Items That Speak Volumes

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I hate stuff.  You know, those things which are best described as things.  They take up space and you can never find the right home for them even in your own home.  Stuff is different for different people.  For example, my old skis that I’ve not conjured the courage to get rid of are definitely just stuff at this point.  My tape collection?  Stuff.  Even those pots and pans that I tend not to use unless I’m making so much food that there’s no other way to accommodate all of it; that’s just stuff.  However, in the ocean of stuff that invariably pollutes each of our homes, that takes up space in every store in the entire world, there are those items, those treasures that are designed with specific purpose and absolutely perfectionism at every turn. 
In the automotive world, the Rolls Royce is the perfect example. Not only is it made by hand, it’s made by the world’s best craftsmen and engineers with unrivaled pride and precision.  Even in an old junkyard, a Rolls is still a Rolls while everything else is just a car or a truck.
On a much smaller scale, a Rolex watch transcends watches and jewelry and occupies its very own realm in the world of things that you can wear.  It’s as though each one were crafted for a museum, but you get to wear one if you please.  A Rolex speaks volumes because it is the embodiment of progress and tradition.  Each one is influenced in some way by every other one that came before it.  To wear a Rolex is to wear a piece of evolution.  It is to pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who have slaved to craft something that has no equal.  I myself am not even ready to don one, but I know that that day will come and when it does, I will be ready.  On that day, I will go to either The Watch BuyersGroup or and feast my eyes on a bewildering buffet of Rolexes the likes of which I tremble to imagine now.

Items that speak volumes is not only reserved for the most finely crafted or most beautiful, it can be for something sentimental as well. My first stuffed animal, Tandog, is a perfect example of an item that speaks volumes, and let me tell you, that is absolutely not for sale. But if you do find his nose, I lost it sometime around 1989. It probably looks unrecognizable at this point, but I know he’d appreciate it and so would I. Those things that we have or that we want that speak volumes are greater than the sum of their parts. They mean something and they represent something.

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