GelO News December 2015

Nomadic No Longer
No, this isn't quite what the Falcon and Gel Ovations factory looks like...BUT sometimes it has felt that way. Since we opened our doors for business, we have had numerous homes, as those of you who have been with us a long time know all too well. And now, all of that has changed.We have finally purchased a home, all of our own, in almost picturesque Commerce City in Denver. Our new address is 8245 Quebec St., Commerce City CO 80022. You should also be receiving a letter to let you know of the change. Phone, email, fax, website...all remain unchanged.So what does that mean for you? Hopefully, minimum disruption as we strive to keep our order entry system and shipping moving as smoothly as possible. Less obvious, but hopefully more importantly, it is a visible symbol of our commitment to moving forward; developing new (and "game-changing") products like Robo PAWS(TM). We expect to be here, helping solve your problems and serving your clients' needs, for a long, long time. As with any new home, it will take us a while to get it "visitor-ready" but once we do, we'll let you know, so that if you're ever in the neighborhood you can drop by for a cup of coffee. Give us enough notice and we'll even have some donuts to go with it. Now That is State of the Art 2015.
Dangerous Toys
Christmas is upon us once again. That means it's shopping time and if there are small children in your life, that means looking for toys. Just as a reminder of what you might not want to buy, particularly for the wee ones, let's take a look back at what were some of the most dangerous toys of 2014. I'm omitting the ones where small parts can fall out and cause choking but it's a good rule of thumb to remember that children are like puppies when it comes to putting things in their mouths. (Note: we're not allowed to put children in crates for long periods of time, so DO NOT confuse the two that badly.) Zing Air Storm Fire Tek Bow. What could ever go wrong with a hard plastic projectile designed to mimic killing and possibly take an eye out? This is for children 8 and older but ask yourself, "would I stand there with my arms tied and let this particular 8 year old fire this at me?" If the answer is "no" toys like this are probably NOT a good bet.
Radio Flyer Ziggle. He looks so happy. It's low to the ground. What could go wrong? Your 3 to 8 year old powers the ziggle by jerking and making quick, violent, smasmodic movements. It's virtually impossible to imagine a situation in which this ends badly. Or does it?
Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Rock and Stack Pull Toy. This toy is safe for children 18 months and older. But there's a hidden surprise you might not see at once. The pull cord is 20 inches long. This is a potential garrote masquerading as a toy.
True Legends 23" Orc Hammer. I get it, really I do. Fantasy is good for little minds. And with all of the video games that big brother or sister is playing, it's hard to resist getting this two foot long, hard plastic hammer for your 3 year old. And of course, if budgets are tight, you could probably just re-purpose one of your old ball peen hammers from the basement as a quick stand-in.
ScienceWiz Bottle Rocket Party. Maybe I just have the wrong friends, but I wouldn't get this for most of the grown ups (and I use that term advisedly) that I know, much less an 8 year old, whose frontal lobe is way underdeveloped for this type of judgment call. (Particularly at a time of year when bad weather might prompt the idea that "Hey, we could set these off in the basement!")
Cata Pencil. I've saved the best for last. Imagine, if you will, an educational device (pencil) which is magically transformed into a distraction and a really neat weapon. If only I had one of these when I was in school. I'm sure I could have spent even more time in detention then I did. But maybe then I would have gotten more of my homework done.
The advertising on the box for this toy with NO age recommendations reads "Because the pencil is mightier than the sword". At last, truth when you least expect it.
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