Been watching Frasier this morning before I take my meds.
I've been watching Frasier for years and have always been surprised at Kelsey Grammar's rise to mutant stardom as an X-man Beast.
Listening to the end titles sung by Kelsey his mention of tossed salad and scrambled eggs reminds me of the mistake I made last night.
Having starved over most of the Easter fortnight unable to eat much I've begun to scoff again. Various meals were forming dreams and top of the list was sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice, which I'd seen on a TV advert. I couldn't get it out of my head.
Yesterday Missus Moonbase presented me with the menu of the local Chinese takeaway, Tung Shing. Initially having been so sure about which meal I wanted to re-start my appetite the menu presented me with various culinary dilemmas.
Was it really sweet and sour pork on the TV or was it pork in black bean sauce? Was it egg fried rice or was it egg foo young? I just didn't know but in the end made a decision, which Missus M kindly collected.
Delicious as it was I couldn't help thinking I'd got it wrong with Black Bean Sauce and Egg Fried Rice. There just wasn't the bits of plump yellow scrambled egg I saw on the telly and the pork sauce was gloopier than on the TV. The prawn toast was excellent though!
Next week I shall order the alternative, Sweet and Sour Pork with Egg Foo Young. I'm already hallucinating. But Lo, what's this, the menu also offers Egg Foo Young Pork! Oh no!
You will have to excuse these rantings readers from a normally stable space toy and monster nut. They are the weeds of inaction, the oiling of idle servoes!
Returning to Frasier again his mention of his wife Lillith reminded me of that most ancient of dilemmas, that most profound battle where lines were drawn in playgrounds across the world as sides were taken and oaths sworn.
Just who was the better vamp: Lily from the Munsters or Morticia from the Addams Family? Often this heated debate was a mere proxy for the bigger question of which show was best overall and I imagine that schoolyard argument rages on to this day!
What do you think readers?
I was often torn as I liked both shows. My sister even looked like Morticia but my Mum had a mallen streak like Lily so I was reminded of both every day!
I'm not sure if I had any toys or games from the shows as a kid in the Sixties - did you? - but over the years I've acquired a few collectables. My favourites have been a Polar Lights re-issue of the Addams Family House, which I built up and relived the glory days with back in the late 1990's and an old Addams Family card game card signed by Wednesday aka Lisa Loring.
My favourite collectable was an early cartoon book by the Addams Family creator Charles 'Chas' Addams. If ever there existed an illustrator who captured perfectly my own sense of ghoulish humour it was Chas. By illustrating the everyday goings-on of the Addamses he more or less invented the goth way of life.
Apart from Wednesday's autograph I sold the rest of this cache on my toy stall at fairs in the early Noughties. As usual I regret it!
My final observation before I inhale more modern miracle gas is about Marilyn in the Munsters. I always thought it was clever to cast a 'normal' character amongst the ghouls and monsters, something the Addams Family didn't have.
Marilyn was like Batman. Neither of them had the powers of their peers yet held their own in a crazy world full of fiends. Their plainness made them all the more endearing I feel and was part of their popularity.
We could all be Marilyn or Batman if we wanted don't you think?