Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks
at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.
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won! I got the item I was bidding for on E-Bay! This
may seem like a small thing, but it was my first purchase on
E-Bay, and from all the email I'm receiving from them, they seem
to be as excited about it as I am. I never thought before that I wanted to get involved in the trouble
of bidding and haggling, but I think I'm starting to like it now.
It all started out in a rather unusual way. I was looking at
Blogger; you know the place where people keep these online weblogs, called
"blogs" for short. They have a place on Blogger
where they ask offbeat questions just to get people started.
Apparently some people have trouble with this; though, I'm not
sure why they are blogging if they have nothing to say.
The question of the moment was, "Your Aunt has just given you
a maple syrup dispenser shaped like a chicken for your birthday.
Write her a thank you note." I found that amusing,
which probably shows how easy I am to amuse.
My reply was "Thank you for the lovely rooster syrup
dispenser. Ever since I received it, my pancakes taste just like
chicken. I'm really starting to get tired of chicken. Do you
suppose you could get me a gravy boat that looks like a cow so I
can have a hamburger?"
Then I started speculating. "I wonder if there really is such
a thing as a syrup dispenser shaped like a chicken?" Naturally, I
had to find out. I typed it into a computer search engine, and didn't have much luck
with "maple syrup dispenser," but when I typed in
"chicken pitcher" a whole new world opened.
It seems that there are not only pitchers shaped like chickens,
but they are quite famous. Also, quite cute I might add. Auntie's
gift was not as amusing as it might seem as these things retail for some very
fancy prices, depending on size and quality. They are believed to bring
good luck and are often given as wedding gifts by those with
little awareness of what newlyweds really need – like a DVD player or a TV satellite.
These pitchers, called Rooster Pitchers by those in the know, are
very well known in collector's circles and even have a story
attached. According to the legend, enemies were attacking an
Italian noble family after a night of festivity and wine, but the
roosters were aroused and made so much noise the whole town woke
up and stopped the attack. A ceramic pitcher that looks like a
rooster was made to commentate the event -- and let the world know
that the town gets up with the chickens.
I decided to buy a small one as a contest prize for my
humor-writing friends who also came up with funny maple syrup
stories at my request. Where else could I buy such a thing except
on E-Bay? I had so much fun bidding on a small rooster pitcher,
perfect for maple syrup, that I decided I wanted one for myself
The finest Rooster Pitchers come from Italy. I quickly
figured out from the bidding that the ones bringing the highest
prices were the genuine Deruta Rooster Pitchers named after the
Italian town where they are made. I've become highly knowledgeable
in fine Italian ceramics, or at least as knowledge as one can
become in one week of studying E-Bay.
I've just received an mail that time is running out to bid on
another Rooster Pitcher on my "watch list." My finger twitched
on the mouse button, and before I knew what happened, I had
clicked the yellow button to bid on it. Now I've received another
email, and guess what? I won again!
What am I going to do with all these pitchers that look like
chickens? I will soon have an entire flock of the things! Not only
that, but I am beginning to wonder if there is really such a thing as a gravy
boat that looks like a cow.
Copyright 2005 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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