|Ready for the snow!|
This is a family friendly website, so use your imagination to figure out what I mean by phone “romance.”
It was an old number from a 2005 press release. Still, I was confused when I heard an absurdly alluring female voice inviting me to join her and her "friends" in a string of double entendres and innuendo, only about half of which I think I got. I listened for a while, waiting for her to say, “if you are calling for snow sleds, dial the pound key.” She didn't.
Our old sled is red plastic speed, the fastest sled we’ve owned. We affectionately call it "The Torpedo," mostly because it has "Torpedo" imprinted across the top. It can be steered, has two holes in the top for a tow rope and endured almost seven years of hard wear and tear before its nose was crushed in a snowman collision.
We've tried other plastic sleds. We've tried sleds with fancy steering, seats and foot rests, decorated with crazy graphics and with far-out names, but they just aren't as good. The hardware store where I purchased the original is no longer is business. Searches on Amazon and eBay pulled up wooden Torpedo sleds with steel rails, but nothing of the cheap, plastic variety.
I thought it might have been made by Flexible Flyer, which sells a very similar looking sled called the Winter Lightening. Santa brought three, because he got a great deal online. But no. Once home, I could tell they weren't the same. (It hasn't yet snowed enough to try them out, so more on their performance later.)
Customer service at Paricon, maker of the Flexible Flyer sleds, helpfully informed me by e-mail that the Torpedo manufacturer had gone out of business. The news reporter in me just couldn't let it go at that. What if I uncovered that another manufacturer was building the Torpedo design! My family would be so happy! And maybe my blog post about it would earn a bunch of new sledding-enthusiast readers!
After an evening and morning of online searching, I thought I’d pieced together a trail of acquisitions and bankruptcy filings leading me to the ultimate owner of the best snow sled design ever. And that’s when I connected with Ms. Join-Me-And-My-Inappropriate-Friends. I think I’m done now.
So kids, get out the duct tape, time to fix up The Torpedo. Doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a new one anytime soon.
Anybody else have suggestions for great, inexpensive sleds? And if you see a Torpedo out there, I'd love to know about it.