ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL: Part 4, “Highlander Heads and Threads”


June 7, 2015

Part of being a Highlander in the 1960’s, besides for the hangouts, the hits, and the reunions, were our hairdos and our clothes, or  “heads” and “threads”.

HEADS

Girls:

1. The “Flip” — a high-maintenance “do” requiring us to use over-sized brush rollers (and, even, soup or juice cans), Scotch tape to keep our bangs from curling, a metal ratting comb, and enough hair spray to alert the EPA. We spent enough money on our “do’s” to buy our own beauty salons or sat for what seemed like hours under our own portable bonnet hair dryers.

Please note: the YouTube video shows someone using a blow-dryer and a curling iron. To that, I say, “No pain, no gain”. They’ll never know the fun or the sleep they missed doing it our way.

2. The beehive was another “do” we attempted, usually for dressier occasions. It didn’t work out too hot in the gym. See the YouTube link below.

Again, how can these “twenty-somethings” know how to do up a good bouffant? Sheesh!

Boys: Crew-cuts (successor of the flat-top and ducks of the 1950’s). Relatively low-maintenance (I guess, as I never wore them). Thanks to Bing images images for providing this picture.

THREADS

Girls: Although women were influenced by the simple but classic elegance of Jackie Kennedy with her pill box hat, we wore pleated skirts, Oxford-cloth blouses, cardigans, and suede penny loafers in coordinating colors to school in cooler weather and spaghetti-strap sundresses in warmer weather.

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Boys: white or light-colored jeans with Oxford-cloth shirts (with loops in the back), Madras plaid shirts, Italian-style slip-on leather shoes.

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Thanks to YouTube and Bing contributors for their videos and images. I could not have written a post like this without their help.

In conclusion, I have inserted pictures of some popular haircuts, styles, and clothing  from back then. One question remains — what styles worked for you, back then? Please share. I’d love to hear from you!

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HUMOROUS HOW-TO’S: A Super-Bowl Party To Remember


English: Air Force Super Bowl Sunday Celebration
English: Air Force Super Bowl Sunday Celebration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Super-Bowl parties — good ones — take some planning. Follow Dameyon’s advice for a party your buds won’t soon forget.

The Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated events of the year.  It is a time in which two outstanding league champions play each other on the first Sunday in February.  The National Football League champion plays against the American Football League champion.  Millions are glued to the television in anticipation of whose going to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Since so many people are watching this game on the television, companies seek to engage their potential customers to buy their products with very comical commercials.  These commercials are just as entertaining as the Super Bowl itself.  Seeing that the Super Bowl is considered to be in its own rights a national holiday, a man must know how to throw a grand Super Bowl Party

            The first thing a man should do is have his woman, wife, or women do his pre-cleaning.  Nine times out of ten a man is going to have his grand party in his home, and he’s going to need to have it sparkling cleaned.  He should have his woman thoroughly clean the bathrooms, kitchen, and party area.  He should have her make sure the house is even clean of children.  Having children at a grown man’s Super Bowl party can be devastating, so a man should make sure all children are removed.  It’s nothing worse than spelling a funky diaper or having a nagging child around at a party.  Now that the house is sparkling and all children are removed, pre-cleaning is complete.

            The next thing a man should do is make sure there is plenty of food and drinks.  There is absolutely no party without some good, spicy hot wings. They should be the kind that is spicy going in and out the body!  This should be the number one food item on the list.  A man must also have some Rotel with cheesy Doritos to dip it in.  To set it all off, a man should have his woman grill some ribs on the grill. When she finishes grilling them, make sure she drenches them in the finest barbecue sauce.  The man must not forget to order specified pizza of his liking.  Men don’t really care about dessert so make sure there are plenty of other meats.  A man can have many different kinds of drinks such as water, soft drinks, lemonade, tea, fruit punch, beer, and wine.  Remember the party can’t be grand without plenty of food and drinks.  Plan not to run out before half-time!

            The last thing a man should do in planning his grand Super Bowl party is make sure the television is big enough, the cable is working properly, and his woman is cleverly dismissed to a back room.  The television should be at least 32 inches or larger to insure that everyone can see it clearly.  No man wants to gather around an itty bitty television with a bunch of his friends to watch one of the most important football games of the year!  The cable should also be thoroughly checked before the game begins.  Now that all these things are done, the man should cleverly dismiss his woman to the back room so as not to disturb the party and all of the male bonding, but make sure you inform her to answer her phone when you call because you might need her to run a last minute errand.

            In conclusion, if a man follows all of these instructions, he will have a grand Super Bowl party.  When the invitees arrive and see a well cleaned house void of children, plenty of food and drinks, nice size television with immaculate cable service and no woman or women to damper their gathering, they are sure to have an awesome time, and the party will be the talk of a mighty fun and successful gathering!

           

           

MEN– BLESS THEIR HEARTS, PART ONE


Men, gotta love ’em. Whatever would happen if we gave them the remote to our world?

They would start with our cosmetics. Cherry chiffon or peppermint twist lip gloss would be replaced by new flavors: pork-rinds-and-hot-sauce, or buffalo-wings-and-beer.

Oh, but wait! They’re just flexing their manly muscles. Next on their list, new fragrances. Soon, our honeys would have us dabbing on eau de woodsmoke, slathering on steak-drippings shower gel, or spritzing on cowhide-leather body mist.

Cosmetics conquered, they would make over our malls. Sandwiched between Victoria’s Secret, Chico’s, and Coldwater Creek would be rifle ranges, fishing ponds, putting greens, race tracks, and calf-roping arenas. Out would go those unyielding wooden-slat benches in favor of Lazy-Boys and giant t.v. screens. For an hourly fee, they could even rent a dog to scratch behind the ears as they leaned back for their Sunday afternoon nap.

And speaking of shopping, wedding registries would not go untouched. Bridegrooms would be offered their own choices in bed linens — flannel-lined or goose down sleeping bags by Eddie Bauer. And flatware — a Swiss Army knife including a tool for digging Vienna Sausages out of the can. Glassware? Nothing but the finest — quart-sized Mason jars.

But it won’t stop there. Coming soon — men’s book clubs. The entry will be two sentences, tops.

Men…bless their hearts.