Dear Blog Readers,
We have become the kind of blogger we never wanted to be — the kind who has a "read our blog" button on our website but the newest post is months old. We blame Facebook for this — it's so much easier to write something there and we seem to have more followers there than we did here on the blog. Still, we can't quite bring ourselves to give it up altogether yet — so instead, we're posting this little note to explain our lack of current entries. Please do check out our facebook page, we think it's fun, if not quite as long form.
sincerely, the Joie de Blogger.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
What is Happiness?
Let's see . . . Charles Schultz said "Happiness is a Warm Puppy," and John Lennon famously sang "Happiness is a Warm Gun." What do we say here at Joie de Vivre? Happiness is . . . a silly space gun that lights up and makes noise. I was at the Toy Fair when I spied it. I picked it up and pulled the trigger. Lights, and when the trigger was released, a very satisfying sound. It was hard to stop doing it, but I wondered if I should order it - it was a gun of sorts, after all. And Joie de Vivre is in Cambridge, Mass., a city not known for tolerance of any kind of war or violence. But order them I did. The day they came in, I wondered if I'd done the right thing. I brought one out front and lo and behold, there was what I consider to be a quintessential older Cambridge couple shopping. I made a general announcement that we had a new and decidedly un P.C. item, and pulled the trigger, wondering what these folks might say. They laughed and bought three of them. Yay! It might offend someone . . . but that little space gun is a lot of fun.