The Pink Motel by Carol Ryrie Brink (1959)
Nothing exciting ever happens to Kirby or Bitsy Mellen–that is, until their mother inherits a motel in Florida from her great-granduncle Hiram, complete with a roster of eccentric guests. New this winter are the Browns, obsessed with their suntans; Miss DeGree, obsessed with her poodles; and two mysterious men, obsessed, like Kirby, with trying to find Uncle Hiram’s rumored secret treasure.
For the 1959 original book, available used at amazon.com, click the link The Pink Motel
For the 1993 paperback version of the original, new or used from amazon.com, click Pink Motel
I planned on keeping my dreads throughout my Mexico trip, however plans change. My first night at CHE was the end, as I was unsuccessful in dodging water balloons. At first, the water rolled off my hair, but then it started coming apart. I have to say, it was well worth it. :)
I didn’t bring hair supplies, so I had to buy some at the Soriana. I bought what I believed to be my regular Pantene products, or at least the containers were the same color. I washed my hair twice and conditioned three times and still had a very hard time getting them out. I thought Steve was going to kill me. That’s the first time I ever saw that look on his face… a look of panic mixed with extreme anger.
Okay, so I lost a little bit of hair. The hairball was the size of a really large rat or a small dog. ;)
Anya decided she wanted dreads, so Steve did her’s with Gorilla Snot hair gel. They look great!!!!!
So will I do this again? Probably not. It was fun, but my hair is already somewhat nappy and the dreads become more permanent the longer I have them. What will I try next???
No pics today. I can’t believe I haven’t washed my hair in 10 days??!?! Double digits…
I’m going to keep the dreads in while in Mexico. They are nice a cool, even when they’re not pulled back. Google translator doesn’t have a word from dreads. How do you say that in Spanish? I’ll post a few pics when we return.
Yes, it’s been a while since I washed my hair. This might be the longest I’ve ever gone. 9th day? Yikes! That seems to be freaking out a lot of people. It did start to get a little itchy today. Natural oils… the best conditioner, right? ;)
I have to say I’m amazed at how these are holding up. I’ve slept in them, exercised in them and have been out in extreme heat, and still no unraveling. The longer I have them, the more real they look and feel. Even close to my head, they are still as tight as the day they were done. I even had my hair in a pony tail for several hours, and when I took them out, no marks or indentions where the hair band was. Cool.
When I told people I was doing this, I said, “Rhyanna told me about the temporary dreads, she has the real ones, but I’m getting temp ones like hers.” At first I didn’t catch on to the puzzled looks, but then a friend explained it to me. Being the more book and weirdness cultured girl that I am, and not so much in the movie and music world, I had no idea there’s a pop star named Rihanna. I guess everyone thought I was copying a pop star. A. Anyone that knows me, knows that wouldn’t happen (thus the puzzled looks). B. My friend Rhyanna is sporting some cool dreads, and Rihanna is not. C. I should probably get out more in the world.
Here’s a pic of Rhyanna with her dreads. She’s also quite the writer, her blog is dreamsunwind.wordpress.com.
Ugly pic here, but I’m at the library working and I don’t want to ask the guy across from my to take my photo. So instead I used photobooth on my Mac.
I’m still loving the dreads. They have not come undone at all, even after sleeping in them, tossing and turning without being pulled into a ponytail. Hoping to go a week with them. :)
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone touched my dreads. ;) I’m still loving them! Today I have a ponytail with my three fabric strips tied around my head. Very comfortable, not tight like I thought they might be.
Yesterday, I went to Gloria’s for lunch with a group of people from work, that was also an interview for a video position we have at the church. I ended up going back to Gloria’s for dinner with some friends. The waiter recognized me right off, even though I was sitting in the back of the restaurant. Ha! I’m not stealth Jody with this hair style. :)
Totally loving them! It’s nice to have something fun and different, without the commitment of having to cut them out when I’m tired of them. I plan to keep them for a week or so. I slept with them pulled into a loose ponytail on top of my head. I think they look better after sleeping on them for a night. They’re a little looser and look more like real dreads, just a little thinner.
Reactions from people I know…
“I have to live with them for a while before I can decide how I feel about them.”
“Oh, that just rocks.”
“I dig it. Glad to be dread-spiration. ” (from Rhyanna, my inspiration)
“Oh my gosh. I think you’re the first in the family to have this, but it so suits you. What do the boys say?” (My kids have not seen them yet)
“That is so you Jody!!! I am just surprised you were able to sit still that long to get it done!!!”
“You should make it permanent. Its a good look for you.”
“Cooollll doo. Miss Jamaica Island girl 2010 “
“Make each dread a different color…NOW we’re talking.”
“you got dreadlocks?!?!?!?!?!”
“i wanted dread locks when i was in high school…i didnt know there were temp ones i would’ve totally done that…that’s awesome “
Over lunch today, I was saying how awesome it is that I work in such a great environment where self-expression is allowed. More tomorrow. :)
Okay, they’re temporary dreads, as I have commitment issues. LOL Here they are! 46 of them, took about 1.5 hours. Steve rocks! My hair started at 4 days unwashed. Yeah, I know, some people can do that, others, not so much. I can go a week and nobody would know. I will do daily updates on the maintenance. :)