange eating habits of her husband originated. Got to try it some time Barb! It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The "Reasons for Doing Certain Things" Story

It was an ordinary day. Just got back from the hospital after visiting with Larry J. He looked pretty good but had this thing coming from a contraption above his bed that held his leg in place. The story goes that he was one of my teammates as well as freshmen classmates on the 9th grade football team. Running back and defensive back. Another one of our classmates, Jody G., was also on the team, but he was sooooo good that he started for the varsity at running back. Eventually led the league in everything related to running the football and still is one of the all-time best running backs in the history of Manheim Township football as well as Lancaster County football. One day the freshmen team was needed to act as the defensive team in practice. The varsity wanted to practice certain plays so the freshmen were needed to help out the defense. Larry J. was playing defensive back and the varsity offense started a new play. Lucky for me that I played quarterback and wasn't needed for practice. Jody naturally got the ball and started through the line. Headed right for Larry J. Larry J. gave his best, but Jody ran right over him, knocking him to the ground. And ..... he didn't get up! Eventually had to call for an ambulance and transport him to the Lancaster General Hospital. Yep, had a compound fracture in his leg. Had to wire it to a device above his bed to help him from moving it. Pretty bad! Larry J. never played football after that. I continued on that year, but I never got near Jody G. when he had the ball. I'd fake an injury if I had to to stay away from him. After the season was over and I turned in my equipment, I called it quits. Valued my body too much. Jody and I both serve on the reunion committee now, but I haven't seen Larry J. since graduation. Wonder if he still walks with a limp. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - pix at top is Larry J. in the yearbook while the photo at bottom is Jody G. on the football field. He even looks threating in the photo, doesn't he?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The "Remembering the Famous" Story

It was an ordinary day. Just got finished watching Marc Summers host the show "Unwrapped" on the Food Channel. Neat show about how different foods are made. Today they showed how fried pork rinds, cheese straws and cheese crackers, along with a few other snacks, are made. I sometimes decide not to ever eat certain foods again after seeing how and what they are made of. I've eliminated another one after today's show. As I was watching the show I remembered that Marc Summers used to star on Nickelodeon's game show Double Dare. His helper on that show was Robin who was the daughter of my neighbor and fellow Red Rose APBA League player, Ray R. Ray and I had played in the APBA league, which is a league of baseball fanatics who play a board game developed in Lancaster by Richard Seitz, for a few years and always talked about our families when when got together to share a couple of hours playing the sport we all enjoyed. Ray would relay me information about Robin, who I had in a study hall at MTHS. Then I got to thinking about other people who I had in class or study hall that had made it onto TV. First one who came to mind was Jim Furyk who is one of pro golf's best players. He won the 2010 Fed Ex Cup as well as being the 2010 Tour Player of the Year. He also won the 2003 US Open. I remember Jim from high school when I had him in study hall. He also was the catcher for my son Derek when they played together on the MT Cardinal Junior Midget baseball team during the summer of 1983. You could tell he had fantastic athletic ability at that time. Another TV celebrity I had in class was Kim Lemon who is the anchor for the evening news on WGAL Channel 8 in Lancaster. I had her in study in the mid-70s. She was a contestant in the Miss Pennsylvaina contest while a college student. Her dad was my department chairman for many years while I taught Industrial Arts at MTHS. And, how could I forget Brad Rutter who is the biggest all-time money winner in US game show history. He won $3,270,102 during his time on Jeopardy. My co-worker Anne Clouser, who taught English at MT, was honored by Brad at his graduation when he established a scholarship fund in her honor. She was his Quiz Bowl coach when he first got started on his road to success. She died from cancer while Brad was still in high school. Brad is going to compete Feb. 14-16, 2011 on Jeopardy against Ken Jennings and Thomas J. Watson. Seems that Watson is an IBM computer developed to compete in contests of this sort. I know I'll be watching, cheering a former student on to victory. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - photo from the top are: Jim Furyk when he won the 2010 Fed Ex Cup, TV Channel 8 anchor Kim Lemon and Brad Rutter (on the right) as he practices for his Febuary match against Ken and Watson on Jeopardy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The "Time for a Redo" Story

It was an ordinary day. I am half finished. Two weeks ago I started remodeling the second floor bathroom which is shared by two of the bedrooms in our house. When we have guests and family visit with us overnight, they use this bathroom. It had linoleum on the floor that was coming up at the edges and 6" tiles around the tub that were cracking and discoloring. We decided that it was time to update this bathroom. A few years ago we did our master bathroom over. We had bought 2 sinks on a cruise to the Western Caribbean and used them in the bathroom. We went to a home builder's show and found a person to do the bathroom. Magdi K. was the designer of the bathroom. It turned out great, but was costly, so I decided I was going to be the "designer" of this bathroom. In early January Carol and I picked out tile for the floor and shower at Lowe's. Also got the backer board for the floor as well as new fixtures for the sink and shower. We had a coupon for $50 off as well as double air miles from Capital One and we waited, naturally, until the last day it was valid. A few days later I informed Carol that I was demolishing the bathroom the next day. We both remembered what it was like with other demo jobs in the house. Dusty, really dusty!! Started by using my skil saw and cutting through the linoleum and backer wood. Really dusty! After removing the floor I started on the tiles. Was hoping that I could just remove the tiles and salvage the dry wall behind them. No such luck. Everything came down. Really dusty! I had the door of the bathroom closed and the exhaust fan on, but you still get dust throughout the house. Then I started with the backer board on the floor and the walls. Never did this before, but it went smooth. Cut all the backer board in the driveway to eliminate the dust in the house. Then ...... I started getting pain in my back. Oops! At that point I decided to have someone come and lay the tile on the floor and shower. Picked Fred Q. who did our kitchen, bathroom and hall on the first floor as well as our master bathroom. He did a great job at a fantastic price and was finished in a day and a half. Looked great! Next, we visited Natural Stoneworks on Ice Ave. in Lancaster. I called and they said if I picked out a remnant piece of granite I could have it at a bargain price. Carol and I braved the cold weather and snow and picked out a neat piece for the vanity top. And .... that is where my story will end for now. Expecting the top in a few days and then the plumber is headed our way. Will let you know how it turned out soon. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - pixs from the top are: original bathroom with linoleum and old tiles, bathroom after I had the floor and tiles as well as the dry wall removed, Fred finishing the tile work around the tub, and the slab of granite we chose for our vanity top.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The "Exercising for Life" Story

It was an ordinary day. Just got back from the "White Rose Woman's Run" run in York County. This was a 5K run for woman only. Seems that Carol loves to run and she and her friend Margaret P. have run or walked in numerous events. Carol met Marg when they were both in the hospital together in 1972 while giving birth to our first son, Derek. Marg also delivered a son, Phillip. In 1992, Carol, Marg and I walked in the "Jingle Bell 5K Run" in downtown Lancaster. Yeah, we walked. I don't enjoy running so we all walked. That was the first event of that sort that we ever entered. Was for a good cause: The Arthritis Foundation. It was cold that day in December, but we all bundled up and by the end of the 5K we were warm. We had a fun time. Carol continued to run for exercise, as did Marg, and they entered a few other races. Today I went along for encouragement as well as taking some photos of the two of them as they ran in the event. Carol and I have walked for years, first around the neighborhood in Grandview Heights and now around Overlook Park in Manheim Township which borders our property. Great place to walk with a 2.5 mile trail through the wooded park. You know, as we age we tend to sit in front of the TV too much and walking is one of the best ways to exercise. Great for sharing your day's experiences. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - pixs from top are: Carol and Marg after the "Jingle Bell Run" in downtown Lancaster (Yes, I walked also, but someone had to take the photo), pix of the friends before the York race and photo of Carol as she approaches the finish line in York. She even has a smile on her face!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The "Contestant turned Judge" Story

It was an ordinary day. Just got back from the Lancaster Museum of Art where I was judging the Scholastic Art and Photography Contest. For years, when I taught school, I would have my students enter the photography section of the contest. They had to, as a matter of fact. It was one of the requirements of the course. I always felt that they should have their work judged by someone other than their teacher. I had many talented students who eventually became professional photographers. Keith G., my boss at Grebinger Gallery, where I now work part-time, was a former student who entered prints in the contest. Jerry D., who has a thriving stock photo business, won a full scholarship to Savannah School of Art and Design because of the contest. Carolyn J. is a professional photographer in NY who did very well in the contest. The list goes on and on. My own son Tad decided to go to Antonelli's School of Photography because of his success in the contest. My daughter Brynn won a national award while in middle school which we traveled to Boston to receive. And ..... today I was one of the judges that may lead someone else into the field of photography. Pretty neat! A few weeks ago I got a call from Jim G. who taught art in the room next to me in high school. He was helping with the show and asked if I would be one of the judges for the photography section of the contest. I was honored! I was sent an email with the guidelines, but knew them by heart after having students enter the contest for over 30 years. Photos accepted into the contest could receive an Honorable Mention, a Silver Key, or a Gold Key. Gold Key winners traveled to the National Competition. At noon today I entered the Lancaster Museum of Art and met Amanda F. who had contacted me about time and date. She told me that one of the judges was ill and only Scott W., a professor of art and photography at F&M College, and I would be doing the judging. After meeting Scott, we sat in front of an iMac computer and the images we were to judge were shown on the screen. Much different that years ago when there would be a helper to hold the individual photos in front of the judges. To my disappointment I found that there were only 9 entries. I told them that I would sometimes have 250-300 entries just from my students. 9 ENTRIES!! The contest had been discontinued in Lancaster for a few years because of lack of interest among schools and volunteers. This year was the first year in four years that it was being held again. Could be the reason for the low turnout. There was one entry in the Middle School area and 8 in the High School area. Scott and I decided that all should be in the show. The one photo in the MS category we gave an Honorable Mention and we gave Gold Keys to 5 of the 8 in the HS category. The Lancaster Museum of Art is center city Lancaster in an old mansion. Beautiful building. I did manage to view the portraitures on display by photographer Hank O'Neal before I left. I enjoyed being part of the Scholastic competition again and took my job seriously. Hope to be asked again next year. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - pixs from the top are outside view of the Lancaster Museum of Art, the judging table with Amanda, Scott and myself, and inside the gallery showing the portraitures of Hank O'Neal

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The "Test for the Baby Boomers" Story

It was an ordinary day. I just finished the "Baby Boomers Test". I'm not really a Baby Boomer. You have to be born between 1946 and 1964 to qualify for that title, but I'm close enough. I took the test and had 14 of the 20 correct. I was sure I knew ancient history pretty well, but not good enough. Most questions are pretty simple while a few tax your memory. See how you do on the test below. Can you beat my 14 score? You really might want to have a piece of paper and a pencil so you can remember what you chose for the answer. Remember, your mind isn't what it once was! For those who aren't Baby Boomers, see if you can answer any of the questions. Good luck.

MEMORY TEST!

This is NOT a pushover test. It's a Baby Boomer era test!

There are
20 questions. Average score is 12.
This one will be difficult for the
younger set. (DUDE!)

Have fun, but no peeking!
Good luck, youngsters.....

1. What builds strong bodies 12 ways?

A. Flintstone's vitamins
B. The Buttmaster
C. Spaghetti
D. Wonder Bread
E. Orange Juice
F. Milk
G. Cod Liver Oil


2. Before he was Muhammed Ali, he was...
A. Sugar Ray Robinson.
B. Roy Orbison..
C. Gene Autry.
D. Rudolph Valentino.
E. Fabian.
F. Mickey Mantle.
G. Cassius Clay.


3. Pogo, the comic strip character said, 'We have met the enemy and....
A. It's you.
B. He is us.
C. It's the Grinch.
D. He wasn't home.
E. He's really me and you.
F. We quit.
G. He surrendered.


4. Good night, David.
A. Good night, Chet
B. Sleep well.
C. Good night, Irene.
D. Good night, Gracie.
E. See you later, alligator.
F. Until tomorrow.
G. Good night, Steve..


5. You'll wonder where the yellow went...
A. When you use Tide
B. When you lose your crayons.
C. When you clean your tub.
D. If you paint the room blue.
E. If you buy a soft water tank.
F. When you use Lady Clairol.
G. When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.


6. Before he was the Skipper's Little Buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie's friend...
A. Stuart Whitman.
B. Randolph Scott.
C. Steve Reeves..
D. Maynard G. Krebs.
E. Corky B. Dork.
F. Dave the Whale.
G. Zippy Zoo.


7. Liar, liar...
A. You're a liar.
B. Your nose is growing.
C. Pants on fire.
D. Join the choir
E. Jump up higher.
F. On the wire.
G. I'm telling Mom.


8. Meanwhile, back in Metropolis, Superman fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and.....
A. Wheaties.
B. Lois Lane .
C. TV ratings.
D. World peace.
E. Red tights.
F. The American way.
G. News headlines.


9. Hey kids! What time is it?
A. It's time for Yogi Bear.
B. It's time to do your homework.
C. It's Howdy Doody Time.
D. It's time for Romper Room.
E. It's bedtime.
F. The Mighty Mouse Hour..
G. Scoopy Doo Time..

10. Lions and tigers and bears....
A. Yikes.
B. Oh, no..
C. Gee whiz.
D. I'm scared...
E. Oh my.
F. Help! Help!
G. Let's run.

11. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone....
A. Over 40.
B. Wearing a uniform.
C. Carrying a briefcase.
D. Over 30.
E. You don't know.
F. Who says, 'Trust me'.
G. Who eats tofu.

12. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing women's stockings...
A. Troy Aikman
B. Kenny Stabler
C. Joe Namath
D. Roger Staubach
E. Joe Montana
F. Steve Young
G. John Elway

13. Brylcream...
A. Smear it on.
B. You'll smell great.
C. Tame that cowlick.
D. Grease ball heaven.
E. It's a dream.
F. We're your team.
G. A little dab'll do ya.

14. I found my thrill...
A. In Blueberry muffins.
B. With my man, Bill.
C. Down at the mill.
D. Over the windowsill.
E. With thyme and dill.
F. Too late to enjoy.
G. On Blueberry Hill.


15. Before Robin Williams, Peter Pan was played by...
A. Clark Gable.
B. Mary Martin.
C. Doris Day.
D. Errol Flynn.
E. Sally Fields.
F. Jim Carrey.
G. Jay Leno.

16. Name the Beatles...
A. John, Steve, George, Ringo
B. John, Paul, George, Roscoe
C. John, Paul, Stacey, Ringo
D. Jay, Paul, George, Ringo
E. Lewis, Peter, George, Ringo
F. Jason, Betty, Skipper, Hazel
G. John, Paul, George, Ringo

17. I wonder, wonder, who.
A. Who ate the leftovers?
B. Who did the laundry?
C. Was it you?
D. Who wrote the book of love?
E. Who I am?
F. Passed the test?
G. Knocked on the door?

18. I'm strong to the finish...
A. Cause I eats my broccoli.
B. Cause I eats me spinach.
C. Cause I lift weights.
D. Cause I'm the hero.
E. And don't you for get it.
F. Cause Olive Oyl loves me.
G. To outlast Bruto.

19. When it's least expected, you're elected, you're the star today.
A. Smile, you're on Candid Camera.
B. Smile, you're on Star Search.
C. Smile, you won the lottery.
D. Smile, we're watching you.
E. Smile, the world sees you.
F. Smile, you're a hit.
G. Smile, you're on TV.

20. What do M & M's do?
A. Make your tummy happy.
B. Melt in your mouth, not in your pocket.
C. Make you fat.
D. Melt your heart.
E. Make you popular.
F. Melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
G. Come in colors.


Below are the right answers:

1. D - Wonder Bread
2. G - Cassius Clay
3. B - He Is us
4. A - Good night, Chet
5. G - When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent
6. D - Maynard G. Krebs
7. C - Pants on fire
8. F - The American Way
9. C - It's Howdy Doody Time
10. E - Oh my
11. D - Over 30
12. C - Joe Namath
13. G - A little dab'll do ya
14. G - On Blueberry Hill
15. B - Mary Martin
16. G - John, Paul, George, Ringo
17. D - Who wrote the book of Love
18. B - Cause I eats me spinach

19. A - Smile, you're on Candid Camera
20. F - Melt in your mouth not in your hand

How'd you do? Some days I need something like this to pass the time. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.