Archive for November 2012

The Conversion Of Angus

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:24 am
By: Doug Lund
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Angus T. Jones

Angus T. Jones

Does anyone else wonder if Angus Jones..who plays Jake..on the popular TV series “Two and a half men” may be pulling the public’s leg with his comments this week that the show is filth and urged people not to watch? Or is the 19 year old, who has been on the series since its inception 9 years ago, sincere about his recent Christian conversion and willing to bite the hand that’s fed him millions? Here’s part of what he told an interviewer” “You cannot be a true God fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says, and being on that show.” I certainly hope that this is not one big publicity stunt.  The kid is right, of course, “Two and a half men” has always pushed the limits with an abundance of sexual innuendo that long ago went way past “innuendo” to “in your face.”  Now, I’m no prude and, in fact, watched the show in the early years because Charley Sheen made me laugh and when he delivered his lines, it was kind of like Dean Martin used to be; more naughty than smutty. But I always cringed when so much of the suggestive dialogue took place in front of the little boy, Jake (Angus T. Jones) around the kitchen table ..or even worse, when the writers had Jake joining in the dubious conversations.  I hope I’M not biting the hand that feeds me. After all CBS is my network. But it’s going to be interesting to observe the fall-out from this young actor’s strong statements about his own series. He’s already popular fodder for comedians, late night talk show hosts, pundits and bloggers.

UPDATE: Yup, that didn’t take long. Young Angus has already said he’s sorry for his tirade: “I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed,” said Jones, who reportedly makes $350,000 an episode. “I never intended that.”  He stopped short of actually retracting the things he said, though. I hope he sticks by his guns even though being a Christian in Hollywood is not unlike those early ones in Rome who were regular dinner guests at the Coliseum. Then, like now, the lions are always hungry. So far, there’s been no official comment from the producers and other actors on the show. But Charley Sheen..whose famous personal meltdown led to his firing from “Two and a half men” a couple seasons ago,  told People magazine that Angus’ Hale-Bopp- like video makes it radically clear that the show is cursed.  

I suppose it’s possible that since the series seems to be phasing-out Jake’s character anyway (probably because he’s not a precocious kid anymore) that might have something to do with Jones’ conversion and candid comments.  Oh, the Hale Bopp reference Sheen mentioned?  It was about the Heaven’s Gate religious cult, which committed mass suicide in 1997 because members believed death was the only way to gain access to an alien spaceship that was following the Hale-Bopp comet as it passed by Earth.

I certainly wish Angus T. Jones all the best and hope the Christian community will have his back and call for help if the young man goes shopping for a purple blanket and a new pair of sneakers.

Gone In The Twinkie Of An Eye

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm
By: Doug Lund
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My dad had a lot in common with TV’s Archie Bunker. Oh, he wasn’t a bigot like Arch, but he did love his Hostess Twinkies and would voice his displeasure to mom if there weren’t any in the lunch box when the old man was working out of town. Archie called Twinkies “The white man’s soul food.”  I don’t know if dad would go that far..or if he even had a clue about what soul food is but he, like millions of Americans loved those little  blonde cake logs stuffed with a sweet white vanilla concoction and was never concerned about terms like “shelf life” or “junk food.”  I mention this only because Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is going out of business, closing plants, laying off its 18,500 workers and putting its brands up for sale.

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Hostess says a nationwide strike by the baker’s union has crippled its ability to make and deliver its products that include cream-filled cupcakes, Snoballs,  Ding Dongs, Ho Ho’s,  Dolly Madison and many other pies and pastries found in thousands of grocery and convenience stores around the country.

I’m fighting the urge to say “iconic” but in this case the term really fits this company that’s been around for generations and survived ever increasing criticism by the anti-processed foods crowd who point to Hostess as one of the big reasons our kids are fat and unhealthy. They’ve succeeded in turning school lunches into vegetable gardens that wind up in the garbage apparently believing that it’s better for children to go hungry than let them have food they like..including a Twinkie now and then. The closing is also going to shorten the act of South Dakota’s longtime comedians, Williams and Ree who even wrote a song about their favorite pastries.YouTube Preview ImageSadly, Wonder Bread which has been around since the twenties and helps build strong bodies 8…then 12 ways..will also crumble with the Hostess closure.My first exposure to Wonder Bread was through television, of course. The commercial which showed how Wonder was made from batter, not dough, which meant no holes. It also was packed with nutritious ingredients that would make me grow up strong and healthy. Howdy Doody and Clarabelle endorsed it..and they wouldn’t lie to kids right?YouTube Preview ImageI know there are two sides to every story and I suppose the baker’s union has its reasons for the work stoppage but now they’re totally out of a job. How is that good?  I hope congress is better at sorting out compromises. But what do I know? I suppose I’m just ticked off that now I’ll never get a chance to try one of those deep friend Twinkies at the fair.

Medicine Show

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 3:07 am
By: Doug Lund
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What’s in your medicine cabinet? Do you ever wonder if guests peek in yours when they excuse themselves to the bathroom? Have YOU ever sneaked a peek in someone else’s?

I remember a Seinfeld episode when Jerry couldn’t resist looking in his new girlfriend’s medicine chest and discovered a tube of fungicide there. Even though he really liked the girl, he stopped seeing her fearing she had an STD. It turns out the medicine was for the woman’s cat.

This past week, Linda was going through the medicine chest at her late mother’s house and discovered a couple of old bottles; one containing Witch Hazel and the other Hydrogen Peroxide..

 memories witch hazelmemories peroxide These were apparently staples in most American households. Hydrogen Peroxide was used for everything from mouthwash to a disinfectant for cleaning. Witch Hazel is for treating skin ailments, from acne to razor burn. It’s also supposedly good for bruises, sores and swelling. I just remember the distinct and not totally unpleasant aroma coming from the faces of men after a close shave before church.

Someone this week also brought up how everyone used to have a little bottle of Mercurochrome in their medicine chest. I know we certainly did when I was a child.

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It was also a topical antiseptic for use on cuts, scrapes and minor burns. So how was it different from Witch Hazel and Hydrogen Peroxide? Well, it didn’t sting when mom used that little glass wand to daub the reddish liquid on your injury. It turns out that Mercurochrome fell out of favor some years ago after the FDA raised questions about its effectiveness.

I got to thinking about the stuff we had in the medicine cabinet when I was growing up and suddenly, images stored in the back of my memory banks rushed into view. Thanks to Google,  I’m able to give you a glimpse inside the Lund bathroom in the fifties and early sixties.  Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Oh well, I’ll bet lots of these items look familiar to you too. Below is what our cabinet looked like:

It came from the factory with flourecent tubes on each side but they were pretty expensive to replace. So when we had a burnout..mom would just use a regular 60 watt bulb.

It came from the factory with flourecent tubes on each side but they were pretty expensive to replace. So when we had a burnout..mom would just use a regular 60 watt bulb.

 
Dad used this old razor for a time with a shaving mug, brush and soap.

Dad used this old razor for a time with a shaving mug, brush and soap.

 

Dad also used his Sunbeam Shavemaster but it wasn't until he got a Norelco that he went totally electric.

Dad also used his Sunbeam Shavemaster but it wasn't until he got a Norelco that he went totally electric.

Perhaps constant exposure to this Norelco TV commercial during the Christmas season. It showed old St. Nick gliding over the snow atop a Norelco razor with its three "floating heads." Odd that the bearded Santa would be the spokesman for electric shavers.

Perhaps constant exposure to this Norelco TV commercial during the Christmas season was the reason. It showed old St. Nick gliding over the snow atop a Norelco razor with its three "floating heads." Odd that the bearded Santa would be the spokesman for electric shavers.

 

 

This was dad's after shave of choice. I still like the smell. My brothers and I were and are all pretty fair skinned and really didn't require regular shaving until long after we'd left home.

This was dad's after shave of choice. I still like the smell. My brothers and I were and are all pretty fair skinned and really didn't require regular shaving until long after we'd left home.

We all had big piles of hair, though and went through gallons of this stuff.

We all had big piles of hair, though and went through gallons of this stuff.

 

When the wet head look was dead, I switched to this stuff.

When the wet head look was dead, I switched to this stuff.

Once we saw that Crest had "flouristan" our family was sold.

Once we saw that Crest had "flouristan" our family was sold.

We boys also went through plenty of this stuff. I think it was more effective at hiding zits than getting rid of them.

We boys also went through plenty of this stuff. I think it was more effective at hiding zits than getting rid of them.

 

Mom thought gargling this awful tasting stuff was just the ticket for sore throats and bad breath. We eventually talked her into buying Scope.

Mom thought gargling this awful tasting stuff was just the ticket for sore throats and bad breath. We eventually talked her into buying Scope.

Certainly no medicine cabinet then or now would be complete with out the trusty bottle of Vicks Vapo Rub. Magic stuff.

Certainly no medicine cabinet then or now would be complete with out the trusty bottle of Vicks Vapo Rub. Magic stuff.

There was usually just one bottle of shampoo for all of us. Maybe it was best at cleaning all that Brylcreem out of our hair.

There was usually just one bottle of shampoo for all of us. Maybe it was best at cleaning all that Brylcreem out of our hair.

There was also a jar of this in our cabinet. I just assumed it was only used for chapped lips. But I guess it had other applications.

There was also a jar of this in our cabinet. I just assumed it was only used for chapped lips. But I guess it had other applications.

A Sunday morning ritual; swabbing our shoes with this stuff. I don't think it was leather's best friend but did "kote" those scuffs.

A Sunday morning ritual; swabbing our shoes with this stuff. I don't think it was leather's best friend but did "kote" those scuffs.

These probably wern't in our medicine cabinet but there was always a bottle of it in the house and it always required removing that scab of dried glue from the rubber applicator tip before use.

These probably wern't in our medicine cabinet but there was always a bottle of it in the house and it always required removing that scab of dried glue from the rubber applicator tip before use.

Did you ever wonder what became of Absorbine Senior?

Did you ever wonder what became of Absorbine Senior?

We had a bottle of Bayer in the medicine chest but there was always a tin of tablets in there too..I suppose for when we traveled.

We had a bottle of Bayer in the medicine chest but there was always a tin of tablets in there too..I suppose for when we traveled.

These were both in there at times. I remember insisting we get the Curad colored ones.

These were both in there at times. I remember insisting we get the Curad colored ones.

 Well, that’s most of what I remember.

I could have snapped a photo so you could see inside Linda and my medicine cabinet..but she’d kill me if I did. I guess you’ll just have to come over for a visit and sneak a peek for yourself.