Monday, June 1, 2009

It's the Thought That Counts

One of my lovely office ladies got married 3 weeks ago, and this was one of her gifts.

She was trying to find some adjectives to describe it, or even figure out a way to write a decent thank you note for this clay edifice.

The staff, however, were concerned that perhaps their opinions of this offering were, uh, not those of the majority.

So let's hear it, Grumpyites: What are your candid opinions of this?

Please note: it is lifesize (i.e. the size of a real fruit bowl and fruits).

(click to enlarge)

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugly, rotten moldy fruit?

WarmSocks said...

It would take a person of unique tastes to truly appreciate such a work of art.

Clay = breakable
Set it on the coffee table and invite someone with toddlers to visit.

Diane said...

Uh.. very .. nice. I would say "Thank you so much for your kind gift. We really appreciate it, and will put it where it can be appreciated." Never mind where it can be appreciated. :P

Julie said...

Sorry but Yuck. Yuck, Yuck. Good to eat maybe.... but as a decoration I would have to dust.... Yuck.

Rachael said...

"Dear Guest,

Thank you for the lovely replica of moldy fruit. For our anniversary, may I request a replica of moldy bread so that we may grow a replica of penicillin?

Thank you for the lovely gift; I will put it out in the kitchen to scare my mother-in-law.

Sincerely,
Just Married Couple"

Anonymous said...

Wow, that there's a remarkable resemblance to real fruit shapes in a braided bowl, complete with paring knife, but looks completely covered with rhizopus from what I can tell, Hope someone has a sense of humor. I could see it sitting on the mantle of an outdoor fireplace dusted with snow and holding water and birdseed as part of a sparrow winter haven.

Anonymous said...

Theres another reason I can add to my list to never get married again! Divorced and HAPPY!

Sabra said...

What the hell is that? I can totally send my three-year-old over to take it out if you want.

All I can think of is "Thank you for your fine gift. It is truly stunning." (Stunning in the Seinfeldian sense, of course.)

Captcha: sphorype Oh, so THAT'S what it is!

pharmacy chick said...

Ugh, Grumpy, it looks like a bowl of moldy fruit. Who would buy this? Who would MAKE this?

Dearest Giver of gift,

Wow, words cannot describe what we felt when we saw your gift! It will be remembered as outstanding among all of them. It will certainly be a conversation starter.

Lovingly yours,
Recipient.

Gag. how completely disgusting. I doubt Goodwill would even sell this.

ian in hamburg said...

A perfect candidate for on-gifting: something too hideous to hold on to, yet will always look new, or at least show no signs of wear and tear. This piece is going to make the rounds, I bet.

River said...

Use it as a garden ornament. The birds will love it.

Tex said...

This is what happens when you sned someone to Pottery Barn after they watch DYI.

mojitogirl said...

This is a rustic pottery fruit bowl. Most probably Mexican in origin, have seen many pieces with the green rustic tint, own a few pieces myself, though I would have never thought of producing FRUIT in this fashion. Better left for an outdoor patio table or an outdoor kitchen, where it could fade with the elements.

Understandably, not to everyone's taste, but beauty is i the eye of the beholder.

Carlene Noggle said...

Just one question....did the couple realize that the gift giver hated them Before they received this? lol
Seriously....I would place it outdoors!

Anonymous said...

many wedding gifts can be returned, if you figure out which store sold it.

moppie said...

Find out which store this came from and see if it can be returned.

Otherwise, in the trash it goes. All the comments so far suggested putting it outdoors or accidentally breaking it, but why bother? It'd be in the trash the same day I received it if I can't figure out the store it came from.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

To all who suggested she return it, ain't gonna happen.

This was the first reaction of the rest of us here and Grumpy Neurology, Inc. Unfortunately, it was allegedly picked up in Mexico.

Granted, it could also be a re-gift, currently on its 5th set of newlyweds.

mojitogirl said...

So I WAS right about the Mexican connection.....hehe.....I know my pottery!

LAW said...

... regift.

Pink said...

Thank you for the bowel of fruit!

Honestly, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw it. Shit. Literally.

Nurse K said...

Next trip to the Goodwill, it can ride shotgun.

Lexi said...

regifting the way to go :)

Big 'N Tasty RPH said...

They could say it was a fossilized dino turd and sell it on ebay for big bucks!

Anonymous said...

I would be way too embarrased to regift this!

Bob said...

At the risk of ridicule... I kinda like it. It's not something I'd put on my dining room table of course, but I think it's kind of interesting. I *would* probably clean it up though, assuming it's not supposed to be fake-weatherized. Maybe a conversation piece for a garden table?

Alice said...

It really would be a pain in the arse to dust. But I'm not really one for ornamental bowls and the like.

Nichole said...

My grandparents had something similar to that. They bought it in Mexico.

"Thank you for the fruit plate. We will properly display it on our dining room table as soon as it is back from being tested for swine flue."

ItsTheWooo said...

Yes, I was thinking it wouldn't be so bad for an outdoor/patio piece.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

As a follow-up, she put it outside on her patio, though didn't bother to show it to her new husband.

He just noticed it today for the first time, and called the office to tell her that "somebody shit on our patio table".

ashleigh said...

What on earth is it? Or is it MEANT to be? Bizarre. Looks vaguely obscene.

melaine said...

I'm afraid that at some point in time it could be used as a weapon. I really think her husband's response was hysterical. I too would be too embarrassed to regift.

The Estrogen Commitee said...

Regifting is too good for it, and would make her look bad.

Kira said...

Mmm, petrified fruit. PULL!

Anonymous said...

It's ARTISAN.

 
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