Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The 2018 HorrorMovieBBQ Podcast: Thanksgiving Spectacular!

The 2018 HorrorMovieBBQ Thanksgiving Spectacular is here and boy was it a lot of fun to do!


Joining me today is my pal Jayme K aka BrainExploderrr joins me for a fun discussion about our favorite Thanksgiving tv specials, sitcom episodes, The Macy's Parade, Charlie Brown vs. Garfield, who are the major Thanksgiving icons and even pro wrestling moments!

As always, going off topic is encouraged and boy do we ever go off topic! The podcast starts off with a fun chat about the Halloween/Burger King burgers, Jayme's fantastic creations, My Pet Monster and so much more!

Enjoy! :)


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-Chad

Sunday, November 18, 2018

6 Great Things About Survivor Series 1991!

No matter how old I get, I always look back with fondness on certain wrestling events. Especially when it comes to certain seasons. Winter? I get nostalgic about Royal Rumble. Summer? Well, obviously Summerslam. Spring? You best believe I'm sitting back and waxing nostalgic about Wrestlemania's of the past with friends! But Thanksgiving holds a special place in my heart for wrestling just as much as it does the parade because as a kid, I could spend Thanksgiving night(or sometimes Thanksgiving eve) with my favorite pro wrestlers and soak in the madness that was The Survivor Series. And none got me more hyped than the 1991 Survivor Series event!



Photo Credit: CrazyMax


A little background before I continue. This was the FIRST Survivor Series to not take place on Thanksgiving Night but on Thanksgiving eve. Which works just as well. Still plenty of time to discuss the events at the big dinner table the next night. Of course, at that time, I would've rather had wrestling than football, but that's me. I'm selfish. Now though? I love seeing it take place Thanksgiving week. It still feels right.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cringerale Love!



There aren't a lot of thing I expect to be apart of my Thanksgiving meal or else it could ruin my day. Stuffing, cranberry sauce and biscuits are three of my demands. If my plate doesn't have at least those three components, you don't want to be around me the rest of the day. I will sit by myself and eyeball you while you eat your food and make you feel as uncomfortable as possible. Of course, that's on the plate, but what about the side? Even with the most mediocre plate, there still is a way to salvage your evening plans. You're thinking "pumpkin pie, right?". Good call, but I'm talking about something that should be considered the official drink of Thanksgiving. A drink as old as time that has always found it's way to the table that I lovingly refer to as CRINGERALE!



Some prefer it with 7-Up, Sprite, Sierra Mist, heck even Mountain Dew(I've seen it), but for me, it's not Tgiving without some Cringerale. Whether it was you at the kids table, all the adults in a cigarette smoke filled dining room arguing about politics, your grandparents on the sofa, or your brother trying to look cool in the kitchen while reading a hot rod magazine, someone had at least 4 glasses filled with cranberry infused ginger ale throughout the night in my household. Homemade in a punchbowl is usually the way I took it. Oh how I remember that giant punchbowl filled with ginger ale and cranberry juice while watching adults drink booze while watching a football game, with me and my cousins would be drinking some delicious pinkish soda and thinking I belonged in the room.

How I really looked like every Thanksgiving.


For years, Canada Dry have taken it upon themselves to offer a more straight forward approach for those in a hurry. Offering both flavors in one bottle. But this year? They went all out with their design.

My goodness, I cannot drive home how amazing this bottle is. Look at it. A maroon colored Christmas sweater design! So festive! A delightful design that should pop out and scream CHRISTMAS but As far as I'm concerned, it may as well be a turkey considering how early it's being released and how close it is to our most gobble-licious holiday but a snowman is just as good. But no matter how you may perceive this, it's a beautiful looking bottle!

The drink itself is delicious. Now, like I said, I prefer my cringerale to come from a lukewarm punchbowl with minimal ice cubes, but this is just as good if not better. One sip of it sends me back to the days of my youth, where Thanksgiving meant just being there and trying to keep up with everyone else and provide my thoughts on wrestling and music. Imagine me with a corncob pipe in one hand and a glass of cringerale in the other while discussing the previous night's Survivor Series main event. Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker was quite the topic of conversation in my family and I was there for it. And so was Cringerale.




My only complaint is it isn't as red as I'd wish. It's a bit on the pink side. But that's such a minor qualm for such an important role in the Thanksgiving puzzle. Don't let a Jem and The Holograms colored drink drive you away. In fact, that should be another reason why this should be the first thing you wanna drink.



Of course, punchbowl cringerale isn't for everyone, some may like this even more. Making Thanksgiving is all about your comfort level. So if you're in the mood for something super carbonated, try Canada Dry's offerings. Either way, you can't lose!


-Chad

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Carvel Turkey Cake!



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No. Not at my table it wouldn't, Moss. In fact, I'd encourage it because what better dessert to start off this countdown with than THE CARVEL TURKEY CAKE?!?!?


Monday, November 5, 2018

The Thanksgiving Celebration Kickoff Featuring the WWF Superstars!

Ahhh, it's that time of year! That amazing time of year where things go from spooky and orange to chilly and brown in the matter of just a few days. Still in the shadow of Halloween and still far enough from Christmas, Thanksgiving is just a mere two and half weeks away and it's time to kick those post-Halloween blues aside and soak up all the great things we can in this very brief time period. Besides, as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, you're gonna be thinking about Christmas. That's where the real stress begins. Don't believe me? Look at your credit card summary and just think of parking at the mall. But, that's ok. Just part of the Christmas season. You take the good with the bad. Mrs Garrett taught us that a long time ago and it still stands true to every part of our lives. But we'll worry about that bridge once we cross it.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Mood (from last years review of Garfield's Thanksgiving)


But before your blood pressure goes up thinking about squeezing too much into December, let's just lay back, relax and enjoy what we have in front of us: the glorious Thanksgiving Celebration! Unlike, previous theme projects I've done, this one will be a real tasty treat. Yes, I'm fully aware I say that all the time, but actions speak louder than words and boy oh boy, is there a lot of action on my table these next few weeks! And what better way to kick this off than with a trip back to 1994 to revisit one of my most cherished memories of being both a Thanksgiving fan and a WWF fan? Yes, I'm gonna take you back to a time when wrestling was at one of it's lowest points, 1994. The WCW had just acquired Hulk Hogan in an attempt to boost it's name and it's biggest rival, the WWF had relied heavily on younger talent to boost it's brand. Sadly, wrestling wasn't as hip as it once was years before. But that didn't stop Vince McMahon from trying to make it relevant again. He'd throw his wrestlers at whatever venue he could to make his company bounce back from the crazy steroid trial they had been going through. Talk shows, sitcoms, whatever they could to get positive press, they would gladly sign up for. And one of my favorites? THE MACYS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE!!!

(Apologies in advanced. The only source is a video on youtube and even then, it's super low quality.)


Ohhhh...I remember this bright as day. I believe it was announced on the Survivor Series(one of the companies biggest PPV's of the year) the night before that the best of the best would be appearing at the Parade. Heck, I was already gonna tune in to the parade but to know some of my favorites would be there? Just adds fuel to the fire, brother. Now what stands out to me now, is that show took place in Texas. Which means the wrestlers had to get on a flight pretty early to get to NYC to make this float happen. I'm guessing no sleep was on the menu for these guys that evening and the last thing they wanted to do was spend Thanksgiving morning on a float waving and acting like they loved their job. But, with the exception of one guy, they all made it work!




So, it starts off simple enough. A pre-float dance by a cheerleading troupe about driving safety kicks things off. Rather unassuming and innocent enough for a family friendly show. That is until we hear the immortal words of Mean Gene Okerlund. "WHO WILL SURVIVE?". Wrestling fans know exactly where I'm going with this...of all the songs to pick to play during a giant presentation in front of millions upon millions of people watching, why wouldn't it be THIS:





Yup. The very 1993 sounding "hit" song "Wrestlemania" by the WWF Superstars begins to play to introduce our most likely freezing cold heroes: Razor Ramon (or as Willard Scott calls him "Ray-zor Ray-mone") Paul Bearer, The Undertaker, Lex Luger, Davey Boy Smith, and Doink and Dink all come rolling down 34th street like a cannonball ready to greet the fans. Still remaining in character, it's clear the the stars and most energetic of the bunch were Doink, Paul Bearer and the Bad Guy, Razor Ramon. I'm guessing either that's a testament to their talent or the coffee in catering at Macy's was downright superb.



The float itself wasn't really anything to write about, as it was just a few NYC landmarks, what seems to be a hockey player, some sports imagery and a giant apple. Sure, you'd expect more, but hey, it's not every year we saw Razor showing off his Intercontinental title on the most beloved parade!


The hardest one to catch was The Undertaker since he kinda just stood in the back by himself, which made sense as his gimmick was that of an undead loner, mortician. He just kinda stood there in a long coat, which I'm sure in that weather, he had no issue doing. But sure enough, there he is! I know, it's kinda hard to miss a 6'7 ginger in a trenchcoat and a wide brim hat, but hey they hid him well.



They didn't really do a lot on this float other than wave and act bored, especially Luger who clearly did not want to be there that morning, but it still was cool enough to make me excited as a young fan. WWF didn't pop up much, but when they did, I was always ready to soak it in. And while I sat on a couch in my mom's time share in the Outer Banks, I was soaking it all in. It was enough to make me race in the other room where my mom was reading (most likely wanting some peace and quiet) and I screamed DID YOU SEE IT? DID YOU SEE RAZOR RAMON? DID YOU SEE THE UNDERTAKER? THAT WAS SO COOL! If I recall she just nodded and said "yeah, they looked great!" or something and went back to her book. My mom knew wrestling meant so much to me, but sometimes she had to humor me to shut me up. Moms are smart like that. They won't hurt your feelings but they won't lead you on to how much they don't care.


Photo Credit: Jr's BBQ

The WWF would participate in later parades with much more elaborate floats. The one I remember the most was 2001 and 2002 when they had a ring float, commentators table, a giant screen and several superstars waving. A big highlight is when some reffered to Jerry The King Lawler as Jerry The RING Lawler, unbeknownst to the King. I'm sure he had a good laugh over that one after he heard about it. The later floats looked great and more high tech, don't get me wrong but nothing is as special to me as the 1994 float. Besides, the later floats didn't feature that insanely ridiculous Wrestlemania song now did they?



For the record, every year since 1994, I've held out hope they'd return for another float. Maybe this year? Who knows? Maybe we'll finally be able to see John Cena as he elbow drops a Snoopy Balloon or even see Matt Hardy and Vanguard 1 welcome the viewers to the Hardy Compound Float? How DELIGHTFUL!

For a fun flashback, you can read my review of the amazing 1989 Joker float from last year's Thanksgiving Celebration here.

-Chad