This week, Cee of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge has given us just enough wiggle room to paint ourselves into a corner: the color red, or white, or red and white together.

Scene from Pulp Fiction | ©Lionsgate Home EntertainmentI’ll take up this Fun Foto Challenge, but to do so, I’ll have to take a drive through Hollywood first to pick up some paint.

In Quentin Tarantino’s 1995 box-office hit Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman’s Mia tells John Travolta’s Vincent an elementary school-level joke that goes something like this:

The Tomato family are walkin’ down the street — Papa Tomato, Mama Tomato and Baby Tomato.

Pulp Fiction Tomato Joke | ©Tom Palladio ImagesAfter a while, Baby Tomato starts lagging behind his parents.

Papa Tomato starts getting frustrated with his slowpoke offspring, turns around, walks back and squishes Baby Tomato saying, “Ketchup.”

And, the moral of this story? Slow walkin’ tomatoes end up in the bottle, while the faster one’s end up in the bottle, too; it’s just a matter of time.

©The Palladian Traveler

©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler Borsalino over Red&White | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him in and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway somewhere in the Veneto. You can also follow his dispatches from the cobblestone at and


      1. As I am seeing your sense of humor, I believe you would like a BAD rating. You definitely rose to the occasion – real Oscar material.

  1. My little guys couldn’t hurt a flea. They went cooperatively into the boiling water, were peeled then turned into a delicious tomato sauce that covered my plate of pasta that night. Glad you enjoyed by “stock” shots.

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