Saturday, August 4, 2007

Hair in a can

My husband has wanted to get a food saver/home vacuum packaging system for years. For the longest time, I thought this was because he was raised on a hippie commune where the children were fed granola for snacks, rather than the M&Ms I snacked on as a child. OK, maybe that is a lie. He grew up in suburb of Chicago, living in a house that had indoor plumbing and M&Ms. The granola part though, is true. He was the oldest of four boys, so the family's finances were always tight. This plus the fact that his mother was an excellent cook and liked to spend time in the kitchen, they spent a good deal of time in the summer canning jam and vegetables. When my hubby suggested we do the same, I laughed in his face. I'm sure I reminded him of the fact that I work, full time, and that I was not that kind of girl

Now that I am older and wiser, I realize this is an excellent idea. This summer, I have tried to make as many meals as possible using local foods, mainly purchased at the Clintonville farmer's market. I have gotten so used to fresh items, I am having panic attacks thinking about these food sources drying up over the winter. So, we have been discussing buying a food saver as well as a food dehydrator. The most recent discussion occurred over dinner last night. My son, Toph (nickname from birth, short for Christopher, origin unknown), who is very creative wondered aloud if it would be possible to create a food saver, dehydrator and crusher (for the homemade apple sauce he is hoping that I will make for him) all in one. Brilliant idea! This made me think of one of the most cutting edge people I have ever know, Ron Popeil. For those of you too young to remember, he is the most brilliant and prolific inventor of the twentieth century. He was responsible for the "Dial-O-Matic" which claimed to slice a tomato so thin it only had one side, the pocket fisherman (the biggest fishing invention since the hook and still only $19.95!!) and Mr. Microphone (broadcast your voice on any FM radio!). His company, Ronco also sold food dehydrators, cutlery, rotisseries, flavor injectors and so on. But, my most favorite is the GLH-9 which stands for Great Looking Hair, Formula #9. This was not a shampoo. Or a wig. This was spray on hair. Yes, I wrote spray on hair. It didn't magically cause you to grow hair. It was simply some type of spray paint, in various shades that a man or women would spray onto his or her scalp. Why didn't I think of that? And I'm not just saying that because he sold Ronco for $55 MILLION in 2005. Do you have any idea how many people's lives were changed by this single invention? I actually do not know the exact number, but I am sure there are a few out there.

Toph was shocked that someone had actually invented spray on hair. He had of course, many questions about this product. Because I foolishly never purchased a can (I have a full head of hair, but it would have been a smart back up plan for down the road), I wasn't able to answer his questions. So, I'm wondering if anyone out there has a can, has ever used a can, or knows someone who had? I'm willing to pay big bucks for this one. I think I would get the Mom of the Year award if Toph found a shiny can in his stocking come Christmas morning. Toph, being 15, has a full head of hair, just like his father and his grandfather. But, as a 15 year old who is excited about getting facial hair, the GLH-9 is his ticket to manhood. He could say goodbye to his stoner stash and hello to all of the sophomore ladies who are looking for a mature man.

What is your favorite infomercial?


Anonymous said...

I like the magic bullet. It can do everything.The people in the informercial seem to have a lot of friends based solely on the fact that they have the magic bullet. Of course "set it and forget it!" is a classic too.

Anonymous said...

You don't say, more friends...hmmm...maybe I should pick one up.


Anonymous said...

I have heard from people that the magic bullet is amazing. I have always wanted one, but never purchased. We did get a GT 2000 or some gadget with letters and numbers, however someone (no names mentioned) scraped off the non-stick, so it only made a mess. Essentially a sandwich maker. Thinking back on it, I cannot believe I bought it.

I do remember one Christmas that to my knowledge, my dad bought me only things on infomercials. It was quite amusing to say the least.

Anonymous said...

We must have the same Dad. No kidding, in one Xmas we got:
1. Ice cream maker
2. Bread maker
3. Some other maker that I cannot remember
But, unfortunately, no hair in a can!


Anonymous said...

I think that would be great to get infomercial stuff for christmas. I once saw a store with only "as seen on tv" items in it. I can't remember where it was though. I want to find it again.

Big Momma said...

Try walking around the perimeter of Target. There is usually a shelf of infomercial items and they are usually on clearance. Score!