Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Old Sparky

I remember back in 1970 that these aluminium trees were all the rage.
My mom and dad bought one just to be in the hip crowd.
My dad had a tendency to over do things at Christmas especially with the electric lights.
I remember getting my dad a few beers as he was putting the lights on the tree, my hands a little damp from the dew on the cans and dad saying go ahead son plug "er" in!

Thats how that tree got its name of Old Sparky, sparks was a shooting every where and a few shot out my ass!

As I soon learned aluminium and electricity and damp hands don't mix!

I think dad donated that tree to the State Pen as a replacement for the chair!

And remember..........
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
And as always, thanks for listening!

16 comments:

Sugar said...

roflol!
i had one of those trees for a couple of yrs during the 70's too!!!
huggies...

Bethe said...

Gosh, I haven't thought about those metal trees in a long time. And I remember when thre were a lot of fires from those things.

hugsss....

Linda's World said...

My folks never bought one of those aluminum trees and neither did I ~thankfully! Well, that's what I call "learning life's lessons." LOL !!! Linda in below freezing Wshington state

Rose said...

I had one of those trees in the late 60s, it was cool in those days...remember the rotating colors of from this electrical thing you had to place under the tree?

Last year my son who lives in Boston purchased one of these aluminum trees for $300. on EBay. The original price tag was on the box for $10. I personally thought it was a waste of money but his Xmas Party was a blast with his guests commenting on the tree and memories gone by.

Hugs, Rose

Missie said...

Thank goodness we never had one those trees! LOL

Tracy said...

wasnt born yet lol hope you have a great day! hugs

MISSY said...

Very interesting John lol! At least you know the trees legacy will live on.

Did you take that picture? *M*

Indigo said...

I can actually see that happening. Those trees are starting to make a comeback. (Hugs)Indigo

Terri said...

LOL...you crack me up

Hugs
Terri

Lisa said...

Oh gosh, I remember those trees and the little light wheel we would plug in to shine on it!!

You know those trees are making a come back. Just dry your hands!!!

Sharlene said...

I think my Mom still has theirs in the attic.

Joann said...

Was that a real story!?!? I think we had one of those trees one year... with the colored light changer that Rose mentioned.

SHOOBIE HUNTER said...

I THINK EVERYONE IN THE WORLD HAD THOSE STUIPD TREES..AND THE WHEEL WITH THE LIGHTS THAT SPUN AROUND ON THE FLOOR SO IT CHANGE COLOR...LOL..THANKFULLY NO OLD SPARKY HAPPEND WITH US...LOL

Paula said...

I remember those trees although we never had one but I remember bubble lights. That may have been before your time. lol

Tabby said...

Im so glad I never had one of those tree's, I still hate them.

salemslot9 said...

my Dad had a silver tree with the color wheel light thingy~decorated with shiny green and blue bulbs~Paula, I have a bubble light night light~I gave some as presents, too