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Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 30

Well, it's September 30, so let me start by saying that if you requested a list that hasn't appeared yet, don't worry about it. I've known from the start that this was going to be a rather long month. Now, on to today's list:

Ten of my knick-knacks:

  1. Strange round Japanese person thing.

    When I worked for Sen. Paul Wellstone, one of my co-workers was chosen as the Minnesota Cherry Blossom Princess. She got a free trip to Japan out of the deal, and she brought me back this strange round Japanese person thing.
     
  2. Weird heads.

    I bought these and the Bela Lugosi guy below at the Bristol Renaissance Faire back in the late 80s.
     
  3. Bela Lugosi guy.

    As I recall, he was given his name by my friend Gretchen, with whom I attended the aforementioned Bristol Renaissance Faire
     
  4. A viking.

    This used to belong to my mom; I ended up with it after she died when my dad apportioned her knick-knack collection among the three kids.
     
  5. Brass ship's wheel.

    I've had this for a long time. I think I got it during my first trip to Boston back in 1981, but I'm not positive.
     
  6. A penguin.

    I bought this at the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival in Harper's Ferry, W.V., last year. It's hand-blown glass.
     
  7. Celozzi-Ettleson snow globe.

    Celozzi-Ettleson was a Chevrolet dealership in Elmhurst, Ill. They were famous throughout Chicagoland for their cheezy commercials, in which Messrs. Celozzi and Ettleson would wave wads of cash at the camera and recite their slogan, "Celozzi-Ettleson: where you always save more money!" Celozzi and Ettleson are no longer partners, but their partnership survives in snow globe form.
     
  8. Pewter armadillo.

    I got this as a gift from someone. Katherine Halford, maybe? I honestly can't remember.
     
  9. Piece of the Berlin Wall.

    My sister brought me this as a souvenir of her trip to Europe in... what, 1990? Help me out here, Jenni.
     
  10. Talking Dalek.

    A gift from my brother. It says "Exterminate!" and several other phrases.
     

NOTE: Graphics intensive! Dial-up users beware!

Today's list was inspired by par_avion, who wanted a list with a penguin in it.

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