What's in? What's out? What's hot? What snot?
IN: The two grandkids' birthdays are only a couple days apart. Since they can't tell time or read a calendar, we can get by with only one birthday party.
OUT: Since the live with me, it is reasonable to expect some of my smarts to rub off on them, and they'll (eventually) learn how to read a calendar.
IN: Having said birthday party at the OTHER grandparents' house.
OUT: The grandbrats come home with YET MORE noisy toys.
IN: Little wavy red lines under typo errors.
OUT: Typing "calenday" and seeing the little wavy red lines twice already in this blog post
IN: Fisher-Price still makes the corn popper push toy.
OUT: They're just as obnoxious as they were 40 years ago.
IN: At least it doesn't use batteries.
IN: Hardwood floors so the wheels of corn popper push toy slide instead of roll, resulting in no popping noises.
OUT: Grandbrat gets mad at lack of poppage and makes more noise than the toy.
IN: Hilarity of watching Grandbrat the Elder try (and fail, miserably) to vacuum a leaf off the floor using corn popper push toy as if it were a Hoover Upright.
OUT: She doesn't have the same enthusiasm for running the real vacuum.
IN: Grandbrat the Younger's walking record so far: 9 steps before flopping buttwise on the floor.
OUT: Her nine steps looked just like those of the very drunk driver in that episode of COPS who couldn't pass a field sobriety test.
OUT: There's a drunk guy who can't pass a field sobriety test in pretty much every episode of COPS.
OUT: Watching COPS.
IN: Years ago, that Saudi guy who used to be my neighbor vigorously explaining how COPS is the #1 show in Saudi Arabia, complete with his staccato "Badda boy, badda boy, what you go to do? What you go to do when come for you" rendition of the theme song.
OUT: That I used to have a crazy Saudi neighbor.
OUT: Watching COPS
IN: The music made by Fisher-Price toys is much improved over the lame plink-plink music box kind of sound they had when I was a kid. The sax sounds very real, and the guitar sounds just like an old hollow-body electric.
OUT: Out of all the buttons on the dang thing, they only ones the grandbrat will push are Rockin' Robin and If You're Happy and You Know It.
IN: Being not happy and knowing it.