I broke a historical artifact tonight.

Like dropping a Ming vase, right?


So, is it a Sun-drop, which sounds bright and citrusy, or a cola? Both!

Sun Drop was developed in Missouri, by Charles Lazier, a salesman of beverage concentrates. While riding around town in the family car, Lazier quickly scribbled a recipe for a new soft drink on a small piece of paper which he handed to his son, Charles Jr. The younger Lazier worked as a lab technician at his father’s plant, and soon began work on the formula. Two years later, Sun Drop Cola debuted at the American Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages Conference in Washington DC.

The Sun Drop formula was patented on April 15, 1930.

Still around. More caffeine than Mountain Dew.

I’m sure there are lots of bottles out there. I am sorry I broke this one. But I’m not weeping and kicking myself. It’s not a great piece of design. I’d rather know what most things look like than what the best things look like. (Or so I’d like to think; that’s probably a lie.) The reason it broke was because I tipped over a box of stuff I was setting aside for selling or storage. This wasn’t a thing I really wanted to keep.

It is dismaying to know how many things I do want to keep, just to have a nice little museum of 20th century items. It serves no purpose. It will burden someone some day, and it will be dispersed without anyone knowing where it had paused for 20 years.

To say nothing of the huge bin of items yet to be scanned! Gah! I give up! Everything goes to Hunt and Gather tomorrow! Paint everything in the room white! One vase with a single flower! One black-and-white poster from the 30s! That's it!

UPDATE: while taking the bag with the broken bottle out to the trash, it broke, and the bottle bounced down the stairs and shattered again. I got up the big parts with my phone flashlight, but there were a few shards I couldn't see, and they'll pierce the skin of some barefoot kid some day because someone in 1963 set aside a bottle of pop for reasons we will never, and cannot ever, know.


Let us just admit that the form of this structure does not challenge our prevailing notions of "a tall glass skyscraper."

But I like the canyon that's taking shape.

Even if the brick apartment building looks more and more like something from the 80s.

The weekly sweep:

On the other end of town, the Larking continues its dutiful climb up.




Fast acting, too:

Solution is here.






Let us now pass the time and ponder the obvious banalities of life with Tom.




A mournful cue








More of the sappiness.



Are those the same descriptions I wrote last month? Did I cut and paste? Does it matter? WE HAD A TIME




This is just the sort of thing we need today. A reminder of what we can't do now but surely will be able to do some day.

When I was a kid "Guy Lombardo" was just New Year's Eve music, and that was it.





From 1948: They Satisfy, I suppose

That'll do - hope you kept your keel even, and look forward to the weekend and the week beyond! I do. What's the alternative?




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