Ed Finds A Dinosaur
updated: May 17, 2007, 12:00 AM
May 17, 2007 - Ed Finds A Dinosaur
If you happen to find yourself driving on Foothill Road in Carpinteria, just East of the Polo Grounds, you will see a little t-Rex dinosaur guarding the fence to the Island View Nursery. On Monday, the dedicated staff of edhat.com just happened to be doing such a thing. We were timing the drive on THE 192 and taking pictures of all the sights along the way.
On Tuesday, we put all the pictures of our 192 journey on our website - except one. That one was of the dinosaur. We put THAT picture on the site on Wednesday as our Wednesday Where Is It (WWII) picture.
As you are probably aware, dinosaur sightings are not commonplace around here of late. Reports of them are even less frequent than reports of seeing Oprah (or Ed). But, even though the fierce predator looks like something out of Jurassic Park,
there is no cause for alarm. This dinosaur is made out of metal - a sure sign that it's not the real thing.
Yesterday, the dedicated staff went back to this segment of THE 192 to get more information on the metal creature with big pointy metal teeth. The Island Nursery it turns out, is a big operation. Not only do they sell metal dinosaurs and horses, but they also sell and rent plants, and other garden-related matter.
We found out that 35 people work at Island Nursery, but we couldn't find an Edhat subscriber among them.
The statues, it turns out, were made in Perris, California by Ricardo Arroyo Brecada who "drops them off" at the nursery to be sold - on consignment we assume. We were told that t-rex would set you back 35 c-notes, teeth included.
This YouTube video of news story about Brecada answers many of the questions that we had. And yes, the dinosaurs are of the Jurassic Park variety. In fact, the movie was the inspiration that started his journey into the land of giant metal creatures. After seeing the movie, Brecada's daughter said,
"I want one of those. A big one."
After talking to the Island Nursery staff, we were told that, as cool as they are, the dinosaurs are not big sellers at the nursery. Statues from Bali are much more in demand.
Seven subscribers knew about the metal t-rex. They were, Sage, Necrophonica, Poeticflrt, Hondacl350, Creakhead, Quercusrosa, Pazzo. Seven dog biscuit fragments were artistically arranged on a mat in the Edhat office. On command, the dog did her best t-rex imitation, savagely devouring the biscuits as if they were tasty pterodactyls. Sage's biscuit was the first pterodactyl to go. Sage wins an Edhat t-shirt.