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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘dancing’
Posted: April 22nd, 2014

HoughEven if you don’t “Dancing with the Stars,” this season is inspiring for one reason: Amy Purdy. The 34-year-old is dancing better than most of us could, and she has two prosthetic legs.

At 19, she survived a form of bacterial meningitis that resulted in organ failure, loss of both kidneys, her spleen and her legs below the knees. Her father donated his kidney to her.

According to Wikipedia, Purdy later became an award-winning snowboarder. She won a bronze medal in snowboard cross for the U.S. in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

Watching her dance with professional Derek Hough is just incredible. Here’s a link to what happened last night. Funny man Drew Carey was eliminated, but Hough and Purdy are going strong. They earned 38 points from the judges and are second only to Olympic gold ice dancer Meryl Davis and her DWTS partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy — who received four 10s for their tango.

Davis’ ice dancing Olympic gold partner Charlie White and his professional DWTS partner Sharna Burgess are tied for third with “The Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar and pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy – he is Maks’ brother.

It’s halfway through the season, and competition heats up from here. With all this talent, the grand finale should be fascinating.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 


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Posted: February 13th, 2013

Ryan Green BayBananas

It’s always fun to discover what your kids remember about toddlerdom once they hit adulthood.

When my youngest child, Ryan Eckert, turned 21 yesterday, we talked about all the crazy things he did as a tot. He’d had hernia surgery when he was barely a preschooler, and he remembered how we tried everything to keep him inactive and entertained. He mentioned the “Bananas” show. I had completely forgotten that one. It was “Bananas in Pajamas” — they kind of looked life-sized bananas in prison gear,  but it was in syndication for years when he was a tot. If you click right here, it takes you to an interactive website. The show had Australian roots.

These big bananas had clever names B1 and B2. With Australian accents, they often had some adventures with teddy bears. I don’t remember the a-peel with a lot of jokes about peels or anything, but it did hold his attention. It was really simple — a lot like Gumby, one of my favorites. It was always on at a naptime.

Gumby had a long reign on Nickelodeon — it was primitive clay figure animation. The funny Blockheads — the goofs who always got in trouble — were the bad guys that Gumby coped with along with his horse Pokey, and dog, Nopey.

Ryan also recalled watching Ch-Ch-Ch Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers – the pair of chipmunks he met at Disneyworld. He was even a fan of Barney before his older brother and sister poisoned him on that poor purple dinosaur.

Well, there he is (above) at age 3 or 4 — he wore a Green Bay Packers jersey every year for picture day — and refused to open his mouth for a smile.

Here he is with me sharing an adult beverage — a legal one.  Wow, what I wouldn’t give for a few more moments of time with a baby who watched Bananas in PajamasGumby and danced down the stairs singing and dancing to Barney’s “Special, Special — everyone is special.”  Sigh.

Ryan turns 21
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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