The eyes are the windows to the soul

The eyes are the windows to the soul

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Signed Epstein's Mother!

One of my favorite shows to watch when I was little was Welcome Back, Kotter.  I still watch the show when I found it on TV.  Eventually I would love to buy the complete series on DVD.

Welcome Back, Kotter was on television from 1975 to 1979, a total of four seasons and 95 episodes.  It was recorded in front of a live studio audience.

Gabe Kaplan was one of the three creators of Welcome Back, Kotter.  Alan Sacks and Peter Meyerson were the other two creators.

The sitcom followed Gabe Kotter's return to his 
alma mater, James Buchanan High School, New York, to teach history and social studies.  He was also in charge of homeroom first thing in the morning.  The sitcom centered around his classroom of remedial students known as "Sweathogs".  When the sitcom started in season one, the Sweathogs were in ninth grade.

Gabe loved telling jokes and was a bit of a wisecracker.  Each episode often started and ended with Gabe telling his wife, Julie, a joke.  Throughout each episode there was usually a visit from the cranky Vice-Principal, Mr. Woodman. Gabe Kotter was a former remedial student and a founding member of the original class of Sweathogs. As he is teaching this generation of Sweathogs, he befriends them.  The Sweathogs often visit his apartment, usually entering through the fire-escape window.

James Buchanan High School is based on New Utrecht High School, the actual school Gabe Kaplan attended.  Many of the characters were based on students that Gabe grew up with during his time there as a remedial student.
Here is a rundown of the main characters:

Gabe Kaplan played Gabe Kotter who returns to his former high school as a teacher.  He taught history and social studies, along with being in charge of homeroom.  He also loved to tell jokes.

Aside from being an actor, Gabe Kaplan is an American comedian, poker commentator and a professional poker player.

✿   Marcia Strassman played Julie Kotter, Gabe's wife.  Julie tries to go with the flow when it comes to her husband and his dedication to the Sweathogs.  She often gets upset at the amount of time her husband spends with the Sweathogs.  She also gets upset that he allows them to visit their apartment often.

Julie and Gabe had twin babies named Rachel and Robin, played by real-life sisters, Beth and Kay Kearney.

Marcia Strassman passed away on October 24, 2014 at age 66, after a long battle with breast cancer.

✿   Robert Hegyes played Sweathog Juan Epstein.  His full name was Juan Sanchez Jose Martinez Guadalupe Sandoval Ortega Valdez Jesus Angel Cordero de Huevos Epstein III.  His character was known for his tough-guy strut and a red handkerchief hanging from his right back pocket. More often than not, Epstein had a note "signed" by his mother for either not showing up for school or being late to class ... the signature was as follows; "signed Epstein's Mother"!  Mr. Kotter would read the note out-loud in front of the class while Epstein stood beside him and mouthed the words.

Robert Hegyes passed away on January 26, 2012 at age 60. After suffering from chest pains, it is said that Robert passed away as a result of a heart attack.

✿   Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs played Sweathog Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington.  He was the cool cat, athletic Sweathog whose nickname was a result of a habit where he would pretend to play the bass while singing "boom, boom, boom, boom.  He was also a star of Buchanan's basketball team.

Washington pronounced Mr. Kotter's name: Mr. Kot-tair!  He would often say the phrase "Hi there." in a deep voice.

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs has since done appearances on television shows and movies.  He has a horror movie scheduled to be out in September of this year, 31, which is written and directed by Rob Zombie.

✿   Ron Palillo played Sweathog Arnold Dingfelder Horshack.  Dingfelder was Horshack's mother's maiden name.  Horshack was the class clown of the crew with a distinctive laugh and a naive nature.  He was known for raising his hand and exclaiming, "Ooohh ooohh ooohh, Mr. Kotter" when he wanted to speak in class.  He was the smartest Sweathog and was once moved out the remedial class but shortly returned because he felt most comfortable there.

Ron Palillo passed away on August 14, 2012 at age 63.  He passed away as a result of a heart attack.

✿   John Travolta played Sweathog Vinnie Barbarino.  Barbarino was the unofficial leader of the Sweathogs.  He was the heartthrob of the group, not very smart and he was very cocky.  Vinnie has a special way of talking and he gets confused easily.  Some of his favorite things to say:  "Who?" "What?" "When" Where" "Why'  "I'm so confused" and several insults such as:  "up your nose with a rubber hose" "off my case, toilet face".

John Travolta is one of the more well known actors.  Aside from acting, he is a dancer, singer, producer, writer and a pilot.  He had a few television roles before starring in Welcome Back, Kotter. He has since go on to star in movies and television.  He has been nominated for two Oscars, 46 other nominations and 39 wins.

✿   John Sylvester White played Mr. Woodman, the 'grumpy' vice-principal of Buchanan High, who later becomes the principal.  He doesn't think of the Sweathogs as real students and makes it well known his dislike for them.  The Sweathogs enjoy making fun of him because of his age and height.

John White passed away from pancreatic cancer on September 11, 1988 at age 68.

✿   Helaine Lembeck played Judy Borden.  Judy plays a straight A student and the editor of the Buchanan Bugle. After Welcome Back, Kotter, Helaine continued acting in television shows and movies.

MeTV is currently running episodes of Welcome Back, Kotter Saturday and Sunday mornings. The show is also available to own on DVD.

Hope you enjoyed this trip down Sweathog memory lane! Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Walking Dead Season Six Finale - Lucille's Here

Another season of The Walking Dead finished up with yet another crazy cliffhanger.  This one actually reminded me of the Season Four Finale; similar situation, different location, different group of bad guys.

Season Four Finale:  Main group trapped in a train car.

Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl, Sasha, Abraham, Eugene, Rosita, Maggie and Glenn  (Bob and Tara) 

*  Bob dies in Season Five.
*  Carol, Tyreese and Judith are separated from the group 

Season Six Finale:  Main group lined up on their knees.

Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl, Sasha, Abraham, Eugene, Rosita, Maggie, Glenn and Aaron

*  Aaron is a new character as of Season Five
*  Tara is somewhere on a "supply run" in Season Six
*  Carol and Morgan are separated from the group
*  Judith is with Father Gabriel back at Alexandria

Both season finales had the group running from gunfire that was directed at their feet where it appeared the bad guys were herding them. 

I watched the last 15 minutes of Season Six three times (don't judge me) because there was something that grabbed my attention with the group lineup.  I even channeled my inner Yvette Nicole Brown and had a piece of paper where I took notes on the episode.

Not sure if this has anything to do with who "meets Lucille" or not but it was a nice subtlety that I noticed.  

So here it is: 

Negan is creatively picking who is going to be beaten by Lucille by saying eenie, meenie, miney, mo. While he is doing this, he points Lucille in each person's face.  Below is how the group is lined up in front of Negan. The numbers after each name are what order they were picked during the "game".

From left to right:

Glenn ~ Rosita (10) ~ Daryl (5, 13) ~ Michonne (4) Abraham (3, 14)  ~ Maggie (2, 12) ~ Rick (1) ~ Sasha (6) ~ Aaron (7, 11) ~ Carl (8, 15) ~ Eugene (9)

When you look at the numbers, it starts with Rick (the leader) and follows an order for a few numbers, switches and then follows an order for a bit before it becomes chaotic and then someone gets 'whacked."  The End ....

The numbers are each time the camera actually shows a character with Lucille being pointed in his/her face. Glenn is shown but he doesn't have Lucille pointed at him in the shot.  The only time he may have Lucille pointed at him is when the camera is pointing at Negan and Lucille.  That's when you can see Negan pointing in the direction of Glenn/Rosita.  

Like I said, it was something interesting I noticed about the ending.  I don't think that it means Glenn is meeting his demise (in the comics Negan kills Glenn).  I just found it interesting that he was the only one that wasn't shown with Lucille in his face.

After noticing this, the first two things I thought were, 1) Did Yvette Nicole Brown notice that (The Number One fan)? 2) Did anyone else notice it?

I'm sure when Season Seven premieres in October we are all going to be shocked as to who gets "whacked".

Thank you for reading this fan-girl's ramblings!  Enjoy your day!

** Here are my notes (along with random doodles), blurred out because it's embarrassing, but you get the idea.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ladies, today is the day!

2016 is a leap year.  Leap year happens every four years.  This means that February has 29 days instead of the normal 28 days.  Check out my previous leap year blog for some other fun facts (has it been four years already).

According to old Irish tradition, on February 29th, a woman can propose marriage to a man.  All you ladies out there swooning over men like Norman Reedus, now have the chance to ask him to marry you ... it's legit today!


This tradition is said to have started in 5th century Ireland.  Saint Patrick declared that women could propose marriage on this one day in February each leap year.

The tradition even made it's way to Scotland.  Around 1288 there was a law passed that would allow a woman to propose marriage to a man on February 29th.  If the man however turned down said proposal he would have to pay a fine.

It's fun to read about legends and folklore from the past.  We've come a long way since then.  In 2016 marriage is not just a man and woman coming together ... now a man can marry another man and a woman can marry another woman.

Ladies, if you feel the need to partake in an age-old tradition, get yourselves out there and pop that question!  


I hope this blog finds each of you happy and healthy!  Happy Leap Day!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Michael Myers ~ the faces behind the mask.

What a great way to get ready for the Halloween/autumn/fall season then to write about a classic Boogeyman that has been scaring the hell out of us since the late '70s.

There have been several men who have played this iconic character over the years. So I threw together a list showing all of them.

Halloween (1978)

Nick Castle ~ The Shape ~ The Original Michael Myers  ~
  • Nick Castle played Michael Myers whenever he was on screen with the mask on.

Tony Moran ~ Michael Myers (Age 23)
  • Tony Moran played Michael Myers when the mask was removed.  He is the face of Michael.

[  Will Sandin ~ Michael Myers (Age 6) ]

(My husband and I with Tony Moran ~ 2013)

Halloween II (1981)

Dick Warlock ~ The Shape

[ Archive Footage:  Tony Moran ~ Michael Myers (Age 23) ]

(My husband and I with Dick Warlock - 2011)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

. . . . . . I still can't get that damn music (from the commercial) out of my head!

Moving on . . .

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

George P. Wilbur ~ Michael Myers

[ Erik Preston ~ Young Michael Myers ]

(My husband and I with George P. Wilbur - 2014)

Halloween 5 (1989)

Don Shanks ~ Michael Myers

[ George P. Wilbur ~ Stunt Player ]

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers aka Halloween 6 (1995)

George P. Wilbur ~ The Shape aka Michael Myers


Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Chris Durand ~ The Shape

Halloween:  Resurrection (2002)

Brad Loree ~ Michael Myers


Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007)

Tyler Mane ~ Michael Myers

[ Daeg Faerch ~ Michael Myers (Age 10) ]

Rob Zombie's Halloween (2009)

Tyler Mane ~ Michael Myers

[ Chase Wright Vanek ~ Young Michael Myers ]

Hey, Nick Castle, (if you're reading this) my husband and I are waiting to meet you.  We would like to complete our collection of original Michael Myers' autographs, 1-6!

I'll wrap this up with a photo of my husband and I with the man himself - John Carpenter - 2011!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Say hello to my little friend, Squiggy!

My husband and I made a quick stop in an oddities-type store in Baltimore, Maryland the other day. While we were there I stumbled across something that caught my eye (Let's be honest . . . everything in the shop caught my eye).  The object that caught my eye was a green ball in a water-filled jar. It actually looked like a tiny aquarium. After looking at it closer I realized it was a Marimo Ball Terrarium.  

Marimo Moss Balls are actually algae. The word Marimo originates from Japan and means "ball of seaweed".  The Marimo Balls are known to form in the following areas only; Australia, Estonia, Iceland, Japan and Scotland.

Domestic Marimo Balls can be cared for quite easily. They can be placed in tap water with the water being changed every one or two weeks. They also do well in normal household lighting or indirect sunlight areas. 

You can have them in a container by themselves or you can add them to fish aquariums. They would be a wonderful addition to a Betta fish home.

They have a long life span, lasting decades with proper care and maintenance.

Origin:  In 1823 an Austrian Botanist, named Doctor Anton Sauter, was the first person to discover the Marimo Moss Balls in Lake Zeller, Austria.  Shortly after this they were discovered by Tetsuya Kawakami in Lake Akan, Japan.

Growth:  Marimo Balls grow very slowly, at a rate of 5 millimeters per year.

There are three different ways that the Marimo Moss Balls grow.  First, they grow on the shady side of rocks. Second, they grow free floating, creating a blanket or carpet-like area at the bottom of a lake. Lastly, they grew just like a ball, with densely packed algal filaments in the center. 

Fun Facts:

*     Marimo Balls are considered to be a good luck charm for prosperity and love. 
*     For three days in early October, Japan holds a festival, Marimo Matsuri, honoring and
       conserving these green beauties.
*     Germans call them Russian Moosballen.

Here area a few photographs of my Marimo Moss Ball which I have affectionately named Squiggy.  I added the two small seashells to the jar for some color contrast. 

And here is Squiggy along with two other friends, Lenny the Leach (wet specimen) and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015



Last evening, Trent Haaga, the writer of Deadgirl contacted me on here.  He reached out to apologize and offer to make this situation better.  This is way more than Jenny Spain has done.  I wanted to add an update on here to show my appreciation for his reaching out to me. He is a great writer and I did enjoy the movie, Deadgirl. Please check out Trent's IMDB and see what cool projects he's been involved in. The positive of this situation is that I just found another cool horror person. My husband and I have some new horror movies to check out.

As far as Jenny Spain goes, she still hasn't refunded my money, contacted me or sent the poster.  Please be aware that if she is selling anything on any of her profile pages that she is not a safe seller. ***

I don't know of a webpage that allows a person to review a buying experience from an individual seller. Since I had a bad experience with a seller on Facebook/PayPal, I wanted to share that experience with everyone in hopes that it doesn't happen to anyone else.

As of July 8th, 2015, Jenny Spain has yet to answer me on why she hasn't refunded my $45 or why she never sent the poster out.  She continues to post on her page about how "wonderful her life is" and how she is out doing all sorts of fun stuff, going here and there.  All while the people who sent her money for autographed posters are waiting for an explanation as to why she hasn't refunded, etc. We can all see her clearly posting on her wall about her daily outings with not one clear explanation to the possible autograph scam she pulled on all of us.

I am not the only one this happened to.  I have been in contact with several people who have been a "victim" of this situation. 

Jenny Spain's IMDB profile:
Facebook profile page:

The following are actual screen shots from Jenny Spain's Facebook wall, direct messages, and text messages between her and myself. This starts in August 2014 and goes on until January 2015.  She will not contact me about a refund or anything to do with this situation as of now.

Please think twice about purchasing anything from Jenny Spain.  Like I said, I haven't received a refund, the autographed poster or an explanation.



  • Conversation started August 16, 2014
  • Heather Haberman
    8/16, 12:05am
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny. If you still have Deadgirl posters available, I would like to purchase a signed one from you. ~Heather
    • September 9, 2014
    • Jenny Spain
      9/9, 2:48pm
      Jenny Spain

      Hi Heather,

      I do have a couple posters still available smile emoticon
    • September 12, 2014
    • Heather Haberman
      9/12, 9:29pm
      Heather Haberman

      Hi Jenny,

      I just purchased a poster from you! I saw that you had said you only had two more left! I'm so glad I noticed your reply and then your post!

      I'm excited to add your poster and autograph to our collection!

      Heather smile emoticon
    • September 13, 2014
    • Jenny Spain
      9/13, 4:45am
      Jenny Spain

      Awesome! I will check Paypal tomorrow. Did you ask for it to be personalized?

      If you want it personalized you can send it through FB or Paypal smile emoticon
    • September 13, 2014
    • Heather Haberman
      9/13, 8:14am
      Heather Haberman

      I would like it personalized however you would like to sign it, thank you! smile emoticon
    • September 13, 2014
    • Jenny Spain
      9/13, 1:20pm
      Jenny Spain

      Great! I hope you will like it. Posters are being shipped out today. smile emoticon
    • Heather Haberman
      9/13, 2:20pm
      Heather Haberman

      YAY I definitely will!! I already have a place saved for it. I'll post a photo once I get it framed, etc. Thank you so much! Have a great weekend! smile emoticon ~ Heather

                                                                                               October 11, 2014

  • Heather Haberman
    10/11, 12:33pm
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    Just checking on the posters. When you mailed them out on September 13th, did you send out the posters via USPS or UPS? Just so I know which delivery service to keep an eye out for. Our mail person isn't very reliable when it comes to packages. smile emoticon
  • October 12, 2014
  • Jenny Spain
    10/12, 11:44am
    Jenny Spain

    Hi Heather! I sent out messages on Paypal. The posters have not been sent out yet. I made an order for a little something special to send out with the posters and I'm just waiting on that. smile emoticon

    Yes it will be USPS grin emoticon
  • Heather Haberman
    10/12, 1:12pm
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    Very cool! I'll have to check my Paypal account. I may have to fix my mail notification on there. I'm not receiving mail notifications on my business email any longer.

    I didn't want to bother you but I wanted to make sure that it wasn't due to arrive yet. Our mail woman has been giving people in our neighborhood issues with delivering packages! smile emoticon

    Thank you so much! Have a great Sunday!
  • Jenny Spain
    10/12, 1:20pm
    Jenny Spain

    Your welcome. You have a wonderful day as well smile emoticon

  • January 3
  • Heather Haberman
    1/3, 12:20am
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    Just checking in after the holidays to see if you had a set date on when you're sending out the Dead Girl posters? I know you had said back in October that you had ordered something to go along with them.

    Hope you have a great holiday season! And Happy New Year!

    Thanks, Heather! smile emoticon

  • January 9
  • Heather Haberman
    1/9, 10:36pm
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    I am checking in again! You haven't answered back my last two emails, one on here and one to your gmail ( I know you're very busy and I hate to keep bothering you! Do you have a status on the autographed Dead Girl poster, when is it being sent out?

    Thanks, Heather

Heather Haberman

Jan 6
to spain.jenny
Dear Jenny,

I reached out to you Facebook on January 3rd to see what the status was on the autographed Dead Girl poster and I haven't heard back from you.

On September 13th, 2014 via Facebook you stated the poster was being shipped out on that day.
October came around and I hadn't received the poster yet. So I reached out to you on October 11th, 2014 to see which mail carrier you used to send the poster so that I could track it somehow. You had stated to me that you hadn't sent the posters yet because you had purchased something to go along with them and were waiting for the items.

On October 22nd, 2014 you had tagged me in a Facebook post stating that you had finally gotten your order in and that you were getting everything ready to ship.

I let the holidays pass because I know that everyone is busy during that time of year.
Now it's January 2015; I emailed you on January 3rd to see if you had an actual date of when you were sending the poster out and I have not heard anything back from you.

Today is January 5th, please let me know what is going on with my order. It has been paid for since September 12th, 2014.

I decided to reach out through Paypal because I don't know what else to do.  I am also reaching out through this email account because it has been four months now.
Please let me know what is going on with the poster.  If you do not have the poster, please refund me my $45 to  I feel that I have been patient, nice and understanding about all of this.  And I feel that I am owed an explanation along with the poster I purchased and/or my $45 returned to me.

Thank you for your time! Heather Haberman

  • Jenny Spain
    1/10, 1:07am
    Jenny Spain

    Hi Heather, I'm currently going thru some legal stuff and working with a lawyer. You are more than welcome to call me.

    Its a very bad situation.

    Feel free to text or call **CELL NUMBER REMOVED** my cell
  • January 10
  • Heather Haberman
    1/10, 11:43pm
    Heather Haberman

    Hi Jenny,

    I am sorry to hear that you are going through some bad stuff right now. I'm confused as to what that has to do with getting the poster to me. But I'm sure you wouldn't be mentioning it unless it did.

    I was starting to really worry about this entire situation because I had a few guys contact me through Facebook wondering if I knew anything about the posters or if I had, in fact, ordered and received one. And then I hadn't heard from you.

    Here is my cell **CELL NUMBER REMOVED** so that you know my number when it comes through your phone. I may give you a text tomorrow. smile emoticon

  • January 19
  • Heather Haberman
    1/19, 8:19pm
    Heather Haberman


    It seems like you are really busy these days. And I'm not sure what is going with you legally. I have text messaged a few times; and I am not one to play phone tag. Actually I shouldn't be the one contacting you at all because I honored my end of the purchase. You offered a product that you took money for and have not sent it or explained why you haven't sent it.

    As of right now I am not sure why I (and a few other people who have reached out to me regarding the Posters) are pulled into this situation.

    I have been nothing but nice to you since September and I feel I deserve an explanation as to what's going on. It's been since September that you have my $45 and I have nothing to show for it. I really feel as if I have been taken for this money and I don't understand why.

    Please, when you have a minute, just let me know why I am not receiving the Poster and/or why you are not returning the $45 to via PayPal.

    Thank you! Heather