Season 4 of “The Wire” and The Rest of The Best Things…Ever

just seeing those shirts makes me all verklempt

I first heard about “The Wire”—the best television show in the history of history—in the summer of 2003. I was at a family reunion and overheard my cousins Chad and Michael—both cops—raving about this new HBO show set in Baltimore. Since cop taste is kind of strange (trust me), I didn’t pay them much attention, but the show seemed intriguing enough to store in the back of my mental Rolodex.

Several months later, my closest friend (the one referenced in this post) starting bugging me about the show, except his words were less “hey, this is a great show. you should watch it some time” than “you’re a dumbass if you don’t watch this f*cking show”. I finally relented, caught up with back episodes (Seasons 1 and 2 had already aired, so I had to either watch them OnDemand or rent them from Blockbuster. I honestly don’t remember which), and fell in love.

Without going into much detail (or giving away any spoilers), “The Wire” was a show so comprehensive, so panoramic, so unique, and so compelling that “The Wire” diehards don’t have favorite lines, favorite scenes, and favorite seasons, we have “favorite instances of Bodie spitting“, “favorite arrangements of the show’s theme song“, and “favorite names for heroin” (my personal favorite? “WMD”)

Ok. I just lied. Season 4 of ‘The Wire” was undoubtedly, unquestionably, and undisputedly (is this a word?) my favorite (and the favorite of most Wire watchers). Not only is it the best single season of any American, British, Spanish, French, Canadian, or Aboriginal television show ever aired, it just might be the single best thing that’s ever happened on Earth. Season 4 of “The Wire” is better than sliced bread, the pyramids, Kenya Moore, the entire South American continent, the Vatican, the theory of relativity, the Old Testament, Bet Uncut, Chick-fil-A, every sport except American football and NBA basketball, you, me between the ages of 26 to 28, the entire Spring season, Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, missionary sex, drunk missionary sex, warm socks in the winter, black women with French accents, your mom’s fried chicken, my dad’s steak marinade, and the cotton gin. God rested on the 7th day because he needed some time to catch up with season 4 of “The Wire”. If I were single and season 4 of “The Wire” were a woman, I would literally drink her bathwater…after she just ran a marathon…while on her period. (I know)

Anyway, with all the time we spend talking about things we hate, guilty pleasures, overrated shit, underrated shit, and just plain ol shit, I figured I’d devote today to The Best Things…Ever, and here’s a few more.

The Best Five Song Stretch on Any Hip-Hop Album…Ever? All Falls Down“, “Spaceship“, “Jesus Walks“, “Never Let Me Down“, and “Get ‘Em High” from Kanye West’s “The College Dropout”

While I don’t believe “The College Dropout” was a top 15 hip-hop album as a whole (Why? Well, the album fades a bit in the second half. The 8 minutes of Ye speak at the end of the album doesn’t help either), you will not find another stretch of great songs back to back to back t0 back to back on any hip-hop album, ever.

The Best White Stand-Up Comedian…Ever? Louis C.K.

If you’ve never heard of him, goggle him, trust me when I tell you he’s better than anyone you’d list here instead of him—and that includes George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, Sam Kinison, Dennis Miller, Richard Jeni, Dana Carvey, Jerry Seinfeld, and Rodney Dangerfield—and watch his show.

The Best Unexplained Phenomenona…Ever? The Squirting Female Orgasm

I’ve been trying to think of another entity on the planet perfectly analogous to the squirt, and I keep coming back to the same thing: The Devil.

Seriously, think about it: Like the Devil, some people deny the squirt even exists. Like the Devil, some people have claimed to have seen it, but were fooled (she just peed on you, dog). Like the Devil, men will run to and give praise to God once they see definite proof of its existance. And, like the Devil, it can influence a man to do some really freaky shit. 

The Best Thing To Do If You’re in Pittsburgh and It’s Past 3am on The Weekend and You Just Left The Club But You Don’t Want To Go Home Yet…Ever? Go to the Eat ‘N Park all night breakfast buffet in Squirrel Hill

So what if the fruit is 27 days old, the eggs taste like they’re from chipmunks instead of chickens, and the bacon is softer than Brett Farve’s dick, Eat ‘N Park’s the place for smiles, sobering up, recounting the night, shaking your head at scantily clad 17 year olds out waaaaaay past their bedtime, and, well, pretending to be starving when you just want an excuse to extend the night with your crew.

The Best Season of a College Football Player…Ever? Charlie Ward, Florida State University, 1993

***Also wins the title for “The Best College Football Quarterback…Ever” and “The Recipient of The Best Body-Slam of a Soft-Spoken, Pass-First, Christian Point Guard…Ever

The Best Male on Female Pick-Up Approach…Ever? The “Bait and Bounce”

Only to be done with someone you see on a semi-regular basis (you catch the same train to work, you frequent the same coffee shop, you belong to the same crocheting class, etc), the Bait and Bounce occurs when you see this person of interest, confidently walk up to them, introduce yourself, give them a sincere compliment—one implying you’ve noticed them before (ie: “I just wanted to tell you that you have the most endearing laugh. See, there it is again”), and walk away. Don’t even ask her name.

If she has even the slightest inkling of interest in you, the next time you see each other, she’ll probably do (smile) or say (introduce herself) something inviting, and you’re on your own from there.

***9:10am EDIT***

The Best Video Vixen…Ever? Esther Baxter

While others—Melissa Ford, Gloria Velez, Supahead, Vida Guerra—might have had bigger names, and others—Ki-Toy Johnson in the “I Like The Way You Move” video—might have had bigger “DAMN!” moments, Baxter has something none of the rest of these women do: 100 percent authenticity. No implants, no booty injections, no botox, just plain old-fashioned brickhousedness perfection.

The Best Crossover Dribble…Ever? Tim Hardaway, Golden State Warriors (Before the ACL Tear)

Tim Hardaway’s “UTEP Two Step”—a lightning fast right-to-left between the legs dribble, quickly followed by a lightning faster left-to-right crossover—was a violent deity, a Sun God sent from the sky to rid the Earth of misplaced pride, ankle ligaments, and Chris Mullin’s alcohol dependency. I’m not too ashamed to admit I think I may have had my first orgasm when watching him repeatedly completely decimate Byron Scott in a (1992?) Warriors vs Lakers game I’d pay at least $500 dollars for a copy of right now.

Runner ups: Allen Iverson (during his second year at Georgetown), Steve Francis (until whatever the hell happened to him…happened), and Ronald “Flip” Murray (Trust me)

***Also, special notice goes to incoming Duke freshman Kyrie Irving, who may do the impossible task of actually having me root for Duke this upcoming season. ***

Best Book That Actually Made Me Jealous I Didn’t Write It First…Ever?Killing Yourself To Live” by Chuck Klosterman

Anyway, that’s enough of my Best Things…Ever (although I might make a couple edits during the day and add a few)

VSB.com, what are some of yours? What people, places, and things do you consider to be The Best…Ever?

—The Champ

  • http://theothersideofphlyy.blogspot.com PhlyyGirl

    I am gasping for air at that lovely analogy of how great Season 4 of The Wire is.
    I mean other than child safety caps and sliced bread????
    Yea, nothing tops that.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      a comment so nice you had to leave it twice, huh?

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        I think the second one is her doppelganger. Notice the lowercase p.

      • http://theothersideofphlyy.blogspot.com PhlyyGirl

        Take two of deez….

        Wait, did I do that right?
        And I blame your website. It didn’t register the first two times, so I actually gave up. Believe me, there was an essay like comment of epic proportions that went into minute detail about the greatness of the Wire.
        I just forgot it.

    • BmoreCreative

      Yeah…pretty much nothing to be said about the greatest season of the greatest series in television history

      “…You gonna help huh..you gon look out for me, Sgt. Carver? …you MEAN IT…YOU GOT MY BACK HUH…”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrvaRKtfelw

      • Rog

        Man that was one of the saddest days in the City when them dudes firebombed that familys house.

      • luvtheshoes

        That scene guts me every time!

      • P.

        I told myself I’d never watch that scene again.

    • Keisha Brown

      oh and ps:

      Season 4 of ‘The Wire” was undoubtedly, unquestionably, and undisputedly (is this a word?) my favorite (and the favorite of most Wire watchers). Not only is it the best single season of any American, British, Spanish, French, Canadian, or Aboriginal television show ever aired, it just might be the single best thing that’s ever happened on Earth. Season 4 of “The Wire” is better than sliced bread, the pyramids, Kenya Moore, the entire South American continent, the Vatican, the theory of relativity, the Old Testament, Bet Uncut, Chick-fil-A, every sport except American football and NBA basketball, you, me between the ages of 26 to 28, the entire Spring season, Stephen Hawking’s’ wheelchair, missionary sex, drunk missionary sex, warm socks in the winter, black women with French accents, your mom’s fried chicken, my dad’s steak marinade, and the cotton gin. God rested on the 7th day because he needed some time to catch up with season 4 of “The Wire”. If I were single and season 4 of “The Wire” were a woman, I would literally drink her bathwater…after she just ran a marathon…while on her period. (I know)

      THIS should win you a pulitzer prize or something.
      Dies alll over again after reading it again…

      • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

        Lol yep this right here ninja: “If I were single and season 4 of “The Wire” were a woman, I would literally drink her bathwater…after she just ran a marathon…while on her period. (I know)”

        made me daydream about Champ for a minute.

      • Mo-VSS

        LOVED THIS SEASON…I loved it for so many reasons.

        1. It showed the evolution of a neighorhood and how the cycle repeats (or what it take for it to be broken). Not gonna spoil it for the 2 people who haven’t seen the show, but it answers the questions many have asked about kids in situaitons like theirs. Questions like “why don’t they just……(insert bootstrap scenario here)”

        2. It involved the educaiton system and showcased its failures, but not in a preachy way.

        3. It showed real life…but through the filter of children. It was raw and real, yet there was a air of innocence around the whole dynamic of why things were happening.

        I can go on, but I’m at work. So, for that reason, I’ll stop. But those are my top three reasons this show is hands down the best ever.

        • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

          “2. It involved the educaiton system and showcased its failures, but not in a preachy way. ”

          This is probably my favorite part about it. It showed rather than told. Emoted rather than preached.

  • http://theothersideofphlyy.blogspot.com phlyyGirl

    Yea, I’m gasping for air at that analogy of exactly how good Season 4 of the Wire really is.
    Other than child safety caps and sliced bread?
    I got nothing…

  • http://acford.blogspot.com A.C. Ford

    Louis C.K. can get it.

    • http://www.iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

      Louis C.K.’s actually (part) Mexican http://guanabee.com/2010/09/louis-ck-mexican/

      Another random part-Mexican? Bristol Palin’s baby daddy. No wonder Sarah Palin hates immigrants

      • YAYER

        *snickers*

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        Louis C.K.’s actually (part) Mexican http://guanabee.com/2010/09/louis-ck-mexican/

        Another random part-Mexican? Bristol Palin’s baby daddy. No wonder Sarah Palin hates immigrants

        yeah, i read that on racialicious (i think?) a few months ago. still, he looks white, and that’s all that counts when i make friday lists

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        “Another random part-Mexican? Bristol Palin’s baby daddy. No wonder Sarah Palin hates immigrants”

        *cackles* For real, doe?!

  • Rog

    Best Actress to Dream for in a Real Wife

    Sanaa Lathan in “Love and Basketball” My Ideal women sporty but can rock a dress

    Best Weird Sex Scene in a Movie

    A Good to Be Black and Sexy: Dope movie but theres a scene where the girlfriend wants to put her finger in the brown eye O_O Heeeelllll No

    Best Place in Baltimore to get something to eat at 3 A.M.

    Stokos on York Rd.: Best Mofo Chicken Box

    Best Sexy White Actress in Movie

    Iron Man 2, A Red-Headed Scarlett Johansson can get it ALL Day, EVERY day.

    Best Car Ever

    Tie between 67 Chevelle Malibu and any 2010 Aston Martin

    Best Racist Joke Ever from a Non Black Person

    Gabriel Iglesias-Racist Gift Basket

    Best Racist Joke by a Black Person

    Waaay to many

    Best Football Player Ever

    Jim Brown

    (My) Best Five Relatively Uknown Modern HipHop Songs

    Little Brother- The Yo Yo
    Cunnilynguist-The Brownie Song
    Jean Grae-Billy Killer
    Mr. J. Medieros-Constance
    J. Dilla-Won’t Do
    Plus a sh!tload of others

    Best Booty

    Any thick Black Girl under 5′ 2″

    Best Family Guy Scene

    Ever Single Peter/Big Ass Chicken Fight Scene

    • Rog

      And Yes Louis C.K. is hands down my favorite Comedian as of right now. His new show is hilarious

      And Champ I am so happy that the Crime and Corruption in my fair Charm City/Harm City/BodyMore, Murdaland/The City That Reads (Yes that is an actually knickname, just look at our bus benches) has provided you with ours of entertainment :D

      • http://twitter.com/naimafiasco TheTalentedMs.Fiasco

        B-more is the best place for concerts. Some of my favorite bands don’t play in D.C. (band for life maybe?) so I use to get annoyed, but I get it…its poppin’ to play in a place that has a real hood. Not that D.C. doesn’t have a hood, but its being gentrified the heck out of…except maybe anacostia…no one even likes crossing the bridge. lol

      • kingpinenut

        The City That Reads cracks me up all the time man…..

      • ThisIshRightHereNinja

        Even Kurt Schmoke ‘nem had to stop lyin about the whole reading thing. “Greatest City in America.” Check the bench again, pimp. In other news, Stokos is perhaps the best chicken box on the East Side. It gets better. Believe it.

    • GA Peach

      I don’t know Rog, I kinda lead towards Brian owing Stewie money as the one of the best Family guy scenes. lol

      • JessicaL

        This!

      • V Renee

        OMG I re-enact that scene at least once a week with my co-worker. I go to his desk, stand there with my coffee and say, “Sooo uhhh you got my money?…That’s funny I could’ve swore I said to have it today”.

        Yeah that’s definitely my favorite Family Guy scene.

    • miss.drea

      “Best Booty

      Any thick Black Girl under 5? 2?”

      heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyy :)

      • Rog

        lol Its just something about that combination that makes for the perfect booty. My homegirl is 4’11″ with mosquito bite boobs but her booty and hips are is ALLLL that. And also strange, their arms tend to look…….shorter? disproportionate? I don’t know but either I’m an ass man soooooo…yeah.

        • miss.drea

          im 4’11 also lol….i got a little more than mosquito bites but u cant tell me nothin bout my bottom half lol

          • WIP

            ok I’m 5 feet and you can’t tell me I ain’t all the way live

        • miss.drea

          im 4’11 also lol… ;)

      • simplysope

        Hey, can a tall girl get some love? Geez, I had a coworker last week tell me how awful it must be to be tall, ‘Since most dudes like short girls”.

        :( I mean, I love my lower half, but where is the love for the 5’10s? #overthemidgetlove

    • http://thesunk.blogspot.com TheHallway

      How can the Chicken Fight, beat out the episode where the dog owed Stewy some money, and he busted his kneecaps? That sh!t was classic

      • miss.drea

        or the episode when peter had a stroke

      • http://theblackbondblog.wordpress.com BlkBond

        right! Stewie beating the hell out of Brian is the funniest scene ever…LMAO!!!

        Bond.

      • Rog

        The Chicken Scene beats out the other ones based on the fact that there’s more than one scene to pick from and it occurs frequently and totally unexpectedly.

      • SmartFoxGirl

        So um…Hey Brian, you have my money? I LOVE that episode.

    • legitimate_soul

      “A Good to Be Black and Sexy: Dope movie but theres a scene where the girlfriend wants to put her finger in the brown eye O_O Heeeelllll No”

      ^I saw that scene. (Netflix rocks) I thought to myself “what the eff is she doing ?” I felt bad for dude.

    • B. Brown

      Total co-sign on Scarlett Johansson and Jim Brown. Scarlett changed that entire movie for me, and people forget how awesome Jim Brown was. He was a non-fragile and non-fumbling Adrian Peterson…and also was a better receiver out of the backfield than AP.

    • Asia

      Man I am convinced Scarlett Johansson was supposed to be black. She is a conundrum if I ever seen one, she is the whitest white girl I have ever seen but for some reason she has these inexplicable black features (I believe she owns them naturally sans plastic surgery). I am so hetero but I would go all types of homo for this chick *no pause*

      • JessicaL

        ScarJo (as the 2520′s call her) is my white girl crush.

      • WIP

        I love Scarlett Johansson, that’s a bad ass white girl

    • hehe

      Best Booty

      Any thick Black Girl under 5? 2?

      Ummm isn’t that a midget? I guess you love some Pinky then.

      • Rog

        Lol Not really, I see a lot of really short girls who you wouldn’t consider
        Midgets but they are definitely “shortie by nature” .

        And Pinky looks like what Shrek sh!tted out and Donkey ate.

      • V Renee

        “You know who got the fattest azzes and best pu$$y? Midgets ninjas” © Cheese aka Method Mad from The Wire

    • rita

      Nope….7 years ago i would have agreed with you about Stoko’s……..then i found out about how delicious CRAZY JOHNS subs are at 4 am….where else can you buy food, drugs and pussy?lol

      (pardon me in pregnant)

      • BmoreCreative

        I second this…although Ma’s sub shop right across the street (can’t remember actual name of spot but everybody calls the owner Ma…lol) has the best – post friday night debauchery on the BLOCK – chicken cheese steak sammich…

        • Rog

          JOHNS subs

          Word? Ima have to make my way down there……..for the food lol

    • WIP

      “Best Booty: Any thick Black Girl under 5? 2?
      Best Family Guy Scene: Ever Single Peter/Big Ass Chicken Fight Scene”

      Yes and No, gotta disagree on the Family Guy scene.

      I know stroke is not a funny thing BUT the BEST Family Guy moment is when Peter has a stroke and his leg is dragging and he’s walking to get in the car and of course on Family Guy this sh*t takes like a whole minute and I was crying laughing.

      • Rog

        Ok So Theres a three way tie

        Brian Owes Stewie Money-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxGeShGuzho&feature=related

        Peters Stroke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYuxzYEWJao&feature=related

        Chicken Fight(S)-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpoki4wBwtA

        Notice the Chicken Fight has the most views (8 Million) I believe the world has spoken lol

    • P.

      “Best Place in Baltimore to get something to eat at 3 A.M.

      Stokos on York Rd.: Best Mofo Chicken Box”

      Yessir

    • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      Best Family Guy scene?
      Have you not heard? I was under the assumption everybody had heard…

      • Steeler Steve

        That the bird’s the word. Don’t you know about the bird?

        That was the best scene……I couldn’t leave you hanging

  • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

    absolute agreement on Wire Season 4 and Louis C.K.

    Best Non-Black Chick Villian Who’s Mere 10 Toes Causes Black Women to Go Bat-sh*t Crazy With Rage and Jealousy….Ever? Kim K.

    #toosoon?? *shrugs*

    thats all i got for now. good luck and good night.

    • YAYER

      …you wicked little thing you…

      8)

      • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

        *dons halo on top of the devil horns growing out of my head*

        what?!

    • DG

      @Gem,
      LOL….Don’t know you, but I love your sense of humor…That is all…

      • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

        if you knew me you’d love so much more.

        besides, im light skint with long curly hurr (dont curr) so by default you must love and long for me.

        that is all.

        • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu Young

          @Gem

          “im light skint with long curly hurr (dont curr) so by default you must love and long for me.”

          T-shirt? Business card? Tweet? Facebook status? You’ve got to put that on something.

          • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

            hmmmmm excellent idea!!!!!!!!!

            *commences shopping for tshirt vendors*

        • DG

          “besides, im light skint with long curly hurr (dont curr) so by default you must love and long for me.”

          True, true….light skinteded, long curly hair-having, Spelman-graduating Sorors hold a special place in my heart…
          Rooo…

          • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

            #FTMFW!!!!!

            *hugs DG*

            you have won my e-<3

            • Keisha Brown

              aww..
              a new e-relationship..
              where’s cheekie at?? update the spreadsheet!!!! :D

              • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

                I would, but there’s already an e-beef going on downthread over Gemster. LOL

                Gemmie? *kanye autotune* You choooose, you chooose.

              • Keisha Brown

                cant
                scroll
                fastenough downthread
                more vsb soap opera???
                and it’s friday which means stupid a$$ cliffhanger???
                *scrolls…

    • hehe

      “Best Non-Black Chick Villian Who’s Mere 10 Toes Causes Black Women to Go Bat-sh*t Crazy With Rage and Jealousy….Ever? Kim K. ”

      Rofl . Well this is one black chick that have no hate for Kim k. Let’s start a new movement called “Kim K isn’t that serious to get up in arms about”.Building the self-esteem of haters since 2010

      • Mimi

        “…Building the self-esteem of haters since 2010…”

        This reminds me of my New Year’s resolution that I’ve been keeping since 2003: “Hug a hater, help a h*e and enlightened some white people along the way.”
        So far, I haven’t been able to help a h*e, hug a hater and enlightening a few white people in the SAME day, but I do what I can…

        • Oftenconfused

          I HEART this: “Hug a hater, help a h*e and enlightened some white people along the way.”

          Implementing in 2011….

        • GA Peach

          I think I shall use this also from today forward. Mimi, good going on helping improve the world.

        • MsEsquire77

          @Mimi Your resolution has touched my soul! I will join you in the revolution.

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

          “Hug a hater, help a h*e and enlightened some white people along the way.”

          hands down this is the best NY’s resolution ive heard. good job!!! i shall adopt it and make it my own.

          thank you *hugs*

          • Mimi

            Thank you every one for the kind words.
            I try my best by handing out handing out Devry Institute and ASA Institute pamphlets, complimenting some women’s…something and telling an Amber or a Becky why it is not okay to touch their black co-worker’s afro without warning.

        • Mr SoBo -aka- PunisHer

          @Mimi
          Yes, I agree with everyone. That is a pretty good slogan going forth.
          ““Hug a hater, help a h*e and enlighten some white people along the way.”

          I really do like that.

      • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

        Let’s start a new movement called “Kim K isn’t that serious to get up in arms about”.Building the self-esteem of haters since 2010

        i completely support this movement!!!!!!! altho i think we should rename it “Saving Kim Kardashian” or “Black-on-Dash Crime Fighting” or “Building Bridges to Get Over Kim K’s A$s” or “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Homicide When The Non-Black Booties are Too Much”

        just some options. thought id throw them out there. if you dont like it, send it right on back.

    • V Renee

      Best Non-Black Chick Villian Who’s Mere 10 Toes Causes Black Women to Go Bat-sh*t Crazy With Rage and Jealousy .

      I QUIT YOU! LMAO!

      • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem of the Ocean

        dont quit me. i have 10 toes, but black celebs dont wanna bone me!!!!!!!!!!

  • LBoug

    haha!!! that wmd!!!! that wmd was poppin in hamsterdam!

    i would have to agree that season 4 was the best to ever happen on earth. i would have said universe had my hubby not been missing from this season. i won’t name names so i don’t spoil it for those not yet introduced to the best show to ever exist.

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

    Best piece of candy that gets stuck in your teeth ERRTIME but u’ont care and eat it anyway: Mike & Ike’s

    That’s all I got for now. Carry on. Like the baby bear’s porridge, this post was just right.

    • http://thesunk.blogspot.com TheHallway

      I gots to go with Tootsie Rolls’ Tootie Fruities.

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        You are after my own heart with those Frooties, Sir.

    • Asia

      Now and Laters, man I haven’t had those since braces and that was damn near 13 years ago. Now and Laters are a dentist/orthodontist worse nightmare

      • legitimate_soul

        @Asia
        ^especially the grape one which were always way more chewy than the other flavors.

        I gotta add Chico Sticks too!

        • Asia

          you are soo right, I wonder why tho?? *adds to list of things to accomplish before I die* figure out why the grape flavor Now and Laters were more chewy than the other flavors. :-)

        • Mr SoBo -aka- PunisHer

          Grape was mad chewy for real.
          Hands down for apple flavor and also cherry coke. Two of my favorites.
          Them joints would pull out the wire in the braces.

          What about Ring pops? Thumb pops. And don’t push me…..Push-A-Push pops? Anyone besides me remember and like those?

          • WIP

            Thumb pops?? hell naw

          • legitimate_soul

            @SoBo, Thumb pops were the shyt!

      • JessicaL

        I must co-sign this. Now and laters are the business lol.

      • Phidelity15

        Oh I loooove pineapple nowlaters (lets be honest who EVER called it now & later??) I used to hate when I’d go in the store thinking they had it and all they had was damn banana.

        • JessicaL

          *raises hand* Ummm… I believe it’s pronounced nowalater.

          • Phidelity15

            @Jessica you might be right. either way none of us ever said the name right. Hell I don’t think i ever read the package, I just knew what I wanted.

            • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

              I used to say nounlater

              • Mia

                I co-sign…..I definitely say (@ 22 years old and a product of Hooked and Phonics) nounlater. LMAO

        • legitimate_soul

          Pineapple was good…so was “Mystery Mix” Now & Laters (purple and yellow/lime green)

        • sugahoneyicedtea

          Phidelity15 imma need you to step off the banana nowlaters those things were the truth especially when they got all warm from being in your pocket..

          • Phidelity15

            @Sugar lmao… naw I’m not saying they were bad, but when you have your mouth fixed for pineapple, banana just won’t do.

            • sugahoneyicedtea

              Well, found out I was allergic to pineapples at an early age, so it used to suck when I went to the store and what I thought was banana turned out to be pineapple lol that’s why reading is fundamental :-)

    • rita

      this is TRUE! I ate Mike & Ike even with the braces.lol

    • Mimi

      I have to go with Charleston Chews or the Peanut Chews…

    • WIP

      Berry Gummie Lifesavers that have been in the refrigerator for a day

    • CNotes

      My joints are Sour Patch Watermelon. I literally have to get them out of my teeth afterwards with a toothpick/fingernail, but I heart them!

    • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      Oh yeah Hot Tamales, Tootsie Rolls, and Starbursts. yummy

    • Mo-VSS

      Haribo Gummi Bears…..

      The best. Hands down.

      *throws up hands to fight any challengers on this…..no takers?……Okay.” LOL

      It has been written

      • crissyj1980

        Haribo gummie bears are the only gummie bears!!!

    • Mr SoBo -aka- PunisHer

      - Cherry Clans
      - Lemon Heads
      - Nerds
      - Laffy Taffy

      Drug Candy
      - Candy Cigarettes (I know Big Tobacco had their hand in this idea)
      - Big League Chew(Again, Big Tobacco had their hand in this Im sure)
      - That cocaine type candy that came in pouch, where it was just 2 kilos of raw powdered sugar, and you ate it with a sugary stick, and then ate the stick afterwards. Not Pixie sticks. This was some other sh*t.

      Chewing Gum
      - Bubblelicious or Hubba Bubba
      - Dubble Bubble
      - Bazooka Joe (with comic strip)

      • CNotes

        @SoBo

        “That cocaine type candy that came in pouch, where it was just 2 kilos of raw powdered sugar, and you ate it with a sugary stick, and then ate the stick afterwards. Not Pixie sticks. This was some other sh*t.”

        I never thought about it this way until you said so (drug candy). But you are dead on. The candy you were talking about is called FunDip. Check out the (nose) candy below:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fundip.jpg

        • Mr SoBo -aka- PunishingCNotes

          @CNotes

          I knew I couldnt have been the only one to remember this. They try to get us young.

        • legitimate_soul

          I posted not realizing my sis CNotes would already be on SoBo’s wavelength :)

          • CNotes

            All good girl! : )

            • Mr SoBo -aka- CNotesIsMine

              @CNotes
              So…*ehem*…..

              VSB is cool. But e-mail is better.
              Water is wet, but you say you’re wetter.
              Talk is cheap, so I’ll cash in every letter.
              How long shall we play, before I can get her?

      • DG

        “That cocaine type candy that came in pouch, where it was just 2 kilos of raw powdered sugar, and you ate it with a sugary stick, and then ate the stick afterwards. Not Pixie sticks. This was some other sh*t.”
        I know what you talking ’bout folk, but I can’t remember the name of the candy either (Dippin Sticks. maybe??)….just straight up powdered sugar w/ some food coloring. Ish was simple but genius. Lots of kids at my school would duplicate this just by mixing Kool-aid and sugar in a Ziploc bag…walking around w/ what looked like some pure Colombian-grade…

        • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu Young

          Y’all are talking about Lick a maid. Remember the spring break episode of A Different World with the drug dealers and Ron was going to taste the booger sugar and Dwayne goes “That ain’t Lick-a-maid.” or something to that effect.

        • WIP

          Yes, Dipping Sticks is still wassup

      • JessicaL

        Do you guys remember that Big League Chew? It was bubble gum but made to look like chewing tobacco. Lol, I’m kind mad at all the shameless tobacco advertising they did back in the day. I won’t lie though that gum was tasty.

      • legitimate_soul

        YES, to all the candy SoBo named. The crack sugar pouches came in cherry and grape and was called “Lick-Em’Aid’s Fun Dip”, I do believe. How about finishing Lemon Heads, Alexander the Grapes, Cherry Clan, or Johnny Appleseeds (essentially lemon heads in different flavors) and blowing on the candy box as it made a kazoo sound? Was it just me and the kids in my hood/city/town?

        • TrackStar

          The kids in my hood in Detroit did that too. Oh, and don’t forget Jawbreakers. I almost lost a few teeth messing with that stuff.

        • CNotes

          @legitimate_soul

          “How about finishing Lemon Heads, Alexander the Grapes, Cherry Clan, or Johnny Appleseeds (essentially lemon heads in different flavors) and blowing on the candy box as it made a kazoo sound?”

          LOL!!! My brothers and I would battle to see who could make a song with the kazoo sound. (Memories) I swear….no matter where you grew up; we all did the exact same things.

        • Mr SoBo -aka- PunishingCNotes

          “blowing on the candy box as it made a kazoo sound? Was it just me and the kids in my hood/city/town?”
          Dang, shame on me for forgetting this detail. We damn near made a marching band in my neighborhood using those boxes.
          Anyone remember those cylindrically shaped whistles that made that weird whistling ‘sireny’ kinda noise while the little fan inside spun around? Those were the best whistles.

  • http://www.shay-d-lady.com shay-d-lady

    I’ve never really watched the wire. Saw a bit here and there but by the time I was aware
    It would have taken to much of a commitment to catch up

    I totally agree on charlie ward though I think they won in 93? Cause my vote would go for the
    Alabama team that won in 92 but I could be off.

    The best feeling in the world is sleeping late on sunday mornings nestled between
    My hubby and my child (close follow up is the last in a string of 4 or 5 orgasms.. Lol)
    The only other best thing in the world is my 20-leven birthday going down today october
    15th. It is and will be epic!
    I must rest up for it

    • legitimate_soul

      Happy Birthday! :)

    • B. Brown

      Happy birthday!

    • Asia

      Happy Birthday

    • YAYER

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    • Mr. Gundam

      Hmmm sound Epic,

      Happy Birthday

      • http://www.iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

        Happy Birthday Shay-D-Lady!

    • http://www.divinetranquility.wordpress.com Miss Patterson

      Happy Birthday, Shady-d-lady!!! Where’s my evite? lol

      • http://www.divinetranquility.wordpress.com Miss Patterson

        wait a second, back up…why are “multiple Os” AFTER napping? please, please explain.

    • kingpinenut

      Happy Borned Day!

      • Rog

        Feliz Cumpleanos!

    • http://uphereoncloud9.com Wu, Just Wu

      That 92 team is the reason I pull for the Tide. George effin’ Teague. The fact that my boy pulls for the “U” made that game even better.

      • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com/ Wu Young

        My bad.

        Happy born day Shady!

    • http://alovelydai.blogspot.com Alovelydai

      Happy B’earthday!

    • Mimi

      Happy Birthday

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      Happy birfday, Shay! May your birfday be filled with more potential Shay stories!

    • JessicaL

      *clears throat and sings off key* Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you!

    • Keisha Brown

      has anyone thrown happy bday glitter?
      *throws it anyways!!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      may your birthday be a masculine birthday

    • Deviant

      You weren’t aborted. Good for you.

      • http://alovelydai.blogspot.com Alovelydai

        Fitting name Deviant. SMH.

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        I. QUIT. U.

    • CNotes

      Happy Birthday Lady! …and many more!

    • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      Happy BDay Ms. Shady. I hope you have the best s.ex ever!

    • luvtheshoes

      Happy bday, Shay-d

    • http://twitter.com/thepopculturist thepopculturist (aka BKSweetheart)

      Happy Birthday fellow libra! (mine was last week)

    • sugahoneyicedtea

      Happy Day You Were Born!

  • StopPlayingOnMyPhone

    Damn….I got dragged into commenting. I’ve been a wire fan since 2002 when I heard the director of the Corner was going to make a new series. So I was all ready to call it a night after watching Bill O’Reilly hilariously piss off America on The View, ensuring at least 25,000 units of his new book to be sold in the first week it drops…but I digress…I’m getting ready to log off and I see the title for this post and *super cosign* SEASON FOUR WAS THE BEST SEASON EVER of the Wire, and all seasons of other television shows far less shakespearean. For me, it’s Season 4 and then miles later Seasons 1,3,5,2. Depending on the day, 5 and 2 might swap places. When BET got hold of the Wire and edited the sh*t out of them, and cut out 15 mins of each episode for commercials, I almost wrote a President Franklin letter to Sheila Johnson–at her home address.

    Also…

    College Dropout changed my life. I ran into Kanye West (for real) in Greenwich Village right outside of my school as I stared straight into this hooded figure’s bedazzling mouth and as I pan out I realize I’m staring at Mr. West himself…and I felt stupid. And thrilled. Because College Dropout changed my life (so true I had to say it twice) and because I was probably looking at my tuition capping his teeth.

    “I just wanted to tell you that you have the most endearing laugh. See, there it is again”–>cracked me up.

    • http://twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      I love Kanye. lol

  • http://www.iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

    Best TV show of all time? The Cosby Show
    Best TV theme song of all time? The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    Best movie of all time? Bebe’s Kids. I don’t care if it was a cartoon – don’t tell me that wasn’t a documentary.
    Best fast food of all time? Chick-Fil-A. Good thing I don’t live within 100 miles of one or I’d be on one of those Discovery Channel shows called “I weight 50′leven pounds”
    Best display of f*ckery ever? Trapped In The Closet
    Best midget of all time? Kevin Hart

    • http://twitter.com/bsquared86 BSQUARED86

      Gotta cosign the Cosby Show,

      And add “Best Spinoff TV Show that dumped it’s main character after the first season and was better for it . . .A Different World”

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      “Best movie of all time? Bebe’s Kids. I don’t care if it was a cartoon – don’t tell me that wasn’t a documentary.”

      Girrrl, my cousin and I knew this movie word-for-word, beginning to end. LOL

      Oh, and I think your mention of Trapped in the Closet just gave me an idea for a classic Friday Foolery at my e-crib. ;)

    • oftenconfused

      Hmmm

      Best TV show of all time? The Cosby Show
      —not sure, but probably in the top 5 with different world, golden girls, law & order, and I love Lucy
      Best TV theme song of all time? The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
      —close second golden girls
      Best fast food of all time? Chick-Fil-A. Good thing I don’t live within 100 miles of one or I’d be on one of those Discovery Channel shows called “I weight 50?leven pounds”
      —DEFINITELY. I live in the birthplace of CFA…trouble trouble (said like Bernie Mac RIP)
      Best display of f*ckery ever? Trapped In The Closet
      —COSIGN

    • Mo-VSS

      Best movie of all time–Clueless!

    • crissyj1980

      Best TV show of all time? Good times :)
      Best TV theme song of all time? The wire
      Best movie of all time? Training Day (I love denzel)
      Best Food of all time? My momma’s :)
      Best Rap Album? Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik