Back in college I spent some of my now-fondly-remembered time, and a good deal of brainpower too, trying to figure out just where that treasure was buried or who was really a well-disguised alien. Or, in other, more mundane, words playing live action role playing games. (And just so I am not left feeling
So last weekend? It was a little high on weirdshit.
I am not even sure that the monkey here is the strangest creature on the boardwalk. Though I have to admit to thinking that they have a rather strange sense of what it means for a shop to be open.
I also have to admit a failure of imagination in figuring out why there is a go-kart place under a ship.
Or a ship over a go kart place. Or why the latter (both?) have a one-eyed fisherman and his oddly out of proportion surroundings on the side.
Also, if you are tired and would like to rest a bit apparently you are out of luck unless you are curly. Or a fry.
Their pirates (and parrots) are larger than life.
And make interesting choices in weaponry.
Their mannequins, on the other hand, are freakishly life-like.
They also inhibit abandoned shops and make one wonder what they do when no-one is watching.
And if all of this is making you want a good strong drink, may I suggest a few Old Country-style chasers? And yes, apparently you are meant to put these on your tree.
I attribute the fact that it took me this long to write about the weekend mostly to a thoroughly uncharacteristic inability to find words to describe what it was like. I've met bloggers before. Mostly babylost bloggers. A time or two even in small groups. But there were ten of us there (Angie, the creative force behind the whole thing, Lani, Tash, Tracy, m, Sarah, Molly, and Laura, plus Niobe and me), and somehow I didn't have a good way to explain how naturally the conversation flowed from sharing recipes to the many facets of the life after, or how we laughed until we couldn't breathe (or was that just me?) at each other's black humor. Reflecting back, it seemed impossible to have packed this much into the paltry 37 hours. I didn't have words for any of it.
And then Tash wrote about the weekend, and suddenly I had it. Pink elephants. A convention of them. Yup, that's it.
Which, if you think about it, makes perfect sense. Where else should we hold a convention of florescent pink elephants if not among the above-pictured weirdshit? Why, they fit right in. As did we, is all I am trying to say.
Our freak flag. Yes, it's tattered. Got a problem with that?