I was video-chatting with A (formerly known as ‘My Man in the U.K.) yesterday and he said, “What is that you’re wearing?” I adjusted the web cam so that he could see the new-to-me psychedelic Custo Barcelona t-shirt (worn with a pair of bright orange pants) that I had bought recently at the thrift store. He said that every time he talks to me (which is most days), I am wearing something he has never seen before and that I am like Mr. Benn.
Who is Mr. Benn?
He was a gentleman who starred in an British children’s animated television program in the early 1970s. Each episode he leaves his house at 52 Festive Road (I want to live on Festive Road!) and pays a visit to the magic fancy-dress costume shop. There he is assisted by a bespectacled, fez-wearing shopkeeper. Mr. Benn chooses a costume to take to the fitting room to try on. Once on, he passes through a door and into an adventure in a different time and place. Once he was a spaceman visiting different planets, another time he was a knight helping a dragon, and so on. Each time the shopkeeper appears at the end of his adventure and leads him back to the shop. And each time Mr. Benn comes home with a small souvenir in his pocket.
So, A thinks that the local thrift store is like the magic shop where I find a different costume every day. Now, there are some odd characters working and shopping there, but I haven’t seen any in a fez (yet). And my adventures are pretty limited to going to the post office or Whole Foods. Although today was somewhat more exciting in that I went to the post office and Trader Joe’s. But, maybe one day I will find an outfit that does lead to a wonderful adventure.
Here's the first episode:
I like this one too: