Yesterday, I stopped by a cute thrift store here in Fresno called Vintage Curiosities. I was going to pick up a couple of vintage buttons, that's all, but then I spotted PeeWee on a shelf behind the shopowner. I asked how much he was and he said, "$10 bucks." For me, $10 bucks is nothing when it comes to something that connects me with my childhood. I scooped PeeWee right up and was on my way.
I don't know if you've ever seen these dolls or not, but they have a string in the back where you can pull it to say things. Well, mine is broken and only plays a loud screeching sound. That's why he was so cheap. The shopowner said if he worked, that he would have sold it for $25. It's ok, just the idea of having Pee Wee sitting on my shelf makes me giddy. I can always watch old Youtube clips if I need to hear his laugh.
In fact, his Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special is on Youtube! If you want a little holiday nostalgia, I suggest you check it out.
More than anything, what I have always taken away from Pee-wee is to not to take yourself too seriously! I'm from the school of thought that you should always make some time to let loose and be silly. Thanks Pee Wee for helping instill this value in me!