WHY WE GET THE BIG BUCKS    

At the home of Greenwich Aunt the other day, Tiny faced an array of character tableware choices for her cereal. Seeing what she wanted, she cried out, "A Dora bowl! I want a Dora bowl!" To which we responded, "Tiny, you're ALREADY a-dora-ble!"

WE PLAN TO USE THE SAME LINE WHEN WE MAKE A SPEECH AT SMALL FELLOW'S BAR MITZVAH  

Teresa Kroll, chief marketing "bear" at Build-A-Bear Workshop, stayed a little too much in character when she was interviewed by the New York Sun pre-Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and spouted this:

[Kroll]  said seeing her company's completed float was a career highlight. "I cried tears of joy — seeing our brand so wonderfully brought to life via our float was an experience of a lifetime," she wrote in an e-mail, adding that she sent each employee a bear as a reward for their hard work.

OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, FROM FREELANCE DAD: WE SINCERELY APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT YOU WILL READ ON THE WALL BESIDE THE BACK SEAT OF BLUE BIRD BUS #12814

America's retired yellow school buses have found a second life as commuter transportation in Africa, according to Edutopia:

"This bus is all about speed," says Alfonse Musambu, a pastor, as his bus barrels across Kinshasa. "Pedestrians are used to it. They know how to get out of the way."

Musambu added, although it was hardly necessary, "If this school bus is a rockin', the transmission's shot."

KIDS SAY THE MOST ALARMING THINGS

As we snuggled with Tiny Girl the other day, she said, within earshot of a horrified Loving Mother, "Daddy, your hands are guilty!" We're pretty sure it was just her mock-baby-talk way of saying our hands were chilly, but if Social Services should come for us, loyal readers, we hope you'll testify as character witnesses.

AND THAT'S ALL WE NEED TO HEAR

As part of our pre-Thanksgiving housecleaning last week, we threw away all of our toys that relied on small magnetic parts. Recalls like this one, following the horrifying news of magnetic accidents like this, (second item) have us convinced they're not worth the risk. And you should probably be convinced, too, especially if you've got any toddlers afoot.

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