As many of you know, I’m
a fan of obsessed with “Mad Men”. I love everything about it – the story lines, the characters and most of all, the art direction. It is all magnificent, and confirms for me that I was truly born in the wrong time.
But the episode that sent me over the moon was “The Jet Set”. The scenes in Palm Springs are, for me, some of the most perfectly crafted ever on television. And it cemented my determination to get there someday.
Fast forward four years. I am booked for Camp Mighty.
In Palm Springs.
This was my chance and I was hell bent on making it happen.
I put a shout out to my Camp Mighty team mates, to see if anyone was interested in doing a tour of mid-century modern architecture. And the lovely Kari (herself a mid-century maven) not only stepped up, she found a guided tour that was perfectly timed to take place before Camp began.
Robert Imber is a walking encyclopedia of facts and trivia about the town, its famous inhabitants and – best of all – the architecture. He told us about the year-round residents that dress in vintage clothing and even drive cars from that era. And it really did feel like we had stepped back in time.
We covered only a fraction of everything there was to see but it was more than enough for me. It was all a bit surreal, and I was in heaven.
By the end of the day I was longing for cigarette pants and a turban. And was giving serious thought to changing my name to Slim.
Life list #18 – check!
If you EVER are lucky enough to find yourself in Palm Springs, I can’t recommend this tour– and tour guide – highly enough.
Oh – and while you’re there, please stop by “our” house:
Kari and I will be waiting for you……….with rumaki and martinis, of course.
Do you have a fantasy destination? If you got there, was it all you expected it to be? And do you ever wish you lived in a different period of time?