Ridgecrest, Ca- is basically a small military town. Quaint, Nice, actually pretty diverse because of the military. I felt no tension at all and never felt like an outsider. However with any town there were several cultural shock observations that I make note of in thise light hearted entry...
THE BEST LOGO EVER- The Galloping Rib Cage was basically a barbecue booth with the classic Drum Smokers/Barbecue. Wow! what can you say this logo was both attractive, disgusting, and funny. But it did grab my attention and I came incredibly close to ordering a sandwich. close...
Destruction Derby- This was by far the biggest draw. On Sunday there was a line that went accross the fairgrounds. Phantom of the Opera or Destruction Derby. Hmmmm? The reality is that if you were there, you would want to go. I didnt because I was doing a show at the same time. Ive only seen them in movies, I thought it was an urban myth much like human spontaneous combustion.
Are there no tailors in small towns? It's called a Hem apparently even though this is a military town and military personel have to adhere to strict uniform codes. It seems that casual wear takes on a rather extreme here as I saw a lot of jean dragging and sagging. This is not a style people it's a mistake. Here is the one tailor I found online. (This was not everyone by the way. They were many up to date casual wearers as well, Id say about 60/40.)
Towne Center 1-Hour Cleaners
820 N China Lake Blvd # A
Ridgecrest, CA, 93555
Fast Food Cologne- I found this at a Truckstop on the outskirts of Ridgcrest,CA. Click to enlarge to see the details. You deposit your .25 cents / quarter and then you can choose via dial a scent. Notice the descriptive copy, "Our exquisite replica of POLO Spray" Once you choose your toilet water,( I was in the Mens Bathroom, can you smell the irony.) You then use the manual Pump to dispense the exquisite replica scent.
This of course begs the question, Why would I want cologne when I'm driving alone and hauling a semi-truck full of tires bound for San Fransico. Hmmm. There is something about these truckers and their routes that is yet undiscovered.