Have you ever wondered how far a grandmother would go to get the hottest Christmas toy for her baby granddaughter? I didn’t until I witnessed how desperate my mother was to get a Cabbage Patch doll for my baby niece in 1983. A violent incident that changed my life forever.
We stood outside the Toy “R” Us store on a cold November morning, waiting for the doors to open early at 8:00AM. I don’t remember if this was Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the first official day of the holiday shopping season. If it was Black Friday, I was still comatose from all the deviled eggs I ate the night before. Nineteen other mothers with their sleepy kids stood around for the doors to open.
My father waited inside the car to smoke his cigarettes and listen to the radio. He never came into a store with my mother if he could avoid doing so. My mother took forever to look twice at everything in the store, even if she was buying only one or two items. Not yet a rebellious teenager, I had no choice but to go inside with her.
When the manager unlocked the sliding doors, every mother grabbed their kids by the hand and ran pell-mell into the store. We flew across the worn white floor tiles without our feet ever touching them. Everyone arrived at a mountainous display of Cabbage Patch dolls that sat in front of the wall of board games, between the sports and video games aisles.
An impressive sight considering how difficult it was to get a Cabbage Patch doll that holiday season. The Internet, eBay and online shopping didn’t exist back then. If you couldn’t take physical possession of a Cabbage Patch doll inside a store, you were so out of luck.
The coronavirus pandemic has been the perfect storm for Fry’s Electronics. Closed stores offered only curbside pickup and deliveries. Opened stores had less inventory and fewer employees than before. Since every retailer is zombie retailer these days, there’s nothing special about Fry’s Electronics. I’ll cover six little known updates about Fry’s Electronics.
This week Apple announced their new MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro. Equipped with the new ARM-based Apple Silicon chip to replace the Intel chips. Apple Silicon will let developers create universal apps to run on iPads, iPhones, and Macs. That sounded promising until I heard the name of the new chip—the M1. That’s unfortunate. The M1 by Cyrix was an Intel chip replacement for the Socket 7 motherboard in 1996. The compatibility and performance issues were so bad that it sucked donkey balls. Will the Apple Silicon M1 be the next Cyrix M1?
Before the shutdown order went into effect last March, I saw Bloodshot at an AMC Theatre Saratoga. The lobby was empty as people stayed away in droves. I sat with two dozen people inside an IMAX theater. Everyone kept six feet away from each other. After eight long months, I saw Tenet at an AMC Theatres Eastridge. The lobby was empty as people stayed away in droves. I sat with a dozen people inside an IMAX theater. Everyone wore masks and kept six feet from each other. Movie theaters are once more opened in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Christmas In The Park in downtown San Jose has been a holiday tradition for decades. Hundreds of Christmas trees decorated by schoolchildren and community groups. Animated displays of Santa’s elves working hard to make toys. Vendors selling holiday food and drinks. A free event that started on Black Friday after Thanksgiving Day and ends on several days after New Year’s Day.
That was until the coronavirus pandemic this year.
Due to social distancing rules, Christmas In The Park won’t be in downtown San Jose. Christmas In The Park will be a paid drive-through event at the History Park in east San Jose. Learn how to make your reservation, why the History Park, and what to expect for this year.