Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Halloween Costumes


If you're a regular follower of my blog then you know how much I enjoy finding these artfully "costumed" mannequins on the highways and byways of Tampa. Regretfully, there isn't a list of their locations - like the Map to the Stars in Hollywood and LA - so I have to drive endless miles for hours on end to find even one of these lovelies. Most often they are awaiting me and are flagging me down as I cruise along, never expecting him or her (or a romantic couple sometimes) to be patiently standing on the curb, waving a sign or simply beckoning me to stop. Daring me to produce a flattering portrait (I guess they want to prove to mom and dad mannequin that they are earning an honest living.) Yes, she is dressed appropriately for the camera: strangely flared black stretch pants - tight; oddly cut and cropped t-shirt; appropriate necklace; and a very attractive head of hair. The one accessory that could only mean she's navigated wild partying Bourbon Street in New Orleans is the sensuous boa, draped loosely and casually over her arms and around her size 18-inch waist. It is the pièce de résistance. (Why does that boa look familiar? I guess that's another story for another time, right Mrs. TDP?) My little mannequin girl obviously caught the lens at a weak moment and SNAP. Here she is. On her wheeled cart ready to sell you a Halloween costume. Right off her back if you insist. Oh no. I just noticed she's missing a finger. What else don't we know about her?

7 comments:

Lois said...

OK I want to hear that other story for another time. Perhaps Mrs. TDP needs to start her own blog. I will be her first follower!

Jacob said...

I'm sorry, but what in the world made you miss the stick in the crotch?

This is one weird maiden and I'm not sure that is a Halloween costume at all...I think that is really her, missing probably two fingers...

Methinks you need to be more careful about the people you contact out there on the mean streets of Tampa...you could catch something and I ain't talking about swine flu!

Frank said...

@ Lois - I will wait to hear if any late-night "shopping" stories from Bourbon Street are out for public consumption. (The boa got to be around here someplace.)

@ Jacob - Ouch. That's a painful condition the young lady finds herself in. Guess she won't be running off very easily. DO give here a hand Jacob as you counsel her on communicable diseases.

Jacob said...

I dunno, Frank. Methinks I'll keep my hand to myself and forgo my counseling skills on this rather plastic excuse for a human being...

:-))

Joan said...

She probably used that finger one too many times....heheh!

Don and Krise said...

After Jacob's comment I had to go back and look. OUCH!
Last time you found her I believe her plastic boyfriend was with her wasn't he?

Mike said...

I work for www.lvmannequins.com and it seems we get a lot of requests for mannequins or parts for halloween. People love to use them on the side of the road like the one you have here or they just love to make them up for haunted houses.