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06 December 2003 @ 05:36 pm
Hot Wheels  
I had two uncles on my mother's side. One died when I was two, the other is still around. Really sucks, too, because the one that dies apparently got a huge kick out of little me, played with me a lot and stuff. Hell, I still have some drawings he did for/with me. But car wrecks have a way of screwing with things like that. Oh well.

Anyway, that's not why I went into this. Obviously, age-wise, this means that my uncles grew up in the sixties. They came from a conservative family, and thus were not anywhere near the hippie movement. Thus, like the rest of their generation, they turned to hot rods, and thus, by the time I came along, there was quite a collection of old Hot Wheels cars around my grandparents' place.

I gathered them together one day and kept them, and was pretty proud of the collection of vintage Hot Wheels cars I now owned. Sadly, once I left for college, my brother decided to nab them, and they have now disappeared to the four winds. Dammit. Still, I've always liked them, if only because they are really cool looking and still only cost a buck a piece.

Not long back, we got a bunch for Bug, and I started noticing, again, how much I enjoyed them. Today, we were at the store, grabbing Xmas gifts, and as we dug through a bin full of them, I couldn't help but end up holding on to several that I thought kicked ass...and didn't want to give to anyone else. Yep, looks like I'm gonna start collecting them again.

As usual with my collecting, I don't much care about how anyone else values them or how rare a car is. Price guides and eBay can kiss my big ass, I'm into it for my own aesthetics. Anyway, for now, I need to go pick up a case to start keeping them in, but I do plan, one day, to have a display case of some sort in whatever house I end up in.

Guess we all have some bit of childhood we refuse to give up.
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Tobey Cooketherpunk on December 6th, 2003 05:39 pm (UTC)
I was more into the Matchbox cars when I was a kid myself... but it's funny you should mention this because I was in a store recently looking at picking some of these up, just because I always thought they looked so cool.

Hard to find them around here though, unless I go to like Toys 'R Us up in Northgate.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on December 6th, 2003 05:58 pm (UTC)
We were at Wal-Mart, had shitloads.
Tobey Cooketherpunk on December 6th, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC)
Closest Wal-Mart here is in Renton, man.

Might hit around Bartell's though... they had some in stock last time I was in.
...faemortel on December 6th, 2003 07:35 pm (UTC)
Stores in the seatle area that have hot wheels.. target, fred meyers, toys are us, kaybee, fao, walmart, walgreens, rite aide, safeway... and probablay a few more... have fun, and dont ask how i know
oldergoddess on December 6th, 2003 07:15 pm (UTC)
we all have some bit of childhood we refuse to give up.
I thought that was what Christmas was all about :D; the reason I am replying; I just picked up a car hauling big truck full of hot wheels for my grandson for Christmas at Fred Meyer's. I love hot wheels, legos and tonka toys; the good ones will always be around. I give them to him and then I get to play with them too, life is good.
IsisInVinylisisinvinyl on December 7th, 2003 02:38 am (UTC)
Right, totally, theres something intrinsicly cool about hot wheels i keep trying to get trout to like them, i mean theyre cheap and readily available and where can you find instant gratification like that these days, i mean for those of us with no muffins haha!
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