Thursday, August 17, 2017

I hate Mondays or how I went looking for buffalo bones and found myself

in thrift stores. I am cornering the market in women's bathing suits. Its hard to believe the crazy swim suits I find in small towns for no more than $3.50.
This past Tucson gem and mineral (and fossil) show I bought brown Buffalo bones that an amateur paleotologist had found. I asked the seller couple where they came from and I was told the Kaw river in the mud. I asked if I could accompany them next time they went down the Kaw (Kansas river) and they said "no". So I decided to go myself.
At first it seemed my friend Carmelo would come too and came out to Tucson from SF

me and Carmelo over food

 but his back acted up and he bowed out. My rental was packed with women's outfits

 in case Carmelo and I found models on modelmayhem in the middle of nowhere USA. I tried but never got a single response from model mayhem even though the daily Vice documentary was out this week ( and I am now on instagram and already have over 400 followers (Kroll.eric).
While preparing for the trip I realized I could take an Irving Klaw photo and shoot it over the Kaw river!!!! Purpose no. 2.

an Irving Klaw on the Kaw river

I made plans to stop in Santa Fe to visit with my many friends there and 4 of which had white hair.
me, Bob Richardson (the father of my son, Willie Bo and Bard college best buddy), Jerry Ginzburg, third husband of my Taos girlfriend Soozie McMeans, and Richard Lowenberg, my friend from Boulder in the late '60's.
I visited with my older brother Jeff north of Albuquerque, NM

me and my brother more than 70 years later

I tried to visit a friend in Boulder but the Colorado Springs rush hour traffic scared me off and I got onto small roads till  hit Limon, Colorado.

in the courtyard of my Burlington, Colorado motel

the Kit Carson Carosel in Burlington, Colorado

I never thought I'd like instagram but I do. I get to pontificate over my photos and I get to connect with other people. Kurt Vonnequt said that a suggestion to go somewhere made by a stranger is a dancing lesson from God and someone from instagram read how I was in Oakley, Kansas and I should drive over to Monument Rocks off highway 83...which I did.

I started hitting the mother lode once I got to Kansas. So far I have sent back ten good size boxes of swag I have found.

window in Nu-2-U thriftstore in eastern Colorado

Josie I met pumping gas in Colby, Kansas and I asked her what she did for a living and she said "I sell drugs". I asked her if she wanted to be photographed and she said she was late to get to Colorado. It wasnt for several hundred miles that i realized she sold legal pot in Colorado!

I found three spectacular stores in over 2,000 miles (mostly Kansas). One was in Colby, Kansas called the Colby Flea Market owned by Deb Johnson and her husband. everything in it was worth owning. "We sell memories". and the other was in downtown Russell, Kansas acros from the (old time) community run vintage Dream movie house. The Miscellany Antiques is owned by Neal who graduated from CU Boulder 4 years before I graduated in 1969. He claimed, and I think he's right, his store is the only store to sell vintage erotica and I bought!
Neal from Miscellany Antiques

the third store that tookk my heart was owned by Rocky and his dad called the Poehler Mercantile Antique Mall in Emporia, KS. 

Rocky and his dad from the Antique mall. His dad was the local high school sports coach and in the back of the mall is a sports museum with cool uniforms tacked to the wall and a gigantic cut out of Wilt the Stilt Chamberland with moveable parts to help backetball kids to shoot around tall opponents.

a bigger than life cut out of Wilt Chamberlain.

The reason I hate Mondays is museums are closed on mondays and invariably that's the day I need to get in. As I moved along the Kansas (Kaw) river I learned that it is the largest tributary of the Missiouri river and begins in Kansas City and merges with the Republican river in Junction City, Ks. During storms buffalo and prehistoric bones are apt to be found on the banks of the Kaw river but I had no canoe partner (Carmelo was back in LA). I began visiting the boat ramps along the Kaw river from Juncrtion City to Kansas City.

Stacy, owner of Stacy's open since 1969 in Junction City, Ks

Della worked in my hotel situated above Stacy's restaurant on a hill

my friend Jam Jam or Jamie who knows dinosaurs told me I had to see the Sternberg museum in Hays, Kansas so I did.
scared the sh...t out of me

To balance out my trip I stopped in Lawrence, Ks to have whole fish at a szcheun restaurant and to visit the house William S. Burroughs lived in for 13 years on Learnard st.

 In the meantime as I added more and more photos to my instagram site I saw a drawing by Kryztof Nemeth and we arranged to make a swap. He asked for my address and I happened to ask him where he lived. KANSAS CITY. He wasnt able to find me a canoe or canoe and rower but we did meet at his house and swap phoots I had brought with me for art he had made. I was very impressed by his erotica. I night after we spoke on the phone and the night before we met he did a fab drawing of Bettie Page which I now own!

I dont have pets like cats because when I lived on and off with Felice for 8 years she was allergic and I couldnt handle the hair in my negs. For some reason Kryztof's two cats loved my black case.

I stopped in Ford, Kansas and made myself dinner on the picnic table on highway 54 that ran thru town, then moved on to Dodge.

no this is not the upcoming preview of the total eclipse of the sun. It is the glory holes in a peep show in a strange adult bookstore off Interstate 70.

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