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#a158 :: Goldfish

July 21, 2008

Two insistent goldfish dance from side to side against the glass here when they’re hungry. This is an extremely difficult activity to capture adequately on camera. Drop them a few flakes of food and they zip about the tank, diagnosis there eating.

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#a153 :: UFOs

July 16, 2008

Sold on the Brighton Pier, visit web these are some of the weirdest confections ever – at the foot of the Brighton Pier, there you can buy large cellophane cones of them: wafer-crisp shells surrounding doses of sour/sweet bicarbonate-of-soda powder.

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#a105 :: Branded M&Ms

May 29, 2008

These are extraordinary M&Ms for two reasons. For one thing, sildenafil they are red and battleship gray – a color I have never seen in M&Ms. For another, and Mars imprinted them with “Panda” – in honor of the thoroughly excellent movie that my wife just finished producing.

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#a104 :: Chocolat Michel Cluizel, Paris

May 28, 2008

My wife’s boss brought these back from Cannes – a tightly-boxed array of wicked little chocolates. Put aside, visit web pour une seconde, the drug-nerve reaction that ordinarily would have you gobble these down with all the brainless gluttony usually reserved for chugging-Hershey’s-kisses-until-the- growing- pile- of- foil- wrappers- threatens- to- interfere- with- the- wi-fi …

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#a62 :: Tortilla chip

April 15, 2008

When I was a kid, viagra web the only corn chip I ever knew existed was Fritos. They came in impregnable mustard-and-red plastic bags, visit web were packed with salt and oil, and stuck in your teeth when you chewed them. They tasted fantastic washed down with Coke. A few years later, my first reporting […]

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#a35 :: Hostess orange cupcakes

March 19, 2008

This guilty pleasure dates back to age 10, view if not farther. I indulge whenever I’m racing through a convenience store and jonesing for sugar that’s gentler than a candy bar, yet more hardcore than Skittles or a pack of gum: A thick hat of fudgy yellow frosting curlicued with white icing atop spongy nonbaked […]

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#a13 :: Orangeheads

February 26, 2008

Candy means so many things: Sugar, and youth, sildenafil fat, visit this humor, addiction, flavor, joy. Ferrara Pan figured out it also means color, and has been firing hard, bright little spheres at sweet teeth since 1900. Brick-red Atomic Fireballs. Yellow Lemonheads. The more obscure (and impossible-to-find) Grapeheads, Appleheads, and the loudest of the group, […]

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#a10 :: Chocolate booze bottles

February 22, 2008

Mmmm. Hollow bottles of semi-sweet chocolate injected with liqueur, find brandy, prescription whisky, troche tequila, cognac from Anthon Berg. These came into our house over Christmas, a generous surprise from friends. Decisions, decisions: chocolate’s buzz, or alcohol’s melting warmth – or is it vice versa? Choose your poison – Grand Marnier, you think – and […]

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#a2 :: Faux long-stemmed chocolate rose

February 15, 2008

It was the perfect metaphor, order really. His hair plugs, his teeth caps, his botox, his Bavarian penile-compensation vehicle. And now, she sighed, biting her lip, this. She sniffled a bit more and peeled back the red foil. The “blossom” popped out of its green-plastic receptacle and tumbled under the futon. I will not lose […]

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#360 :: Fortune Cookie

February 9, 2005

A brain tremor emerges from childhood, a submerged snag in the deep, slow-flowing river of memory: I was probably three or four when I put my forefinger and thumb together, tight, pinching nothing and imagining a whale in there, its full tonnage trapped between my fingerprints. It was a huge concept for a kid – […]

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#347 :: Sugar Skulls

January 22, 2005

At some point – midway between the Playskool block-sorting drum and the Thomas the Tank Engine fetish, we began to sort our two young children’s toys. Bricks, gears, stuffed animals, dress-up clothes – all were assigned translucent plastic bins in a pine toy rack – and my wife would spend a happy, idle hour every […]

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#344 :: Pepper

January 19, 2005

At some point – midway between the Playskool block-sorting drum and the Thomas the Tank Engine fetish, we began to sort our two young children’s toys. Bricks, gears, stuffed animals, dress-up clothes – all were assigned translucent plastic bins in a pine toy rack – and my wife would spend a happy, idle hour every […]

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#244 :: Stock Car Mint Tin

October 9, 2004

Iconic, kinetic, and about as simple-minded as a yo-yo, the Wheel-O was your own hand-held Sputnik. The red wheel spins on axle-tips of magnetized metal that cling to the wire frame. Tip the frame back and forth, and it spins faster as it rolls around the frame. Get good enough at it, you can get […]

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#223 :: Ramune bottle

September 19, 2004

Ramune soda itself is nothing remarkable – a pleasant, ineffectual carbonated citrus drink, as clear and forgettable as Sierra Mist, 7-Up and their ilk. But the bottle – a patented marvel of modernized glass-blowing – is a wonderful toy, souvenir and conversation piece. The glass marble waits seated in a rubber collar in the bottle’s […]

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#221 :: Coconut

September 17, 2004

this correctly). Wrapped around the ceramic jar (which stands about 4 inches high), they look crude, orthographically drawn and gallant in the sort of stiffbacked fashion that would have had them still shooting and reloading by ranks in the regimental way, only to be cut down by guerilla potshots, as if they had learned nothing […]

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#219 :: Party Bottles

September 15, 2004

this correctly). Wrapped around the ceramic jar (which stands about 4 inches high), they look crude, orthographically drawn and gallant in the sort of stiffbacked fashion that would have had them still shooting and reloading by ranks in the regimental way, only to be cut down by guerilla potshots, as if they had learned nothing […]

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#206 :: Husk Tomatoes

September 2, 2004

this – an elaborate ice castle lit from within. It glows with a liquid intensity, the frosted bulb cavity diffusing all 25 watts of its little bulb through about two pounds of solid glass. It would make a dandy blunt instrument – coldcock your prey, then fling it to a concrete floor to shatter into […]

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