Monday, May 15, 2006

Discussion at dinner today - what's the lamest thing to collect?
I'm not a collector - I'm more of a purger myself. Cds don't count, neither do memorabilia of musicians or George Stroumboulopoulos.
We all pretty much agreed that it was spoons. And Jerry told about the time that his mom was going over to Poland and the neighbours down the road asked if she would bring them back a spoon. She thought they were absolutely insane; I think her exact words were "they can go to hell!"
She didn't realize they meant the little souvenir spoons. She figured they wanted her to schlep back a soup ladle or something. She kills me.
Anybody who collects clowns of any sort is demented.
Sooo, do you collect anything?
Fess up. I won't tell anyone or be judgemental. Oh no, not me.

34 comments:

Barbara said...

Speaking of George S.collections....
I got two The Hour mugs... One for drinking from and one for safe keeping. So much to tell you.

Allison said...

i collect pins, and then cover my backpack in them. wow, that sounds lame when you write it down :) oh well, i still love them.

Jas Bhambra said...

I collect nothing but fond memories! :)

debbie said...

I collect sports memorabilia (mainly hockey stuff). I guess I've sort of passed it on to my son now (more like he's "claimed" it). We have a ton. But I know someone who collects S & P shakers??!! And I have a few (former) friends who, apparently, collect boyfriends!

Alana said...

I collect anything and everything orange.

kelly said...

ok for starters i never collected them...i inherited them...they were my grannys...apparantly i liked to play with them when i was alittle kid...which was many years ago....i ahve about 125 sets of salt & pepper shakers....they are all boxed and ready for my 2 neices when they get older....i told mom (they belonged to her mom) i was gonna put em on e-bay....there was dead silence on the phone...haaa haaa....i won't sell them..i'lll jus thang on to them for now

kelly said...

jus thang.....good grief....i need to learn to type

michelle said...

For the longest time I collected shrunken apple heads. Then they all started rotting in a freaky collapsing way on my windowsill during the course of a week. I haven't really collected anything since then...

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

I, for one, collect dust.

GOB

phlegmfatale said...

I have an impressive collection of floaty pens and oddly-shaped vintage snow-domes. Oh, and I have a small but delightful collection of obscure airline barfbags. My crown jewels: Aeroflot and the now-defunct Pan Am. Sweet!

Ben Heller said...

Hi Barbara,

I haven't forgotten you !!!!!!

Thankyou so much for the CD you put together. I received it this morning and will be listening happily for the rest of the week. There's some new artists I've never heard of, and that fills me with excitement.

I posted 2 CD's to you a week or so ago, I don't know whether you've received them yet.

I'm just putting the finishing touches to my own .com stand alone site which will free me of the graphic restrictions of blogger, but I'll still keep in touch.

Take care,

ben

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good CBC swag scoring, Barbara W. Back up mugs - always a good plan.

Allison - pins are completely not lame. In fact, I just received some Neko Case pins and I plan to pin one (the t-bone steak one) to my purse today. I love the rock pins.

And they are so portable, Jas. Except my memory is horrid, so my collection is getting smaller by the day.

Hahaha Debbie - collect boyfriends. There're a few stories there, I'll bet.
My husband has a Tie Domo doll (ooops, sorry "action figure") in his office.

Alana, you could totally be a Dutch soccer fan. Our spare room is orange. I painted it when we moved here almost 9 years ago and it still makes me happy. It's a good colour.

Kelly, that's so nice of you to keep the collection for posterity. Back away from the evil eBay.
When my mom moved into a home, she divided up some stuff amongst us kids and I got two gorgeous ceramic pots that I've always admired. They mean a lot to me.

I have a shrunken apple head with 25 pennies stuck in it sitting on my kitchen window sill, Michelle. It harkens back to grad school when I returned a quarter to my office-mate by sticking pennies into his apple. He kept it all these years and then mailed it to me anonymously about 5 years ago. I knew immediately what it was and who it was from. That's a keeper.

Oh GOB! And then on Saturdays somebody gets out the Swiffer and dusts off dad.

Snowdomes are cool, Phlegmfatale. And oddly enough I too have a small bag collection. Nothing as inventive as an airline barf bag collection, that's tops! But I do have a wall in the spare room which has all manner of bags pinned to it, which have caught my eye over the years or have some significance from some travels. Collections doubling as art.

Ben! How nice to hear from you! The rumours of your demise were greatly exaggerated, I thankfully see.
I'm glad there are some musicians with whom you are unfamiliar on the cd; there' nothing like discovering new music. I am very much looking forward to receiving music from you as well. Thank you.
All the best with your new site - you will let you know when you launch?

Maureen said...

I don't really collect anything, though I have inherited my grandmother's old medicine bottle collection. Funny I don't collect since my mom collected spoons (no, I'm not taking that one over!) and s&p shakers, and my dad collected stamps, coins & bottles. I'm sure I'll end up with the lot, haha.

Maureen said...

Oh, and I just wanted to add, why is it that when you don't collect anything people always feel like they have to start making you collect something by buying you the same thing over and over???

Will said...

I don't know ... spoons are pretty cool. I used to collect pins of my favorite bands, but those are too easy to lose. When I was a young boy, I collected baseball cards and that just got way out of hand. I tried to collect comic books as well. It just gets ridiculous - where it's all about having and getting, or consuming. When it reaches obsession status, it is no longer fun.

Jacquie said...

I go through cycles of collecting and purging knick knacks and junk from shops and garage sales.
Books I guess, which I like to buy when I can.
Nice quote! Glad you liked that!

John Mutford said...

I used to collect Coca-Cola stuff and my wife used to collect Wizard Of Oz memorabilia. But we sort of grew out of them recently (or rationalized because we needed $). She sold her stuff on eBay and I just got rid of the last of the Coke stuff at a yard sale this past weekend. After reading No Logo I sort of turned on Coke's whole branding the world mentality- and I've pretty much switched to coffee and tea for my caffeine fix anyway- so the Coke habit was easy to kick.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know, Maureen! And it's self-fulfilling. Someone once gave me a pig thingy and somebody else thought I collected pigs, so they gave me a pig thingy and it just snow-balled from there.

I like the idea of band pins, Will. They are small enough that you don't need a bigger apartment just to house them, and they are cute.
But you are right, anything that goes beyond the enjoyment stage to the obsession stage is bad, m'kay? Moderation in all things.

I used to go through collect/purge cycles,Jacquie, but now I'm pretty much exclusively about the purge. I just can't handle clutter any more. I'm a minimalist at heart.
Glad you liked the quote - it was a great one!

I haven't read No Logo, John. So you no longer want to teach the world to sing? See, they brainwashed me too!

John Mutford said...

Ha! I did keep a 45 of the "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" jingle.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ah, so now the truth comes out, John! Actually I'm finding I collect more stuff than I realised, so we're even.

~Jen~ said...

never tell ppl u collect shit or thats all u get at xmas and 4 yer bday and its gay...
(i used to collect comedy and tragedy masks...as a teen BARF...then whale stuff...BARF)...
now aside fr cds/books etc the only thing i actively save is natures oddities...weirdo drift wood...funky rocks...freaky dried pods...shells...bones

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahahah Jen, I know what to get you for your birthday and Christmas now!

Barbara said...

I did collect cows. Now I don't want to see another cow as long as I live. 'cept for meals.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Why, Barbara W? Did they gang up on you and attack you? Details, details!

uglybutterfly said...

When I go to different countries, I collect dirt.

But I heard that its illegal to take dirt out of the country so don't tell anybody.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your secrets (and your earthy nematodes) are safe here, uglybutterfly! The RCMP hardly ever visits this blog anymore.

Neil said...

About the worst thing in my mind that you can collect, as in boring, is stamps.

I used to collect comic books. Now I collect souls. Oh, and beanie babies.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Neil! So that's where my soul has gone; you've collected it. But what if I need it again?
And I must say that is so macho studly of you to admit you collect beanie babies.
Say, are you starting a blog again?

Neil said...

I may start a blog again... one day. No time soon though. Simply no time... and I'd rather just read the ones I enjoy. Like this one!

If you need your soul back, just ask anytime. It's stinking up my closet as we speak. ha ha ha.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

No, you go ahead and hang onto my soul; I couldn't stand the smell of it either. Besides, I wasn't using it.

Kian said...

i collect elephants from around the world. I have lots.

my mom collects thimbles..(is that what they're even called? the things that go on your finger when you sew or whatever?...) she has soo many.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh, elephants are neat, Kian and/or Metroid (sorry can't tell you guys apart). And they are indeed called thimbles. My mom only had one but she actually used it.

Robin Design Group said...

I collect older Gibson Guitars, books and movie posters on Art, Music and Magic.

Vintage is a word close to my heart, mind and soul.

I love and own many other cool objects. You have to be diverse and creative during Edmonton Winters.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Robin Design Group, welcome! That actually sounds like a pretty cool collection you have. Do you play guitar as well? That'd help get you through an Edmonton winter.