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Stomp Rockets Anyone?

Today's post is some sweet pictures of us enjoying one of Drew's fun gifts this year — Stomp Rockets! Megan found them for a good price on Amazon.

Here's Drew launching one.

Drew Rocket

Here's another one of him after he got the hang of it better.

Drew Rocket Take 2

Here's Grandma launching one.
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Nothing Says Christmas Season Quite Like…


I heard my first Clapper commercial of the season the other day, and knew at once that I should do a post on The Clapper and the Chia™ Pet.

Though we've never owned and have never even wanted to own a Chia™ Pet, Becka and I took the plunge back in the 1990's and bought what was then called a Smart Clapper. Since the little black and white TV in our bedroom had no remote control, we thought the "Smart Clapper" would be a great alternative to having to get up to turn off the TV. Well, our "Smart" Clapper proved to be a Dumb Clapper! The first time we used it to turn off our TV, we heard a disturbing pop from the TV set as it turned off for the last time. I returned the "Smart Clapper" to the store for full refund, but we had to replace our fried TV ourselves. It was actually probably about time for a new one anyway, but still....

Here's a picture of the original Smart Clapper, first sold to the public in the mid-1980's.

Smart Clapper

As I did my homework for this post, I learned that our experience with the Smart Clapper and TV's was not unique. After perfecting their technology so that it wouldn't destroy TV's, they renamed the new product simply The Clapper. But wait! They've gone even further and now have The Clapper Plus — a Clapper with its own remote. Here's a picture of the latest one.
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Final Bodacious Bonza Bottler Day

picture of Bonza Bottler logo

Wednesday of this week is the final Bodacious Bonza Bottler Day (BBBD) of our lifetime. Bonza Bottler Day is when the number of the month and the day of the month are the same — for instance January 1 (1-1), February 2 (2-2), and so on. February 2, Groundhog Day in the USA, gives the monthly holiday its mascot and logo. If you want to know more about the history and purpose of the holiday, you can read more on the official website. A Bodacious Bonza Bottler Day is when the number of the month, day, and year are the same.

When I last posted about BBBD on 10-10-10, I mentioned that December 12, 2012, would be the final BBBD of this century. The reason this is the final BBBD for us is that there are only 12 months in a year. If we had a thirteenth month, maybe named Oncember, we could have another BBBD next year on 13-13-13, but alas....

I hope, when you saw the title of my blog post, you weren't thinking that I am buying into the prediction of a cataclysm on the final day — December 21, 2012 — on the Mayan Calendar. If you're not familiar with all that, there's an article about it on Wikipedia.

A friend on Facebook asked her friends if any of us actually believe the world is going to end on Dec. 21 because the Mayan calendar doesn't go any further. I commented something to the effect that if the Father hasn't told the Son, I doubt that He shared that information with the Mayans!

I like several cartoonists' thoughts and explanations of the whole matter.

Frank and Ernest have their own punny take on it.

Frank + Ernest Mayan

This next cartoon is great, in light of the cataclysmic "fiscal cliff" we keep hearing about.

Here's my favorite:

I hope this gave you a much needed laugh, and maybe even a reason for at least a small celebration on 12-12-12. A lifelong friend is celebrating his last birthday in his 50's on today. Hope it's a nice day for you, Scott, and if the the Mayan Calendar is wrong, you'll get to celebrate your big 6-0 a year from. 🙂

We are in final exams here at BJU. I have lots more to do before this semester becomes history for me, and I'm looking forward to the change of pace that our Christmas break will bring.


"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess." — Martin Luther


If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would have put them on my knees.

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Warm Thoughts in December

By the weather here in Greenville, you would not know it's December. But I realize that some of you readers have already had snow this fall. Since winter is coming soon to most of my readers, I'm sharing some ideas today for staying warm.

I saw the following picture on Facebook recently.

I guess the idea is that hopping around in a sleeping bag would look ridiculous, so this would look better? But if you love camping and struggle with somnambulance (sleep walking), sleeping bag pants could be just the thing for you!

I decided to look around online to see what other innovative items for keeping warm were available.

If you're not into something like the sleeping bag pants, you could go for the super hero look. Here's a picture of a hooded Superman Onesie.
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