The Germans invaded 7th and Montana this morning as a mother and two children arrived on the scene from Frankfurt, conducting what sounded like a Fierce Debate in German. Frankly, the German language has always sounded very guttural to me and -- to my untrained ear -- it seemed like the mother was barking nonstop orders at her children. To my surprise, however, she turned to me and said sweetly, "I'm trying to teach my children English, do you know the English word for this?" She pointed to a picture of an inflatable pool toy, the kind that looks like an inner tube with an animal's head sticking out of it ... or like the offspring of an Unholy Union between the Michelin Man and a Moose. I was at a loss. "It's a pool toy," I said, vaguely. Natalie thinks it's called a "Floatie." Richard thinks it's just an "Inner Tube." I don't think any of these answers hold water. Does anyone else have the answer?!?