After working 23 hours in the last two days (!) Mama F. craves nothing but her recliner, a martini, and some comfort TV.
Comfort TV = scary movies, Ghost Hunters and a little dose of nostalgia in the form of ....
The Muppet Show! (Courtesy of my BFF K.K. last year at Xmas. You Rock, Sexy Mama!)
I heart The Muppet Show. I never really got into the movies but I do remember the TV show fondly and I'm happy to say even 30 years later (OMG!) it still entertains.
What was even more entertaining today were the memories that Disc 2 brought up when the guest on the first episode was none other than everyone's favorite Wesson Oil Queen, Florence Henderson.
I don't have any feelings about Flo - I watched the reruns of the Brady Bunch like most people, but Carol and Mike Brady always bored me - and slightly creeped me out. Remember Mike Brady with a perm? Yeeeeeeeccccccch. And I've never really understood her appeal as this ultimate mother figure.
HERE'S the best TV mom EVER:
Suck it, Carol Brady!
ANYWAY.....when Flo guested on the Muppets, she was doing the Wesson Oil thing, and she could be seen on 70's TV pretty regularly, since back then everyone had a variety show and shows like The Love Boat needed a steady stream of B list celebs.
And when Flo showed up on these shows, she tended to sing.
Which drove my Mother CRAZY. I mean Crazy in the sense that old Flo had a pretty permanent home in my Mom's personal hate box. This lady was like her personal kryptonite. It didn't matter what my Mom was doing, let her be within earshot of Florence Henderson's musical stylings, and it would start.
"WHO the HELL decided this woman could sing??????"
"OH. MY. GOD. Her voice SETS MY TEETH ON EDGE."
"Oh JESUS tell me she's not going to sing AGAIN."
Some of this is obviously paraphrased, but I swear I'm not exaggerating when I say that Florence Henderson's singing drove my Mom absolutely BATSHIT.
Which is precisely my own response to the Freecreditreport.com singing guy. Seriously, did you ever not want to kick someone in the teeth more? I want to slap the smile off that dude's face.
Maybe my mom will weigh in on this in the comments and enlighten us all as to why Old Flo made her so crazed.
Watching the Muppets again is just plain old Good Times. Having it bring back memories like the above makes it even more fun.
Here's what my mom (Harleygirl13) had to say about all of this.
"I just looked it up and the Muppets first aired 11/10/1969. So you weren't there for the first few episodes since you were born but it wasn't long after that. I would say you were maybe 2 months old and sitting in front of the TV in your little carrier while I sat and folded clothes or whatever but watching it right along with you. But they always gave the number of the episode your were watching and I know we started in the 2 digits. I really think they are they ones that got you started in reading,counting,and all that stuff. You were way ahead of all the other kids in everything. You could say your alphabet, count and so much more because of them. It's no wonder you like them so much. They were your playmates since before you could walk.
Now for more serious stuff!! Florence Henderson!!! OMG she drove me bonkers. To this day if she is on something and tries to sing I turn the station or leave the room. Who in God's Green Earth told her she could sing???? It sure wasn't me! Do you think they were always just teasing her and said "hey we need a few laughs for the show lets have Florence sing" Works for me. I really don't know why the woman bugs me so much. I don't think I was jealous of her mothering abilities because THE WOMAN NEVER DID ANYTHING!!!! If it wasn't for Alice the kids would have been junkies and on the street. I understand she does Broadway?!?! Do you think she gets paid??? Does anyone go see her??? Oh well maybe it is jealousy. After all a woman who can't act, can't sing, probably NEVER used Wesson oil in her life did OK huh? Maybe I missed my calling!! Could have been me. But I would much rather had been Mom on the Adams family. That is much more my style! Thank you for reminding me how bad Florence sings. It brought back a lot of memories!!! Keep the great blog going!!I heart everyone of them!! "