This week we've been talking a lot about old toys, as we get ready for our Toys for Tots benefit coming up next weekend at the Majestic Theatre.
Some of the toys that have gone by the wayside were pretty amazing.
For example: the Mattel Agent Zero Radio-Rifle. Child actor Kurt Russel made a pretty convincing spy as he sold us on the benefits of this tool, essential for any member of the counterintelligence community.
It's probably considered a little too violent for the 2010s, but I want one!
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Nov 29 2012 11:01AM
This morning I took the long way to work. You wouldn’t think a person who gets up in the middle of the night would want to waste any time getting to the office, but I did today.
The reason was simple. I was saying goodbye to my car. I don’t know if everyone has a bond with their mode of transportation, but I’ve always felt connected to my cars. I’ve never gone as far as naming any of them, but I’ve definitely felt my cars were more than a mass of metal, glass and plastic.
I’ve always kept my cars very clean. You won’t find any fast food bags inside or piles of clothes waiting to go to the cleaners. My car looks pretty much the same as when I picked it up three years ago. I lease these days so I go through cars every three years.
A lot can happen in that time. This car saw me get married, buy a house and have a child. I know the car isn’t alive, but I can’t help but feel it was a part of the action. On the day I got married, I drove to the ceremony myself in this car. When my wife and I took our newborn son, Joshua home from the hospital, we did it in this car. Just a few weeks ago, this car served as a crib. One night Josh wouldn’t get to sleep so I took him for an hour car ride around Madison at 2 a.m. to calm him down.
Today when the car gets traded in for a new one, I’ll give it a quick pat on the hood for a job well done.
You know the holidays are almost here when companies start rolling out their limited edition holiday flavors.
You can snap up minty M&M's in holiday colors, gingerbread Pop-Tarts, and peppermint flavored marshmallows. McDonalds has egg nog shakes and Holiday Mint McFlurries. Pringles even came out with pumpkin pie spice and white chocolate peppermint potato chips.
But there's one holiday item that so far is only available in Taiwan. Roasted Turkey Doritos!
Sometimes you just don't have the time to cook an entire turkey. Making the stuffing is labor intensive and even thawing the bird is time consuming. So the idea of having a snack item as convenient as a turkey flavored tortilla chip is very appealing to me! As an added bonus the Christmas tree shape is extra festive!
I just have one question...should I serve them with gravy or cranberry flavored dip?
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Nov 28 2012 10:08AM
Everyone around my office is talking about the Powerball jackpot and the chance to walk away with more than 300 million dollars after taxes. It’s really hard to imagine what you would do with all that money. I’ve asked a few people what they would really do if they won.
I keep getting the same answer.
Most people don’t know.
There would be the obligatory trips around the world, fancy cars, new home and maybe a giant party for all your friends, but after that what would you do?
Do you want to move away from all your friends and live on a tropical island? That might be fun for a few months or even years, but then what?
It’s almost too scary to think about. There are endless stories of people winning the lottery and then their lives going to hell because they can’t handle the change.
I’d like to attempt to handle that major change. It won't happen. I’ll be back here tomorrow wondering what IT could have been, even if I don’t know what I would want IT to be.
What's your favorite holiday TV show? Is it the Grinch? Maybe Rudolph?
Do you know which show includes this line: "This commercial dog is not going to ruin my Christmas.."?
Luckily, you'll have many chances to let TV put you in the festive mood. If you like Christmas movies, the Family channel has them just about 24/7, and TBS is once again running it's A Christmas Story marathon on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. NBC gets things rolling December 1st with It's A Wonderful Life.
Schedules subject to change. Check your local listings.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer--CBS Dec. 4th at 7pm Also Dec. 14 at 7pm.
Frosty the Snowman-- CBS Dec. 8th at 7pm. Followed by Frosty Returns.
Disney's Prep and Landing, and Disney's Prep and Landing 2--ABC Dec. 9th at 7pm
Santa Claus is Coming to Town--ABC Dec.11 at 7pm.
A Muppets Christmas--CW Dec. 11 at 8pm
Yes Virginia CBS--Dec. 14 at 7pm
The Elf on the Shelf--CBS Dec. 14 at 7:30pm
America's Funniest Videos presents the funniest Christmas videos ever--ABC Dec. 16 at 6pm
A Charlie Brown Christmas--ABC December 18 at 7pm
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer--CW Dec. 21 at 8pm
A Chipmunk Christmas--ABC Dec. 22 at 7:30pm
Shrek the Halls--ABC Dec. 24 at 7:30pm
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas--ABC Dec. 25 at 7:00pm
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