A Brief History of the Balloon
Prehistoric times: A resourceful Homo erectus fashions balloons from (bleh) dried animal bladders.
1824: Physicist Michael Faraday invents a more hygienic rubber version. Party planners, clowns, and this guy rejoice.
Present day: Jihan “Jihanimo” Zencirli opens Geronimo Balloon-Troopers, her one-woman company devoted to all things spherical and helium filled.
(Projected) future: The world is a happier place, thanks to Zencirili’s 36-inch biodegradable balloons tethered to cascading tails of custom-made “fancy frill” (hand-cut and vintage paper, Midori ribbon, Mylar streamers, pom-poms). The jewel-tone, confetti-filled Cadette edition single-handedly brings world peace. The ornate Ambassador, kitted out with garlands and glitter, balances our national budget.
“Fancy frill” becomes legal tender.
Okay, we’re no Oracle of Delphi, but we have a hunch that this venture is about to blow up.
Geronimo Balloon-Troopers (425-275-3572 or geronimoballoons.com), $55 and up.
Photo: Natalie Moser / Courtesy of Geronimo Balloon-Troopers