Friday, July 29, 2011

The Wiggles Wish Me a Happy Birthday

So a few months back I did a series of two posts called "Choppers in Nam" about triggers that take me back to that awful time in my life when I was first realizing that Audrey had autism.  The first post was about the What to Expect - The Toddler Years book that mocked me with all of its "should be" milestones.

The second Choppers post was about various songs, books, and movies that take me back to that time.  But in that post I neglected to mention the Wiggles.  

Audrey was obsessed with the Wiggles when she was about 18 months to 3 years old.  She still listens to their CD's sometimes.  I even have a couple of them still loaded onto my iPhone for her, which can be quite disconcerting if I've got it on shuffle when I'm working out and that "Di Dicki Doo Dum" song comes on.  One of the CD's has skits in between each song that are treated like separate songs, so occasionally I'll get Murray or Jeff suddenly speaking in hushed tones in my ear:  "Do you like going to the park?  I really love parks."  Creeps the shit out of me.

Audrey at 20 mos, verklempt upon
seeing her heroes for the first time.
More so than the music, the TV show is what really takes me back.  I'm sure that Audrey would be perfectly happy to still watch it, but I don't even know when it's on and I've long ago deleted my TiVo catalog of every single episode ever made.  She used to watch them so much that I seriously knew them all by heart.  I knew, for instance, that I needed to stand at the ready to fast forward if the "Musical Quiz" episode was on, or any other one that featured Professor Singalotta Songa who she hated with a passion.

Also "Topsy Turvy" and "Anthony's Lost Appetite" were deadly because they both featured really long, boring skits and Audrey just wanted them to shut up and sing "Hot Potato" already.  Yeah yeah yeah, we get it...Anthony's really just not feeling hungry because he's already eaten too much...FREE BIRD!

We've seen them live twice, the last time being when Audrey was just 2 years old.  Which brings me to my point...I noticed that they are currently on tour with a show called "The Wiggles Big Birthday" and they are playing here in Chicago tomorrow...my birthday!  So when I saw the ad I naturally thought that they were throwing me a party in honor of all of the money I've wasted on their shows, CD's, and merchandise support we've given them over the years.


I sent for scrapbook paper and embellishments all the way from Australia.
Don't hate me because I'm lame. Well, actually, go on ahead.

But as it turns out, it's they who are celebrating their 20th birthday.  I hadn't realized that they'd been around for that long.  They're getting a bit long in the tooth for this shtick aren't they?  They'll be needing to retool some of their hits..."Can You Point Your Fingers and Do The Twist?  Not Since My Hip Replacement!"  Zing!  How bout "Big Red Buick LeSabre"?  Hoo hoo!  I kill myself.  I could go on but that's not why you called.

I am not going to the Wiggles birthday show tomorrow, July 30, the day of my actual birthday.  Instead I will be with my mother at our newest casino in Des Plaines, IL eating buffet and bitching about the lines at the nickel slots as befits a person of my age.

24 comments:

  1. Wiggles!! I'm a little sad that we are not going this year...I feel like I know these guys. And, Lynn, I also bought scrapbook supplies from Australia!

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  2. Happy birthday tomorrow, girl! As we are nearly the same age, i just though it was important to advise you to be careful- 21 is a great age but you can overdo it when you are first legal age to buy booze in all 50 states....

    Never got into The Wiggles but did the same things as you with Thomas stupid expensive train stuff- and the fast forward is still one of my bffs! Hope you have an evening is filled with a good wine and quiet dinner and the casino is just a stop on the way!

    July 29, 20

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  3. My kids love the Wiggles but we've never seen them live. They really only know the music from the songs on Moe's CD from school. I think I'll keep it that way for now.

    Cracking up at the kid songs coming on shuffle, but for me it's when I'm driving. Sometimes I don't even notice and will find myself singing right along.

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  4. Happy birthday lady!

    I have strategically kept my kids away from anything Wiggle related. Grown men singing and dancing to kids creeps me out. Kinda like that purple dinosaur. Never mind they're creepy millionaires....

    I was not so lucky with the Teletubbies. I got sucked into those and my kids will still plop down and watch them any day, any time, any place.

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  5. Happy birthday to you!

    I saw the Wiggles on something recently, maybe it was a commercial here. I noticed they were looking quite a bit older than when my oldest watched them (my younger child thankfully skipped that phase). I then heard one had heart issues and he's 55 (I think). I think I'd hang it up at that point.

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  6. Big Red Buick LeSabre. You kill me, too.

    I celebrate all of my birthdays in a casino. And most Tuesdays, as well. Congratulations on the anniversary of your birth.

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  7. Have a great birthday and enjoy the slots!

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  8. The Wiggles were crack to Katie. CRACK. I owned like every DVD, we watched them on Disney everyday...we lived and breathed The Wiggles. K was 2yrs 9mo when we saw them live. I was a couple weeks from giving birth to child #2. Great idea. First, they had people videotaping outside the arena, asking kids their favorite Wiggles song. They asked K. Yeah, OK. I was like, haha, she's shy (like I was going to tell some complete stranger my almost 3yo didn't speak. Then we get inside, and we are THISCLOSE to the stage, and for 2 hrs Katie hid, covered her ears, and said GO COME over and over and over. She was scared to death of them. I paid almost 200 freaking dollars for those tickets, though, and we stayed. But, this was when she just had a "speech delay" so clearly she was just being a PITA kid who didn't understand how awesome this was, right? HA. Once in a while she will watch now, but Ben never got into them, so they kinda faded from our lives. Now we just watch other totally inappropriate, preschool shows all day! HEEEEELLO WONDER PETS! ; )

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  9. And I wish I was in Chicago to celebrate your bday with you! Seriously, I need a freaking vacation...

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  10. Well, I hope you manage to enjoy your birthday SOMEHOW, without Murray, Jeff & the gang...perhaps you'll have some fruit salad...yummy yummy...fruit salad...yummy yummy! (seriously? 20? Did they ever replace the one guy who was ill, or did he recover, or do you wish to pretend you don't know?))

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  11. All three of my kids have become addicted to something like that. For Snap, it was Arthur. Everything had to be Arthur. Years later, Crackle got hooked on Curious George. I still can recite entire episodes. And now, Pop is entranced by Thomas the Tank Engine. When he's acting up, I tell him he's causing "confusion and delay". He knows what that means. :)

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  12. What the hey, go crazy on your birthday - go to the casino AND see the Wiggles! Have a good one, Lynn.

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  13. We have never ever had the Wiggles in this house! Isn't that amazing? It wasn't something I did on purpose, it just worked out that way...

    But of course we have Thomas the train...and I don't think it's going away anywhere anytime soon

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  14. Aw, Happy Birthday.

    I have to say, I fucking LOVE the Wiggles. No, really. I think the old yellow one is super hot. For real. The new one, not so much.

    On the other hand, I do get a bit creeped out wondering why grown men prefer to earn their (probably substantially lucrative) living by hanging out with toddlers. Hm.

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  15. Happy early birthday. I hope it is as rockin as you my dear. And I totally got everyone of your Wiggles jokes. my big red buick lesabre. bahahah. the hushed tone park story made me pee a little. from laughing. what about how they old singer is just gone now? it's kind of like journey with no steve perry.

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  16. Have a very happy birthday! It sounds like it'll be a lot of fun!

    We also have gone to 2 Wiggle concerts. At the first one, my husband took my daughter up to the stage after the show. Jeff (her favorite at the time) reached down to shake her hand, but she was holding a Big Red Car plush and wouldn't let her dad hold it for her then. She totally dissed Jeff! LOL

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  17. Ah, the Wiggles. My boys STILL watch them when they see them on Netflix...and they're 6 and 8. So I totally have them memorized.

    This post really cracked me up...especially when you mentioned working out and suddenly having a Wiggle whisper in your ear. Awesome. Hope your birthday is wonderful!

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  18. For a late entry, I recommend visiting this link to see what (some of) the Wiggles did in a previous life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXLyDyF5qlk I remember listening to this song whilst cruising around a roller skate rink. Wow, in hindsight, what an interesting atypical action...

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  19. never watched the wiggles. fuck them.

    Happy birthday to YOU, baby!!!

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  20. Happy Birthday, Lynn!

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  21. Happiest of birthdays! Don't forget your oxygen tank and cigarettes.

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  22. Kara(above)=hilarious! Hope you had a great day at the casino, and really lived it up, Lynn. That picture of Audrey is a-dorable.

    Here's to a wonderful year ahead (*clink*)

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  23. "Professor Singalotta Songa is dumb, and Sam will never be as good as Greg." That's the unanimous sentiment in our house.

    Hope you had a good birthday.

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  24. I also have to say that I LOVE the picture of Audrey!

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