This is my wrist. On my wrist are 3 identical bracelets called Cape Cod Screwballs or as they were once called, East Dennis Screwballs. They come from Eden in East Dennis, MA (Cape Cod) and they are my talisman. I never take them off. Never. In the airport once I did have to but a nice security guy told me all I needed to do was unscrew them. It worked! Unscrew you say? Yes, these bracelets are solid all the way around. You essentially have to unscrew the ball and then you can pull the ends apart to remove them. This is another reason I don't take them off. You can make the silver weaker if you do that. I have one for each decade I have been going to the Cape.
There are many imitations being made on the Cape of this bracelet and that makes me angry. The people that created it are very nice people who have a tiny shop in East Dennis where they have been making and selling jewelry and pottery for years. When I was little we would call it "The Buttermold Shop" because before there was the Cape Cod bracelet they sold clay replicas of buttermolds, used in Colonial times. Many people that go to the Cape collect these and we did as well. Most of the houses we rented on the Cape had a collection. The shop had a swing we could use and I think I remember a pretty collie dog that was gentle and sweet. They also had this path that was like a treasure hunt in the woods. They made locations hidden along the path where you picked up an oyster shell at each location and at the end of the path you should have had a certain amount of shells. I wish I could remember how many!
Now, there are lines out the door and 3 hour waits just for the bracelets. There is no swing and no path (deer ticks are very bad now). You come armed with bug spray and something good to read and possibly and umbrella. This is what you must go through to get your bracelet, not some air conditioned store where they don't even know the real story behind the bracelet. (That they were made for a friend of the family who had cancer and wanted something simple designed for her. I know for years they donated part of the money from the profits from the bracelets to cancer research. I can't be positive of that now but considering the family, they probably do.) If you love the place, as I do and almost everyone that keeps coming back, you stick it out for your special piece of the Cape. It is that important to many, many people.
Anyway, that is my Crackberry Pic for today. If you ever find yourself on the Cape, please visit the shop. I linked it at the top of the page.