For ten years I managed to steer clear of the sold-out Christmas toy scenario reminiscent of Jingle All the Way
but last Christmas my preparation plans went somewhat awry and I found myself trying to locate a Furby two weeks before Christmas. It seemed to be that year’s ‘must have’ toy and as I searched the Internet I was struck by how many refered to the process as “hunting
”. I would look through eBay sales and most of the sellers taking advantage of the rush would write “happy hunting
” underneath their extortionate asking prices. In one instance I visited a toyshop and a staff member wished me “good hunting
” as I left! So, I gladly excepted the challenge and went ‘hunting’ for a Furby and managed to successfully “bag” one of the beasts. Although it was in no way as comical as Jingle All the Way
I did however manage to successfully secure one a week before Christmas at a fraction of the cost and frankly I was quite pleased with myself. This feeling was highlighted and underlined by my daughter’s happy face on Christmas morning when she found Furby under the Christmas tree. True the memory of her happy face was reward enough, but I decided to mark that December ‘hunt’ the only way I knew how… Adding it to the ever growing collection of Wonderments and Atrocities
Merry Christmas everyone!
My sincere thanks to Rachel White for helping me track down this particular specimen.
© Arfon Jones
2013. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.
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