Tadpole - the Amphi Child Prodigy

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It's that time of year again when the neighbor kids
go door to door trying to out sell each other with
those over priced gift wrap and candy catalogs.
I've always likened this to a form of child abuse
and yet am amazed when some kid puts a clever
spin on his/her sales pitch. Keep in mind these
kids are well under 10 years of age and don't know
an Amphicar from a Mac Truck... or so I thought.

Scene: Our hero, Amphipoda, is draining some of
the precious bilge slime from Amphi's bowls when
an extremely young sales boy happens by. Without
even looking up at the child, so not loose even one
precious drop of bilge slime, the encounter unfolds.

Kid: "Hi mister, I'm selling candy for the Kathy
Lee Gifford Stop Child Labor Program and I was
wondering if you would be interested in buying
some of these fine candies so I can have a chance
to enter a drawing for winning a trip to Japan to
see the Pokemon II movie being made."

A~poda: "Goes against my better judgement, but
I'll have a look at what you got."

Kid: "Wow! What kinda car is that?"

A~poda: "Boat-car. Put me down for some of
these here Dark Chocolate Daggers and some of
these White Chocolate Hearts."

Kid: "Never heard of a Boat-Car before. But I
have heard of an amphibious car called the
Amphicar. Is this like an Amphicar?"

Amphi grins with pleasure.

A~poda: Stunned by the kids wisdom... "You've
actually heard of Amphicars?"

Kid: "Oh yeah, they were the only successfully
mass produced amphibious vehicle, built between
1960 and 1968, and were called the model 770."

Amphi smiles with tremendous admiration.

A~poda: "Yeah, I know, but I was in Huggies at
the time. So how do you know about Amphicars?"

Kid: "I did a book report on Amphicars in 4th
grade after seeing some web sites about them."

Amphi elbows me with immeasurable pride.

A~poda: "Okay kid, help me pull the tarp off
my Boat-car and I'll buy some more candy from you."

Kid: "Wait a minute... that IS an Amphicar isn't it?"

Amphi beams in the glow of youthful recognition.

A~poda: "Yeap, that there is an Amphicar."

Kid: "Wow! I gotta get my dad and tell my friends,
I'll be right back.

Haven't seen that young tadpole since that bizarre
encounter. Not even sure if it was all a dream or a
hallucination or what, but Amphi keeps bugging me
to find him so we can give him a ride. And to top
it off I never got my chocolate hearts & daggers.
So if you see this Amphicar encyclopedic child...
Beware - he knows Amphi and is rumored to sell
fine chocolates.

`64 Turquoise
San Diego