Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Day 32 – Toto, We’re Not In Kansas Anymore…Oh Wait, My Bad, We Are…

When you grow up it always seems like you have to get over the things you enjoyed as a kid, it’s only natural I suppose; there’s a time to put away childish stuff and all that jazz. Still, there will always be things that you can’t give up. Joe still gets a glint in his eye every time he tells me some baseball related story from his childhood and I guess for me its movies that I grew up on that I just get all gooey over.

Predictably, as a young girl I gravitated to things that had strong female leads, therefore my love of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was a given, maybe a little less obvious was ‘Grease’ – who didn’t love when Olivia Newton-John became a blonde badass?! – but the other big one was always ‘The Wizard of Oz’. So, when I discovered there was an Oz Museum there was no way I wasn’t going to put it on the itinerary!
Although only a small museum, it had a huge collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia and was nicely set out. I even appreciated the somewhat creepy wax figures of each character. They have items like an original first edition of the book ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, upon which the film is based, right up to things from the game-changing musical ‘Wicked’.
It was interesting to see all the different related products that have been produced; how it has impacted so many things in pop culture and how it has evolved over the last 110 years of existence. Like how in the original book they weren’t ruby slippers, they were silver, but it was decided that shiny red shoes would show up better in Technicolor, especially when put against the background of that yellow brick road!

Today would have been a great day all over, but unfortunately yesterday I got a bug bite. It was nothing too bad, just a bit itchy...then today…oh my! It’s humongous now! I’ve taken some Zyrtec and hopefully tomorrow the bump will have gone down, otherwise a trip to the hospital may be in order. Not what we need!

Trying to ignore the thing growing on my arm, we checked out a nearby antique store and actually bought something this time. I discovered a cute little framed picture of Bambi and, following on from reliving my youth through the Wizard of Oz, I just had to have this item because a re-release of Bambi was the first movie I saw in the cinema. It must be nostalgia day!

For dinner we headed over to an old favourite of ours, Cracker Barrel. Strangely this is becoming mine and Joe’s favourite restaurant and it was definitely one of the best meals of the trip – if not the best! It’s like eating at home without having to do all the work!
Back at the hotel Joe modelled his purchase of the day, an 80’s style sweatshirt he got at the museum…I think he’s trying to bring the look back...please nobody encourage this!
So, until tomorrow…
Ani

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