As you may have noticed, I had a birthday recently, so questions from the husband and family eventually came around to stuff. "What do you want for your birthday?" they ask. Apparently, they've all decided (against my protestations) that I own enough tiki mugs, therefore my requests for everything that Tiki Farm makes have been ignored. Ignored, I say!
It is a difficult question, though. What do I want for my birthday? I don't necessarily need anything right now, and we've been trying to relieve the clutter in our home, so more stuff isn't really necessary. Finally, it hit me; I have an antique pocket watch that belonged to my grandfather. Unfortunately, something is wrong with the works, and it no longer runs. Fixing the watch would be a great gift, yes?
According to the information I have found online,* it was manufactured sometime between 1877 and 1927. That kind of blew me away. I mean, if I got the watch fixed, I would want to use it, you know? And I'd probably be so terrified of something happening to it that I'd put it in a safe place, never using it, so fixing it seems a little weird at this point.
Anyway: What's the oldest thing you own?
*(I think if you squint you can see Benjamin H. Grumbles working on a winding mechanism somewhere in the back of that photo.)