We all love food in some way or another. While we may not be overjoyed over breakfast, maybe we’re a lunch or dinner fanatic. Even though we might not enjoy a five-course gourmet meal, we probably like a bagel with cream cheese to tide us over. Whatever our tastes are, food is something that brings … Continue reading Friday Top 5: Favorite Foods
When I was growing up, there weren’t such things as play dates. If you wanted to play with other kids it wasn’t as neatly wrapped up as your mom calling their mom and setting up a time for mutually beneficial social activity. We would go out on the street and see who else was out there. If you wanted to play the same game, it was on. If not, you compromised or went back inside. Simple as that.
So, when my seven-year old asks me if she can have a play date with one of her little friends, I’m about as lost with the concept as I can be, with trying to come up with activities for her and her friends. I rack my brains to come up with ideas for that mutually beneficial social activity, but I’m clueless. Being here is not quite like when I grew up on the streets of Philadelphia. The houses are farther apart, the kids are few and far between, and most play date mates need to either be driven to our house or we need to drive to theirs.
There are rules to play dates that I’ve noticed apply before the date even begins: Continue reading “Friday Top 5: Rules of Play dating”
Through the years there have been television programs geared towards teenagers of the moment, whether it be teens of the ’70s (Welcome Back, Kotter), teens of the ’80s (Head of the Class), teens of the ’90s (Saved By the Bell), or teens of the ’00s (The O.C.). The lure of these shows is that teenagers definitely watched, either because they identified with the characters, or because they enjoyed making fun of the language they used. And they still watch. The problems arise when the shows move beyond the teen years. It becomes harder to keep the viewers they had, and most teen shows fade after three or four seasons because of it. Here is my ode to the teen dramas that have affected me the most.
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer –
I’ve worked hard to make my peace with the lack of a comma in the title of this series, but otherwise the show was perfect. It had everything you could possibly look for in a teen drama: the romantic entanglements (remember Angel? Spike?), the constant issues, the friend conundrum, and the evil vampires that HAD TO GET SLAYED! What? You don’t remember the evil vampires in your high school? That was the true glory of the show, that it mixed the mundane and the supernatural, and while it was hokey at times, it filled that niche that had never been filled before. Or since. Continue reading “Friday Top 5: Teen Dramas”
Did you know that there are incredible Olympic sporting events that the general public rarely sees, if ever, on television? With the rise of Olympics coverage on multiple networks, though, we have had unprecedented access to a lot of these events, and some of them are definitely amazing, even if they are hard to understand … Continue reading Sam’s Friday Top 5: Obscure Olympic Sports
These lines are just so bad, and I have never used a single one of them. Seriously, I haven’t. So, this is a top five of the worst pickup lines I could think of or find. If you have any that you think are worse, let me know. 5. You must be tired because you’ve … Continue reading Sam’s Friday Top 5: Pickup Lines
Just a small note before I begin the Top 5 this week. I will be listing my top 5 cities in which to have a vacation, but I am only choosing from cities I have actually visited for some length of time. Therefore, I will not be extolling the virtues of Paris, Belize, Rio de … Continue reading Sam’s Friday Top 5: Vacation Cities