Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"...spoke, thought and reasoned like a child."

It all started with a Batman dispenser in college. "What a strange thing" I thought, "a toy that dispenses candy from its throat." I placed the dispenser on my shelf in my sculpture studio and it was quickly accompanied by several others. They were gifts from one of my professors who frequented estate sales. It quickly became a collection. I didn't really start the collection - it started on me. It's an odd thing to collect - but they are inexpensive ($1 will buy 1 dispenser) and there are always new faces to collect.

Kirsten has been kind to allow me to keep my childish collection over the years. She even allowed these dispensers to be a part of our wedding. She is a fine woman.

We are beginning to discuss a possible remodel on one of our rooms in our basement. The room we are thinking about remodeling is the one that houses all of these dispensers - all displayed in neat rows on shelves. As we begin to think through what we would like to do to the room it seems as if these candy-throated dispensers keep getting in the way. Our sons like to throw objects around this room and if you have ever seen dominoes fall on top of each other - hundreds of cartoon-headed dispensers do the same. So, here I am - 30something years young and I am faced with a decision. Should I a.) throw the dispensers away? b.) try to sell them? c.) take them to the local recycling establishment to see what I can get or d.) let the reader decide?

There are pros and cons to each. When all is said and done - they must leave my house. I don't need them any longer. They are taking up space, collecting dust, always fall over and I think the Peppermint Patty dispenser is up to something strange with the Wonder Woman dispenser.

What should I do? Stay tuned for details of the death of these, my candy-throated friends.


rick said...

his is a no brainer ... keep them! any man with a pez dispenser collection is super cool ... and it's getting harder and harder to be cool these days ... keep them!

B-U-R-L-Y said...

Keep them. Your boys will love them later. Carefully package them in a box like. They are as precious as your wife's wedding dress.

M. said...

You can't take them with you, Vince. I think that's in the Bible, but it might be in some other manual like the one for Old Wives or something.

I'm going to have to go against the grain here and say keep only the significant ones (like Batman and the wedding couple) and eBay the rest. Unless they have a 1 or 2 on the bottom you can't recycle them in the local area.

You could put them in the suitcase and take them to Sudan with you the next time you go. I'm sure there's nothing else the Sudanese would rather have.

I'm full of opinions.

B-U-R-L-Y said...

I don't know why I added "like" to my comment.