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Sleepwear February 23, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Clothing & Accessories, Smiley.
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I call these my “happy pants.”

The "happy pants." From my personal collection.

My wife rolls her eyes every time I call them that. But you better believe I wear these all the time. They’re warm, they’re lightweight, they’re comfortable. And yes, they make me happy.

How could they not? They’re absolutely COVERED in smiley faces!

That's a whole lot of happy!


Orange juice sign + bicycle (and 10,000 hits!) February 16, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Public art, signs, & graffiti, Smiley, Travel.
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Orange juice sign. Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand, November 2010.

Ever since I stumbled across my friend Dena Rash Guzman’s photo essay about Phuket, Thailand at Luciole Press, I’ve had Thailand on the brain. And having Thailand on the brain is just a small step away from having smileys on the brain — after all, Thailand is the Land of Smiles. They even have smile bikes you can rent:

Bangkok Smile Bike, Bangkok, Thailnd, November 2010.

Also, as I hoped, today the Smile! blog surpassed 10,000 hits! Thanks, happy readers! You all make me smile! 🙂

Another milestone approaches! February 15, 2012

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Just a heads-up, happy readers: Sometime tomorrow I expect your favorite smiley face blog to surpass 10,000 hits!

The happiness just keeps on coming!


Smiley simulacrum: gouges in the street February 13, 2012

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Gouges in the street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 2011.

This smiley simulacrum looks intentional, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t — as far as I can tell, this is a complete accident. Gouges in the asphalt like this were quite common in the streets of our old neighborhood in Abu Dhabi. Sometimes they were from wheel rims as cars with flat tires navigated into parking spots; other times they were boat trailers that had slipped off hitches or construction equipment that crashed to the street from the latest apartment construction site. In this case, the “eyes” of the smiley (which I suspect were from two separate occasions of a trailer hitch slipping) were already there when we moved in, but the “smile” turned up later, perhaps from a kid stopping a makeshift skateboard or perhaps from a dodgy wheel on a rubbish cart one of the street cleaners was wheeling through the street. Whatever the case, the smiley (I’m fairly certain) happened by happy accident. Which is the best kind of accident!

Beach paddle ball February 9, 2012

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Beach paddle ball (or Frescobol). From my personal collection.

I picked these up for the beach and the parks when we lived in Abu Dhabi. The game is kind of like a middle ground between tennis and table tennis, though I don’t know exactly what it’s called, if anything. To watch the game, you might think it’s a version of the Brazilian game Frescobol, but if that’s on purpose, this is a poor-man’s iteration. And to be honest, I played this with the cats in the house more than I played it outside, though in my defense, Abu Dhabi is usually REALLY hot outside! Here in Portland, though, the weather is much nicer, so now that I’ve pulled these out of storage, I’m just waiting for summer again. 🙂

Freezer pucks February 6, 2012

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Freezer pucks. From my personal collection.

A lot of my smiley collection is just that: a collection, stored all together in bins. But a few pieces live with us in our daily lives because they have such practical value. These freezer pucks, for instance, often accompany my wife to work in the lunches I make her.

At least one of these came from the Great Enabler, but I’m not sure where the other came from.

What’s really strange, though, is that I’m not sure where to get more. Both pucks are “Fun Ice” made by Munchkin Inc, but the website on the back of the big puck (www.munchkininc.com) redirects to Munchkin.com, which does sell “Fun Ice” items but seems to focus exclusively on babies (their “Fun Ice” items are teething rings).

I checked SmileyStore.com, too, and they have loads of delightful kitchen items, but still no freezer puck. Sur la Table? No luck. Random internet searches? Nothing.

Any clue, happy readers, where we can track down more of these in the future?