Minigolf Portals and Cigarette Silks

I took yesterday off from work, and we all drove out towards Morgantown and Lancaster to look at stuff in anqtique/junk shops. LBY and I ended up playing minigolf while Kate went for the bonus expert round of shop-looking. If there’s anything better than the little portals in the fabric of spacetime at minigolf courses, I’m sure I don’t know what it is:

I found a small cardboard box stuffed with cryptic, lustrous little silk ribbons. The ribbons have intricate woven designs. Each is labeled “Egyptienne Luxury” and “Factory no. 7 3rd District State N.Y.”:

Egyptienne Luxury Cigarette Silks

They fall into four groups: US states, countries, colleges and universities, and secret societies(!), like “B.R.R. Trainmen” and “Golden Fleece.”

Some Googling reveals that these are giveaways that you would get with the purchase of Egyptienne Luxury cigarettes. The factory was in New York City, which at one time had several THOUSAND(!!!) cigar and cigarette factories, which is why they were broken into tax "districts" entirely on the island of Manhattan.

Egyptienne Luxury Cigarette Silks

What a fun day!

Minigolf Portals and Cigarette Silks

110% Over-Thanked, But I Can’t Complain While my Mouth is Full

As a "thank you" for building a kitchen set and shooting a movie in our garage, filmmaker friend Susie baked us a pan of fresh, homemade apple dumplings. With a bottle of cinnamon-sugar sauce. And a bottle of bourbon to top it with:

Susie's Apple Dumplings

OH MY GOD, were they good. We are seriously, egregiously over-thanked here. We’d feel guilty, but it’s hard to feel too guilty when your mouth is stuffed full of delicious apple dumpling with cinnamon-sugar bourbon sauce. WOW.

Garage kitchen (exterior)

The kitchen in the garage, built of insulation board and wallpaper. And cabinets scrounged from Habitat for Humanity. I took this picture before Kevin and Jim hung green screen across the window-wall and filled up the remaining space with lights and camera equipment (and craft-service tables.) It looked cool!

We’ve got a kitchen renovation underway in our house; when the neighbors walked by in the alley and saw Jim and Kevin working to set this kitchen up, they shook their heads "Goddamn, how many kitchens does that family NEED? Are they gonna rent the garage to college students?"

Kitchen set (interior)

This is the interior of the kitchen set, with wallpaper up. The wallpaper was stained to look old, with lighter spots where pictures used to hang. I think it looks very stylish!

Here’s the trailer for another award-winning short film “Jacob and Death“, which Kevin and Jim (and other folks) made last year and which you can buy here:

By the way, the kitchen-set movie is the same one that we helped make fake, edible bars of soap out of chocolate a few weeks ago! I can’t wait to see how it turns out! I especially can’t wait to do any old little favor I can for Susie.

110% Over-Thanked, But I Can’t Complain While my Mouth is Full