Dead Mall - Carolina Circle Mall in Greensboro, NC

I've never even been to this mall in Greensboro, North Carolina, but the video gave me goosebumps and it nearly gave me tears. Thank you to roadgeek for sharing this moving video on youtube.  It starts by bringing us back to the 70's when that mall was built, which was when beautiful malls were popping up all over America like spring tulips. The anchor stores of this mall were Ivey's, Belk, Montgomery Ward, and I am not sure if there were any others. We love the very 70's Montgomery Ward color choices, and also the interesting view from outside. read more...

PARTY TIME!!! It's the weekend!!! Wooo Hoooo! Time for Hat Making Contests and Jimmy Crack Corn!!!

These wild and crazy teenagers get together to throw a party and decide to call their guests rather than send out written invitations. Sometimes it's nice to change it up a little.

 

My favorie parts of the party are the hat making contest (who DOESN'T like a hat making contest at a party?), the excitement over the announcement of refreshments, and the grand finale - when one fellow just happens to casually let the guests know he can play the piano, then they all gather around to sing "Jimmy Crack Corn".

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Let's take a trip to Suffolk in England to hear Super Mario Bros. being played on a church organ

Sticking with the religious theme of yesterday, I thought it would be nice for us to hear an old church organ. In my search I found something I never expected to find - the theme to the Nintendo "Super Mario Brothers" game being played during a church service on a fantastic old organ. The song was performed by youtube user sqdge. What a fun experience that must have been! Fun to hear too! A year later he performed the Tetris theme on the same church organ, which you should also hear.

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Day After Mardi Gras - Ash Wednesday and Prayer

At midnight at the end of Mardi Gras, street sweepers come along with police officers declaring the end of Mardi Gras and the season of Carnival. On Fat Tuesday people are collecting Mardi Gras beads, while on Ash Wednesday, they return to their rosary beads. Ash Wednesday is the day we see people walking around with ash crosses on their foreheads. For some people Ash Wednesday is just like any other day. For some, it is a day of repentance, marking the beginning of Lent. Some choose to fast. Some choose to pray. read more...

Happy Mardi Gras - 1954!

This home movie from 1954 gives us a feeling that there was at least one day in New Orleans in the 50's when everybody got along - Mardi Gras. Everybody looks so happy, and each person looks like a star on a stage. It's part Woodstock, part belle of the ball, part Halloween, part Invasion of the Pines, part 80's club kids, and more. On this day, everybody was celebrating. People were dancing, showing off their costumes, and looking at the parades in awe. read more...

Time for an intermission from the New Orleans blogs. Let's all go to the lobby.

Tomorrow is officially Mardi Gras, so it's time to take a little intermission from our visit to New Orleans to go to the lobby and get ourselves a treat. The sparkling drinks are just dandy! 

 

Thank you to youtube user dufoenet for uploading this 1950's drive-in movie intermission classic.

A New Orleans Ditty

When it comes to country music, this is the real deal. Recorded eighty years ago, it still reflects the feeling one has while in New Orleans today. Yes, it is known as a party city. But, it is also a very relaxed city. In New York City when you walk on a sidewalk, you're usually in a hurry even when you're not in a hurry. In New Orleans, you casually stroll. You may even stop to look at the moss on the trees or to listen to someone playing the sax on the corner. read more...

It's Friday before Mardi Gras. Time for New Orleans King Cake!

There are a variety of King Cake traditions throughout the world, but my only exprience with them was when I lived in New Orleans. I also got to try a slice in Mississippi once while on a road trip. We stopped at the Mississippi rest area welcome center (on the Louisiana border) and they were giving out free King Cake during Mardi Gras season. Yay for Mississippi's welcome center! read more...

It's cold season, kids, and you know what that means...

You better get those galoshes on, or else you'll get a cold. Jim was practically begging for a cold letting his feet get wet like that. ;) According to this 1940's film, cod liver oil is "extra sunshine for us in winter and spring". I'm sure it tastes as delicious as sunshine feels too. Mmmmm yummy cod livery goodness! read more...

This is what people in the 1930's thought we would be wearing today

Ohhhhh swish! read more...

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