Mar 16

Retro Weekend: Flower Child

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This was such a crazy throwback weekend: first I saw Mike + the Mechanics on Friday and then Janna and I were in Cleveland on Saturday to see Howard Jones; two childhood dreams come true in one weekend. My unpredictable navigational skills got us there with just enough time to squeeze in a quick lunch, staring at a disgustingly frozen Lake Erie, and, keeping with the theme of Retro Weekend, a necessary and apropos perusal of Flower Child.

SPOILER ALERT: this blog post is going to be just about Flower Child. I will drone on as nauseum about all that other stuff later in the week because I love doing things out of order.

All the times I’ve been to Clevelend, I never knew this place existed until my friend Jason took us there in 2011 and I bought a glorious light-up/holographic Jesus picture which made Henry grit his teeth.

Just like he probably grit his teeth yesterday when I began texting him pictures of $$$ swag lamps, alerting him to the fact that I had arrived at the place that wants all of my hard-earned monies.

Some of the sexiest Jesuses ever reside in the basement.

I have to touch everything when I’m in there, like I’m inviting midcentury spirits to enter my body through my fingertips and then everyone will be like why is Erin having uncontrollable fits of the Pony? And Janna will be like, “Because she touched some sequined boot and now she has a dead gogo dancer living inside of her, no big deal.”

I don’t think it’s very surprising that my heart belongs to mid-century interior design, considering I was raised in a house with shag carpet and foiled wallpaper. The yellow/burnt orange/brown color palette is instantly comforting to me and brings back memories of every afghan that ever covered the back of a couch in our house when I was a kid.

Luckily for Henry, I didn’t buy any murder weapons disguised as ash trays or 1960s prom dresses, but instead settled for this factory of happy thoughts:

It’s actually made out of paper mâché and the colors are just like SMILE OR I WILL PUNCH YOUR DUMB FACE. When Henry saw it yesterday, he did a slow exhale of relief that it wasn’t an Iron Maiden to go with my Devil rug.

And since I’m going out of order here, before Flower Child we stopped int Big Fun, which was having a going out of business sale, so I snagged this Diane Keaton “Clown Paintings” book for $5!

When I posted this on Facebook, one of my friends said, “I feel like, visually, my day is ruined.” So then I posted this collage of some of my other clown memorabilia, because I’m a Little Miss Sweetheart like that:

Ciao for now!


8 Comments so far

  1. Brandy March 16th, 2015 12:14 pm

    That place looks rad!

    Hey, do you still want travel blogs?

  2. Tuna Tar-Tart March 16th, 2015 12:23 pm

    YES!! I would love it if you submitted something!

  3. Brandy March 23rd, 2015 5:53 pm

    Ok cool. I had to come back and search for this because I didn’t get the email notification (I always subscribe to responses because I suck at remembering to come back.) I probably forgot to subscribe this time – anyway that was a stupid-ass long response just to acknowledge this. Now i don’t want to do it because I fucked this up so bad.

  4. kendahl March 16th, 2015 4:24 pm

    Toooooo many clowns, my god. But also so many Jesuses! I dig that dresser thing with the yellow drawers.

  5. Alyson Hell March 17th, 2015 11:29 am

    Those Jesuses are HOT.

    So, is Lake Erie really foul and polluted and disgusting? It must be because a portion of it touches Michigan. How dare Janna drag you there?!

  6. Tuna Tar-Tart March 18th, 2015 10:18 am

    Lake Erie is really beautiful. But…Lake Erie in its frozen state did not appeal to me. It was pretty scary, but I also have a ton of various “body of water” phobias.

  7. oneess March 23rd, 2015 10:15 pm

    Big Fun is going out of business?!? Boo.

  8. Tuna Tar-Tart March 23rd, 2015 10:18 pm

    Nah, just that one location. The one on Coventry is still going strong.

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