I Wanna Rock And Roll All Night


I am an ESL teacher. ESL teachers are an odd bunch.  There are nerdy ones.  There are geeky ones.  There are those that love grammar and those that want to teach “how we really speak.”  There are introverts and extroverts.  Basically, there isn’t a blanket big enough to throw over them that would catch them all.

Why am I telling you all this? Basically, it’s just to explain that on a given day, we can have a concert level pianist debating the use of the Oxford comma with a punk music lover, with side comments from a would be fashion designer.  Perhaps that is a normal office thing–but I have never worked in an office.  I do know that we do not suffer from a lack of diversity in any way that you define it.

The picture above represents a toy brought in by one of my coworkers. It was a gift from his brother that didn’t garner enough attention from his young son at home.  The hopes were that my other co-worker would adopt it and take it home.  That hasn’t happened yet.  Instead, we all get to take a look at it every day and get KISS songs stuck in our head.

As for the toy itself. I have no actual information.  I suppose my fellow blogger the Vintage Toy Advertiser could probably shed some light on it.  I have tagged the person so they will come and investigate.  Check out the blog if you have a moment and are feeling nostalgic for your childhood.

Not all the teachers are in love with the thing, but, not surprisingly, everyone has an opinion.  As for me, if I didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be Today’s Perfect Moment.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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15 Responses to I Wanna Rock And Roll All Night

  1. Angela says:

    I think it’s pretty cool!!!!

  2. beckysopenbook says:

    “I do know that we do not suffer from a lack of diversity in any way that you define it.” Love it. Is that what drew you to that area of teaching, or was it by default?

    • Anthony says:

      It didn’t draw me consciously. I think for a lot of people, they found a place where they didn’t have to work to fit in. For others, teaching is kind of like performing without a script.
      Maybe I found my way there unconsciously. Maybe it was waiting for me. Tough to tell at this point.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ha ha, that’s pretty cool. Your nephew likes kiss. Ask him to sing “I was made for loving you, baby”.

  4. Hi Anthony thanks for tagging me. At first I thought they were Kubrick figures (Kubricks are a bit like Lego figures only bigger) but they’re in fact made by Smiti – who also made Limp Bizkit, Metallica Master of Puppets and Ozzy Osbourne family sets among others). Your office playset is the KISS Alive II Stage Set pack, released around 2001/02. Looks your version is missing the big backdrop that would be set at the back of the toy. Love the way it looks like KISS have totally trashed the stage in the photo 🙂 Great post and a really cool toy.

    • Anthony says:

      The big backdrop is being stored in the box right now because it is a communal desk and it would create too much of a view block.
      As for the after concert look…it is a communal desk and it gets bumped a lot.
      Thanks for the information. I hope I was able to send a few people to your site.

  5. Your blog certainly got my attention! Actually, the title got my attention first. I am not a kiss fan but if perhaps we put different musicians in that setting I would enjoy the toy…☺️ As a teacher myself, I feel that we get to be actors on the stage of education. In many ways, there is no better job. I applaud you!

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