Sometimes, life just keeps me laughing. This is one of those moments. Ok so for those that know me within my comic book realm, then you most likely know Spike. In college, I worked at Von’s Video and Comics for 2 years, and one of our most colorful associates was named Spike. He always wore exceedingly inappropriate clothing like fish net shirts and pleather pants while patrolling the parking lot during Purdue football games. Spike and I became really good friends, and he was kind of like my version of Carrie Bradshaw’s Stanford. He’d always enjoy listening about my man troubles. Towards the end of school, I became a group member of an awesome band of misfits we nicknamed “The Inner Circle.” (It seems I always had the Hellfire Club on the brain.) There were seven of us with five boys and two girls. Our code names were ridiculous: Tanner (Greek Meat); Spike (California Love); Rob (Rocky Mountain Rob); Emre (The Turkish Delight); Aaron (Indifferent Man); Kari (Grammar Girl) and Me (Sexy Thing). I still keep in contact with many of the Inner Circle via Facebook, which has been nice. We always had a good time together talking about comic books, D&D (which I never participated in but they all did) and of course sex and booze. (Hahaha!)
I have been obsessed with the Mass Effect video games for years, so you should know how excited I was when the third game was released two weeks ago. I was still in the middle of my last play through of ME2, so I am a little behind. I watched Kari and Spike have updates on their Facebook, but I haven’t spoiled myself at all and don’t plan on doing so. All I know is that both Kari and Spike have cried over some parts of the game, which makes me wary since I do not want to cry. (I hate crying. My eyes get all chinky and weird. The one Asian side of me makes my face hurt afterwards). Well, then Spike finished the game and HATED it. He hated it so much… well, just read this article and perhaps this one.
Yup, that’s my Stanford! It is seriously all over the internet. He was telling me that he has done interviews for gaming magazines and blogs. Oh, this still cracks me up. Below is the only picture I have of most of the Inner Circle. (Spike is the only one missing, and we got Mahmut in there.) Notice, this was Halloween and that is why we are wearing costumes. And yes, I still think it is highly inappropriate that half the guys are wearing black face so they could go to Halloween characters from the Chappelle Show but remember, this was college and 2004. *Sigh. Memories. From left: Me as the Bride from Kill Bill, Emre as Lil’ John, Rob as a zombie, Kari as a pirate, Tanner as Samuel Adams Beer, and Aaron also a pirate… Mahmut is supposed to be the crack dealer Tyrone. I miss these kids.
I’ve gotta say, I’ve had a pretty good week so far. Granted, it is only Wednesday, but I am easily pleased I suppose. I will say that I am sick and tired of all of this rain headed our way and what not. At least it is coming now and not this weekend. Yesterday was awesome since a) I discovered the best shirt website ever b) I won a Thor plush toy while playing the claw and c) I had dinner with my best friend, Timmy! We met at Maggiano’s and just hung out. I always love seeing Timmy in a restaurant since the same thing always happens. I always get there extremely early, and he is late because of traffic. Always! haha!
On a health related note, I have had some issues with food lately. My lactose intolerance has been multiplied, so I have really decreased my consumption of cheese. Yes, I know if you are lactose intolerant you are not supposed to eat dairy products since it makes you sick, but I need calcium. I’m just eating small doses and hoping I don’t get sick. (So much for ice cream, cheese, and most salad dressings. Grr). Anyway, I ordered a healthy pasta with asparagus + sun-dried tomatoes with very little cheese. It was on the menu to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I’ll say this, taking cheese out of pasta is like taking an orgasm out of sex. Sorry Make-A-Wish kids, your menu sucks. Oh well, I guess it went to a good cause. Tim and I just sat around while I had a “snake martini” (which translates to a dirty martini with a shit ton of olives. Apparently I’m the only person on this planet who loves olives!) I got details on the NSM in Florida, and now we are leaving on Wednesday and coming back on Saturday. I am going to be so exhausted at Tim’s wedding, but I’ll buck up.
In other news, my health has improved. Pearson joined the Global Corporate Challenge, and I am participating. Basically we have a team of 7 (I am the team captain), and we have all received pedometers to track our daily progress. Our goal is to surpass 10,000 steps a day. Matt did the math and he said that could translate close to 5 miles a day. It’s been a lot of fun to track and see how much exercise is involved with regular daily activities like mowing the grass (4,000 steps!), walking Whiskey the long way (2,000) and walking around the building for a break (1,000). Sometimes I just get on our treadmill and walk while watching TV. I know most people do this, but I think treadmills are for running and not walking, but with rainy weather, you do what you need to! So far I’ve lost about 4 lbs. I know when we get to the dog days of summer I’ll lose more weight since I am always really active anyway. Plus I’ll sweat that out. I ordered two new swimsuits, and they look pretty good right now. Once my magnificent womanly hips thin out, they’ll look even better. I’m pretty lucky really, yeah I weigh a lot right now, but I carry the weight in weird sections. I just need to keep my activity level up. I know by cutting out dairy I’ll also lose weight and drastically improve my cholesterol. I talked to mom about what she used to feed me when I was growing up dairy-related. I can only do chocolate milk and cottage cheese without getting ill.
In other news, I might have to eat crow for all of my X-men: First Class bashing. A lot of reviews are in, and the movie is garnering 4 stars! What? The ace in the hole is Bryan Singer, so hopefully I am shocked and awed while watching. According to my comic book guy, there might be a screening for fans before the show. I am crossing my fingers. If not, I’m possibly going to do a midnight showing. I think the last midnight show I went to was X2 about 8 years ago. (I was working for X3 and am so glad I didn’t do that for that waste). Looking back, that night was pretty magical. I remember feeling so elated, overjoyed, and extremely emotional since I was crying at the end. I just remember Nikki sitting next to Spike in the theatre. Haha, ohhh memories!
This weekend will be amazing! It’s the Indianapolis 500, which means Indianapolis will be awesome! My mom surprised us by getting us tickets. I’m not sure if she is coming, but I kind of hope she does. Also Cory and her hubby will be in town to visit Emily and Dustin. They’ll be in the General Admission section. I hope I run into them. Well, I always run into Emily at events when drinking is involved, so I’m not too worried. Even if it is at the bathroom, haha! We are also having pictures taken on Memorial Day Monday of Whiskey and the house. I am praying the weather gods finally let in. This is the third time I’ve had to re-schedule due to insane rain.
In other news, I love L.A. Noire. Matt and I are playing it together as gum shoes. Totally recommended for anyone who liked GTA4.
What. A. Weekend! To start things off, I had a much-needed girl’s night with Rowsey at the Blu Martini. Back in the old Trafford days, we would occasionally go there for a massive dirty martini and half-priced sushi while bashing our work environment. A year later, we have better jobs and are happier, however, the martinis are not as good as they used to be! I am a gossip, and I love hearing about what is happening with our old co-workers. There was this guy at work whom I couldn’t stand. He’s in his mid-30′s and most likely lives with his parents because he is a douchebag. Another douchey factor? He always wears fitted caps and scarves. WHY? Apparently, he had moved back to Indy from NYC. So I named him Scarf Boy. Also, he would always brag that he knows Lady Gaga’s dad. Grrrreat! Even if you do, I feel sorry for Papa GaGa to like your scarfy face!!
Anyway, Scarf Boy was a complete DICK last year, so I pretty much despise him. While we were at Blu Martini, his name came up. Funny story- last time we heard from El Scarf-o was the night Rowsey and I went to the Lady GaGa concert in July. He texted something ridiculous like he had gotten clutch tickets. WHATEVER! So I took it upon myself to text him via Rowsey’s phone and tell him what I really though about his scarfy-ass. It kind of made my weekend. Oh but it gets better later in this post.
So the weekend was freezing cold (perfect for ScarfBoy no doubt), which was a major suck. Sunday turned out to be a “Comedy of Erros” kind of day. I went over to my parents house and brought El Whiskey to play with the good old, Brody dog. As I was driving, I noticed that there were trees and branches littered everywhere. What the heck? When I got to my parents’ I asked what the heck had happened to our street. My parents’ neighborhood has beautiful trees once the spring blooms come out, so I was pretty disappointed seeing the street in shambles. Well, on Wednesday last week, there was a storm that hit Noblesville pretty hard. Even though we live 5 -10 minutes away from each other, we experienced completely different weather patterns. I got hail at my house and my parents got tornado like winds! During the storm, I wasn’t watching TV, so I had no idea that my parents street was on the news! You would think that they could have called me later in the week to tell me? Sigh.
On Sunday nights, I like to make a big dinner. Matt and I really only see each other on the weekend, so it is nice family time. A few weeks ago, I had made wild mushroom risotto, which was amazing. When we bought the ingredients, I had bought two boxes of risotto, so I wanted to use the leftover bag for this dinner. Now, I spare no cost for Sunday night dinners since it is usually a feast for two. I had bought truffles ($8.99) and saffron threads ($15.99 ouchies!) and the other ingredients like the wine and so forth. Matt was trying to get the Food Processor to work to pulse our Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Boys are stupid when it comes to appliances. I see him trying to jimmy a handle with a butter knife and I go bananas. No, you don’t need to “jimmy” a Cusinart Food Processor, which cost someone about $125!! So I throw him the manual, he screams at me, and then I see it is time to put in the Arrigo rice. I grab the package and cut open the top. THANKFULLY, the bag is see through so you can see the rice inside.
Well, there was rice, but there was also A DEAD COCKROACH in it! WITH LITTLE BROWN THINGS… eggs? AHHHHHH!! I was furious!! GROSS!!! At this point, everything was ruined without the rice. So yeah, I did what I had to do to try to save the meal. I grabbed my Little White Rose bag, aka the Asian Rice to you non-Asian people. Put it this way, Asian Rice in Wild Mushroom Risotto is sacrilegious. I couldn’t even eat it. Instead, we headed to Taco Bell. I am still upset about that damn rice.
When we got back from Taco Bell, Matt thought it was chilly and decided to make a fire. This was a good idea, until he accidentally closed the floo for about 30 seconds and the entire house was filled with smoke. Yeah! Then to make matters even worse, I was FINALLY finished with the Baby Girl Baby Blanket I have been working on since February. With this pattern, I had to stitch the border to the blanket part. I should have left well enough alone, but no, I was determined to finish the baby blanket. Well, I stitched incorrectly at the beginning, so yeah, now the what was once rectangle baby blanket is now shaped like a parallelogram. *Sigh. Oh well, babies don’t care about symmetry.
Monday was pretty amazing. I got the best e-mail EVER from Amanda! I made dinner plans with Lips! I got an email from Scarf Boy that just said “Fuck You!” LOVE MY LIFE! Today I bought Britney’s new album which should be renamed Robot Singing and not Femme Fatale. News dropped today that she was going on tour this summer with Enrique Iglesias, and by an ACT OF GOD, she will be coming to Indy for the FIRST TIME EVER on September 21st. And as I write this, I notice that Enrique just dropped out of the tour. Hmm? Cheapest tickets start at $96, which is insane. I do want to see her though, and I’m a DINK person, so I can make it happen. I guess this will be a developing story. Oh Britney!
In other awesomeness, I found the Jean Grey Marvel Universe action figure that has been eluding me. AND when I get home, I will have Mass Effect: Arrival waiting for me! HUZZAH IT IS A GOOD DAY!
It is a Purdue tradition that when it hits December, there needs to be a cocktail party. My old friends would throw a magnificent cocktail party where the only pre-requisites were that you dressed up in cocktail attire and you brought your own wine glass. It was always a lot of fun, and crazy stuff always managed to go down. The girls of Salisbury Street would have someone buy lots of booze for us since we were only 20 at the time. (Ahh to be illegal).
During 2002, I managed to have a pretty good time, and my boyfriend spilled the beans to my friends that he wanted to propose to me. When I found this out, I decided to make out with a pilot and spell his name backwards. Ha! In 2003, I was dating a new guy, and I was in the process of growing out my hair. (Bad decision!) It was a pretty good date considering that we went to the bars later and the new guy physically picked me up so I wouldn’t get cobblestones in my shoes as we left Harry’s parking lot. This was also the first time I discovered heated seats. So yes, cocktailin’ is a favorite of mine.
We had a successful party for Matt’s 30th birthday, so we knew round #2 would be good. I was a bit bummed out since my boy, Timmy, told us Dec. 18th was perfect for him, but then he couldn’t attend because he was having his family Christmas. A party without Timmy? Yikes! I wanted to cancel right then and there. I can’t do anything without him! We did have close to 20 people RSVP, so I was happy so many people wanted to join us.
Another reason why I think our parties are good is because a) I get Filipino catered food and b) we don’t scrimp on booze. Anything you wanted, we had it: scotch, gin, bourbon, whiskey, wine, beer, etc. Top shelf, bitches! I believe in an open bar.
I was a bit ambitious this year and bought two cocktail dresses that were one size too small. I have been working out and trying to eat better to lose some weight. Needless to say, this was stupid of me, and I looked a bit like a Christmas ham meets 3-months pregnant linebacker. Then I decided, “Screw it, it is my house and I don’t care.” So I put on my new red cocktail dress and attached the straps and applied some fire engine red lip stick. We had 2 stations. The hard alcohol was in the living room, and I made a martini station in the kitchen. My favorite drink is a grasshopper, so I bought the ingredients for that and added a candy cane to each drink.
When everyone started to arrive, I was shocked that everyone wanted grasshoppers. Usually people think they are weird since they are green. It was a great choice! I was so happy to see many of my Noblesville high school friends who were in town. Natalie came down to give Laura a bridal shower, so all the girls from that came! I was thrilled seeing Tiara and her husband Billy, meeting Laura’s fiancée, playing video games with Dana’s boyfriend, and of course chilling with Natalie and Emily. It was funny when old boy Oliver strolled in. Oliver also went to high school with us, but I wasn’t really friends with him then. We connected during the high school reunion, and Matt loves him. So the girls were loving having Oliver around for the party! (Plus Oliver brought homemade wine— AMAZING!)
Matt had a lot of friends come too! We had Gino and Brad come down from Ft Wayne with their dates. They are so much fun. They both play in a band together, so it was funny to me watching them play Rock Band on easy since they never played the game before. Hilarious! I also had a group of guys playing the old X-men arcade game with me. Since that game was originally Japanese, we heard some hilarious dialogue. As we were fighting Magneto at the end, he kept saying “DIE X-CHICKENS!” I believe he was supposed to say “X-men” and not “X-Chickens.” I couldn’t stop laughing.
Whiskey was a huge hit in his sweater vest. My girl, Ashley, from my old job came with her husband. They are so funny. Jordie tried to save Whiskey from eating a tooth pick, which was nice of him. Ashley also was trying to set up Roque with one of her single friends since he is newly on the market. I felt bad for Roque since Tim wasn’t there (our mutual friend between us) or Jeff (Matt’s mutual friend between them). Plus, there was only one single girl there to mingle with and not zillions. Oh well, I am glad we are now hanging out with him. He is an awesome guy!
I’d say the best cocktail dress of the night went to Emily in her beautiful blue dress, and the best male outfit went to her friend, Jeff. Oliver’s moustache always kills me, so I just can’t award it, haha. Dana was drunk of the night since she drank a rum and coke larger than her head. She then called her mom to be her designated driver and offered that service to all participants of the party. It was hilarious.
Overall, I am glad we have epic parties. I got so many e-mails and thank you’s on Sunday which really meant a lot to me. Also, I found it interesting that we had more booze at the end of the party than when we began. Everyone brought wine and mixers, (not needed or expected but WOO!) which was great. Gino and his girlfriend, Jen, spent the night (with Brad and Courtney in the hotel down the street), so we got lunch on Sunday afternoon together. Hopefully, we will get to hang out with them in Fort Wayne this weekend after all of the holiday festivities end. Matt was massively hung over, so we just took it easy on Sunday. I am really excited for the holiday parties this weekend. On Friday we will go to my Aunt Becky & Uncle Archie’s house to have Christmas Eve with my cousin’s children. On Christmas, I think we are just staying home to relax and enjoy the day. There is no need to rush around. I want to make a delicious dinner. On Sunday,we will most likely go to Fort Wayne to visit Matt’s family.
I love this time of year!
Last night I did something nostalgic. I watched one of my old VHS tapes from my childhood. Sure, the quality wasn’t the greatest, but I tell ya, the entertaining factor is still there. Then I thought about it some more. When I think of my childhood, I can definitely think of “Saturday Morning Cartoons,” which I believe came into pop culture in the early 80′s. All of those Baby Boomers needed the kids to leave them alone for a few hours on Saturday morning. I remember fondly that time was ME TIME. (And come on, what is better than ME TIME?)
I then started to think about future cartoons. Are there still Saturday morning cartoons? Are they GOOD or are they crap made in Japan with squids as machines and robots? My guess is that the new cartoons are terrible and ridiculous. I have seen bits and pieces of Dora The Explorer and Bob The Builder, and let’s be frank, that is just crappy shit! So this is another reason I will prolong having children. Until there are good cartoons for them to watch, I just ain’t interested. Seriously.
I also found this fun link on Complex.com about The 50 Greatest Saturday Morning Cartoons - Sure, I agree with some of the choices. I did think this list lacked a real feminine touch, however. So here is my spin on the 15 Best Saturday Morning Cartoons. (Yes, I was originally trying for 10, but COME ON!) Come down memory lane with me….
15. Snorks (1984)
Sure, they looked like smurfs with snorkels on their heads, but they lived happily under the sea in Snorkland. When the Snork would get excited, their tube would make a sound and bubbles would go everywhere. (It’s true, kids love bubbles). My favorite was Daffney (of course the vain, snobby one) who was voiced by Nancy Cartwright, that’s right, the voice of Bart Simpson! I do fondly remember loving their theme song as well. What makes a fabulous cartoon? A fabulous theme song!
14. Wildfire (1986)
I feel as if I was the only girl who watched this show. Nobody else seems to remember it. The introduction was stellar and told the complete story in 30 seconds. Princess Sara was a baby in the kingdom of Dar-Shan. For some reason, the evil sorceress, Lady Diabolyn, wanted her gone. So this PURPLE TALKING HORSE named Wildfire grabbed the baby and took her to Earth until she was ready to take back Dar-shan. Ok, sure, it sounds a bit stupid now, but purple talking horses, amulets that bring you to other dimensions, a girl who wears a goofy black hat with blonde hair? Awesome.
13. Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990)
This was a BIG deal. HUGE. Sure, it was a one-time-only cartoon, but it was memorable. The late 80′s and early 90′s brought on the beginning of major anti-drug campaigns for young children. What better way to reach the kids? A CARTOON talking about drugs with their favorite characters! Genius! Michael is a teenager who begins to smoke pot and steal beer. His kid sister is afraid he is going to become a total loser, so she gets her favorite cartoons to straighten him out. Heck, he took her piggy bank! What a lousy big brother! Stealing your kid sister’s piggy bank!
12. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
Thank God for Steven Speilberg. He made characters for a new generation with ties to old favorites like Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and so on. The show took place in Acme Acres and followed the exploits of Babs and Buster Bunny as they attend Acme Looniversity. The show steered away from the violence of earlier WB Looney Tunes cartoons (lame! Thanks 90′s!) but the characters were funny. I hated hated HATED Elmyra Duff.
11. Muppet Babies (1984)
For those familiar with The Muppets Take Manhattan, Muppet Babies was a spin-off of the thought, “What would have happened if Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy grew up together? The best part of this show was how each character every week would use their imaginations to teach a lesson. I will admit, after watching the episode where they cut pieces of cassette tapes apart and then magically tape them together to make one solid tape of fun music- I tried doing that at home. Needless to say, it doesn’t work. At all. Ha! Did you know that Uncle Joey from Full House was Animal? Whoa.
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1988)
I was introduced to TMNT through Burger King of all places. I remember going there with my Dad and ordering a Kid’s Meal and receiving a free VHS tape with an episode on it. There were 4 tapes, and I begged my dad each week to take me so I could get the next tape. Voila! Everyone loved the 4 wise-crackin’ turtles from the sewers of NYC obsessed with martial arts and PIZZA. I remember making my mom order me an anchovy pizza once. Needless to say, I never ordered it again. My favorite was Donatello, hands down. (The smart ones always wear purple!) COWABUNGA!
9. Captain N: The Game Master (1989)
Nintendo was genius and made a cartoon to showcase all of their best characters! The story focused on Kevin, a regular kid who was an amazing video gamer, who gets sucked into Video Land to save the world. Princess Lana (love her… and the same actress voiced Jean Grey in X-men Evolution, double yes!) was a fun, female addition. The team consisted of Kevin, Princess Lana, Simon Belmont (Castlevania stud muffin, who is an annoying guy most of the time), the timid Kid Icarus, stodgy Mega Man, annoying Game Boy, and of course, Duke, the dog! The episodes would follow parts of the N Team on different video game worlds while fighting the evil Mother Brain. (Seriously, a brain can be a wonderful villain.) My favorite episodes included 2 of my favorite characters ever made, Link and Zelda, which brings me to #8….
8. The Legend of Zelda (1989)
In actuality, this was not aired on Saturday morning, but Friday afternoon. I used to run home so fast from school to watch The Super Mario Bros. Super Show because this would air then. For anyone who played video games in the 80′s, you knew your Link and Zelda. Link was the fun-loving, courageous hero, and Zelda was the snobby, uptight princess. A match made in TV heaven. Every episode I would tune in and wait for Zelda to FINALLY kiss Link. I tell you, Zelda was really mean to him. After all these years, I don’t know if they ever smooched. “Well excuuuuse me, princess!”
7. Captain Planet (1990)
I was a total environmentalist when I was a kid. I wanted to have my own compost pile (seriously?!), I would cut all of the soda can plastic holders so fish wouldn’t die in them, and I would always, always, ALWAYS Recycle. I am glad that I still do most of these things (have thought about a compost pile but they really smell ya know…) The series focuses on 5 average Environmentalists : Kwame from Africa (Earth), Wheeler from U.S. (Fire), Linka from Russia (Wind), Gi from Asia (Water), and Ma-Ti from S. America (Heart). With their powers combined… they create Captain Planet. Sure, it was a bit hokey, but c’mon, it had Whoopi Goldberg as Gaia! Mother Earth! I dig that! I was OBSESSED with these action figures. I actually wrote a letter to the company asking where I could buy them since they were so hard to find. Yes, I was a loser. GO PLANET!
6. Inspector Gadget (1983)
Inspector Gadget is the only cyborg/robot on my list. Sure, he was a bumbling idiot of a detective, but that is why he had his awesome niece, Penny, assisting him. Penny also had the help of her dog, Brain. This show was revolutionary in the terms of using a “computer book” as something that can be taken everywhere to formulate plots and find things. Penny was the greatest thing from this show. She was cute, smart, and a detective with MAD skills. (ha ha, MAD, get it?) Inspector Gadget’s main foe was the evil Dr. Claw, who was never revealed (until a TERRIBLE VIDEO GAME ruined the imagination for all kids everywhere… do not Google it, you will be disappointed!!) Also, this theme song still gets stuck in my head and I am 28 years old!!
5. Garfield & Friends (1988)
Garfield was created by Jim Davis, who lives in Muncie, IN (which is about 40 minutes away from where I live) so this was very popular as you can bet. Garfield, everyone’s favorite fat, opinionated, lasagna loving cat, would only want to eat or sleep. His owner, Jon, would always have to deal with Garfield’s shenanigans. Because of Odie and Garfield, I knew from a very young age that cats and dogs should never live together. As for the flip side, I liked the addition of the farm friends (Orson the Pig and Egg were my favorites! Seriously, a character in an Egg?? GREAT TV!)
4. She-Ra: The Princess of Power (1985)
Yes, She-ra was created to entice young girls in for merchandising. This is a fact. Well, it definitely worked! I loved He-Man, and I was thrilled when I saw “Secrets of the Sword” with the introduction of Prince Adam’s long-lost twin, Adora. Adora lived in a more ethereal world, (more girly!) and had a horse, which turned into a flying unicorn! What girl wouldn’t love that? Also, she had a sword and could FIGHT, but then had the ability to heal. I think the greatest part of this cartoon was the fact that almost all characters were female and strong. The males were portrayed as stupid and weak. I loved that about it. I also want to thank Mattel for creating some of the best female action figures of all time. They had hair! Loved them!
3. Jem & The Holograms (1985)
Jem. Oh Jem. I fucking loved this cartoon. Like more than life itself. Yesterday, I was watching my tape of Jem cartoons. This cartoon was IT. Jem & The Holograms focused on 4 women who were life-long best friends (Aja and Shana) and sisters. Jerrica Benton and her sister, Kimber, inherited their father’s Hologram machine, poetically named Synergy. They were in charge of an Orphanage for young girls called Starlight House. When the evil Eric Raymond tried to steal Starlight House away, the girls formed a band with Jerrica’s alter ego, Jem. Not only were they fabulous singers, movie stars, and celebrities, but they were detectives as well. They even helped the president in one episode! Eventually, a 5th member was added (Raya). This cartoon showcased to my knowledge the first diverse female cast. None of them were the same, which was great. It showed insane fashion, and had wonderful, catchy music. I can imagine myself sitting in a room with Lady Gaga in 1985, loving this show. Also, this show had lessons such as acceptance, volunteerism, and foster care. It was so much more than a cartoon. I still have every episode on tape.
2. Thundercats (1985)
“Thunder…Thunder…Thundercats… HO!” Best tagline ever. Who knew a bunch of human cats could be so endearing and likewise, awesome? While fleeing from their planet, Thundera, (how very Superman of them) the refugees: Jaga (the head honcho,) Lion-O (the prince and destined ruler), Panthro (captain and overall badass), Cheetara (sex with a stick), Tigra (wise shaman), WilyKit & WilyCat (twin annoying bitches!) and Snarf (comedic relief) are headed towards a planet they can rule while safeguarding the Eye of Thundera. The Eye is imbedded in the hilt of the Sword of Omens. Eventually, they land on Third Earth (after Jaga dies! Sadness!) to fight the Mutants of Plun-Darr and the evil Mumm-ra. Sure, this cartoon was aimed more at boys, but Cheetara was great. Looking back, she’s a bit on the wimpy side since she always gets tired, but she was the one holding everything together. The show progressed wonderfully while adding 3 new characters late in the run and even better villains. I’m excited for this re-boot! This would be a great reason to have children.
1. X-men: The Animated Series (1992)
Like you had any doubt that this wouldn’t be #1? Come on! This show revolutionized my mediocre life! This show saved me from the adolescence I was doomed to have. This opened my world to the amazing comic book series that now takes a lot of time in my life. In fact, you better expect that said future children WILL be named after characters from this universe (I already picked Charlie’s middle name after Wolverine… c’mon people, I’m obsessed). It all started for me on Halloween 1992. X-men was great because it covered mature material and topics like the Holocaust, prejudice, racism, intolerance, Christianity, hell, even AIDS. What made it great was that the stories from the comics were essentially told in the best medium possible. It changed my life.
Well there you have it. Cartoons. God Bless ‘em!