As an artist, I like to go into galleries and see what other artists
are up to. So today, when we went out to the new Trader Joes in
Reistertown (just outside Baltimore) we went into ZyZyx!, a gallery
that carried a lot of the same artists that People’s Pottery did when
I worked there, and that specializes in Jewish art.
We wandered around and looked at the jewelry. There are several
artists that I like that show at Zyzyx!, and I wanted to see what
they had, and if there was anything I wanted to pick up. Nothing that
I hadn’t seen before. Then we reached the Judaic jewelry. Mike’s been
looking for a mezuzah pendant for a while. So we asked to see their
selection. And one in particular caught both of our eyes. It was a
nice silver piece, with gold accents, set with a small cabochon
amethyst. VERY nice. Mike asked a question about the technique, and
the saleswoman asked him if he was an artist. He replied that I was
Her response? “Oh, so you’re here to get ideas.” Not a question. A
statement. She assumed that the whole reason I was there was to
steal someone else’s ideas.
?? You’re going to accuse me of stealing ideas? I hit slow boil. Mike
notices, and tries to defuse the situation.
“No, we’ve been looking for something like this.”
The saleswoman’s response? “Oh, well, why doesn’t SHE make one for
At that point, I dragged Mike out of the store. We went to Starbucks
for coffee, and then… Mike went back into Zyzyx!. And asked to
speak to the manager. Who was on lunch. So he got to speak to the
owner. He pointed out the unprofessional attitude of the saleswoman,
and that we were there to shop.
And the owner accused him of theft.
Specifically, of stealing ideas. Since we’d only looked at the
jewelry, and then left, that had to have been what we were doing.
Keep in mind that we left because his saleswoman insulted me.
I have NEVER been so pissed in my life. It was a hard thing to keep
from going back in there and making a scene. The only thing that
stopped me was that when I get that mad, I lose the English Language.
"Imagination is intellect having fun."