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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It all started over a sled.

The other day I was shopping for a sled. I haven't bought a sled in a long time. Well, actually a long, long, long time. As I looked over the various sled selections on the huge open shelves, I realized that there's been a significant change in the sled design world. I couldn't find a single wooden flexible flyer with steel runner blades anywhere. Like I said, it's been a while since I bought a sled.

But oh there was a wondrous variety of sledding equipment...nearly all of them constructed of plastic...in every color of the rainbow including an assortment of wild psychedelic colors. There were saucer sleds that resembled garbage can lids. All sorts and sizes of rubber inflatable sleds. There were snow tubes, snow toboggans, snow boogies, snow boards, mini luges, disc sleds, slope sliders, racing sleds and baby pull sleds.

As I was in the midst of a mesmerizing sled-slider-saucer purchasing decision, a fellow who looked to be about my age ambled down the aisle and was looking at snow shovels which were across from the sleds. He noticed me and said: Hope you're not thinkin' 'bout buying one of those sled things. We're too old for such nonsense.

GRRRRR. How about a shovel up your butt, you farty old coot? I wanted to say but managed to restrain myself. Instead I smiled sweetly and replied, Oh, we're never too old to go sledding. Matter of fact, sir, your fatass rear end looks more like a super-sized saucer sled than any of these on the shelves. Ever thought of hiring your behind out as a toboggan? He gave me a dirty look and slunk away. I chose a large, plastic purple abominal snowman luge...for my 4 year old grandson (visiting from Florida)...which was my reason for shopping in the first place. As I approached the check out, I thought about what the jerk guy had said. So I marched back to the sports section and picked out two more sleds: heavy-duty red and yellow psychedelic, fluorescent, irridescent flying snow screamers for myself and my husband. Too old for sledding?  Never.

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13 comments:

KeLLy aNN said...

I love you! lol.....

Coffeypot said...

You are so lucky. We don't get to sled down here. We have to use lids or sheet aluminum when we do get a chance.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Well, maybe some day we'll be too old, but certainly NOT YET!!! Enjoy those fabulous rides.

Sue said...

Are you serious that you said that to the old coot? That is too funny!

You are a brave woman. And, apparently, a very cool sledder.

=)

KeLLy aNN said...

This has been THE funniest read I've had in awhile!

Linda Myers said...

I love it! Good luck with the sledding. I'm not too old, but my back would probably complain.

Oklahoma Granny said...

You seriously said that? I would have loved to have been there. Hope you have a great time sledding!

ReformingGeek said...

Hilarious!

What a fun grandmother you are!

You are never too old to have fun.

Now I want a sled. Yeah, I know that it rarely snows enough down here to use it but I can always haul it to Santa Fe with me!

Mark said...

d quite right too. We're never too old for sledging.

gayle said...

I bet your grandson love sleding with you!! I bet you are the "cool" grandma!

Wrexie said...

The last "sledding" I did was at White Sands. My son and I went back into the store when we were done to return the sleds... I was covered in sand head to toe!! Didn't care what people thought. It was great! Never to old... unless of course you're a super- sized saucer sled butt! lol

J.P. Travis said...

Years ago at a New Years Eve party after an ice storm, two female guests fresh from the Phillipines expressed a desire to experience sledding. Three of us manly Michiganders offered to take them that very instant. We walked over to Richmond Park in Grand Rapids with my toboggan, piled on, and the five of us started down the ice-slick hill. We went down the hill, across the field and pond, across the parking lot, and then across the street, somehow missing all trees and fire hydrants. Top speed was about 1,000 mph. When we finally stopped, the two girls said, "That was fun! Can we do it again?" We three manly men were so petrified with fear we had to rush back to the house and use the bathroom.

sandra said...

We had a huge snow here in the South this year and I missed my chance to sled. But I'll be ready next time. I'm getting a sled too! 2 of them! Next time I'll be out there with the rest of them!

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