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Could be a toy mutiny at home

September 11, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

You know that scene in the movie "Toy Story" where the toys come alive and lead an uprising to get revenge on the villain boy who has been terrorizing them?

Well, I'm starting to feel like that villain boy.

No, I'm not shooting toys off into the air strapped to a rocket and burning them at the stake. But for some reason lately I have been feeling the toys are out to get me - just like that kid named Sid from the movie.

You see, there are these musical and talking toys that tend to go off unprompted in the toy box right at times that are unpleasant for me.

One went off when I was trying to take a short nap, and seconds later, it triggered another to go off on the other side of the room. I'm not sure how that happened but it sure seemed like the two toys were conspiring against me to make sure that nap never happened. And they were successful because by the time I got up to turn off the toys I woke myself back up and didn't get the nap.

The good news is they have off switches, the bad news is so many toys nowadays make sounds that it takes awhile to turn them all off.

These toys aren't just daytime annoyers either. I've also had to track a toy down in the wee hours of the morning because it was making noise as well. It is kind of scary when beeping and weird voices come from the living room at 3 a.m.

Some of these nuisances also have flashing lights, which just adds to the creepiness when they start up in the middle of the night.

These are just two of the many occasions that the toys start up and make sounds out of nowhere. Even during the middle of the day when I'm watching TV, they can scare me a bit when they start up. One night I even had to track down a noise that was coming from a piano toy in the basement. I knew parenting would involve diaper changes and bottle feedings in the middle of the night, but didn't expecting to be searching for wayward, squawking toys.

So the war with the toys continues. Will I be overrun by toys like the mean kid in "Toy Story" and end up being scared of everything? We will have to see.

But I'm saying if some of these nuisances wake me up additional times, I might have to "accidentally" lose some of them.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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