Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ginn Readers

We see that our Rule number 1 training began early... Ginn Readers [Faith & Freedom edition, These Are Our Friends (1951) page 48 shown] are completely groovy.

Moon Pies

Don't you love Moon Pies? Not the generic imitations - the real thing. Not "artificial banana flavor" (that's just wrong), real chocolate Moon Pies. Yum! Moon Pies are served at all my groovy shin-digs.

Edith Prickley glasses

We LOVE Edith Prickley glasses. Grooooovy.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Pale Green Pants

Remember Dr. Seuss's story about the pale green pants? They were scary at first, but when you get to know them, they're pretty groovy.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


If you have never played Jezzball, you should. It's groovy. If you can beat Colleen's high score of 190,000+ please let us know.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sock Monkeys

Who would disagree that when it comes to grooviness, sock monkeys rule? Look at this sweet face - nothing but love here!

Veggie Tales

Speaking of clever children's shows, the early classic episodes of Veggie Tales are groovy. I especially like the "Larry Boy Theme Song" where Larry the cucumber shows up in a turtleneck & says "Dy-no-mite" a la Jimmy Walker. Too funny. Love the hairbrush song: "I gave it to the peach - 'cause he's got hair!"

The newer episodes, the ones where vegetables have invisible hands, are NOT groovy. They're ok, if you can suspend your memory of the earlier episodes, or you can tolerate a case of cognitive dissonance. Remember in "The Toy That Saved Christmas" where Buzz Saw Louie says "Everybody with hands, start tying... uh, that'd be me." Yet, a few episodes down the road, beginning with Dave & the Giant Pickle, invisible hands started showing up. (Showing up - get it?) What's up with that? Did the writers get lazy? The whiners said it was "too hard" to write stories without hands. The stories used to be clever. Now they've lost the magic - the clever cut aways & angles that replaced the need for invisible hands. The company had growing pains and other problems, which Phil Vischer explains in detail here. Unfortunate circumstances and unwise decisions notwithstanding, classic Veggies rule; newer ones drool. Dave & the Giant Pickle was the episode where they jumped the shark.


Marc Brown's Arthur is groovy. While there are many cartoon children who are neither in person nor over airwaves invited into my home, Arthur & his pals are welcome here. Wholesome, friendly, with stories clever enough to engage adults, too.

Friday, February 22, 2008


Smurfs are groovy. And I like the Chris Rice song about cartoons. Too groovy for words.


Landshark is groovy. 'snuff said.


Sheen Estevez, Jimmy Neutron's little friend, is groovy. He loves Ultra-Lord, a groovy super hero, has a crush on Libby, a singing & dancing classmate, and he has a clever way of putting smarty pants girls in their place ("Well, well, Miss Maiden of Wrongness...")

Not to be confused with Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, servant of God. Is he groovy? You tell me. If it's irreverent to call him "groovy" then I am not calling him that. He is up for canonization. The website for his cause is here:

Lava Lamps

No discussion of all things groovy would be complete without a discussion of lava lamps. The ultimate groovy objet d'art. Or is it a functional night light that happens to keep the kids entertained? And what about color? What is the proper color for the lava? Red is good. I've also seen blue and green, and I like those a lot, too. Weigh in with your opinion by clicking the comment link.

Pixie Sticks

Sassy is right. Pixie Sticks are groovy. Remember Ally Sheedy in the movie "The Breakfast Club" where she made a Pixie Stick sandwich? Pour the powder on white bread & eat. Glycemic rush.

Lou Rawls

Watch him sing "Groovy People" on The Muppet Show: click here.

Groovy people
I like to be around
Groovy, groovy people

I don't like nobody that's got an ego
I don't like to sit around and hold a conversation
With somebody who don't know where he wants to go

Give me the simple life
Full of fun and joy
Can't you see, I'm just a big ol' country boy

And I like groovy people
I'm talkin' 'bout
Groovy, down home people


There are only 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't.

Binary is groovy. It forces you to get out of the mind rut and think in an absurd way. While you're being absurd, everyone thinks you're really smart.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Peeps are groovy. If you plan to buy Peeps for Easter, I recommend you get your yellow chicks soon. The stores sell out of them first.
We have a tradition of Peep Jousting at Easter.

This is where you face off two peeps. Each holds a weapon (toothpick) under his wing. Put them on a glass plate, facing each other. Cook them in the microwave about 30 seconds. They'll blow up, and the one who gets popped by the other's weapon first, loses.

May the best Peep win.


Adam West's Batman is very groovy. Love the way he dances, and the whole mystery thing.


Valentines are very groovy. Especially the homemade ones from kids. This one is from a very groovy young man named Mikey. He likes binary, too. And pixie sticks. And he is groovy.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is not groovy, but his hat is.

Sugar Bear

Sugar Bear is groovy. If anyone tells you sugar is bad, don't listen. He/she is just jealous.

Linear Drawings

Linear drawings can be groovy. This one is Monsieur Le Souris, copyright 1978. (Yes, French teachers, we know that Souris is a feminine noun, but this is how the little guy spells his name, and I'm not going to argue with him. Does he tell you how to spell your name?) Monsieur evolved from a comic in Quack newspaper about a Bionic Gerbil.

Welcome, Groovy People!

Please observe 2-1/2 rules:
1. We will respect each other.
2. We will respect the property.
2-1/2. Only we groovy people can say "groovy."

Now let's have fun discussing all things groovy.

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