Our home has been attacked by the Grinch – an eight foot tall Grinch, at that. Who knew he’d turn out to be so big? He’s mean, green, and standing in one of our windows right now (teathered to the wall, actually). It’s one of those inflatable vinyl characters that seem to be all the rage this time of year; he’s an indoor / outdoor Grinch, but we’re trying to keep him water-free – so inside he’ll stay. If you’re a Christmas Grinch, then it’s likely you don’t give a flock (unless you don’t celebrate Christmas or believe that the Grinch actually exists). The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is very real. But don’t worry, Christmas fans – I’ll keep him right here throughout the holiday season so that he won’t hit your Whotown. BTW, he’s the Boris Karloff Grinch (not the Jim Carrey Grinch). And just in case you need incontrovertible proof, I’ve uploaded a couple of photos. Certainly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, eh? And while we’re on the subject…

I was working out for the second time today (couldn’t help it – I had a big meal of wonderful sushi and felt guilty) when I tuned into CBS and discovered the Rankin-Bass stop-motion Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer playing for kids young and old. I watched it for a little while and… had to change the channel. Rudolph just doesn’t look the way he used to look, IMHO. The animation hasn’t changed a bit since it was first broadcast – a fact that is blatantly apparent to any adult eye. I tried to view Rudolph with the same sense of wonder I once contained, but my logical senses were knocking me over. I don’t want ’em to record a CGI version over the audio track, but I can’t help but wonder if they could possibly do an updated stop motion animation over it? Older cartoons don’t seem as dated to me, so perhaps it’s just my eyes. I witnessed way too many “out of sync” moments between Rudolph, the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermie, Yukon Cornelius… between their “lips” and their speech. Kinda started driving me nuts. Anybody got a time machine so I can travel back to when I was three years old and watch it for the first time again? I’ll try it one more time when ABC Family airs it during their Christmas show marathon. Rudolph: you’re still cool in my book, but I think you need to see a speech therapist.

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