All Good Things! Goodbye for Now from [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

Just like the famous line that says “All good things must come to an end,” alas this is the final blogumn in this edition of Kicking Back with Jersey Joe.  Fierce and Nerdy will be changing formats, but we have one last chance to catch up! For over three years and 151 +6 blogumns, we’ve gathered each week to take a look at what’s cool, new, retro, and hip in our world.  We all work hard, but the point of this blogumn was to sit back and relax for a bit.  Hopefully, we’ve accomplished that and shared a few laughs.  I know I’ve learned tons writing this each week. It’s been fun sharing all my adventures with you, but I thought we should take a final look back at some of my favorite blogumns.   STAR TREK SLOT MACHINE Blogumn 1 – May 31, 2010 My first blogumn took a look at the brand new prototype Star Trek slot machine that I got to experience at the old Las Vegas Hilton for my 30th birthday.  A large group of my closest friends traveled to Vegas that spring, and we checked out the now closed Star Trek: The Experience. The slot is still one of my favorites, but sadly, it’s not really around as much anymore.  Many casinos have replaced it with Lord of the Rings, but the magic of this machine is still priceless.  It was one of the first slots, where you would earn medals, save them, and unlock new episodes!  The machine contains a zillion classic Star Trek clips and puts you right in an episode in multiple big money bonus rounds. It’s still online and entertaining gamblers at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  I had the pleasure of once again...

Video Review – Star Trek Into Darkness

Lexington P. Monoclesworth leads the crew of the Starship Enterprise into darkness…for a while. Another solid summer blockbuster, what gives? Either I’m going soft (ahem) or this year is starting off rather pleasantly. Spoiler Alert 2/3rds in but marked...

He’s Hardrock, He’s Coco, I’m Joe! – Stop Motion Christmas TV Classics [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Dec07

He’s Hardrock, He’s Coco, I’m Joe! – Stop Motion Christmas TV Classics [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Ask anyone that grew up in Chicago or Western Pennsylvania about Hardrock, Coco and Joe and you’ll instantly bring a smile to their face. Three black and white Christmas stop motion classics have been airing on television stations since the 1950’s. They still delight kids of all ages to this day. Suzy Snowflake, Frosty the Snowman, and Hardrock, Coco, and Joe: The Three Little Dwarfs are two minute and 45 second short films that were broadcast on only two television stations in the US, WGN-TV in Chicago and WJAC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Johnstown, PA. Originally produced in the early 1950’s, these short films aired annually as part of children’s programming to get the little ones fire up for the Christmas season. These classics were seen by so many families over the years, they have become a holiday season tradition that even adults now look forward to. As the kids grew into adults, and children’s programming dwindled, their airing would no longer be restricted to just kids. On WJAC, they can be seen airing all over the programming schedule from prime time to Saturday Night Live to Channel 6 News 11 at 11. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania as I did, I would watch these over and over every year on WJAC. My grandmother still stops and pause for a moment to check them out, while she’s flipping through the channels. While the stop motion is very low budget and crude by today’s standards, those who grew up with these shorts have a special place for them in their heart. Seeing these as a kid, I knew Christmas is here! Thousands of viewers have checked them out on Youtube. Let’s take a look at each and uncover some little known facts! HARDROCK, COCO, AND JOE: THE THREE LITTLE DWARFS...

One of the Best Star Trek Commercials We’ve Never Seen [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Oct19

One of the Best Star Trek Commercials We’ve Never Seen [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Here at F & N, it’s obvious how much we love Star Trek.  Check out what happens when National Power and PowerGen from the UK writes a couple of fat checks to William Shatner and James Doohan!  You get one of the best Star Trek commercials Americans have never seen! While the commercial uses the sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation (meaning this was filmed in Hollywood), it features the movie era Kirk and Scotty and a shot of the Enterprise lifted from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The meteor shower scene was well produced and could have worked well in an actual episode.  According to the copyright at the beginning, this was released in 1990. Kirk beaming up is the showstopper of an ending! National Power was formed in 1990 when the power grid in the United Kingdom was privatized.  This commercial was shot to invite investors to purchase stock in the companies. Powergen was formed in 1989 and was also looking for investors, but was taken over by E.ON, a German utility company. The British actor is Simon Cadell, who was famous for his role on the BBC sit-com Hi-de-Hi!.  He passed away a few years after this commercial was filmed in 1996. THE 411 Name: National Power / Powergen What: UK utility companies JERSEY JOE RECOMMENDS: It’s too bad they couldn’t reuse some of this for electric company ads in the United States.  It could have worked for Con-Ed.  It would have been bad had it been used for Enron, looking for suckers to invest! I wonder if anyone in the US gets the Wally comment. Image credit: x-ray delta...

Turning Your Dream Trip into a Reality [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Fingertips]...

The other day Ernessa posted a blog about longing for her dream trip and regrets of trips not taken. It inspired me to write this blog. My husband and I have quite the list of dream trips that we plan on taking. We’ve already taken a few (Bora Bora, a summer in Europe, and a cross country road trip) but we have an extensive list, and being that life is short, we really need to get cracking. We know we will be taking a trip this winter…and we’ve saved up enough travel points to make it happen, but where exactly? That is what we are unsure of. Christmas in the Alps? Playing with the elephants in Thailand? An Outback adventure in Oz? Or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? As we work on making our dream trip a reality, I wanted to share a few ideas and tips to help get you that much closer to your dreams. 1. Paradise Falls: JP and I were inspired by the Disney/Pixar movie, Up. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on some cinematic greatness. The protagonist couple of the movie is in love with idea of travel. Their dream trip is to visit a magical place called Paradise Falls. All their lives they scrimp and save to take their dream trip, but cars break down, and roofs need replaced, and they constantly need to break their savings bank. Sadly, they never make the trip together. After JP and I watched this movie, we made a commitment to each other that we wouldn’t let this happen to us. We set up our own savings account called Paradise Falls that is separate from all of our other accounts. It exists solely to pay for our travels, and is never to be touched,...