So we finally got to go up and spend the weekend in Hudson and let me tell you it was awesome. Among other things we went to a really fun barbecue, bought a dorm fridge (twice), and got to participate in "grievance day" which involves standing in line with everyone else in town to appeal your property assessment. But I'll get to all that later. Here's the sitch. As you may or may not know, Hudson is not really a small town, Its a small city. It's actually very urban in certain ways. There are some definite gentrification issues - major economic disparity - and it is weird to see places like Face Stockholm on main street in a town where the biggest employer is the hospital. So when I walked by this storefront I did a double take. Are you kidding? A Hermes store in Hudson?
I will admit that my first thought was, "Yay! My property value is going to go up!"
But it was quickly followed by a huge pile of other, more skeptical ones. I mean the stores on either side aren't exactly Rodeo Drive material. It was jarring. The poppies on the window were really pretty... and those boxes are so iconic... I guess it must be real... right?
But something still didn't smell right to me. Now keep in mind that I am the girl who hung up on a radio deejay three times when he was trying to tell me that I'd won a trip to New York (I lived in Boulder Colorado at the time). Of course, my roommate (who it turned out had really won the trip) and he had a huge laugh listening to the hangups played over and over on the radio. My point is that I'm a wee bit jaded. But... let's take a closer look. Mkay?
Call me kooky, but doesn't that look an awful lot like an enclosed air conditioner? That saggy bottom doesn't look like the sort of detail Hermes would overlook, does it? They kinda have their shidt together over there at the Herm dontcha know. I loved the Hermes H watch that I had... till I left it in a FRIGGIN CAB one morning. But I digress.
So what do you think? My theory is that it's an art installation meant as a commentary on the fancification of Hudson. But theres a good chance that I don't know what I'm talking about.