Weekend Assignment #39: Tell us about the toy you had to have for the holidays when you were a kid, only to find out it was kinda disappointing once you had it.
I don't recall what it was called, but I was at least twelve years old, and absolutely had to have a toy projector; I was far too old for such a toy. It was little more than a glorified Viewmaster, except it projected a picture on the wall, about 6 inches wide. You had to turn off all the lights to watch, and once you'd seen the three or four stories, there wasn't much you could do with it.
Extra Credit: Tell us the most unrealistic holiday gift request you ever made.
A pony. For at least a half-dozen Christmas's, although we lived in town, I begged, I cried, and I prayed for the pinto pony that was pictured in the Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue. Yes, you could order a real, live pony from Wards back then. It was an impossible request. But guess what: childhood dreams sometimes are fulfilled in adulthood. I now have my "pony". In fact, I rode him for over an hour, just today. Kids... never give up on your dreams!