Tossing Salt Presents:
A Day Of Dougie
Jiffy Pop, Plushies & Match Game
October 14, 2020
Welcome to a very special edition of “A Day of Dougie”. Yes, I’ll do the usual “pulling topics from the Magic Bag” routine that y’all know and love so well, but that’s not why it’s an important day. Today marks the 2000th post for this site. Of course, between MySpace, Facebook Notes, The Wrestling Informer, The Wrestling Headquarters site, PWInsider, Lords of Pain, and of course, Wrestle-Zone.co.UK, my actual number of articles, posts, etc, is more like 10,000 over the past nineteen-plus years, but for my site, my entertainment, my sanity, it’s a proud moment for me. No one thought it would last or that I could commit myself to something this long, myself included. Well, we did it. I did it. Break out the bubbly and let’s celebrate.
Okay, no bubbly for me now. I have to go to work in a little while for a glorious day of providing excellent customer service to the masses. I need a long vacation. Oy vey! So let’s cut out the self-congratulations and get to writing. We need topics so where is that Magic Bag at? I found it, buried under a stack of mail that I probably should open and read at some point. Not today though. We have the bag and it’s time to reach in and see what we come out with. We have Jiffy Pop, Plushies, and Match Game. This should be interesting and probably kind of weird. Just another day at the office, right? Let’s do this.
Jiffy Pop Popcorn…
Who remembers this? It was popcorn. It came in an aluminum pan and was covered by a light sheet of aluminum foil (or as my Grandma Vick would say, “tin foil”). You heated it on medium heat on the stovetop, shaking it and moving it back and forth while the popcorn popped and the top swelled up and grew, filled with popcorn goodness. It was revolutionary in the ’70s when we were kids growing up and a treat for the entire family. Does that sound like a commercial tag-line or what? I think it was lol. But this product was a big part of my childhood growing up. I remember too how easy it was to burn and the smell of burnt popcorn filling up the kitchen. Memories. Got to love them. And the amazing thing is that even today, in the world of microwave popcorn where cooking on the stove is nearly obsolete, Jiffy Pop is still available. It’s more of a novelty than anything else, but it’s still on sale at the local grocery store. I think we may even have some here at the house unless Mom cooked it up to feed the birds. She does that sometimes. Anyhow, it was a cool and fun way to enjoy popcorn. Try it someday. You’ll be glad you did.
I just looked this up and damn, I’m glad that I did. Plushies are officially small stuffed animals that are extremely soft and almost pillow-like. What I was thinking about wasn’t a toy for young kids, but instead the act of being intimate while dressed as animals or with stuffed animals or something of that nature. Yeah, I was thinking all perverted and freaky. I do that sometimes, but I swear I remember a friend of mine talking about a mutual friend of ours and she was saying that he’s into plushies? And I also remember seeing something on a video clip from Morning Joe, or as I call him, Moron Joe, where the idiot and his looney-toon wife/co-host had a discussion about a convention of sorts and it involved “plushies” and Mika freaked out. She usually freaks out about President Trump, politics, and anything else that doesn’t fit the left’s radical agenda. She’s one of those left-wing crazies that reacts to everything by going, “Nooooooooooooo!” and crying into her herbal tea. But she was repulsed by the idea of people in costumes having sex. Or she was just being a drama queen. Probably both. So plushies are a toy for children? That ruins my plans. Oy vey! Let’s move on.
This was a game show from the late ’60s and ’70s that I think is still on today, albeit in a more modern and less entertaining version, that I used to enjoy watching. The host, Gene Rayburn, and a panel of six celebrities would host two contestants. The contestants would try and match the celebrities in a fill-in-the-blank type of contest. An example would be, “Donald (blank)”. And the celebrities would write down their answers such as “Trump” or “Duck” and the contestant would try to match their answers to win cash or prizes. This show made stars out of people like Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Fannie Flagg, and so many others. Just good clean fun for the ages, and a big part of the world of game shows and ’70s television. The original episodes are still available for viewing on the Game Show Network and also are available on YouTube.
And I guess it’s time now to give it a rest and put the baby to bed. I have to go finish getting ready for work. My thanks for reading, not only this, but the many other blogs and pieces I’ve written over the past several years. Two thousand posts complete and hopefully many more to come. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to ask about anything, please feel free and drop me a line. Use the comment box, my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com, or find me on Twitter at @Doug28352. Take care and watch out for the crazies. I’ll catch you on the flip side.