for years now i have amassed a special collection of a very strange nature. hair pets. little papier-maché animals covered in fur. it's easiest to find them at truck stops and tourist destinations, though state fairs have also been a treasure-trove of success. it has gotten to the point that i haven't bought one in several years because people see them out and about and give them to me as gifts. well, i suppose i'm glad you associate me with terrifying little animals made of hair?
some of them are from far-off locations. some are from around the corner. some have traveled from here to exotic locales and had their photos taken with famous landmarks. the original one that started it all now lives another life away from me in the home of a very good friend. the one that started it all, Mr. Jingles.
–oh, i didn't mention that? i also used to name most of them. and sometimes they wear tiny hats.
i have pruned my collection recently so only the best of the best are currently around the house. yes, i display them around my house, much to jon's dismay. (like i said, i've cut back quite a bit.) as i've aged i'm not nearly as interested in them as i once was. it's more about the thrill! of finding one randomly in a strange location! i always have a eye out for a little display of them next to the rose-shaped lighters and crystal buffalo in the middle of nowhere.
i suppose there are worse things i could collect. i was young and quite artsy (that's code for... WEIRD) don't think too poorly of me.
are you ready?
this is the current group that i pulled out from shelves around the house. i needed subjects to practice my focal sensitivity on the new camera! can you believe i used to have at least twice this many? jon laughed at me when he saw this set up. laughed. i'm quite indignant about it. it's like he thinks i'm some kind of weirdo or something...
let's run through the gamut. don't be frightened.
this little dog came from a trader's post in alberta, canada on our alaska trip. he actually has a little bed that he is supposed to lay in but i thought it was hokey so i tossed it out. yes, too hokey for me, the woman who owns these things. i vividly remember buying him at a shop in a place so small it isn't on a map. we stopped to eat breakfast and there he was, in the gift shop. the guy who owned the place said, as we walked out, "Enjoy your new life, little guy, eh?" and i was quite charmed by his canadianitude.
this is an exactly copy of the original that started it all, Mr. Jingles. well, nearly. he doesn't have quite as much evil spark in his eyes. Mr. Jingles is truly terrifying. this guy, meh. we have an ongoing bet about whether he be cat or dog. i vote dog?
this is Captain. he's been around since the beginning and i have no particular recollection of where he came from, but he's one of my favorites for the sheer cuteness factor. and the bow tie. he has such dignity.
this little squirrel was also found on our alaska trip. no idea where.
but look at him! he wins the award for most tiny, adorable, and beloved. if any of these were not-at-all creepy, it would be him.
–wait! what happened to my photo of Peter Peterson?? photo fail! uh, so, that big blurry sleeping cat is called Peter Peterson. i have no strong feelings about him, but man oh man is he super soft.
the wild boar! another road trip find, from a gas station in kansas next to a petting zoo. part of the appeal of the hair pet find is not only finding them, it's finding the *rare* ones. i've seen about 500 Mr. Jingles-style ones, but to find other animals besides cats and dogs is quite a special event. see? and you never even knew. i'm enriching your life.
alaska trip has kind of taken over. they're most of the one's i've kept over the years. plus i don't frequent truck stops as much as i used to so the opportunity for good finds is gone. this moose is from Denali National Park and Preserve.
this was a gift from one of my coworkers. i love that someone saw this and thought of me. it's both embarrassing and endearing.
i highly prize this very rare polar bear. you guessed it, road trip find.
dun dun dun... i believe this was a gift. he is BY FAR the most fear-inducing of the collection. jon especially HATES this one and we keep him on the back end of a very very tall shelf where we don't ever look at him.
you can see why. he strikes fear into the heart of braver citizens than myself. i'm not actually sure why he's still around, other than the pure torture factor.
we discovered this donkey at the indiana state fair behind a belt buckle display. it was an exciting find, though he's seen better days and he's looking quite worn.
more proof of my quite deserved reputation as the plant killer. whoops. in my defense... well, not much to say in my defense. i'll try again this year.
so there. i've shown you my dirty secret. well, one of them anyway. we'll stick to one per day, for now. it's all i can handle. keep your eyes peeled for hair friends in the future and think of me.
any embarrassing collections you want to own up to today? fly your freak flag with me, baby.