January 20, 2006

Memory Lane

A big shout-out of thanks to Wordgirl for the trip down Memory Lane that she gave us today. If you want to come along, just click the heels of your black patent-leather Mary Janes and repeat after me: "There's no place like the school cafeteria..."


Blogger Chris said...

Tangent. Have you read any of the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters? Amelia's son Ramses sounds a bit like the Vampire. When told to stay in his room and not bother the adults, he reappears and says something on the order of, "I assumed the usual exceptions applied, Mama. My room is on fire."

10:03 AM  
Blogger mE said...

I adore Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels/Barbara Mertz (the fact that I know all her pen-names might obviate the necessity of saying that, I suppose)... and the only books of hers that I *haven't* read happen to be the ones in the A.P. series... somewhere around the third book I got a bit tired of the characters, I guess, although I adored 'Crocodile...'

One of the big reasons for my disaffection was Ramses, actually, who I found a tad too precious and unrealistic for my taste. I realize now that this was prior to having a Holy Terror of my own, and that I might feel differently about that particular issue now; the Vampire has a long history of saying and doing things that on paper would seem unlikely in a child of his age.

And this from a kid who at nearly 16 still often seems unable to grasp many of the simpler concepts of basic hygiene...


11:09 AM  
Blogger mrspao said...

Oh yes, I agree with you Eileen. I thought Ramses was far too precocious to be realistic but I liked the no-nonsense attitude of Peabody but now I've heard about the Vampire I'm going to read the next one with an open mind! I've not read any of her other books but will look out for them now you've mentioned her other pen names.

PS I had a Holly Hobby lunchbox at school and when I was at University I had a large yellow schoolbus lunchbox with working wheels!

1:32 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

Thanks for the endorsement! I got the idea from Coffee and Varnish because she mentioned someone wearing a Davey Jones shirt. That took me back to the whole lunchbox thing and I was off...

I enjoyed writing every word.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Woo-hoo! I was visitor #1000. Woo-hoo!!

Heh, Eileen, yeah, you might feel a bit differently about Ramses now...

7:17 PM  
Blogger mE said...

Mrs. Pao~ I'm rather fond of "Dying For Love", but I think that's because I've been over-exposed to SF/Fantasy conventions, and I loved all the snotty allusions to the stereotypical con-goers and convention 'events'.

Most of her books as 'Elizabeth Peters' have an archaeological or historical theme (other than a few of her Jacqueline Kirby books, which deal with being a novelist), and tend to have a fairly light and humorous tone.

Her books as 'Barbara Michaels/Mertz' are more what used to be termed 'Gothic Romance' (I don't know what they'd be called now) - most of them set in modern times (or at least modern at the time of the publication), but the basic theme is Maiden-In-Peril, and there is often some sort of occult twist to it (ghosts, posessions, time travel, ESP, etc) either 'real' or imagined by the main character. These books tend to be darker and more serious in tone (Jane Eyre and Rebecca are classic examples of this genre).

9:20 AM  
Blogger mE said...

Chris~ Now I'm going to have to add an extra Prize in your package... ;D

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a yellow Disney schoolbus lunchbox and a regular USPS mailbox one with a red flag...
we always got boloney or peanut butter and jelly and a tastykake. :)
I still remember the ritualized ways I used to eat the tastycakes.
Do you have any ritualized ways of eating any foods (oreos, for instance)?
More importantly, how do you eat corn on the cob? Everyone has a highly individualized way of eating that food, I have noticed! :)

11:18 PM  

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