Monthly Archives: October 2015

The School Bus Dream

Hi folks. I’m sorry I hadn’t published anything on a Wednesday lately. I just simply hadn’t had anything to write about, untill today.

This is going to sound strange but as a kid I had this fascination with buses and in particular, old school buses. My favorites are the ones that would operate with manual transmission and with the putt putt engines. I used to hear trucks with the same sound as those buses all the time and I would be wishing I was in one of them, even with the bumpedy bumpedy bumps along the way.

I actually liked sitting at the front so I could hear the bus being driven and I never liked it when everyone was talking because it drouned out the sound of the bus moving and or running.

Every few nights or so I have had this dream about riding one of those buses again and I would hear the sound of the first gear in the dream. I hope that those old buses are around somewhere and also, hopefully in Canada. I would love it if I could ride on one of them again so I could hear what they sounded like and remember what they sounded like, going up a gear and on the highway and gearing down.

I would also love to ride on one of the modern buses too but nothing has come up to allow me the opportunity for this to happen. The only buses I’ve ridden on lately are public transit buses and inner-city coaches. They don’t pale in comparison to the school bus but I miss writing on those vehicles anyway. If there is such an opportunity for this to happen, I hope it’s me who gets to ride on those buses again… So I can smell the smells and touch the seats and the windows. Maybe I can finally learn how to open and shut them too and touch The stanchions as I get on and off the bus.

This dream has been going on for a few years now, since June 1993, when I last rode on one of the older buses like that and this Youtube video also made me compose this post. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qLabunH3CIc
Anyone have any idea how old this bus is in this video? I’m just asking. Anyway, that’s all I have for today.

The Best Of Treehouse Of Horror

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Did anybody watch the latest episode Halloween Of Horror? A couple of things with that episode to keep in mind: this is not an annual Treehouse Of Horror episode and it is part of the Simpson’s timeline. Also, check out the similar sounding song to the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show hit Time Warp near the end of the episode. It is in the same vayne as songs as We Put The Spring in Springfield, in that multiple characters sing the song. I should’ve seen that coming but I didn’t!

This week I’m going to try and talk about the Treehouse Of Horror series. I say that because I have long resisted watching them because they aren’t really a part of the Simpsons timeline and are their own beast. Actually, I’m going to talk about the episodes during the first few seasons. I downloaded some of the episodes that came with the seasons that are available on iTunes and have had help from a friend, with getting more of them, that I can’t find. I like the first few of them because they all came out of the era, which most fans refer to as the “golden era” of the show, from Season’s 3 to around Season 8.

Some of my favourite short stories are:

Bad Dream House

In which the family purchase a new house that brainwashes the family to kill each other, except for Marge. Marge hears the house talking and yells at it to stop pushing the family around and show some manners and says that they are all going to have to get used to living together. The house asks for a minute to think about it and when the family step outside the house implodes.

The Devil And Homer Simpson

In which, Homer is searching for donuts and Lenny and Karl tell him that they chucked the last donuts at an old man for kicks. Homer then says “I’d cell my soul for a donut: and Ned Flanders in the form of the Devil, appears and offers him a donut but warns him that if Homer finishes it, he gets Homer’s soul. Homer of course, eventually does and Homer is sent to Hell, before Marge has requested that there should be a trial, as to whom owns Homer’s soul. Devil Flanders reluctantly agrees but chooses his own jury and after Marge shows a pledge that Homer made that she own his soul to the court, Marge is found to be the legal owner of Homer’s soul. However, Homer is sentenced to have his head turned into a giant doughnut.

This last favorite story is one I don’t know the title of. It’s the one where the family arrive at Mr. Burns’s winter house and all cable TV and beer supplies are cut off. Homer goes to Moe for a beer and Moe says that if he kills his family he can have one. This leads to the classic “no TV and no beer make Homer something something.”

Those are my three favourite stories from different episodes of the Treehouse Of Horror series and I’m looking forward to tonights Installment and in particular, Sideshow Bob finally killing BART. Not that I want Bart to die but I just want to hear how bark dies at the hands of the ex clown and maniacal genius. I wouldn’t want Bart to be killed off for real… I like the little guy. I know what he is capable of but I don’t think and never thought he was all bad. I would never want to hurt him for anything!

On the birthday front, the voice of Bart Simpson herself Nancy Cartwright turns another year older today. I’ve heard that she is 58 but to me, she sounds years younger, like she is in her 20s or something.

Also, it is the second anniversary of Marcia Wallace’s death and we know her as the voice of Mrs. Krabappel, Bart’s fourth grade teacher. Now, Mrs. Berrera will be the new teacher and I hope that she will become just as popular in time. We still miss you Marcia and I wish I had a chance to meet you!

Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday 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.

Random Stuff I Notice

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. Well, this week I’m going to talk about some random things that I have noticed. Some may be obvious to you and others not. However, I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time and I finally decided to do this.

In the episode A Fish Called Selma, when Troy McClure says “can I play the piano anymore?” The voice answers “yes you can” and troy replies “well I couldn’t before.” Doesn’t that remind you of a bit George Carlin did on his debut album Take Offs and Put Ons, where he is on afternoon TV. He does a bit on soap operas and the one he does is called Doctor Place. It’s so funny that the patient doesn’t even speak until right near the end of the bit. All he did was make groaning noises until he asked “oh, Doc… Doc… will I evern play the violin? “The doctor says “see no reason why you shouldn’t with proper care.” The patient said “oh that’s great Doc I could never play it before.”

Next, in the first few seasons of The Simpsons we hear birds singing, during the dialog at home with the family. I haven’t heard it in the more recent seasons in the past 5 years or so. Why?

On Songs In The Key of Springfield the ending music to Treehouse Of Horror has a different mix, then what we hear at the end of Treehouse of Horror 5. In the episode the guitar is louder in the mix than almost everything else but on the album the mix is much more even.

On “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parity of the classic John Mellencamp song Jack and Diane entitled Homer and Marge, I notice that the pick the guitarist is using on the is a softer one, while on John Mellencamp’s studio version a harder pick seems to be the one that is being used on the acoustic guitar. I can tell by the clicks as the strings are being strummed! How do I know this? I am a guitarist and use a harder pick to play.

In the earlier seasons, Nelson Muntz’s voice was much higher and less raspy then it is now. I wonder why?

Have you noticed that the majority of the new students at Springfield Elementary school have only appeared in one episode for the most part? For example: Samantha stanky and Allison Taylor have only appeared in one episodewith speaking parts, along with Francine in the episode Bye-Bye Nerdy. The same can be said for the replacement or substitute teachers, who come into the students and our lives as well.

Those are some of the random things I have noticed over the years and there are probably more but I can’t think of them now. Anyway, enjoy tonights episode Halloween Of Horror and also next week’s installment of Treehouse Of Horror, where Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart. I’ll try and come up with something to go along with that for next week.

Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday 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.

An Angry scotsman

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. After watching ‘Cue Detective, who knew that Nelson was a fan of Clash Of Clans. I’d never heard of it until I had a problem with my previous iPhone in 2014 and had to replace it. It must have happened while I was on Twitter or something! I think I had a notification on the phone about it and then things just went downhill from there. Also, I would like to wish my fellow Canadians a happy Thanksgiving weekend.

This week it is all about Groundskeeper Willie. I like him because he is Scotish and I am also part Scot as well, with my last name being Maybee. I can even do the accent pretty good, without messing it up.

We all know and love him for his temper and his gruffly spoken retorts to principal Skinner and others. But especially Skinner, with whom he works with. It’s also nice to see him being a bit softer too and he is, in the episode My Fair Laddy. Lisa turns him into a gentleman as her science fair project and we see a much more civil side to the man, then we are used to, with the Scottish accent softened and refined to sound much more British, if you will.

Obviously his “Cheese eating serender monkeys” quote was used by some people around the second Iraq war in 2003… And this is his best-known quote. However, there are some other ones from the earlier seasons that are just as good. When he tries to get Santa’s Little Helper out of the Air ducts he commands Lunch Lady Doris to “grease me up woman. “Then later, he says “make room for Willie. I said make room for Willie you bloated Gasburg. “This, along with the original situation causes Gary Chalmers to fire principal Seymour skinner.

Another one that I can only paraphrase is spoken when Bart and Lisa are just going to be best friends, while Milhouse is in Capital City. I don’t exactly remember how it goes but he says something to the affectt of brothers and sisters being natural enemies “like scots and scots” and other ethnicities before that “and Scott’s.”

I’m glad we have a character like him on The Simpsons because he is so entertaining, whether you can see him or just hear him. Hopefully there will be other episodes that will have him in a prominent roll, like My Fair Laddy, which is the only one so far, to centre around him. Thankfully, he isn’t a big dumb swede or Hispanic because it wouldn’t be as funny as an angry Scotsman.

I’m looking forward to this weeks episode Pufless, which sees Patty and Selma quitting smoking. I tried it when I was 23 and there was no buzz from it for me. I just felt some sort of commonality with those who smoked at the time. I don’t think I will ever try it again, all though I still remember how to light a cigarette and puff on it.

Well that’s about it for this Simpsons Sunday 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.

Through It All There Is Love

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. It’s the first week in October 2015 and also after the first week of Season 27, starting with the premier episode Every Mans Dream. Wasn’t that interesting to see Homer and Marge actually going through their trial separation? That was one of the reasons why I put it in the top 10 season premieres for this year, even though like last years premier episode it hadn’t aired yet when I published the list.

Also, was it a dream or reality sequence? To me, it sort of jumps around a bit, from dream to reality in The Simpsons world and it is sometimes hard to tell which is which, without looking at what’s on the screen or paying very very close attention to everything. This will certainly have a few listens from me, to figure out what is a dream sequence and what is real, dew to Homer’s narcolepsy. Of course, he tries to use his narcolepsy to his advantage to get out of pretty much anything he can, after he is diagnosed by Dr. Hibbert to have this disease. I had never even heard of narcolepsy before this episode aired and of course, the whole trial separation was all a dream.

What really got my attention though, wasn’t anything to do with the plot. It was a couple of seconds of a song by Dan Castellaneta himself, during the opening couch-gag. In case you didn’t know, he is the voice of Homer and some other male characters and has also put out a couple of albums. The song in question is Through It All There Is Love, from his 2000 album Two Lips. I bet that Matt Groening had the idea to include a small piece of the song in the couch-gag for this episode. If you think about the title of the song and everything the family as a whole, have gone through it really fits the episode and the series. With all the various times Marge and Homer have had problems there is always the underlying love for each other and the same can be said for Bart and lisa too, despite their sibling rivalry. To identify the song, just listen to a song that sounds like something that could have been written in the 1960’s by Lennon and McCartney. You hear Dan singing “I don’t believe it when you tell me that it’s all gone bad, it’s true to you” in a voice that sounds like either John Lennon or Paul McCartney. I think that Dan Castellaneta is a Beattles fan, judging from the over all sound of Two Lips. I hope that people notice this song and go out and either buy or download the album to either stream or have in their physical or Digital music collection. In my case it is in the latter and I bought it last year on iTunes, along with his other album I Am Not Homer. I’ve discussed the two albums in past posts here and I’ll leave that to you to find them in the archives. I’ll give you a hint… I wrote about them either around Dan Castellaneta’s birthday or in January 2014.

To further make the point of the title of the song and this post, I believe that every character on The Simpsons is vitally important to each other. Because if we didn’t have Principal Skinner or Mrs. Krabappel, Bart wouldn’t have anyone to rebell against in athority, besides his Mom and Dad. Also, if Homer didn’t have Mr. Burns as his boss, would life be interesting enough for him or us to follow? Most characters rub some of us the wrong way but they are all essential to the series because without them, it would be a very different and possibly boring existence in Springfield. Of course, some relationships with certain characters have and will change with time but they are all vitally important to each other, in order for the series to keep entertaining us for years to come… regardless of how you feel about the current crop of episodes, vs. the older ones.

Something else that has been talked about recently outside this episode is the coming out of the closet of Waylon Smithers. We all know he is gay but does Mr. Burns, his boss and best friend even know or comprehend his homosexuality? How would it go with Mr. Burns finally hearing the words “I Am Gay” from his loyal sycophant? It will be very interesting to watch the up coming episode which will finally reveal it to Mr. Burns and how it comes to a head in those 3 words to him.

Of course, another thing to look forward to this season is Sideshow Bob finally killing Bart Simpson in this years Treehouse Of Horror. I’m looking forward to that moment to hear how Bart dies. Will he choke or scream? I’m glad that he won’t die for real and he will be here to make us laugh and pull his pranks on Seymore Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie and other school staff. This goes back to my point about the importance of all the characters. If Sideshow Bob actually killed Bart as cannon it would be a very different series. Also, if Sideshow Bob actually kissed and made up with Bart it would also be different and also, not the same as it has been, with him as one of Bart’s nemeses.
Well, that’s about it for this weeks Simpsons Sunday 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.