I have lived in California for over 50 years (YIKES) and although I thought I had seen it all. But I discovered new places to visit in this book:

According to the author, Ruth Carlson, this is not a book for tourists. Instead it is for travelers who want to immerse themselves in the culture, history and quirkiness of California. Tourists visit attractions and check them off their list. Travelers seek out the weird, wonderful and obscure.

I like to think that my company, Mannequin Madness which is included in the book is the “wonderful” part of the book.  But in reality we are probably the obscure and weird as well.

Just like one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure, one person’s weird is someone else’s normal. It is normal for us to see body parts strewn around the room. Or to say things like “do you want a mannequin with a head or headless.”

However weird and obscure are not the adjectives I would like as my legacy printed on my tombstone. But nevertheless, I love the write up the author did about me and the business.

In addition to selling used mannequins we have weekly flower crown headdress classes (using our mannequin heads as a canvas) And we sometimes turn our photo studio into a “Furtography Studio” taking photos of people and their dog posing among the unique props we acquire from retail stores.

Here is the write up:

If you are traveling to the California or if you are an Airbnb host in California, I highly recommend this book.