Category Archives: Children

So cool

When I was walking through baggage claim tonight in Terminal C at LaGuardia, I noticed a little boy — four or to five years of age, I’m guessin? — who was closely examining the wall-mounted water fountain.

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His father stood patiently to one side as his son pushed the button again and again, seemingly fascinated by the stream of water he was summoning forth.

“That is so cool,” the boy said.

“It is really cool,” his dad replied.

And then we all smiled at each other and shared the moment, which was really cool, too.

Tie it up with a bow

I have been an AMC Stubs member for three years.

During that time, I have spent $24 in membership fees. (The first year was free.) For that price, I have saved $274 on tickets, concessions and ticketing fees.

So yeah, it’s kinda worth it.

But look at what else AMC is going to give me — Carla, AMC Stubs member — when I go to see Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 3D!

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An authentic bow tie and glasses!

I know this is intended to appeal to the kids in the audience, but clearly I have never grown up.

The Olympic domino effect

When you visit Sochi, the water in the sink looks like this.

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When you wash your face in that water, your eyes look like this.

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When your eyes look like this, you have to give your prime-time Olympics anchor chair to Matt Lauer.

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And when you let Matt Lauer anchor the Olympics in prime-time, babies cry.

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Don’t make babies cry, Bob Costas.

Stay away from shitty water.

Small world, big city

little manhattan posterRight after I moved to New York City in 2006, I saw the movie Little Manhattan on cable.

It had been released the year before, but I had unique experience of watching the characters interact on the streets right outside my Upper West Side apartment — when those streets were still fairly new to me.

It was also a love story — albeit an innocent one — between an 11-year old boy and girl, which you don’t see every day.

It was on cable again today.  I caught the last 30 minutes while I was eating lunch.

This time the streets were very familiar — even more so, since I have moved even closer to the film’s epicenter.  The story was still sweet, but one of the actors is now…

Break-out famous.

That little boy is none other than Josh Hutcherson, Peeta in the Hunger Games saga.  My, how he has grown.  And back when I first saw Little Manhattan, I didn’t realize that Josh was also a fellow Kentuckian.

New York City really is a very small town.

Mini celebs

I’ve been big on awards shows since I was a little thing.

Had an acceptance speech ready. Practiced it in the bathroom mirror. Updated it each year as people made (and fell off) the list.

But there was never something like Toddlewood around…

I might have lost my mind.

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Toddlewood allows little kids to dress up — in exquisite detail — as their favorite Hollywood celebs. New York photographer Tricia Messeroux began turning small fry into celebrity look-a-likes in 2008, and now her portfolio numbers over 100.

The red carpet shots and movie posters that she has recreated with little kids totally creep me out. But when I think of how excited I would have been at that age…

I’m confident my mom would have said NO.

Not a game for all ages

My friend Beth and I were browsing the clearance items at Barnes & Noble after lunch today, when we came upon this gem:

Games of Thrones toysGame of Thrones figurines.

In the children’s section

I looked — these POP! toys are also prominently featured on the GOT website homepage.  Are the show producers really trying to encourage small children to watch this series?

I readily admit to not watching Game of Thrones.  But based on the promos, marketing materials and magazine articles I have seen, I feel I can confidently say –

This isn’t a kiddie program.

Craig Ferguson doesn’t watch it either.  But when he interviews cast members during their visits to The Late Late Show, he always shakes his head in regret saying, “There are boobies on that show!”

Which kinda makes ya think babies shouldn’t be watching…right?

Join the countdown

This is blatantly commercial, but it’s the Muppets and Ty Burrell and Tina Fey –

So I’m betting you’ll give me a pass.

See you in the New Year!

Let’s go exploring

Can you believe it has been eight years since Bill Watterson stopped drawing Calvin & Hobbes?

The comic strip itself was only published for 10 years — from November 18, 1985, to December 31, 1995 — and yet somehow it feels that it was always in newspapers.

It’s that iconic.

A new documentary is now in theaters and OnDemand that examines the Calvin and Hobbes legacy:

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Director Joel Allen Schroeder examines the comic strip for the phenomena that it was — artwork that was miles ahead of its neighbors on the page, and story lines that tackled issues like environmentalism, education and philosophy.

To build his case, Schroeder interviews everyone but Watterson — fans, his syndication partners, comic experts, and fellow cartoonists.  It’s very much a love fest, as they all agree on the comic strip and its creator’s instrumental role in cartooning history.

They also discuss Watterson’s controversial decision NOT to merchandise Calvin & Hobbes.

I highly recommend the 89 minute film.  It brings back great memories, gives you access to lots of Calvin & Hobbes comics, and will leave you thinking:

“I need to make a bookstore run!”

High school memories

People are being very thankful today on Facebook, which is nice.

One of my friends gave a shout out to high school teachers, and I couldn’t agree more!

I attended public school, and even during my high school years, my teachers easily spent half of their time disciplining students. Corporal punishment was still enforced back in my day, so lots of students were sent to the principal to get ‘licks.’

But some of the more creative teachers took a different route.

bookshelvesMy personal favorite?

I had an English teacher who would stick a kid who was misbehaving behind the bookcase and make them stand there for the rest of the class.

Yep.  This actually happened.

One kid — who shall remain nameless — stuck his arms and legs through the shelves and turned the bookshelves over on the rest of the classroom.

Come to think of it — that was the last time I saw her use that method.

Tickled pink

There are rules on the subway. I’ve outlined them here before…along with my tendency to violate “No eye contact.”

It’s a Southern thang.

But today I found the secret weapon that turned an entire subway car full of New Yorkers. We’re talking eye contact with the person of interest. Eye contact with each other. Smiles even.

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Even the most jaded East Coast native can’t resist a cute baby wearing a pink onesie with ears.

Adorbs.