And Some Younger Folk

Facebook showed me this:

And I knew who it was not because I remember the program from my youth, but because we have Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas on VHS, and we’ve watched it maybe twice with our boys when they were young.

You know, the boys never really got into watching the same videos over and over as some people indicate their kids did. They liked their Sesame Street, and they watched a bunch of shows, mostly from a DVR, but they had a rolling set of cartoons they watched: Scooby Doo, G.I. Joe, Spiderman and His Amazing Friends, Transformers…. They never got big into Disney stuff, and they never wanted to watch things over and over again.

But as I am who I am, I accumulated a bunch of videocassettes and whatnot for my children. Actually, I bought a bunch before we even thought of having children when I was doing the Ebay thing around the turn of the century.

So I have a bit of a conundrum now: What to do with the portion of the Nogglestead video library (and book library) which is geared toward children? So I box them up and store them for eventual grandchildren? Try to sell them (who watches old videocassettes these days except me?).

Ah, gentle reader, you probably know better if you’ve read me for any time, you know what I will do: Nothing soon.. I will continue to dust the videos and the children’s books that my aunt gave us in the late 1970s. Eventually, I will remove the children’s books from the bookshelves in their bedrooms and load them with my books.

But in 2013, when writing about The Future Forgotten Half-Empty Bottle of Mr. Bubble, I mentioned their bath toys, and in 2021, I said the bath toys were long gone, but I must have meant that their playing with bath toys was long gone, as the bath toys are still in the bin under the sink in the hall bath.

So, where was I? Oh, yes. Emmet Otter.

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