GMIM: The Carlton, Dunkirk, and shopping scams

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Is The Carlton the greatest dance in television history?

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So the other night, the girlfriend and I had the TV on prior to going na-nights. She prefers to fall asleep with it on, while I would rather not burn my eyeballs out before falling asleep. I usually lose that battle, but I promise you, I will win the war.

Anywho, we throw on Nick at Nite* and playing is Fresh Prince. We jump in the middle of Season 2, Episode 24, a.k.a. “Striptease for Two” from May 4, 1992 to see Alfonso Ribeiro on stage in front of a large number of middle-aged women. He gets into a Chippendale’s-esque routine that is cut short by Ribeiro’s TV mom. Kicking off the routine, however is the familiar swaying of his arms left to right and right to left, with the rest of his body following along. Yes, it’s Carlton Banks’ signature dance, simply known as “The Carlton.” Continue reading

How FOX landed the NFC

This week marks the unofficial start to the NFL season, as teams will play the first of four meaningless games to prepare for the 2013 season. Soon we’ll all be huddled around the television in the midst of autumn cheering on our favorite teams. Being a New Englander, I’ll be tuning into CBS most of the season to watch the Patriots. As for fans of the NFC, FOX will once again carry those games. But how exactly did FOX, once a small network struggling to compete with the established juggernauts, get the rights to broadcast the most successful conference of the past six years? The answer came from a college commencement speech. Continue reading