…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 47)

What in the world is Mr. Spacely doing here?!  He just can’t leave George Jetson and his family alone to enjoy their visit to Sun City Peachtree.

Cosmo G. Spacely, George’s boss, is a real piece of work!  This is the guy who owns Spacely Space Sprockets where George works.  He’s always yelling at George for one thing or another, because he thinks his employee is not doing a good job.  Typically, he’ll videophone George and start the conversation by yelling, “JETSON!!” at the top of his lungs.  Sheesh.

This guy is a greedy dude, too.  Driven by the almighty buck, he is so obsessed with profit he was prepared to see the Jetson family buried alive under rubble and the total destruction of the Grungee’s homeworld, just so Spacely Sprockets could reach its 1,000,000th sprocket milestone.  Only when confronted by George and under extreme duress does he back off.  (By the way, in case you missed seeing The Jetsons, Grungees are a race of furry alien creatures.)

Not only does Spacely regularly verbally assault George at work, but he also finds excuses to get involved in George’s personal life, increasing poor George’s already high stress level. Spacely is constantly yelling “You’re Fired!!” to George for the slightest offense.

Rosie the Robot has no use for Mr. Spacely and does her best to come to George’s defense.  In the pilot episode, the robot clobbered Spacely with a pineapple upside-down cake!  You go, girl (uhhh, robot!)!

A bit about Mr. Spacely’s personal life, the short, rotund tyrant with the 3-hair combover is married to the snooty Mrs. Stella Spacely.  She henpecks at her husband unmercifully, so perhaps that’s the reason Mr. Spacely projects that onto poor George.

The couple have a son Arthur, and he has a pet dog named Zero.  His mother-in-law is Mrs. Meltdown.

During the 1980’s, Spacely constantly turned things into competition between his family and the Jetsons, and that didn’t sit too well with George’s wife, Jane.  No wonder why she stormed off from the Sun City Peachtree bench when she saw Cosmo Spacely coming!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 46)

Last, but definitely not least, here’s Rosie the Robot!  She is the last remaining member of the family to visit us here at Sun City Peachtree.  Rosie was busy vacuuming up the mess Elroy made while eating snacks in the back seat of the Jetson’s aerocar, so it took her a while to catch up.

Rosie is the Jetson’s family robot, maid, and housekeeper.  Although she is an older model (an XB-500), she does a good job getting the work done.  Besides, Jane couldn’t afford a newer model, and this was the only one U-Rent A Maid could offer at the right price.

The robot is mostly made of blue metal, and she rolls around on wheels.  I’m thinking Rosie may need some WD-40 on her wheels, though, because she makes loud grinding and clicking sounds as she moves around.  That’s how I knew she was here!

Rosie’s other features include claw-like arms that can extend to play sports.  Cool!  That would have come in handy when my brother and I were growing up!  Her cylindrical head features lips that look like small doors and eyes that resemble dials and sometimes light up.  Although her eyes mostly point upwards, they can move slightly to show different emotions.  If they are pointed towards each other, that means Rosie is sad.  Watch out if they are pointed outward and horizontally, because that means she is mad!

Since Rosie is a maid, her uniform includes a maid’s hat, a dress, and an apron.  To complete the look, she has antennae on the sides of her head.

According to Rosie, her XB-500 model is wired for tape analysis, which means she is compatible to read magnetic tape that computers used.  When she is home by herself, she functions as a security system and house sitter.  Otherwise, she is a traditional maid that cleans the house with a feather duster, vacuum, and other conventional cleaning tools.  In addition, she operates the other household appliances.

When Rosie speaks, she has a Brooklyn accent, which evidently appeals to her boyfriend, Mac.  He is also a robot and Henry Orbit’s helper.  Rosie loves him dearly, but he isn’t very smart.  She is definitely the more intelligent robot.

I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t mind having Rosie come by our place once in a while.  She can do the vacuuming while I write about her!  (I’m wondering if I could reprogram her accent to a British one, though…)

The interesting thing about Rosie and so many other things happening in the The Jetsons world is just how much of their futuristic lives became a reality decades later.  Hyundai and other companies are making their own versions of Rosie, robotic vacuums now roam around people’s homes, we video chat on Zoom and other platforms, and homes are outfitted with all sorts of smart technology that people can control with their smart phones.  Aerocars may not be in existence quite yet, but self-driving cars are currently being tested by Tesla, Google, and several others.  Meanwhile, Branson and Bezos are preparing to fly into space in their private spaceships.  How long will it be before everybody is living in the Jetson’s futuristic world?

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 45)

There’s Astro!  I was wondering where the Great Dane was, because he is Elroy’s best friend.  Astro probably stopped to dig up a bone he sniffed out along the way.  After all, there are a lot of pet dogs here at Sun City Peachtree, and you never know if one of them might have buried a bone around the ‘hood.

Astro was adopted by Elroy when he found him during the fourth episode of The Jetsons.  His parents were at odds with each other as to whether they should let their little son keep the canine.  George was against it, because he felt an apartment was no place for a dog; however, Jane, and Elroy’s sister, Judy, wanted to keep him.

Majority rules, so George was S.O.L.  The thing is, by the time the 15th episode came along, they learned that Astro belonged to zillionaire J.P. Gottrockets and was actually named “Tralfaz.”  The Jetsons knew they had to the right thing and return the pooch to his rightful owner; however, Mr. Gottrockets realized that his dog was happier with the Jetsons and allowed him to go back home with them. 

Now, Astro isn’t just your average dog.  He has a rudimentary grasp of the English language and talks a bit like Scooby-Doo in Scooby Doo Where Are You!  It’s the r’s he has a hard time pronouncing, so instead of saying “I love you, George,” it comes out sounding like “I ruv roo, Reorge.”  As a result, when he expressed how much he hated the name “Tralfaz,” he said, “Ralfaz… Ruck!” which was supposed to be “Tralfaz… Yuk!”  “Uh-oh!” sounds like “Ruh-roh!” when Astro says it, which is often since it’s his signature expression.

Like a lot of dogs, Astro isn’t especially found of felines.  A joke at the end of each episode in the 1960’s run shows George Jetson walking Astro on an automatic dogwalker outside his apartment.  Astro chases a cat causing the dogwalker to go fast; George loses hold of the dog leash; Astro and the cat jump to one side, and both watch George forced to run for his life on the out-of-control dogwalker screaming for Jane to “stop this CRAZY THING!” George eventually falls and is carried by the treadmill’s belt around its path, under the machine and back up again.

I guess the Jetsons won’t be adopting a cat any time soon!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 44)

Little Elroy Jetson finally caught up to his big sister Judy to join her on the Sun City Peachtree bench.  He exited the aerocar with his sis and parents, George and Jane; however, you know how a typical six-year-old is—easily distracted.  He couldn’t resist playing with turtle he saw along the way that was probably headed for the pond.  (Turtle crossings do happen around here from time to time!)

Elroy is the smart kid in the family.  He is an expert in space sciences and loves messing around with high-tech gadgets and robots.  The Space Club Troop is lucky to have Elroy as an active member, and Little Dipper School can boast having Elroy as one of their top little dippers.  He especially excels in the subjects of elementary electronics and advanced finger painting.

Like most little kids, Elroy loves dogs, so his pooch, Astro, is his best friend.  He also pals around with two human friends, Jimmy and Irvin.

When it comes to his favorite foods, Elroy reminds me of my nephew, Nathan, many years ago when he was Elroy’s age, because they both liked noodles with butter for dinner!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 43)

George and Jane Jetson’s daughter, Judy, is now making her appearance here at Sun City Peachtree.  Like her mom, the 15-year-old teenager is quite fashionable, as you can see!  She is also a typical teen girl obsessed with boys (she has dated 30 of them), rock stars (especially teen idol, Jet Screamer), shopping for clothes, and talking on the phone or hanging out with her friends from Orbit High School.

Many teenage girls write in a diary about their friends, latest crushes, and high school happenings, and Judy is no different.  Her diary, however, is a floating robotic diary named “DiDi.” Cool!  I wouldn’t mind having one of those to write these blog posts!

Judy is also into a lot of other high-tech gadgets.  Her favorite?  How about zero-gravity switches made for rockin’ the latest dance moves?!  I’m sure many of us here at Sun City would appreciate having those at our disposal on Friday Dance Night to save our aching arthritic hips!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 42)

Just as predicted, Jane Jetson has joined her husband George for a visit to Sun City Peachtree.  Although I didn’t see it in the vicinity, I’m sure they arrived by aerocar, as that is the standard transportation utilized by all humans in the next century.  Chances are that George was behind the wheel, because Jane is a horrible driver.

In addition to being the matriarch of The Jetsons and George’s dutiful wife, Jane heads up Skypad Apartments’ recycling company.  When she is not working, the ultimate space age housewife loves shopping for the latest and greatest high-tech household gadgets.  One of her favorites is the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle she uses to make meatloaf, her specialty.

Jane is also a fashionista, and she loves shopping at Mooning Dales, her favorite store for the latest fashions.  That is probably where she bought her favorite purple dress with the white collar and light purple leggings that she always wears—an outfit that compliments her flaming-red hair quite nicely.

When she is not shopping for household gadgets or fashions, Jane can be found at the Galaxy Women Historical Society.  Once at home, though, Jane gives her full love, support, and attention to George and her two children, Judy and Elroy.

Just don’t make Jane angry, though.  George’s boss, Mr. Spacely, has gotten the wrath of Jane due to his mistreatment of George and the family.  On another occasion, her son Elroy didn’t win any smiles and hugs from Jane when he broke one of her favorite vases.  This was the dialog between Jane and George when he congratulated her for not getting mad immediately:

George: “And because you kept cool, you warmed his heart.”

Jane: “I’d prefer to warm his bottom.”

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 41)

We’re going back to the future this holiday weekend with The Jetsons, an animated sitcom that’s as old as I am.  It was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera of Hanna-Barbera Productions, and it ran for three seasons.  I remember my brother watching the repeats that appeared later on in the 1960’s, though.

The Jetsons were the opposite end of the timeline from The Flinstones, taking place one century into the future, whereas The Flinstones were from the Stone Age. 

Robots, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions were what The Jetson’s world was all about.  They even had a robot as a member of the family!  Her name was Rosie, and she assisted George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, and my favorite, Astro the dog. 

The family resided in Orbit City where all homes and businesses are raised high above the ground on adjustable columns.  They lived in the Skypad Apartments and got around town in an aerocar with a transparent bubble top.  The vehicle and their home were outfitted with all sorts of labor-saving devices, which occasionally broke down with humorous results.

Life was easy for George and his family.  He only worked for an hour a day, two days a week at Spacely Space Sprockets and was in charge of turning the Referential Universal Digital Indexer (R.U.D.I.) on and off.  Besides his dog, Astro, R.U.D.I. was George’s best friend.  Although it was a computer, it had a human personality and was a member of the Society for Preventing Cruelty to Humans.

Other than his bombastic boss, Cosmo Spacely, George didn’t have much to stress about at work, except for the company’s rival, Cogswell Cogs, which was run by Mr. Cogswell.

George Jetson, 40, was a loving family man and was married to Jane.  They had two children, Judy and Elroy.  (We’ll have to see if they make an appearance on the Sun City Peachtree bench.)

The interesting thing about The Jetsons was just how accurately it predicted the future.  Much of the technology in the 1960’s show is commonplace today.  People now communicate via video chat on flat screens; robots have taken over many jobs; push-button food provides fast and high-quality products such as Keurig coffee and upscale vending machine meals; and various high-tech devices are used for leisure (Apple Watch, Fitbit, cell phones, etc.)  Will aerocars be next in the real world?  We already have self-driving cars, an invention I hope never gets off the ground…

Stay tuned for the next painted rock adventure, and have a happy July 4th!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 40)

Daffy Duck is back, and he brought along his rival and best pal Buggs Bunny this time!  The duck last visited our Sun City Peachtree bench on May 30th,

Now that you know quite a bit about Daffy, here’s the 4-1-1 on Buggs:

The carrot-chomping, white glove-wearing, gray and white rabbit is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros.  His debut dates back to 1940 in director Tex Avery’s Oscar-nominated film A Wild Hare.  Mel Blanc was the rabbit’s voice until 1989.

The buck-toothed trickster has quite the flippant personality, and he really doesn’t much care about anything or anybody.  Buggs is best known for his catch phrase, “Eh…What’s up, doc?”  It is, of course, asked in his typically aloof manner. 

Buggs is the master of disguise and can wear any get-up to confuse his enemies.  He fooled Taz, Elmer Fudd, and Yosemite Sam with his sexy female bunny disguise; however, Daffy wasn’t fooled at all by his pal.

Once in a while Buggs will upstage Porky Pig who typically brings Warner Bros. cartoons to a close by bursting through a drum and stuttering, “Th-Th-Th-That’s all, folks!”  Buggs, instead, will burst through the drum, munch on his carrot, and say in his Bronx-Brooklyn accent, “And dat’s de end!”

Buggs Bunny has become so popular that he has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character.  He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!  In addition, the flippant rabbit has appeared in comics, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, and commercials.  Warner Bros. made the bunny their mascot as a result of all that fame.

This is one of my favorite Buggs Bunny quotes: “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive!”

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 39)

It’s Maggie, sucking on her red pacifier and crawling her way across the grass to the Sun City Peachtree bench!  The Simpson family is now complete.

The one-year-old baby of the family can walk (sort of), but she keeps tripping over her onesie and falling on her face.

Maggie hasn’t yet learned to talk in complete sentences just yet, because she is, after all, only one year old.   She is known, however, for the sucking noise she makes with her pacifier (which are actually made by the show’s creator, Matt Groening!).

Although Maggie was more of a momma’s girl at the beginning of The Simpsons long-running series, she eventually became fiercely independent.  One time, she planned a Great Escape-style breakout from a daycare center to get all the babies’ pacifiers back, which were being held under lock and key.  (You go, girl!)

One time, when Homer tried to bond with Maggie, she tried to run away.  She loves her dad, though, because she once dragged Homer back to the shore when he got caught in a riptide.  SUPER-BABY! 

Another time, baby Maggie wasn’t as super to Homer.  When he was immobilized as a result of wearing a body cast, she spun him around like a bottle and took great joy in the endeavor!  On another occasion, she hit Homer on the head with a mallet.  Then, there was the time she shot a suction dart at his picture. There are plenty more examples of Maggie’s mean streak; so, it’s a good thing she has never grown up past a one-year-old, because she may end up in prison!

Maggie does have some positive traits, though.  Like her older sister Lisa, she is brilliant and plays saxophone—amazing for a one-year-old!  She is also quite mentally and physically agile for her age.  One time, Maggie crawled over town looking for her mom.  She also knows how to read and has tried communicating to Homer using her baby blocks.  (Unfortunately, the tot’s attempt failed, because Homer doesn’t know how to read.)

Albert Einstein would have been proud of the precocious baby, because she once spelled out E=MC2 (squared) with her blocks.

Maggie can also change her own diapers, drive her dad’s car, and use a fire extinguisher, which was once needed to extinguish burning curtains.  The toddler is a heck of an athlete, too!  She can skateboard and once bowled a perfect game!  That’s a lot of talent for a toddler!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 37)

Bart Simpson cruised over on his skateboard, this morning, to join his parents on the Sun City Peachtree bench.  “Ay, Caramba!” he exclaimed, when he saw Marge and Homer kissing and holding hands.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Bart is Marge and Homer’s mischevious and rebellious son and older brother to Lisa and Maggie.  He is best known for constantly getting into trouble.  The Simpsons creator, Matt Groenig, must have been a trouble-maker himself, because Bart’s character is loosely based on him and his brother, Mark.

Before he even entered the world, Bart was making trouble.  When Marge was pregnant with Bart and had a sonogram, the not-yet-born baby mooned Dr. Hibbert!

Two years later, when Lisa was born, Bart got jealous of all the attention Lisa was getting, so he tried to draw attention to himself.  Bart couldn’t take it anymore, so he told Lisa he was going to run away.  Then, Lisa said her first word, “Bart!”  Bart heard Lisa and realized how much she loved him, so he decided he had to stay. 

Bart has ADHD and can be a terror at school.  His school grades fluctuate between a “D” and an “F”, because he does’t pay attention.  Bart is actually quite good at science, though, and he has street smarts.  When it comes to anything NOT school-related, he can be quite ingengious and a quick learner.

Unfortunately, though, Bart has a criminal record including indecent exposure, arson, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, underage drinking, vandalism, grand theft auto, and much more.  The list is long, much to Homer’s chagrin.

You can imagine what Homer thinks of all that trouble Bart gets into. Those two really go at it!  Marge is much more caring, understanding, and nurturing, even though she calls Bart “a handful” and is often embarrased by his antics.

When Bart’s not getting into mischevious, he is actually quite accomplished.  Not only does he perform as a drummer in a successful band and speak several languages, but he also won an award for his Angry Dad web series.  He even discovered a new comet that was named after him!  Bart is also quite the athlete, artist, and chef.

Although Bart gets into a lot of (serious!) trouble and can be shallow and selfish, he also exhibits many qualities of high integrity.  On a few occasions, Bart helped the love life of his school principal and his teacher, despite the fact he often terrorizes them.  He also befriends lesser known kids like Millhouse at the cost of peer popularity with the bullies.  The kid would also do anything for his favorite Krusty the Clown.  In one Season 4 episode, he exclaimed, “That’s not fair!  I’m ten times the Krusty fan you are.  I even have the Krusty Home Pregnancy test!”

Bart is an animal lover and becomes extremely attached to animals that fall under his care.  His dog, named Santa’s Little Helper is his best friend.

The girls seem to like Bart, too, as he has had 16 girlfriends throughout the 32 seasons of The Simpsons, even though he believes that girls have “cooties.”

When it comes to Bart’s gift of gab, not only can he attract the girls, but he also has a keen ability to manipulate and extort. 

On a lighter note, here are some of his his quotes:

“I’m Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?”

“Don’t have a cow, Man!”

“Eat my shorts!”

“I can’t promise I’ll try, but I’ll try to try.”

“But who’d want to hurt me?  I’m this century’s Dennis the Menace!”

To his little sister, Lisa:  “You got the brains and talent to go as far as you want, and when you do, I’ll be right there to borrow money.”