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In search of a Lite Brite

October 12, 2013
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

One of my Facebook friends posted a photo of a Lite Brite on his page earlier this week. There are times when I tend to get all nostalgic about toys and games I played with when I was younger. I find myself searching for a handheld electronic football game similar to the one I had when I was 11. I had gotten a newer one from Target a few years ago, but it wasn't the same. I even downloaded an electronic football game app onto my Kindle. It's kind of clumsy for me to play. There's Spirograph, Barbie dolls and Fischer Price that sometimes cross my mind.

So back to the Lite Brite.

I recall the days of pushing colored pegs into black construction-like paper that already had a design on it. It may be a fish, a cat, or a boat. I think we even got extra pegs. But my brother and I grew up, and I think our Lite Brite ended in a garage sale. I have found myself actively searching for another Lite Brite at thrift stores, and I actually did spot one in Belle Plaine. But I left it on the shelf. The box was kind of beat up, and I wasn't sure everything was included. And who knows if there were any designs left to do.

The friend on Facebook said that he saw a Lite Brite while he was in Kentucky and then the thread continued where another person mentioned there's an online version of Lite Brite. There's just a few designs - Mr. Potato Head, a lighthouse, ducks, and you drag the "pegs" onto the design. Or you can "grab" a handful to start putting in the pegs for a row of orange or somesuch. So here I was, at about 1 a.m., plugging away at a picture of two ducks. The pegs made a noise as they were placed. At the end, you can light up your finished product. The satisfaction of finishing a Lite Brite is short, and then you move on.

I finally went to a movie at the theater this past Saturday. And it was even one that just came out. Perhaps you've heard of it"Gravity." Yeah, it only made like $55+ million on its opening weekend. Sure it may only show the two stars - Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, but there's so much more to it. The visual effects are cool, and it's a great story of survival, in outer space. It's one of those movies you have to see on the big screen.

 
 

 

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