Mostalgic Monday: Lisa Frank, the Movement

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Lisa Frank is not the name of a woman, it is the name of a movement, a culture, a way of living. It is a theory, a concept, a belief in something greater than yourself. It is the belief that all girls are entitled to dolphins covered with rainbows, jewel-encrusted frogs, and unicorns in acid-trip colors hugging each other. It is the ideology that no notebook is complete until it literally hurts your eyes to look at from so much color saturation. It is the hope that no school supply, no matter how insignificant, will be left un-bedazzled. It is the knowledge that your eraser cap, and that of your granddaughter’s, and her granddaughter’s after her, will not be some boring little nub–it will be a diamond covered with butterflies in a rainbow of colors. It is the dream of a better tomorrow. -Chelsea Fagan

For those of us women (and select men) who grew up in the 1990s, Lisa Frank needs no introduction. Her brightly-colored notebooks, stickers and stationery were pretty much a staple of any elementary or middle school backpack and/or folder device of some sort. You know the ones: kittens peaking over the brim of a splatter-paint high-top sneaker which floats inexplicably in a night sky replete with neon dolphins leaping over baffling neon rainbows.  Or maybe your style was more purple penguins hugging on a psychedelic unicorn with a kaleidoscope mane?   I personally went with the cutesy multi-neon-colored sea lion surrounded by fellow multi-neon-colored fishy friends.  (see pic below)  Whatever your preference, Lisa Frank was definitely a movement.  Apparently there is something today called Miley Cyrus: The Movement, but bitch please, you can’t hold a candle up to Lisa Frank, unless that candle was neon pink and donned with dolphins, then we’ll see.  Lisa Frank had such a profound part of my childhood and moreover my elementary memories.  At my school, Sunrise Elementary in Widefield, Colorado (what up Widefiield shout out!) Trapper Keepers were not really allowed.  They did not adequately fit in our desks so therefore they were “banished” from school.  HOWEVER I did indeed have a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper and I remember we got around this rule by being allowed to keep our Trapper Keepers on TOP of our desk instead of inside it.  Wow, that was an easy battle.  Pogs were also banned from our school because they were a means of gambling.  We did it anyway.  And a good portion of mine were in fact of the LF variety.  Lisa Frank Slammers? Uh no, those were primarily 8-balls and Poison something or other, but you better believe I had LF pogs.

I found the exact Trapper Keeper that I had for sale on ebay, for $99.95.  Uhhhhhh what?  Seriously?  dedannnnnnnnngggggg…….

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I LOVED this Trapper Keeper, and damn be to me for getting rid of it.  Look how cute that seal is.   ‘Tis a fairly tame LF if you ask me.

The real Lisa Frank, yes she is a real person, looks like this.

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My question is when is the biopic starring Kristen Wiig as neon- artist- celebrity-and -real-life-person, Lisa Frank, going to be made?  Amirite people?  I mean COME ON!  I love that turtleneck.

Seeing Lisa Frank just takes me back to a time where my only care in the world was if my brother was going to demolish my room today or tomorrow?  Or if I should wear 2 or 3 different colored socks that matched my over sized t-shirt with leggings.  One thing is for sure Lisa Frank is forever emblazoned in my memory and the happy warm feelings that go with it will probably never subside.  I wonder what kids have nowadays that brings such joy and color to the world?  I wanna live in that world.  Forever.

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The above BA quote comes from Chelsea Fagan.  Check out her original blog post here which has some really, really great points that any 90s kids/now adults will love.

http://thoughtcatalog.com/chelsea-fagan/2011/11/10-things-90s-kids-will-have-to-explain-to-their-children/

In case you need a refresher of Mostaligic Mondays, please see footnote below*. Rightly so since I’ve been such a degenerate in posting this year. To that, dear reader (yes singular) I do apologize.

*Mostaligic: (definition) the removal of “N” and replacement of said removal with an “M” to achieve alliteration and therefore obvious pleasure.

PS: http://www.lisafrank.com/  It’s the site that girls love!

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Mostalgic Monday: Zack Morris and his ability to “Time Out”

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It is safe to say that Saved by the Bell was the single most influential TV series I grew up with. Even more so than Full House or Boy Meets World (which are both high contenders). But for me Saved by the Bell is the holy grail of 90s awesome TV shows. Having said that, can we talk about something that for some reason is just NOW bothering me? The fact that Zack Morris has the ability to stop time. LIKE ACTUALLY STOP TIME IN IT’S TRACKS, AND MANIPULATE THE OUTCOME OF CERTAIN SITUATIONS. Please see the link below

I was having a conversation with a very cute boy yesterday and he asked me “What would you rather be able to do, stop time? or fly?” My immediate resposne was fly of course, but his was stop time. But why? Ultimately? Why would you stop time over being able to fly whenever, or wherever? So he could take a nap essentially and not lose out on the rest of his day. Now this is a gentlemen who works a lot. Like to the point that he needs to start demanding more money, or cash in some favors, etc, what have you. But then as I was trying to fall asleep last night I got to thinking about actually stopping time, and Zack Morris popped into my head. He actually had this ability to stop time, and it was just accepted. I never questioned it growing up. Not once, but now (yes like 17 years later) I’m like, hold up, wha?

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So first of all, Zack would stop time with the all too well known univerally-known-football-symbol for Timing out, he then would break the 4th wall (thank you acting degree, hard at work) and address us directly. Now we all know that Zack was the glue that held this show together. The only reason it continued on from Good Morning, Miss Bliss, is because they changed the title, and kept Zack on board.

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But does that give him the right to play God and be able to stop time? It's such an interesting part of the character to me now that everything about SBTB comes into question. Why then would he not Stop Time when Jessie was overdosing on caffeine pills (though I think my life is a little better because of this episode), or why wouldn’t he Stop Time when Kelly starts to have the hots for her new, way too good looking and older chip-on-his-shoulder Manager of the Max, Jeff. (Who, sidebar, upon researching for this article I found he’s receieved numerous hate mail for being the one to “break up one of the greatest romances of the 20th Century. You stole Kelly away from Zack and then had the nerve to cheat on her with some whore at The Attic. I can never forgive you for that, and if I ever see you on the street, you’d better believe I’m going to kick you square in the balls. Sincerely, Jenny Mapleton.” The note also had a drawing of a man (presumably Jeffrey) being kicked in the groin by a little girl(presumably Jenny Mapleton).”

I don’t really know what to make of this ultimately. Zack Morris is a god among normal high school boys, but still a regular, high school Preppy. Maybe I’m just jealous of this ability, and if I tried it in real life I guarantee nothing would happen beyond my co-worker, Jackie, just looking at me like I’m idiot (which she does on a regular basis with or without me attempting to Stop Time). I’m no Zack Morris. Cause “Zack Morris is the kind of boy every girl dreams of. Great looking, smart, and funny – yes, that’s Zack Morris. Zack Morris is a blond Tom Cruise. Zack Morris is a ten. Zack Morris is perfect in every way.”

My choice is still being able to Fly. Yeah. Definitely.

Mostalgic Monday: MTV, Music Videos in general, and Kurt Loder

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What has happened to MTV?  Many of you have either said this alone to yourself or out loud to a crowd, but regardless of the method it resonates deeply within all of us.

I grew up with MTV.  It was molded into my childhood in a delicate but meaningful way, like Demi Moore and P-Swayze.  Now you look at MTV and it’s pure shit.  Serious though, what is on MTV that is still good?  I couldn’t tell you really cause I’m a poor actress so I don’t have cable myself, but I will tell you that when I do visit my parents twice a year I am on their cable so hard that it hurts.  MTV used to be one of em, now I just go back there for m(n)ostalgic reasons, but I’m always disappointed.    In 2010 the following happened ….

“In a move that signifies the end of an era, MTV will no longer include the words “Music Television” under its iconic logo. The Wrap was the first to report on the new logo, which will still feature the monolithic “M” and its dripping “TV,” but no underlying text. The shift seems to confirm what many have suspected for years: Following the cancellation of TRL and the success of Jersey Shore, The Hills and the Real World spin-offs, music is no longer MTV’s main priority.”

Clearly.  I mean let’s look at Beavis and Butthead as an example.  This was a show that I had to sneak to watch late at night.  My parents didn’t like Jeff and I to watch it.  They were crude, laughed weird and hilarious.  What’s not to love?  They were basically the Mystery Science Theatre of the MTV world.  They’re whole livelihood depended on music videos.  That is until they got so popular and sold out with that monstrosity of a movie that was made.

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The original purpose of MTV was to be “Music Television”, playing music videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, guided by on-air personalities known as VJs, or video jockeys. The original taglines of the channel were “You’ll never look at music the same way again,” and “On cable. In stereo.” Although the original MTV channel no longer plays music videos 24/7, several of its spin-off channels do so, including MTV Hits and MTV Jams. In addition, viewers can play music videos on-demand at MTV.com. MTV continues to support a broad selection of music videos on its international channels as well.

I LOVED watching music videos growing up.  I think my brother and I watched Michael Jackson’s “Scream” at least 600 times.  No, that’s rediculous.  But true.  The day it premiered I remember they would show it every hour on the hour and you could call in (I dont’ remember how) to try and win an autographed guitar from Michael.  We tried soooo hard.  Awww memories

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It’s definitely one of my all time favorite music videos.  There is so much love and anger and awesomeness dripping out of this black and white futuristic masterpiece.  How much you think this cost?  a cool 7 million friend.  7 mill.  dedang.

Another favorite of mine was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”  I think I like the “story-telling” aspect of music videos like this.  Tom plays a morgue assistant of some kind who takes a beautiful deceased woman (Basinger) home with him, makes her dinner, dresses her up, dances with her, and then takes her out to a rocky shore where he releases her into the ocean. BUT after he does this you see her eyes are open.  SAY WHA?  exactly.  The imagery hants me still.    At the time Lil ol Joey had no idea what the euphemism for “Mary Jane” was.  I totally thought Kim Basinger’s character in the video was named Mary Jane and that she died but he wanted to only have one last dance with her.

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This is rapidly becoming basically just a list of my favorite music videos.  I’m ok with that.  Moving on…

Mariah Carey “Honey”.  This is when she shed her “good girl” situation and officially became a slut.  Is that what divorce does to you?  Cause I love me some good Mariah Carey music videos, but this one is my jam.

Weezer “Buddy Holly”- ahhh yes.  This video is the bees knees.  Brilliant use of marketing and editing.  All around rad factor for this song and video.

Ostentatious rap videos are still common today, but has there ever been one as fun as “Mo Money Mo Problems?” Probably not. Biggie, Ma$e, and of course Diddy, ball out in wild outfits, float around without gravity, and dance among pyrotechnics. It may not be the most creative video of all time, but Hype Williams captured a moment for rap music, and he made it look so damn entertaining.

Ok this could just go on and on I know and I’d love to hear your fav videos.  Not everyone’s fav videos such as Michael’s “Thriller” or Madonna’s “Vogue”  Those are a given.  What are those hidden gems that you remember so vividly from so long ago.

Oh yeah, and bet you’re wondering why Kurt Loder was in the title.  Cause Kurt Loder to me embodies what old MTV was.  You hear his name and you automatically associate it with MTV.

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He was what I like to refer to as the Giles “lump of sex” man.  Giles as in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  No doy.

Mostaligic Monday: the charmed life of Wendy Peffercorn

Mostaligic: (definition) the removal of “N” and replacement of said removal with an “M” to achieve alliteration and therefore obvious pleasure.

In a new series joeydedang  will explore her love of both alliteration, with said definition above it gives her much pleasure, and her love for things in the past.  Combining these two loves in a new weekly segment aptly titled MOSTALIGIC MONDAY!

Media Monday will still continue.  Just not as often.

Entry one: The charmed life of Wendy Peffercorn

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Wendy Peffercorn.  The dream girl for every person ever.  Man, woman, child, all. Seriously.   If you haven’t seen The Sandlot then why did you even click on this blog to begin with?  Stop what you’re doing and go watch it immediately. For everyone else, as well you know,  this was a character that embodied something of a state of mind, rather than a real human being.  For me it was the beginning of that incessant need to “be” someone else.  Or be like someone else.  I’m pretty sure the below picture drawn by my 8th grade self had something to do with the vixen that is Ms. Peffercorn

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Although I don’t have the quintessential white cat eye glasses,  I more than make up for it with the largest nose I’ve ever seen, and caterpillar eyebrows to boot.

(You like that drawing? Then you must check out my other blog.  Find  the **** at the end of the post.  That’s how that works right?)

Wendy was perfect.  She was coy, blonde, beautiful, and wore a one piece red suit, and filled it out the way women like her and Marilyn could.  To top it all off she wore a delicate red ribbon in her hair.  Which suggests innocence, but as the boys said “she knows exactly what she’s doing.”   She’s even got an Urban Dictionary saying about her….

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When a girl is playing coy about her effect on everyone else in the room.In The Sandlot, when Wendy Peffercorn is applying sun tan lotion to herself, the boys say, “she doesn’t know what she’s doing.”One replies, “Yeah yeah she does, she knows EXACTLY what she’s doing…”
That girl that just walked in is so Wendy Peffercorning, just watch her.

However, in the end of the film we find out that she later married Squints and had 9 children.  Ummm excuse me?  You expect me to believe that Wendy the F Peffercorn not only married Squintz, buttttt also had NINE kids with him?  All this while Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez is hanging around town being oh so hot and the first brooder boy ever to crush on?

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Yeah I’m not buying it.  It’s a cute idea, but didn’t happen.  No, no  Wendy went on to major in Psychology at some college up North, met a pre-med gorgeous specimen of a man, married and had two beautiful children.  And one dog.  That’s what REALLY happens to people who look like Wendy.

Either way, Wendy was a large part of my childhood.  This film was for sure, but the entity that is Wendy Peffercorn will always hold a nostalgic place with the girl in me before I went and got all adult.  ugh.

PS: All you blonde beauties out here, this would make for an excellent Halloween Costume.  You’re welcome.

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You made it!

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