Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Simple Bottle Opener

A very popular item in the trinket shops along the beach here in Los Boliches is the bottle opener. Beach vacations. Ice cold beer.  Bottle openers are in demand.

HAND-CARVED.

There are a variety of bottle opener types. I didn't get close enough to the tacky displays for careful inspection, but I saw what I needed to see to make a proper identification via Wikipedia. For example, I've learned that there's the crown cork opener, the speed opener, the wall-mounted, the magnetic, the catch bottle opener, and the multi-opener.

HAND-PAINTED.

One particular store here has a selection on display that would be classified as "simple openers" (although the descriptor "novelty" might have to be added).

Wikipedia describes the simple opener as "just a piece of metal with a rectangular or rounded opening in one end and a solid handle large enough to be gripped between the thumb and forefingers on the other [end]."

San Geraldo and I pass this store and its simple bottle openers every day. We never stop. Linda and Tom (Jerry's sister and her husband) arrived Monday. They'll be our neighbors for a month and we couldn't be happier. But, leave it to Linda on her first day in town to stop and closely inspect the simple openers and their "solid handles large enough to be gripped between the thumb and forefingers..."

HAND-WORKED?

LINDA HANDLING THE MERCHANDISE.

This reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw in Santa Barbara, California, which read:

"I have a very large penis.
I just don't have it with me."

24 comments:

  1. Well, clearly I shouldn't have read THIS post here at school today :)
    The bumper sticker made me chuckle out loud, though!

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    1. Judy:
      I LOVE that bumper sticker. Maybe I should post warnings with some of blogs. "Do NOT read in front of children."

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  2. A great collection of bottle openers. Too bad I don't drink beer.

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    1. Stephen:
      You could always use it for your keys. But then imagine stuffing THAT in your pocket.

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  3. OMG. Love those, though I prefer the full hand bottle opener.
    Just sayin'.

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    1. Bob:
      When we walked by today, I noticed another row of even larger ones. I suppose they're intended for people with big hands.

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  4. I said to self....'They look like penises! They ARE penises!!"
    LOL!
    What a novelty!!

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    1. Jim:
      And right out in public. I don't think they'd allow that in Orlando!

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  5. Those are well hung...I mean DISPLAYED!

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    1. Hahah good one, Michelle!!

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    2. Michelle:
      I laughed out loud when I read your comment!

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    1. Knatolee:
      Do you suppose they'd work on Canadian beer?

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  7. "Let me open that bottle with my penis." Said no one. Ever.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Well, you just said it and now I can't get the line out of my mind. I might have to buy one of those for that reason alone.

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  8. Ah-ah!! I do like the slow reveal.
    They look like fun!! (Of course they do...)
    When you quoted the list of various types of openers
    and mentioned the wall-mounted one,
    it triggered a happy memory from my childhood:
    The "Biscuiterie Rochon", a convenience store selling all sorts of things
    and a wall with shelves from floor to ceiling of cookie jars.
    No wonder I tended to be on the chubby side as I often visited that place,
    alone or with my parents to get "some" cookies
    and a soda, to wash it all down. And I remember that wall-mounted opener...
    Funny what one word can trigger!!

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    1. TICKLEBEAR:
      I love those memory associations. Glad this post elicited such a sweet one for you... and that it had nothing to do with the wooden penises.

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  9. Ah so it's a multi-use tool then eh?

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    1. Nubian:
      Well, it opens beer bottles. What else could it be used for? Hmmmm

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  10. This would make the perfect Xmas present. WOW!!!

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  11. Laurent:
    I noticed much larger ones on display today. Great for the person who's always leaving his where he shouldn't.

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  12. Oh, it wasn't until I took a second look at the photos that I noticed. Well, the blue ones look nice.

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  13. The simplest and easiest bottle opener. It is easier to carry along with you in parties. As they are in demand too nowadays.

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