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April 24th, 2009
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Perplexed




I purchased an inexpensive but rather cool thing from a purveyor of beads and findings on Etsy, and it arrived today. Also in the package were these small plastic items:
  1. an orange motorcycle.
  2. a hamburger with a convenient loop for hanging.
  3. a translucent orange scotch terrier.
  4. an opaque black buffalo.
I have absolutely no use for these items. I also have no idea why the Etsy-seller thought I might want them. Did she perhaps think I might see them and think "Gosh - how lovely, a plastic hamburger! Just what I never knew I always wanted!"

No. Instead I am left perplexed and a little saddened that there are people out there who make a living out of turning irreplaceable petrochemicals into model scottie dogs and buffalo, and shipping them 'round the world. Thinking that, I don't want to keep these, and I don't want to just chuck them in a landfill either.
Soooo - because it would appeal to my sense of the absurd to send them halfway round the world again, if anybody can think of a use for any or all of these or would just like one for some reason, let me know and I'll send it/them to you.

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From:madshutterbug
Date:April 24th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
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First of all, you've already found a use for them: they contribute to this marvelous, surreal image. And I mean that quite seriously.

Second of all, who knows the thought patterns on the part of Etsy Seller. They may, in fact, much parallel yours here. O, luks, Sense of Absurd. Can haz cofooz others! *G*

Third, I'd ask (since I rather enjoy making images of the absurd, if you doubt that simply look at the Otterz Themez *G*) except I already have quite sufficient items on hand.

Marvelous. Surreal. Now, I might consider asking for a print of the photo. *G*
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From:dianavilliers
Date:April 24th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
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You confirm my suspicions that people are odd. Out of the images I've posted, you'd ask for a print of this one?

Perplexed indeed.
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From:yo_sarrian
Date:April 24th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Neat! Love this :)
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:April 27th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I love the photo. I'd wait til Christmas and stick them in Christmas crackers.
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From:ysabetwordsmith
Date:June 9th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)

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1) This is a great photo, very odd and eye-catching.

2) While none of these items grab me, I did love little plastic animals when I was little: farm animals. I used to cover much of my grandmother's bedroom floor with them, dozens at a time, meticulously set up to model real farms. As I got older, I used my observations of farm animals to shape the way the models were laid out, so the cows were arranged like real herd animals. I even made and purchased a variety of model trees. It was fun -- and a form of early storytelling.
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