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Peanut allergies - Random Topics
baldrick, Am I reading you correctly in that you think we should isolate those with peanut allergies? Even if one doesn't care that it would be exceedingly punitive to folks who didn't ask to have that reaction, how difficult would implementing that proposed solution be compared to merely continuing to print a 'this product may contain peanuts' label on packages for consumers to make the decisions for themselves about whether they want to eat something with peanuts or serve it to friends/family who may have the allergies? If you don't want to have kids with peanut allergies ask your intended to take an allergen test before having sex with them if you like but isolating folks as though they comitted a heinous crime seems a bit extreme and quite the opposite of any freedom of choice! Thankfully, I don't have that condition but if I knew someone I cared about had it, I'd be sure to check the labels before I served them anything I knew could trigger possibly fatal reactions. Personally, I think for the sake of those who suffer the allergies (rather than those who consider it annoying to read the packaging labels), peanut allergies boned Day One. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 23, 2010, 5:40 pm

John Edwards - Celebrities
Johnnydough, The cheating on his wife was bad enough but for him to cheat on her- knowing she has inoperable, terminal cancer THEN insist on her playing 'happy family' and helping him cover this mess up just so he could run for President is utterly vile and stomach churning! As someone who's had relatives who've dealt with cancer, I find what he did to her indefensively cruel and heartless and I feel sorry for ALL his children- especially his youngest who has TWO parents contemptuous enough as to treat a cancer patient so despicably. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 21, 2010, 7:25 am

Eight Simple Rules - TV Shows
Baldrick, I agree! If anyone had told me that Rockford would AVOID living with Suzanne Pleshette(who played Gramps' estranged wife in the John Ritter memorial ep) but opt to his nephew David Spade, I'd have told asked what they were smoking. Who in their right minds would have preferred living with David Spade over Suzanne Pleshette for any reason?! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 19, 2010, 8:25 am

Corn Pops - Random Topics
Shanequia, I've got a question. Do those pops ever soggy enough to sink into the milk? It always seemed to me like eating candied styrofoam! Anyway, glad you liked them so I guess if you hate Tootie Pops (which I like) and you like these (which I hate), it's somewhat fair enough! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 18, 2010, 11:55 am

Unsolved Mysteries - TV Shows
Shanequia, I can't say that I had that problem(sorry to hear that it happened to you). However; when it bought every bogus ghost, psychic and flying saucer story instead of actually trying to find criminals, solve crimes or reunite loved ones, that was kinda it for me. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 18, 2010, 11:44 am

Tootsie Rolls - Random Topics
Shanequia, I always thought they tasted like chocolate taffy myself but only if I have one or two small ones. More than that gets tiresome. In any case, I can't eat them anymore now that I'm due for a dental crown. Oh well. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 18, 2010, 11:42 am

That's So Raven - TV Shows
It didn't matter to me about the star's size but what bugged me about this was that, in the beginning at least, the show had potential to become a good classic comedy (e.g. when she's trying to keep her parents from meeting her teacher at school by faking being her own mother was almost 'I Love Lucy' in caliber). Problem is that it quickly devolved into a live action cartoon and it just seemed as though the writers, performers, etc. got lazy and went that route instead of trying to live up to their potential. Plus the whole phychic deal would have been better off just shot down at the writers' table. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 18, 2010, 11:39 am

New Jersey - Random Topics
Shanequia, Actually 'Old Jersey' (or the original inspiration) is Jersey- one of the Channel Islands a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel (closer to France, though). It's much smaller than its US American namesake but it STILL seems to me as though it would be a lot more fun to explore. Maybe if I get back to the other side of the Pond, I can do that. Follow this link and see if you don't agree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey P.S. It's GREAT having you back! I've missed you! Where have you been? Welcome back! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 18, 2010, 11:33 am

Body Piercing - Random Topics
To each their own on this but I never could see the point of getting something permanent that would have to be covered up or explained away re job interviews or that special someone who just happened to hate them! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 6:33 pm

Edsel - Random Topics
Sad irony of it is that it was named for Henry Ford's dumped on and dissed only son who died prematurely but whose own son Henry II would take over his grandfather's company after the old man died. Yep, Henry II gave this car his late dad's tag in the hopes of having something of his dad being memorialized for posterity but instead the name itself became a punch line. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 6:26 pm

Modern Family - TV Shows
I'm one of those folks who actually hated "Married"(yeah, yeah boo me) but thought that the performers could do better stuff. Luckily, like "Eight Rules" did with Katey Sagal and "Samantha Who" did with Christina Applegate, this show's proven me right with Ed O'Neill. I like how this cluster of unconventional families in this one extended family who each have interesting personalities have a true bond despite (because?) of their clashing unconventionalities. Plus, it's good to see Ed (or Jay) actually happily married to a passionate but goldenhearted much younger Latina and a good dad to his smarter-than-but-still-respectful-to-his-folks stepson ! Oh yeah and it's just a genuinely funny show,IMO. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 6:19 pm

Inspector Gadget - TV Shows
Got a little curious about this due to Don Adams (Maxwell Smart) voicing Gadget but did anyone else ever wonder where his brain was supposed to go when that helicopter deal would pop out of the top of his hat? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 6:02 pm

New Casper Cartoon Show, The (1963-1969) - TV Shows
I thought it was a bit boring even as a kid. Living humans see him, get spooked, he pleads that he's friendly then the humans reform and accept him. Repeat theme. However; guess who voiced Casper? Nellie Oleson's mother (NOT Harriet or the actress who played her). Yeah, the voice actress who played Casper gave birth to Allison Arngrim. Don't know what's more odd- that Casper who was a boy ghost was voiced by a living woman OR that the boring Friendly Ghost is connected to one of the most entertaining unfriendly characters in TV history! Another trivia bit that seems more interesting than anything that happened on the show itself. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 5:59 pm

Pac-Man - TV Shows
I never saw this one but would someone tell me why his wife (in the arcade game at least) was called 'Ms. PacMan' instead of just PacWoman? As for the game itself? OK but not as fun as Space Invaders or my personal fave Qix(reminded me of medieval conquests for some reason and I liked the sound effects)! Yeah, it's been awhile since I was into this stuff. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 5:49 pm

Land of the Lost - TV Shows
This one's easy. It boned when Dad fell into the Pylon going no one knows where- and the kids reacted to the loss of their sole surviving parent (with them still stuck in this weird dimension) as though they'd dropped their fries in the lunch line. Yeah, Uncle Jack came along right afterwards and they all acted as though Dad was totally expendable as long they had Uncle Jack to beat back Scarface. About the only episode after that that was any good was when they met Medusa who turned an entire dino into stone before they did her in (guess how). -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 5:41 pm

Hard Time on Planet Earth - TV Shows
MCS, As a public service, I'm about to do for you(as well as the other Regulars+ all the 'Net trolls) what I've done for very few folks in my offline life- admit I actually watched this show. Yeah, I'm enough to remember it and was even legal age so I can't use the folly of youth as an excuse for having seen it! Back then, I was somewhat into sci-fi stuff and thought the idea of an alien trying to find out the customs of our planet intriguing enough to watch this. Not a bad premise in itself, right? Well,here goes what this was about, this alien warrior who rebelled against authority gets 'imprisoned' on Earth in a human body. Well, because he happened to steal some mechanic's coveralls for his first clothing and the coveralls were tagged with the name of 'Jesse', this would be the only name he'd be known as. With only the advantage of superhuman strength to help him survive, he was supposed to infiltrate our world observing customs as quietly and inobtrusively as possible. Of course, Jesse being somewhat of a warrior hothead couldn't do anything quietly and often would get into trouble by taking everything quite literally the humans would say to him. Oh, he had a combination nag/companion in the person. .er machine. .thing of this big, talking floating eyeball known as Control who at first was his marked advesary but once Jesse threatened to inform the alien bigwigs of Control's incompetence and offtask behavior, they truced it over to become kinda friends. Of course, this meant that Jesse had to constantly disguise, hide this eyeball to keep his cover from being an alien blown. After a few episodes, Jesse actually seemed to prefer staying here instead of going back where he came from and a great deal of his warrior angst got defused. Okay, if you've read this far, you get the idea that this seemed somewhat a lame show that didn't last long for good reason but I stuck it out as long as I could (what else was there to watch in 1989?). However; the show boned entirely when they had an episode in which Jesse became a Disney theme park employee but of course got into all kind of Disney scrapes. The floating eyeball somehow got drunk and wound up singing 'It's a Small World After All'. That was IT for me. I hope this helps. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 28, 2010, 5:30 pm

All Creatures Great and Small - TV Shows
Thanks for commenting on this one,Nyssa and Mythigator. It's one of my fave Brit shows of all time!I used to look forward to watching this every Sunday morning when it came on my local PBS station with its great mixture of drama, humor and just the dynamics between the leads themselves, the patient animals they treated (and the patients' owners they had to deal with re paying the bills,etc.) There's so much to like and be intrigued with this, it's hard to know where to start. I liked how they did a great deal of location filming all over the Dales including in REAL stone barns in miserable, rainy days where foggy breath was the norm- just as many vets have had to put up with . James was a good nebbishy straight man here who could be easily intimidated by animal's owners, his fiancee/wife Helen and his co-workers when they'd try to put stuff over on him. However; he'd become a virtual unstoppable superhero if there was a possibility of one of his animal patients' needlessly suffering with no one and nothing would get him to back down! It's a good thing he cared for and liked animals so much because he had no escape from them- even when he lived in Skeldale House with his vet partners the Farnon Brothers(the sons of an unseen mother who was a Wagner fan), the bombastic elder brother Siegfried always had large numbers of big dogs following him. Tristan was more of a laidback goof who was often trying to scam James to do more of his work but he often provided the necessary comic relief when the drama got too serious. Totally devoted to the group and not the least bit daunted by all these men and dogs was their sturdy housekeeper Mrs. Hall whom even Siegfried deferred to. Of course, James had more in his life than dogs and Farnons when, to his unexpected delight, this gorgeous, sweet local girl named Helen actually took an interest in him and was even willing to marry him despite their having to live in a house with all these other men and dogs! Helen, it turned out also had his passion for making things right with the animals in their corner of the world. James and the Farnon Brothers treated a wide range of animals everything from plowhorses,calving cows to pampered pooches and cats. Of course, while the world may have seemed timeless to their patients, it wasn't for the humans who were struggling with the Great Depression and then the start of World War II and soon the War would scatter the Herriots and Farnons to the wind and the show would end for the time being. Three years later, they revived the show in a postwar setting back in the Dales but it wasn't nearly as fun or interesting (Callum did his best but he was no Tristan). What seemed to be the most abrupt substitution was the replacement of the stunning and kindly Carol Drinkwater who'd played Helen with the decidedly more matronly and less sympathetic Lynda Bellingham. Think of it had Suzanne Pleshette left "Bob Newhart" and they brought in Rose Marie to play Emily Hartley! James just didn't seem to think of himself as lucky-he-got-her with Lynda as he did with Carol. Also, their kids seemed a bit cardboard. Still, even the latter years are worth watching if one has the chance! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 22, 2010, 10:10 am

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - TV Shows
Anyone else remember (or have seen replayed) the famous Tomahawk Incident? Johnny threw a tomahawk at the painted outline of an opponent- and it landed at a VERY vulnerable spot! What was REALLY hilarious about this is that the audience could see that there were a zillion wisecracks going through Johnny's head at that moment but he could say NONE of them on the air [back then] and they were struggling to try to keep this clever but tasteful as possible. Ah, can anyone imagine TV going to that kind of effort nowadays? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 20, 2010, 9:50 am

Obesity - Random Topics
Yeah, it's quite a connumdrum, Exploding Console, re how one should react to the morbidly obese. One the one hand taunting and dissing them for something they are [often painfully] aware of every moment of the day doesn't help matters but saying and doing nothing isn't effective either. Good point about how extreme overeating is often like alcohol or drugs to the morbidly obese. Unfortunately, unlike alcohol or drugs, everyone MUST keep consuming nourishment to survive so it's not as though one can ask someone to stop eating altogether . Then, too, as one gastric bypass operation survivor who then became addicted to illegal drugs put it, the surgery takes off the weight but it doesn't take away the underlying demons for the obesity. There are friends and family in my life who are slowly killing themselves this way and I wish I could think of a definitive answer as to how to help. I guess the best way is to show encouraging examples and to seek out less destructive means to deal with the underlying demons. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 20, 2010, 9:44 am

Obesity - Random Topics
Yeah, I agree that unhealthy eating's a bad thing but, put it this way, anyone who's morbidly obese with more than 50 extra pounds has far more serious issues than a love of cheeseburgers and fries! No one gets to be 400 pounds overnight and no stable person would choose to barricade themselves in a [barely] portable prison with seemingly the entire world gawking and dissing them. Considering the many debilitatingly serious health problems (e.g. diabetes, early onset arthritis, heart disease,etc.)that often result from it, this is rather serious for the morbidly obese themselves as well as all their friends, families and co-workers. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 16, 2010, 12:05 pm

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