Jan
09

Good Vibrations

 Good Vibrations

Oh, come on — get your mind out of the gutter.

It’s just a vibrating, um…neck pillow. 

Obviously.

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Spied at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport 
by my eagle-eyed friend, Alyssa Schwartz

Dec
20

Quite a Ride

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This taxi receipt gives new meaning to the phrase:
“Just a spin around the block.”

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Photo taken by the keenly observant Alyssa Schwartz in Rome, Italy 

Dec
18

Farmacia de Mucho Caliente

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Viagra makes the perfect souvenir from
– or for –
your next Mexican vacation.

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Photo taken in Cabo San Lucas by my pal Ann Shepphird,
editor of the gardening, food and travel site Gardens to Tables

Nov
12

Pretty Ballsy, If You Ask Me

 Pretty Ballsy, If You Ask Me

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Photo taken in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sep
25

One More (Mantra) for the Road

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Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to find so much enlightenment,
it takes a Volvo to hold it all.

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Spotted in the Kaiser Permanente Hospital parking lot in Hollywood, California

Sep
06

We Shall Sell (No) Wine

 We Shall Sell (No) Wine

Taiwanese 7-Eleven: Bringing the pride of France to the heart of Asia.

Mar
26

Hunting Squirrel

 Hunting Squirrel

 

For a mere $199, you can hire a hunting tracker familiar with local game habits. Will work for peanuts…unless he’s already stuffed.

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Photo taken at Jackson Mercantile in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Mar
12

Buying American, Vol. 2

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Happy to report that the spirit of the ultimate cowboy lives on in the West.

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Photo taken at the Souvenir Shop at Hole n” the Rock, in southeastern Utah

Jan
26

Buying American, Vol. 1

 Buying American, Vol. 1

 

‘Cause nothin’ says classy like an Ed Hardy beer coozy.

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Spotted at a gift shop at Princess Cays, Princess Cruises’ private beach resort on the (otherwise lovely) Bahamian island of Eleuthera

Dec
30

When Worlds Collide, Vol. 1

 When Worlds Collide, Vol. 1

At a crowded little curio shop in the Xinyi district of Taipei, Taiwan (next door to the famous Lao Zhang Beef Restaurant), you can find just about every piece of Betty Boop merchandise ever made.

I choose to interpret this fraught little scene as a wary expression of Taiwan’s co-dependence on the manufacturing and export of cheap Western goods, as well as its uneasy attitude towards the lingering post-occupation influence of Japanese culture.

You, on the other hand, may choose to read this scene as a funny cartoon character from Depression-era America swathed in a polyester kimono and making “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis” eyes at Maneki Neko, the official feline of good fortune.

Whatever. Your way is good, too.