Saturday, January 31, 2009

discussions sparked by blogs

Some bloggers are able to start discussions with their ideas, and the comment section of each of their entries takes on a life of its own. These discussions get so interesting that I'll return often throughout the day, just to see what sort of things people are saying to one another there.

That Guy in Oregon is one of these. He also has a gift for sparking ideas in my mind that become entries here on my own site. And he's the person who prompted me to stop buying bottled water, to shop at my local grocery store more frequently, and to use re-usable shopping bags. Pretty influential person, eh?

The Kansas City Russian Jew is another one who is able to inspire exchanges of opinion in comments, although I wish more people would jump in sometimes. What I like about his comment section is that it's easy to subscribe to any responses left to a particular post, so I don't have to keep going back to check on what's being said; each comment arrives in my email.

Now, back to that guy in Oregon: There are two things he's given me to blog about lately.

Recently he mentioned antique shops, and wrote, "The worst thing that all these stores have in common is paintings and 'art work' (for lack of a better term) which are bad depictions of American Indians and Jesus."

This forced me to look at my eight "Mystic Warrior" plates in a new light. In their defense, the Indians really do look like Native Americans. Don't they?

However, I do believe they could be classified by some (or most) folks as "cheesy".

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all.

I also have a set of four "Jesus plates" that were sold by Avon. *sigh*

Guy said this: "I am curious as to what the circumstances were for these objects created and purchased in the first place."

Well Guy... they just spoke to me. What can I say? I've got this thing about Indians. I always wanted to be one.

On a different day, in another entry, Guy talked about how coins are losing their value, and it reminded me of my stash in the bedroom. I've had that blue decanter since 1960, by the way. My mom had some sort of home interior party and that thing just... well, it spoke to me. Mostly it holds pennies, but I slip in an occasional dime. No other coins will fit through the opening.

That pint jar beside it is my quarter jar. Now, quarters add up to nicely. When I finally get that jar full, I should have between $70 and $80.

Do you have a coin stash?


Rachel said...

Only pennies here, but we have quite a few. If I drop other coins in, I wind up dumping the whole thing and digging for them a couple of weeks later, so I stopped doing it.

madcobug said...

I agree with you, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have a blue wine jug that was given to be maybe 25 years ago that I put coins in. Some times it get quite a few then they dwindle down close to empty like it is now LOL. Helen

Sugar said...

i think you & i have some of the same tastes. lol i love your plates!
agree, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but also that no one else should put down someones tastes. it takes all kinds to make up this world of ours. ;) what's cheesy to many, may be elegant to others.
have a good wkend.

Kevin said...

I have a Topsy's 6 and half gallon popcorn can halfway filled with change, been putting change in it 27 years. I can hardly move it anymore.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

A jar for quarters, and a dish for other, and when the dish is full, it goes in a large ziplock. Once a year it goes to the change machine at the local supermarket :o)

Paula said...

I have a replica of a boot full of pennies and don't tell anyone but I save quarters in a tin box in the glove box of my truck. So many uses for them here--the car wash, the news paper stand, bottled water.

The Guy Who Writes This said...

Donna, I'm holding out for the print of Jesus playing poker with an Indian and Elvis. Thanks for the mention. I am delighted that you are the first to comment on my daily posts.

Becky said...

When I was a teen I had a giant plastic replica of a classic Coke glass bottle that doubled as a bank (there is a slot in the cap). That bank followed me to college and on to my various apartments and into marriage. I'd cashed in the coins for various things over the years until I got married. Then the bottle became our "retirement fund". When Tyler was born, the bottle took on new meaning as the "college fund" and all our spare change was dumped in there. The bottle suffered a tragic accident and cracked, much to my dismay. But I was able to locate another similar replica bank in Dr Pepper and Sprite bottle forms. Yes, I bought two. They were slightly smaller than my original Coke bank, but I thought it would be nice to have a bank for coins and one for paper money. We emptied them both when Tyler was 4ish and brought the cash to the bank to open his first savings account. $649 in change and spare dollars. Not bad! The bottle-banks are both about half way filled and we expect to empty them when Max is 4ish to open his first savings account. Fun stuff!