Sunday, June 03, 2007

I'm monochromatic, with brown hair and brown eyes; or BSC #66: Maid Mary Anne

Look. Mary Anne. The quote is:

All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. -Leo Tolstoy

Or something like that. The point of the quote is the unhappy families. And it refers to the crazy diverse ways that families can be fucked up. But happy families, in general, work, and it's all pretty much happy-happy-tra-la-la. But there are buttloads of ways things can go wrong. It does not imply that because your fam is happy, you are all exactly the same as every other happy fam on earth. You missed the entire point. Dumbass. Get thee to freshman Lit!

Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

This cover confuses me.





Is Mary Anne going to for the sexy pirate look? The housewife-in-porn look? The tons of makeup for housecleaning look? And is one of the Arnold twins stealing Claud's fashion sense? Does Mrs. Towne ask her to wear the short cutoffs? Cause that's sexual harassment.

Also, I used to have slouch socks that rivaled the slouch on her slouch socks. So there.

Plot-tasticness: Kinda convoluted, actually. So, Mary Anne meets Mrs. Towne, who's a crazy good seamstress/needlecrafter. And MA asks for lessons. But early on, Mrs. Towne has an accident and breaks her ankle or whatever. So, MA offers to help out around the house, and Mrs. Towne suggests they swap lessons for chores. Oh, and there's this whole thing about MA feeling selfish, and wanting to be more considerate of others or something. But Mrs. Towne's taking up all of MA's time, and she's neglecting her family, the BSC, even Loverboy Logan. Oh, and she decides to start a sewing/quilting class for some of the BSC kids: Vanessa & Nicky Pike, Becca, Charlotte, Haley Braddock and Buddy Barrett. And they're making a quilt as a get well present for Mrs. Towne. The subplot? Some kid's ripping on Nicky and Buddy for being girly or something. So, Nicky's on this big 'roid-rage-style-Manly Man trip, avoiding anything "for girls." In fact, I think he may have even visited a steel mill to butch up. No, wait, that was on the Simpsons.

Bullets. Not the shooting kind.

  • Okay, Richard Spier alphabetizes the contents of the bathroom cabinet. Really? By type or brand? Like Gillette Mach 64 (or whatever Mach they're at) or razor? I'm a little fixated on this idea for some reason. Maybe I'm becoming OCD by proxy.

  • Mary Anne, you're not self-centered. You're a pushover. Pushovers tend not to think of themselves first. Otherwise they wouldn't let themselves be, well, pushed over.

  • "Marilyn is not at all scientific. She's interested in music--in fact, she's taken piano lessons since she was four--and she's very strict about practicing the piano at least half an hour every day. Meanwhile, Carolyn is tone-deaf." Um, science and music are not musically exclusive. In fact, I know a few scientist-types who play instruments.

  • Um, PoBal and I had to look up "smocking" in Wikipedia, despite our respective crafty tendencies.

  • I don't remember MA fucking up in Home Ec. Anyone?

  • I hate the whole "they groan everytime they pay dues." One: boring. Two: lame. Three: Seriously, I doubt that every week, even kidding, for like two years, they groan to give up that single dollah-bill y'all. Even these bitches would get sick of that joke pretty damn quick. Four: I hate hearing the same joke over and over again. Seriously. Fucking. Hate.

  • Blah. MA & Kristy are best friends, but they're opposites.

  • "All that healthy eating means she stays in shape, too." Yeah, Stacey stays "in shape." Not, friggin' heroin-chic skin-n-bones.

  • This is another book with no outfits. Sorry.

  • Logan is: special, major cute (even cuter than Cam Geary), has a great Southern accent, and "a way of really listening to you when you talk to him." Or when he's trying to get in your cutoffs. Oh, and he can be bossy. When he's not successful at getting into your cutoffs.

  • Dawn's homesick, so she's listening to the Beach Boys. Please say it's some of the stuff Brian Wilson wrote when he was off his rocker.

  • Mrs. Towne isn't some dowdy old lady type.  Nope, she has "very short white hair that looked almost punk." Wild.

  • MA thinks that her idea for teaching kids' sewing classes "might possibly be one of those truly great, Kristy-caliber ideas." Yup.

  • Vidding out. A surprisingly good way of describing couching it while watching tons of movies. But I wouldn't be watching horse movies.

  • They keep saying things are "decent." Meaning cool or awesome.

  • Two boys taking the sewing class. Equal opportunity horrors.

  • I have to include Claud's entry in the BSC notebook:
    Ok. I'm totally psiched syked siked getting into this sowing stuff. Mary Anne, why didn't you tell me about quiltting and all that stuff before? I can see it has real potenshul for my art. I had allmost as much fun at Mary Anne's first sowing class as the kids did...


  • Can I take a sowing class? I need to learn how to properly spread seeds.

  • Wow, these kids learned embroidery fast. I still have trouble with a French knot.

  • MA is wicked fast at doing the dishes. I'll hire her for more than she's making sitting.

  • Is Passion a real perfume?

  • Stacey, it's not super-sitter-sense. It's friggin' obvious. Doors slamming, "nothing's wrong." Anybody with half a brain cell knows that there's something off.

  • "Stacey felt a faint surge of anger. Where did kids learn to be so mean? And so sexist!" They're kids. Of course they're mean and judgmental and they live according to rigid gender roles. Duh.

  • "Part of me (the lazy, inconsiderate part, no doubt) wished I were still lying in that hammock." Damn, hate to know how inconsiderate and lazy she'd think I am.

  • They drink Orangina in the Spier-Schafer household.

  • Pimento cheese? Cheese, mayo & pimentos mixed together? Um, ew. Is that really a popular southern/Kentucky food? RNL? Anyone?

  • Logan tries to scam some sloppy kisses in this book.

  • A shoutout to Louise Fitzhugh? Sure, why not?

  • Another for the bad pun file: "It's a maze," explained Claire. "Amazing," said Jessi. HATE!!!!

  • Ah, the Pike siblings constantly undermine Nicky's attempts at masculinity. Super sweet.

  • This book is full of misused quotes. "Suppose they had a war and nobody came." Totally inappropriate in this context. Dumbasses!!!!!!

  • Kristy calls Nicky a "male chauvinist piglet." Yup.

  • Claud wants to make a junk food quilt. You know, like her art show that one time?

  • Ah, but the boys come back. They always do.

  • This book is wicked full of foreshadowing for Dawn's return to Cali.

  • Lame-ass ending. "'It'll be okay,' I said. 'Whatever happens, it'll be okay.' And I knew it would." If that were true, it would still be a lame ending. But knowing that it won't be okay, and they're trying to be all smooth or whatevs, SUPER LAME!!!!


Now that's done, I have another rant. Why do these girls turn everything into a project? Can't they just like needlecrafts or sports or the environment or art or whatever the hell Stacey likes without teaching a class or starting a team or opening a community college? I like tons of shit, but I'm not teaching starving orphans how to snark or how to talk to my best friend on the phone or how to wear ridiculous boots with skirts or how to fake flirt on work time. Just sayin'.



A little bonus gift this week:



That's right...I scanned this just for you. Hee! Prodigy!

69 comments:

Anonymous said...

Prodigy! Yes! Love love love the blog. But I think the world would be a better place if you DID open a community college.

elizabeth said...

"Passion" IS a real perfume. My mom used to have some. Smelled nasty.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Kentucky and pimento cheese sandwiches are really good, and you can get them in coffee shops around town.

RNL said...

I'm from Kentucky, too, and damned proud of it... but I wouldn't be caught dead eating pimento cheese. I can vouch for Hall's beer cheese, tho, and Woodford Reserve bourbon.

lisa said...

I don't think I've ever read this one!
*McGasp!*

I just finished reading "Claudia and the Sad Goodbye" and Claud and Mary-Anne hold this massive art class for the kids down in Claud's basement. It always pissed me off when they had to ruin fun projects by inviting kids along.

Do you know what you're reading next week or is it going to be a surprise? ;)

allison said...

Just started reading your blog, and it is awesome. I stopped reading BSC after about #50 or so, but I read those first ones and the Super Specials obsessively. And I read a couple of the Karen books (bleargh, she is awful). But I realized a couple of months ago that in the one where she gets the terrible haircut that the hairdresser essentially gave her a mullet. She totally deserved that.

Anyway, the whole point of my commenting was to say that I eat pimento cheese sandwiches and they are really good. I live in Texas, and you can buy it at the grocery store in a tub. It never occured to me that pimento cheese wasn't common in other parts of the country. We could even buy them in middle school from the little canteen food section.

Ashley said...

Tiff, you make me <3 Mondays!

Oh yeah, I was in the doctor's office yesterday and instead of old magazines or Highlights for Kids, they had a couple of BSC books. So, I read Claudia & the Bad Joke. Those girls are hella funny yo! I had totally forgotten that they all had to write up all of their babysitting jobs in the notebook. I feel sorry for anyone who has to read Claudia's entries.

Also, I cannot believe it used to take me a couple of days to read a book that I got through in 3 hours (while sick)....

Kelly said...

orangina?? I'm mad jealous!

for the record, I read in an Abby book last night that she thinks that Mary Anne's cool because she has a boyfriend. That's the definition of Mary Anne and why she's cool. Nice.

K8 said...

Love this blog!!!!!

Re: Mary Anne fucking up Home Ec- that was in one of the Mystery books. I think it was the one where the kid went missing. Mary Anne's self esteem took a huge hit because she couldn't sew, but then she babysat for some kids, and came up with the idea to make Jello and then cut it into shapes with cookie cutters, and then she made that into a home ec project and got an A. And then she found out that this was actually an old idea, advertised on the back of every Jello box sold, but for some reason, THIS didn't harm her self-esteem at all.

Anonymous said...

Ok, this has bothered me pretty much since I picked up the first book. Do people in Conneticut all start their phone numbers with letters? As in "Call the Baby-Sitters Club at KL5-2236." All the phone numbers in the book are like that, and I just wondered why...

Not to mention I used to write my phone number with HV5... because I had to be just like them. . . I even put that for my phone number on the fliers my friends and I passed out when we started our own Baby-Sitters Club...
Yeah, I totally needed a life...

Anonymous said...

ohh, I remember Prodigy. I was totally a member of that BSC Prodigy club :-p ah, memories

Lindsay said...

My mom wears Passion.

I actually think it smells good. :/

JaneyMac said...

I eventually figured it out, the crazy phone number thing. Back in the day, people would have words that made up part of their phone number and would say things like "portland 5-7728" and the "PO" in "portland" would correspond to the letters on the telephone dial (they're not just for texting!)

So, KL5-5555. I think KL is short for Klondike, anyway. KL= 55 when used on a telephone. And, "555" is the fake exchange they use for books and television shows.... so, there you go

Or, I'm totally wrong and I just made ALL that up... but my BS sounds good, right?

Caroline said...

Wow. Such a vivid mental picture of sleeping under a quilt made of junk food....

Library Lady said...

$1 a week? That's impossible. There's no way they could do what they needed to do on... $7 a week? Way to factor in inflation, ANM...

Seriously, we're talking at least:

$4.00--large bag of chips, with tax (Cnd.)
$2.00--bag of liquorice for those on Atkins.
$4.00+--organic grapes, or some healthy sh*t for Dawn.

And that's just to feed their binges. What about markers for the KidKits, and money for Claudia's phone bill? Hmm? What about all those other expenses?

Stacey should be fired. She clearly isn't doing her job.

Peaches said...

I'm from Kentucky and everyone here eats pimento cheese sandwiches all the time. Especially with tomato soup. They are disgusting and I hate them. I'm the only only person I know that can't stand pimento cheese. It's bright orangey yellow in color with little red flecks (pimento?) in it, and it tastes like cottage cheese that sat out in the sun for a few days. It is truly awful and should be avoided at all costs.

Mark said...

I don't get it... What is Prodigy? Some sort of early/mid-90's computer server? I was too young and computer illiterate back then to know....

Tiff said...

Prodigy was an early ISP...pre-AOL.

See? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prodigy_%28ISP%29

Sophia said...

LOL isn't Passion a perfume by Elizabeth Taylor?

And my sister TOTALLY used to log onto the BSC Prodigy site...oh man that was mad good times.

For some reason, I saw the title and forgot that I read this book...but I saw the pimento cheese sandwiches and it totally jogged my memory.

Anonymous said...

Claud's addiction-- I mean, Claud's refreshments didn't come from the treasury. She used her babysitting money to buy that. Plus her clothes. Plus her Nancy Drew books. Plus her art supplies.

Now *there's* an unrealistic view of finances right there.

Anonymous said...

I'm from a part of Virginia that's about 20 minutes away from the Kentucky border, and I didn't know that pimento cheese was strictly a southern thing. It's been such a fixture in my life that I thought everyone ate it!

That being said, I don't like it. I just thought it was a normal thing.

Anonymous said...

i've tried pimento cheese a couple of times when i was really young and it made me wanna puke! no offense to others who like it :)

what about all the sewing/quilting stuff in this book? i used to think it was cool but after a recent re-read i was kinda bored. everything was described in suuuch detail.

Library Lady said...

"Claud's addiction-- I mean, Claud's refreshments didn't come from the treasury. She used her babysitting money to buy that."

Wha?! That's terrible! I always thought they shared the cost of all that food! Those cheap biznatchs.

Pfft... I bet those BSC-ers grow up to be the kind of friends who never contribute enough to the group cheque... "Oh, I think this $10 should cover my steak and wine an shrimp cocktail and multiple martinis and chocolate fondue cake and..."

*wanders away muttering under breath*

stephanie said...

The groans over dues! How could I forget the groans?

Nebula said...

My Dad used to do the pimento cheese thing. He picked it up when we lived in NC for a short time.

And Prodigy FTW!! I was so a member of that BSC thing they had.

coquelicot said...

I'm originally from KY. Yeah, pimiento (sp?) cheese is pretty well-known--and disgusting, IMO. I know a lot of people who love it, though. I didn't know it was just a Southern thing.

Andrea said...

Didn't MA try to sew a skirt for Home Ec and it was totally messed up? A navy blue skirt, I believe? Not sure what book though. If only I could free the brain space that's holding onto that nugget of information...

And yeah, I'd definitely be the baby-sitter who kept forgetting her due money every week until everyone got sick of loaning me money and kicked me out of the club. Dues are lame.

Margie said...

Until this blog, I had no idea that "pimento cheese" was even a real thing, much less that real people ate it.

It sounds horrible, though. Ughhh. Then again, so does a lot of the crap Dawn eats. SO not a typical Californian diet.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Pimento Cheese: I dang love it, y'all. I grew up in Illinois, but I don't recall if I ever ate it while I lived there. I currently live in Texas and I would guess that I know an equal number of Pimento-haters as I do Pimento-lovers.

Regarding the KL5 thing: I have no idea what I was thinking, but when I was young I used to dial Stoneybrook phone numbers all the time, hoping someone would answer the phone. I remember the first time I dialed Claudia's number. My heart was racing and my palms were sweaty because I didn't know what I would say to her when she answered. After many failed attempts to get through to Stoneybrook, I finally gave up. It was tremendously disappointing.

Angie

colleenn said...

I used to be so jealous whenever I saw those Prodigy ads in the back of the books. I didn't have a computer in my house till high school, and didn't have one that was modern enough to have an internet connection till like junior year (1998/99), and Prodigy was long outdated by then hehehe. I remember when I first saw that ad asking my mother if Prodigy was something you needed a computer for because I really wanted to "vote on book endings" and "talk to BSC fans around the world" or whatever the ad said, and she was like "yeah I think you do need a computer" and I was so mad that we couldn't afford one. :P Was it any good?

Also, the KL thing. I actually knew this by the time I read the first BSC book. I think there was a Special Delivery (remember that?) on Nickelodeon, or some other late-80s kid tv special, where this kid was in the principal's office and they were calling her parents and they asked what her phone number was and the girl says "Klondike 5 [four other numbers]." And I asked my mother what Klondike meant and she said said it meant like 55 because K and L are on the 5 key, so it was a different way of saying 555. So when I read the first BSC book and it said "KL5-" I was like "oh that must mean Klondike" and I felt all smart due to Nickelodeon. hehe.

katie said...

I grew up in Alabama, and pimento cheese on wonder bread - cut into little sandwich fingers - was a staple of every Wednesday night prayer meeting. Blech. That and chicken salad sandwich fingers. But wait, Dawn was the one eating it? How in hell is that health food?

To the one who dialed Stoneybrook phone numbers - that is the most fantastic thing I have ever heard! Your story made my day.

Tanya said...

You mean you didn't get to talk to Claudia? That is just so sad.

Anonymous said...

I remember when club members paid 50 cents per week for dues before Kristy moved across town and the club started paying Charlie gas money. Imagine what that would cost them today! (Yes, I just spent $35 this morning to fill up my little Kia -- stupid gas companies.)

I always thought Claudia was more than generous with her junk food supply and it bothered me the others never contributed. Remember the time the club was mad at her because she was hanging out with some art student instead of them so they got revenge by eating all her junk food?!? Bitches!

The one thing I could never figure out is why the club never had a set baby-sitting charge. In later books, which I'm just now reading and they aren't as good as the first 20 or so, the Chapter 2 summary always talks about how Mary Anne keeps track of the list of clients and how much each one pays. They get a choice? If the BSC truly was run like a business, they'd have a set rate of so much money per kid and to hell with the parents that didn't want to pay it. Also, why didn't the BSC members fight more for the jobs where parents paid more? Maybe Claudia took all those jobs and bought the junk food out of guilt! :-)

(This is too long. I am lame.)

sara said...

Oh, my god. I was trying to remember the name of our Very First Online Service a few weeks ago and couldn't. Prodigy! Gah!ht

Christina said...

Wait - is pimiento cheese the same thing as pimiento cream cheese?

Carly said...

I tried pimento cheese sandwiches last year when I went to NC to visit my boyfriend's family with him, and ugh. I group it with Cheerwine (cherry soda), and dry, non-sweet cornbread as foods I do not understand the appeal of. But he loves them.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that I am from New Orleans and I have never had a pimento cheese sandwhich or seen anyone else eat one. I guess it's not popular this far south.

Wow, the whole dues thing was awful. I always hated that.

Library Lady said...

(This is too long. I am lame.)

Bhahah... that's aweseome. You're not lame! I'm just glad someone else sees the ridonkulousness of these futile dues!

Erika said...

Pimento cheese is awesome. My sister used to buy it by the brick and knaw on it for hours. I never thought of it as a southern thing--we grew up on the upper Midwest.

I hadn't thought of Prodigy for years. That was my first ISP. I ran up my parents phone bill using it because my small town did not have its own dial-up number yet. I can't remember ever seeing the BSC community.

Anonymous said...

This blog is fantastic. I still remember that I got the first book from those Scholastic flyers that are distributed in elementray school where the books were $1.25 each (I miss those days)and was hooked on them for a good two to three years (on another completely random note, I read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time in 4th grade and have to laugh that I was reading these at the same time)Anyway, in talking about ghostwriters, perhaps this is why the hairstyles and clothing were so heinous:

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/l/peter-lerangis/

Leave it to a man ;)

Bridget said...

"Talk to Ann M. Martin in a weekly column"

Hmmm...that sounds a lot like a blog. ANM was ahead of the curve!

Pimento cheese is nast. When I lived in North Carolina, I worked in a deli where I had to make Pimento Cheese sandwiches. It was so gross, especially when I was hungover.

Anonymous said...

One note about the KL thing: they do that on The Simpsons, too. You're right, Mary Anne does look weird on the cover. She looks like a low-class maid from the 40's to me. Love, Sexy Sadie;)

Anonymous said...

zthjiI always thought the Peter Lerangis was the best of the BSC ghostwriters. He had a sense of humor.

And it's totally unfair that Claudia feeds those ungrateful little bitches, even provides special food for Dawn and Stacey, and still has to pay dues.

I always figured the different rates were for different size familes - but that might be too logical for the BSC.

beth said...

CARLY- totally on the whole Cheerwine and Pimento.....UGGGGG!!! I have lived in various parts of SC for 23 yrs and I cannot fully ingest the diet here!!! My mom is 100% Yankee (Brooklyn, NY-holla!) and she cooks wonderfully! Hello, meat, potatoes and veggies? Anyone? Really, my gym membership gets it's money's worth, but at least I don't have to deal with collards, rabbit stew (it sooooo exists!) and dry cornbread!!!!!!!!!! What the hell does ANYONE from CT know about pimento cheese??????? REALLY!

kiwimusume said...

"Decent" was slang in the Chalet School books. I remember because the girls all went around speaking old English to get back at their teachers for not letting them use slang like "jolly" and "decent". It kind of makes me laugh that slang from books set in, what, the 40s? 50s? makes a reappearance in the BSC books. Retro!

peaches said...

Me and my friend always thought that Claudia closed her eyes and randomly picked out a bunch of shit and threw it on as she walked out the door. We seriously went to the mall and tried to put together the worst possible "Claudia" outfits. Then we tried them on and took pictures. Seriously. Lame I know.

Anonymous said...

kiwimusume - Chalet School! I remember that book, that one must have been set in the 30s because they were in the Tyrol which is where they were before ww2. I remember my little 90s brain could not understand why they couldn't say "decent, jolly, beastly" etc.. I still don't actually. Someone should do a Chalet School blog. Know of any?

I just started a reread of my BSC books, and in the first one there isn't much mention of Claudia not spelling well, and she can spell fine in a notebook-page in book1 r 2, it's so funny, her spelling seems to get worse as the books go on... ghostwriters taking it too far :P

I always guessed that Claudia had a lot of junk food in her room and managed to spare a little for meetings, but now that I think about it, that wasn't really fair.

Anonymous said...

Okay, in 'Kristy's Mystery Admirer', when Cokie makes her confession, or around it, she's portrayed as 'Cokie Gray'. Now, who do we know with the same last name??? That's right!! ALAN GRAY! God, the inconsistency.
And in 'Mallory Pike, NO1 FAN:

What are the spikes- said mum
the name of the family in the play-
i said
o mal couldn't u have picked a better name??- said mum
it rhymes!- I said
couldn't you have picked the Likes or the Tykes?

That's what it said, honestly. So, if the problem is with it rhymeing, then why suggest MORE rhyming words?


!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Okay, they had the BSC for three years, right? Aroundabout, anyway. Okay, 1 dollar a week for 52 weeks= 52x 3= 156. Okay, so one member would have given 156 $. And about (156$ x 7- each member) = 1092. Almost 1100, they made in total. Goodness.

Mahnaz said...

They probably gave more than one dollar a week (sometimes two, right?), but even $14 a week is pretty low, or even $21. Especially when you think about how much pizza costs, and the fact that they had to maintian seven kid kits. Plus pay Charlie once Kristy had moved.

I'd be interested in knowing which clients were cheapskates. :D Isn't there a book where Nina Marshall's mom won't pay extra, even though a lot of younger cousins are there and the sitters have to call in for reinforcements...till finally they confront her about it?

Anonymous said...

I think there was something with the Marshalls and extra sitters. Something about how she didn't tell the BSC there would be extra kids and it breaks their rule about "an extra sitter for more than 4 kids."

Didn't Mrs. Marshall actually get pissed when they asked for more money? Because she only hired one sitter and the BSC was calling other girls for help after she left?

K said...

Yeah like Mrs. Marshall had a yoga buddy or something who brought her kids over whenever they had a class. Didn't something similar also happen with the Newtons and their weird cousins? Those bitchy moms!

626 Second Street said...

great post. i like pimento cheese, but not the store-bought variety. that stuff tastes like ass. oh, and you know what smocking is... the dresses little girls where with like flowers and bunnies and whatever embroidered on the chest? funny, my grandmother made pimento cheese and smocked. she probably would have liked this book.

Anonymous said...

Pimento Cheese is wildly popular with the over 60 crowd in the South. my grandmother LOVED it. It's really gross. Actually, my dad loves it too.

This is an awesome blog, by the way!!

karla said...

someone said their sister bought it by the brick and gnawed on it?? b/c pimento cheese, as i know it, is the consistency of egg salad or something.
when my sister lived in alabama she started making it for her husband. it was a big thing around there and you could find it at alot of places. i never actually realized it was a southern thing. i grew up in florida and some places sold it.
i read some of those karen books and i had to stop b/c of the many times she used the word "gigundo"....

Jenny said...

I'm from KY and I never encountered pimento cheese until I moved to Texas. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Kaitlin said...

I can't read the "decent" slang without hearing it the way Catherine O'Hara says it in the Pre-Teen World episode of SCTV. "de-cent!"

Anonymous said...

MA screwed up in Home Ec in one of the mystery novels - Kristy and the Missing Child or something? The one where Jake Kuhn goes missing.

I know way too much about these books - but that said, there's a few references in the books to Mary Anne going to therapy for something, but I never did find the one where she first started going. Thoughts?

Mitch said...

I'm from CT & no, we don't use letters when we give out phone numbers. That's clearly an old/tv/book thing.
I thought MA messed up with the cooking portion of HomeEc, cause she's really good at sewing so wouldn't fuck that up, but was really depressed she couldn't make lasagna or whatever.
I used to have the Babysitter's Club computer "game" - you could start a diary, talk to the members, do a bunch of other stupid shit on it. I still have it somewhere I think, I should put that in my computer & see what happens lol...

Anonymous said...

Regarding the exclusively talented Arnold twins, I'd like to point out that my brother is a mechanical engineer as well as a gifted classical pianist. Take that ANM!

Anonymous said...

I'm from Western PA and we have pimento cheese sandwiches a lot - usually at luncheon, finger sandwich kind of thing. I personally love them, but I love a lot of weird stuff. Which would explain why I just spent a week waiting to see if I won an ebay auction for 62 BSC books - I did! Woo hoo! It's been a loooong time since I read them and this blog has inspired me to waste the $17 to do so

Raine said...

There was one time Mary Ann was making a skirt for home ec and accidentally sewed it to what she was wearing. I think it was a Claudia book.

Anonymous said...

yeaa in #52 MA +2many babies..she mentions taking an infant care classs..and they did but they actually took the class in book #109..maryane to the rescue( or some bs title like that something about saving logan..w.e 4sure it was #109..wierddd....

Anonymous said...

ooo and on book 109 is when they meet the twin babies shes taking care of inbook 52...wtf

PVTW77C said...

I'm surprised in book #66 they had a Prodigy ad!! I stopped reading around BSC#30, and was active on Prodigy's Bulletin Boards. What took them so long?? My BF & I recently realized we were cyber-bullies on the BBs back in 1993. Oops....

mary said...

"Pimento cheese is awesome. My sister used to buy it by the brick and knaw on it for hours."

um, pimento cheese does not come in brick form. it's spreadable! what kind of pimento cheese do they have where you live? yikes.

also, there is nothing better in the world than a grilled pimento-cheese sandwich and a cold cheerwine. i love north carolina.

Anonymous said...

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6877304

Much thanks to NPR for cracking The Pimento Cheese Caper!

Term Papers said...

The point of the quote is the unhappy families. And it refers to the crazy diverse ways that families can be fucked up.

Jana said...

Yes, actually, Pimento cheese is well known; didnt realize it was strictly a southern thing, though (I'm in Alabama)Pimento cheese sandwiches are wonderful. Think about it. You put cheese and mayo on a sandwich. Is that so gross? The pimentos o nly add a little kick to it. No biggie. Try it. Shredded cheese, jar of diced pimentos, dollop of mayo in a food processor until it is just thick enough to stay on a spoon easily, and a light/medium orange color. you can also buy it already made in the refridgerated section at the store (lunch meats, hot dogs, prepackaged chicken salad, ect). try it!