Wednesday, November 11, 2009

White Gold, or, Fun for the Luddite

I've lived without a microwave for almost three years and the only time I miss it is when I get a hankering for microwave popcorn, which is almost all the time. I don't remember the last time I had popcorn that wasn't movie theater popcorn, which is always slightly stale and tastes of heart attack. I had resigned myself to this sad state of affairs when the Boy Scouts and my mother came to my rescue: the Boy Scouts by forcing my mother to buy stovetop popcorn, and my mother by handing half of it over to me because I happened to be there at the time.

I'm sure there was a time when we made popcorn on the stove, but that was probably back when we had an original Apple Macintosh and 3-2-1 Contact was still on. In other words, the good old days. Incidentally I specifically remember the day my dad came home with a CD player and we set it up in the living room and played Vivaldi on it. It was amazing. And so is stovetop popcorn. It's so easy, even I could it.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Internet, you haven't had fun until you've popped popcorn on the stove in a pot with a glass lid. And then played Microsoft Flight Simulator. (Pull up!)


Ivan said...

remember when we would watch screen savers all day LIKE IT WAS A GAME?

also: one of the locals down here was on 3-2-1 contact. I call him "3-2-1 Contact Ben"... he doesn't understand why he is awesome.

Simon said...

That one where the screen slowly filled up with weird multi-colored smiley faces, some of which squeaked, is to this day one of the more entertaining things I've ever seen on a screen.

Ivan said...

does your mom still have that computer? i'm fairly certain we could turn that into a drinking game.

Simon said...

I don't know, I can't remember which one that was. I feel like that screen saver has probably been lost to the ages. But don't worry. Havers ALWAYS gets the crappy job.

Amy (Reinhardt) Stubbings said...

I was just thinking of 3-2-1 Contact the other day - I think. I remember MathNet - I think it was a sketch on that, not The Electric Co. I could NOT remember what 3-2-1 Contact was. THANK YOU for helping!
PS Your blog makes me laugh.

Simon said...

Thanks, Amy! Glad you're enjoying it. It's funny you mention Mathnet, because that's actually what I was thinking of, but I couldn't remember the name, so I put 3-2-1 Contact instead. However, now that I've done my research, it turns out Mathnet was on Square One, the name of which I 100% forgot. Oh, the crazy world of eighties kids' tv.