Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentines Day...

...did you remember??

roses and a cake for Karen
You don't need to have an enchanted evening on a high rise balcony in mid century modern splendor, but you should remember your loved one...bring them a rose, a card, and a bottle of champagne (don't gag...Barefoot Wines makes a respectable champagne for less than $10 a bottle...a bit of the bubbly at a price you can afford).

Most important?  Say "I love you" and mean it...so get your Cupid on and be a hero.

In the continuing saga of my new found passion for vintage Ronson lighters, my Junior Bartender had to be sent out for repairs to Bob Adams (www.RonsonRepair.com).  Disappointing since it was listed as "working", which it definitely was not when received.  Here's a pic of the poor lass on the operating table in Dr. Adams' Laboratory (pronounced "la-bore-a-tory"):
Dr. Adams assures me that while all the kings horses and all the kings men may not have a clue, never fear: he knows how to put Ms. Jr. Bar back together again.  When he does, she'll look like this:


And to prove that all Ronson roads pass through www.RonsonRepair.com, see the "Maltese Falcon" touch tip lighter in the top left of the above picture?  That's a lighter I bought from another seller in Ohio, but he sent it to Bob for repair before sending it on to me.  It's referred to as the "Maltese Falcon" b/c of its starring role in the 1941 Humphrey Bogart film of the same name:
movie screen shot courtesy of Bob Adams
That's Bogey using the Ronson to light up another cigarette in this most famous of the film noir entries.

Also picked up a beautiful Ronson Zephyr (not an Ultra Case as I thought...thank you Bob Adams for the correction) from The Classic Collector in New Mexico (www.etsy.com/shop/classiccollector):

Here's a video of this working cigarette case / lighter:



(Yes, that's CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" playing in the background on my 1933 Colonial "New World" Globe radio.)  It's a beautiful piece, and I should note the Ronson Ten A Case and the Ronson Pal I showed earlier were also purchased from the Classic Collector...he is a pleasure to deal with and a seller with integrity...highly recommended.

Enjoyed an hour of conversation with my youngest son, Benjamin, tonight.  When he was just a lad we nicknamed him "the man of few words" b/c he was, well, taciturn...if he strung 4 words together at a time we considered it a speech of epic proportions...now he's actually preaching sermons on Sunday as a fill in for his pastor and regaling me with stories of his life.

An eternal truth: people will surprise you, even those you think you know.  Love you, Benjamin.

And that's the way it is on this Valentine's Eve, 2014...

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