…with very humorous results
So last night, after watching two movies from Earth 1-D (Fall of a Jedi Knight: A Star Wars Story and Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar), most of us sat around talking until just after one in the morning. This explains why we all slept in until about 8 this morning and didn’t finish breakfast until 10.
(Silky: I crashed about 11:30. I’m getting too old for staying up late.)
(Sasha: I had to go check on some experiments and damned if I didn’t fall asleep in the lab.)
We had been north of Santa Cruz and only had to drive about three miles to the Hippie Museum, which, while not advertised as World Famous, damn well should be. Also, there is no force on Earth that could have kept Spike and Mary out of there.
(Daisy: I can’t think of a better roadside attraction for Auntie Mary & Uncle Spike. Or Silky and Daddy, for that matter.)
The entry fee to this hippie owned and operated establishment is either whatever cash you want to donate or canned food for the local food bank. Since our pantry is roughly the size of a WalMart, we donated a literal ton of food. Not only did this get us into the museum, it got us free t-shirts, free bumper stickers and hugs from the staff.
(Roxy: I thought those people were gonna poop!)
(Leon: They offered Uncle Doc & Uncle Spike some weed, too.)
The museum is chock full of photos, film, videos, writings, posters, clothing and other memorabilia of the late 60s to mid 70s. It was a real blast from the past, even for our younger members.
(Max: Man, I thought humans dressed strangely nowadays, but that’s nothing compared to the hippie attire.)
We spent over two hours there, and liked it so much we gave them another ton of food and bought a bunch more t-shirts and 9 bandanas.
(Leon: One of the ladies tried to give Uncle Doc a plate full of brownies, but he begged off citing a mass diet.)
Santa Cruz being what it is, our next stop was a mere mile away and the Human Roadside Zoo. Part theater, part fundraiser, this is another place that asks only for donations. When we got out of the bus, we saw several right wing groups protesting the place, so we knew we were going to like it, being a big old bus load of liberals. Confrontation was inevitable, I suppose.
(Daisy: Oh, Daddy, you live for shit like this.)
It seems the righties didn’t like how some of their ilk were being portrayed inside. They also didn’t like the big security guards inside, so that’s why the 15 or so of them were out on the sidewalk.
(Silky: So much for the courage of their convictions.)
(Leon: I’d say most of them had convictions for DUI.)
One dickhead in a MAGA hat and NRA t-shirt tried to stand in Grace’s way. This did not sit well with Daisy and when they guy started yelling at Grace about “UnAmerican Liberals”, Daisy told him to shut the fuck up and get out of the way. He turned toward her and poked her in the chest with his finger. He managed to get the words “Listen, little girl” out before 5’2” Daisy jumped up and kicked him square in the face, stretching him out on the pavement. Some woman, probably his wife, came at Daisy from behind and got an elbow in her plentiful stomach before getting slapped about 6 times.
(Roxy: Daisy is my hero!)
(Daisy: Do NOT mess with me or my family.)
Some young guy in neo-nazi attire looked like he might be going for a gun, so I sorta punched him in the throat. Twice. Turns out he was just going for a cell phone, probably to record the nasty old antifa hippies. My bad. I tossed his phone under the tire of a truck driving by.
(Sasha: You just know Daddy wanted to curbstomp that asshole, but the cops were coming.)
To avoid explaining things to the cops, Sasha neuralized the righties to start fighting each other. I reckon all of them got arrested.
(Sasha: Yeah, and I had every one of them assault a cop, too, for extra charges.)
The Human Zoo itself was interesting, with all of the stereotypes represented. You could see how the Trumpistas would have not liked many of them. We donated $50.00 as we were leaving. Outside, all the cops & protesters were gone.
By now it was after 1:30, so we all chowed down at a hotdog place, then wandered around downtown Santa Cruz for about an hour. Around 3:30, we got on the bus and drove about 10 miles to the Giant Jesus of The Coast.
(Luke: Dad was so excited!)
(Silky: Auntie Mary was pretty excited, too. I think Dad has got her hooked on Giant Jesuses.)
On the D. Cross Giant Jesus Rating Scale, this one rated as follows.
Size: 3 It was about 80 feet tall.
Climbability: 3, since you could only go up an outside stairway to a small deck encircling his waist.
Appearance: 8 Very lifelike looking, but with a bit of paint chipping due to the salt air.
Pose: 5 Pretty much your standard arms outspread to embrace the faithful pose
(Luke: I think Dad would faint if he found a Giant Jesus playing air guitar.)
Religiosity: 10 There was a small bible store at the base and about a dozen religious folks milling about there and up on the deck, ready to save souls.
All told, not a bad Giant Jesus, but not the best by along shot.
(Max: But he still took 35 pictures of it.)
It now being near 5 pm, we decided to take the bus to a campground down by Castroville, where we had a fine dinner prepared by Julia, then rested a bit before going to the Slide Room and trying out the new Slide Racing option. It was big fun, but after about an hour, everyone was pretty much tuckered out.
(Daisy: You’d be surprised how tied you get sliding around on your ass in the water at speeds up to 75 mph.)
So now it’s 11:00 and I’m heading to bed. More trip reportage tomorrow.
Destination Sign When We Started: Westeros
Destination Sign When We Stopped: Toad Hall
QM Radio Station: Alt. Country Meets Alt. Rock