Rowdy Roddy Piper

I remember first seeing him in the late 80s.  He was very young, a WWF wrestler, wearing red underwear.  A woman I knew in an Adult School career class was a fan of his.  He has since evolved into a Scottish man in a kilt, an actor, and the MC of Piper’s Pit.  I think he’s very handsome and sexy!

He died last summer.  He’s known for shouting, “I am here to kick some ass and chew bubblegum, and I am all outta bubblegum!”  I hope they buried him in bubblegum.  My favorite is Wrigley’s “Juicy Fruit”.


Hulk Hogan 

He seems more intelligent than most of the other WWF wrestlers I know.  I remember seeing “the Hulk” on a reality TV show.  He’s been married to Linda for a long time.  I remember seeing his blond teenage daughter and his lecturing her on her food consumption and weight.  My Dad did the same.  And in the most non-shaming way possible.  I’m grateful my family set some healthy limits around food!  Thank you, Mom, for eliminating those sugary cereals.

Some foods shouldn’t be labeled “food”.  These poisons come in boxes and bags or emit from fast food restaurants like unicorn farts.  Hmpf!

Sgt. Slaughter 

“I fought and bled in Vietnam!” declares Sgt. Slaughter, thundering out into the boxing ring.  Facing whoever his opponent is.  I find him pretty easy to draw.  These days, they call themselves WWE.  Back when I first saw them on a real TV, they were WWE.  Ravishing Rick Rude stands out in my memory.

Each of these “characters” comes with his own theme song, entrance video, and at least one costume.  I say all these wrestlers have a good grasp on the concept of “personal branding”.  Rowdy Roddy Piper and Rick Rude have died.  RIP Rowdy and Rick.  I’m sure Rowdy has been buried with a lifetime supply of bubble gum.  Ha, ha, ha!

Ravishing Rick Rude

I remember first seeing Rick Rude on WWF.  He boasted “I am the sexiest man in the world!”  He wrestled with someone else.  His opponent lost!  Rick gave him a haircut!  That scared me.  He used a child’s scissors.  There was a violence in that which was unmistakable.

Rick died some time ago.  WWF stands for World Wrestling Federation.  Nowadays, it’s called WWE.  Rick’s theme song is a striptease.  He liked inviting all the ladies to check out his body.  He insulted the men.  He came on to Sami the Snake’s wife.  She looked at him like he was an insect!  He wrestled a lot of people with names like Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Seargeant Slaughter, and the Undertaker.  Very ominous sounding!  Also, the Ultimate Warrior.

Mickey Mouse

     Mickey Mouse!  World’s Most Loveable Rodent!  My cousin Kimberley used to have a crush on him when we were both kids.  I have been to Disneyland maybe twice or three times!  I find the Mickey Mouse cartoons to be of exceptional quality.  Walt Disney made me so happy as a child!  We went to Walnut Creek Cinemas at Sun Valley Mall when I was 5 or 6, and saw lots of Walt Disney.  I still remember the Lotta Lemon Ade and the giant tubs of popcorn, along with Dad’s grin.  Movie theaters always smell of popcorn and have sticky floors and a big bunch of darkness.  I still remember the Weeble Wobbles.