That happened to me yesterday! I saw this rigid envelope in my mailbox - it was the same height as the box and I had to pull pretty hard to get it out! On the front was a rubber-stamped logo from The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco - did I order something from them, I wondered?
Just around the time I thought I'd better curb my late-night Website trolling I read the invoice, which had a sweet little note from my awesome sister Jen! She saw this when she was doing some surfing of her own and thought of me immediately, the note said.
Jen has the uncanny ability to find the PERFECT gift - she really cares about catering the gift to the person and because she knows me so well she always bats .1000 in this department. One of my favorite gifts from her is my copy of "Old School" from Uppercase Gallery, one of my favorite Websites (made even cooler by the fact that it's Canadian). I had just been coveting a copy of this book a couple of days before Christmas 2008 when what to my wondering eyes should appear beneath my tree? I mean, it was sort of spooky, almost as if she'd been sneaking into my hard drive to see what I'd been searching. It remains one of my most favorite gifts ever!
|Hilarious letterpress insert included|
with the magazine (it really is
In the introductory letter, Editor Kate Pograss says that "Average claims to be a shiny magazine without the shine, celebrating ordinary details and moments that we ususally fail to give adequate contemplation while going about our day. Average finds and revels in the commonplace quirkitude that unquestionably makes life rich and full. It is a collection of the minutia on which our lives are based, without pretension and full of honesty. This magazine intends to bring a sort of special-ness to the banal, in hope that society can revel in the beauty of moments that unwittingly pass us by."
WOW. If that doesn't perfectly describe an Ephemeraologist, I don't know what will. The banal, the forgotten, the minutia, the trivial - THESE are the stuff from which the fabric of our lives are woven. I for one happily celebrate the ephemeral every single day and I know many of you reading do too. Vive l'ephemerie!
P.S. If you'd like your own copy of Average, check out their Website. It's pretty average. :D