STATE OF MY NATION – Marilyn Armstrong

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

From Mr. Potato Head to Flushin’ Frenzy

If you thought you had the worst toys, you don’t.. This has got to be IT!

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Potato 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.

No more rotting taters; but limited options for creativity.

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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BALLS, NERVE, AND חוצפה – Marilyn Armstrong

"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

THE TRAIN THROUGH WORCESTER – OWEN KRAUS

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

LOOK FOR THE GOO GOO GOOGLY EYES – Marilyn Armstrong

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

SORRY, WRONG NUMBER – By GARRY 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