Sock MOnkey Visits Olvera Street

Submitted by windupkitty November 15th, 2012
Certifikitsch Winner

On Sock Monkey’s recent trip to Los Angeles, he decided to take a couple of hours and drive downtown to the festive but touristy Olvera Street. He hadn’t been there in YEARS, so had to go back to satisfy his curiosity and get in touch with his latin roots. Yeah, it was pretty touristy, but there are still some stores that sell traditional linens,blankets, serapes and clothing. He started his walk near the Pico House,which was built by Pio Pico. He was the last governor to serve during the mexican rule of California. At the time of it’s concepcion, Pico House was a VERY fancy if not ostentatious hotel. Sock MOnkey remembers that tidbit thanks to his 7th grade teacher, Senora Swift. Teachers are the BEST!

Sock Monkey’s first stop was a shop that sells traditional linens. I guess a lot of them do, but this was the only one that had a super fancy cape with chickens, sombreros and horse shoes on it. I don’t know if this is technically called a serape or poncho. Sock Monkey will have to ask his abuela. He had to take pictures quickly. Apparently, the people of Olvera Street no te gusta photographias…

The next shop was much friendlier and Sock Monkey was THRILLED to see some of his favorite things, particularly large plaster banks in various shapes and sizes. I, Sock Monkey’s handler, used to have a phenomenal bank in the shape of a monkey hanging ten on a surf board. His name was Nim Chimpsky (after his cousin) and he was so adored. There is STRONG evidence that an old roommate pilfered Nim as he was rather large and not the thing to go missing on his own. His absence is still palpable. But, thanks to a quick internet search, you can see a VERY PRECISE Nim look-a-like here :

While we never found another Nim, we DID find a very proud and somewhat arrogant gallo.I guess you can be that haughty when you are so good looking. Sock Monkey asked to pose with him and El Gallo del Oro obliged. He was very much a gentleman.

Los amigos.

Sock Monkey was a little tired. It showed. He forgot to clip his raggedy thread pulls. I hear ya, my brother. I always look like that too. Next, he decide to try on some hats. No, this one is too small…

But this one is just right! And very fancy too! I approve!!!

But it’s still not as cool as having  fire on your head. On Olvera Street, you can find Jesus’,Marys, Josephs and various saints in every shape, size and color. This variation has a lit birthday candle sticking out of his head and he costs $895! You saw it here.

But nothing compares to beautiful paper flowers. These were always Sock Monkey’s favorite thing. He was soooooooo glad to see that they were still being made! They look straight out of munchkin land! When I was a kid, I used to wear these wherever and whenever possible. They also make wonderful decorations.

Of course, before we left, he had to get a photo with Zapato. According to the sign, you are not supposed to go climbing around on him…oops! Oh well, viva Sock MOnkey!

8 Responses to “Sock MOnkey Visits Olvera Street”

  1. Allee Willis

    I’m pathetically behind trying to go through video footage and photos from my sold-out performances this last weekend so I’m not even taking the time to read this all the way through and will enjoy it later before I lay down to sleep tonight. But I did not want to deprive any of the other aKitschionados from SM’s continuing adventures. I know from the last photo with SM and his new sombrero-ed friend that I’m going to love it as much as I love all his other adventures. All photos fantastic!! Rock (and travel) on, Sock Monkey!

  2. windupkitty

    QoK, you get more done in a day than the president! Hope you fall asleep (as I’m sure most people do) reading it…rest until you kick that cold!

  3. shirlie williams

    I need to go shopping with SM, I love sombreros and those tin hearts, I could feel my purse twitching…I would have hyperventilated at the sight of the religious statues (eeekkkk at the price) .I am a patient shopper so SM and I would make good companions.

    I’m really enjoying his travels x

  4. Mark Milligan

    I love this Maggiedoodle.

    I just keep wondering if I would go to hell if I tried to get a better price on the Christmas Tree Jesus. Was that life sized?

    $895 is a little steep if he’s not at least 6 ft.

    I really would’ve loved to have been with you that day.

    • windupkitty

      Well, dear if you go to hell, I promise you will have company! I was practically born in the proverbial handbasket! And I agree, if you are gonna drop that much coin, he should be life sized or at least operable…why bother with the fake flame! I want a Jesus who can torch shit! I know, you SHOULD have been there with me that day! We really need to plan some field trips for the AWMOK…When I win the lottery….

    • windupkitty

      hahahah i WISH!! He was only about 3 feet tall…after consulting various friends, I learned that the flame is supposed to be the holy ghost but no one can figure out why it’s coming out of Jesus’ head..apparently that’s not how it’s supposed to happen…it’s usually reserved for saints and apostles or something…I’d buy it if it were an operable blow torch and they dropped the price by $890!