Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Local Flavor

I don't know that much about the state of Idaho.

I only traveled there once for my pal Hal's wedding.

When my friend Deana and I arrived at the airport rent-a-car place we were really hungry.

So we asked the rent-a-car staff if they could recommend a restaurant where we could enjoy some of the local Boise flavor.


They scratched their heads.

They tilted their heads to one side and then the other.

They did some serious thinking.


(Who knew it was a DIFFICULT question?)

Finally, one of the staff members brightened, "I know!" he shouted, "You could try Taco Bell!!"

[blink. blink.]

Friends, I am serious as the day is long. That is what the man said.

I thanked him and moved on. I mean, is it me or are you also fairly certain that Nachos Bell Grande most likely did not originate in Boise, Idaho?

Anyway.

My friend Deana and I drove up to Stanley, Idaho at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountain Range (completely by-passing the local flavor offered at Taco Bell.)

Upon arrival, one of the first things I did was purchase a hat.

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you may remember my first blog profile picture which was taken in my Idaho chapeau.


Jessica in Stanley
"I totally BELONG here. Really."

The Sawtooth Mountains are beautiful and the wedding was one of those amazing weekend long events.

So despite the whole Taco Bell thing, I left with an overall feeling of fondness for Idaho.

Jump to yesterday and me at the thrift store. (Again.)

Monday is EVERYTHING HALF OFF DAY and I loves me some bargains.

(
Remember the Seven brand jeans for $3.50?)

As cheap as I am, when I came across this t-shirt... I simply had to have it... and I think you can see why:


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In all it's polyester glory, I felt this shirt would provide a great deal of personal entertainment and all for the low, low price of one American dollar.

I had to pay FIVE WHOLE DOLLARS for this Ho shirt.

Sadly, not every Ho shirt has a silver lining.

I was showing all my thrifting achievements to K while The Mayor and Rooster climbed all over him.

Revealing my bounty in front of the short people was a mistake.

What item did The Mayor insist on wearing to our friends house for dinner?

What shirt did he require in order to go to bed?

Oh, yes.

He da ho now.

I am totally screwed.


97 comments:

100 Words said...

Ho-hum indeed ...

Little Monkies said...

When I first read the shirt, I thought it said "Idaho? Udon'tknow". I'm from Oklahoma, maybe we are known for our inability to read... ;)

Only you could pull off a sassy shirt like that, hot mama.

SciFi Dad said...

I know there's a Dana joke in there somewhere, if I could only find it...

Slick said...

I figured there'd be all kinds of places to eat with a big freakin' potato outside on their welcoming sign.

Cool shirt!

Mona said...

I. Love. That. Shirt.

Matt Bell said...

Oh how I miss that thrift store. I must come over again soon and buy some of your american demin jeans to bring back to the UK.
Value Village is my Nirvana.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, The Mayor...another scandal in the making.

Mamma said...

Girl! You might just be blessed with the most hysterical life there is!

Love the shirt! Love the picture of you in the shirt! And LOVE that the Mayor has commandeered the shirt. You go boy!!

Lisa said...

What an awesome shirt!

Taco Bell? I find that hysterical. Although if they put one in our small town, I could totally see people recommending that, instead of chicken wings and beef on wecks.

Jill said...

I gotta have that shirt! Too funny.

Mrs. Chicken said...

I'll give you $20 for that shirt. Seriously.

Plain Jane Mom said...

I love The Mayor. He cracks me up on a regular basis!

Sayre said...

Recommending a restaurant around here is easy... size up the asker and if they have character and balls, send 'em to a funky little fish shack that serves beer, fries, coleslaw and smoked mullet or fried grouper. If they've got something rigid up their backside - send 'em downtown.

Love the shirt - and the Mayor?

Hedaho!

Terri said...

You're so cute....

Rachel said...

Thanks for the laugh. :)

karrie said...

You da ho!

Love it!

Augs Casa said...

I am totally digging that hat. I never had the pleasure of visiting Idaho, but I really would like to visit. As for the request for local food, go figure, Taco bell...ewwwww

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

That is a hilarious account! And boy do you look hot in that shirt! Hmmm, can we see a photo with the kid in that shirt too? LOL Just over the top that he was attracted to it!

Kevin Charnas said...

I love the shirt.
I want the shirt.
and your boobs look great in it.

slouching mom said...

Umm, I'm not addressing the boobs issue, because kevin beat me to it.

So, so funny! Taco Bell! (With a small dose of sad, too.)

The Mayor is a riot. The world had better watch out for that one.

Mad Hatter said...

There's a great Dar Williams song about Idaho. It's lovely in a sincere and decidedly non-Ho sorta way.

Robin said...

Nice. VERY nice.

My MoMtra said...

So fun...Great shot of you. I wish I could wear a hat. I just look like I'm sick when I do. Great shirt too.

DD said...

Oh, no you dint!

(three snaps in a z formation)

MamaLee said...

perfect shirt for you, attitude girl...

cinnamon gurl said...

OMG, I LOVE that tshirt! Great find! too bad you lost it so quickly... :(

TSM-terrifically superiorily mediocre said...

No queres Taco Bell? Por Que?

To spare his District Manager feelings, I shall NOT allow my husband to see this post. He works so HARD on trying to live down all that we, as a consumer public, think (and say!) about Taco Bell.

Truth be told, it's never my first choice, either, but hey, it's free!

How's THAT for a bargain?

Abbynormal said...

hawhawh I love it. I haven't used that phrase for a while. Man you shoula gotten some po-tates while you was up in those parts. Oh dear. It's starting. The Utah/Idaho mormon slang. Watch yourself and your family.

Natalie said...

Dude, I totally like Taco Bell. That shirt is even better though.

Natalie said...

mad hatter- I think that song may be about Iowa?

Kendra said...

I am still laughing! OMG, I want that shirt. Wear it proudly, if The Mayor will give it back.

melissa b. said...

Brett likes to sleep in my "This is What a Feminist Looks Like Shirt" and he's almost eleven.

He was always worn my shirts to bed, regardless if they say something or if they are more, ahem, clubby wear with a low cut. Can't explain, man.

By the way, I went to Idaho once (Pocatello) and that place was GORGEOUS.

Kim said...

love, love, LOVE that shirt!!!

now I want one...

mamatulip said...

Oh, that is RICH.

jen said...

hardly screwed. proud maybe.

i mean, who's the ho, anyways...

kfk said...

THAT is a GREAT thrift store find. My husband would have come home with that for me had he found it on the rack.

Blog Antagonist said...

Love the shirt!!! I have a friend who lives in Boise. Wonder if she could find me one?

Her opinion of Idaho is pretty much the same as yours. Not a place rampant with diversity.

Emily said...

That shirt is fantastic. I am so going to the thrift store on my lunch break and finding something equally offensive for my kid to wear!

Mrs. Chicky said...

Methinks you're going to have to hold your own blog auction for the right to wear that shirt.

Babygirl said...

Your blogs make my day go better. Great post!

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Who you callin' a ho...?

Ha!

Love that shirt.

I have a 'Ho' button that says: "Ho Ho Ho my Ass" I wear it every christmas! It is my favorite for many reasons...
It is glittery, it says Ho and it references the buttock once again...who could ask for anything more...

Mimi said...

But the real question is this: is the Mayor now distracted from sausage-butts? And is the tradeoff worth it? A real dilemma ....

Anonymous said...

We went to germany a few years ago and the first place my sister in law took us to eat was Taco Bell. We had just flown there from our home in NEW MEXICO!!! Just what I wanted in Germany, a taco! ugh.

mel said...

That shirt is awesome. Right out of high school I worked at a thrift store. I got the best stuff.
The Husband had to do some work in Idaho once. It was weeks of I da ho...You da pimp jokes.

www.freakparade.wordpress.com

carrie said...

That shirt is most likely Idaho's #2 export...right after potatoes, of course!

Carrie

Lotta said...

I love it!! I love how you have pictures in your blog to illustrate your stories. Plus you have nice knockers in that shirt. Boom chicka bow bow!

Maybe I can wear my Wisconsin Dairy Air shirt when we meet?

gingajoy said...

I totally remember that original pic--I remember it gave me the impression that you were totally serene and new agey (sorry!)

Then I started reading your blog.

I say your NEW profile pic has to be the Ho one. Definitely.

Catizhere said...

What a GREAT shirt!!

I have one that reads "Bitch on Wheels"

Mel said...

Lordy! I almost laughed aloud at work!
ROFLMAO!
Get the Mayor a "Vote for Pedro" shirt (get it? Napoleon Dynamite - filmed in Idaho?) and trade him for your awesome Udaho shirt.
And then give it to ME! I love it!

ewe are here said...

heh heh
Major score!

Dysd. Housewife said...

I TOTALLY agree with Gingajoy ~ That should be your new profile pic. fabulous!

Domestic Chicky said...

Too.Stinkin.Funny.

Finished Last said...

That shirt is right up there with the "Gettin' lucky in Kentucky" shirt.

Nikki said...

I LOVE THAT SHIRT!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Groovy Lady said...

Looking at those two pictures are like looking at day and night

Same day (lady).. just a look at look at the different parts of it.

And no that is not a veiled reference to "your girls". :D

christel said...

Love it! Am most impressed by your thrift store $5 find (bowing)... saw that shirt at Urban Outfitters and for a mere $40 it could have been mine. Briefly considered it for DH - hedaho & he woulda worn it, too.

Kristin said...

Seriously? You kill me every time. Every damn time.

I SO covet your shirt.

squire said...

Love it, Love it.

Gingers Mom said...

Great shirt. You are one silly, hot mama!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

That's not a good way to teach him to win friends and influence people!

I want one of those shirts!

Jenny said...

You should have gone to Taco Bell. Maybe they offered a special potato encharito.

Cece said...

LMAO You have NO fricken idea just HOW funny this post is to me! One of my best friends lives in IDAHO & we always call her a Ho! LOL

Dig the shirt, dude. ;-)

Chaos Control said...

Ho-larious! This ho wants one too!

FishyGirl said...

Shut. Up. That was too funny! I had a fellow contractor once who kept trying to convince me that Idaho was grand and lovely and that I should move there. Never could figure out what his motivation was - if it was a signing bonus for coming to work for his company, or if it was an interest in me....

On a previous note, today my son, who is 5, ran up behind me, grabbed my posterior, and said "What is this in your butt? Why, it's a flower!" and held up the fake flower he was holding. Maybe he's been taking lessons from the mayor?

Aliki2006 said...

I *never* find shirts like that when I go thrifting...must be one of the pitfalls of living in the South.

Velma said...

Oh man - how come I never score anything awesome like that at the thrift stores around here? In the land of the retired, you get no awesome novelty t-shirts, only used (!) shower seats that the infirm no longer (!) need.

flutter said...

Nope, you still da ho. Oh wait, I da ho?

I am all confused. Everyone da ho!

hey ho!

kris said...

I just laughed so loudly that I startled both cats into movement. Now you KNOW that's a feat.

That was stellar.

Paige said...

Girl, I wanna go thrifting with you. That sounds like a good time.

chilihead said...

ROFLMAO. THAT is hilarious. I'd take that shirt OR the other one. Too funny. In fact, I'll give ya $10 bucks for the Ho Ho Ho shirt right now. And you won't even have to do any thing unladylike for that money except send me the shirt. :D

carmachu said...

Some days, I'm just waiting for CPS to show up at your door...

Jennifer said...

I must get a shirt like that!

You have one funny kid. Thanks, I needed the laugh.

King Isepik said...

How to be a Ho, by Velvet Jones was one of my favorite books. :) Have you considered a new profession or something? Nice shirt. :)

I won't comment about how nice the contents of the shirt look because the Queen might have something not so happy to say about it.

notfearingchange said...

LMAO - Again...oh my god...I love the mayor....

And you look fantastic in the photos!

Dirty Birdie said...

Haa ha ha ha ha.... Taco Bell....

Hey...did you just call me a Ho?

BamaGirl said...

I want one, and I've never even been to Idaho--probably couldn't find it on a map either!

Domestic Slackstress said...

How dare you call me a ho like that? I saw the same slogan, can you even call it a slogan, a few years ago in my 'hood. I cracked up so hard, even had to ask the ho who wore it where she got it. Nice score.

creative-type dad said...

That is the COOLEST shirt ever!

I'm totally visiting Idaho now.

sweatpantsmom said...

Hey - I'll trade you a Chalupa and a Taco Bel Grande for that T-shirt...

Amber said...

I adore the Sawtooths. I was sent out there on assignment once and backpacked into a yurt. Talk about an amazing trip.

Though I feel ripped off I didn't know about those cool T-shirts...

The Sour Kraut said...

The shirt is hilarious.

I love that photo of you in the hat. I especially liked the sepia-tone you used in your original photo.

You're one cool chick.

Super B's Mom said...

That shirt kicks butt.
You are hilarious.

Flawed & Disorderly said...

I read that first part that you and Dana went to Idaho and got hungry. I was grossed out.

Jennifer said...

I am visiting you from Chicken and Cheese, and just had to say that might possibly be the greatest t-shirt I have seen in my entire life. Ever.

PunditMom said...

I want to go shopping with you! :)

megachick said...

don't get me wrong, i love taco bell, but that's local flavor?? i thought idaho was pretty much all about the white (potatoes, that is).

Mrs. Flinger said...

LOL! Dude. That shirt is AWESOME. (And freakish, but I JUST ended a post with "I'm totally screwed" too. Talking about MY child. Is it that ALL parents are totally screwed or just us?)

Coney & Friends said...

Did you know Idaho doesn't use the standard portable potty system?

amyerj said...

Total hottie!

ash said...

I have a few shirts from teetastic (http://www.cafepress.com/teetastic/299657)

they do slogans similar to that,
and are definitely sassy.

bobbarama said...

OK, I've come back here FOUR times just to look at that shirt. It cracks me up every time. That is soooooooo funny!!

Button Gwinnett said...

Love that t-shirt!

scribbit said...

That's terrific--love the shirt. Not so big on Idaho but I have enough family there we seem to make our way around there every couple years.

No Cool Story said...

He da ho.
He he he.
:D

Tom said...

I've often wonder what the people who named Idaho (that lovely state where I grew up and my parents live) were thinking when they put "ho" in the name. They probably weren't thinking that years and years later "ho" would become slang for a loose woman and that having a state name with said slang in it was a piss poor idea.

My biggest complaint against the namers of Idaho? Lack of foresight.

Mimi Lenox said...

Oh my gosh. Too funny. You are a brave soul.

Susie said...

I HAVE THAT SHIRT! It was a gift from a friend Christmas 2006. And it's not polyester, it's a very thin cotton.

I'm a little upset to know there's another one out there now...