Monday, November 11, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 11/11/19

Throw on your Best Track Suit and head to The Street with your cardboard as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Newcleus
Song: Jam On It
Album:  Jam On Revenge (1984)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 56
Bonus Fun Fact: The group was formed in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in New York and they created this song as an anti rap joke.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Going Home: Part 2

A few weeks ago my family and I embarked on a journey back to my home state of New Jersey. We spent some time with my older brother and his family in Pennsylvania so we could do some catching up and so our kids could play around with each other. One of the things we planned on doing was going to Mazezilla at Klingel's Farm in Saylorsburg, PA. Well, the weather had other ideas, so we found an indoor activity to entertain the kids. We went skating at the BIG WHEEL in East Stroudsburg!
When we got inside there were very few people out in the skate rink, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We had so much fun and took part in the limbo line (Spoiler: I lost), quick stop game and sock races. There was a birthday party going on, but they were confined to the party area in the back and only came out for the special contests.
Another cool thing about that day that we went to the BIG WHEEL was that they had the place decorated for Halloween and had given some of their usual decor a scary makeover.
This Dracula face was pretty cool. After about 4 hours skating it was time to leave. I always remember hearing commercials for this place on the radio, but never went. Now I can check this off my bucket list.
Until next time...goodbye BIG WHEEL. Eventually later in the week the weather improved and we had time for Mazezilla!
This place was AWESOME! Before you go into the maze they give you a punch card showing different things you had to find within the maze. It wasn't just a quick start & finish task which spread out how long it took us to complete. 
I think we were in those 11 acres of corn for over an hour and a half before we exited. And when we returned to the light of day we were greeted by a glorious sight...
Carnival food stands featuring everything from corn dogs to cotton candy to funnel cakes! I had missed my opportunity to get a deep fried Snickers bar at the fair this year, but I would not make that mistake again! It was gooey, warm and delicious and I'm pretty sure it caused a cavity or two.
There was also a petting zoo, where my kids spent most of their time feeding the goats and pigs, rubber duck races, slides, ball bounce area and this stack of old tractor tires. Heading here was well worth the wait. Now checkout this commercial for BIG WHEEL. It doesn't have that classic jingle, but you get to see some of what makes this place so cool. If you want to hear the jingle click HERE or visit BigWheelSkating.com.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Comic Book Pick 11/6/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
BATMAN #82
"City of Bane" part eight! Batman and his allies wage war on the City of Bane, but an unexpected turn of events will send everyone reeling. Will there be another death in the family, or can the Dark Knight break Bane's iron grip over Gotham City?
(W) Tom King (A) Mikel Janin (CA) David Finch
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 11/4/19

Throw on your Leather Jacket and head to The Street  as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Michael Jackson
Song: Speed Demon
Album:  Bad (1989)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: The video for this song was directed by legendary Claymation artist Will Vinton and features a cameo by The Noid. This song was never released as a commercial single which led to it receiving minor airplay.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Going Home: Part 1

About two weeks ago my family and I embarked on a journey back to my home state of New Jersey. The first night we arrived we spent some time with my parents and my Mom made us a home cooked meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and a lasagna! It was delicious, but I was wanting to bring my kids to some of my favorite eating establishments from when I was growing up and the next day our first stop was the famous Blairstown Diner!
Of course this diner was famous for being one of the filming locations for the original Friday The 13th movie in 1980 and it has changed over the years, but basics stayed the same. It was a small, family owned restaurant that serves great diner food.
My kids and I looked over the menu and my twins ordered pancakes with blueberries and one with chocolate chips. My oldest daughter ordered a cheeseburger. They all enjoyed their meals and we still had enough leftovers for them to have another helping the next day for lunch.
I was torn between what I should order. When I used to come here with my dad over a decade ago, I would order the Cowboy Burger, but since I was in the Halloween mood I could not pass up the Jason Voorhees inspired fare and I went with...
THE SLASHER BURGER!!! This burger had cheeses, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a fried egg on top. I have had variations on this burger at other places before, but there is something to be said about the ambiance of a diner. It just seems to make everything taste better, especially when you visit one after 2am! 
I really enjoyed my meal much like the rest of the family and after a fun stop up the street at Footbridge park with the kids, we headed home. On the way I pointed out some other Friday The 13th locations to the kids. We passed by Hartung's General store on High Street in Hope, NJ.
And we also made time to swing by the gates of the old Moravian Cemetery on the corner of High Street and Mount Hermon Road. It had been almost ten years since I had been back home and I was soaking in every bit of it. I hope my kids enjoyed the trip as much as I did.
Back at my parent's house my brother mentioned if I had picked up one of the anniversary shirts they were selling at the diner. I must have missed them when I was there, but I said "It would have been cool to get one". My Dad said "Really?" and left the room only to come back with this shirt for me! Aren't Dads the best!
In other Jason related news, I finally found the Toony Terrors Jason Voorhees action figure at Walmart in the ITC in Flanders, NJ!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2019

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019!!!!

Happy Halloween everybody! Hope it's full of frights, candy and lots of fun!!! Can't wait to go out with my kids this year! Each year my girls and wife go as a unit. This year the girls will be characters from the Disney movie "Descendants" and my wife will be Maleficent. Can you guess what me and my son are going as?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Comic Book Pick 10/30/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
MARVEL ZOMBIES RESURRECTION #1
THE HORROR SMASH-HIT LIVES AGAIN! When Galactus' corpse appears at the edge of Earth's solar system, the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four investigate. Too late, they discover that Galactus' body is now the vessel of an interstellar terror, which one-by-one transforms Earth's Mightiest Heroes into the universe's most terrifying predators! As our heroes try to escape the superpowered, cannibalistic aberrations that were once their friends and family, will any survive? And even if they do, can they hope to protect Earth from the infestation that has already claimed half of the known universe? Don't miss the FIRST ISSUE of this terrifying new vision of the classic Marvel tale!
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
SRP: $4.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com