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Toy Story 3

Saw the 11:30am show today in 2D, and managed to keep the cost down to $5/person. It was a wonderful movie, although a bit late for my family's life. The first Toy Story movie was released in 1995; my girls were 9 and 7, which seemed to fit with Andy's age of 6 in the movie. Toy Story 2 was released in 1999, four years later. This also fit in with the girl's ages; a pattern was established in our family. The girls strongly identified with Andy and were looking forward to another Toy Story movie.

Unfortunately there was an eleven year gap between Toy Story 2 and 3. Andy is 17 in this version, and getting ready to head off to college. The math doesn't quite add up at this point; if they'd kept to a reasonable timeline for Toy Story 3's release, then it would have been 7 years after Toy Story 2, or 2006. That would have placed it in the year my youngest went off to college, and two years after the oldest left as a college freshman.

Oh well.

Regardless, the movie is excellent, the characterizations are as wonderful as ever, with new toys in interesting roles. And the end of the movie is a real tear-jerker, as Andy hands off his toy collection (Woody, Buzz, Jesse, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, and Slinky Dog) to a very deserving recipient.

Father's Day Gifts

There's been a raft of articles published about what not to buy your father for father's day. I consider all those articles to be utter crap. My kids always gave me the most important gift a child can give a father for father's day; love. I never expected, nor demanded, a material gift, especially an expensive gift. I wore the ties and cherished every hand-made item my girls ever gave me, and I still have a few tucked away in my chest-of-drawers. I pull them out from time to time and I remember. It's the same lesson I learned when I was a child with my dad. My dad never complained, was always appreciative and enthusiastic. I can't imagine a father who would be so crass and materialistic who wouldn't love what a child gave them on that day, or any day for that matter.

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  1. How very true, Bill.

    Our small one is five and a half, and when bringing her Mama a cup of coffee, she never forgets to "blow some love" into it first, with kissing her fingers several times, and then blowing off those kisses into the cup.

    Got to catch that on video with my wife's Panasonic before it's gone...

    cheers,
    Wolfgang

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