Take a look at the photo up above. This is a bulletin board made from wine corkscrews. It’s been hanging in various apartments where I’ve lived since the fall of 1994. Before that, it hung in my twin brother’s apartment in Seattle, Washington. When he died, I brought it back with me to Cincinnati.
Now, I live in Covington, Kentucky. That wine cork bulletin board is hanging up in my kitchen.
Looking at the photo, up there at the top of the bulletin board is a postcard my daughter and her husband sent from their honeymoon in Paris. That’s them in the photo taken back in my Westwood days probably five years ago. It was the first time I had met my daughter’s boyfriend. That boutonniere is the one I wore at their wedding in September of last year.
See that pin/button over to the left? It says, “Piss me off, pay the consequences.” Mimi Thomas gave that to me when she was leaving CityBeat and moving out west. That’s been years ago now.
Over to the right is a badge writer Richard Ford wore at a New Zealand Art Festival he attended in 2004. I found it on the kitchen floor in his house in Maine the following year. I asked him if I could have it. His reply was, “Why the hell you would want it, I don’t know—but it’s yours.”
That name marker down at the bottom of the bulletin board hung in my cubicle at Cincom Systems. It hung there for a year and a half until I went to work for CityBeat in the late summer of 1999.
My twin brother knew nothing about Cincom, never got to meet my daughter’s husband or Mimi Thomas and knew nothing about me becoming a writer, working at CityBeat or meeting Mr. Ford. It makes me sad—he seems so far away now—but placing these mementos on his old wine cork bulletin board brings him a little bit closer.
(Picture of my brother’s old cork screw bulletin board taken by my son)