Monday, May 18, 2015

I'm doing this instead

I was actually scheduled to spend Saturday marching in a parade while wearing a giant blue owl costume.

The costume has a battery-operated fan in the head, for ventilation. It also comes with a vest full of ice packs and a set of removable wings. You wear big yellow feet, and view your surroundings through a mesh hole in the beak. You wave your wings, blindly hug children you can't really see, and mentally sing I've Got the Power so you can get the dance moves right.
It usually rains.
Your place in the parade lineup is somewhere behind the horses.
All that sounded like fun, and I was ready to go until a week ago when Ethel called and said, "Can you come with me to Martha's Vineyard?"
 
Umm, let me think...
 
 

Yes. Yes, I can.

29 comments:

  1. I am so envious. Mine is a Nantucket love, so I understand the Vineyard's calling. How lucky!

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  2. I would be right where you are to given the chance. Have fun.
    Meredith

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  3. I would make the same choice. It looks lovely there. Enjoy!

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  4. No one could blame you, for not making the right decision.
    Let me think . . . would I turn down a chance to go to Maratha's Vineyard?
    Absolutely Not!!!

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  5. I too would be right there with you given the opportunity.

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  6. You definitely made the right decision!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. Well that was certainly a tough decision to make! I think you made the right choice.

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  8. Excellent choice! There will always be other owls :)

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  9. Wow, it looks so beautiful! Now I understand the appeal of Martha's Vineyard-I'm British so I've always been a bit baffled when it was mentioned in novels or articles. Such pretty houses.

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  10. Good choice. I've been to the Vineyard, used to live on the Cape. People there, eh not too friendly, but it beats walking behind a horse ANY day of the week.

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    1. Hmm, everybody we talked to was very friendly. I've had no practice with the Cape, but Martha's Vineyard was loaded with nice folks.

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  11. Behind the horses - not a good spot :)

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  12. Lucky you!! I spent 4 days on Nantucket and fell in love with it. Our ancestor was one of the guys who bought it from the Indians! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. And you hesitated how long before saying Yes?

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  14. Kristen, I'd say Ethel is a friend indeed! Your Vineyard photographs certainly capture its marvelous moods.

    If you are experiencing any sort of parade withdrawal symptoms, you might get a smile from the post I've just done about last Saturday's NYC Dance Parade. No horses involved. xo

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  15. I am sure there were scads of people happy to take over your owl, uh, duties.
    First time commenter here but have been a lurker for a while. Like your humor and your penchant for getting into bizarre-o predicaments. Kinda like me. Shall I tell you about the two gallons of water that poured down into the middle of the bed last night? At midnight.
    :) maureen and josephina ballerina (the cat)
    www.josephinaballerina.wordpress.com

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  16. Gorgeous photos! Our Silverdale Rotary Duck Race mascot Lucky sounds similar to the owl (minus wings) with ice packs and internal fan. Orange tights, duck feet. I'd rather be in Martha's Vineyard, too!

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    1. Do you (or better yet, Uncle Brian) wear the Lucky suit? I want the answer to be yes SO bad. Xoxo

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  17. Oh my! I can only imagine how terribly difficult that choice was to make! I need a friend like Ethel. Your photos are so pretty and make me want to head to the beach.
    xoxoxox

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  18. Oh yeah! Toes in the sand and all those cute houses, surf and salty air....
    Definitely a wise (owl) choice.

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  19. Definitely the right choice. :)

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  20. Abso-bloody-lutely the right choice!! Jo x

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  21. There was no contest really. was there. Hope you're having the best time :)

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  22. Sounds like a no-brainer - hope you had a great break

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  23. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

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