34 thoughts on “December 22, 2015

  1. As a retail employee who works in a store that sells things that kids though older adults buy…. including toys, shirts, etc…. if I made someone’s day by having an item someone missed in putting out stock, or becaue it was put somewhere weird, I’m happy. I like seeing smiling customers. Not the ones who get mad that other people had the audacity to buy a product they wanted….

      • “How is this sad?”

        It isn’t.
        https://xkcd.com/150/

        Insecure adults play only with the things they’re ‘meant’ to play with, such as gardening tools, sudoku, or sports equipment.

        Well-adjusted adults play with anything they find enjoyable. Which can of course include gardening tools, sudoku, or sports equipment: those are great things to play with if you like to. But why restrict *your* recreation based on what *other* people think you ought to like?

          • I’m 27 and go to FanExpo in Toronto every year. Bought a LEGO Ecto-1 set there this year 😀

          • I absolutely LOVE playing Uno, Sorry, and other similar games that are generally geared for younger groups (I do enjoy games meant solely for “older” audiences too, of course). One of the best perks? My 4-year-old can understand the game well enough to play with me without me having to hold her hand the whole time, and frequently beats me. Nothing quite like losing a game of Uno to the kid who doesn’t even know the whole alphabet yet.

    • I’ve known a few, one of them just got his hands on a model kit of the semi from the TV show “BJ and the Bear” and was like a little kid showing it to me today.

      • Good. It means he was feeling excited and happy, and was confident in his right to feel that way about any recreational pursuit he saw fit to. A sign of maturity I can only applaud.

        • He bad been looking for one for a while now and I had been talking to a customer last week that has a monster model collection that was willing to sell at a decent price (for that kit), so I passed the info on to him when we worked together the next day.

      • Oh, for those to young to remember the show, go straight to the IMDb site to look it up, what Google might return isn’t for the faint of heart or the closed minded!

    • “Sadly”? Hardly, I’m 35 and collect and play with Yugioh cards; there is NOTHING wrong with adults indulging in things that are usually reserved for people of a younger age.

      I can’t wait until my nephew and niece are old enough to get the really cool toys for Christmas so I can play with them.

      If you stay Young at Heart, in some ways, you remain ageless.

  2. There is a downside to all this no one has pointed out. Next time this customer can’t find something out on the floor, she’s going to expect that Cooper or whoever is helping her can go back to “the back” and magically produce the sold out object.

  3. You’re never too old to have a happy childhood.

    The only reason Parrot Lady doesn’t have the LEGO train set(s) under the tree this year is because her car needed new winter tires.

  4. Oh well. Maybe her husband will invite his nephew or niece over if they have no kids of their own. Otherwise let him enjoy it on his own. We all have things we enjoyed as kids that we still enjoy.

  5. Nothing wrong with that at all. I’ve already made my wife aware I want the LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse as soon as I find an extra $350 lying around.

    • I was going to say, have you seen the prices on some of those kits? While some kits might be for kids, clearly some are for “kids” with adult-sized budgets.

      • Or at least for kids whose parents have deep pockets. My kids asked for some LEGO this year too (they’re currently in a phase where they’re enamored with the Disney-themed sets), and I had to wince when I saw the price tags at the store.

  6. Why is this so unexpected? This current movie was in no way meant for kiddos, kiddos could watch it and start a new generation of fans, but it was certainly made for the nostalgia of older fans.

    As for lego.

    It’s lego.

    It’s pretty much no longer age specific by this point.

    So nothing about this product is age specific at all. Cooper knows Donny of all people, why would he assume people are only buying these things for their kids?

    • Because it’s very rare to see a wife who is openly supportive of her husband’s nerdy hobbies.

      Exceptions being that the wife herself is also nerdy, in which case she’d buy it for herself.

  7. I used to work at a toy kiosk, where a common question to ask was “Is it for a kid?” (because most of our toys were remote-controlled, so while they are kids’ toys, they’re not quite designed for REALLY young kids).

    One customer answered “Yes, I’m looking for something for my 20-year old nephew and my 50-year old husband.”

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