Show #118: He-e-y! The Fonz

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11/09/the-fonz-costume.jpeg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”263″ />The hundy-teen8th episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: Storm is now a homebody; The Militant Assholes; much talk of candy—old-people vs. young-people candy, adult appreciation of said candy, and parental withholding of if; our long-lost fake Bennigans-style restaurant; the Special Dark Brotherhood, and the awfulness of white chocolate; our impending Acquisitions Inc. recordings; Storm harps on space exploration; “Breaking Bad” and “Downton Abbey”; Paul’s technical issues (for once); homemade vs. store-bought Halloween costumes, and Storm’s epic Fonzie costume; and dueling Grouchos.

Post-show song: “Critical Hit”, Paul and Storm

Show #118: He-e-y! The Fonz



  1. Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    First Post!

    I’m shaking my head here at the idea of American Smarties being ‘proper’ Smarties. Not that I have anything against the sweets that we call ‘Fizzers’, but they’re not a patch on our genuine Smarties.

    We also don’t really do Halloween over here, but when costumes were called for mine were always homemade. Unfortunately, while my mother excels at a great many things, costume making is not one of them. That Fonz costume would have been a step up from most of mine (although once she did manage a half-decent Dalek costume for me). Of course, this means now I have a daughter of my own I’m determined that her costumes will all be amazing. She’s only three at the moment, so I can get away with a few shortcuts, but I’m quite proud of a couple of my efforts so far.

  2. Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and that red button quite clearly says ‘Happy Days’.

  3. Paul and Storm
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, we see that in this picture. The first picture we were looking at in the podcast was this one, in which it’s much less clear:


  4. Posted September 24, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    You realize those plastic bag costumes continued well into the 1990s, right? I totally wore them. Except for the one year I wore a grocery sack and called myself a robot.

    Also re: dark chocolate: Lindt 90% cocoa chocolate anyone???? I believe any darker than that and you’re eating baking chocolate.

  5. Robin (the mini-minion)
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    @Blue — I’m partial to the Guittard 91% Nocturne bar — It’s surprisingly non-dirt-like for such a dark chocolate. (And, as a bonus, the company is Fair Trade certified.)

    My favorite Halloween costumes (though not mine) of recent years have been pun-based. My friend Andy’s in particular have been great. One year he wore plate mail and a beer helmet containing soda water to be a “two-tonic (Teutonic) knight”. The year after that he decorated a t-shirt with a large red U on the back and yellow pom-poms with googly eyes and orange felt beaks on the front to be a “chick magnet”. My brother also came up with a quick-and-cheap one when he stuck fabric leaves from the craft store all over his normal clothes and hat and went as “the fall guy”. ::ba-dum-bum-tssssh::

  6. Fayili
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Hey! I saw you guys at PAX (I’m the one who nervously stumbled up, offered chocolate bacon cookies if you’d listen to me shill for my friends’ online science fiction magazine, and wandered off again. The best introduction, I’m sure).

    On the subject of chocolate, dark is by far superior. I’ve never gotten the taste for nuts in my chocolate, though… But that may be just because I don’t like nuts. Citrus or raspberry with chocolate is wonderful, though.

    You should come out to the Bay Area on or around December 4th (my birthday)! At least, I think that’d be cool. Yes.

  7. Non-Specific Minion
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Another 1970 baby here. I remember a lot of the occupation-oriented toys available in the early 1970s presumed that when we grew up, we could be astronauts who walked on the moon. Ours is a disappointed generation.

    With respect to Halloween costumes, my mother was a former art teacher, and this led to my having better homemade costumes than would otherwise have been possible. 1977 was a landmark year for me, after which worlds of costume possibilities were opened; I remember being R2-D2 one year, a Jawa another year.

  8. Posted September 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    This cheered me up even after a developer refused to use bind variables in Oracle. Thanks! I’m putting on my NASA leather jacket and doing an impression of the Fonz getting excited about space.

    I’m from New Zealand, and nobody really did trick-or-treating there until I was an adult (or at least an old teenager.) So I went trick-or-treating with them a few times. No particularly notable costumes, though.

    Want me to bring you some Swiss chocolate when I see you on JoCo Cruise Crazy II? I can get up to 99% cocoa chocolate; it has warning labels on it saying to try 70% and 90% first. Actually, there are bars of 100% cocoa, but this can not be labelled as chocolate according to Swiss law, since chocolate must include cocoa and sugar. Incidentally, this means that white chocolate *is* legally chocolate, since it has cocoa butter and sugar.

    And on the subject of the cruise, people excited about space might want to join the group of us going to Kennedy Space Center beforehand. I went last time (hence the jacket) back when there were still a couple of shuttles waiting to go up, and I’m going again to see if I can tell the difference.

  9. Arrrrchimedes
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really like buying Halloween costumes-you can either make a nice costume for the same price as the store-bought ones or make a suck-y quality (yet still recognizable if you’re creative) costume with stuff at home! 😀

  10. Posted September 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    On Halloween, I always went as Queen Esther. But in Detroit it didn’t really matter what costume you wore because it always rained on Halloween so your costume was under your raincoat so nobody saw it anyway. Dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate. And unlike you guys, I am old enough to remember watching men walk on the moon for the first time. Live! On television!

  11. JR
    Posted October 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I reckon “Reflective Grouchos” ought to be a contender for potential Minion Category.

  12. Ken (is serious)
    Posted October 2, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    You simply MUST get these delicious D&D songs made into an iPhone/Android app, to be whipped out and used at the appropriate moments during game.

  13. Diana
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    One year when I was little I went as Wonder Woman by wearing my Wonder Woman Underoos on top of my clothing. And I had the crown and arm cuffs.

    I completely remember the costumes like the Fonz one.

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