Ahhh. Here it is. My most favorite commercial from childhood: a commercial for the 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. I was obsessed with it because it had everything that I loved: night driving, a highway and street lights, a factory or oil refinery in the background, great music (Days Go By by Dirty Vegas), and a super cool group of people in a super cool car. Watching it still makes me smile.
Some of my fondest childhood memories go something like this:
I'd wake up around 6 AM to help my mom housetrain (and later on walk) our new puppy, Markie. By the time we'd finish, we'd sit out on the back porch and we'd turn on Weatherscan to play in the background. Around the time we'd settle down on the back porch, Me-Me (my grandma, my mom's mom) would be walking in the door from her morning two mile walk. We would all sit on the back porch and talk while the Weatherscan music played in the background.
At night when I'd get my clothes ready for the next day of middle school, I'd keep the channel on in the background for easy listening.
Now, my dog Markie is 15 years old, my Me-Me is no longer with us, and I've graduated from college, but hearing the Weatherscan music brings back those warm early morning memories that I loved so much.
Someone uploaded a slightly older edition of Weatherscan to YouTube. Here's the video below:
The 1:40:00 mark is the part I remember hearing most vividly, interrupted by the voice that said "Your current condition..." It stinks that Comcast/Xfinity got rid of the channel. I really looked forward to hearing the familiar tunes along with seeing the weather for the week.
I was super excited when I found the entire playlist of Weatherscan music on YouTube. You can listen to it here.
From the comments on YouTube, It seems that a lot of people feel the same way I do. Someone even created a Weatherscan emulator that you can find here. I'm just happy to be able to have my weather jams playing in the background again.
So, I'm signing off today with my top five Weatherscan songs:
Brighter Days by Trammell Starks
Tropical Breeze by Trammell Starks
Reflections in Time by Trammell Starks
Memories of the Past by Trammell Starks
and Late Night Cafe by Trammell Starks. Enjoy!
I have no idea why, but I had a flashback to one of my favorite field trip locations: the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Honestly, it's still one of my most favorite places on earth. Going there as a kid was an amazing experience.
There are three main things that I remembered in my flashback:
Number one: The special field trip lunch.
My mom would wake up earlier than usual to run to Wawa and pick up my lunch. You see, this lunch was not like my everyday packed lunch. This lunch was a special order. My order was as follows: one Shorti sized Italian hoagie, one small bag of original Lay's chips, one pack of Tastykake powdered sugar mini donuts, and one bottle of Wawa's fruit punch. The lunch of champions.
And how did I tell my lunch apart from everyone else's lunch you ask? My lunch was carefully packed into a Wawa plastic bag that had my name beautifully written on a Post-it that was stapled to the bag in the very front. Every single time. Thanks mom. *awkwardly winks at my mom*
Number two: The Franklin Institute Sci-Store.
The Sci Store is only one of the BEST museum gift shops in Philadelphia. I will always stand by this statement.
And the last and greatest part of my flashback: The IMAX Theater.
The funniest part is that I wouldn't be excited for the movie, I would be excited for the short before the movie. Could you imagine my excitement when I found it on YouTube? Check it out below. Ah, the memories.