Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A professional photographer and "Cormac McCarthy"

Last month we hired a professional photographer to take some pictures of Michele and me for publicity photos and a media page. What do you think?

Minesh, the photographer, says this one makes me look like Cormac McCarthy. I see a lot of Gram and Dad.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas through the innocent eyes of children

It seems that we adults try hard to recapture the feeling of excitement and anticipation of Christmases long ago. I find that the more I try to experience those feelings of childhood, the slipperier and more muddled they become, so I am thankful to be in retail during the holiday season, when I can see the season through the innocent eyes of children. Here are some conversations I've had with some of our wide-eyed, apple-cheeked little customers.

A 10-year-old customer: "I have enough money to buy 70 grams of liquid mercury."
Me: "That's pretty dangerous stuff. Did you talk to your parents about asking Santa for it?"
Kid: "Yeah. They won't let me get it." [expectant pause]
Me: "I won't get it for you either."
Kid: "That's what my parents said you'd say."

A 4-year-old customer: "How come you have wrinkles?"
Me: "Because I'm a crusty old fart."
Kid: "AH-hahahahahahahah! You're a grownup, and you said fart!"

A 6-year-old customer making a pin-back button: "This is fun!"
Me: "You have a really good design!"
Kid: "If I make the designs, you can put the buttons together and then we can have . . . what do you call it when you have jobs?"
Me: "A business."
Kid: "Yeah! You and me can have a business!"

A 6-year-old customer: "How do you make a Kleenex dance?"
Me: "I don't know. How do you make a Kleenex dance?"
Kid: "You put a boogie in it!"
Me: [on the floor cracking up]
Kid (pretending to pick his nose): "Here. I picked this just for you."

Another 10-year-old customer: "Do you sell ammonium nitrate?"
Me: "I don't really want to know why you're asking, do I, Patrick."
Kid: "Probably not.