Domes by Mail

There's nothing better than being on a Snowdome hunt. For one thing, no license is needed, and the quarry won't fight back and eat you. But snowdome expeditions sometimes come up empty. I still can't believe there weren't any Elvis domes in Memphis. What does one do then? We find someone who has the dome and make a trade or buy it by mail.

I first drove into Solvang with my friends from Chicago 30 years ago. We weren't impressed by the Danish architecture and the touristy atmosphere, but we were hungry. So we went to a smorgasbord. That's what they called all-you-can-eat restaurants back then.

We ate too much food and were in grevious pain. When the bill arrived, we had more pain. We were charged for dinner instead of lunch! A whole dollar extra! Well we showed them. We went back and ate some more. Ow ow ow!

I've gone back since then for seconds, but never did find any snowdomes. This one was sent to me by Cynthia Maya, who is lucky enough, in my opinion, to live close to Solvang..

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Outside the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota are some great sculptures. One of the most famous is Spoonbridge and Cherry. Their snowdome captures it perfectly, down to the snow. It was February and we must have trudged thru two feet of snow to tour the sculpture park. It's no wonder this dome has more snow than I've ever seen in any other dome. Don't ever go to Minnesota unless it's July or August. Any other time, it's liable to snow.

Art museums turn out nice snowdomes. This is a pretty dome and you can order it from Pasedena like I did from Global Shakeup.

Ruth and I had booked two weeks in Hawaii for our honeymoon, but we got bored and left a few days early. Twentyfive years later, I still can't believe we did that. We must have needed to get in a car and drive.

We landed in California where we racked up 2000 miles in a week. Along the way, we visited Olvera Street in Los Angeles. This street looks someone lifted a section of the souvenir alley from Tijuana and dropped it in LA. Lots of knicknacks with a Mexico theme. I wasn't collecting snowdomes then. Instead, I bought colorful paper mache piggy banks that must have been a foot long. They went well with our three foot wooden machetes from Hawaii.

I had plans to return someday to Olvera street and maybe exchange a piggy bank for a shaker, but never did. When Cynthia Maya offered to trade hers, I jumped at the chance.

I bought this one myself at Universal Studios on a subseqent trip to Los Angeles, but I show it here because it's almost an exact copy of Olvera street.

You can see the Hollywood influence. The woman dancer is a blond in this version. Yes. Nothing like hand painted domes.

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