Sunday, November 20, 2005

Krishna, toss me a dog!

It's always kind of special when someone throws something at or towards you... (unless, of course, it's a brick, a skillet, or a heavy water heater...).

No, but, REALLY, you have to admit that there IS some invasive sense of irrational soul-assessment and subconscious ego-transformation that accompanies the arch of an odd projectile aimed in your direction...

In my case today, it was a hotdog. Well... a hotdog wrapped in aluminum foil to be exact..., and a cascade of plastic-bead necklaces, tootsy rolls, chewing gum, and a fountain of flyers, fun and music...

Yes, I was attending the annual Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena: the lively and fun Rose-Bowl-Parade-parodying spectical of the year! The Spoof parade to beat all others!

Among my favorite marchers were:

(!)The Men of Leisure: Synchronized Nap Team (they periodically lied down in unison on the concrete and napped, and engaged in synchronized ass-scratching mid-march)

(!)The Howdy Krishna (wearing full Krishna garb, he cutely removed his cowboy hat and bowed "howdy" to everyone he passed)

(!)The Habachi Crew (they grilled and bazooka-tossed hot dogs and potatoes while dancing and wearing goofily magnificent costumes and charcoal bags on their heads)

(!)The Drop-the-ball-withGeorge Troupe (who featured a masked Dubya repeatedly dropping a beach ball, as individuals carrying signs bearing Bush failures tossed bouncy balls to the crowd)

(!)The friendly Chia People (who marched with the local chapter of the Green Party, claiming "Chia people make their own oxygen")

and

(!)The Body Piercers (who featured two guys swinging from their backs, held up by a few shoulder-blade skin piercings)

There were, of course, many other noteworthy political groups present (all situationally-biassed liberals, as well), in addition to the numerous red-hat chapters, cute dog acts, awesome marching bands and the "Invisible marching drill team"...

But...
overall, I give it a thumb and fingers up, and request that more odd objects be thrown at me at the earliest and most promptly convenient time!

4 comments:

frustratedwriter said...

Now that is a parade I could get into! I actually would've enjoyed marching in it. Thinking something along the line of a clown on a mini-bike swatting team, chasing down frantic clowns with an oversized flyswatter. Could be fun.

Have I told you how much I missed your blog? I am so happy you are back!

The Ingrown Hare said...

I'm glad you changed your location. I started thinking about all those poor souls who might be misled by thinking you're still in Japon. While it may be bad for the blog's appeal (not that you care), I think you have 'morally' righted yourself in the eyes of your loyal friends and readers. Hip hip hooray! Three cheers for the morally obliged writer. Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

-c said...

frustrated- Now you're thinking! You would have fit in perfectly in this parade! I'll join you if I can be a clown on a pogo stick with a tennis racket ;)

ingrown hare- yeah, I meant to change it a long time ago. I'm just lazy and, being currently homeless, wasn't sure what to put as my location... Am thinking about San Fran, Oregon or Costa Rica, but.. any ideas?

senor puppet said...

wow, i forgot all about that crazy parade! now i really be missing cali! i went to it as a teenager last time. it was a grand education for a young boy! somebody has gotta carry that flag. now if they could only get bob eubanks and lee maryweather to mc the show...