Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Groovy Kitchen Tool

During my travels over the holiday season I noticed that many of my friends and relatives have installed flat panel TVs in their kitchens. While the idea of having a TV in the kitchen to distract me from thinking while I cook has always been slightly appealing to me, there is no way I'm going to spend money on something that is going to distract me from cooking. I mean, I'm an f--king cook right? Why would I want to pay to forget about an activity that contributes so much to my sense of who I am? Do priests swallow handfuls of valium before they give a sermon? Do sumo wrestlers listen to iPods during a contest? I don't think so.

Still, seeing those TVs reminded me that it would not be a bad idea to include something in my batterie de cuisine not to distract me, but to serve as mild soporific for those moments when I get frazzled by some of the more mundane aspects of cooking (e.g. cutting the stems off of green beans: BORING!). So imagine my delight when my daughter discovered this lava lamp as she was cleaning out her room in order for me to paint it (Ain't I lucky?).

This lava lamp does a better job of calming me down than a bank of flat panel TVs all tuned to Mr. Rodger's neighborhood. It's cool light and silent presentation of an ideal world where a rising big blob of oil gives birth to little blobs that fall and merge into another big blob is just what the doctor ordered for this cook's overactive imagination.



11 comments:

blondee47 said...

bob how come i can't see your video...where do i sign up to be a 'friend'

Bob del Grosso said...

natalie (blondee47)
I think I fixed the problem by making the video "public." But please do not blame me if you are able to view it (it's very stupid).
b

Chris said...

I just love that you posted 'video' of a freaking lava lamp.

My favorite distraction in the kitchen is music, or for a truely euphoric experience, listening to TC Boyle's Sorry Fugu read to a live audience.

redman said...

Bob you're going to make me have to go out and buy one of these. I got one for my birthday as a teenager and kept it for many, many years. When I was younger I enjoyed turning out all the lights, listening to pink floyd on headphones and just staring at thing for hours. Both my wife and I "brought lava lamps to the marriage" though a couple years ago we decided they weren't "sophisticated" enough and that our home shouldn't look like a dorm room anymore. Growing old is so lame.

Bob said...

Congratulations.

Your lava lamp just beat Jessica Alba in a staring contest.

Walt said...

Bob,

Excellent choice Bob. We recently moved our flat screen in the family room into my line of sight from the kitchen. I'd trade it right now for a lava lamp.

Now, every night while I'm in the kitchen making dinner, my wife plops down on the couch to watch....wait for it....soap operas!

Try to find inspiration with the television version of high fructose corn syrup playing in the background.

blondee47 said...

Bob, nothing u post is ever stupid...I learn so much...now is it my imagination that makes that lamp look a tad like a phallic symbol? Nah probably not.

Kanani said...

I think a lava lamp is a much better alternative to watching CNN, Larry King, Hannity & Colmes or FOX News.

Deborah Dowd said...

I betray my age by saying I remember these from their first time around... and I still find them mesmerizing.

IdahoRocks said...

Lava lamps were so much more exciting with a bit of acid.... now I just listen to music of various sorts....or, just focus on the food. But yeah, trimming green beans, which can take hours in the summer, then I watch a good movie.

philintexas said...

Far out!! :)--Phil