Dedication is how I like to describe my affinity to all things beer. A previous post detailed my beer bottle collecting affliction. Since reading it, a few like-minded soles have contacted me to confess their similar sins so I know that I'm not alone in this ailment or strange act of kleptomania.
A friend of mine, KR, eradicated the problem of having
scores and scores of beer bottles hanging around gathering dust by simply
soaking the labels from the bottles. In the majority of cases, the actual
bottles hiding underneath the labels are rather plain and boring.
I am giving serious consideration to following KR's
example and disposing of the needless glass element of my proud hoard. The
staff at Moreton Bay Recycling Sorting Depot will love me the week I wave
goodbye to 200+ bottles! Perhaps I'll stagger the deluge?
I think the key to a successful collection of beer bottle
labels is what you actually do with them once removed.
A while back, it was suggested by another friend, KT,
that I should put them all in a book. This concerns me somewhat as I fear that
I will be pigeon-holed as a scrap-booker. Scrap-booking, in my opinion, falls
into a wider category of hobbies that includes knitting/crochet and train
KR's solution was to randomly stick them on the front of
his beer fridge. This serves as a permanent reminder of his achievements
because they are constantly on show. I am fortunate enough to also own a decent
sized beer fridge so this is a very sensible option.
I am also lucky enough to possess a bar. So, another
option would be for me to clad the outer fascia of it with beer bottle labels.
It sits in our family room (sometimes referred to as the 'back room' or even
the 'other room'). This is basically the room that contains another TV....the
room where I'll watch the football (all codes but mainly 'soccer' just for the
record) or the room where the kids can watch their Wiggles DVD collection to
their hearts content.
The bar is reasonably small and serves a purpose which is
mainly to house pub paraphernalia that has somehow ended up in my possession
over the years. It's a rather retro looking piece that I acquired a few years
ago for approximately $80 on eBay from an elderly couple on the south side of
Brisbane. Their story was rather sad in that they were in the process of
parting with every item of furniture, then selling the house, then moving into
a care facility. Both had suffered a series of heart attacks and strokes in
previous years. I felt a little bit of guilt creep in as I waltzed away with
their bar. It came with a heap of lovely, heart-felt family stories which I was
happy to listen to. The old lady even threw in some antique wooden coasters, a
wooden mouse toothpick holder and 2 polystyrene stubby holders from the early
80's! She told me that she couldn't bear to throw the additional bits away and
that they should stay with the bar in one of the drawers. I promised her that I
would keep it all together and cherish the bar as they had obviously done for
the past 40 or 50 years. I've kept that promise.
The label removal process is something that I think has
to happen. It will free up so much space and will keep the wife happy which is
the ultimate goal in life isn't it?
I will let you know the outcome and publish some
photos just as soon as I've worked out a plan of attack.
Hmmm, but what about all the glorious bottle tops....???