Today Reiner walked to the Silver Café to meet his pals of the Round Table. You know, the shadow cabinet. The brain trust. A decades old tradition here in Cobalt in which the guys meet for coffee and chew the fat. The café has designated a special room for the group– separate entrance, a large table, and their own carafe of coffee.
He hasn’t been able to attend ever since lockdown in March when the restaurant was forced to close. After it reopened around Labour Day, he was too busy with woodcutting, rockhounding and other last-of-season activities.
Today, he took along a recent acquisition of mine to show his friends.
At first I wanted to display the piece on the hutch above my desk, but… cats. It now resides safely on the shelf that exhibits other radioactive-related items in the “rock room”, behind closed doors.
The longwave ultraviolet flashlight has been getting quite a workout lately. The sugar bowl makes for a great conversation piece. Also, besides learning that Bart’s favourite comic responds to the UV light, I’ve been wandering around the house, shining the torch on this and that to see if it fluoresces. The dish soap glows yellow-green. Lint, a blue-white. And the blue light filtering eye glasses that Reiner purchased on eBay ($2.00 plus free shipping) also emit an eerie if not comical effect.
* Vaseline glass is also known as Uranium glass due to the radioactive material used in the manufacturing process.