Did you ever see those helium-filled, radio-controlled flying sharks and clown fish called “Air Swimmers”? If you watch the video below, you can see where they get their name as they literally “swim” through the air. These little scamps look really serene and are quite beautiful to watch.
When I first saw these I really wanted one but they were sold out.
“Oh Dear!” I said to myself (or words to that effect).
On the bright side, the website I was visiting did have a button that said something like “Click Here to be notified when we get more supplies…” So I clicked the button and gave them my email address and forgot all about it.
This was months and months ago when I was young and foolish. Since then I’ve grown old and bitter, without a happy word to say about anyone or anything… until…
…a couple of days ago when I received an email that was short and to the point saying:
Air Swimmers are back in stock at the M&M Toy Store.
Quantities are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you miss out on this batch, please re-sign up for notification.
So why did I wait to tell you about these little beauties? It was the “If you miss out on this batch…” qualification at the end. I certainly didn’t intend to miss out on anything, so I didn’t want to say anything until my order was “in the bag” as it were…
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I immediately bounced over to their website and placed an order for my very own flying shark. This little rascal, which is 57-inches from nose-to-tail, can be controlled from up to 50 feet.
Mostly I expect to play with it in the house – I anticipate having a lot of fun scaring the dogs and annoying the cats (when my wife, Gina The Gorgeous, isn’t looking, of course, because she dotes on the little monsters). As soon as there’s a wind-less day, however, I’m going to conceal myself on our front porch and fly my shark around the front garden to baffle and bewilder the neighbors (grin).
Actually, I did email my inventor friend Brian LaGrave as soon as I’d placed my order, because I think he was the one who first told me about them way back in the mists of time. Within a few seconds, Brian replied with an email pointing to the Groupon.com website (Click Here) where they were selling these little beauties for only $24 (the one I’d just ordered cost me $37, so there was much gnashing of teeth and rending of garb in my office at that time, let me tell you).
But all-in-all I really don’t care. The bottom line is that I’m soon going to be the proud possessor of my own flying shark (and that’s not something you hear every day).
Just a few moments ago as I pen these words, I received a confirmation email saying that my shark is winging its way to me as we speak (pun intended).
I cannot wait!!!
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I must admit that I've wondered that myself...
...I assumed that all would be explained when it arrived...
...I'm working from home this morning (meeting the builder who is going to (a) look at our wooden flow that was damaged by the water leak and (b) make me cry when he tells me how much it's going to cost to fix it)...
... but I'm hoping my shark will arrive at my office this afternoon...
This reminds me of my "I just missed becoming rich and famous… again…" blog (http://bit.ly/uakt55)
Whoever invented this has got to be making a lot of money, and it's really not all that complex when you come to think about it...