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I posted an article which was a press release about an event called Playcation, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tonka Toys.

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A reflection of the toys of childhood…

Recently I posted an article which was a press release about an event called Playcation, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tonka Toys. The companion YouTube video was a quick promo featuring Shaquille O’neal and some children playing with the logo specific toy construction equipment, while Shaq talked about the event.

That article sparked many memories of my childhood, I did receive several toys cars and trucks through my very early years up until I was around 10 years old. I do remember Christmases and birthdays receiving these vehicles that were replicas of the real thing.

Although the toy vehicles were from many brands like Ertl, AMT, and others, the toy vehicle brand that I received the most was Tonka. I liked the product so much back then my mom signed me up to get their yearly catalogs.

My first Tonka vehicles that I received was a black VW Beetle when I was five, aslo a small dump truck and a trash truck. The last vehicle I remember receiving was a green Jeep Wagoneer when I was 9.

These toy cars and trucks shaped my childhood, especially the fun I had with friends, and how my parents were involved. My mom and dad made a road out of mortar, that they had left over from a masonry project, in the backyard so that I could have a place to play with my vehicles, encouraging my imagination.

After my 10th birthday, the Tonka gifts stopped and I started receiving more educational, model railroad and ultimately, typical teenager stuff. My Tonka days were way behind me. 

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Well, Tonkas were behind me, but not scale diecast models. I still collect vehicles and aircraft when I can. Recently, my fiancee gave me a Circle K tanker truck, although a far cry from Tonka Toys from yesteryear, but sparking those memories again.

Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator. He is also the editor, producer and administrator of TNC Network.

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Splash Mountain at Disneyland is Closing… What’s next?

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As Splash Mountain closes, it will undergo a transformation into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a whimsical attraction inspired by The Princess and the Frog.

Splash Mountain at Disneyland By Cd637 at English Wikipedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58648866

Splash Mountain is a log ride at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. It was formerly located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before closing in January 2023. The ride is based on the animated sequences of the 1946 Disney film Song of the South. Although there are variations in the story and features between the two locations, each installation begins with a peaceful outdoor float-through that leads to indoor dark ride segments, with a climactic steep drop into a “briar patch” followed by an indoor finale. The drop is 52.5 feet.

In June 2020, it was announced that the U.S. versions of the ride would be receiving a new theme based on Disney‘s 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. The new ride, which will be titled Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, is scheduled to open at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in late 2024. The Magic Kingdom version of Splash Mountain closed on January 23, 2023. The closing date for the Disneyland version has yet to be announced. (wikipedia)

Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splash_Mountain

https://ktla.com/news/california/when-will-disneylands-splash-mountain-close-for-good-theme-park-bloggers-weigh-in/

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https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disneyland/splash-mountain/

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Something Different? Opposite Day!

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Celebrate every kid’s favorite day at school, as an adult – Opposite Day!

Day Opposite National on January 25th celebrates a fun day of switcher-roos. What better way than to not celebrate? We don’t really mean that, or do we?

Good morning, or is it good night? Hello, or is it goodbye? I am cold, or am I hot?

The aim of the day is to have fun all day long saying exactly the opposite of what you really mean. This day has kids rejoicing everywhere. It is also a great day for adults to play along and break out of the winter blues. Maybe we should have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner! (National Day Calendar)

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Link: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-opposite-day-january-25/

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Watching the birds on NATIONAL BIRD DAY

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Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers across the country annually recognize National Bird Day on January 5th. It’s also one of several designated holidays celebrating birds. 

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Born Free USA emphasizes the importance of National Bird Day and lists it as a day to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds, both captive and wild.

According to Born Free USA, nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BIRD DAY

There are several ways to celebrate this day.

  • Pick up a bird identification book. It will help you learn about species in your area and identify those frequenting your bird feeders.
  • Enhance the attraction of your backyard. Add feeders, shelter, and more. Learn what birds in your area like to eat and watch them flock to your sanctuary.
  • Donate to a bird sanctuary or aviary dedicated to improving the survival of endangered birds.
  • While you’re learning about all the fantastic species, visit an aviary. Also, a botanical garden, zoo, or conservation area may offer close-up viewing of some of the more exotic species you’ve never seen before.

For more information visit: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-bird-day-january-5/

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