A few years ago, at an American Booksellers convention in San Francisco, I
was visiting with the reps from the Jewish Publication Society. I heard a
buzz. I saw them wince.
Across the aisle from the JPS (and these were narrow aisles) was "Down There
Press" which published books on care and use of personal vibrators. To draw
traffic to their table, they had a display of antique vibrators! Wind-up
gizmos that looked like they came from Torquemada's kitchen, some
ratchety-things, and items which had no discernable function but for which I
knew there had to be some explanation.
The ladies - and I say that advisedly - populating the booth were all
dressed batik print dresses and kept their hands out of sight below the
table. The did all have, however, beatific smiles.
A friend of mine is an avid hunter and has a huge freezer out in his
workshop. When it kicks in, the lights take a definite deep dive in
brightness. I am used to it now, but a visiting customer was a bit
startled. When the customer asked what that was all about, my buddy,
without missing a beat, said: "that's the misses, recharging her sex
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