When my friend Nick and I used to go to bars where we'd regularly see the same people but we didn't know their names...we came up with nicknames for them. Alligator shirt. Louvered doors. Mine was Green Glass because I collected green Depression glass at the time. Hundreds of pieces. Most are gone now, sold off as the collection became too overwhelming. I still have some pieces that are functional (measuring cups, citrus juicers, etc.) or that are gifts from friends. Witness this sectioned dish from my friend Kevin, filled with stones he'd collected from various East Coast beaches. Kevin recently moved to Illinois, but thanks to his generous gift, I'm still in touch with him every single day.