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…to visit Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in July.

I wasn’t allowed to take photos of anything they were currently building (but believe me when I say this: IT WAS ALL AWESOME), but I was allowed to take a few shots of some of the stuff they had scattered around their conference room.

First up, a couple sculptures of Jim.

Some Jim busts.

Next, the eyes and facial animatronics from Carol of Where The Wild Things Are.

Carol's eyes from "Where the Wild Things Are."

These are Jim’s original designs for the creatures of Turkey Hollow.

Jim's "Turkey Hollow" creature designs.

Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs was there…

Baby Sinclair from "Dinosaurs."

…as was Yolanda from… something.

Yolanda!

But then things got really cool, like this Oscar the Grouch that was one of the originals used on Sesame Street way back in the day.

Oscar the Grouch!

And then there were the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal!

Skeksis!

So…

Skeksis!

…many…

Skeksis!

…awesome…

Skeksis!

…and amazing…

Skeksis!

…Skeksis!

Skeksis!

And finally, in the bathroom, I came across these two signs…

So must guests.

…accompanied by this sitting on the counter.

But not with that.

As a sidenote, I also got to meet Toby Froud, Brian Froud’s son, later that day. All in all, it was a pretty awesome experience.

Hopefully, some day soon I’ll be able to tell you why I was there, which is also an amazing story. Hoping I can share it with you all soon, folks!

Until then,

-Shady

You might not recognize the name of their town, but you definitely know their dinosaurs that Pee-wee made famous in his big adventure:

Kathy, Mr. Fabulous and I hit the road last weekend, traveling a hundred miles east to the tiny, truck-stop town of Cabazon, California. We went for two reasons.

Here’s the first reason (click on all images for larger versions):

The dinosaurs of Cabazon, California

And here’s the second:

The dinosaurs of Cabazon, California

The two beasts posed together:

The dinosaurs of Cabazon, California

KB got fresh with a dinosaur:

The dinosaurs of Cabazon, California

And we asked a stranger to take a photo of the three of us:

The dinosaurs of Cabazon, California

Kathy and Fabulous posed with an old miner and his mule:

The dinosaurs of Cabazon, California

And then we fed her to a fanged beast:

The dinosaurs of Cabazon, California

Next time we’re taking Meatshake,

-Shady

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Old Poop!