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Saturday Night Retro

Saturday October 30TH 2010
Volume 3 / Number 8 / Edition 105

Halloween was a big holiday for my family back in the 1970s and 1980s. We lived in big suburban neighbourhoods in Lanham Maryland (’70s) and McLean Virginia (’80s). We were always prepared for our trick-or-treaters with large bowls of bite-sized candies waiting and ready to be handed out with each knock of the front door. Each guest got 2 or 3 pieces of candy. Usually my Mom or Dad handed out the candy for the first 90 minutes or so while me and my little brother were out and about trick-or-treating. Once we returned we dumped all of the candy that we didn’t want right back into the large bowls at the front door. The rest of the candy we kept for ourselves to eat over the course of the next several days. Me and my little brother also relieved our parents at the front door for the final 90 minutes of trick-or-treating. So we received – and we gave – on that single night of fun each year.

I dressed up as Batman – ‘The Caped Crusader’ – on most Halloween nights. I always thought that the costume looked cool in that midnight blue color. My little brother always dressed up as various superheroes as well.

I miss the fun of Halloween night. For the past 15 years I’ve lived in a neighbourhood that doesn’t allow trick-or-treating. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll be living elsewhere – where trick-or-treating is alive and well on Halloween night. I’ll be ready with several large bowls of candy waiting and ready to be handed out with each knock of the front door.

In observance of Halloween – I present to you – “The Monster Mash“:

The Major’s Weekend Blast-Off

WEEKEND GRAB BAG O’ THOUGHT:
25 years ago today a young 18-year-old version of me woke up bright and early a couple of hours before daybreak, checked-out of my dorm room, packed up my first car – a beige 1980 Chevy Citation – and embarked on the longest road-trip of my life (at that point). It was a 700+ mile trip eastbound along I-70 from Chanute AFB Illinois (next to Rantoul) through Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to my destination – McLean Virginia. It was a long-awaited homecoming for me after being away for 4½ months at USAF Basic Training and Tech School. It was great to see my family (including my lovable cat Fluffy) after being away for such a long time for the first time in my entire life. I got to celebrate Halloween with my 10-year-old little brother at the time. I walked with him as he went trick-or-treating all throughout our neighbourhood – visiting many of my former customers from my newspaper carrier years. After 4½ months I was all grown up and in the Air Force. My military leave was short-lived though. 10 days later I was on my way overseas to my first permanent duty station in Great Britain. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year would all be celebrated in a foreign land away from home.

BEST LUNCH OF THE WEEK AWARD:
Longhorn Steakhouse wins this week’s award (yet again). I enjoyed another spectacular Lunch there today. Coming in 2ND place for the week is a brand new joint that me and some coworker friends discovered for the first time on Thursday. We enjoyed a nice Mexican Lunch at El Santo Coyote – located on U.S. 1 in Princeton at theoretical SW 261ST Street. They made their own homemade salsa right there at our table as we watched. I ordered one of their combination plates consisting of a taco, a burrito, and an enchilada with golden rice and refried beans. It was all delicious, but service was a bit on the slow side. I still recommend it though, and I’ll go back again when I’m not in a hurry to get back to work.

FORTUNE COOKIE MESSAGE OF THE WEEK CLUB:
– Plan a vacation with loved ones.

TAYLOR LESLEY DAY MEASUREMENTS OF THE MONTH CLUB:

My gorgeous niece turned 6-months-old last week. She now weighs in at over 17 pounds, and she’s 26 inches in length. I last saw her about 4 months ago, and I get to see her again in just 20 days !  She smiles a lot because she’s happy !  😀

THOSE SCARY SCARY CATS:

BLATANT PROMOTION:
Tomorrow night on the blog it’s another fresh new edition of my venerable ‘Saturday Night Retro’ as I flashback to Halloween nights of the past. I’ll also feature the Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett classic from 48 years ago – “The Monster Mash”. Then on Sunday the treats continue with another new blog post – ‘Halloween Night Shenanigans’. Be sure to check that one out after you’re all done trick-or-treating. In-between all of the blogs it’s all of my tweets @majorhitwaves. Have a wonderful weekend my friends. Have fun. Be safe.

Saturday Night Retro

Saturday October 23RD 2010
Volume 3 / Number 7 / Edition 104

Back during the memorable Summer of 1977 I was a 10-year-old kid roaming my hilly Lanham Maryland neighbourhood streets named after birds such as Red Wing, Wren, Wood Thrush, and Nightingale. I liked to ride my bike up and down the hills. I liked to play down by the creek and in the woods. Me and my friends had our own territory in the woods that we converted into our own private park with the use of rakes. We even had our own park flag with all of our names on it. We kept our park neat and tidy, and we only allowed our closest friends entry into our exclusive area. Those were fun times from my childhood that I’ll remember forever.

No matter how old you are always live your Life to its fullest. There will be unsuspecting bumps and sharp curves along the way that make you feel  uncomfortable, but then there will be those real good times too that you may take for granted until you realize that they are no longer there. Savour those good times as they happen. Enjoy every second of them. You’ll be able to share those memorable experiences for years to come with your children, their children, and your closest friends on this journey of Life.

Music has always played an important role during my lifetime. It reminds me of the good and the bad – the memorable and the forgettable. It’s the soundtrack of my Life at any given point in time. ‘Saturday Night Retro’ gives me an opportunity each weekend to share my Life with you via memories and music.

Back during that fun Summer of 1977 this song shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It’s teen pop idol Shaun Cassidy with his # 1 smash “Da Doo Ron Ron”, and it was playing on the radio as I was playing in the woods:

The Major’s Weekend Blast-Off

WEEKEND GRAB BAG O’ THOUGHT:
It’s the 22ND day of October of 2010, and the start of the 4TH weekend of the 10TH month of the year. Every day on this fantastic journey is a celebration of my new Life, but a special celebration always occurs right around the 20TH of every month. It was right around the 20TH of August of 2006 that I discovered CALL-FM on the radio. In a ‘God Wink‘ moment (looking back in hindsight) I eventually realized that God used my love of loud music to bring me closer to Him. That was 50 months ago this week. 5 months after my salvation I was a 1ST-Time Guest at Life Pointe Church in Homestead Florida as I went public with my newfound faith. It’s been a whirlwind 45 months living Life with my church family, and a wild and crazy 50 months following my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And the countup continues !

BEST LUNCH OF THE WEEK AWARD:
It was a real close call, as this was a rare week in which I ate at both Longhorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster. They were the bookends of my busy Lunch week  with Longhorn on Monday, Red Lobster today, and Chinese food, a Publix sub, and KFC hot wings in-between. This week’s award winner is … Red Lobster !  I had a new hostess greet me at the front door as well as a new waitress serve me at my table. They were both wonderful. The food – as usual – was scrumptious. I enjoyed a Caesar salad, two Cheddar Bay biscuits, the Garlic Crab-And-Shrimp Pasta, and for dessert – the Warm Apple Crumble à la Mode. I diggity-dig !  😀

FORTUNE COOKIE MESSAGE OF THE WEEK CLUB:
– You must let go of something before you can capture it for good.

MOVIE I MOST WISH TO SEE THIS WEEKEND:
My Soul To Take

THOSE CRAZY CRAZY CATS:

BLATANT PROMOTION:
This Saturday night on my ‘Retro’ I’m flashing back 33 years ago to the Summer of 1977 when I turned 10-years-old. Next Saturday night it’s a special Halloween edition of the ‘Retro’ featuring “The Monster Mash”. Be sure to check out the fun here on the blog. Don’t forget that you can follow me on Twitter all week long to see what I’m up to. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend my friends !

The Major’s Walk-A-Thon

Time: 6:44 AM – 7:26 AM
Sky: Mostly Clear
Temperature: 65°F
Dewpoint: 58°F
Relative Humidity: 78%
Winds: NW 5 MPH
Barometric Pressure: 30.01 Rising

Here are my walking thoughts in 15 words or less:

– It was a bit noisier outside yesterday morning compared with last week.
– My neighbours were driving away, returning home, and walking their dogs.
– When I say ‘neighbours’ I mean all 1,500 to 2,000 of them.
– I had one cat sighting, and she knew that I was her friend and not her foe.
– The air outside was clean, cool, crisp, and dry.
– During certain parts of my walk I could feel that 60°F wind chill.
– It felt really good after a long and hot and humid summer.
– I did not forget my iPod for this walk.
– I jammed to tunes from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and today.
– One song in particular was rather ironic.
– It was Ferry Corsten’s “Rock Your Body, Rock”.
– 7 years ago I sweat by dancing to it late at night in a packed nightclub.
– On this morning I (not quite) sweat by walking to it early in the morning.
– I’m happy that I can look back at where I came from.
– I’m happy that God has placed me at this point here on this journey.
– This was a 2¼-mile walk, so that’s 4.4 miles towards my goal of a marathon.
– I’m lookin’ forward to the next 2+ mile walk – perhaps next Saturday AM !

Romans 10:13 – For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Saturday Night Retro

Saturday October 16TH 2010
Volume 3 / Number 6 / Edition 103

11 years ago back in October and November of 1999:
The Shops At Sunset Place was the hottest new joint to hang out.
AOL released Version 5.0, and the entire free nation celebrated.
– Moviegoers were blown away by “American Beauty”.
– The population of the world reached 6 billion.
– The Yankees swept the Braves 4 games to 0 to win the World Series again.
– EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 217 on board.
– “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” skyrocketed to the top of the TV ratings.
– Exxon and Mobil combined to become ExxonMobil.
– The world prepared for the upcoming uncertainty that was Y2K.

1999 was certainly a party year as we ushered the end of a year, a decade, a century, and even a millennium. Even Prince made a big deal out of 1999 some 17 years earlier. He knew that it was gonna be big – and memorable. A lot of great party music came out in 1999. It was certainly a year to get up and dance !

Here’s the 1999 techno dance remix of the classic 1968 Steppenwolf track “Magic Carpet Ride”:

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