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03/24/14: So today, Stephie dragged took me shopping to Woodfield and the new Fashion Outlet mall in Rosemont. The only thing I got out of the deal was a lot of steps on my Fitbit and a soft pretzel with roasted garlic parmesian topping, but she got some clothes that she really needed.
     When we were leaving the Fashion Outlet, I knew we had to stop at one of the kiosks near the door to get our parking ticket validated, and pay if necessary. They offer two hours free parking, but I had not remembered what time we actually arrived, so as we were heading towards the door and Stephie handed me the ticket, I glanced at the timestamp to see if we made it. What I saw made me break into a run towards the kiosk, and for the first time that day, it was not in use. I quickly shoved the ticket in and the screen lit up and said "No Payment Necessary."
     I was grinning as Stephie caught up with me and asked how much we owed. I triumphantly showed her the ticket, which you can see here. We made it with one minute to spare. How's that for being a savvy shopper?

03/15/14: Sometimes I have the strangest things just pop into my head. Things I haven't thought about for years suddenly start swirling around in my brain. Frequently it's triggered by music, and results in a song stuck in my head that I can't get rid of it. Recently a friend was talking about a girl he had a date with in Kalamazoo, MI, as he put it "just like in Mr. Miller's song." Next thing I knew, I was walking around humming "I've Got a Girl in Kalamazoo" and I couldn't get rid of it. I read somewhere when you get an "earworm" like that, the best way to be rid of it is to listen to that song all the way to the end. It's supposed to give you some closure, I guess. So I went to YouTube and found this version, but it only made things worse. It wasn't until I saw the movie that this clip was from (Orchestra Wives from 1942) that I got the song out of my head. But I digress...
     Going back to strange things from my past, I was in the car this morning and the song "Bette Davis Eyes" came on the radio. The very first thing that I thought of was the line "she's got Marty Feldman Eyes!" I seem to remember that as a parody of BDE, but I'll bet I hadn't heard that in 20 years. I didn't even remember who recorded it, or where I would have heard it, but that's what came to mind.
     When I got home, I went to trusty Google, and found that "Marty Feldman Eyes" was recorded by Bruce "Baby-Man" Baum in 1981, and of course, there's a video on YouTube. It's actually not bad, as parodies go, but hardly something that I should remember more than 30 years later
     Marty Feldman, on the other hand, is worth remembering, although he, too, has been gone more than 30 years. Most people remember him as Igor ("No, it's pronounced "eye-gor.") in Young Frankenstein. I remember him as the star of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, a summer replacement TV series on ABC in 1972. I remember it primarily because of the opening credits, which were done in a goofy animation style, the likes of which I had never seen before. It was a few years later, when I discovered Monty Python, that I learned that they were done by Terry Gilliam. I was probably one of the few people in America who first saw Monty Python on PBS in the mid '70s and said, "Hey, these cartoons look just like the Marty Feldman Comedy Machine."

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