Greetings and welcome to the National Clown Week Edition of You Are What You Read, but first some housekeeping. The pigeon remained under the bridge until Tuesday. Where it is now, I have no idea and I am ok with that. Sadly my pleas for cleaning have not been heard and the sidewalk is still caked in filth, egg shells and dead bits. It is solidly maintaining its Charm Free Status. Consistency in this case is an over-rated virtue.
In happier news, thanks to Cathy Who Makes Things Happen for the ritual offering of the gift of fudge this week. Thanks Cath!
This Monday’s Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon. Some Native American tribes caught a whole mess of sturgeon during this time. So if you need some of that now is your time to get busy.
This week is National Clown Week as decreed by Richard Nixon on August 2, 1971. Our 37th president said in his decree:
Today, as always, clowns and the spirit they represent are as vital to the maintenance of our humanity as the builders and the growers and the governors.
So it is only fitting that we merge two of my obsessions into one. Yes People, the worlds of Real Estate and Clowns have collided. I bring you a real estate listing in Tonopah Nevada. The thing about this listing is that once you buy it, it’s yours but with a twist. You can make no changes to any of it. For $900,000 you can be the proud owner of The Clown Motel. The 31 room motel is for sale and the joint is lousy with clowns. They even hang above the beds guaranteeing a seamless continuation of your nightmares.
Owner Bob Perchetti and his bride opened this place up 22 years ago and used his own personal collection to decorate it. Bet you all anything that Mrs. Perchetti was probably looking for a way to get all that stuff out of her house. Can’t you just hear her say in fear and desperation, “Sure Honey, a motel is a great investment? While you’re at it, how about giving it a THEME!?”
If you buy it, you can’t lose the Clown. Nope, you must maintain the collection. Perchetti says that even though he is ready for retirement, he will be coming back to check in and make sure that things are as they should be.
Now People, you need to do your research when considering an important investment like this. Who are your neighbors? Who will you borrow that cup of sugar from? Well, that’s a whole other thing. Your neighbors are a bunch of dead people who are buried in a miner’s cemetery located next door. Tonopah was once a thriving silver mining town with a population of over 50,000. It is now sadly home to a lot of dead miners, and a living population of about 2,500, a true Ghost Town if you will.
Perchetti is getting about $50 a night per room. But I think we all can agree that when you check in here, the real cost is your soul. If you want to read more about this amazing business opportunity there is an article on Fortune.com for you all to enjoy. Or not.
This week we have some quirk, an octopus, woods, and some mythology.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC isn’t clowning around this week. She is on that Playlist with a baggy-panted vengeance. But sadly, not even she has words for this.
Let us begin!
Sweet Ann is here with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor Oliphant is a quirky person who has had a very difficult childhood. She has an office job where she is basically ignored by her coworkers, and she sticks to a strict routine on her off hours. Eleanor is actually on her own quest to meet a famous singer she is stalking. If Eleanor has her way, he will fall madly in love with her. One day at work she needs some IT help and she meets Raymond who will open a whole new world for her. This novel follows Eleanor with her first friend ever, Raymond, and her acceptance of her past. This novel is humorous at times; it will make you angry about her past and at other times be quite touching. I recommend that everyone takes the time to meet Eleanor. “
Kaitlin from the Rock Is very busy this week. “I just finished reading Lily and the Octopus, by Steven Rowley. I...LOVED...IT. It's the story of Ted, his dog and best friend Lily, and the ‘octopus' that has barged into their lives, intent on destroying them. They battle the octopus, Ted battles his inner demons--it's an imaginative story and I was immediately pulled right into it. I don't want to give too much away, other than it's one of my favorites I've read all year! I think fans of Marley and Me and The Life of Pi would find it a good read. We also watched the movie Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen. It's about a father, Ben, who lives with his six children alone in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, away from modern society. He teaches them not only how to survive in the wilderness, but also how to think critically about the ills of the world, encouraging them to read all the classics and think for themselves. They eventually have to venture into the outside world when they receive bad news about a tragedy in the family, and Ben begins to question whether or not he's raising his children in the ‘right’ way. I loved this movie. It reminded me a bit of Little Miss Sunshine--very dark sometimes, funny and light in other moments. I highly recommend it!”
Ali is here! Ali can be found in the Tech Center. Welcome Ali! “I'm about halfway through American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Quite a page turner! Neil Gaiman keeps you just enough in the dark about what is actually going on with the zany cast of characters that I can't seem to put the darn thing down. This is particularly good for someone who is a bit of a world mythology buff. I'm also reading Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, which is centered around a carnival (clowns!). It's a beautiful work of prose and I highly recommend it.