My son Warren gave a very cool and useful present this year for Christmas. A set of USB charging cables with a magnetic micro USB connector. The connector stays in your device and I just have to put the magnetic end of the cable near the connector in the device and it jumps into position and starts the charge cycle. No more funbling to find the right orientation without my glasses. Since the charging port on the device is always occupied by the connector you never have to clean out the dust or lint tat often accumulates in those areas. A nice addition to our charging station.
One of my favourite podcasts on CBC Radio called “Under the Influence with Terry O’Reilly” highlighted the beginnings of the comic book ads that my brother and I used to pour over in great detail during our childhood. Fantasies about tanks that could shoot shells or submarines to launch into the local lake to be had for under $10. We never did order those items but we did tape quarters to pieces of cardboard and send away for those of lower price levels. Sea Monkeys for only a $1.25. Chests of toy soldiers for only $2.00. And even a machine gun that shot real BB’s for under a buck. After dropping the envelope with several weeks allowance in the post box we spent each day for the next several weeks running home with the expectation of finding that our treasures had arrived. Inevitably we were usually pretty disappointed by what we finally received. But the anticipation was a wonderful experience and I look fondly back on those days of innocent wonder. I highly recommend you go here and listen to Terry O’Reilly’s podcast.
If you have ever wondered about what you would actually get when you ordered that submarine or many of the other items from those comic books, Amazon sells a book Mail Order Mysteries that reviews a good number of the ads that I remember from my childhood. I have purchased this book and loved and highly recommend it.
Donner Party Rescued
On this day in February, 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After being stranded by heavy snowfall and eating the last of their oxen, they infamously turned to cannibalism for survival. Although not well known in Canada, it is a somewhat legendary story in the United States.
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