Paul wanted to get the kids a real popcorn popper for Christmas, sort of a family present. He said one of his favorite childhood memories was watching the popcorn pop and then eating it out of the bowl. He looked everywhere but finally found this Mickey popper on ebay and since Michael is a big Mickey fan he got it. That's what I meant by sort of old fashioned. It's an old concept but the Mickey twist is a little more modern. Paul brought out the gift and started out telling the story with, "When I was a kid we didn't have microwaves." and then went on to explain how popcorn hasn't always been cooked in the microwave, etc. It was really sweet. He was a little disappointed that they weren't more thrilled with the popping aspect but I told him they didn't know what to expect and they would get more excited next time.