Monthly Archives: September 2015

Top Ten Season Premiers for 2015

Hello and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday post. Since last week was the best of the season finales and the premier of Season 27 is tonight, here is my revised top 10 list of the best season openers in the history of the series. I did this list last year and like last year, I didn’t limit the list to the first 10 years of the show because there are so many interesting: plots, New characters and turning points that occur during the series’s continuing run that you just can’t overlook them. However, I also did not and won’t include any of the Treehouse Of Horrors or Who Shot Mr. Burns Pt 2 in this list because:
1. The Treehouse Of Horrors are anual Halloween specials:
2. The Who Shot Mr. Burns Pt 1 and 2 stands on their own, as the only 2 part episode in the history of the series, so far. They also of course, end and start Season 6 and Season 7, respectively. Although it is tempting because John Walsh host of America’s Most Wanted, did A profile of the plot of Who Shot Mr. Burns PT 1 as if it was a real crime profile on America’s most wanted.
One more thing before I get into the list, I would have loved to have put Season 8’s You Only Move Twice on the list. It is one of the most loved episodes in the first 10 seasons because of the one time character Hank Scorpio, voiced by Albert Brooks. He has to be one of the coolest bosses anyone could work for. On the other hand, he is also a super villain. As a Canadian, I love that one of Bart’s class mates at his new school is from Canada and his name is Gordy. Cool huh? Unfortunately, it isn’t a season opener.

So without further ado, here is my top 10 season premieres of The Simppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppsons and it is a bit different from last years list, hence the title.

10. Homer The Whopper makes the list this year because I like how Comic Book Guy actually gets to be outside his element somewhat, as he is a writer for his own comic strip Every Man and is asked to write a script for a movie, casting Homer as Every Man. I also think it is really cool that Seth Rogen guest starred as a trainer lyle McCarthy. Plus, Seth Rogen is Canadian and I love that, being a fellow Canadian from Central Canada.
9. Clown In The Dumps is on this list because it had one of the most anticipated happenings in the plot in that a character has died. Obviously, it was Krusty the Clown’s Dad, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky. The talk on the internet before hand and the misinformation that came out made this one of the most anticipated season premieres since Who Shot Mr. Burns? Pt 2. By the way, Who Shot Mr. Burns? Pt to aired 20 years ago last Thursday.
8. The Falcon And The D’ohman is another good episode opening Season 23. This is mainly because it gives the fans the answer as to whether Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel have remained a couple after Season 22’s finale The Ned-liest Catch, when they meat and become a couple. Of course, they remain this way until Marcia Wallace’s death on October 25th 2013 and Edna Krabappel is retired in her memory.
The other thing I like about this episode is the main plot, where Homer meets the new security guard at his work named Wayne Slater, voiced by Kiefer Sutherland. I think that is really cool that this character actually didn’t mind Homer and took care of him and his family and friends.
7. Okay, I’m going to throw in tonights episode Every Mans Dream because it has an interesting plot twist, in that Homer and Marge go through a trial separation. This is because Homer is attracted to a marriage counselor who is in her 20s, voiced by Lena Dunham. This is also sparked some talk on the Internet and this also makes this episode one to watch.
6. The City Of New York VS. Homer Simpson is another episode which I like because it is one of the many, in which the family travel outside of Springfield. We also get to see how Homer reacts to such food as Khlav Kalash, drinking cans of crab juice to wash the taste out of his mouth and having to find a restroom,while waiting for the parking enforcement officer to show up. As well as trying to leave despite the boot on his car. Of course, he first tries to bight it off earlier in the episode before being informed to call the phone number on it. Let’s face it, he would eat anything no matter how nutritious or dangerous it is for him to eat.
We also see: Marge, Bart and Lisa take in the sights of New York City and a musical. They also take a ride on the subway and Bart pulls one of his crazy antics again, by claming to have no taste buds for fellow passengers. He would do anything to draw attention to himself and that’s the way we likes it.
I think the two contrasting stories make this episode one of the best season openers and Frank Sinatra’s signature song New York New York at the end of the episode makes a lot of sense and is a nice touch. I don’t know if he was a fan of The Simpsons but I think it is cool that he or someone in his Entourage allowed the song to be heard at the end of the episode.
5. Homers Barbershop Quartet is another good season opener. It flashes back to 1985 when rock music was becoming stale and there needed to be something new to shake things up. This is when Homer formed The Be Sharps with: Principal Skinner, Apu and originally Cheif Wiggum. Their manager Nigel ask the band to replace chief Wiggum because he was “too village people. “Of course, they found Barney singing in an Irish tenner voice and he was the new member. They won a Grammy for the song Baby On Board and then things fell apart.
I like that the writers referenced The Beatles in this episode and that George Harrison guest starred as himself. He wasn’t my favourite Beatle but he did influence me to try and play slide guitar when I was learning to play back in the late 1980s.
Another thing I like about this episode is that when auditions were held to replace chief Wiggum, grandpa Simpson and Groundskeeper Willie were two of the three auditions that made me laugh the most. Grandpa did a parody of old McDonald had a farm and groundskeeper Willie did his own rendition of the 1960s hit by Petula Clark Downtown. Jasper’s rendition of A Summer Place was funny but not as much as the other two failed auditions. Oh, I shouldn’t forget Chief Wiggum’s failed attempt by singing If I Could Walk With The Animals in disguise. Ha ha, nice try chief. Over all, this episode is one of the ones that should have been put on an iTunes collection or something because Season 5 isn’t on iTunes yet, at least in Canada that I know of right now.
4. Camp Krusty is great because we get to see Bart and Lisa looking forward to going away to summer camp. Well, they go and it is a living hell for everyone because of the absence of Krusty The Clown and the bullies of Springfield Elementary School: Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney — serving as camp counselors. Eventually, Bart sparks a riot after the kids are told by Mr. Black, the evil Director of the camp that Krusty is paying them a visit but it is actually Barney, disguised as him.
Eventually, Krusty gets wind of this and shows up to appease Bart and the other kids and he promises to give them the time of their life, in Tijuana.
Once again, it is not on iTunes yet and it should be, either on a collection or as a part of Season 4. This is most certainly one of the greatest episodes in the golden period of The Simpsons.
3. Stark Raving Dad is number 3 on this list because it combines warmth with absurdity. First of all: Homer is put into a mental institution and he is bunked with someone who sounds like and says he is Michael Jackson. He eventually convinces his new friend to come to the Simpsons home and Bart tells his friends that Michael Jackson is here. Word spreads throughout the town and when everybody sees a large white man instead of Michael the crowd disperses. Meanwhile. Lisa’s birthday is forgotten and Michael convinces BART to write her a song. Eventually it comes together and Bart plays the song for Lisa with Michael the next morning at 6:00 AM. She says “that is the best present ever” and hugs Bart. Then Leon Kompowsky starts talking in his normal voice and admits that he is a brick layer from Paterson NJ. He was an angry young man until he started talking like Michael Jackson and everyone is grateful for him helping both Homer and Bart. He leaves and the episode ends with Lisa’s birthday song playing.
I am not the biggest fan of Michael Jackson but I do like some of his songs that rock a bit. I do like the song that Bart wrote for Lisa at the end of the episode and it does choke me up a bit every time I hear it. That is partly why it is where I put it in the top ten.
This episode is also important in The Simpsons timeline because it signals a change in that the realistic stories are still there but other bizarre and surreal elements are coming into the mix as well. Like the fat bald Michael Jackson impersonator, for example. This episode also introduced 3 key components of Homer Simpson that were not there before.
1. He is unaware of how he is perceived or how the real world functions:
2. He is able to create a mass following of fans or enemies at a moments notice:
3. He has a tendency to get himself into the most asinine and extreme situations either too good or bad luck. For example: on one occasion he could be the mayor of Springfield and on another he could be sentenced to prison, with no real Middleground to his livelihood.

Another thing that is interesting to note when looking at the credits is that Michael Jackson was credited under the pseudonym John Jay Smith. Dustin Hoffman did something similar for his guest appearance as he was credited as Sam Etic. Jackson was a fan of the show and he produced Do The Bartman which appeared on Simpsons Sing The Blues in 1990 and my guess is that he recorded his lines around the time of recording that song and album. Nancy Crartwright talks about meeting Michael in her book My Life As A 10-year-old boy. Also, in the Season 26 episode Walking Big And Tall, Bart and Lisa write another song called Why Springfield, Why Not? It is also mainly in the key of c natural, as is Happy Birthday Lisa! Hmmm, I find that the key of c is a favourite among the writers. This song is a call back to Stark Raving Dad, in that The circumstances of writing this song was referenced in this episode too. If you look up this episode on Wikipedia, it incorrectly states that this was the last episode, where Dan Castellaneta used his Walter Matthau voice for homer. If that was true, we would have heard it in the episode When Flanders Failed because it was also produced during Season 2’s production run. I actually think that we last heard it during the beginning of Season 2 and Homer’s voice had become what it is now but traces of the old voice were heard, even in the episode Like Father, Like Clown. Just listen to how when Marge suggests that Homer should take Milhouse home and homer says “gladly.” Doesn’t that sound like his Walter Matthau sounding voice? I think so. Anyway, I digress.
2. Bart Gets An F is at number 2 because it shows that: while Bart may be the mischievous school hating bratty boy, he does occasionally make an honest effort to try and pass his tests in school.
We also see that Mrs. Krabappel does show that she has a heart and comforts Bart when he breaks down and cries after failing his exam, initially. However, she does barely pass him thanks to an obscure reference he makes while crying.
Another important thing to note about this episode is that we are introduced to mayor Joe Quimby, when he declares the day Barts blizzard a snow day. Of course we see more of him as the series has progressed.
1. Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire is the series premier and of course, the premier of Season 1. Plus, it is a Christmas special and there are a few of those in the history of The Simpsons.
We learn that the characters have changed somewhat from The Tracy Ullman shorts. Bart isn’t just the bratty brother, terrorizing Lisa and Lisa isn’t the female Bart like she was during this period.
Bart does show some compassion for Homer, when he finds out that his job as a mall Santa only gives him a pay of $13, when he says in a sad tone of voice ” Come on, Dad. Let’s go home.” When Aunt Patty is trashing Homer Lisa gives one of her more intellectual speeches which confuses Patty. I’m not even going to try and quote it here because it is a long speech but if you have the episode somewhere, take a listen to where Patty does trash her brother-in-law.
We also are introduced to: Barney, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Milhouse, Patty and Selma and Moe the bartender.
It is at the top for the fact that all the new characters and changes we see evolve in the show over time are so up front in this episode. All though Homer’s voice stil sounds like Walter Matthau and the mechanics of the voice we now know as Homer still had yet to be worked out. However, that voice in it and the first 13 episodes worked at the time. If the Walter Matthow sound was stil there past Season 2 it probably wouldn’t have worked and the writers would have a harder time developing Homer’s character, without the change in voice that Dan Castellaneta made and knew needed to be made, in order to convay more emotions.

As I said, it is much like last years list but with some changes in the bottom half and I will do it again next year for Season 28 and again, if there are more seasons to come. My favourite episodes sometimes change but there a group of them that stay near the top as repeat watches for various reasons.

On the birthday front, the late Phill Hartman would have been 67-year-old on September 24th. In case you don’t know, he was born in Canada in the town of Brantford Ontario, The home of hockey player Wayne Gretzky and the school for the blind W Ross McDonald. I know that because I went there for 15 years. Anyway, let’s not forget that Phil voice some much love characters in the first few seasons such as, Troy McClure, Lionel hutz and other characters as needed to suit the episodes plot.

Let us not forget his work on Saturday Night Live and his work with Paul Rubens the voice of Peewee Herman on Peewees Playhouse. I think if he was around today, he would be voicing all the characters I have mentioned and more, into history and would make us laugh his way to the bank.

I hope you join me in watching the season premier of Season 27, Every Mans Dream. I am looking forward to it and downloading it for myself on iTunes when it comes out. that is indeed it for this weeks post. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

iOS 9, Pros And Cons

Hi folks and welcome to another Wednesday blog post. This week it is my second post on iOS 9 and its pros and cons. When last I posted, it was the day of the update and I had yet to update my iOS devices. Since then, I have and here is my take on iOS 9.

First, I’m going to look at the negative aspects of this update for me. The first thing I noticed was a change in how some of my apps responded to it. For example: I use an app to send group emails to a bunch of people, who are in a group that I head. Thankfully, I can still send these types of emails but it isn’t as easy as it was before. I would be able to send group emails from my contacts and now, I can’t do that. I have to go to the app and copy the group email addresses to the clipboard. This is not really an inconvenience but it does take a bit more time to send emails to a group of people, you have put together.

Another app that has, or rather had, been giving me trouble is the Transit App. I wasn’t able to check on my local transit route for a short time after the software update. However, an update to the app was available recently and it has fixed that problem and things are right again .

On the other hand, I have been having a lot of fun with the voices. In the past, I could only download and use the voices that were meant to be used by Voice Over but now, I can use the Siri voices too. I have downloaded two of them and I find them more emotional than the traditional: Samantha, Karen or Daniel voices. Not that they’re bad but I find the voices for Siri a lot more fun to play with.

In the case of the American female Siri I can make her laugh and breethe if I type in the right letters and punctuation. To make her do this, download her voice and type in ha-ha and she will do a quick laugh and take a breath. It actually works at the end of a sentence!

With the British Siri female voice if you type in “oohh” she will say it in a excited fashion. If you have her reading a document you would think that she’s reporting on the news, with the way she reads a book or anything without a bunch of links to chop up the dialogue. Actually, the Siri voices seem to all have more emotion than the original Voice Over voices that were also voices for Siri. Once again, not that they are not good, they are just not as much fun to play with and to have reading documents.

With the new Battery app, I tested the new Low-Power Mode out on my iPhone and I don’t have a problem with it. At first I thought it was strange that it would only allow for the Auto-Lock to work for 30 seconds, as opposed to my usual 5 minutes. I think it is cool that when the battery is charged sufficiently, the phone automatically shuts off the low-power mode and returns to normal. I’m curious to find out what it does when I am either updating, downloading or backing up something using Wifi in this mode.

Another thing that has been a real plus is the options for using a Bluetooth keyboard. In the past I and others have had a problem with a letter being typed in multiple times, even though I have only typed it in once. Thankfully, Apple has addressed this and there shouldn’t be anymore problems with this issue. By the way, I typed in the word with to demonstrate what I have been experiencing in the past.

So far, everything else has given me no real problems. All though, the clock no longer plays songs I have used as alarms only once. It plays them until you unlock the phone, shutting off the alarm. Oh well!

Anyway, that is my take on iOS 9 at this time. If other things either bug me or make me extra happy, I will post them here.

The Best Season Finales

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week it is one week until the premier of Season 27 and I thought I would spend this week talking about the best season finales. Here is a list of the ones that standout for me, from past seasons and I will explain why as you see them. I should also mention that they are in no particular order of rank and I won’t be getting into every season, simply because I haven’t had a chance to watch every episode yet.

Season 4’s Krusty Gets Canceled is one of the best because there are so many guest stars on it including: Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Carson, bet Midler, Luke Perry and Red Hot Chilly Peppers as they were going through a period of changing guitarists, after breaking through with their big hit Under The Bridge and it’s album Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic.

Another thing that makes this episode one of the greats is the addition of Arthur Crandall and his dummy character Gabbo. In Gabbo’s case, he has been dropped by radio stations for promo’s and such with his line “it’s easy for you to say… you don’t have a hand up your tuchas. Oy! Hey.” Even The Gabbo Song has been used by some radio personalities to introduce their show or shift, especially the closing line “it’s the greatest show in towowowowowowown.” The fact that Bart gets to help Krusty again is also a nice ending to a season.

Brother, Can You Sppare Two Dimes? is another standout season ender for me and all who loved Homer’s half brother Herbert Powel but didn’t like the end of his previous episode Oh Brother Where Are Thou? It was necessary for this episode to be written and aired, in order to fix the relationship between the two half siblings and I especially liked Homer’s new chair. Imagine having a chair like that?

Secrets Of A Successful marriage also stands out for me because it shows how Homer really does depend on his wife Marge and without her, he would probably end up dead or something. Of course, he also gives away many secrets from their private moments and that makes Marge kick Homer out of the house and Homer ends up becoming a real mess. Thankfully Marge and Homer reconcile and everything returns to normal.

Behind The Laughter is an interesting episode because it is a parity of the TV show Behind The Music. I have always liked documentary shows like Behind The Music and others like that and I thought it was also cool that some old Simpsons clips were inserted again. One clip that has come up time and time again is Homer falling down Springfield gorge and well, it appeared in this episode and a couple more times during the first 11 seasons of the series.

Dangers on A Train is another episode that I like because it actually has Seth MacFarlane as a guest star. It also shows us how much Homer loves Marge and would do anything to give her a great anniversary gift, like a train. It is especially important for me because until learning that Seth guest starred I wasn’t a fan of him or Family Guy. Thankfully this has changed my view on him and his over all work.

The Nedliest Catch is also a good one because of Ned and Edna meeting again and possibly becoming a couple, despite Edna Krabappel’s past. Of course as fans of the show, we know that the fans decided that the two should become a couple. I’m glad it happened but it is sad that it only lasted two seasons. Need I say more?

Well, those are just some of the best season finales that I could think up as I write this. I know there are a lot more but I can’t think of them right now. On the birthday front, former writer and show runner Mike Reiss turned another year older on September 15th. He ran the show, with Al Jean for Seasons 3 and 4 and also wrote many of the episodes from the first 4 seasons, along with select episodes from Seasons 6 and 8. They include: A Star Is Burns, ‘Round Springfield and Simpsoncalafragilisticexpiala(annoyed grunt)cious. They both also had the original idea for the episode Two Dozen And One Greyhounds but it was ultimately written by later show runner Mike Scully. He also had a hand in writing The Simpsons Movie along with Al Jean and the two started the short lived series The Critic,.

Also, happy birthday to former Show Runner David Mirkin, who turned another year older on September 18th. He ran the show during Seasons 5 and 6 and his most notable episode for me is Deep Space Homer. Mainly because at the time, he was also a licensed ham radio operator, with the call WA3QIZ. Sadly, he has let his license lapse and probably won’t return to the hobby. However, I don’t think he has ever forgotten it. After all, some of the people who go up into space are ham’s. For example: Canadian astronaut and musician Chris Hatfield is one, with the callsign VA3OOG. I’ve heard that he does talk to people on the air but I haven’t worked him yet. September 18th 2009 also happens to be the day that I took my Ham Radio exam and passed it with %93. I didn’t expect that high a mark but I did expect to pass with a mark which allows me to talk on all bands, if I like.

Well, that’s about it for this week. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

Looking Forward To I OS9

Hi folks and welcome to a Whatever Wednesday. Okay, you may be reading this thinking it is another Weather Wednesday and it is. However, I have been running dry of things to talk about in regards to weather in this blog and have decided to make this about what ever I want to talk about, other than The Simpsons. After all, my comments about this blog are “what ever pops into my little head.”

Today I am looking forward to the release of iOS 9 and at the same time, I am not looking forward to it. On one hand it is exciting to have something new to work with but on the other, it is rather scary. In my case, I use my iPhone and other i OS devices for everything and especially the iPhone. After all, I blog with it and almost everything you can think of, I do it using it on a daily basis.

Last year when i OS8 was released there was a big problem with the Bluetooth keyboards not responding to all key presses. That was fixed a couple of updates later, after I wrote about it in this blog, soon after I updated my iPhone last September. This year I hope the same problem doesn’t rear it’s ugly head again and I hope what I have read about in regards to the new features are true. The one new addition I’m looking forward to the most is the option to power down the iPhone. I think it is an interesting feature that will be added but at the same time, I have one reservation about it. Will this cause a data slowdown if this is turned on, while not on AC power? That is the only thing I would have a problem with if that is the case but otherwise I think it is a great new feature. As long as it helps and is not a boondoggle, I’m OK with that.

Well, later today, I will have it on my iPhone and iPod Touch’s and I will be going on about how I either love or hate the new update next week.

Our Favourite Mom, Marge Simpson

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week it is all about our favourite Mom, Marge Simpson. Of course, she is voiced by Julie Kavner who turned another year older on September 7th and she also voices her twin sisters Patty and Selma.

I can’t pick my favourite Marge episode because she has so many. However my favourite one from the recent years is Peeping Mom, where she monitors Bart after he takes a bulldozer for a joyride and refuses to admit to doing it to her. At the end of the episode he does and she says “why you little…” and tries to strangle him but she hugs him instead as he’s being arrested.

Of course if you can see, the most visible aspect is her hairdo and for those who cannot it is her raspy voice. People have said that the voice is Julie Kavner’s real voice but I think she changes it somewhat to give it the sound we hear. I’ve heard her being interviewed and her real voice isn’t as gravelly as that but you certainly can hear a bit of Marge in it.

I like that she is very patient towards Homer and is certainly well meaning towards her fellow Springfield citizens. Although she can force herself on people if she feels the need to. But generally she is a good person, all be it a fictional one.

On the birthday front, Julie Kavner turned another year older last Monday. She has certainly done well with The Simpsons, the Tracey Ulman Show, The Rhoda Show and has also worked with Woody Alan on some of his films. If you want to learn more just use our friend Wikipedia.

Well, that’s about it for this week. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.

Back To Work And Back To School

Hi folks and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This week, we are back to school and back to work but the weather doesn’t reflect it yet. This is not unusual but of course, that changes within a week or less.

This is the meteorological autumn and of course, this is when the weather has the most impact on us. This is the peak of the hurricane season and when the weather cools off and the Northwinds begin to blow the leaves off the trees.

Another thing that has happened is that this cooling off has also been slow at times and I can think of 2 examples of when the really chilly weather didn’t settle in until November. In 1994 it was a rather warm fall, with no sign of a snowflake until late November, dew to it not going below freezing or the hi temperatures not going below 10°C.

In 2007 it was a similar type of fall season but it was even warmer, with a hi of 32°C being reached on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday. After that the weather didn’t cooldown much until very late October and didn’t go below freezing until November. I know that because some friends of mine were still having barbecues even as late as around October 20 and this was in southern Ontario Canada. In fact, everything I mention here has happened where I live, in the GTA in Ontario Canada.

I don’t think this year will be as warm a fall but I also don’t think we will be in winter clothes by early November like last year. I will be monitoring both my Weather Radio and weather apps on my iPhone for the latest in weather, in and around where I live. I may even check up on other places, just to feed my curiosity on which place is the warmest or coldest on a single day.

Well, that’s about it for today. Talk to you on Simpsons Sunday.

Remember Ruth Powers?

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week I’m going to try and talk about a character from the first few seasons, who made 2 central appearances in Seasons 4 and 5. Ruth Powers appeared in the episodes: New Kid On The Block and Marge On The Lam.

In the episode New Kid On The Block she and her daughter Lora moved next to the Simpsons home and Lora became Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s baby sitter. Of course, Bart also developed a crush on her and showed us that Jimbo Jones is not just a bully but a coward, when Moe burst in brandishing a dull knife after Bart’s prank call mentioning him as the perpetrator of the prank call.

Marge On The Lam was when her and Marge became fast friends and went out together, when Homer was either stuck to vending machines or just out on his own. She was driving her husbands stolen car with Marge in it and they went on a car chase with Homer and Chief Wiggum. Ruth made other appearances but those are the best known and loved episodes she played a central roll in.

In some Simpsons fan fiction stories she is either: the Simpson children’s new Mother or a baby sitter to other kids in Springfield, with a slightly different personality. I wonder if she will be back to play another central roll in a future episode. Will she actually become friends with Homer, despite her ex husband being much like him? They both sat around drinking beer.

On the birthday front, Bob Newhart turned another year older yesterday. He appeared on an episode of The Simpsons, Bart The Fink and of course had his own TV show, which also starred the late Marcia Wallace. Need I say more?

Bob also has his own comedy career, which is still going since the late 1950’s and his classic bits like: Bus Driver School, for example. If you haven’t heard any of his bits they are just lmao funny and this is despite that they have no profanity.

Also, my Mom turned another year older yesterday and to give you an idea how old she is, she is the same age as Jone Rivers, if she were alive today. I made a point to call her and wish her a ahappy birthday.

Well, that’s about it for this week. In the mean time, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again on Weather Wednesday.