As many of you know, I'm not a huge fan of kids. In fact, I could count on my hands the number of kids I actually like, and only one of the those fingers belong to some one who's not related to me through genes or marriage.
So, when my lovely friend Kalimba sent me $20 in the mail and told me to do something "good" with it, I was just as surprised as the next person to find myself picking out toys for The L.A. Derby Dolls' Toy Drive.
The thing is that I didn't get a lot of toys as a kid. I've spoken about my mother's general disdain of Christmas, and in this consumerist culture, I go back and forth about whether my husband and I should indulge our future children with non-educational toys.
In fact, when I walked into the store, I planned on getting something educational.
But then I saw the monkey that blew bubbles.
And though, I was a rather grown-up kid, even I would have freaked out if I got this. I mean the monkey blows bubbles out of it's mouth. C'mon... how magic is that?
So here's me buying the monkey and a miniature pinball machine (the 20 in my hand is the one Kalimba sent)...
... and then here's me being directed to the Toy Drive box by two Derby Dolls in short skirts.
Yes, I got a beer first. What?
Yes, I realize that I'm pretty much all hair in these pictures.
And yes, donating toys did somehow make me feel like a kid again .
To see the rest of Kalimba's giving experiment, go here, and you know, think about doing somethin' nice for somebody in 2008.