Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Coolest Present Ever

People often ask me what my favorite Christmas present was when I was a kid. Ok, nobody ever asks me that, but I actually do have one present that seems to have had an everlasting impact on me.

What I'm talking about
is a complete Hot Wheels Sizzlers race set - and it was spectacular! I'm not sure exactly how old I was but I think I was around 9 or 10, which is probably close since this toy was released in 1970. And I don't know why this particular gift left such an impression but for whatever reason it holds the distinction of being the most impressive toy I ever received.

Perhaps it was because it was so unexpected. I remember being completely blown away that my mom (oops Santa) would have known just how super-cool this kit was, especially since I don't think I ever whined about wanting one before Christmas - probably because I knew it was outside of our gift "reality" range. In other words, I'm sure I dreamed of getting one but just figured it was too extravagant for our family budget.

Or, perhaps it was the sheer "orange-ness" of it. It was just soooo huge and so modern and so cool! (images downloaded from ebay)

Yep, we're talking fully loaded here - complete with
state of the art rechargeable electric Hot Wheel cars, a wind up charging station, and miles of track. I'm not sure I still wouldn't be thrilled to get one of these even now!

So that's just one memory of a million others, but a good one for sure. And at the risk of being politically incorrect, I would just like to wish everyone who reads this an extra special and very blessed Merry Christmas!

3 comments:

cindy said...

hey Jeff, it's your sister! Well, I got totally sucked into this thing and spent like the last hour reading it! How fun-your're doing a great job!I cant believe dad hasn't sent a comment yet! You know he cant stand not to comment! Must not have found the "comment button!" I'm going to the Bill ism page. Got a couple more for ya! Keep up the good work! Cindy

Mom said...

Wow!!!! That was fun to read!! It's so nice to find out you've done something really right, once in a while!!!!! You made my day!!!!

Harmonica Man said...

Ma, don't get too mushy - that was like 35 years ago you know. No pressure or anything but I'm still waiting for you to top that one! Anyway, I'm glad I could make your day!