Birthday time

The new guy’s birthday is TODAY and I’ve been scouring my brain for birthday present ideas and I think I’ve come up with something really good.

First of all, I was told that the new guy prefers EXPERIENCES over THINGS so instead of buying him some random accessory for his new camping trailer, I opted to get him a glass blowing experience for two.

That way he can go and bring a guest to enjoy in the fun.

Yes, he can bring me but I’ve done it twice already so if he wants to take his son or someone else, that’s cool with me.

In order to give him this gift I need something to wrap up for him and I opted to get him a big glass beer mug engraved with his nickname.

Finally, while perusing his Instagram I discovered that the new guy is a huge fan of donuts, so I’m getting him a dozen donuts from Voodoo Donuts.

That should be sufficient to tell the new guy that I like him without being too over-the-top, which let’s face it, I really can be from time to time.

Glass blowing and glory holes

No kidding.

They call the ovens they use to reheat the glass a GLORY HOLE.

I shit you not.

So I took ANOTHER glass blowing class (you can see pics from my first glass blowing class here and a picture of the finished product here) with my friend Kimberly.

As with the first time I took the class, I had a great time.

It was fucking hot, though.

But not as hot as last time because instead of being in a closed building, were were in a shop with garage doors that opened to the outside air and it was nice and cool outside.

My instructor walked me through all the steps, basically holding my hand in the right position so that everything turned out okay.

Here are some photos from my glass blowing experience:

And the finished product. . .

Final Result: Glass blowing class

As you may know, I took a glass blowing class about a month ago and lost about 20 pounds in water weight when I sweat the Dead Sea out of my body while standing near the GLORY HOLE.

Yes, it’s really called a GLORY HOLE, and is written in all caps like that.

I’m pretty sure that on the other side of the GLORY HOLE is hell.

Or heaven, depending on your GLORY HOLE.

But enough about GLORY HOLES.  Here is my finished red bowl.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Aren’t I wildly talented?