Jess Hutch.

Saturday, June 18, 2005


Originally uploaded by Jess Hutch.
I am so pleased with this toy I bought at a thrift store in Palm Springs, the town where Jeff and I spent most of our honeymoon last week. I especially love the odd keyhole-shaped body, I have been planning to knit a fellow with this general shape for a while. No time like the present!

The toy is from the early 60s or late 50s, and it consists of heavy pieces of cardboard that can be fitted together in all sorts of ways to make a free-standing person-like object. It's called Mix Nix, and it was made by a company called Amsco. I love the colors and the shapes, and it was only a buck! I saw it in the vitrine at the counter under a whole lot of stuff and knew it was mine mine mine.

Before thrifting in Palm Springs, Jeff and I stayed at the lovely Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, in the world famous Caveman room. There are no words.

We stayed at the Chase in Palm Springs, which is a really great little 50s motel, but not in the kitschy "stuck in the 50s!" kind of way. It's a very relaxing place, with an amazing salt water swimming pool.

On the way to our next stop (Bakersfield) we ate lunch at the Wheel Inn in Cabazon, and hung out with the huge huge dinosaurs that Claude Bell built. They are really quite large - they're the dinos in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, remember those? One of them has a gift shop/anti-evolution information center in its belly. Um.

We were in Bakersfield to visit the Crystal Palace, where country legend Buck Owens plays every Friday and Saturday night. After the show, which left us a little sad, frankly, we went over to the karaoke lounge at our hotel, where I sang "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels." It seemed appropriate.

You can look at some photos of our trip on Flickr, just click on the photo at the right to get to more of my photos.

I promise this is the last wedding-related post. I'm all about the knitting of toys from here on out, honest!


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