Saturday, January 18, 2014

Happy 3rd Blog-O-Versary!!!

Today marks the third anniversary of wacky tacky [hold for applause].  In all honesty, I had no idea how to blog when I started and still feel like I haven't quite gotten the hang of it in terms of understanding technology, updating regularly, maintaining interest, building readership, etc.  At the inception of wacky tacky, when I spent a good deal of time looking for like-minded writers, I would come across authors who, tired of their own blogs, would publish posts full of farewells - fond and otherwise.  Perhaps my dour imagination was to blame, but it seemed to me that each one read as a virtual suicide note; "I have nothing left to say," "I just can't go on like this," or "It was nice knowing you," were common sentiments.  As a complete and utter novice, I couldn't for the life of me understand why anyone who started a blog would give up.  After all, blogging was supposed to be fun, right?  

Well, after three years and 320 posts under my belt, I'm not quite ready to announce my retirement but I am ready to admit that my perspective has broadened on the issue.  Like all writers, there are moments of defeat, distraction, and the dreaded writer's block.  Fortunately, those moments are far outweighed by the fun and friendship I find by maintaining occupancy in my kooky little corner of the internet.

Thanks for sticking with us as we stick one more candle on our wacky tacky cake!
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Reflecting back upon the last three years, I couldn't help but consider the significance of the number three.  It is often said that bad things come in threes, especially where celebrity deaths are concerned.  It has been my experience that the opposite is quite true; good things come in threes too.  I mean, hello, 3 Musketeers!!!

I am definitely of the "Schoolhouse Rock!" school of thought; "Three is a magic number!"  There is such a balance and harmony to sets of three (see: The McGuire SistersThe Andrews Sisters, The Boswell Sisters, The Holy Trinity, et al).  By far, my favorite talented trio of all time is The Del Rubio Triplets!

Milly, Elena, and Eadie - better 
known as The Del Rubio Triplets

Even at the tender age of eight, I was provided with a definitive answer (in the affirmative) for the age-old question, "Can there be love at first sight?"  From the first moment I saw them on the "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" Christmas special, I had an immediate fascination with and abiding love for the The Del Rubio Triplets. 

"Winter Wonderland" - The Del Rubio 
Triplets on "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" (1988)

Their star power wasn't relegated to just "Pee-Wee's Playhouse;" Milly, Elena, and Eadie became a major part of the late 1980's-early 1990's television landscape, making appearances on "Married with Children," "Full House," "New Monkees," "Night Court," and "The Golden Girls."

Their career spanned five decades!

Based on their interesting intonations, I always harbored the suspicion that the Del Rubios were from outside the continental United States (if not from out of this world).  While technically a US territory (the Panama Canal Zone), they were indeed born on a foreign shore in 1921.  It could be said that their musicality is not exactly what propelled the sisters to stardom.  The novelty of identical, sexagenarian triplets (emphasis on sex-y) in hot pants and blonde bouffants playing guitar and warbling hits by Devo and The Pointer Sisters was certainly not lost on a public insatiable for a little mid-century-styled camp.  Nevertheless, in its own wacky tacky way and after many years, the music of The Del Rubio Triplets still holds up for me.

"Ding-Dong, The Witch is Dead" - The Del Rubio Triplets

"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" - The Del Rubio Triplets

"I Will Survive" - The Del Rubio Triplets

"Light My Fire" - The Del Rubio Triplets

Sadly, all three sisters have gone on to their great reward but our loss is most assuredly Heaven's gain.  I can just imagine Milly, Elena, and Eadie encouraging St. Peter to "Crack that whip!"

I'm definitely hoping that the adage, "The third time's the charm," holds true for wacky tacky.  As we enter our fourth year, our Blog-O-Versary wish is that we find even more reasons to delight in the wide world of wacky tacky with all of you wacky tacky turkey necks!


Cheers!

Mr. Tiny

33 comments:

  1. Don't you dare take early retirement, Mr T. - I'm sure I'm not the only one who smiles everytime a Wacky Tacky post appears in her Feedly feed. The world absolutely needs as much jolly, ever-so-slightly-camp, mid-century biased entertainment as it can get!

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    1. Thanks Penn! I didn't mean for it to sound like a threat...hahaha!!! Thanks for your support!

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  2. Happy Blog-o-versary! You've definitely helped to make my life wackier -- and tackier!

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    1. Thanks, Peter! That's a great compliment!

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  3. Congrats on three years of blogging! I certainly enjoy every post you make.

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    1. Thanks Mariela!!! That makes me happy!

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  4. Congratulations Tiny! It would truly be a sad day if you were ever to decide to retire your blog! I look forward to all of your posts and wish you continued success with your blog :) besides, there has truly been plenty of wacky tacky in this world and know there will be plenty more to blog about in the coming years as well. Looking forward to reading your take on some of these hidden jems!

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    1. Thanks SS! I definitely hope we get a chance to explore more if the wacky tacky that SD has to offer!

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  5. I'm so glad that you're here and not quitting! I get a happy buzz from your posts. :)

    But on an unhappy note, I didn't know that all three of the triplets had passed. :(

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    1. Thanks EK!!! I guess I made it sound more like a threat/cry for help than I intended...hahaha!!! I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. Yes, unfortunately they're not with us any longer BUT they are all together again!

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  6. Happy Birthday Wacky Tacky Blog!!!! Birthdays in our household usually require 2 birthday songs because 1 is just not enough. So, enjoy the day and many more to come!!

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    1. Thanks Sarah (who is in no way related to wacky tacky and has no vested interest whatsoever)!!!

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  7. Happy Birthday! So glad you're not giving up - I love your posts and the genuine joy you express at everything from new diner discoveries to obscure recording artistes. Here's to many more.

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    1. Thanks NN!!! I really appreciate your support!

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  8. A very happy Blog-O-Versary to you! Thank you for introducing me to the Del Rubio Triplets and their short shorts! Amazing! Where kind I find the next installment of Triplet Trouble??? :)

    Cheers to you and your wonderful world of wacky tacky!

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    1. Thanks Elisa!!! Aren't those Del Rubio girls wonderful?!! They may not be the best musicians/singers but they always performed with such joy!!

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  9. happy blog o versary! i was getting a little worried in the beginning, thinking you were hanging up your hat! i think blogging can wax and wain just like any other interested. i was looking at my blog, and in 2012 i was writing 25 to 27 entries a month, when last year i averaged just 7! this year i've only put out THREE but i just feel like i have nothing to say! i'm sure I'll be back over sharing soon. and i can't wait to see more of your adventures! i get such a kick out of wacky tacky and your "voice".

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    1. Thanks Rae! That goes double for you - I love your zest for life and your photography! Your lowest output is about my highest...hahaha!!!!

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  10. 3 years!!!!! Congrats... Blogging can be hard sometimes, but what you are writting is always fun and interesting, an unique blog!

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    1. Merci, Laurence!!! Thanks for your support!

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  11. A small indulgence in the herbal delights of C. sattivam is a marvelous remedy for writer's block. Just sayin'.

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    1. Ha! You think SQUARESVILLE over messes with anything like that (I had to look it up for goodness sake)!!! I have a terrible case of the munchies without any herbal assistance!

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  12. Happy 3 years! Interesting stuff about the Triplets. I had never heard of them, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Abigail! I'm always happy to share the good news of the Del Rubios!

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  13. Love your kitschy corner of the web. Happy blog-o-versary indeed!

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    1. Thanks Van! I really appreciate your kind wishes!!!

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  14. I can't believe it's been three years! I love love love reading your blog! Keep the adventures coming. :)

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  15. Happy Anniversary Mr. Tiny! Been a loyal and avid reader for what feels like forever. Can't wait to see what the new year brings.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer!!! I really appreciate your support!

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  16. Oh come on people... he's just setting things in place so he can hold out for a better deal next season!

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