I get really nostalgic for my favorite oldies radio station of all time- 99.7FM KFRC San Francisco! This radio station single handedly fueled my love for oldies at a young age. It's such a bummer when radio stations go under- you never think it will happen! And then it does. Sure, there are plenty of oldies radio stations across the country, but KFRC had such a great balance of the 60's,70's,and 80's. You can't measure the power of a classic song you aren't expecting it while you're driving around mundanely in your car late at night. Completely unbeatable!
If someone could have looked into a crystal ball 20 years ago and saw these people as the future media faces of a generation, they'd probably want to shoot themselves. I'm sure it's not easy leading the life of a celebrity and having a personal nutritionist tell you what to eat but seriously? Apparently, pop stars can actually devolve in talent, entertainment, and originality. Or maybe society has a lower standard now? Sadly, the financial success of such pop stars are only a reflection of what society feeds into. When ( almost ) everything has been done, originality and consistent talent is everything. As much as everyone would like to think they know how the world should work, these oversized paychecks and endorsements are proof that despite our "poor" economy, media consumers champion overconfidence, douchebags, and guys that look like girls. And why are famous musicians just like one person entities? It's like the Madonna formula everywhere. Boooriiing.
Hurricane Irene has inspired me to watch a marathon of "Pawn Stars", a tv series run by the History channel. Run by three generations of family pawners, this Las Vegas shop has enough weird stuff walking through the doors to entertain me for a long time. Between the 1866 Winchester rifle, that's been dubbed "The Gun That Won The West", because of it's ability to repeat shots, and the fact that a 17 year old (Robert G. Heft) originally designed the current U.S. flag in 1958 as a school project, leaves one to only imagine the history behind every obscure, aged object you've ever come across. I never thought I could be so intrigued by firearms and weapons, but after watching this show and seeing experts appraise objects while explaining the history, and sometimes being able to spot inauthentic period weapons by a subtle detail, this show can be really exciting. A woman came in with a black widow brooch that had been her grandmother's which ended up being a rare piece of Faberge jewelry that the pawn shop gave her $15,000 for. Jackpot! This show gives my brain a history boner.