What can I say- I like cheese. The cheesier, the better. I am a sucker for it every time. Especially the ones that you have your head in the picture. Leaping tall fences, cutting off traffic, abruptly stopping the car… I am guilty of all.
Thankfully my sons were always game for another stop on our adventures.
I think my love of Roadside Kitch began in the early ’70s with a long trip to the east coast and my first sighting of an oversized Bobs BigBoy! Or maybe it was Burma Shave that grabbed me with their signs…”The monkey took one look at Jim and threw the peanut back at him“(Dixon, CA)
Roadside attractions became wildly popular all over the US in the 1930s when we began to “See the USA in our Chevrolets” and continued well into the 60s. – They were to grab your attention and get you off the road and into town.
The general intent was that if they got you to stop to see the worlds biggest ball of twine, then you’d probably stay for dinner, get gas (think “eat at Stuckey’s and get gas”) and maybe even stay the night or do a little shopping.
The idea is still the same today, except most roadside attractions are now in predominately rural areas.
And I still stop at them. I doubt I will ever be too old to enjoy the novelty of roadside attractions.
That dang Dinosaur tried to gallop away! Just like in the western movies.
On my way back from a recent trip, I stopped in North Platte, Nebraska. I pulled into the Sinclair gas station right off the highway… and to my delight was “Dino” the dinosaur right at the curb side. With a saddle!!!
It was beckoning me.. taunting…”you know you want to ride me”…
I heeded the call and wandered over for a closer look. Practically giddy because I dig roadside kitsch.
In spite of the fact that ‘Dino’ was wearing a pint sized kiddo saddle, I put my foot in the stirrup and started to haul my self up when all of a sudden ~WHUMP! And I was on the ground. The itty bitty saddle slid sideways.
The first image in my mind was of my dinosaur galloping off into the sunset dragging me off with my foot caught in the stirrup.
So, me nearly hysterical with laughter and hoping nobody saw (except the cars going by!)
In the next second a young man runs over and hollers “Here Lady!! Climb up!” and flings himself down on all fours to make a human stool and his friend grabs the saddle, rights it and says “I’ll hold it”
How could I say no??
They even took a picture of me. And the one fellow had his phone out too… I can only imagine that somewhere, I am now a YouTube sensation!
(you can bet the odds are good I will try it again sometime)