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!
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has been my latest obsession. A few days ago, I watched the episode where Jerry Seinfeld interviewed Larry David in a 1952 Volkswagen Beetle. Seinfeld went to turn on the turn signal and this happened:
And I was shook. Personal little light arms! *muffled excited screaming*
I knew what it was for, but I wanted to know what it was called.
Turns out it's called a semaphore. I wish current cars had semaphores. Driving would would be way more exciting.
Thanks to a post on AV Club, that you can read here, I found the coolest video and idea. Instead of having a sign-off screen or test pattern at the end of the night, a Canadian TV station decided to show a program called "Night Walk." Night Walk showed views of Toronto in first person while jazz played in the background. An insomniac's dream.
Here's the description straight from the fan website:
An alternative to Global TV’s overnight test pattern on its’ over-the-air stations, the 60-minute Night Walk (with two 2-minute commercial breaks) was scheduled to begin airing at 4 a.m. ET on the morning of May 3, 1986 and the 60-minute Night Ride followed by the early morning of June 22, 1986. Both shows were filmed in one night, on May 2, 1986 between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., in and around downtown Toronto using the relatively new Steadicam camera stabilizer. Night Moves, a 30 minute episode, was also filmed in one night, on October 5, 1986, and began airing before Night Ride and Night Walk beginning at 3 a.m. ET on the early morning of Dec. 7, 1986. The second 60 minute version of Night Walk, featuring the same soundtrack as the first episode and footage from the Night Moves shoot, made its first appearance by late May 1987. These four were the only episodes made, and they were replayed nightly until the summer of 1993. The shows are now considered early examples of “slow TV.”
Check out the "slow TV" goodness below.