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Old 01-20-2005, 08:40 PM   #11
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Thank you to all for the many insights on glass versus crystal!

Since we don't normally drink wine except on special occasions, I think I'll go with crystal. KitchenElf, thanks for the Waterford link! I too would prefer a very simple stem design like Marquis!

I think part of enjoying good wine is the sensual pleasure of drinking it out of a very fine glass. I have a friend who serves her wine in the most excellent crystal glasses I've ever seen and I always look forward to going to her place for dinner because I know she lays out her best stuff for friends and that's one way of making us feel special.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:34 PM   #12
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Only one piece of advice on cutlery - try it out & pretend to eat with it in the store. The reason I say this is that friends of ours bought expensive, very contemporary styled silverware that they insist on using whenever they have a dinner party......the problem is you can't actually eat with it! The design is so thin where you put finger-pressure to cut food that the knives just turn in your hand and food goes everywhere without being cut. This bad design fault really makes eating a misery - your hands actually hurt with trying to cope with cutting your food and the constant twisting of the knives!

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Old 01-20-2005, 10:53 PM   #13
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Good tip Paint! I've seen designs like that and think of people with arthritis or tendinitis or carpal tunnel - it would be difficult.

I've always wanted the huge set of mixed hotel design flatware - I'd like to actually see it because I want it to have some weight to it and I'm not sure how heavy 18/10 is. What I use now is various pieces of silver from about 4 sets that I've picked up over the years. I'd like to have something with some style that I don't have to polish all the time.
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:52 PM   #14
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I'm like everyone else I guess - for special occasions I prefer crystal .... but that's a personal choice and I don't find that anyone will really notice the difference between expensive and cheap crystal.

As for "stainless steel cutlery (spoons/forks)" - that's "flatware". But, like for cutlery (good kitchen knives), holding it in your hand helps. Find a pattern you like, something that feels good in your hand .... and go from there.
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Old 01-21-2005, 12:38 AM   #15
 
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Guess I'm with MiFW!

As for glassware, we have "both"...the cut crystal stemmed and unstemmed glassware, and the "beaded" varietals (some pretty expensive and even "old" today!)

The "beaded" ones have, historically, held up somewhat better, (in that the "set" 26 years later, remains complete, in spite of "damage" from misguided dishwasher applications!)

When the "crystal" ones got broken, along the way, it was accepted as a "price of doing business"...use it and lose it, or just let it gather dust and take no "joy" of owning it and using, caressing, or "enjoying" such a "gift"...

I vote for the "good stuff"!

Buy the crystal cut glass, use it at every opportunity, and enjoy to the fullest!

If you "walk in front of the bus" one day, are physically/mentally incapacitated by Life's quirks or happenings, it might be "nice" to think back on a hppy occaision where the glasses "rang" together in a toast, or where rubbing your fingers around the "ring" gave such resonance of sound...

If its a "glass of wine" on the porch, patio or street with neighbours, a "good" set of plastic stemware is the answer, as opposed anything else...Wal-Mart will do quite nicely!

Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, New Years, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Christenings, etc etc, at home, why not pull out the "good" (read "expensive") stuff? Even if something gets broken, it makes the "Day" that much more "memorable"!

We always made a point f using the "good" crystal, the "best" tablecloth, the "fine" china, and the "expensive" silver at the least excuse, let alone Christmas, Thanksgiving etc...(even if it meant "buffing it up" a bit!)...when else can you enjoy what you have acquired?

Enjoy each step of Life's journey, as best you can...it would be a pity, looking back, to observe "short cuts" taken, that avoided enjoyment...the "crystal", after all, belongs to "you", not your kids or grandchildren..."expend" or "use" it to your best enjoyment...
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Old 01-21-2005, 02:11 AM   #16
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Lifter - you have a wonderful way of reminding us to enjoy life to its fullest!!! I broke my father's coffee mug and everyone around me held their breath - I was ok with it because at least I was using it and not just looking at it gathering dust. I am a firm believer in using what you have. My husband is still amazed at what I set out every day to use to just mix stuff in or use as the "garbage" bowl when cooking - I, like you, would rather lose it to use than lose it to a dusting catastrophe!

Thank you for being you - I really mean that!
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Old 01-21-2005, 02:44 AM   #17
 
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Well, ummm.."thanks" I guess...

How could anyone be "different"? Would be pretty foolish to "have a million" and "live like a beggar", wouldn't it?

Even most of King "Tut's" toys were broken when they dug them out of the Pyramids...

For those that do not use their "gifts", check out Kipling's "My Name is Ozymandius" poetry...

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Old 01-21-2005, 02:50 AM   #18
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LOL - are you not good at accepting compliments or do you truly not believe what I said?
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Try "both of the above"...

I'd just regret "dying off" without using some of the "good stuff" "at all" or "enough"...its not going to be "buried with you"...

Sorry if this might sound "twisted" by my Dad's "friend" or "companion", (following my Mom's death some years ago) just passed away suddenly Wednesday night/Thursday morning, and Dad was the one to make the "discovery", though calling in the police to attain entry, he was brushed aside, that the "family" could be treated best...

We are "all going to go" eventually, but we'd be IDIOTS not to "enjoy" what we have, in the interim...

The calls and emails through this night have not been that "happy" and my thanks to this Forum that "my thoughts" might be received this well...its going some distance in keeping me sort of "sane", where I live so far from family...

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Old 01-21-2005, 10:11 AM   #20
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Lifter - whenever I use my Grandad's old beer bottle opener to open a bottle, it reminds me of him and I always say 'Cheers, Grandad' before I take the first drink LOL! :D

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