(TOO MANY, IF YOU ASK ME)…
… will be saying, “The Thrill is Gone” today. For me, I’d rather remember positively, “When Love Came to Town.”
R.I.P. BB King.
Any industrial or commercial space of any size and/or age will inevitably accrete a collection of… objects. Stuff. The space newly occupied by Otto is no exception. We occupy a loft space on the third floor of an industrial building that could be as old as a hundred years or more without much difficulty. Our space is in what one might call the East Wing of the building. Our floor was formerly occupied by a space the building’s owner used to display and sell… objects and stuff perhaps useful to businesses. Furniture. Equipment. Racks. Dollies. Shelving. Cabinets. And, if you’re into that kind of stuff (as we all are, being a collection of nerds), endlessly fascinating.
When we were first looking at this space — months before we moved here, we, of course, poked our noses into all the various corners, nooks, and crannies where all the neat stuff was stashed away. And there, in a vast two-story space, lit with smokey light from high, dust-encrusted windows and sunbeams cris-crossing in the dust floating on the ancient air, standing high up on a steel shelf, almost as though placed there a thousand years ago and promptly forgotten, was a carved wooden…
Alger seems to think it’s actually a Shinto god of good fortune, but the Internet seems conflicted on this point and what does Alger know anyway?
Immediately on seeing it, Caroline fell in love and had to have it. She put in her request to the landlord right away. Today, Chris bravely went back there and pulled him down from the shelf, (he only weighs about fifty pounds), and brought him up front, where he had his picture taken for his laminate and a place was found for him near Caroline’s desk.
If Cash isn’t put off by him, expect to see more of the Laughing Buddha on these pages.
They’re gonna make a big star out of me. … And all I gotta do is act naturally.
According to an item in the New York Times, documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev has produced — and will release next month — a documentary about the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden last year for the relief of victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Regular readers will recall that, as soon as we heard about the concert, we got in touch with the good folk at Madison Square Garden and offered to comp the passes. So you can expect to see Otto passes all over this movie. (We’ve seen them in the still photographic coverage, as well as in the trailer video at the Times site..) We are so honored to have played our small part in this event and look forward to seeing the full movie.
A splendid character has passed away, long-time Otto client, Lou Reed, yesterday, of reported liver failure. We’ll miss him. Our prayers and best wishes are with him, his family, and all the good people at Sister Ray.
Rest in peace, Lou.