Santa, Elf on a Shelf, and Missing the Point

When I was a kid, there was no Elf on a Shelf and the threat of “you’d better behave or Santa won’t bring you anything” was rarely used in my house.  But there was a little game my father and I used to play called “put the crazy 70’s elves in silly places and laughContinue reading “Santa, Elf on a Shelf, and Missing the Point”

Transformers 2 in the Valley

A scene from the set taken by Michael Kubel of The Morning Call. Welp, there’s been a lot of excitement in the city of Bethlehem and the greater Lehigh Valley over the past week or so. Movie crews rolled in late last week to begin assembling sets at the old Bethlehem Steel Plant to prepareContinue reading “Transformers 2 in the Valley”


In case you’re wondering what I do on Friday nights… I assure you that I’m at home making stuff like this.  I call it “Peepatopian Pirates”.  Notice that both Peep chicks and bunnies are represented in this piece, as well as jellybean treasure, and of course, Easter egg treasure chests.  The cost of all theContinue reading “MY PEEP SHOW”

Peepin’ in Spring

Living in the Lehigh Valley is great for many reasons–the mountains, the beauty, the history, and the Just Born Candy Factory (in Bethlehem) which produces various types of confectionery delights–most importantly PEEPS! There are truly some strange (and interesting) things that people have done with Peeps–many of which will be highlighted right here on AtypicalContinue reading “Peepin’ in Spring”

Threat 229

February 29 only comes around once every four years. To celebrate the day, McDonald’s is offering small fries for only 29 cents and at Dunkin’ Donuts you can get a Leap Year Donut for 29 cents (of course, both establishments require a coupon offered in the Sunday paper weeks before). Other plans for this FridayContinue reading “Threat 229”