Sunday, November 29, 2009

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.
-Ralphie as Adult

Tis the season. That's right - for all day viewings of Bob Clark and Jean Shepherd's retro-holiday classic, A Christmas Story, on TNT.

Like everyone else I have seen this movie a thousand times and can quote entire scenes word-for-word. Even though I own a copy of the movie on DVD, and a poorly edited for television version on VHS, I still make time to watch a run or two during the holidays.

In December 2004, Brian Jones, a San Diego entrepreneur, bought the house on eBay for $150,000. Jones used revenue from his business, The Red Rider Leg Lamp Company, which manufactures replicas of the famous lamp from the movie. Vyuz San Diego has a great little article about Jones and his loving restoration of the house, and his quest to replicate the experience for the thousands of fans that make the pilgrimage to 3159 W 11th Street each year. Here's the link.

Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2007 I traveled to Cleveland with a few friends for the semi-annual A Christmas Story Convention and downtown Cleveland's Winterfest.

The house and museum are open daily to the public with extended hours during the holiday season. Check out the website for more information.

Just watch out for those mangy Bumpus hounds next door. Sons-a-bitches...

The throngs of visitors wait to enter the house.

The old man's 1938 Oldsmobile Model Six.

Taking shots in the backyard with that official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.

Ralphie has Black Bart on lockdown.

The electric sex lights up Cleveland Street.

Merry Christmas from the Parkers.

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