April 11, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 68 (Cold printer, Pop Rocks, Harangenstein and more)

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I have a great idea for an invention. Feel free to run with my idea, create the product, and then we'll split the profits. The brilliant invention: a large office printer/scanner/copier that doesn't need an exorbitant amount of time to warm up. It's 2014. I can do just about everything from the palm of my hand on a smartphone. But when I print something, I have to stand there like a moron and wait forever for the copier to warm up. I even hugged the copier at work the other day to see if that would help it warm up faster. It didn't.

How can it be ready and warming up at the same time?

 

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Ernie Banks would be proud of the double header my family endured last Saturday. No, not baseball. I'm talking about the kid birthday party circuit. My seven-year-old (and her loving parents!) attended back-to-back birthday parties: one from 2-4 p.m., and the other from 5-9 p.m. We all had a good time, but you can just imagine how cranky everyone was when it was time to settle down for bed.

 

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Whose idea was it that every kid who attends a birthday party should go home with a goody bag? I don't remember this from when I was a kid. But it seems to be the norm nowadays. And yes, when we host parties for our kids, we give out goody bags too. I did about 30-seconds of internet research to find the origins of this custom. But mostly I just found advertisements for businesses that will sell you pre-filled goody bags to buy for your kid's next party.

 

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One of the goody bags had an interesting candy inside: Pop Rocks. It wasn't actually the Pop Rocks brand, but it reminded me of the urban legend when I was a kid that said if you put Pop Rocks in your mouth and then took a swig of Coke, the candy would explode, and you'd die.

 

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. My daughter received these sparkly red pencils in her goody bags from both parties. Of course, little girls love anything glittery. As for me, well, I kind of have a thing about glittery Christmas cards. But I'll put on a happy face about the glittery pencils, because I appreciate the kind families who gave them to our daughter.

 

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I'm not usually one to complain about the weather. But could things be any crazier around here? We actually had to turn the heat on the other day in April -- in Texas.

 

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There were a couple of celebrity look-alikes on the mound during the Braves home opener the other night. My daughter thought Braves starter Aaron Harang looked like Frankenstein's Monster, and she drew a funny picture of him. Meanwhile, I thought Mets starter Bartolo Colon looked like Andre the Giant.

Frankenstein's Monster = Aaron Harang
Bartolo Colon = Andre the Giant

[Baseball player photos courtesy: mlb.com; Andre the Giant photo courtesy: wwe.com]

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