Tastes change. Styles come and go. Fashion moves on. Still, sometimes you have to ask yourself: "WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU PEOPLE THINKING?"
The "YOU PEOPLE" I'm referring to could be anyone who willingly purchased Jim Nabors albums or wore shirts that looked like post-Super Bowl party upchuck or found The Flintstones even remotely amusing. Or it could be the people who decorated the home I stayed in with my family this weekend.
Clan Hockensmith ventured down the California coast to beautiful seaside Cambria, where we rented a house that was owned, it would seem, by the Polyester Era version of the Addams Family. Take the children's bedroom, for instance. My daughter refused to sleep in the bed pictured below. Hmm...can you guess why?
Fortunately, my 5-year-old son didn't seem to mind that a zombified Beaver Cleaver was hovering over his bed.
If the kids had trouble sleeping, they could always avail themselves of the cheery reading material provided by the home's owners. There was the deluxe, illustrated edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales, for instance. (Real, I'm-not-making-this-up sample caption: "She took up her step-sister's head and let three drops of blood fall on the ground....") What child wouldn't enjoy an Agatha Christie murder-mystery at sleepytime? And thanks to that technological marvel the "Fotonovel," youngsters can feel like they're watching the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers in the comfort of their own beds!
Remember the classic scene where Donald Sutherland smashes his pod-clone's head with a hoe? You don't? Well, check out the pages below and you'll never forget it!
Sweet dreams are made of this: a pod person/dog/hobo mashup! What do you feed it, I wonder? Kibbles N Bits or Mad Dog 20/20?
And finally, just to show that not everything in the room was creepy, here's what was on the dresser.
Wait a second. Dear god...what are those dolphins doing?!?