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30 July 2007 @ 09:10 am
tikicide  
On my infrequent excursions to Long Beach Island over the past fifteen years, I've always kept an eye out for this little roadside stand that sells tikis and tiki-related merchandise. I've never actually stopped there, mostly because I've always been trying to outrace the rest of the shore traffic. But being a fan of the painter Shag, I've always found the sight of it extremely pleasing and often pledged to stop in some time when I wasn't in a hurry.

So, I was saddened this weekend to find it in ruins.

The thatch-roof stalls were empty and dilapidated. The tiki torches had all burnt out and mostly fallen to the ground. The Hawaiian-shirted salespeople vanished. And the lone surviving tiki had fallen into a state of hideous neglect, serving no other purpose now, but to hold up a leaning, handpainted, plywood sign reading "Tiki museum for sale."

 
 
Listening to: Matthew Sweet - "The Kids Are Alright"
 
 
 
xterminal on July 30th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
If wishes were horses, I'd wish to be that one.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on July 30th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Keep in mind, though, what they do to horses with bum legs!
xterminal on July 30th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm pretty sure I'd die happy.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: tiki lustassmonkeydiary on July 30th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hehe...
Pallaspallasathene8 on July 30th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
BUY IT!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on July 31st, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Screw mutual funds! I'm investing my retirement money in an already failed Tiki Museum!!!
traballenguastraballenguas on July 31st, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Jungle girls? I'm not sure.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: museum: skinnydippingassmonkeydiary on July 31st, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm going back and forth on this. The horse's headdress makes me say "no" but the fake leopardskin blanket kinda cancels that out, leaving us with basically the question, would a jungle girl ride a horse? To which, I come up with... maybe?
traballenguastraballenguas on July 31st, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I can see the horse in (or near) the jungle. But it really looks like grassland there. Forest clearly = jungle girl. So this is borderline.

But "jungle" also kind of implies "wild", "nature" and "raw". If I was clicking the 'jungle girls' link to see the other pictures in the set, I would like to see this one as well.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: tiki lustassmonkeydiary on July 31st, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, you have cut away the fat and gotten to the meat of the matter: Would someone looking for jungle girl pics be pleased with seeing this picture? Yes.