Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Re-lax, Stay Awhile

Amy and Rob (Joe Kulkin photo)

BENNINGTON -- Many art lovers, and a few intellectually incurious, buzzed in and out of the gallery yesterday. One couple -- a cutie and her escort who looked like he ate one too many laxatives -- left about 90 seconds after coming in. They stood in front of the mosaics, shuffled over to the scarves, then beelined for the door, made a hard right, and walked west on Main Street. Whattaya gonna do? Some folks are just sheepishly antisocial. As they headed to the door I was going to say something to her, because I thought she might be someone familiar. But I decided against it because some folks don't like to be bothered in public.

That example aside, everyone else enjoyed their time in the gallery.

Many of them engaged with me. You may have read about the couple from the farming fields of Iowa, married for 63 years. Those hands don't lie.

Rob and Amy of Erie P-A have been married for 9 years. She bought 6 handblown glass tumblers, because she loves the style and swirls, and a vintage Schlitz sign for her parents. Larry and Anne dated in college, and Schlitz was his beer of choice. He introduced his honey to it and Schlitz became their first beer.

Over the years they moved on to Michelob, then Bud.

Seeing that this lighted Schlitz sign was made in 1976 made Amy's eyes light up because that's year Larry and Anne got married. I have a feeling Amy has been searching for the perfect anniversary gift. She stumbled upon it in an old bank vault.

I asked the usual question and Amy answered:

"They do everything together. They go on long antiquing trips all the time. When we were kids they we would all go on antique trips and my brother and I would get into fights in the car waiting for them."

"And they still go antiquing?"

"They still do," Amy said. "They spend all day doing it."

"And you bought these glasses why?"

"I'm an amateur glassblower. These are really cool."