Dented Can of the Week: Hamster Hotel


I read about this place in Nantes, France, where you can pay to pretend you’re a hamster. It strikes me that this is a good way to kick off my optimistically planned, weekly column, “Dented Can of the Week.”

My friend Arden, who has developed an impressive, hilarious, and exquisitely effective argot over the decades, coined the term “Dented Can” to mean a person who was highly damaged at some point in life, and is still playing out, in highly unhealthy ways, the issues that lead to the dent/s. My interpretation of the metaphor includes the fact that a non-dented can might contact botulism from interaction with the contents of said dented can.

Can a whole concept hotel be a “Dented Can?” I guess this rodent-themed auberge is more playful than some weird places might be, but it struck me that places, as well as people, might fit into this category. Discuss…

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6 responses to “Dented Can of the Week: Hamster Hotel

  1. “Dented can”…I like that. It’s a topic I find interesting, as well, and have addressed in my own writing.

  2. Thanks, Cyndi. My friend Arden came up with the idea, and I love the metaphor. I would say that most people (myself included) are at least slightly dented–who isn’t affected by life?–but sometimes it’s not apparent on the outside of the can. And sometimes, it is. The question is whether and how we can do enough work to fix or disguise the dents…

  3. Yep – and how much some people cling to the dents as their only identity. We all have them, but I try not to let them limit who I am. Tough work sometimes… ;-)

  4. Beautifully put, Cyndi. And yes, very hard work (I speak from experience!)

  5. Thought provoking! Neat! Can I use this idea next term in my Identity course? You’ll get all the credit, too. :-) I bet it will provoke a good discussion!

    ps: The old proofreader in me thinks it’s “hamster.” for you, i’ll let it pass!!! :-) (toad for a day…)

  6. I don’t think my friend would mind–but Arden deserves the credit (not me)! Thanks for noticing my spelling error! I appreciate i!

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