I think automatically of my locker in high school, when I think of ‘combinations.’
My grandkids like to mix up their sodas, at those dispensers in fast food places,
what we used to call ‘suicides.’ Now, not so appropriate of a label, not one I would
want to try to explain to the ‘grandies.’ Some hodge podge of stuff, arts, music and
strange surprise may interest you in this post.
There have been some fun things that have
come across my path, in the past week, so here goes my silly list of ‘combinations.’
1. Weird Sodas, Soft Drinks or Pops:
*Did you know that Tab still exists? It is still available in supermarkets, along with
being sold in South Africa, Spain, Norway, United States and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Also, it was the number one beverage sold at the place where famous people used
to gather: Studio 54. Did you know since 1998, Studio 54 has become the home of a
theater called, Roundabout Theater Company? It had been in another location existing
since 1965. Also, if you knew about this, did you know in the basement there still is a
place to meet friends and hope for someone to spot called, 54 Below?
*Jones Soda Company sells some wonderful tasting sodas. I like their fruit flavored ones,
often grape or orange reminding me of the days my Dad would bring home a wooden
crate of Cotton Club pops. Crème soda, yummy! Well, did you know Jones Soda Co.
makes a flavor called PB & Jelly?
Also, during the holidays, seriously Jones Soda has sold what they call the “Holiday
Pack” with two flavors you could not pay me to drink: Mashed Potatoes and the odd
combination of Turkey and Gravy. I would like to see the sales numbers for those two
*Ski Pop, which is like Surge or Mt. Dew, but some consider a ‘poor’ substitute. Here
in Ohio, some recent statistics on this brand have explained that in Vinton County,
chicken farmers give this to their chickens to drink. Huh? Can anyone explain the
purpose of this? I can just imagine those ‘hyperactive’ chickens in their yards…
*Dr. Brown’s Soda has a flavor called “Celery” and it sells well in New York City
*Rocket Fizz Brand Sodas produces “Lester’s Fixin’s” with two flavors called, Ranch
Dressing and Buffalo Wings. So, thanks to Lester, you can buy both flavors and skip
*Live, fermented soda, Kombucha comes in multiple flavors, like Ginger, Lemon,
Orange, Doctor, Cola and Cucumber Cayenne. That last one may manage to cover the
stinky smell. Sorry, I have had this homemade version of battery acid and am not sure
I will ever acquire taste for it. I was fascinated, because coincidentally, right after I read
the article about the flavored Kombucha ‘sodas,’ I saw on my most recent favorite comedy
someone who makes this. (It is a nice show, even for families, too bad it is not going to
make it.) “About A Boy” includes Minnie Driver playing a single mother character. This
episode is focusing on her neighbor’s moving away. She makes homemade kombucha
and stores it in the dumb waiter elevator that connects her apartment to the handsome
and quirky neighbor’s, who is her son’s ‘best friend.’ He opens it and accidentally tips
one of her jars of concoction over. I saw in the male actor’s face, exactly my feelings
about kombucha; Yuck!
* Placenta Soda. Gross!
* Leninade, with Lenin, the communist’s name inserted in its product brand.
*Sickenly sweet, but I still like these two flavors that are a little different: Cotton Candy
and Strawberry Watermelon Faygo soda pops.
2. Robert Landau took outstanding, definitive photographs of the famous billboards along
Sunset Strip, which were on exhibit at Capitol University, Columbus, Ohio. You may check
the iconic and historic photographs of the poster-styled billboards, along with the urban legend
that Mick Jagger ‘defaced’ his own Rolling Stones billboard. There’s a compilation book available
of Landau’s photos found in a 2012 book of his collection. There were in ‘the day’ people who
specialized in hand painting some of these memorable, vintage billboards. The years they were
most prevalent were from 1960 – 1980. Reading about renowned L.A. photographer, Landau,
was one of the most pleasant parts of the past two weeks of ‘combinations,’ I ran into while
collecting various news items.
3. Sour Patch Kids’ gum, flavored orange by Stride, has an interesting inside the pack,
design. It includes a Pirate map with the fun words of:
“The taste of orange boards your tongue and storms your taste buds. Then sweetly
serenades you with a sea shanty and a little pirate-y jig.”
So creative and you may find yourself tearing apart their other flavors of Sour Patch
Kids’ gum, which also comes in ‘red’ and ‘lime.’ (Not sure what flavor ‘red’ is?)
4. Jeff Dunham is going to be performing in Columbus, Ohio. Just recently heard about
him while visiting someone’s blog. He is a weird ventriloquist who sometimes uses
skeletons and creepy subjects in his comedy routine. He is seven years younger than I
am which makes it unusual that he became a ventriloquist. Seems it was becoming ‘out
of fashion’ during the time he was able to practice this unusual skill. Danny O’Day was
one of my brother’s ‘dummies’ and he enjoyed trying to ‘throw his voice.’ He is very
talented in his YouTube videos…
5. Music Trivia:
*Have you heard Lorde’s song, “Mockingjay?” Do you like it?
*Have you listened to Neil Diamonds’ new album titled, “Melody Road?”
Oh please, someone go with me to see my favorite (individual) musician
while he performs in Columbus, Ohio on 3/28/2015.
I can buy my own ticket, but many of my friends would prefer to spend that amount of
money on a group. Sure, I would like to hear Bob Seger, playing with the J.Geils Band,
(who I heard last in person, at the Cleveland Agora, aged 20 or so…) Or Boston or The
Manhatten Transfer, but Neil! I really would be so excited to see him in concert…
*Buckey Country’s annual Superfest will include Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton,
Rascal Flatts along with a crew of country musicians in the two day event, held
in the Ohio Stadium on June 20 and 21st, 2015. Tickets last year were around
$70 a day, my friend and coworker, Tina shared.
*As I was heading to my Mom’s for vacation, I said ‘goodbye’ to many people. Many
were wishing me good times with my family. Which wasironic since after clocking out
on Friday, October 24, 2014, I turned on my car, to hearthe nostalgic strains of Simon
and Garfunkel’s song playing on the radio,
“Sitting in the railway station. …” Yep, you guessed it. … “Homeward Bound.”
* At the Wexner Center, located on Ohio State University campus, has
a thrilling experience in store for you should you wish to see the exclusive
exhibit titled, “Transfigurations.” It is from Les Wexner’s private, limited
art collection that includes Susan Rothenberg, Willem de Kooning, Picasso,
Giacometti, and Dubuffet. You may view them through December 31st. They
are considered Modern Masters. The Picasso is a reclining woman and is quite
large and interesting. One reviewer had to go back and look at it again, it is
entrancing in its own unique perspective of a nude woman.
*The public domain of Frankenstein memorabilia will be on exhibit in the
Homeport Gallery, where artist and filmmaker, Celia M. Peters, shares her
collection. She has different subject matters that are also considered, public
domain, where no need to have permission to reproduce, Shakespeare,
Beethoven and Dorian Gray, for example. The horror film subject matter
seems appropriate for Halloween viewing.
* Open Door Art Studio will show in Grandview all kinds of multi-media Halloween
objects. This includes zombies, werewolves, witches, monsters in costumes and
masquerade attire for your interest in memorabilia.
Okay, tell me: Which was the most bizarre part of my combinations post?
A quotation from Dubuffet,
“Without bread, we die of hunger.
Without art, we die of boredom.”
Dubuffet’s artwork is featured at Wexner’s special show, “Transfigurations.”