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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
CRACKER JACKS AND CROW MURDERS
charlesatlas.com, and bought it, and it turns out to be really cool. The problem, of course, is having the discipline to do it; but I'm convinced it's legitimate and works. I've also bought a video biography of the late Charles Atlas, and respect the man as an honest person.
Another thing advertised in the comic books that I never bought as a kid was the Made Simple Self-Teaching Encyclopedia -- a 25-volume set, with each volume dealing with a different subject. Being a bookish sort of fellow, I drooled over the ads for this set. Finally, in my fifties, I searched for and found this complete set on eBay and bought it, and am not disappointed.
Cereal boxes were the most exciting. Real prizes were inside them, from decoder rings to crow calls. I remember happily blowing my black crow call all over town, and in school if I could get away with it. It did really sound like a crow. Having been raised on a farm, my Dad laughed about it, wondering why anyone would want to call a crow. I don't know whatever happened to it, but missing it, I found and bought a similar crow call via amazon.com. Meanwhile I watched a YouTube video of a guy blowing a crow call on his back deck and a large murder of crows instantly beginning to fly in a tizzy overhead. So I tried my new crow call out on my mail route. The thing works! I've gotten responses from crows all over downtown. And out in the parking lot after work one day, I noticed a couple crows flying about, so pulled out my crow call and began cawing as I got into my van. The crows cawed back overhead, and more and more came, and soon there were over a score of them circling close above to the point that Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" came to mind. A co-worker was watching from her car across the lot and can vouch for this spectacle. And to think all this fun could once be had for free from a box of cereal!
Yep, it was fun wishing as a kid, and it's fun wishing now.
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