February 21, 2010

You've Got To Be Kidding Me

I get a lot of weird catalogs in the mail. This past week, I received for the first time the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog.

I have no idea why I was sent this. It's a catalog of high end gifts, the kind of stuff people that can actually afford a million dollar house would buy, mostly likely on a whim.

Their featured item is the Superplexus, a thing that looks more like a movie prop than something one would consider buying for their easily bored child (pictured in the ad). Be sure to check the bottom of the ad for this item's price, which is absolutely jaw dropping.

February 06, 2010

The Coming Snowpocalypse

So tonight and tomorrow we're getting hit with this massive snowstorm. I'm prepared to stay in all day tomorrow, my preparations are made: I've got a full tank of gas, I've got plenty of food and drink, and I've got lots of stuff to do.

After hearing all the talk on the radio today, I got to wonder about some things when it comes to these big storms. These storms happen every year, each year we get at least one. So, what's with all the eggs and milk disappearing every time? Do people really need all those extra cups of hot cocoa? And the eggs, do people actually take the time to cook extra omlettes, or are they just baking cake after cake?

But my big question has to do with shovels, which I hear were sold out at many stores today. We live in the northeast where we get snow reliably every year. Who in their right mind doesn't already have a shovel? Do thousands of households have children that are just coming of age this year, who have earned the right to a shovel of their own? Do shovels break that often? Or does shovel technology update every year and I'm woefully behind the bleeding edge?