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Man's Apartment Encased in Aluminum Foil
AP ^ | Thu, Jan 08, 2004

Posted on 01/08/2004 7:59:24 AM PST by presidio9

OLYMPIA - What kind of friends coat your apartment — and nearly everything in it — with tinfoil while you're away? Here's a hint: One of the only objects that escaped the shiny treatment was a book titled "Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends."

Chris Kirk found his downtown Olympia apartment encased in aluminum foil when he returned home Monday night from a trip to Los Angeles.

The walls, ceiling, cabinets and everything in between shimmered, after the prank orchestrated by Kirk's longtime friend, Luke Trerice, 26, who was staying in the apartment while Kirk was away.

"He's known for large-scale strangeness," Kirk, 33, told The Olympian. "He warned me that he would be able to touch my stuff, but it didn't sound so bad."

Trerice, who lives in Las Vegas, and a small group of friends draped the apartment with about 4,000 square feet of aluminum foil, which cost about $100.

Not surprisingly, the idea was hatched on New Year's Eve.

"It was just a spur of the moment thing," Trerice said. "I really don't even consider it art. I consider it a psychology project. ... He seems to be upbeat, so I consider this a success. "

No detail was too small or too time-consuming. The toilet paper was unrolled, wrapped in foil, then rolled back up again. The friends covered Kirk's book and compact disc collections but made sure each CD case could open and shut normally. They even used foil on each coin in Kirk's spare change.

And to sweeten the theme, they left silver Hershey's kisses sprinkled throughout the apartment.

"The toilet was hard. The molding around the doorways took a very long time," Trerice said.

Aside from "Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends," which doesn't include this particular trick, only a portrait of his girlfriend, the bed and a bath mat were left unfoiled.

"He took special pains not to move anything," Kirk said.

A foil-encased picture hanging outside his apartment was Kirk's first clue that something inside was amiss.

"I heard him open the door and gasp and start laughing," said Beth Kelly, who lives in an apartment down the hall. "I love the quarters. It's almost more funny realizing the things that were left unwrapped."

Andras Jones, who lives on the same floor, became curious about what was transpiring in Kirk's apartment as he noticed "a parade of strange characters" going in and out.

Since Kirk's return the entire building has been buzzing about the transformation, Jones said.

"There's a party atmosphere down by the room," Jones said. "Of course, everyone has their favorite part. I think the kitchen is just amazing."

Kirk's awestruck neighbors and friends kept him up until late Monday night. He hasn't started unpacking his belongings and isn't sure when he will. "

"As I was trying to sleep last night, I realized that, actually, it's creepy," Kirk said.

And as for whether Trerice will ever be allowed to stay again at the apartment unsupervised, Kirk said: "I don't know. We'll see."

But Trerice hopes Kirk will find a way to get him back.

"I'm going to be insulted if he doesn't try," Trerice said. "It's kind of a challenge."


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1 posted on 01/08/2004 7:59:25 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
Pictures. We want pictures...
2 posted on 01/08/2004 8:02:02 AM PST by null and void (One hand giveth, the other taketh away...)
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3 posted on 01/08/2004 8:02:16 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Happy New Year)
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To: mhking
WTF?
4 posted on 01/08/2004 8:02:44 AM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: null and void
Yes that would be great to see photos. What a joke. What a job! They really must be good friends because you wouldn't spend that kind of time on someone you didn't care about. It's fun and glad they can enjoy things like this in todays troubled world. Good for them. Hope they DO show photos now. :)))
5 posted on 01/08/2004 8:05:06 AM PST by cubreporter
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To: presidio9
I bet the guy posts on DU
6 posted on 01/08/2004 8:06:44 AM PST by sticker
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To: Petronski
Sounds like my place, the only place on earth the alien transmissions can't reach.
7 posted on 01/08/2004 8:06:50 AM PST by steve8714
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To: presidio9
Gives new meaning to the "tinfoil alert".
8 posted on 01/08/2004 8:08:49 AM PST by sarasota
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To: presidio9
No detail was too small or too time-consuming. The toilet paper was unrolled, wrapped in foil, then rolled back up again. The friends covered Kirk's book and compact disc collections but made sure each CD case could open and shut normally. They even used foil on each coin in Kirk's spare change.

Sounds to me like someone has too much free time on his hands.

9 posted on 01/08/2004 8:12:20 AM PST by Born Conservative ("Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names" - John F. Kennedy)
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10 posted on 01/08/2004 8:13:27 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: presidio9
A practical joker deserves applause for his wit according to its quality. Bastinado is about right. For exceptional wit one might grant keelhauling. But staking out on an anthill should be reserved for the very wittiest.

LAZARUS LONG



11 posted on 01/08/2004 8:13:43 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (A little knowledge is dangerous.-- I live dangerously::))
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To: presidio9
Friends foil Olympia man's home
Downtown resident returns from trip to find belongings silver-coated

Chris Kirk laughs while walking through the front room of his apartment, which his friend, Luke Trerice, decked in aluminum foil. Kirk had gone out of town and let Trerice use the apartment, giving Trerice the opportunity for the practical joke.
Steve Bloom/The Olympian
Steve Bloom/The Olympian
A lone unfoiled book with a pointed message sits in Chris Kirk's bookcase. The title of the book is "Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends."

With every appliance still useable, the kitchen in Chris Kirk's apartment is enveloped in aluminum foil.
Photos by Steve Bloom/The Olympian
Photos by Steve Bloom/The Olympian
 
©2003 The Olympian

12 posted on 01/08/2004 8:14:16 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (http://c-pol.com)
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To: presidio9
Curses! Foiled again!
13 posted on 01/08/2004 8:16:06 AM PST by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: Diogenesis

Thankyou. I had been looking for this photo ever since I posted the article.

14 posted on 01/08/2004 8:16:53 AM PST by presidio9 (a new birth of Freedom)
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To: presidio9; Charles Henrickson; Tijeras_Slim
This sounds like a case for Rin Tin Tinfoil.
15 posted on 01/08/2004 8:20:06 AM PST by martin_fierro (Any musical with a PBY-5 Catalina in it can't be all bad.)
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To: presidio9
We now know where Michael Rivero lives.
16 posted on 01/08/2004 8:21:47 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: null and void
Here's Pictures
17 posted on 01/08/2004 8:39:49 AM PST by Armed Civilian ("Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.")
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To: presidio9
Cool...funny...but man, I wish I had that kind of time on my hands....
18 posted on 01/08/2004 8:42:01 AM PST by ContemptofCourt
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

19 posted on 01/08/2004 8:46:26 AM PST by mhking (Maldición justa.)
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To: Diogenesis
Hansel & Gretel 2004 bump.
20 posted on 01/08/2004 8:50:37 AM PST by irgbar-man (Why don't aardvarks get sick?)
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