I was watching that Futurama episode where Fry finds out he has $4.3 Billion in his bank account the other day, and there’s a scene where Bender- wearing a top hat and smoking a cigar- says to Leela “I don’t think you realise how rich Fry is. In fact, I better put on a Monocle!”
Then I realised something: You never see people wearing Monocles anymore. Which means I have to go and find one so I can wear it.
But do you think I can find one? Noooo. I even asked a friend of ours who works at an opticians, and after she’d finished laughing she said “Oh God, you’re serious, aren’t you? No, I don’t know where you could get one, and even if I did, I wouldn’t tell you because you’d actually wear it in public or at work or something just as embarrassing.”
Now, I’m sure that I can track one down, but it would require a lot of effort (and probably expense) to track one down- and it wouldn’t get a lot of use. Having said that, it would also be incredibly cool to have one; but not quite cool enough to justify putting vast amounts of time, effort, and cash into getting.
The funny thing is that there’s quite a lot of stuff out there that would be incredibly cool if you found it at a flea market or an op shop or knew someone who was getting rid of it, but that you wouldn’t go to a spectacular amount of effort to track down.
Besides a Monocle, I’d also love a Candlestick style telephone, like the sort of thing you see in 1920s films. Do you think I can find one that would work on the Australian phone system? Nyet.
And it would also be pretty funky to have a Smoking Jacket. No, I don’t smoke, but they are very cool. They’re also very hard to find, and are in much the same category as a monocle; very cool but not quite worth the effort and expense.
I’m sure most of us have a number of nifty, quirky, or just plain interesting things we’d get if they were available somewhat easily, but are just slightly too hard to track down to justify the effort… What are yours? What would you love to get but find it’s just slightly too hard to obtain?