One of the many joys in my life is being Uncle Michael. I've been Uncle Michael for just over nine years now, when Brainy Boy was born to Barry and L over at the Inn of the Last Home.
In those nine years, they've added Giggle Girl to the family as well. Also during that time period, my sister and her husband had Gracelyn and Davis. So that is four small, impressionable children to spoil and hopefully convert someday in Doctor Who
fans just like myself. So far, this plan hasn't really caught fire with BB, GG or Gracelyn, but Davis does seem to think the opening credits on Doctor Who
are pretty neat.
To say that I love being Uncle Michael is a bit of an understatement.
Also, I must say that if I should someday be blessed with having children of my own, we will have to move to a cave somewhere in Alaska to avoid the retribution that is coming. Many have warned me about this over the years, but I just shrug it off at this point. I am so far behind the eight ball now that I am just going to enjoy it now and stock up on Tylenol for when my turn comes around.
For those of you who don't know, BB upgraded to version 9 in mid-February. When I saw BB and his family back in late December, Barry and BB mentioned they'd caught a few episode of the old Battlestar Galactica
on SciFi during the Christmas holidays. They'd enjoyed them together and an idea hit me. At the monthly flea-market in Nashville, they occasionally have the box set of the original Battlestar Galactica
available for a reasonable price. I figured I'd be the coolest uncle ever if I could find a set for BB for his b'day. (Also, I figured it be one of those good father/son bonding things.) Well, needless to say I didn't make it to the flea market in January due to the cold wind and rain.
So, I was stuck. I wanted to find something for BB that I knew he'd like.
Now, his b'day is in mid-February. In fact, his b'day was the weekend I had the flu. So, that put a big dent in my plan for the weekend of hitting the mall to find him a gift. So, I waited until the next weekend when I was finally well enough to tackle the mall and go in search of a good present.
I wandered into Suncoast and was looking around at the various movies, wondering which ones BB had and which ones he needed. I spent a lot of time looking at such classics as The Dark Crystal
and the animated Hobbit
, but nothing jumped off the shelf and screamed out the name BB. So, I kept looking. I wandered over to the TV section and was looking around.
Now, let me back up and say that BB really enjoys the show Full House
. Honestly, I don't get it, but then again no one quite gets my love of Doctor Who
. So, I feel for him there. Looking at the shelf, what did I see but a set of Full House
DVDs...season one. No commericals. Just released. Now this is a present that just screamed, "Buy this for BB!"
First of all, I know he'll enjoy it. Second of all, it will probably drive his parents a bit crazy. Two gifts in one. It's perfect, I thought. I even ran my devious plan past the person who had accompanied me on this shopping expedition and she found it amusing and devious as well. But, being the frugal person I am (it wasn't on sale at Suncoast) I planned to check at Wal-Mart first and then stop by BestBuy on the way home since it'd be less expensive. One trip to Wal-Mart later, and some strange looks by the clerk for asking to buy a box-set of Full House
, I had the present.
The present was wrapped and mailed, extremely late due to the flu and the fact that I haven't found a post office near my office yet. But it arrived to BB yesterday.
I got e-mai from BBl this morning that the present was a big hit. Which I'm glad he liked it, but I was even more encouraged that it was a good gift when Barry sent this...
If it takes me to my last ounce of breath, I will get you back for the Full House DVD.
Around the moons of Nibia, across the Antares Maelstrom, and through Perdition's Flames..
For those of you who don't recognize that last part, it's from Star Trek II
--the greatest movie EVER!
I have to admit I've been about to bust to tell this story for a couple of weeks now, but I knew that if I blogged about it, Barry would get the heads-up and that would ruin part of the fun. I'm glad now that I can tell it and cackle with glee to others besides myself.
Meanwhile, I'm scouting out caves in Alaska....
posted by Michael Hickerson at 3/01/2005 01:52:00 PM