Stuck in the '70s

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Hey, hey, hey!

I went to see the "Fat Albert" movie the other night. I must admit, I got a big kick out of it. Kenan What's-his-name was great as Albert. It kept the same good-natured general feeling the old cartoons had. I only have a couple complaints. Mushmouth didn't really talk like Mushmouth. I wish they would've done it the way Mushmouth talked in the cartoons. In this one, he needed a translater. Also, Rudy wasn't a smart aleck and didn't have the classic Rudy walk. Other than that, it was great fun, and I'd recommend it to everyone in our age group. I was the oldest one in the cinema the other night when I went (out of all 8 of us), and I'm sure none of them remember the original cartoons.

Things are going OK at Stuck in the '70s. I've introduced the second contest -- this one for "Dazed and Confused" DVDs. The winners of the "Buck Rogers" contest should've received their DVDs by now, hopefully.

We got seriously snowed in over Christmas. Sunday and Monday the boys and I were able to travel the 45 miles or so though the Ozark Mountains to visit Dad. He's doing so well! Again, I appreciate all the prayers and good thoughts.


Monday, December 20, 2004

New contest; Holidays approacheth

Howdy there!
Just wanted to let y'all know the contest winners for the Buck Rogers DVDs have been chosen and notified. Their DVDs will be in the mail on my next payday. Yup ... I ain't makin' no money off this site. But, hey, that's cool. Because I enjoy playing with it, and once you start making money from something, it takes all the fun out of it. I really appreciate Special Ops Media for sending me the contest DVDs for this and our new promotion to give away "Dazed & Confused" DVDs. Now THAT's an excellent movie!

Well, things are settling down here at the ol' Fidler household nicely. It's awful quiet around here while the boys are spending some time with their dad but that's a-fixin' to change and there will be much ripping open of packages. It's always been a tradition in our family to sit by the aluminum or plastic tree on Christmas Eve and shake our packages and make intelligent or silly guesses as to what's in them. We'll probably spend some time with Dad over the holiday weekend ... that is, if we don't get the 4-8 inches of snow the hack weatherman is predicting. Give us some good ol' packing snow for making snowwomen, dude! :)

Well, ya'll stay cool, and stay tuned. One of my resolutions in '05 (God, that sounds freaky!) is to update nearly daily on this blog with diary-style entries reminiscent of my '70s diary. I also promise to get the rest of the '70s on there and key in 1980 and Jan. to June 1981! Woo hoo!


Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Is it Friday yet?

Well, things are putting along nicely. I must say, I DO realize (and at age 41, I'm not naive) that there really may be no "perfect puzzle piece" for most people when it comes to a mate. And, some folks don't really believe in soulmates. I DO believe in working hard on a marriage, and I DO know when that becomes impossible. I've reached that point twice before current events. Both parties have to do some changing and giving and working. When one or both throws his or her hands up in the air and says, "I know this will not change," then there's not much you can do. Meanwhile, I thank God for the support and company of my good girlfriends and family members. They are the ones who have known me for 10, 20, 30 and 40 years.

We're drawing closer to Christmas as you know. I believe that means a 4-day weekend for yours truly soon. I worked some on the site last night and hope to get many of those broken links and images fixed before the end of the year.

Not much else to say from here. It's freakin' cold, and I'm really grateful we got the new furnace installed at the house when we did.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Good Lord -- What a Year!

Wow. I've always heard that the Lord won't dish you out any more than He thinks you can handle. Now, what I'd like to know is: Just how much does He think I can handle? And, if that's true ... why do people have nervous breakdowns? And, what exactly IS a nervous breakdown? And, why haven't I had one yet? I'm getting tired of being "the strong one."

Last Sunday, my husband of seven months moved out of the house. Geeze. There's a new record for the Fidler family. One I'm sure not proud of, and one I'm bound to be stinging over for a while to come. I REALLY wanted it to work out, and I'm sure he did as well. I don't guess we really realized just how fundamentally different we are until we'd been together in the same dwelling for awhile. Each of us tried to change and tried to change the other, and it would have never worked. I was divorced (legally) from March 1995 through May 1, 2004, and most of that time, I was very happy as a single mom. However, I've always been looking for that perfect puzzle piece to fit right in there and be a part of our happy family. Apparently, this fella was not the right piece. Oh, I don't feel like it at the moment, but I'm sure I'll always be looking for that piece. Before plugging this last one in, I thought I was certain. I thought it was one of those "meant to be" soulmate kind of things. Is there such a thing? I realize two people have to work hard to make a marriage work. We both said we were willing to work hard, but it seems now that there are things that just cannot be fixed, and I guess it's better we call it quits before it gets worse. Next time, however, (IF there is a next time), I'm going to fashion a quiz.

My dad is doing great. He drove this week for the first time since before his surgery and is getting around quite well. His spirits are much improved, and he's looking forward to when my brother moves in with him this coming February.

The tree is up. The new furnace is installed. The cats have been de-fleaed. The cheeseball ingredients have been bought. And we're almost ready for the holidays and winter. The presents under the tree have still not appeared, but that will happen in small doses.

The Web site will grow this holiday season as I'll have time to myself on my hands. The Buck Rogers DVD contest has drawn quite a few entries, and more contests are coming. Please feel free to write me at with your ideas, suggestions and comments.

Meanwhile, I hope you have a great holiday season. If you have a significant other and children and parents, please remember how special they are. Tell them or show them you love them; and above all, be kind.