Category Archives: Long, strange trips


I bought a box of Froot Loops tonight in hopes of scoring a Cars toy — hopefully a Sheriff, or perhaps a Sally — but the people at the factory forgot to put a toy in there. It was a giant box, too. All those Froot Loops for nothing. And they didn’t have any boxes of Frosted Flakes with Cars toys in them, which was what I really wanted.

Poop. 😦

At least the frogs are singing tonight, and Bombalurina came to visit just as we got home from the grocery store, so the evening wasn’t a total loss. But still … no toy in my Froot Loops? What a disappointment.


New Sheriff in town


The first toy based on the Sheriff of Radiator Springs (from the upcoming Pixar movie Cars) has come in at Toys R Us. I bought one for us and one for Michael and Suzanne. You should have seen Suzanne’s face when I gave theirs to her. I’d have paid ten times the price of that toy just to see her eyes light up like that.

Cars toys

I also picked up a Fillmore for me; a Sally for Dawn Welch from the Rock Cafe (Dawn was the inspiration for Sally the Porsche); cups featuring Lightning McQueen, Mater and Doc Hudson for us, Michael and Suzanne, and Dawn; a package of stickers featuring Lightning, Mater, Doc, and Sally; and these weird suckers that have an LED and magnifying lens in the bottom that projects an image of Sally onto the ceiling.

I saw (but did not buy) tons of other goodies, including party favors (Lightning blowouts, little “oil cans” that squirt water, and little air-powered Lightning racecars); gift bags in three sizes (instead of regular silky nylon rope-style handles, the little one features black ribbon handles with a white dashed line down the middle to look like the road); stuffed Maters, Lightnings and Sallys that talk when you slam ’em down on a table (I cannot believe they are making a line of talking toys that does not include the Sheriff); a large talking Mater of some sort; several more Hot Wheels type cars like the ones I bought today, featuring other characters; a pair of toddler-sized surf socks with Lightning McQueen on them; and I don’t know what all else.

If I had more money and more space, I’d buy one of everything, but I don’t, so I’ll just have to control myself. 😉


Oh, P.S.: I wore heels to work today, walked two blocks in them to get from my parking space to a downtown office this afternoon, wandered around in them for an hour or so at Toys R Us, and felt just fine. Not bad for a girl who ran 26.2 miles yesterday morning. A lot of marathoners can’t even walk the day after a race. Credit my wonderful practitioner for my comfort level today. Brad, if you’re reading this … you’re awesome. 🙂

OKC marathon


I ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon this morning. I was up at 2 a.m. (I did the early start at 4:30 a.m. instead of waiting for the 6:30 a.m. regular start) and am obviously very tired after getting up before dawn and running 26.2 miles, so I’ll keep this short and post more later, after I’ve had a chance to sleep … but I had a wonderful run and am giving serious thought to running Andy Payne in late May. (Ron is giving serious thought to having my head examined, but whatever.)

Here’s the hardware they gave the finishers. I think it looks very classy:



Gentlemen, start your credit cards

Cars toys

God help us all — the first Cars toys have hit the shelves. I’d promised myself I would only buy toys that depicted the sheriff’s car, which is voiced by my friend Michael, but they’re not available yet, and I just couldn’t resist buying the few items that are. Pictured above are the Doc Hudson lollipop case (what a great idea — convenient storage for those moments when you don’t have time to get all the way to the center of your Tootsie Roll pop in one sitting) and the Lightning McQueen and Ramone spin pops. (And they wonder why we have an obesity epidemic in this country … do children really need battery-powered assistance to move a piece of candy around in their mouths?)

Cars is set on Route 66, which is why I am excited about it. If all those little kids whose parents bought them speckled pups after the release of “101 Dalmatians” see this movie and start begging to take a trip on Route 66, it will be a huge boost for our beloved Mother Road businesses.

Meanwhile, the Red Fork Hippie is looking at a long, expensive summer if she doesn’t keep her butt out of the toy stores….


UPDATE: I just brought these to the office, where our astute editorial assistant noticed that not only do the lollipops rotate, but the cars’ eyes move back and forth on the spin pops. Said assistant proclaimed them “creepy.”