Fuse #8

Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Fuse #8 Production and the Mystery of the Tiny Fuseman

I just had the nicest l'il ole birthday this year. 29 is a great age to be, it seems. And some wonderful blog readers out there were kind enough to send me gifts. I got a lovely CD from a fella in California, and two beautiful books from someone in Texas. All fairly anonymous and all very lovely.

So what I could not have expected today was the latest gift. Let's see if you can help me solve this mystery. A box arrives at my office. It bears an address for San Francisco, but no name is attached. Interesting, no? I do not know anyone in San Francisco except my married cousin with whom I do not communicate often. I do not know any authors or illustrators off the top of my head either. Head scratching takes place.

The box is addressed to "Betsy Bird (The Fuse)", which is amusing. The fact that they know my real name suggests that they pay attention and read me regularly. This is not a gift from a fly-by-night personage. So I open it up and inside is a lovely little wrapped gift, entirely enclosed in bubblewrap. I should note that on the outside of the box is a large "FRAGILE: HANDLE WITH CARE" sticker.

The present is wrapped in orange string with a tiny note that reads:




And that might be interesting in and of itself, but just look at what you'll find when you flip it over.



Um. Someone in the world has a printer so tiny they can type on labels that used to be attached to articles of clothing? Woah.

Mysterious? It gets better. I open up the present and look what's waiting for me inside.



Do you realize what this is? I could only get my camera so close before it blurred the image or the flash reflected in the glass. This is a teeny tiny shadowbox. And inside is a teeny tiny Fuseman. His head is a fuse. One that EXACTLY matches the ones on my blog. His arms are little coils, his body a mechanical construction of some sort, and he's balancing perfectly on one small leg.

He is, in short, absolutely perfect. The banner above his head is, as far as I can make out, handwritten. It reads, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FUSE #8!"

No more perfect creation in all of heaven and earth exists. There is also, I shall point out, no note. The address on the box appears to be that of a post office in San Francisco. So basically, thank you notes are out of the question on this puppy. Therefore, if my mysterious someone is out there, I'd just like to thank you properly. You absolutely made my day. My co-workers stood around me as I unwrapped it and stared at the little Fuseman in pure unadulterated astonishment and wonder.

I love my tiny little man.

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15 Comments:

At 1:55 AM , Anonymous Katie said...

That is the cutest thing! I hope you solve the mystery because he is absolutely adorable! Whoever made it is incredibly talented!

And Happy Birthday!

 
At 4:18 AM , Blogger Camille said...

Happy Happy Birthday!
Little Fuseman is a masterpiece!

 
At 6:28 AM , Blogger Barbara O'Connor said...

Oh, I wish I were a liar! I'd tell you it was me. But, alas, I am not. That is the greatest gift. Someone out there is way cool!

 
At 8:12 AM , Blogger SilberBook-Blog said...

Seems like the perfect first chapter of a book that has begun its own path!

I love it ~ can't wait for chapter two

alan

 
At 8:52 AM , Blogger Liz B said...

Happy Birthday!

 
At 9:14 AM , Anonymous eisha said...

OH! He's adorable! He looks like he's doing a little fuseman dance!

I agree with Alan - this seems like the beginning of a book. Like, in a couple of days the fuseman is going to open his little glass door, step out onto your desk and give you a secret message...

 
At 9:38 AM , Blogger Susan said...

I agree -- since Fuse 8 controlled the radio, he should be able to channel amazing music (as well as signalling the Right Turn. Use him instead of a Magic 8 Ball)

 
At 11:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad you like him.

(A nonomouse in San Francisco)

 
At 12:23 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Like 'im? I LOVE 'im. Can't thank you enough, oh-mysterious-San-Fran-personage. And I still can't figure out how you printed all those tiny words on that label.

 
At 2:05 PM , Blogger Mitali Perkins said...

Nonomouse, if you have lots of time on your paws, we can send you a list of all our birthdays ...

 
At 4:10 PM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

I'm wracking my brain, because the "mouse" part is a clue, ain't it? But Jennifer Holm lives in the Northeast...

 
At 5:35 PM , Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

So cool!

Happy birthday, Betsy! Hope you had a fabulous day.

Best wishes,
Sarah

 
At 10:44 PM , Blogger Matthew said...

Wasn't from our camp. I wish! Clever clever clever nonomouse...

 
At 12:26 AM , Blogger Gregory K. said...

Fuse says "yesyesmouse" to "nonomouse". I'm with Alan. This is good stuff. Next time I come here, I'm making coffee first....

And happy birthday week, indeed.

 
At 9:10 PM , Blogger a. fortis said...

So cute! And happy birthday!

I was starting to wonder if I made Fuseman in my sleep, since I live sort of near San Francisco, or at least in the greater Northern California region, but clearly that is not the case. I only wish I had!

 

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