March 20: 1970s Chromed-Plated Serving Tray and a Shin-Soo Choo Bobblehead Doll

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - Posted by 366 White Elephants at 1:17 AM
Given to Faith from Ken.

I stumbled upon a rare time capsule--one that gives modern-day sociologists an insight into the dating practices of people in the 1970s.  If you take a closer look at the box that the chrome-plated serving tray came in, you'll see a demure-looking woman with a sprawling set of other chrome-plated objects, such as a butter dish and candlestick holders, that seem to float in mid-air at knee height.  Shift your focus to the left side of the box where you have four pictures: a round serving tray; a handle tray; a two-tier tray (like this one); and a three-tier tray.

Much like the 3-star Michelin system that the French use for grading restaurants, men would evaluate their prospects by giving them one of the four chrome pieces.  A 'three-tier tray' meant the woman was all that and a bag of potato chips, while a simple 'handle tray' meant that she was the gender equivalent of a jeep.  A simple 'round serving tray'--the lowest of the four grades (and no rating)--was given only in the direst of circumstances and for people who managed aquariums for a living.

-Profession: Receptionist

-Favorite decade: The 90s

-If you're feeling a bit under the weather, does Hope fill in for you?:  She should!  I just try to push through it...(sigh).

-You carry around 'gamer dice', which are normally used in role playing video games.  A real-life instance where you've used them?:  If I don't know what I want on the dollar menu at drive thru's, I roll out my 10-sided di.  I do dares with them, too.  Like if it's over or under a certain percentage.  Then you might have to drink Mountain Dew.

-Speaking of role play, does a fantasy game ever carry over into real life?:  Sometimes I'll be so into it and tell my roommate or whoever and they just look back at you like "what is going on with you?  You know you're just pretending, right?"