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!|
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 Sisters, The 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!