March 19, 2009

Don't be afraid.

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It's Ted's Toys.

Althouse is inside. With chattering teeth:

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And Ted...

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... the Evil Toymaster:

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Now, get out of here:

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57 comments:

HelenParr said...

So cool that you could get a dog without actually getting a dog.

EDH said...

I take it from the last photo that Ted's Toys has the "New and Improved" Female Condom in stock.

Talk about a Burnin' Ring of Fire.

Also, as a follow-up to Althouse's Mystery in the Barn post yesterday, behold The Coon.

(Via Instapundit.)

ElcubanitoKC said...

I love the dog's expression!

Would this toy master be the reson for such long trip? ;)

fcai said...

Good looking dog. Nice picture of a good looking dog.

Shawn Levasseur said...

And based on the second picture, it looks like you brought your clone with you.

chickenlittle said...

Does the Evil Toymaster sell puppets?

BJM said...

The Althouse mysteries continue to mount; gifts nicely wrapped.

Henry Buck said...

What makes the fish swedish?

hdhouse said...

I've actually been in that store and my sister who lives just up north of there on Montgomery Ave is a friend of the owner.

Good choice. Now I realize where you have been with all these pictures.

BJM said...

What makes the fish swedish?

They wear teeny-weeny bikinis?

Meade said...

Hey Ted! Why so evil? Eat your carrot sticks like a man, man!

traditionalguy said...

Where do they keep the Sex Toys section? Chattering teeth is not that great a product, but then what do I know about the secret life of Ohioans. Ted does seem dedicated to this Toy business.

Maxine Weiss said...

Does Althouse ever wear robes or dressing gowns ? I keep thinking she's not the robe type.

Still, a quilted pink robe, cinched at the waist, might be just the ticket, especially with a couple of strings of pearls. Darling !

traditionalguy said...

Ted doesn't look evil. He just looks a little dyslexic, but a super nice guy to have a conversation with.

Meade said...

traditionalguy is right - Ted doesn't look evil. He looks rascally.

Bob's Anatomy said...

Is there is bleached blonde convention in Cincy right now?

Simon said...

Re "Bob's Anatomy": check his profile link, then see Palladian's comment here and the two comments linked here.

Made.

chickenlittle said...

Sign over his shoulder in third photo reads:

NOTICE UNATTENDED CHILDREN WILL BE SOLD!

Ted projects more Chitty Chitty Bang Bang childcatcher than friendly Toymaker.

Maxine Weiss said...

That Jihadist scarf Althouse is wearing comes dangerously close to looking like a subversive Keffiyah.

Love,
Maxine

Big Mike said...

So what did you buy besides the Chattering Teeth? Do you do model railroading? Did you buy the "Ball of Whacks" advertised on Ted's web site?

Michael Hasenstab said...

Althouse, if you are able to return to Ted's Toys, please check to see if they have a Whac-A-Maxine in stock?

It's like Whac-A-Mole, but a lot more satisfying.

TitusMyLipchins said...

What was the coolest toy in the store?

And...did you buy anything?

XWL said...

Did Ted bitch and moan about the onerous new requirements on his business imposed by the CPSIA?

TitusMyLipchins said...

I will be honest the Ball Of Whacks scared me a little.

Now if they were balls you could whack I may be interested.

Peter V. Bella said...

And in Ohio, males are not alowed to be off leash or unattended in public, hence the reason for the dog.

TitusMyLipchins said...

Fellow republicans I need to leave you for the night. My boss is in town and we are going out to dindin. I received my performance review and it was stellar natch. Unfortunately, I only received a 4% increase because are merits were down approximately 2-3% this year. Still it add $11,000 to my base which added 916.00 a month to my pay which means I will clear about 500.00 more a month which won't even pay for my monthly parking of my car.

In any event, dindin, and then I am attending an art opening and then drinks later.

Perhaps, when I get home and am liquored up I will join you.

My little Oysters Rockefeller.

TitusMyLipchins said...

Oh and miss me lots and lots.

tootles.

blake said...

The fish are Swedish because they are in no way to be confused with Nemo. (Nemo lives in Australia.)

David said...

The dog wants its royalties.

rhhardin said...

It's better if the dog has the toy.

rhhardin said...

I'd recommend the dribble glass and the whoopie cushion.

Make them part of a vlog when you get back home.

Jeremy said...

What, no Ted tag?

JAL said...

Nice toy store.

But on your road trip you must stop in at the best toy store ever in Brevard, NC.

O.P. Taylor's.

It is 8000 sf, floor to ceiling toys, in an old two (maybe a third with offices? Can't remember) story building which takes up a main corner of the town's main intersection. Smnall town America at its best.

I went online to look for pictures, but all they have is a catalog. Emailed them and told them they needed to include pictures of the place as it is amazing.

Still.

Glad you are playing with toys. And a dog. And having a real vacation.

Are you lifting glass and fork with any commenters out that way tonight?

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Roger von Oech said...

The "Ball of Whacks!" That's my creation. I'm glad to see that Ted's carries it.

It's a set of thirty magnetic rhombic pyramids that forms a rhombic triacontahedron — one of nature's most beautiful shape. It's a creative thinking tool.

This product has been really popular for the past two and a half years.

Look for "Creative Think" in Ann's blogroll — that's me.

I sent her two Balls of Whacks last year. So, we know Ann has the balls.

Roger von Oech

peter hoh said...

I love the Airzooka.

Titus, the Ball of Whacks is a fun toy. It looks grown up enough to keep on your desk.

Jason (the commenter) said...

I like Ted's use of sticky notes.

JAL said...

Hey Roger, how nice to meet you!

Gave your Ball of Whacks to my son-in-law a couple years ago. (After waiting forever for it to come back into stock at Amazon!)

Fun.

EDH said...

When the money goes, the raping starts.

"Oh, it's a talking squirrel."

No, it's The Coon.

(Better link restored.)

Maxine Weiss said...

90% of those toys contain toxic levels of lead.

Love,
Maxine

fcai said...

Maxine you are a godess - you know so much and we appreciate that you are willing to share your boundless wit and knowledge with us. Please, post more often - you improve every conversation you join.

Lem said...

What Happened at the meetup?

Did anybody survived ;)

It's 10:30.. do you know where your professor is?

Darcy said...

Mmmm...Swedish Fish! Irresistible.

Roger von Oech said...

Hi JAL.

I just came out with the follow-on product to the Ball of Whacks.

It's called the "X-Ball." It's a skeletal icosidodecahedron (one of Leonardo da Vinci's favorite shapes. It's a little more cerebral, but people say they like it.

I see it's being carried on amazon. (If you can't find them there or the BOW either, you can always go to http://creativewhack.com)

Since I've already passed the line of shameless (my apologies to all), the iPhone App version of my Creative Whack Pack just came out last week.

Good luck to all. May your teams move on in theri brackets.

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john said...

I second Lem. Did she swear you all to secrecy, or is the meetup still going on?

/made the wine come out my nose:
"I'd like to thank Ron Region for inviting me here to London for the G20 meeting."
/clean keyboard

Roy Lofquist said...

Dear Ann,

Unbelievable! You have taken the bete noir of 1960's social awkwardness, subject of countless cartoons and jokes - watching the neighbor's slides of their vacation in Far Rockaway - and have pople lapping it up.

Unbelievable.

Regards,
Roy

Lem said...

This meetup could be a first born. I dont see any sign shes has done them before with commenters.

So I'm assuming there is a lot riding on it.

"This invitation.. it came by messanger..
I dont know why but you been invited to dinner.."

Methadras said...

Did you see any toys from Rokenbok? I designed and engineered a lot of them.

blake said...

Nah, Lem, there was a New York meetup and an L.A. meet-up.

There may have been a Madison meet-up, too, I don't recall.

Lem said...

This time Althouse is wearing her black shoes.

Penny said...

"Toys for Boys"!

Oh come on. Surely we can support Ann's adventure?

Were it not for Lincoln Logs, Ann might be camping, and NO one wants Ann camping.

JAL said...

Toy master is married, ElcubanitoKC. (Check the left hand.)

ElcubanitoKC said...

Hahaha, JAL, you are correct...hmmmm...

MadisonMan said...

Is that other woman Dell?

former law student said...

Those particular chattering teeth appear to be H. Fishlove's of Chicago, proudly made in America.

Accept no cheap foreign knockoffs.

former law student said...

Is that other woman Dell?

My guess is that the "other woman" is actually another image of A^2, taken from the rear with the aid of mirrors -- she's in a trickshop, after all.