White is the New Stainless Steel

Magnets on our white refrigerator door.

Magnets on our white refrigerator door.

If you wait around awhile, a certain fashion will eventually make a comeback. As with the case of stainless steel appliances.

I don’t watch a whole lot of TV. Not much time for it and not many good shows. When I do watch, it’s usually on my breakfast or lunch break from writing. And it’s either Fox News or HGTV.

I am a home/garden design junkie! I am crazy about watching designers transform horrendous rooms or yards into works of art.

And I’m totally on to designers’ methodology of setting trends. (Well, at least I think I am.)

So for years I’ve seen nothing but stainless steel appliances installed into new, designer kitchens. You’ve seen it too, right?

Well guess what. Now they’re saying that white appliances are back in. (Actually, Kitchen Crashers that I just watched was broadcast in 2013…so I’m a year behind. You all probably already know this!)

Here’s my theory: Retailers do an about-face so that we will see what we’ve got, it’s so different that what we have, so we’ll feel the urge to go out and buy the new and trendy. Let’s say that instead of stainless steel, retailers went a shade darker in stainless steel. Or whatever. Nope. Too close to what consumers already have. So no one would want to go and lay down the money to upgrade. Just like flare and skinny jeans. Skinny jeans are in. I look at my flares and think, “Ugh…too early millennial. I need to toss them and go buy skinny. Lots and lots of skinny.”

Does my theory make sense?

So out with the stainless and in with the white. Right?

Lucky for us, we never went stainless. We’ve always kept our white from way back when. Sigh. Just when they sold me on stainless.

What do you think? Do you agree? Is it just obvious?

Can You Rubik?

RubiksCube2If you haven’t been on Google today, you may not yet know that Google Doodle is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube.

I remember using my own money to buy my first little cube in the 80’s. I was oh, so excited. I eventually managed to get two of its 6 sides solved. Woo-hoo!

Eventually the little colorful square stickers started to wear off and the little blocks wouldn’t stay together; I was then off to the next fad of the 80’s, such as twist beads. Remember those?

Here’s a little bit of Rubik’s Cube trivia that I picked up from various sites such as Rubiks.com and the Washington Post.com:

The colorful cube was created in 1974 by Hungarian professor, Erno Rubik.

I think I had one of these triangle cubes when I was a kid, too.

I think I had one of these triangle cubes when I was a kid, too.

The cube was 6-sided with 9 block stickers per side.

The challenge was to mix up the colors and return them so that all of the correct colors matched up.

In 1980, the Ideal Toy Corporation began licensing the cube as a toy, and the Rubik’s Cube popularity soared.

Rubiks.com gives a timeline of Rubik’s history on their site. They say that the first Rubik’s Cube World Championship was in Budapest, Hungary in 1982.

According to the Washington Post.com, Mr. Rubik was able to solve the puzzle in a minute.

If you think Professor Rubik’s solving time is fast, just imagine solving it in 8.18 seconds! This is how fast Feliks Zemdegs solved it at the 2013 championship in Los Angeles.

How fast can you solve the cube?

Did you have a Rubik's Cube?

Did you have a Rubik’s Cube?

Thanks to RetroBill on eBay today’s photos. You can find his eBay store at http://www.ebay.com/usr/retrobill69?_trksid=p2047675.l2559.

80’s Valley Girl of Alabama

Hard Rock Café, New Orleans, 1989.  Check out my sweater!

Hard Rock Café, New Orleans, 1989. Check out my sweater!

Took a trip back to the 80’s today while at the public library. I found a bound periodical of “Seventeen” magazine from 1985 and perused a June issue. The inside double-cover ad was for Noxema skin cream.

Do any of you remember this?

“Better skin and fewer blemishes.” A miracle-worker for acne, apparently, because the ad goes on to say, “The secret to fighting blemishes is knowing how to wash your face.”

Oh, really? Genetics and hormones have nothing to do with it?

I’m sure it comes from the same people who thought that squinting causes wrinkles.

Anyhow, I saw ads for “Loves Baby Soft” and (who could forget) Swatch!

Do you remember the album clubs where you, supposedly, could get 11 tapes for 1 cent? Anything from “Genesis” to “ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits.”

Big hair was in, along with articles about the best hair cut for the shape of your face.

And then there were the clothing articles. Lots of bold, colorful, “Cosby Show” sweaters were the way to go.

Speaking of Cosby, Lisa Bonet was featured in an article, and there was a picture of her with her mom. I really thought that L.B. always looked so cool in her hats and oversized shirts.

My first trip to the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans.

My first trip to the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans.

I remember having a “Valley Girl” contest with a couple of girls. We tried to out-do each other with our mastery of the lingo. Can you imagine us all trying to speak like we were from Encino, CA?

Gag me with a spoon…y’all.

Hey, everyone, what do you remember from the 80’s?