Posts Tagged ‘Monday Night Football’

Bobbing With The Kardashians

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Monday. Fred drops by the Café to pick up a spare cash drawer for his Halloween costume pop-up shop. He tries to convince me that more people than not want to dress up as vampires, the Hulk, or Pan-Am stewardesses circa 1963, in order to get drunk in public.

“What happened to going over to someone’s house with just a pair of Groucho Marx glasses, and bobbing for apples?” I ask.

“Two words. Un Sanitary.” he says.

“Maybe. But apples are healthy, so it’s sort of a wash”, I reply.

Tuesday. My 3-1/2 year old announces that this year he wants to trick or treat as Spiderman. My wife comes home from Superstore with a bagged and branded size small. Although he picked it out himself, he’s very concerned about costume authenticity, and being able to spin real webs. The concept of hitting up strangers for candy doesn’t necessarily appeal to him, and he can’t be convinced that carrying a small pillowcase is integral to the look.

In spite of the fact that our neighbourhood is experiencing a birthing boom, the number of kids trick or treating at our door has been decreasing steadily every year. Early indications are that this year will be no different. Some kids are going to the mall, some kids will only be allowed to canvas their own street, and most will have flashlight wielding adult accompaniment.

“When I was a kid, it wasn’t uncommon for a pack of us to run wild over an entire district, coming home once or even twice to drop our loot, before heading out again,” I reminisce to my wife.

“The chocolate bars were full sized and you could count on at least a half dozen homemade popcorn balls,” I continued. “Safety First was not yet a slogan in our lexicon.”

Wednesday. Mrs. Mink tasks me with the bulk purchase of mini Cadbury confections from Costco. We agree on volume, and at the same time, I negotiate the right to stay home and dole out the goods. This year, Halloween falls on a Monday, and Monday Night Football will be there to keep me company in between doorbells.

The downside to winning the right to stay home and avoid sidewalk small talk, is having the big smile and the big stiff arm wave working for the attendant parents, who will furtively suss out their kids bags, expecting this to be the year I relent and hand out PB Wannabe’s, Queen Cakes and No Grumpy’s.

Fred calls. “Last chance to have me put aside a Kissing Booth costume for you,” he announces. “It’s proving very popular with guys who think they’ll hook up with all the Kim Kardashian’s that will be out in force this year.”

“I’ll take my big butts with the point spread,” I say. “But if you see Kimmy bobbing for anything, send me a picture.”

 Marc Lieberman

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From Caterpillar to Social Butterfly

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

San Francisco’s Frank Gore leaves the game with an injury and is doubtful to return. Donald Driver catches a deep ball over his left shoulder one handed and sets the Packers up for a touchdown. Detroit may get off the schneid this week and win their first game since 2007. These and other fast facts and stats are typical of what should consume my Sunday. 

Start early with the pre-game shows. Coast through the morning matchups, hunker down for the afternoon contests, and wrap it all up 15 hours later with Sunday Night Football, the network’s pick for game of the weekend. This robust schedule of gridiron combat should satiate my football hunger long enough to get through Monday until, that’s right, Monday Night Football, ostensibly the most exciting 3 hours in sports. 

I may live in a hockey town, but my standard answer has always been, “there’s only two seasons in professional sports: NFL football and waiting for NFL football”. So it comes as a big adjustment to see my Sunday’s usurped by tweets, blogs, status updates, wall postings and other web 2.0 necessities.

I’m reminded of those prescient words of @exceptafterk, Creative Director at The Social Agency, who looked me square in the chest with one eye so she could keep the other eye on her IPhone. “I pray when I wake up that someone hasn’t invented a new social media marketing tool while I was sleeping that will make me feel like a business outcast if I’m not on it”.

A couple of years ago I took a road trip down the information superhighway, got to the end, took a few pictures and came home. Now it beckons again with a promise of more roadside attractions and no need to double back. I am a small business owner, and it is incumbent on me to participate in this electronic revolution, and I admit, it can be fun, albeit time consuming.

But today is Sunday, and as much as I feel a need to get some work done, I’m going to sit down in front of the TV, with a bowl of popcorn laced with chocolate chips, until the feeling passes.  

Marc Lieberman

Mink Chocolates Inc.,
Mink A Chocolate Cafe Ltd.

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