44-year-old Portland, Oregon resident Michael James Schneider is single, a little lonely, and—like us—enjoys a good pour of premium box wine into a coffee mug every
afternoon now and again.
As an artist, Schneider realized he could perhaps solve his loneliness with a bit of box wine and some ingenuity: He created a “boyfriend” named Franz out of box wine and a metal frame. Schneider tells Metro UK the idea came to him after a breakup: “I usually make art from leaning into and embracing the most humiliating parts of my life. When I’m single and lonely and drinking… well why not create a companion out of that loneliness?”
Why not, indeed? Schneider and Franz are progressing well in their relationship. They cook together; enjoy breakfast in bed; and indulge in other adorable couple’s activities.
It seems there are numerous upshots to a boyfriend made out of Franzia: He wouldn’t leave socks around the house (presumably he doesn’t wear socks); he wouldn’t mansplain; he wouldn’t invite all his loud friends over to watch a WWE match without telling you; he’d be a good listener who always has a glass of Cab at the ready.
As for cons: Well, he’s made of cardboard.