Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mute Monday: M is For











19 comments:

A.B. said...

SO want to take a trip on this road JUST to see the fabulous neon, motels, etc. What a fabulous part of American Culture and your beloved Southwest. Great! Happy MM.

TROLL said...

That's so cool that you still have funky Motels in your part of the world. Be a cool Coffee Table book.

Happy Mute Monday!

The Java Junkie said...

Excellent, Moi! I love those old signs! Happy MM!

The Java Junkie said...

Troll - if you're interested, there is such a book. It's called "American Signs" by Lisa Mahar.

pamokc said...

Oh dont'cha just love those old motel signs! Great idea for MM. I'm along Route 66 -- you too?

Aunty Belle said...

The cactus motel!! How funky perfect is that??

Long years back, when daddy first drove us into these parts, I kid you not, thar' was a motel of cement tee pees. Names--whatelse?--The Tee Pee Motel.

Happy MM!

Vixen said...

That is cool! Funky motels!

happyMonday!

Bear said...

What an excellent take, Moi.

Happy MM.

having my cake said...

Loving that rainbow! The motel is so quintessentially American! Happy MM x

iamnot said...

I wonder if there are more of those in AZ or NM?

Come to think of it, I knew a "Westward Ho" once.

Aunty...that teepee hotel is still here in AZ.

moi said...

A.B.: Many of them are undergoing restoration, too. It's fun to drive down Central Ave (Old Route 66) and see all the neon.

Troll: See Java below.

Java: I wish more communities would preserve them.

Pamokc: Cool! I do, too!

Aunty: A lot of these old motor lodges were way over the top in the heyday of "car culture."

Vixen and Bear: Thanks!

Cake: You ever read Lolita? Nabokov's descriptions of America's byways and motor lodges as Humbert and Lolita roam the country are brilliant.

Iamnot: NM and AZ share many cultural similarities.

Big Shamu said...

Silly question, why does the guy in the first picture have cantaloupes on his shoulder?

Gypsy said...

Looks like a great take on American culture. You always see these quirky Motels in road trip movies. Well done Moi.

Happy Belated Mute Monday.

Al (hipster) Gore said...

Tipper and I invented kicks on Rte. 66.

ThursdayNext said...

OMG I love this take! Fantastic!

Meghan said...

Did you take some of those photos?

As always, fabulous MM.

Wicked Thistle said...

Heh, heh, you said "ho."

K9 said...

we decided to take historic 66 on our honeymoon./ broke down in seligman. they held us there for days looking for parts. we listened to someone cough all night long through the paper thin walls of our shite motel (not featured n your essay) and ate in the one horrible restaurant. it was like a science fiction movie. trapped on planet 66. NOT a great time.

happy MM!

TROLL said...

Troll Poll about....SHOES!