June 1: Face and Hand Statuette

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - Posted by 366 White Elephants at 12:45 AM
Given to Brian from Nicole.

Brian and I couldn't figure out if this statuette was a man kissing a woman's hand or whether it was a demure woman gently resting her chin on her delicate hand.  The androgynous face with feminine hand makes this whole "thing" confusing.  It's like one of those kitsch items you'd get from the TJMaxx HomeGoods section of the store that looks interesting there when you're pushing your cart up and down the aisle past a cadre of 40-somethings, but really stupid when it's sitting on your bookshelf missing it's other less interesting friends.

Nicole got this from her mom because her mom thought Nicole could "use something to take up some open space" at her house.  Nicole predicted that her mom would notice that it would be missing, marking the second time this gift blogging season that I'll have a vendetta from some unhappy acquaintance looking to ransack my house.  However, I think Nicole's apt description of this statuette is spot on when she says, "It's something a 24-year old girl would get who's just graduated from college and needs to furnish her apartment with something [possibly...but not] clever".

Brian
-Profession: Alumni Relations Lackey

-Favorite color of subway to ride: Red

-When getting emails, how many people mistakenly type 'Brain' instead, like Pinky & The _____ or the one from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that needs an android body to survive in?:  I get that once about every other day.  Most recently, I got it from a person, ironically, who was frustrated that someone misspelled her common, yet unconventionally spelled name.

-Previously, in your day-to-day job as a midnight pie maker--otherwise known as The Life of Brian--what was the bright side of life for you?:  It's a slow-paced life--the life of a baker.  I could look at racks of pies that I had made.  That was nice.

-One Christmas you answered phones for Verizon as Santa.  Did you fantasize on what Mrs. Claus was wearing?:  I didn't, but I did imagine what it would be like to take care of flying reindeer.