Let’s Take A Gander At The ‘Dance Moms’ Season 3 Promo Shall We?

The season 3 promo premiered Sunday night during Liz & Dick, and I missed both. I recorded the ill-conceived movie, but I saw a tweet that the new Dance Moms promo was live and that the new season premieres 1/1/13. Normally I would break down the clip piece by piece, however, even though Lifetime has a YouTube channel, the promo is not available at this time. So what you see was recorded from TV and I didn’t feel like cropping, but I do need to state it is property of Lifetime.

I don’t know where to start, but this may the best promo ever! It’s simple, all of the girls are dressed up a la Alex Owens, Jennifer Beals’ unforgettable dancer character from Flashdance and somehow Abby got thrown into Alex’s welding scene AS THE WELDER! By the way, Flashdance takes place where? Pittsburgh. Genius. And of course, the Moms are trying to get in the locked rehearsal, and it looks like Melissa, Brooke, and Paige are back. Let’s remember, everybody involved in the show is being paid, so Melissa apparently had second thoughts about pulling her daughters out of the Abby Lee Dance Company. Dollar signs and ratings people!

And does it looks like Abby has shed some pounds???? I thought the camera added weight. She looks better than ever, but let’s not forget, unlike Brooke’s music video (what the hell was that????), this is a professionally produced piece, Abby may be bigger than ever.

The final shot? Abby briefly re-creating this scene:

Only when she pulls the chain, the water lands on the Moms…and the tagline? “The Maniac is Back” BRAVA! I don’t know who will claim the idea, but this is the best promo I’ve seen in a while. I’m officially obsessed. Next pitch, the Moms re-create “Manhunt”, why not?

Dance Moms season 3 premieres Tuesday, January 1st 9E/8C on Lifetime.

‘Ghost Hunters’ Comes To Western Kentucky University

I’m amazed at how all these paranormal/ghost hunting shows and societies have taken off in the last ten or so years.  Ghosts are everywhere, but I’ve never personally encountered one. I’ve always thought believing in the paranormal was a great theater of the mind experience. Who didn’t have a Ouija board? Or tried the “Bloody Mary” mirror routine?

“Who? Me?” (Flickr)

I am a graduate of WKU and I know the campus well. Instead of gaining the “Freshman 15” I lost 15 or more pounds walking from the bottom of the hill to the top my first year. I would say 60 percent of the dorms are still in their original condition, which means, they be old! I lived in two of the oldest my last four years at school, McLean Hall and Schneider Hall. Schneider is still a residence hall, but it now houses high school students enrolled in the Gatton Academy for Math and Science, which is actually located off-campus. It’s probably a good idea to scare the shit out of these kids before they consider enrolling at the university. So, where did the Ghost Hunters go?

RUN AWAY! (rosstarrant.com)

Mostly I remember about Schneider is the inside always reminded me of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Old carpet, though not symmetric like in the movie, tall ceilings, narrow hallways, just downright creepy. The event investigated by TAPS is the murder of a girl and she died via an axe through the head. Ouch! I vaguely remember hearing about it, but I must have either blocked it out or it wasn’t significant enough to stay with me. I lived on the first floor and two of my best friends lived on the ground floor. The event took place on the third floor. Damn my luck. The only other thing I remember about the dorm was one week the smell in my room was unbearable, think death. It turned out to be a combination of the fridge and the fridge leaking and soaking into the decades-old carpet. No blood was spilled. Next on the investigators’ rounds…

Looks can be deceiving. (wku.edu)

Potter Hall, once a dorm, houses the administration offices. I paid all my tuition there. Its renovations have been ongoing for the last couple of years. Little would you know, a woman committed suicide there. Excuse me? This event happened not that long ago, in April 1979. Now in the episode, she was believed to have hung herself in a closet, but the story goes, she hung herself in the basement from the steam pipes in her room. Pretty serious stuff. Now, it’s just another office, but why in the world would anyone take Room 140? TAPS only managed to get a tiny bit of suspicious audio. The big star of the episode is a building virtually right next door to Potter…

Harmless (wku.edu)

Van Meter Hall is among the buildings at the top of the hill. Over the years, many plays, recitals, concerts, and rock concerts (yes KISS played there early in their career) have taken place in the auditorium. Van Meter’s haunted history is the most tragic. A construction worker or student, was killed when he fell from the skylight onto the stage, a massive pool of blood left behind. The blood is said to be still present. The investigators borrow a fluid from the police department to see if the blood is indeed still there. They get a “glow” from it, so it’s probably still there. The auditorium has also been recently renovated. Many sounds and visuals came to light for TAPS, and it’s the most creepy in the episode. Two girls who are part of the team each get sick when the paranormal activity takes place. I attended an event there last year, and I was never scared. I almost stroked out climbing the hill to get there, but I lived to tell. One of my best friends, who was also a roommate for a while, was a theater student and I noticed in my Facebook feed tonight, some others who were also in the program swear there’s a ghost. If I was convinced by any of the cases tonight, I’m sold on Van Meter. However, I have one last case/building that wasn’t investigated…

Mattie? Oh Mattie! (hauntedhouses.com)

Well, that’s about the best photo I could find. Of all my years at WKU, I spent the most time at McLean Hall, which is just a few stairs away from Schneider. Nothing scary ever happened there, but two significant instances happened. In McLean, two rooms share a bathroom, which is a luxury compared to the standard dorms. I lived on the top floor my sophomore year, and then my junior year, I moved down one floor. The sink in the bathroom my junior year would just turn on full blast at any given time. I don’t recall if the temperature of the water was hot or cold, but I can attest to the full flow observation. McLean, at the time, was also without air conditioning, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary in the late summer, early fall, and spring to crack open a window. However, I get cold, and I don’t want a window open, plus, we did have heat. I know, it’s weird. My sophomore year, two of my friends lived on the first floor and their window would open just a few inches at any given time. Was it a spring? Was it a spirit? We’ll never know. As far as university history is concerned, no one ever died at McLean, so why bother investigating? I’m just a little bummed. Oh and McLean has also been fully renovated, A/C included.

The “Higher Dead-ucation” episode of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters will soon appear online and OnDemand. Watch if you dare and if you attended or worked at Western, then definitely check it out! GO TAPS!


The Hostess Products I’ll Miss The Most

Really Hostess? (marioanima/Flickr)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you know that Hostess is closing its doors after a fervent union strike. The company also filed chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year. I ask how can a company that produces some of the most delicious confections ever made be both broke and inoperable? As with the question of shelf life of the Twinkie, it’s a mystery that will never be solved.

Honestly, I’m at an age where I don’t really eat any Hostess products anymore. Oh, but the memories I have will last as long as perhaps a Twinkie. First of all, I was never a Twinkie fan; yes they are/were good, but they didn’t make as giddy as two other mouth-watering Hostess snack cakes, okay, now that I think of it, three other cakes.

In all the madness and Twinkie hype today, where were all the Cup Cake fans? That’s back to basics right there. In the 90’s my mom used to buy the kind that were low-fat (ha!) and they were noticeably smaller. The cream inside was always good, but that shiny, gooey icing? Man, there’s nothing else, aside from a homemade cup cake, like it. What about Ding Dongs? Or Ring Dings or King Dons? Those are all the same thing. The packaging was weird, but that waxy chocolate cream-filled cake inside was heaven.

Just shove it in already! (ohsarahrose/flickr)

Now I only learned just today, that Dolly Madison, maker of my beloved Zingers, was also a division of Hostess. DAMNIT! Each snack cake has its own character, the Zinger was a Twinkie-like cake that came in several flavors, but chocolate ones? I remember when I was little, the Peanuts characters appeared on the boxes.

Excuse me while I weep! (gregg_koenig/flickr)

I can’t remember my Mom buying another snack cake until I started school, then the Little Debbie stuff was laid on me. Good, but not good enough. In the beginning, Zingers were packaged two at a time, but as the years went by, both Hostess and Dolly Madison slipped in a bonus cake. Mind blowing! Zingers were special because in a tiny way, they brought the Cup Cake and Twinkie experience together, and the next level was achieved and it was delicious!

As I never remember my parents buying Wonder Bread, I have no comment. We were Colonial people. Oh hell, it’s all white bread! I need to go get some Zingers.

Which ones will you miss? Don’t forget the milk!



Was Winger Underrated?

Seriously? Yes, I’m being totally serious. I don’t know if it’s the daily and nightly nostalgia I get from playing that damn SongPop game, but when I heard some Winger this week, I smiled and I was truly happy-happy-happy!

Were the chaps necessary? Absolutely! (lastfm.com)

Kip Winger and his ballet training will always mesmerize me. Whether he could play bass or not, I didn’t care. And he had one of the whitest set of teeth ever on hairband guy; there’s a reason his band mates aren’t showing their teeth off in the above picture. Come to think of it, Kip probably had more teeth than the average human being a la the Osmonds. Now, I know, Winger was just another cookie cutter, late 80s-early 90s faux metal band with a penchant for not only power ballads, but some pretty rocking tunes, but they had something different. Personally, I prefer their ballads; the melodies and the arrangements are captivating. Maybe captivating is a strong word, but how can one song just take me back?, I can’t explain it.

“Headed for a Heartbreak” is my ultimate favorite, yet “Miles Away” with it’s piano/keyboard thing happening, is also good.

Oh, to break out the hairspray, spandex pants, and Crest White Strips again. I miss Winger, however, they still make music. Cue the time machine! Because I “Can’t Get Enuff”!!! And just for good measure, I present Winger’s very minor 1993 hit, “Down Incognito”, bless their hearts, they couldn’t quite get the hang of the grunge sound that took over.

By the way, when you look up pictures of Winger, you will get a healthy dose of this…

The original Winger (movieactors.com)