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Barbies are even worse to get out of the packages! I lived the plastic hell at Christmas too! Nice to know other people struggle like I do to get those darn toys out of the boxes!


There is now a device that was invented to remove the CD from its package and the DVD from its package. All they have to do now is invent a device to remove the hard sucked down plastic that everything ELSE is packaged in.

Glad to hear that you had a fantastic Christmas. Hope the new year is better than the old year for ALL of us. Hope Mia is still being a responsible mother and taking care of her baby Brianna! I knew she would be! See ya soon!


I did a short stint as the Meijer Returns Department manager. I was the only employee in my department. I can tell you that if those toys were not wrapped up like Fort Knox they wouldn't last a day on the shelf in the store. What do people do? They open a fresh box, take the item out, stuff it back in the box, and then grab an unopened box and go buy it. No one wants to give a gift that looks like the pieces are missing. Those Korean women spend alot of time twisting and taping all those little parts in place. Walmart, Kmart, Meijer, get these items at huge discount rates because they agree to throw them out if people return them because of defect rather than return them to the manufacturer.


We (Detroit Death Hags) had a very good time at the Motown Museum. Scott is just a fountain of dishy gossip and stories! He had just seen "Dreamgirls" and was really on a Florence Ballard kick.

There were about two dozen of "us" on the tour and it lasted about 1.5 hours or so. We all went our own way afterwards. Scott said he was going to go by Flo's grave and place some flowers on it. I hope he did.

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