Encore

For those new to my blog, I’m reposting a video from a blog post from 2018. It is a very short play (no more than 5-7 minutes) I wrote back in 2015 for my Introduction to Creative Writing class when I was still in college.

I was lucky enough to have a local theater’s actors perform my fun play on January 20, 2018. I’m a bit shy, so my husband introduced my play. Hope you enjoy and laugh just a little. 🙂

An Answer to Page 47? Another Treasure?

Nic and Jason NT

Yesterday, my oldest son, Nicholas, informed me trending on Twitter was the movie, National Treasure 3.

Now, I’d heard rumors and rumblings about the production and efforts to put together a decent script and even a couple of scenes acted out and finished, over the past decade.

But nothing ever materialized.

Supposedly now, Disney is willing to get this movie going. Looks like Jerry Bruckhemier will also produce this one, as he had the first two. That’s always good to keep as many people from the original series as possible.

The script is being rewritten by a screenwriter I’ve not heard of (but then again, I’m so out of who’s who in Hollywood these days, it’s no surprise), Chris Bremner, who apparently wrote the script for a movie called “Bad Boys For Life”.

You can see how in tune I am with what’s going on in the movie realm.

BUT…my ears perked up and my eyes homed in on this bit of news because I was and am still a big fan of the National Treasure movies. They are clean, so much fun, entertaining, and I really like Nicolas Cage and Jason Bartha.

Jason Bartha NT

But, I admit, I had to laugh. Would Nicolas Cage be a grandfather now?

I mean, he was no spring chicken in the second movie in the series. All that running around may be too much for Nicolas this go around, but maybe he’ll be propping a tent in the local gym for the next several months to prepare himself for the rigorous adventures of someone twenty years younger. Poor thing.

Why’d it take so long for the creators to come together for the third installment of this fun movie?

Apparently, Disney didn’t want to do the third one but only now just agreed to do so. I believe I’d read it had to do with Disney not liking the script that had been written a decade before.

I mean, the fans of this movie have been waiting a decade to find out what is on page 47 of the president’s secret book. That’s a long time to leave people in the lurch.

In any case, I’m cautiously optimistic because too many times I’ve heard the creators were going to get this movie out, but nothing happened. Not getting my hopes up too much. However, I’ll be following this news to see if anything truly develops.

Are you excited that National Treasure 3 may actually come about, or were you never a fan? Or perhaps you are maybe feeling like me… You’ll believe it when you see it?

 

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Most Popular Christmas Gifts Over the Past 70 Years

retro toys

Do you remember what you desperately wanted for Christmas when you were a child? Were they toys that were the “In” thing?

For fun, I put together some data on popular toys kids wanted for Christmas through the decades.

Let’s start with the 1950s.

Children then seemed eager for such toys as that ol’ rubber guy, Gumby, the bouncy Pogo Stick, and the timeless Play-Doh. And what kid could go without the corn popper? I think many didn’t!

Gumby            pogo stick

corn popper toy

I actually had all of those, except Gumby, but I had them later on in my childhood era. 🙂

 

1960s

Little girls were gaga over the Chatty Cathy doll and the amazing Easy-Bake Oven.

chatty cathy doll     easy bake oven toy

While boys found an interest in GI Joe action figures and Hot Wheels. Well…I would say both sexes were interested in these and other toys throughout these eras.

GI Joe toy        hot wheels 1968

 

1970s

In this decade, kids were fascinated with the first foam Nerf ball, and the flexibility and durability of Stretch Armstrong. I remember the latter very well. A few of my friends had this elasticized dude, and it was wildly fun pulling him yards apart and watching him slide back into a normal-sized guy once we tired of torturing him. Haha.

nerf ball        stretch armstrong

And the cool Evil Knievel Stunt Cycle was all the roar in the early 1970s.

Evil Knievel stunt cycle

Also, a huge invention: the Atari video game system came out in this decade. The first game, I remember, was Pong. Haha. But later on, we enjoyed Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Astroids, Centipede, Pit Fall, and others!

The View Master was big then too. I had several slides from the Scooby-Doo show when I was a kid. Christmas was complete when kids got these fun toys in the 1970s.

view master

 

1980s

How could anyone around that time forget about the fights on Black Fridays over the Cabbage Patch Kids? Goodness. The scrambling across the slippery toy stores, and the unbelievable tug-o-war over the last couple of dolls was both astonishing and insane. Those certainly were a HUGE want for lots of children in the 1980s.

cabbage patch kids 1

Then, for the more nerdy kids, the Rubik’s Cube came out and teased and worked kids’ brains in a good way. I mean, who didn’t have a Rubik’s Cube then? We were all cool nerds! What fun that was!

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This was also the decade when the Nintendo video game system came out! My sons are loyal Nintendo fans.

 

1990s

Goodness. Do you remember all the hubbub over the Tickle Me Elmo doll? I do. Although I was in my twenties then, I still remember the craze over his giggling. And then there was the bizarre-looking Furby dolls. Many parents scrambled for these dolls during Christmastime.

tickle me elmo        Furby doll

And don’t forget the Beanie Babies! Believe it or not, they started off in McDonalds’ Happy Meals but caught on like wildfire, becoming one of the most wanted and collected items in the decade.

beanie babies

 

2000s

Looks like Zhu Zhu Pets came out in this time period, as well as those ugly…er, I mean, nice dolls, the Bratz. My sons actually each had a Zhu Zhu Pet. They were hamsters. The Razor Scooter was a biggie in the early 2000s.

zhu zhu pets               razor scooter

 

My Christmas toy memories

Some of the most awesome toys I got for Christmas in the late 1970s and 1980s were the Barbie Dream House and several of the Muppets characters. They were puppets where you stuck your hand in and could move their mouths, but in the case of the character, Animal, I could move his eyebrows too. What fun those were!

barbie dream house    Muppets

 

What were special gifts you loved when you were growing up?

 

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