Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen, meet "Mr. Tomatohead," the silent sentinel who stands guard over Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan. Tommy -- as his friends call him -- is the first thing most visitors see when they clear customs in Taipei and, take it from me, you could hardly ask for a more Enigmatic Welcoming Committee. He sits in the arrivals area, quietly vegetating while passersby stare in disbelief. "Why a tomato?," I wondered as I rushed by to catch a cab, "Who in their right mind would disguise himself as a Beefsteak Tomato?!?" I would have stopped to ask a few questions but -- how can I put this delicately? -- Tommy was a bit ripe ...!


Beth said...

I'm intrigued. What is Mr. Tomatohead's story? What has motivated him to do such a strange thing? The curiosity is killing me!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

That is even worse than the Burger King man.

Indigo said...

I don't know what's stranger the fact he was ripe or a Beefsteak Tomatoe head. Maybe the acidity of the tomatoe went to his head? (Hugs)Indigo

garnett109 said...

Marty, It is unhealthy to be sniffing the produce!

LLake said...

You know the tomato hater I am, Marty. Had I seen that monstrosity when I exited the plane, I would have turned around and gotten right back onto it. It would be painfully obvious to me that Taipei had nothing of interest to me. (I kid, but you know how I am about those wicked, wicked things!)

Lynne said...

Is that even a real person?? Weird!

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping they were shooting a spaghetti sauce commercial.

Myra said...

Is he welcoming? Doesn't appear to be...looks kinda stand-offish...even the kid next to him looks frightened.

Mark and Elayne said...

A gaint tomato! What a carvas. Major markers made ready....

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