Monday, July 09, 2007

Collection #1

I've always wanted to read a magazine with only weird shit in it. Like an Andy Kaufman of magazines. If there is such a thing and I've missed it - and how that is even possible that I have missed one since I am Queen Zeen - please send me the name of that publication.

Every day this week I'm posting pictures of some of my atypical collections. Here, I'll save you the trouble; I'm not normal. And by normal I mean boring.

One day I was holding a tie clip that belonged to my Dad. It was one of a few pieces of jewelry of his that I kept after he died in 2001. Another one had his initials, HA, on it but I gave it to my then boyfriend Elvis since he was a comedian. The one I was walking around with two years ago had the comedy and tragedy masks on it. As a kid I saw my father wear it with the matching cuff links that made up the set. I always thought it was weird that my Dad had something like that since he was a Colonel in the Army and also worked for the government. I see the tragedy in those two jobs, but the comedy? Not so much.

I don't know why I was walking around with this tie clip in my hand but I have no job so maybe the two are connected. As I stood over one of my desks wondering when my phantom maid was going to straighten it up, I absent-mindedly attached the tie clip onto the shade of a lamp.

And the rest is EBay history.I got rid of the lamp last year and was left with 56 bazillion tie clips. So I decided to put them on the curtains in my bedroom. The curtains are made of black leather so the tie clips clamp on nicely. I guess the next question is why I have black leather curtains in my bedroom.

Because I'm not normal. And definitely not boring.

End of chat.

14 comments:

  1. Ya know, in the old days gunslingers had notches in their guns for how many gunfights they won. Those look like medals. You wear ties ?

    Cool story.

    Nevermind...

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  2. Hopefully those leather curtains are treated... some stains just don't want to come off untreated leather...

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  3. Mickeys: I don't wear ties. I probably should start.

    D2: And you would know about those stains how???????????????

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  4. Anonymous10:48 AM

    Are you up to a hundred yet?

    :)..

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  5. I passed 100 a while ago. But now I've stopped since they all don't fit on the curtain. And the lamps I have now have shades that wouldn't withstand the pressure of the clip.

    Some of them are remarkable. One's a working thermometer. One's a grand piano, which you can see in the photo.

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  6. I haven't thought about tie clips in years. As a child I recall my grandfather and uncles wearing them. They would often give me their broken ones. I wonder if there are any men under 60 who even wear those anymore? Anyway, thanks for the memory.

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  7. Michael, I haven't seen anyone wear them either but I wish some cool retro guy (hi Brian!)would bring them back.

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  8. Anonymous11:30 AM

    Oh shit! When I moved last month, I actually put some fabulous tie clips in the Goodwill give-away box as I had no idea who in the world would have a use for tie clips. Now I will be doomed to try and find more for you....
    Aloha,
    Martha Jane

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  9. please tell me you can't sew- I can totally see you pulling a "Maria" from the sound of music and making yourself an all leather wardrobe out of curtains.

    itsjustjane.com

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  10. Upon seeing the black curtains I thought, "Wow, are those leather? That is so hardcore!" And then you confirmed it. Rad.

    Also, I enjoy a strange magazine from time to time called "Found". They have a website with a "Find of the Day" section which always brings a smile or laugh. I'll let you decide for yourself. The Find of The Day bits are a great time waster, in case you're interested.

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  11. Oh, and here's the URL:
    http://www.foundmagazine.com/

    Bye!

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  12. Hey Eva, I just checked out the Found website. It's a great idea but I want weird shit like couches, lamps, art work etc. Editors who lay out a magazine while on LSD or something like that.

    What's WRONG with me???????

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  13. Perhaps ebay would be your best bet for browsing. Cuz I mean, for real.

    And btw, you DO need professional help with your addiction to DWT: Designers Who Trip.

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  14. surcie8:22 PM

    You're an original, Suz.

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