Posts Tagged ‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’

End of Feastmas

November 24, 2012

Could you believe it? Late Wednesday evening, my cable and internet gets cut off for some reason. It wasn’t a technical problem because the screen stated to call my cable provider. I don’t know why that happened but I had no internet until today, which sucked. At least I was able to mess with the cable wires so that I was able to get basic cable and see the Macy’s parade. But that also meant that I was unable to post this update yesterday.

In any case, I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I really hate driving that day because there are a lot of crazy people making stupid mistakes on the road. However, I did not have that problem because for me, there’s no place like home for the holidays. My wife and I made our own dinner, pigged out, and watched The Expendables 2 after the airing of Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. I also managed to squeeze in Garfield’s Thanksgiving, which I own on DVD.

Perfect again!

Another thing I realized is that this month marks the three-year anniversary of this blog. WordPress sent me an alert with the info and I was surprised because it certainly does not feel like three years. I have slowed down with the blog posts but I think I was more active this past year than last. Sometimes things get in the way but ideas eventually find me and then the blog gets active. I especially like to give props to Thanksgiving, a holiday that seems to get lost in between Halloween and Christmas. That is a shame because it is certainly one of my favorites.

I don’t plan on ending my blog anytime soon and should definitely find more time to write. I still have several more Thanksgiving themed posts that I haven’t gotten to but I’ll just save them for next year. Screw it; I should just do another Feastmas since I wasn’t satisfied with this year’s. A good strategy I should follow is to write all the posts ahead of schedule in case of any unforeseen circumstances that may delay any articles.

If I do continue Feastmas next year, it should be an interesting one due to some possible changes. If all goes according to plan, I may do a major relocation from the East Coast to the Midwest. I don’t want to get into major details at the moment but if everything works out, I should have all kinds of new material for the Thanksgiving countdown.

Hopefully I don’t run into people like this.

So this ends Feastmas for this year. It didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted, but I am satisfied. Maybe I missed out posting this on Thanksgiving, but it still is Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and get all your Christmas shopping finished early!

My Top 10 Macy’s Parade Balloons

November 13, 2012

The title is very self-explanatory. I want to list my favorite balloons that I’ve enjoyed as a kid up to current parades. Note that I said “my top 10” instead of “top 10 of all time.” It drives me nuts whenever I click on a YouTube video of top 10 cartoons of all time and every entry originated on Nick Toons. So here are My top 10 in no particular order.

Snoopy

The balloon has made it’s first appearance in 1968 and has become a favorite ever since. It has become more prominent when Macy’s starting selling Snoopy plush dolls with the Macy’s logo on them. It is now at the 6th version and still going strong. Definitely a parade classic!

Pink Panther

Unfortunately this balloon is no longer featured at the parade because the show is rarely aired and the size of the balloon is larger than the newer size requirements. I remember the balloon appearing in many parades when I was a child and will always be a favorite.

Bart Simpson

The same year the Simpsons Thanksgiving episode aired, the Bart Simpson balloon made it’s first appearance in the parade. I was a huge Simpsons fan at the time and seeing the Bart balloon made me very excited.

Spider Man

I was always a fan of the web slinger and was always psyched to see him in the parade when I was younger because he wasn’t on TV as much as he’s been lately. Also, the balloon always had a cool action pose, which separated it from the other balloons.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey has been in the parade since 1934 and has been going strong ever since.  The fourth version was released in 2009 and is Captain Mickey, who is promoting the Disney Cruise line. I’m a big fan of Disney and especially the parks so seeing the mouse make an appearance is always great.

Pikachu

This is more because of my youngest brother. He was very young and into Pokemon. I took him to the parade at Times Square in 1999 and there was a huge poster of Pokemon the movie. We also talked about Pokemon all day. There was no Pikachu that year in the parade but everytime I see his balloon, I remember that day and what a fun time I had.

Kermit the Frog

Who doesn’t like Kermit the Frog or the Muppets? Again, I would like to see Kermit in the parade as a kid because I used to love the Muppet show and other movies like the Muppets Take Manhattan. Kermit gets more screen time due to Disney and their new movie so he’s now more relevant than ever. He also sang Rainbow Connection, possibly one of the best movie songs of all time.

Ronald McDonald

Every kid loves going to McDonalds. I would always get excited whenever the family car would pull into the parking lot and the same thing happens to my son. The only difference is that my son unfortunately doesn’t know about Grimace, the Hamburgler, or the Fry Guys. For shame.

Garfield

I’m a big fan of the lasagna eating cat and his primetime animated specials, which is why I like his balloon. I couldn’t tell you how many times I saw his Halloween or Christmas special. I discovered the Thanksgiving special a few years ago on DVD and I’ve grown to love that one too. You can’t go wrong with Garfield.

B. Boy

B. Boy or Balloon Boy debuted last year and was created by Tim Burton. It’s such a crazy balloon and is a weird fit for the parade so I became an instant fan. I love Tim Burton’s animated works so that’s another reason it’s on this list. I hope he becomes a regular.

Do you have any favorites that are not listed here? Post them in the comments below!

March of the Wooden Soldiers

November 11, 2012

I spent quite some time sitting in front of a blank screen thinking about how I’m going to start this blog post. How do I talk about a movie that’s very old yet very popular? What kind of perspective do I bring to a movie that practically everyone has seen and is aired every year. After pondering what to write, I guess eventually I came to this conclusion: I love this movie.

There are elements in this film that I do not like. For instance, I hate excessive singing. That is a reason why I don’t go to Broadway. But I don’t want to make a list of what I don’t like about it because it would be pointless. Anyone can make a nickpicky list about anything. This movie is entertaining and funny. I may have only watched one or two other movies with Laurel and Hardy, but this movie shows that they are great and play off each other very well. There is a lot of clever scheming when it comes to taking care of the mortgage. The movie turns to an action film when the Bogeymen show up with their rubber faces and puffy backs. This is a great movie that ages well.

Those wild and crazy guys!

I mention this movie because it has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for many years of my life. I remember as a young boy that I used to flip the channels between the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and this movie every year. When I figured out how to use a VCR, I would tape the movie and watch the parade. When 12pm would hit, I would put on the movie. I had nothing to do since school was closed and I was too young to cook, so why not spend the day in front of the television? I used to do that lots of times.

The movie would air every Thanksgiving on W.P.I.X. 11 in New York City. That was the same channel where I discovered the Twilight Zone Marathon. Since I used to watch a lot of TV during the school summer break, it was also where I discovered the awesomeness of the Batman hour. Even though it was an hour long, the show would still say, “same bat time, same bat channel.” Television at it’s best.

It has actually been a few years since I’ve seen the movie on network television but it’s not because it hasn’t aired. I truly have no idea if it is still on at Thanksgiving. Some networks also air the movie on Christmas but many remember it playing on TV in November. I’m going to keep a look out for it this year and see if the tradition has been kept on TV. If not, I guess it’s another movie for my Blu-ray collection. Believe it or not, it has just been released for 3D Blu-ray. I have no idea how that looks, but I would give that a shot. I’m assuming that in 50 years from now, they’ll release the Holodeck version and that should be fun.