Monday, August 4, 2008

Kung Fu Hamster (no 'p' - now I know)

Ok, so I'm following-the-leader and starting a blog. I need another reason to stay up late like I need a hole in my head, but what can I say, I'm a glutton for punishment (not-to-mention a true night owl). Anywho, I needed a forum besides facebook to post pics and videos of the new rug-rat for the grandparents and this seemed like the place.

As for the url I chose, after about half an hour of trying the traditional options like 'Childresses'; 'The Childresses'; 'Childress Family; 'The Childress Family', etc. etc. etc. all to no avail, I typed in the current url out of frustration (inspired by the little toy sitting next to our computer) and viola! Availability!

Now I wish I could say I immediately figured out I misspelled "hamster", but I didn't (which should come as no surprise to any of you that have known me for any length of time - I am truly a child of the spell-check generation). And of course the correct spelling wasn't available, and by that time I just didn't want to mess with changing it. So here's the blog, misspelling and all.

Because it was the inspiration for the website name, even though I botched the spelling, I feel I should pay tribute to the little guy. It's really a cool little toy and never fails to make me smile if I'm having a bad day. The first time we came across this hamster was back in college when my now-husband and I were on a road trip to Colorado with my family. We stopped in some random gas station/gift shop to change a tire and this thing was sitting next to the register with the beckoning "press here" sticker on it's paw. Not being able to resist, we bit, and were thoroughly entranced for the next minute. It was the funniest thing we'd ever seen and heard. Something about a toy rodent singing anything in a falsetto voice is just hilarious. Soooo, a year later when Stephen and I were doing the long-distance thing, I found this little guy on the Internet and had him shipped to my man to put a smile on his face. Since then, we've come across lots of little dancing hamsters - the bride hamster that sings "Going to the Chapel," the lounge singer hamster that dons a 70's suit and sings "It's Not Unusual to be Loved by Anyone," and even a little rapper hamster, but none make me smile as much as our Kung Fu Hamster. :)


Ashley said...

Yay! You have a blog now! Love the hampster! So here's mine:

Miss you lots and so sorry I haven't gotten to see Little Man Carter!! Hope the Childress family is doing wonderfully :)

Lindy Riddell said...

So cute! I love how babies are always moving spastically - cracks me up! We need to get Carter and Reese together again!!!

Betsy said...

Absolutely adorable!! We actually have the Kung Fu Hampster, too. It makes me laugh every time, too.

Leanne said...

Everything about him is too cute. I just take issue with the bib. Boomer Sooner Carter!

Carrie said...

Way cool. Love the movie clip. Carter is so cute.

thanks for including us in your blog.