Exciting my need for that which shines, I spotted a strand of purple Mardi Gras beads on the way home. From the strand hung a typical N.O.-style crown (promotion for Crown Royal perhaps?).
– two strands of purple mardi gras beads with crown pendants
– one strand of black, non-shiny mardi gras beads
– one strand of purple mardi gras beads without a crown
I also found
– one strand of gold mardi gras beads,
But having just picked up another strand, I didn’t want to look like a freak, picking up all the Mardi Gras beads as if I had some fascination with shiny objects, so I left it. I think this was a huge mistake.