Day 15: A Magic Show, Quicksilver, Slim Goodbody

Remember those lazy summer days I talked about -- the ones that are bound to happen more often than I'd like to admit? Well, this was one of those days.

After a morning of Legos with the kids, Charlotte finished her last day of gymnastics camp. Anna (the waitress) and I hit the basement where we had some one-on-one time playing with Daniel Tiger toys and my old Fisher Price Magic Show set. Okay, maybe not my actual set from when I was a kid but one just like it that I bought on eBay years later.

The evening involved a family trip to the library where Charlotte was determined to check out a book about snails. I was looking for Summer of Sam (it's been on my brain recently with the Summer of Tim and all). She found her book. I didn't find my movie.

Instead, I came home with Quicksilver, a movie I saw when it first came out on video back in the 80s and haven't seen since. Back in the day of video stores, do you remember how you could have your name put on the back of posters and stand-ups? Then when the store was done with them, they'd call you and you could come pick them up for keeps. One of the first items I ever acquired this way was a countertop stand-up for Quicksilver. I hadn't seen the movie, but I knew of Kevin Bacon thanks to my subscription to Teen Beat magazine. Might have to hit eBay to see if I can find one of these cheap sometime.

The summer months leave me plenty of time to let my mind wander and today, for some reason, I started thinking about this amazing block I once saw by Laphonso Ellis. Your life will be better having seen it, too.

Last but not least, my pal Elvis has started a terrific Indiegogo campaign. He's not recording an album or filming a documentary. He just wants to hang out and enjoy life...on your dime.

Elvis is a freakin' genius.

On a side note, Elvis used to look like Slim Goodbody.


The Summer of Tim continues...


Derek Ash said...

I know… I know… totally not the topic of the post… but that magic kit… how old is it? I would SWEAR I had one as a kid that picked up (where else) at a thrift store. Is it a Fisher-Price thing or something? I distinctly remember giving up on using it as an actual magic kit, and instead used it as a sort of base/carrying case for small toy figures… if its the same (type of) one.

TL said...

Early 80s. Maybe 83 or 84.