January 15, 2007


Its important to start the day with the right mug. Here are some of my favorites. Starting with the back row, from the left:

Treefrogs, my band, my totem.
Sands Hotel Casino, this is my wife's mug but if she doesn't know I'm using it then its OK.
Moomin Pappa, fishing and writing
The Original Pantry, Since 1924, WE NEVER CLOSE. A fixture of downtown LA.
LA Natural History Museum
Barnton Bar and Bistro, from Stirling Scotland. Second oldest mug in my collection-- met my wife in Scotland.
Lake Siljan, Sweden, a nice place for a summer vacation. Formed by a meteor.


At January 16, 2007 5:09 AM , Anonymous Tim said...

excellent array of tools. I'm wondering how you know which is the right one for a particular morning and how long have you had the treefrog mug?

At January 16, 2007 10:20 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Choosing the correct mug is not made any easier by the fact that you must do it before you have had any coffee. Thermodynamics is important, as are mechanics and aesthetics. For example the Original Pantry mug is heavy and that's good if there are kids around-- hard to knock over. Then there are the high capacity mugs-- Sands and Treefrogs, well suited to reading the paper on a Sunday morning. The Switzerland and Museum mugs are good for everyday use-- not too heavy but heavy enough to give a good rate of cooling: not too fast, not too slow. Aesthetically Moomin Pappa is quite a piece of work but the diameter is a little too large allowing the coffee to cool too quickly. I have had the Treefrog mug (a 'Red-eyed Treefrog') since the early 90s, a gift from my other.

At January 17, 2007 10:31 PM , Blogger rigtenzin said...

I like this idea. I think I'll photograph my little collection of mugs. The collection chronicles the places I've worked. They've been demoted to a box in the basement, because we have matching Fiestaware mugs now.

At January 18, 2007 1:17 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Fiestaware! Just learned they were forced to stop making red fiestaware (made using uranium dioxide) during WWII when Uncle Sam took control of all stocks of uranium.
Here is a list of colors:
I see they only made 'Turf Green' from '69 to '72. Which do you have?

At January 19, 2007 9:42 PM , Blogger rigtenzin said...

We have all the colors shown in the array of plates, except black or heather (purple).

My wife and her sister have a competition going to see who can accumulate the most goddammed fiestaware in the universe.

It's kinda cute, actually.


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