Where are they now? The kids from the Underoos ads!

When the color lasts, and the fit lasts, and the quality lasts, and the joy lasts, it's got to be Underoos... the underwear that's fun to wear.

Underoos is a brand of underwear primarily for children, produced by the Fruit of the Loom company. The packages include a matching top and bottom for either boys or girls, featuring a character from popular entertainment media, especially superhero comics

Earlier this week I remembered "Underoos" (you know, the OMGosh so hugely popular underwear sets for kids in the late 70's and early 80's) and was only a little, tiny bit still upset that I was never able to own a pair.  Honestly you couldn't even buy them in my hometown.  A tiny little town in the middle of the heartland of America surrounded by mostly farmland.  We had a Ben Franklin store as our only major retailer and although they did carry a small selection of clothing, I'm not sure I ever saw Underoos there or I'm sure I would have begged for them so hard at Christmas time for like, six years in a row that perhaps I would have gotten a set of them at least once.

Oh - by the way - the 'Ben Franklin' store?  I don't know if they are still around or not but not but I quickly jumped over to Wiki for you, just in case you didn't know what I was talking about there.

Ben Franklin is a chain of five and dime and arts and crafts stores found in small towns throughout the United States, currently owned by Promotions Unlimited of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. They are organized using a franchise system, with individual stores owned by independent proprietors. It was perhaps the first retail franchise, starting in 1927. They are named after Benjamin Franklin, taking a cue in their merchandise offerings from Franklin's saying, "A penny saved is a penny earned."

With the memory of Underoos bringing back some of that childhood nostalgia, I found myself singing their commercial jingle in my head and their tag-line "underwear that's fun to wear" playing over and over in my head.  Kids everywhere at that time knew that phrase and used it often as it was just 'fun' to yell out or shout, like when you were swinging really high on the playground swings, or jumping off high stairs or doing anything really.  When you are a goofy little 8 year old kid, screaming out anything that has the word 'underwear' in it is hilarious.

As I googled Underoos I saw the image I posted at the top of this post of the two kids modeling the Wonder Woman and SpiderMan Underoos.  IMMEDIATELY I was 9 years old again, and looking at this advertisement in a magazine and dreaming about the day I might get to be the proud owner of Underoos.  And wishing so badly I was that little girl in the ad because she was soooo lucky.

I never, ever, did get Underoos.  We couldn't afford them at the time even if they had been available for sale in our town.  I'm almost positive that one of my little brothers (3 of them) did get SpiderMan Underoos eventually.  Since all our Christmas shopping, school clothes and shoes came on order from a Sears catalog and delivered to the shoe store in town which also served as a 'pick up' location for the town's Sears mail orders, I can only assume my Mom found them in the Sears catalog.  Or they were possibly bought at a neighbor's garage sale for a quarter.  Yeah, it was the early 80's and it could have happened that way.

But the REAL REASON that I even sat down with my cup of hot coffee was to post about how this week, when I saw that old magazine ad for Underoos that I remembered SO CLEARLY and remember loving so much and being SO jealous of... is 'where are they now?'

.... don't mind my rambling.  It's just the coffee talking again.


Although we have the internet now and everything... EVERYTHING is available at the click of a button, you have to remember that in the 70's and 80's ordering was done by mail or telephone and you found your items through catalogs mailed to your house.  If you didn't see it in a catalog, it didn't exist.  So anyone born in the last couple decades is probably saying to themselves "They still sell superhero underwear, what's the big deal?"  Oh child... it was a big deal!  Ha ha ha.  It was a REALLY big deal at the time.

But yes, today you can buy all sorts of superhero underwear... and you don't even have to be a little kid to wear them.  A quick glance at Amazon showed me that if you are a grown man, who wears size 2XL you can STILL even wear your superhero underwear if you wish!  

Isn't the internet grand?  But I'd still like to know where the two little kids from the ad are today. 

Shazam! Mens Underoos T-Shirt & Briefs Set (2XL)

bioWorld Underoos Boys Superman Underwear Shirt Set (Small, 6) Blue 
Underoos Wonder Woman Girls 4




Coffee Pots, Landline Phones, Disk Drives.... all going the way of the dinosaurs but I like them!

Over the past 2 months I've had to make many purchases on a 'secondary' account debit card that we don't typically use as it's not our household account.  It's mostly used on vacation, large house repairs, etc.  And although I'm thankful for fraud departments at banks, I'm frustrated as heck with this particular bank because they are idiots.  So when my purchases are denied and my card is frozen, they do not let me know for 24 hours.  I've tried calling THEM at their fraud line immediately when I see a purchase isn't going through... and they always tell me I've called too soon; that I've called even before they know about it.  (This is 45 minutes AFTER it's been denied).  I've logged into my account online to see if I can approve it that way, nothing.

And to make it worse, when I've tried to verify who I am with their Asian, non-English speaking customer service department, I've spent 45 minutes on the phone with them giving them every bit of information about me - so much so that they could take out loans in my name, buy a house and cars in my name... they knew EVERYTHING about me except maybe my favorite FOOD and still couldn't verify it was me because even though my current cell phone number is ON MY ACCOUNT, they were secretly calling my OLD cell phone number to verify it was me.

Yeah... so she tells me she going to send a text to the phone number on my account.  I tell her there are 3 numbers on the account.  And the one I'm speaking to her on is a landline - because we don't get very good cell reception where I live.  

She agrees in the "I don't speak English and what you said is not on my script so I really don't know what you are saying but I'll agree with you and keep repeating 'yes, I am pleased and happy to help you with that' over and over again but have no idea what you are saying" way. 

I verify the cell phone number she is sending the text to.
I get no text.
She and I go back and forth for 10 minutes (a 45 minute call at this point and all I'm trying to do is approve a $100 purchase online, which I've given her every single bit of information about me, my husband, the store I'm trying to use it on, the exact amount the purchase is... she has our names, address, birthdates, social security numbers... everything!  But she is now telling me they can still only verify through this TEXT she is sending with a code.)

After 10 minutes of me sitting here with my cell phone in my hand, that she has sent 2 texts to; I ask her if she's sent it to the number we are talking on instead?  Because NOTHING is coming through on my cell.  She stumbles and bumbles and I finally get her to realize what I've been telling her for 10 minutes; this is a landline.

HONEST TO GOD, I DON'T THINK SHE KNEW WHAT A LANDLINE WAS.  She is young (20's) and from an Asian country where cellphones are the norm... the twit did not realize what I was saying with landline even though I explained it to her.  A light bulb FINALLY went off in her head (or someone there explained it to her) because she finally, in broken English, said, "OH!  A land line. Yes. And you cannot get text messages on that line."

Well, anyway... that wasn't even the issue.  The issues is that she was lying to me anyway.  She never sent a text.  She had called an OLD cellphone number on our account (not the one I verified with her, that was in my hand, and that we had been waiting for 10+ minutes for her text to come through on).  In frustration, I told her I would go get my OLD cellphone from the bedroom, that we rarely use and I would have her resend to that number.

Bingo.  There was no text.  But there was a voicemail... from her.

This whole time she had been lying to me and had called that phone number - once she heard her own voicemail (I turned it up loud and made her listen to it while I told her she LIED TO ME AND WASTED MY TIME by telling me to wait for a text on my other number).  All she would have had to do was ask me to verify THAT 3rd phone number on the account or asked me if there was another cell phone I could check (after she figured out a land line means you can't get texts on it) WE COULD HAVE SAVED ALMOST AN HOUR OF B.S.

All that for a $100 purchase online.

Anyway.  So I've gone through issues with this bank and trying to use my card for purchases and being denied, about 6 times now in 2+ months.

And although I didn't mean to tell that whole story, the point is... she didn't know what a LAND LINE WAS and didn't think anyone had them anymore.

Uh, yes, when you live in an area that does not get reliable cell phone reception, it's safest to have a backup.  It's called a land line.

And this week my old laptop, which I love, has started to show me that it's wanting to be used less and that I should probably get a younger model.  The thing is, I travel with this laptop, I take it everywhere with me; including the cross country road trips and camping and when visiting extended family members.  When it's evening and I'm in the middle of nowhere I love to grab my FRIENDS dvd's and watch old episodes or a favorite movie DVD.


And while I've started looking at new laptops online, I've come to find that my beloved disk drives are going the way of the dinosaurs.  Becoming extinct.

Obsolete.  Nooooooo!  (And to make it worse; I really LOVE Toshiba Satellite laptops and Toshiba stopped making those as well...  I just can't win.)

I do not want to drag around an external disk drive when I am traveling.  As a matter of fact, when I visit a particular family member, I just make sure I have a FRIENDS episode disk in the drive already and leave it there.  I know I don't have to drag around a case or anything extra and when they go to bed at 8:pm and everything is shut down for the night (yep... 8:pm) that I have the option of holing up in my little guest bed with my laptop and watching beloved Friends episodes before grabbing my ereader and reading until I get tired enough to sleep.

But internal disk drives along with the media storage drive are disappearing....  apparently no one but me wants both a land line AND a disk drive.

But wait!  It's get worse!

So apparently, channeling the inner 60 year old women living somewhere deep inside me...  I also have started to look for a regular, old coffee pot this week and guess what?  No one buys those anymore either!  Ha ha.

   I have an old, cheap coffee maker that I like to drag out if I have a number of people over at one time and need more coffee than my little single-cup brewer can make in 10 minutes; or I dread that many people using up my uber expensive k-cups OR they are people who actually LIKE the taste of 'pot coffee' which is what I call the old style coffee brewers that use a paper filter and brew into a 12 cup 'pot' carafe.  Yes, that would be my parents and my father in law who even go so far as to use Folger's pre-ground.  OMG.  It tastes like cigarette ashes... but where was I?

Oh.  So I had one, but someone borrowed it and then they broke the glass carafe.  And it's a brand that doesn't even exist anymore that I know of.  I got it on sale at Best Buy for a few bucks as an 'add-on" purchase when I was buying something else.  So I can't find the odd shaped carafe anymore to replace it.

And we have some really awesome ground coffee that was gifted to us that is very good, but it's a pain to use the little reuseable k-cups when you want 3 cups of coffee in about 15 minutes so I want to have the old, traditional CHEAP coffee brewer like my 90 year old father in law would have....  and darnit!  Those are getting hard to find too!  Ha ha.

Everyone has the single-cup brewers nowadays.  And I get that, I do too!  But that 12 cup coffee maker is going to come in handy as an option when my house is filled with 25 people sleeping here for a big gathering we have coming up in a few weeks.

While I was searching for a cheap coffee maker online yesterday it occurred to me, in the past 2 weeks I've discovered that my LANDLINE, my INTERNAL DISK DRIVE LAPTOP and my COFFEE POT are all items that are disappearing from the face of the earth... but are things that I'm grasping on to with my little fists and refusing to give up.  Because apparently I'm secretly a 65 year old women inside! Ha!

You might also be interested in some products related to this 'rambling over coffee' post - available through Amazon:

Landline Phones
Mr. Coffee 12 cup Coffee Maker
Laptops with internal DVD/Disk drives


3-Year-Old's Head Injury Caused by Day Care Worker - When I saw this my heart skipped a beat - it hit close to home but it was another daycare center

Source: 3-Year-Old's Head Injury Caused by Day Care Worker: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/3-olds-head-injury-caused-184736505.html 

This afternoon I just grabbed a fresh brewed cup of coffee and sat down at the computer, opened the news and skimmed the headlines.  When I saw the headline 3-Year-Old's Head Injury Caused by Day Care Worker - it didn't make my heart skip... yet.

It wasn't until I was scrolling down the page and saw "MISSOURI" and I swallowed hard.  That's when my heart skipped.

Our oldest daughter and her husband live in Missouri.
And last Fall had a go-around with an awful, horrible daycare center where they live.
One day she went to pick up their 3 year old and met the class in the gym where they play until the parents come for pick-up, only to be greeted with her little one sporting a bloody, fat lip and a red mark on the cheek.

She asked what happened... and no one seemed to know.  And because her little one had literally just turned 3 years old, their speech wasn't advanced enough to explain.  The 3 year old also tended to get quiet and 'shy' when at daycare... although that was absolutely not their personality.

No one had an answer.
And they said it must have 'just' happened so no one had wrote up an incident report.  They actually acted like it was no big deal.
My daughter went ahead and checked her child out, took photos, and when she got home, Facetimed me so I could see it as well.

The next day she asked the office about it.
They didn't know what she was talking about.
They said they would have the director call her but the director was at their 'other location' and wouldn't be in until the next day.

One thing after another and no answers!
Her husband went into the office to demand to talk to someone...anyone that could tell him what happened.
He also insisted on viewing the security tape.
They would not let him see them - siting 'privacy concerns' because the security tapes show other children in the daycare; not just theirs.  Which is... weird because hello?  We see the kids every single day dropping off, picking up, outside of preschool on playdates, etc.  suddenly because there are kids on the security tape, no parents can view them?

They told him they would view them and get back to him.

About 4 days later they finally did; and said the tapes showed nothing. 
It happened in a corner of the gym where the camera's couldn't reach.

They basically just shrugged their shoulders, said they had no idea how his injury happened...  the end.

In a nutshell...  In the end, nothing was ever done.  It's a very, very large and 'well connected' daycare so fighting them would have been a waste of time and a lot of money.  (No their child never went back to this daycare after that day!)

We have no idea if the very young, very arrogant but inexperienced teacher still worked there or not.  We do know that children were either kicked out of her class or dropped out voluntarily in droves!  It was easy to see because there were cubby's with children's names on them that no longer attended... even some that left so abruptly they still had paperwork in their cubbies.  And preschool had only been in session about 4 weeks!!!!

But in the end, this story was out of St. Louis.  Not the city where my daughter lives.

After I saw the city and realized it wasn't the same daycare... I did read the story and then watched the video.  I almost started to cry.  I was picturing those poor children being dropped off at 'daycare' or 'preschool' everyday and being locked up with such a horrible, hurtful person.  Those little people often don't have the words to tell us what is going on, or what is being done to them at daycare... and my heart broke.

As I watch children being thrown away in our society (the laws just passed that allow abortions right up to BIRTH and no care for babies born alive after abortions) it sickens me.  It just literally turns my stomach.  Just such little, innocent people... 


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Charges have been filed against two Missouri day care center workers after surveillance video showing a 3-year-old girl being thrown against a cabinet went viral.

The woman accused of throwing the girl, 27-year-old Wilma Brown, was charged with felony child abuse on Thursday in St. Louis County. Relatives said the girl sustained a head gash that required seven stiches during the incident on Feb. 1 at Brighter Day Care and Preschool.

The girl's family said they were initially told the girl fell, but five days later watched surveillance video with the center's director that showed a worker throwing the child into a cabinet.

A warrant has been issued for Brown's arrest. Brown doesn't have a publicly listed telephone number and couldn't be reached for comment by The Associated Press.

Prosecutors also charged 22-year-old Ariana Silver for a separate incident on Feb. 27 that was also allegedly captured by surveillance video. Charging documents allege Silver squeezed a 4-year-old girl's arm and punctured her skin, and then carried the girl by her foot.

Silver is jailed on $50,000 bond. Jail records don't show whether she has an attorney, and she doesn't have a publicly listed home phone number.

Both women have been fired, according to Timothy Smith, an attorney for the day care center.

Smith said the center is cooperating with investigators and "has provided exemplary, high quality educational and child care services to thousands of children and their families for more than a decade." The attorney said teachers and staff are properly trained, and the center works to provide a safe environment.

From the News... it's a little creepy when you think about it

From the news this week:  Buzzfeed

Now there’s one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet.

Talk about creeping on you 'up close and personal'... and the seat to seat video conferencing they use as one excuse? Yeah, because being seated next to someone holding a noisy video conference in the plane just inches away from you is a GREAT way to spend a flight.

Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.

American and Singapore both say they have never activated the cameras and have no plans to use them. However, companies that make the entertainment systems are installing cameras to offer future options such as seat-to-seat video conferencing, according to an American Airlines spokesman.

A passenger on a Singapore flight posted a photo of the seat-back display this week, and the tweet was shared several hundred times.

12 Mini Single Cup Coffee Makers - Perfect for Your Office or Desk (or college dorm!)

This morning I was sitting in my office updating websites when I finished off my coffee. I wanted to brew a second hot, strong, black cup but I didn't want to stop working to go to the kitchen and do so.  I briefly thought "I should probably just get a coffee maker for my desk" quickly followed up with the thought "It sure would have to be small!" and then I realized I had today's coffee topic to ramble on about!

Search Amazon for coffee makers of all sizes and brand names

Our family already owns two small coffee makers.  I've spoken about them on Coffee Talking previously as we've owned them for a few years now but guess what?  They are still going strong and are used daily! 

We bought the first single cup brewer to take with us on vacations as at that time, most rentals and rooms still were using the traditional carafe style brewers.  It was so easy to pack in our luggage and took up very little room - the payoff was immediate!

We soon sent that coffee brewer with my husband to his workplace to use in his office.  I've never seen it since! Ha.  He loves having his own coffee brewer in his office so he doesn't have to stop what he's doing to head to the employee area to drink tepid 'carafe' coffee.  This was about 6 years ago now and although he brews on average, four cups a day, it's still going strong and working great.

When our daughter went off to college we invested in another single cup brewer.  As most know, dorm rooms are tiny!  She needed one that could fit on the top of her little single bookshelf.  No problem!  We bought her a coffee maker as well and since there is no big reserve tank for water, the space needed for the small machines is only just bigger than the size of a coffee mug itself.

That child has now graduated college, moved out into her own place and the coffee maker went with her.  Used daily, it's still working just as well as the day she got it back as a college Freshman.

These little brewers seem to work better than the big expensive versions.  Less to go wrong!  And since they don't have standing water in them like the larger versions do, you don't get the mineral build up the big machines do.
I popped over to Amazon to look at some of their small single brewers and this one caught my eye immediately because of it's bright turquoise color.  I think I'm more ready for SPRING than I realized because normally I'm a neutral, white and black kind of girl.  This brand actually came listed in 4 colors, including a bright lime green and red!

When looking for single cup brewers to feature on It's Just the Coffee Talking, I decided I wanted to make sure I had all different brands, different styles, a few different color options but mostly... different budgets!

While there are some people who could buy a coffee brewer and never even look at the cost either way, I'm not one of them.  Luckily, when it comes to brewers, there are even a couple down to the $20 price range!  I think the most expensive on the list (prices as of this mornings posting anyway) top out around $80.

The one in the photo to the left here is found at this link: Kitchen Selectives Colors Single Serve Coffee Maker - Teal

The brewers featured in the photos below are a variety of brands, colors, styles and sizes.  But all are small.  Some are made specifically to fit a travel mug for 'on the go' coffee while others are adaptable by removing the tray.  Some have a smaller opening for those most likely to drink from their coffee mug right at their desk or use a smaller travel mug or styrofoam cup.

I found all of these at Amazon, where you can read their individual product descriptions and see reviews by real customers as well as reading the questions and answers FAQ. 

For an even larger search, including other sized coffee brewers with water reservoirs, here is a link to search for all brands, styles and sizes - coffee makers on Amazon.