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One of my favorite toys

SPIROGRAPH!!!

I have a collection of physical Spirographs, old and new, including a Super Spirograph just like the one I had as a teenager that Steve found for me on EBay.

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barak
Feb. 20th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Spirographs! I remember loving those when I was a wee lad! I haven't thought about those in years.
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
They've never stopped making them, although there have been some pretty lame versions. Some of the ones out there now aren't too bad. And there's always EBay for the classics.
excessor
Feb. 20th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC)
I never had a spirograph, although several friends did. The link is very fun.
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
Check out the link in Loganbeary's comment below.

You'll just have to come over and play with our toys sometime!
sydhart
Feb. 20th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
Cool! You must love the titles from Vertigo. :)
poohbearjim
Feb. 21st, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
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I know I did! :)
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, we do. Actually, we love the whole movie, moreso since we moved to San Francisco. But the credits are spirolicious!
dacubsf
Feb. 21st, 2004 12:29 am (UTC)
OH Wow

I forgot all about spirographs. I use to have those as a kid also. Loved those.
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
Seems like a lot of gay guys we know loved Spirographs. Steve certainly did--he mirrored my teenage obsession with them.
kessa
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:39 am (UTC)
I forgot about those too! Those were great - right up there with Etch-a-Sketch, Hamster balls, Mr. Potato head and Tinker Toys.
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
I loved Etch-a-Scetch, Mr. Potato Head, Tinker Toys, American Bricks, Lincoln Logs, the Thingmaker, the Vac-U-Form--anything you could use to make something else. I wasn't much for sports, and prefered mostly solitary amusements (though I did and still do love to play board games).
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qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
Next time you visit, we'll haul 'em out and play!!
jrjarrett
Feb. 21st, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)
Yay cool!

Gonna get a Lite Brite too?
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
Ya know, I wasn't a big fan of the Lite Brite. It came out when I was older, and seemed a little too young for me. My brother Jimmy had one. I did play with it and liked to look at the designs with my glasses off--one of the joys of being nearsighted. (Also love looking at Xmas trees that way.) I do rememeber the little pegs being all over the house, and my baby brother Billy choking on them. Do they still sell them? Are they "kid-safe?" The original Spirographs had little pushpins to hold the rings on the paper. The modern ones don't, because the children of today cannot be trusted wiith small or sharp objects, I guess. Of course, the Thingmaker and Vac-U-Form were basically electric hotplates--the new Thingmakers use a light bulb. Where's the sport in that?
poohbearjim
Feb. 21st, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)
I had a Spirograph but my favorite was the Lite Brite. Unfortunately it was my older sister's and she was stingy. Therefore Ray bought me one for Christmas a couple years ago. I still love it. Now, if he will only get me the Easy Bake Oven I secretly wanted when I was a child!
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
I never had an Easy bake Oven, thought I wanted one. However, my parents did get me a Betty Crocker Bake Set when I was 5 or 6, complete with little pans, bowls, mixing spoons, and wee packages of cake and cookie mix. My mother had to bake them in the big oven, but I loved making and eating those little pastries. Probably why I grew up to be overweight and a good cook. :o)
kdotdammit
Feb. 21st, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
Yeah! Thanks for The Bean gift idea. I LOVED spirograph. She already has Lite Brite, which we adore. But I know she'll be way into Spirograph. Always good to have a new arty proejct game thing. Thanks!
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
Creative kid that she is, I'm sure she'll love it. I recommend the Spirograph Studio, which comes with a nice storage/carrying case. I got mine at Toys-R-Us. It's ages 8 and up, but I'm sure Skylar can handle it.

I love origami too--the Bean might give that a try also. I really like to teach kids how to fold, and they're always really good at it.
ricksf
Feb. 21st, 2004 08:54 am (UTC)
I got addicted to the Kenner plastic variant of the Erector set. Loved building high rise towers for some reason. Can we say ENGINEER?
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
My brother had an Erector Set (the metal one with the little nuts and bolts) and I was so jealous. Steve got me a big K'Nex set a few years ago, and I really enjoy it. Tinker Toys for the new millenium!

Hehheh...as you know I ended up an engineering student, too. Know why West Hall at RPI doesn't slide down the hill? Because Tute sucks and Troy blows!!!!
loganbeary
Feb. 21st, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
Cool! Check out this website!
qbear
Feb. 21st, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool! Check out this website!
OMG!!! This is so fantastic!!! My autistic inner child is in heaven!!!!!

Actually, I do have a few autistic tendencies. I love watching spinning objects, and anything circular. I used to spin things and rock wildly as a child, and bounce my head on the pillow at night, and get all excited over the washing machine (round tub, repetitive motion). I still love to do the laundry.
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