Archive for the 'Childhood Nostalgia' Category

Old TV Advertising: Canada – The World Next Door

I can’t imagine how people garnered the information they needed to move to another country or go there for an extended stay years ago before they were able to research on the Internet.

These days, it only takes seconds to check any information about a foreign location that you want. For example, let’s say you waned to visit Calgary, Alberta, Canada for a long period of time and you decided you wanted to rent an apartment. It would take you no time at all to research Calgary apartments online. The Internet has made travel and relocation infinitely simpler.

What got me thinking about his today was reminiscing about those old television ads encouraging people to visit Canada. When I was as kid, I used to love those old TV ads with the slogan and song that said, “Come to Canada, the World Next Door.”

Do you remember those? If you do, then you have just dated yourself as I did by bringing up the topic!

I can’t believe that after all these years, I can still hear the tune in my head and I can picture the Canadian geese flying. That really is a testament to the Canadian tourism board or advertising agency that created those ads. I remember when people would talk about the ads they would say how beautiful the country was and they wished they could not only visit, but actually move there. If they decide to do that in the modern era, all the information they will need is only a few clicks away.

Electronic Updates To Classic Games

Classic Game Makeovers in the Age of Electronics

I was shopping in a department store the other day and some of my old favorite board games caught my eye. It seems the toy manufacturers have been busy updating old classics by adding electronic components.

Will these changes enhance the games and endear them to a whole new generation or should the manufacturers have left well enough alone? If the games were popular for decades just as they were, do they need the new changes.
I’ll go into more detail in future posts about each game and how I think these changes impact the educational value (and the fun quotient, of course) of the games. For now, since it is Black Friday and you may be in a shopping frenzy (also, the games might be available as special Black Friday deals or holiday sales so you might as well check them out as soon as possible), here is a list of the games:

Monopoly Electronic Banking

Electronic Yahtzee Flash

Simon Flash

Scrabble Flash

UNO Flash Game


Rice Krispies Halloween Candy Treat

Creative Tasty Halloween Party Idea

I’ve been really lazy about writing in this blog for far too long. It figures that food is the motivator that got me going today.

Did you ever see a picture for a meal or dessert that looked so good that you immediately wanted to make the recipe and eat the food? That just happened to me when I saw the picture of some delicious-looking Halloween theme Rice Krispie treats. In fact, this one looked so good that I immediately wanted to share it with readers of the blog:

(IMAGE UPDATE: The Kellog’s site took down their Rice Krispie treat photo that I had showing here. It’s a shame because the photo is what inspired me to write this entry in the first place.)

All of us remembered how much we enjoyed eating Rice Krispies treats as kids. Now it’s our turn to make them for the next generation. What a fun way to take them to the next level by turning them into a Halloween theme treat that includes a piece of candy such as a peanut butter cup on the inside! The website ideas, recipes and pictures for turning the Rice Krispies treats into other October appropriate shapes such as ghosts, monsters, and giant pieces of candy corn.

That little picture above doesn’t do it justice, but the picture on the page with the complete recipe is much better.

How To Know You Are Getting Old

Ways To Know You Are Getting Old

I realized the other day that the shirt I’m wearing is older than a college graduate! It’s 22 years old. I bought it on the day before Thanksgiving in 1988. I’m not sure whether the fact I am still wearing it all these years later is a testament to the fact that I’m extremely thrifty or hopelessly out of style…let’s call it both!

That got me thinking about ways to know you are getting old.

Here is a short list:

– You have clothes older than college graduates!

– Your holding books and newspapers closer to your eyes or father away from your eyes.

– You are still reading books and newspapers in hard copy rather than electronically.

– You can relate to every one of these bits of 80’s trivia listed here.