Tuesday

did kabuki succumb?

Kabuki requires some counsel.  What you see above is the christmas 2011 release by en&is gallery, an italian design house.  It is a passive iphone amplifier, aka a megaphone for your iphone.  It is handcrafted, rests on an italian walnut stand, and kabuki finds it divine.  kabuki's mother was a ceramic and porcelain goddess of great talent, and kabuki recognizes the difficulty in creating such a lovely thing as is pictured above.  It costs 399 euros, and is the only item currently for sale at the en&is gallerys' website.
So you say to yourself, 'big whoop kabuki - tell us something else of little or no importance.  ok I will - kabuki can crack his toes.  spooky - no?  But bac kto the matter at hand.  kabuki accidentally went shopping, and whilst browsing in the local thrift store came upon this item.  In the original box, with all associated paperwork.  A nebbish man came over as kabuki inspected said item.  He whipped out his smart phone and attempted to discern its provenance, to kabuki's great consternation. (what a lovely sentence construct)  not to be outdone kabuki produced his iphone and immediately went to the design website, then informed the small man of the important data associated with said object.  Man said to me 'I could have looked that up on my pc at home'.  kabuki said 'meh', and wandered away to peruse other items.  kabuki could not shake the little man, and kabuki made polite conversation, including the possibility of buying thrift store items and selling them on ebay for profit.  A risky business to be sure.  kabuki informed small man the kabuki might consider selling above pictured ceramic on ebay, after all it is a christmas 2011 release, and it is only January 2012.  The market is surely not flooded with such a unique and delightful knick-knack.  At this point we (kabuki and the nebbish stranger) were joined in our conversation by the goodwill manager.  'That just came in today, its very expensive.  The lady who dropped  it off said she had received two of them".  kabuki knew this to be a bold-faced lie from some wealthy yet tasteless palm springs biddy.  (she also dropped off a matched set of DREAMY table lamps)  Anyways, after convincing the small man that he was not going to get kabuki's number, kabuki purchased the object d'art.  Am kabuki mad?  Has my noodle gone soft?  What is to become of kabuki?  Mind you, it was less than 20% of retail, yet kabuki may still have to nibble on it for sustenance when the budget collapses later this month.  Felix would call it 'a shopping blackout', kabuki just calls it a heart-felt purchase.  Here it is on my coffee table, it may yet end up on ebay, so tell me dear reader - What the hell have I done? 

8 comments:

  1. kabuki's mother was a ceramic and porcelain goddess of great talent

    OMG…are you the son of Eva Zeisel?

    May she rest in peace.

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  2. You're silly. She was Louise Comfort Tiffany, and is also widely recognized as the inventor of the Philly Cheese Steak. A remarkable woman.

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  3. So what you're saying is you spent almost eighty bucks on something that - while it's too finite in scope to even be trendy - still manages to be ostentatious, beyond precious, creepy and, after two or three uses, one finally realizes, "but if I just plug this thing into those speakers over there, I can hear the music really loud."

    See if you can't manage to get out of it at least what you've got in it.

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  4. Would kabuki care to tell us about his new avatar?

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  5. Oh deer ... you are sure it is not a duck call?

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  6. blow in in shul during
    rosh hashonah & see if you get an answer.

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  7. I'll tell you what you've done; precisely the same thing all of us have done at different times. You've followed your heart at the thrift store. Good on for you sweetie. Plus you got a junk store stalker. Sweet.

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