Out of the closet / Salio del closet

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I have two dressers in the bedroom filled with my clothes. San Geraldo’s clothes are in his office. I also have a dresser-sized cabinet with a large cubby hole above and an area with doors below.

I stashed all my remaining ToldemArt jewelry (click here) and paraphernalia there and recently needed to get some things. When I opened the doors, I was reminded I had used part of that space as a random stash. I found some things I was able to trash, recycle, or take to the charity shop. But I also found a number of interesting items, a few I’ll share today.

The first was a straight razor that had belonged to SG’s grandfather’s cousin (born in 1889). Those things are sharp! I sliced my thumb to prove it. There wasn’t too much blood.

I forgot I had my parents’ two silver-plate Ronson table-top cigarette lighters. A very stylish item to have available on a table in the living room. When I was a kid, I’d rub the magic lamps and imagine a genie appearing. He never did.

I found a bunch of sewing supplies: spools of thread, needles, pins, buttons. That would have come in handy on many an occassion.

But the truly useful and, for me, exciting find were six Viola’s Resort pens. These are what remain of the 500 pens we had made for our hotel (click here) more than 20 years ago. Our favorite pens.

Today’s top image is a ToldemArt/TalkTrashy bumper sticker. I thought of it as cave art. It translates to FUCK YOU – AND THE – HORSE – YOU RODE – IN ON.


Tengo dos cómodas en el dormitorio llenas de mi ropa. La ropa de San Geraldo está en su oficina. También tengo un armario del tamaño de una cómoda con un gran cubículo arriba y un área con puertas abajo.

Escondí todas mis joyas restantes de ToldemArt (haz clic aquí) y parafernalia allí y recientemente necesitaba conseguir algunas cosas. Cuando abrí las puertas, recordé que había usado parte de ese espacio como un escondite aleatorio. Encontré algunas cosas que pude tirar a la basura, reciclar o llevar a la tienda de caridad. Pero también encontré varias cosas interesantes, algunos de los cuales compartiré hoy.

El primero era un sombrero de navaja que había pertenecido a una prima (nacida en 1889) del abuelo de SG. ¡Esas cosas son afiladas! Me corté el pulgar para probarlo. No había demasiada sangre.

Olvidé que tenía los dos encendedores de cigarrillos de sobremesa Ronson plateados de mis padres. Un artículo muy estiloso para tener disponible sobre una mesa en el salón. Cuando era niño, frotaba las lámparas mágicas e imaginaba que aparecía un genio. Él nunca lo hizo.

Encontré un montón de útiles de costura: carretes de hilo, agujas, alfileres, botones. Eso habría sido útil en muchas ocasiones.

Pero el hallazgo verdaderamente útil y, para mí, emocionante fueron seis bolígrafos Viola’s Resort. Estos son los restos de los 500 bolígrafos que habíamos fabricado para nuestro hotel (haz clic aquí) hace más de 20 años. Nuestros bolígrafos favoritos.

La imagen superior de hoy es una calcomanía para parachoques de ToldemArt/TalkTrashy. Pensé en ello como arte rupestre. Se traduce como FUCK YOU – AND THE – HORSE – YOU RODE – IN ON [Que te joda y el caballo en el que montaste.]

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

28 thoughts on “Out of the closet / Salio del closet”

  1. LOVE coming across items that bring me back a ways.
    These are precious……those Ronson lighters were everywhere at one point. Nice you still them.

    1. Jim:
      My mother was clearly trendy in those days. Everything she had was had by many (so no money to be made).

  2. I clicked on the Viola’s Resort ~ OK ~ now I have some reading and catching up to do!

  3. What an interesting life you’ve had. Thoroughly enjoyed the story of the hotel and the idea of inclusiveness that brought it into being. I wonder how many years it was before the little girl found out that the fish wouldn’t throw up (and whatever else her dad conned her into not touching) if you pet them. LOL.

    1. Shirley:
      Hard to imagine that that little girl is now in her mid-20s and paying for her own vomit therapy.

  4. Those lighter’s my grandparents had them also, I always thought they were so stylish.
    I think they were used for visitors because I do not remember them using them or smoking.

    1. Laurent:
      I did love those lighters when I was a kid. A bit of mid-century elegance.

  5. I hope you’re up on your tetanus shots, Scoot! That razor looks dangerous! The lighters are fascinating. Growing up, my mother smoked enough to cure ham. Her lighter was a gas stove and a child. Me mostly. I guess everybody can’t be that classy. You’ve got some nice findings there .

    1. Jssw:
      I have one in my pen cup on my desk that still works, but I thought that would be my last.

  6. I just got back from reading your hotel story. Too bad it didn’t work out. Ever think of opening a gay bar? You wouldn’t have kids there obviously, but straight people (mostly straight women) DO go there. Your talk of inclusion made me think of it from another perspective. I don’t know about nowadays, but there used to be gay bars that wouldn’t admit drag queens, which strikes me as crazy.

    1. Kirk:
      There used to be gay bars that didn’t welcome people of color either. We are a strange species. And, no, never in a million years would I dream of opening any kind of bar.

  7. My grandmother had those exact same lighters. The minute you said Genie Lamp I knew they’d be the same. Takes me back to visiting my grandmother and sitting on her couch looking at those lighters!

    1. Bob:
      I loved the lighters when I was a kid. I had never seen them anywhere else, but apparently they were very trendy. I love that you remember them from your childhood, too.

    1. Steve:
      Thanks. I still have a number of pieces and have thought of trying to sell them here. But that would mean registering as a business, etc., and I don’t know if it would be worth the investment.

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