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October 21, 2010

Because Pogs Will Make a Comeback

I don't get the hype about Silly Bandz or Silly Strings or whatever the kids are calling them these days. To me, they look like overgrown rubber bands I used to wear on my braces, but apparently they're the hot item right now and ever so useful should you ever find yourself in need of a tourniquet or a makeshift slingshot. If you are a child of the eighties, in order to understand the obsession with these unisex, multicolored bracelets, I have one word for you. Pogs.

At the risk of seriously dating myself, I can recall the pogs craze when I was in school. You didn't go to school to learn; rather, you attended purely for that thirty minute recess where you were allowed to take the pogs out of your backpack and play on the sidewalk. But not for keeps, of course. The school just had to step in and suck the life right out of that one.

Incidentally, pogs will be making a dramatic comeback any day now. Of course, I don't have any hard evidence to back this up, but since a certain SOMEONE is storing a small mountain of pogs in our basement, I find the need to keep telling myself that they will eventually make a reappearance. Along with Digi Pets, of course.

Unfortunately, pogs haven't burst back onto the scene just yet, so for now, I'm afraid that we're stuck with those oddly-shaped rubber bands. Thank God that my son is too little to understand them. And to the parents of children sporting those fashionable, circulation-stopping accessories, my condolences.

With Silly Bandz on the brain of nearly every school-aged child, it only makes sense to take advantage of our superior knowledge and experience as adults this Halloween. After all, do you want YOUR house to get egged during the school year? And have you seen how difficult it becomes to clean toilet paper off your front lawn after a rainstorm?

Try it. I dare you.

In order to keep our homes egg and Charmin-free this year, HealthPartners of Minnesota brought together some of their best and brightest to outsmart our band-wearing nemeses. Their final strategy was nothing short of genius: handing out Silly Bandz in place of candy when that little gremlin comes knocking on your front door on October 31.

As an added bonus, this also means that kids will be eating less candy this year which should hopefully mean fewer cavities, healthier mouths, and parents who haven't lost their minds on November 1.

So if you want to be a good neighbor this Halloween and spare local parents from the inevitable child sugar-coma, pick up a few packs of Silly Bandz to hand out at your front door. And if you have any extras, send them my way. Because I totally need to keep up with the times so I can be The Cool Mom. You know, the one who knows how to play pogs.

Happy Friday, y'all! We're still trying to climb the ladder so how about two clicks just because I won't be feeding your kids candy this Halloween?

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