|Amazing what you can get by tossing the ball through the ring!|
|Tie it to the front bumper to haul it home. It'll feed us all winter.|
Of course, I bought a pikachu key chain. Blame the pumpkin ale for my forgetting to look for one with a good expression.
|Pikachu's had a hard night on the tiles.|
|Pikachu feels faintly shamed.|
With the harp below, I figured it was just a very primitive representation of the loose concept of "harp," but no! It is a five-string knee-harp.
|I got my first real five-string... in the summer of '69...|
This is a one-eyed llama carrying eggs. I guess I should either find it a second googly eye or replace the lone eye with something to match on either side.
|Llama llama ramma damma ding dong.|
Now for the main event! I was cruising the hucksters' stalls under the grandstand when I spotted a tray of small dolls in tubes. The going rate was $3 each, which is probably $2 over legit street value, but it was the state fair and there's no guaranteee that dollar stores will ever get these.
Her podmates were available with paler blond hair, purple hair, and pink hair, but in every case, their coiffures were so tightly scraped back into ponytails that their heads looked oddly shaped. If dolls of color -- or even brunettes -- are available in this line, the Latina vendor at this particular stall had not ordered any.
She's from Shantou, China, of course, where there are literally 4,000 factories making fashion doll clones, all with generic names like Modern Girl. Googling for various items on the container got me no fix on her maker, just some complaints in Czech about excess phthalates in the plastic. (So, like, don't suck her toes, okay?)
|READY TO FACE THE WORLD.|
Hair rooting... is best not even discussed.
|Look, I have GREAT extensions!|
|L-R: Midnight Magic mini, Jillianne, Ddung bought in San Francisco|
|Maybe next time at the fair, we'll get a Magikarp!|