Thursday, August 11, 2005

What's My Line?

Here's a puzzle for you. Small boy, age two and a half, takes a throw cushion and tosses to the hardwood floor. Places toddler-size chair upon the cushion. Holds onto the back of the chair, and pushes the chair-on-cushion with great vigour all over the living room. What is he doing? For the literal-minded (or just plain smart-asses) among you: No, he is not pushing a chair-on-cushion around the living room. Though one might think this a reasonable enough guess. Hint: the pushing was accompanied by motor noises. Hint 2: think winter, think sports. Hint 3: Remember this is a Canadian two-and-a-half year old!


Blogger Candace said...

Mowing the lawn?

8/11/2005 03:47:00 p.m.  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

I thought he might me driving a boat, but I think misfit's guess was on the money.

8/11/2005 05:15:00 p.m.  
Blogger M&Co. said...

As the mother of a three year old, I would say driving a boat. Mine is always telling me that the floor is the ocean and my sofa pillows are his boat. He's not had the bright idea to put a chair on his boat, yet, though.

8/11/2005 06:28:00 p.m.  
Blogger Matthew said...

A choo choo train?

8/11/2005 06:47:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Good guesses, everyone, but no! I realise now it's a bit unfair, so I've put up a second hint...

8/11/2005 06:54:00 p.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

He's on a snowmobile! (Though it was a "snowmachine" when we were in Alaska!)

(Or some sort of machine to prepare the ice for hockey?)

8/11/2005 07:00:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

And the winner is...


No, it's not a snow machine (which is what we called them in rural Ontario where I grew up).

It's a Zamboni!!!

8/11/2005 09:17:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

What? You don't know what a Zamboni is?

It's that "machine that prepares the ice" - prepares and repairs, used before a game, and between each period, invented by a Canadian, and named after him. (Very old Canadian name, Zamboni.)

This little dude just LOVED the Zamboni. Take him to see his dad play hockey, point his daddy out to him, and all he can talk about is the Zamboni. Yee-haw! The best thing his dad did for him was get him a ride on the thing.

8/11/2005 09:20:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Sharkey said...

I used to love watching the Zamboni when my dad would take me to a North Stars game. The ice always looked SO smooth when the guy was finished. I always wished I could be the first to skate on it.

8/11/2005 09:26:00 p.m.  
Blogger Candace said...


I was *totally* going to say Zamboni when I read your other hints!!

My brothers played hockey throughout my childhood, but *I* couldn't, no, because I was the *GIRL*. I'm not bitter.


8/11/2005 11:27:00 p.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

You mean the official name of that thing is not a thingamajig?!?!

(Sorry! Spent my childhood in Florida. My experience with machines that prepare ice involves blenders, ice crushers (gotta have snow cones), plastic ice cube get the idea!)

I'm impressed that a 2 1/2 year old has already ridden a Zamboni! (I will remember that name now)

8/12/2005 01:04:00 a.m.  
Blogger Anon said...

Unfair! You never gave those of us in another timezone to answer :-(

8/12/2005 04:09:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Sharkey: I always used to find it mesmerizing, kinda meditative, that big machine gliding over the ice, leaving a pristine trail behind it. North Stars - Minnesota, right?

Misfit: the girls play hockey now! In fact, didn't the Canadian women's team whup your asses last time? Bet they wouldn't have if YOU'D been on the team!!

Lory: the name sticks in your head once you know it. Florida to Alaska? That's quite the stretch. Must've been some culture shock at first!

Si: ooo, sorry! Next time I'll cool my jets for the extra five hours. Guess this ended at two a.m. your time, didn't it?

8/12/2005 07:59:00 a.m.  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...


8/12/2005 11:27:00 a.m.  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

Okay, I'm an idiot. I see you've already told us the answer. Of course I know what a zamboni is, Snoopy drove one in some of his cartoons. ;)

8/12/2005 11:30:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Crayonz: heeheehee...thank you for making that mistake. Of course that's exactly what I was hoping would happen when I put it in two separate comments. I feel good now! And you're right - Snoopy DID drive one. I'd forgotten that!

8/12/2005 11:50:00 a.m.  
Blogger Homestead said...

My friend's little one calls it the Manicotti machine. She just can't wrap her brain around "zamboni" I guess.

My college was a big hockey school in Colorado (Go Tigers) but I could never get too attached to the Avalanche as a pro team.... I will always be a Flames fan at heart....

8/18/2005 06:45:00 p.m.  

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