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Kimberly’s Roomf

March 20, 2011

Not unusual

Visiting Riverside landmark, Tio’s Tacos, I’m sure to see something I’ve never seen before. Well-known as a destination for outsider art tomfoolery (with a side of refried beans and a pineapple water), it’s a delightful mess. After this morning’s coffee run I made a quick run through Tio’s, and was hardly shocked by how much the roof of Kimberly’s Room had grown …

Kim's playhouse

Kimberly’s room is a little girl’s playhouse, that is, like everything else at Tio’s, completely festooned with all manner of decoration, including in this case: a big wheel; a distressed Betty Boop cutout; a baleful kitty; a slow, kids at play advisory; a Winnie-the-Pooh folding chair; a welcome sign; a nerf hammer; various stuffed animals and dolls; and my faves, two concrete figurines of Mexican kid show TV characters, Chespirito and El Chavo del 8, life-sized and hand-less. And that’s the outside. The inside is an equally mescaline-induced vision of what a little girl’s room would be like, although at Tio’s it seems to make sense. So, it’s only natural that Kim’s room’s roof would be a riot of succulents with schwarzkopf aeoniums squiggling upward like at Pee-Wee’s place, and huge aeonium rosettes peeking over like giant cartoon posies … I don’t know if a little girl named Kimberly ever rode that big wheel or slept in the bed inside her succulent-topped casita; I’m inclined to believe the sign on the door is a found object like so many others at Tio’s … just another piece that triggered an uncontrolled impulse to create an entire world around it.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2011 5:46 pm

    WOW…if we lived in a warmer drier climate I would be outside recreating this roof right now.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 20, 2011 6:05 pm

      Right … I live in that climate and am wondering why I haven’t done this myself yet! It looks great …

  2. March 26, 2011 8:43 pm

    Ooh, oh… I was so close to your Rancho!!!

    Just drove back from Joshua Tree / Anza-Borrego / Salton Sea and saw a sign for ‘Rubidoux’ –

    Thought I must be near your garden.

    Love Tio’s Tacos style. And right about now I would also love a couple tacos and a margarita.

    xo Alice

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 26, 2011 9:51 pm

      Rubidoux is perilously close to the Rancho, alright! … sounds like you had a fun trip…

  3. mattisalomaki permalink
    April 19, 2011 2:13 am

    Another fab find. I must find Kimberly and ask if the place is for rent. I could see kicking it there for a while. Matti

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 19, 2011 3:30 am

      Tios Tacos is the place that keeps on giving…. always something to discover there!

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