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Saturday, February 9th, 2008
By raincoaster

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Actually, you might have: six million people have. But then, I was late to the weird pirate video, too.

This is tiny little Hunter Hayes, singing that classic Cajun dish, Jambalaya, and accompanying himself on the accordion. Watch that kid go! You can’t tell me that’s not a great arm workout!

Accordions. So hot right now.

Stolen from TheDailyMartini.

And now, you and your munchkin can live the life, the glamor, the dream which is: The Accordion. Note the special deal: buy an accordion, get the bongos for just $26 more! Your rec room will soon be the secret clubhouse of all the budding neighborhood hipsters.

next stop, American Idol!

Friday Caption Contest: Shampoo Baby Edition

Friday, February 8th, 2008
By raincoaster

Captions in the comments. Blather, rinse, repeat.

Shampoo Baby

Stolen from the Horse Power Business Blog

Friday Caption Contest Results

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
By raincoaster

Neither wind, nor storm, nor rain, nor technical difficulties will keep this blogger from posting the results of the Friday Caption Contest, Elderplay Edition.

Seniors playground

Jennie Says:

Maude and Albert decided to experiment with spicing up their marriage after 35 years of the same old thing. However, they didn’t quite understand what “swingers” actually did and while it was fun, they never did see what all the fuss was about…

Congratulations to Jennie! And here are her honorary and decidedly stylish diva shoes, the Giuseppe Zanotti Ler Nero. As Julie Newmar demonstrates, you’re never too old to rock wicked heels.

Zanotti Le Nero


When Grownups Play

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
By raincoaster

Continuing our theme of “Grownups at Play” from the Friday Caption Contest, I couldn’t resist passing this along from Gawker; it’s art! It’s a protest! It’s comedy! It’s tragedy! It’s a Flashfrozen-mob!

It’s‘s 200-person strong motionless event at Grand Central Station, and it’s bizarre, beautiful, and hilarious. More grownups should have the courage to do something just because it’s fun, and maybe a little because it’s weird, too. Would you do this?

Friday Caption Contest: Elderplayground edition

Friday, February 1st, 2008
By raincoaster

From the land that gave us Monty Python and, inadvertently, The United States of America, comes this delightful concept: playgrounds for old people!

Seniors’ playground

From the Guardian:

Manchester, UK: John and Patricia Baxter, aged 73 and 57 respectively, try out the new play equipment at the Older People’s Play Area in Dam Head Park, Blackley. The new play area, which is the first of its kind in the UK, is designed to give gentle excercise for the elderley and has the slogan “You’re never too old to play”

True enough, and now it’s time for us to play: Captions in the Comments section, please. Winner announced Monday, and I promise not to pick myself this time.

Bubble Gum Art

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
By raincoaster

Many and varied are the joys of childhood, and prominent among them must be the collecting of bubblegum cards, with  or without a corresponding  consumption of the gum itself, perhaps best thought of as a kind of chewy, indigestible pink bycatch. When the world and raincoaster were young, it was acceptable to pass the noxious substance off to one’s younger sister, stick it under one’s desk, or indeed, even to toss it out entirely, knowing that the Star Wars Sticker Pack with bonus cards was the true treasure. But in a world of increasingly green outlook, this is obviously no longer acceptable. Given that the thirst for card-collecting has presumably not diminished (I would have gotten a memo, right?) what are we to do with the loathesome, cast-off wads of pink cement?

Make art.

Chewing Gum; not just for desks anymore

The sensual act of chewing, the voluptuous warmth of rebelling saliva, the artificial and secretly aseptic fragrance which spreads from the mouth as a promise and missed kiss. The synthetic fleshliness of the pink color, the obsessive square shape of the product unwrapped and ready to be shred to pieces by the power of the tongue, all compete in crashing on the senses. Applying all this to the power and energy of the Sculpture and its history causes a short circuit having the capacity of turning the ludic into stately and vice versa. The strict minimalism of parallelepiped is subverted by the uniform coating with many bars of chewing-gum completely cover it, rendering chewable to desire, soft and provoking to forbidden touch, what was abstract and distant.

Why, yes, that’s just what I was going to say.

Enjoy the strange, sticky delights of Maurizio Savini‘s bubblegum sculptures and, given that the works are apparently selling for decent prices, perhaps use them to inspire the young ‘uns? Never too early to get a head start on art school tuition savings!

the first time

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
By raincoaster

Captain Dave PerryThere’s nothing quite like your first time. The awkward baby steps, the nervous hesitations, the tender care and attention. The hockey rink staff watching with tears in their eyes.

Or is that just Canadians?

From the Kingston Whig-Standard:

Expecting a Saturday morning departure, [Captain Dave] Perry had booked the ice at the Gananoque Recreation Centre for yesterday afternoon so he and his four-year-old son, Mitchell, could spend an hour playing hockey [before he left for Afghanistan with the Canadian Armed Forces]. Told that he was leaving yesterday morning instead, he called the rink to cancel and explained why.

Sue Smith, who books ice time at the arena, told him not to worry. She moved existing bookings around on Thursday afternoon so father and son could have 90 minutes to themselves, shooting pucks at a couple of real nets. Smith only charged Perry a few dollars for the time.

“[The arena staff] were great,” Perry said yesterday as he and the other soldiers waited to board the bus that was taking them to Trenton.

“He’s never played hockey before but it was something that I really wanted to do with him before I left.”

Smith said she never gave a second’s thought to clearing the schedule when she heard that Perry was shipping out early for his nine-month tour.

“I thought it was important that he have that memory, and seeing the two of them out there was so cute,” she said.

“It was a special moment for them, and I’m glad we were able to help him out.”

Something for the care package? How about hockey puck gumballs?

Hockey puck gumballs are a welcome sight

A Vote for Us is a Vote for World Peace…

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
By Glinda

My site was nominated for Best Parenting Blog!

We here at Teeny Manolo are just a wee bit excited to announce that we have been nominated by the superfantastic reader Galadrium for the Blogger’s Choice Awards in the Best Parenting Blog Category!  Thank you Galadrium, we are indeed honored and humbled.

Now, dear readers, would you be so kind as to join forces with the good Galadrium?  You will have to register on the site, which can take an extra minute or two. But in doing so, know you will be suffused with that special glow that comes from a deed of kindness.  People will stop you on the street and say, “My, you look even more fabulous today than usual!” and you will reply, “That’s because I voted for Teeny Manolo!”

Simply go to the Blogger’s Choice Awards site, register, and search for us under our URL, which is

That’s it!

Go now! Because at the moment, we have only one vote, and we’d really, really like to break into the double digits!

And you’d like to bring about World Peace, wouldn’t you? 

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