STATE OF MY NATION - RDP SATURDAY I have forbidden television viewing today. It's the Republican opportunity to deny everything and I don't think I can handle it. Worse, this might be the broadcast that finally makes Garry kick the TV until it shatters. Since we need to fix a broken toilet and the floor … Continue reading STATE OF MY NATION – Marilyn Armstrong
If you thought you had the worst toys, you don’t.. This has got to be IT!
Mr. Potato Head with plastic potato
In 1952 George Lerner designed a toy called Mr. Potato Head. Originally the toy consisted of several facial features, ears, and hats that could be pushed into a potato (or any other veggie really). I assume Lerner figured that even a poor family could spare one spud for decorating, it could also be eaten after.
But by 1964 the stench of rotting potatoes became too much and the manufacturer, Hasbro, decided to include a plastic potato with slots to receive the various body parts. No more rotting taters; but limited options for creativity.
Of course, using ‘real’ things in toys can lead to disaster. Just think of the classic nerve-testing Operation. Or the potential for economic ruin with Monopoly or, God forbid, the arrival of Armaggedon in the guise of the war game Risk.
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"You're one tough broad," my friend told me. I recognized this as a compliment. Maybe you have to come from New York or New Jersey to "get it," but I got it. "Tough" includes brave, determined, and hard to kill. A survivor with חוצפה (chutzpah). I've heard "moxie" used in old British and American movies, … Continue reading BALLS, NERVE, AND חוצפה – Marilyn Armstrong
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Public transportation (bus, planes, trains, etc. One day, Owen met a guy who turned out to be a conductor on a train that runs through Worcester. It's a very old narrow-gauge train and its maximum speed is 5 mph. "Take pictures!" I told him. He had never taken pictures … Continue reading THE TRAIN THROUGH WORCESTER – OWEN KRAUS
Bars of sunlight
I woke up this morning with an earworm. Not your normal earworm. Mine was a 1920s earworm. It was a song my mother sang often and for once, she actually got the words right. Ask any member of my family and they will assure you: my mother never ever remembered the words to any song … Continue reading LOOK FOR THE GOO GOO GOOGLY EYES – Marilyn Armstrong
People of a certain age will recall the title from a popular radio drama that became a film noir classic with Barbara Stanwyck as the damsel/wife in distress and Burt Lancaster as the spouse with mayhem on his mind. You can also dial "M For Murder" with the same theme: the telephone as a nefarious … Continue reading SORRY, WRONG NUMBER – By GARRY ARMSTRONG