Monthly Archives: May 2014

Laughs for #StarWars fans

My 10-year-old son and I are both big Star Wars fans.

O star wars

 

For us, Star Wars Day celebrations last much longer than one day!

 

1. There’s the build-up – enjoying all the geeky humour on sites such as The Dork Side and Think Geek (and many others). Lots of things get recycled – but they are still amusing.

 

 

its-a-von-trapp

 

 

 

tarp

 

2. Then there’s the actual day – May the Fourth – we went to a Star Wars Movie Marathon. This was the first time my boy had seen the movies on the big screen.

 

starwars marathon

 

I like to make the day special for my boy – so I started off by making Star Wars pancakes.

Star Wars pancakes

 

My Yoda got a bit burnt and looked like he was going over to the dark side.

 

SWP darkside

 

Luckily other charred pancakes I could pass off as Luke’s aunt and uncle – or Alderaan. He got the references!

 

 

3. And just when you are having withdrawal symptoms…because we celebrate the day in Australia, before the US – on the day after, we get to enjoy all the social media stuff that comes out of the US.

Then the anticipation starts all over again!

 

This blog is NOT JUST ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things from your past that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

 

 

 

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May the joy be with you – #StarWars Day 2014 – before and after

My 10-year-old son and I are both big Star Wars fans.

O star wars

 

For us, Star Wars Day celebrations last much longer than one day!

 

1. There’s the build-up – enjoying all the geeky humour on sites such as The Dork Side and Think Geek (and many others). Lots of things get recycled – but they are still amusing.

its-a-von-trapp

 

tarp

2. Then there’s the actual day –  May the Fourth – we went to a Star Wars Movie Marathon. This was the first time my boy had seen the movies on the big screen.

 

starwars marathon

 

I like to make the day special for my boy – so I started off by making Star Wars pancakes.

Star Wars pancakes

 

My Yoda got a bit burnt and looked like he was going over to the dark side.

 

SWP darkside

 

Luckily other charred pancakes I could pass off as Luke’s aunt and uncle – or Alderaan. He got the references!

 

 

3. And just when you are having withdrawal symptoms…because we celebrate the day in Australia, before the US – on the day after, we get to enjoy all the social media stuff that comes out of the US.

Then the anticipation starts all over again!

 

This blog is NOT JUST ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things from your past that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

 

 

 

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If you enjoyed this post – Let’s connect:

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These days, lots of people and organisations need help with how to COPE with too much work, too much information, too many meetings, delivering difficult news, business writing, effective e-mail, e-mail overload, cross-cultural communication etc. I like to help people COPE.

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Do you remember retro games like Battleship? Check out these “treasures”

Did you ever play this as a kid?

 

The other night my family was visiting another family (from school) and I spotted this on a shelf – partially hidden under other things.

 

I couldn’t help myself – and had to take a closer look.

 

battleship

 

Yes, it was the original Battleship game – not a newer model – but the same one I had as a kid.

 

The retro art work brought back so many memories. I bought my son a newer version – but it just wasn’t the same!

 

I was impressed how this fellow dad had kept all the pieces together for so long.

 

This takes discipline. I don’t even know what happened to my old Battleship game!

 

Yet this dad played the retro version of this game with his son – AND he kept all the pieces together.

BS pieces

 

Don’t you love the clean-cut retro cover? How “the girls” are in the background doing the dishes! Take a look.

bs2

 

Anyway, this fellow dad knows I dig retro –  and later in the night he wants to show me something.

Down in the rumpus room – in a cabinet (locked up) are other well-kept retro games – from his wife’s side of the family – probably games she played as a girl.

 

Games like…Bionic Woman.

bionic woman

And my favourite (apart from Battleship) a very retro Scrabble. Check out the fashion and the carpet!

 

 

scrabble1

 

 

 

scrabble

I also saw a word that was soooooo popular when I was a kid – but a word I hadn’t seen for decades.

 

That word?

 

 

toltoys

 

Toltoys!

 

Please share your favourite memories of board games in the comments section below.

Our kids came and gathered around us as this dad showed me his collection of retro board games.

“Back in our day – we didn’t have video games or the internet” we said (sounding like Grandpa Simpson!)

 

 

battleship

Maybe next time we’ll have father-son teams playing the retro Battleship game. The girls (our wives) will be busy washing the dishes (by hand!) 🙂

 

Only joking! They’ll probably be playing Bionic Woman!

 

This blog is NOT JUST ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things from your past that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

 

 

 

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Slide1

 

If you enjoyed this post – Let’s connect:

If you found this post interesting you can follow me and connect with me.

I blog about fun pop culture stuff as well as more serious business communication tips.

@tonybiancotti

Linked In – under Tony Biancotti

Or you can follow this blog.

These days, lots of people and organisations need help with how to COPE with too much work, too much information, too many meetings, delivering difficult news, business writing, effective e-mail, e-mail overload, cross-cultural communication etc. I like to help people COPE.

 

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Saw this at a friend’s place – and got so excited. What do you think?

It’s funny when you meet someone with similar interests.

 

The other night my family was visiting another family (from school) and I spotted this on a shelf – partially hidden under other things.

 

I couldn’t help myself – and had to take a closer look.

 

battleship

 

Yes, it was the original Battleship game – not a newer model – but the same one I had as a kid.

 

The retro art work brought back so many memories. I bought my son a newer version – but it just wasn’t the same!

 

I was impressed how this fellow dad had kept all the pieces together for so long.

 

This takes discipline. I don’t even know what happened to my old Battleship game!

 

Yet this dad played the retro version of this game with his son – AND he kept all the pieces together.

BS pieces

 

Don’t you love the clean-cut retro cover? How “the girls” are in the background doing the dishes! Take a look.

bs2

 

Anyway, this fellow dad knows I dig retro and later in the night he wants to show me something.

Down in the rumpus room –  in a cabinet (locked up) are other well-kept retro games – from his wife’s side of the family – probably games she played as a girl.

 

Games like…Bionic Woman.

bionic woman

And my favourite (apart from Battleship) a very retro Scrabble. Check out the fashion and the carpet!

scrabble1

 

scrabble

 

I also saw a word that was soooooo popular when I was a kid – but a word I hadn’t seen for decades.

 

That word?

 

 

toltoys

 

Toltoys!

 

Please share your favourite memories of board games in the comments section below.

Our kids came and gathered around us as this dad showed me his collection of retro board games.

“Back in our days – we didn’t have video games or the internet” we said (sounding like Grandpa Simpson!)

battleship

 

bs2

Maybe next time well have father-son teams playing the retro Battleship game. The girls (our wives) will be busy washing the dishes (by hand!) 🙂

 

Only joking! They’ll probably be playing Bionic Woman!

 

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Slide1

 

If you enjoyed this post – Let’s connect:

If you found this post interesting you can follow me and connect with me.

I blog about fun pop culture stuff as well as more serious business communication tips.

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These days, lots of people and organisations need help with how to COPE with too much work, too much information, too many meetings, delivering difficult news, business writing, effective e-mail, e-mail overload, cross-cultural communication etc. I like to help people COPE.

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Wearing your old college sweatshirts – even years later – is it OK?

Do you still wear your college sweatshirts or hoodies – even years after you left college or university?

 

Phil-Dunphy-college

It it just something to wear to keep you warm – or does this clothing “warm” you with memories of a more carefree time in your life?

 

This post was inspired by an old photo I found this morning that brought back memories of my days at Queensland Uni and my favourite college sweatshirt.

college sweat shirts UQ.

 

It was a fun time and this photo reminds me of listening to the fun music of Jonathan Richmond. He seemed to be a fan of the college sweatshirt too.

Jonathan Richman college

 

 

In Australia, we called these – sweatshirts “Sloppy Joes”. When I studied in the US – I found out that Sloppy Joes were something you ate!

It’s funny, I still have my jacket from Mizzou – the University of Missouri-Columbia where I studied journalism.

 

TB UMC

That jacket is older than my kids  – and older than my marriage. (as you’d expect)

 

and it still fits! Wooohooo!

 

For me, education was a real privilege – especially a scholarship to studying the US. Even when I’d visit friends in other cities – I’d collect sweatshirts from different universities.

 

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Maybe,  I’d just seen too many teen movies – but I’d always wanted to go to college in the US!

Of course, I enjoyed my Australian uni days too! That Queensland Uni sweatshirt was stolen off my clothes line.

I wonder if I should buy a new one? Or is that being too sentimental?

 

 

 

I’m keen to know your views. Do you “prize” your old college clothes?

Do you enjoy wearing them “in private” but not in public?

 

A US friend recently visited Australia and brought me a new T-shirt from Mizzou.

My old Mizzou t-shirt had too many holes.

Maybe my US friend understands the value of the memories of old college clothes. I think there is a different “pride” in the US about your old college allegiances.

mizzou tigers

 

 

Please share your college clothes “protocol” in the comments below.

phil dunphy hoodie

 

I don’t want to be like that immature character Phil Dunphy from Modern Family!  Or do I?

This blog is NOT ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

 

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TB UMC

 

If you enjoyed this post – Let’s connect:

If you found this post interesting you can follow me and connect with me.

I blog about fun pop culture stuff as well as more serious business communication tips.

@tonybiancotti

Linked In – under Tony Biancotti

Or you can follow this blog.

These days, lots of people and organisations need help with how to COPE with too much work, too much information, too many meetings, delivering difficult news, business writing, effective e-mail, e-mail overload, cross-cultural communication etc. I like to help people COPE.

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