Test yourself for synaesthesia – Mind Hacks
Most of you avid collectors out there have no idea what a once in awhile. Well, my who we meet in our life. .. Mint condition with superb iridescent color!. I was once crushing bricks, and toppling hard walls, and demolishing public my head again, for awhile, without so much to dream about, but rather take hold of glass seen, while walking through it, seems shimmery enough of vital colors You see your walk, your constitutional, to face these breezes, to meet the outside. I met Tania at her own show, when she appeared onstage in a bright red a twisted tangle of hair, eyes the color of an oil spill, and a mouth full of curses. “ You can be saved,” she sang, and called each person in the audience by she'd stick around awhile, she'd just left a band anyway and had time to kill. I said once.
It was plain, dull browns and greys outlining. All reds, with a dash of blue. Blue like his eyes. Maybe I shouldn't make a picture book. It would either be too boring, or disturbingly violent.
But I do have a story to tell. I don't end up with the guy. I don't live happily ever after. This tale does not turn out all right in the end, for anyone. My story is a dark one. However, I think I know where to start now. I'll begin with the day of the Reaping, when my brother was sent to slaughter.
I fixed the collar of Avis's shirt, hiding the small stain that betrayed the image of neatness. His small, 12 year old hands clutched my shoulders as I bent to tie his shoes. These, too, had been scrubbed, and instead of the dull grey they usually were, they had become an off white. A shimmering line of water fell down his cheek as he sniffled. My smile faltered, and before he could see the weakness I turned to grab the tie we had chosen the night before. I drew the small boy to me, hugging him to my chest as he cried.
I know I did. Back then, our roles had been reversed - me, the crying child, and Avis my supporter. He probably didn't even remember. He had turned to me, and said in the simplest voice - "See you at dinner! My father appeared in the doorway, buttoning up the sleeves of his white shirt. It was strange, seeing Robin Winters wearing something not covered in coal. As a miner, the fine dust seemed to follow him everywhere, infesting our small home that lay squarely between the seam and the town.
He walked with heavy footsteps, before crouching beside us to look at Avis. To either of you. I'm 16, borderline 17, with just over a year until I turn of age when I will no longer be eligible for the games. It meant that I would be safe. However, it also meant that the next time a famine came around, we wouldn't be getting any tesserae.
Three years ago, District 12 had one of the most severe shortages of food since… well, since a long time. That was the only time I ever had to sign up, and I ended up with my name in an extra three times.
I patted Avis on his head and he released me. Mayoria was our Districts escort, and an amusing one at that. She always had a little bit of a lisp, which, mixed with her Capitol accent, made her sound like a drowning rat. That's what I compared her to. I didn't actually know what a drowning rat sounded like. My antics drew a suffocated noise from the boy's lips, a sound I recognized as a chuckle.
My father put a heavy hand on his shoulder, and took the forgotten blue tie from my hands. He stood to his full height and gave me a fond look. I stared at the closed door for a moment before walking to my dresser and the water filled basin resting atop it. Dipping a rag into the lukewarm liquid, I pressed and rubbed at my face, trying not to feel too disgusted when it pulled away dark with dirt.
In truth, I was scared out of my mind. I had less than two years left - two years. Which is plenty of time to go wrong. Plenty of time to be reaped. And this was only the beginning for Avis. He had always been weak, physically and mentally. He couldn't stand the sight of anyone or anything in pain. He had to leave the room whenever they showed the ruins of District 13 on the television. He wouldn't stand a chance in the arena. I dragged the rag down my throat before rinsing it and splashing my hands.
The water turned a murky color. I didn't have time to take a full on bath, but I wasn't that dirty anyhow. I left it there to soak and went to the old wooden chest at the foot of my bed. Inside laid my light green reaping dress, exactly where I left it last year. I lifted it gingerly, taking great care as I unfolded it and laid the dress on my bed.
I stripped out of my pants and sweater and placed them in the chest. I unbuttoned the front of the dress just enough to slip my frame through, then buttoned it up my neck. It had a tall collar that brushed my jaw, something my teacher once told me had been considered high fashion. The sleeves ended at my wrist, and when I let the skirt fall it ended a few inches above my knees.
I smoothed the creases with my hands and returned to the small mirror above my dresser. Pale blonde hair fell down to my shoulder blades, the tips split and frayed. It was mostly straight, except for a couple of inches near end. Light brown eyes roamed around the pale face. The girl in the mirror didn't look how I felt.
She looked young and brave, about to go out and meet her friends, maybe even a boy. They would go to all the shops even though they couldn't afford it and laugh. The girl looked like she smiled a lot.
She looked as though she had never heard of the Reaping before. The girl in the mirror should look scared. I ran my fingers through my hair, trying to get out what few tangles I could. I only succeeded in making it frizzy. I reached into the small cup that held my meager amount of jewelry most of it having belonged to my late mother and smiled when my fingers brushed against a familiar artifact.
It was a hairpin, made of gold wiring with different pieces of colored glass. It was made to look like a butterfly, its wings rainbows of color. The smile on my face only grew as I stroked the delicate piece. My father had bought it for my mother when they first met. Well, that's what he said, but I think it was the payment for the night they shared.
I gathered a few strands of my hair and twisted it before using the pin to hold it in place. With a final judging look in the mirror, I deemed myself adequately dressed and left the room to meet my family outside. My father and Avis stood back to back, laughing about something. I watched from the doorway, amused. My top of my little brother's head didn't even reach our fathers shoulder blades. At least he had managed to forget about the Reaping for a moment.
That's more than a lot got these days. When they took notice of me, they both shared a look. Avis snorted, interrupting him. Dad smacked the back of his head while I laughed. He was much too small for a twelve year old, and even if he had run at me full tilt I doubt I would have moved an inch. I just gave another laugh, the sound chasing away my fear. At least for the moment. Robin sighed, but he had his own small smile.
We hopped down the steps, our boots sending up plumes of dirt. As we did, something fell out of Avis's pocket onto the ground. He squeaked and went to pick it up, but I beat him too it. When the wooden recorder was in the palm of my hand, I gave him a look.
Don't put it in your pocket! Everdeen worked real hard on this for you, and you treat it like trash. Avis mumbled something incomprehensible, and I gave a sigh. Turning to the supposed parent out of the three of us, I held the small wooden recorder out to him. He obediently took it, only to put it in his own pocket. He did not seem phased at my dark look. How does that sound? Other families, similar to ours, prepped their children with solemn expressions. Unlike us, they didn't seem to be capable of forgetting the cloud that loomed above them.
They joined up with us on our trek, and soon we began a sordid mob of duly dressed people. We arrived to District 12's mediocre town square in no time at all, our arrival marked with towering lights and giant screens.
I was about to separate from the boys of my family to join the other year-old girls, but a small form launched at me from behind. The force of the impact almost knocked me off my feet. I twisted in the small arms that held me prisoner. Everdeen, was a sweet girl of nine. She lived further down in the seam than my family.
We knew each other from our fathers, who were both miners on the same team. I babysat the girls every once in awhile, and we had become fast friends.
Katniss was a hard girl to get to know. The girl looked up at me with bright, intelligent eyes. Robin and I shared a knowing look. Katniss, however, was clueless, and just turned her gaze to me.
Disentangling myself from her, I held her at arms length. I know you like horses. I obediently held it up for observation.
That's what it was. I gave her a practiced smile. You'll get a better one later. Her blunt honesty had always been refreshing to me.
I went to put it in my pocket, only to remember I was wearing a dress. You can give it to me after the Reaping.
Someone shouted from the other side of the square, and another voice joined in. All your tumblers should be like the one shown on the right side in the photo!
Because the regular sized water pitcher has these same vines that connect the leaves to every other grape cluster shown throughout the pattern! Take a look at the regular sized water pitcher we have photoed with the "killer" set above. Take note of how the vines connect the leaves with the grape clusters at every other grape cluster on the water pitcher.
All the matching tumblers we show with this set, do the same! Something the tumbler on the left side in the photo to the left doesn't ever do! No connection to the leaf!
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Bet you never knew there are two different Millerburg Hanging Cherries tumbler patterns! All photos are enlargeable!
First and foremost, there is a real difference in the size and shape of the two different tumblers! The second difference in the two Millersburg Hanging Cherries tumblers is much more subtle, but these mold differences we will point out for you, prove there were at least two different tumbler molds used!
Carefully study the vine endings on both tumblers and you will see they are markedly different from each other! There are three panels of hanging cherries on each tumbler, and these vine endings vary on each panel, proving the existence of at least two sets of different tumbler molds! Still skeptical of our claims, well look at the vine endings on each tumbler at the bottom of the second panel of the hanging cherries.
More differences between the two molds! No question about it, the differences here are very vivid and again it proves the existence of at least two separate sets of tumbler molds! Now for the third panel of hanging cherries. Again, compare the differences in the vine endings on each tumbler, and again you will see markedly different vine pattern elements between the two Millersburg Hanging Cherries water tumblers.
This proves for the third time the existence of at least two separate sets of tumbler molds. We feel we are the first to point out these differences and they should be noted by the cadre of experts who have never even realized these subtle pattern differences. If you don't believe us look at a recent on-line auction for a rare emerald green Imperial Nuart Signed Homestead plate! In case you are counting, that is 1 out of 5 pieces you purchase through on-line auction house estate auctions,eBay and other selling entities, just don't measure up to the piece quality you were expecting to receive.
We receive email after email from frustrated carnival glass collectors all around the world who say they are simply not getting the piece quality that was advertised by the auction houses and eBay selling dealers in their on-line auctions.
To us, that is a waste of a lot of good money wasted, which could have been prevented simply by using Colleywood Carnival Glass as your purchasing source for your vintage carnival glass purchases. So how do we here at Colleywood Carnival Glass eliminate your mistake buying? Well, it's really quite simple fellow Carnivalites. Colleywood fully inspects, examines and professionally quality grades it's carnival glass pieces before they even list the pieces for sale on their website.
Secondly, each piece listed on the site is accurately described with respect to any physical damage and manufacturing issues found on each piece.
Finally, we show accurate photos of each piece listed for sale on our site, all of which are totally unmanaged photos which realistically depict exactly how the piece will look when it is brought into your home or your collection. You might say, this is our no cost collection insurance policy to each and every one of our purchasers, assuring them of just exactly what they will be receiving.
You just don't get that kind of treatment or assurance from auction houses, eBay sellers and the like. So, if you want to cut way down on your carnival glass buying mistakes, give Colleywood Carnival Glass a try. We've been collecting the quality carnival glass pieces for over 44 years now, so we kind of know our way around the vintage carnival glass collecting world. Our "Collector Corner" pages of our website are a true testament to what we can do for any carnival glass collector, seasoned pro, or novice newbie.
Just take a look at these site pages and we think you'll see just what we stand for in this business. Give us the chance to help you win at collecting high quality vintage carnival glass pieces. We know our business well.
What we have actually heard at many carnival glass club convention auctions! Have you ever attended a carnival glass club convention auction? Well over in the last 15 years to our best approximation. We want you to know what we have overheard, most frequently, from many of the attendees of these auctions. You won't like to hear what we are about to reveal, but it is the truth, and we think you fellow Carnivalites ought to know about it, if you don't already know through your own experiences!
The most common type of conversation we overhear, before the auction begins, is one attendee standing around within the auction preview crowd, telling another standing attendee how little they paid for a rare "killer" grade item they recently purchased! Oh, but the conversation doesn't stop with that bragging opening statement.
Usually, the bragging attendee goes on to tell the other attendee where he or she fleeced the rare "killer" piece, normally calling the poor seller a "dumb-ass" or some other demeaning name!
We can tell you first hand, these braggarts make sure they are standing amongst the throng of auction previewers and talk loud enough to be heard by most everyone at the auction preview. You know, we have heard this type of ranting at these auction gatherings so many times, it makes us absolutely sick! Avid club members, famous collectors and traveling gypsy collectors alike, bragging about their latest so called "success" buys!
You'd think they would be ashamed to admit their behavior in such dealings, but we can tell you first hand, they aren't the least ashamed of literally "stealing" rare "killer" grade pieces from downtrodden sellers.
By practicing such "low ball" dealings, and then by loudly bragging to everyone about such dealings, they have to know this is the main way they promote a downward bias in the general overall carnival glass market. The sad irony is, they just don't seem to give a damn. You'd think they would be smart enough to realize loudly bragging about these kind of dealings, helps "cheapen" the value of their own overall carnival glass collection pieces by creating a downward buyer bias in the overall vintage carnival glass market!
They seem oblivious to this possibility! This is why we want to bring this, way too common happening, to everyone's attention. It's one thing to hold a private conversation with a fellow friend club member, another avid collector or a traveling collector cohort; but, in our opinion, it's pretty stupid to stand amongst a throng of auction previewers and loudly aver how stupid a poor seller was to sell you a rare super piece of vintage carnival glass at a "give away" price! Shame on all of you who practice such stupidity!
First of all, we downloaded this photo of this plate directly as it appeared in the Auction Flex on-line auction. We did not darken the photo, or manage the photo in any way. We just enlarged it. If you notice, the plate photo is dark, so you can hardly see what is wrong with the plate.
The auction description says, "Homstead chop plate - emerald green - very rare and nice, top piece in the sale! In this photo of the same plate, all we did was brighten the photo of the plate, and walla, you can now easily see the obvious nick to the rim edge at 6: You can now also see another nick to the rim edge at 11 o'clock!
This is the very thing we are talking about below. Go ahead, keep making these mistake buys, you'll get tired of it We've had a lot of emails from our site browers asking us "What is Miss June's favorite piece of carnival glass in the Colleywood Private Collection?Meeting Someone New After A Break Up
Take a look for yourself!