Monday, December 13, 2010

Flamingo - A Florida Parasite

You may not believe this but I am not a big fan of the yard flamingo.  I never saw them when I was a child. My formative yard art spotting skills were honed from the culture shock of moving to rural North Carolina from Oregon. (Yes, that is right, I am a FAKE southerner. I moved here at the age of 10) My blood does not run stars and bars. I am a lifetime Southern observer, and what I enjoy observing the most is yard art.

My heart belongs to back country kitsch: the donkey, the dutch people and of course the anointed seahorse birdbath. But I very much appreciate how much others love the pink flamingo, especially Floridians and eventer79

Diane submits from her vacation in Florida

Flamingo with a growth spurt
The rare turtle flamingo

Don't watch the orgy son
woo hoo Nascar birds - um go...cars
 A whirly minus one gig
Score

  • Flamingo on extra tall stick: 1 point
  • Tiny windmill: 1 point
  • Flower light (pretty but functional): 0 points
  • 16 more various and assundry shaped and sized pink birds: 16 points
  • 3 insects on a stick: 3 points
  • 3 wind chimes: 3 points
  • Flying duck (literally): 1 point
  • Pierced heart: 1 point ( I would call "holiday" but they seem to have a pink theme going here)
  • 2 suns and a moon: 3 points
  • Hilly billy ball on a fancy stand: 2 points
  • Dragonfly: 1 point
  • A pig and fish because well, just because: 2 points
  • Nascar flag (haven't a clue, not a fan... some racing guy): 0 points
  • Flamingo Whirligig very high to catch the sea air (I made that up): 1 point
Subtotal: 35 points

Creativity Bonus

For a flamingo infestation (I think you can get stuff for that at the drug store): 2 points


Total: 37 points

Oh, but I like the glowy ones, they are magical:

Hey little pink dudes, are you lost?

22 comments:

  1. I like finding the flamingos, especially flocks of them. Not too many up north though. I have some to send in too.

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  2. Flamingos are the unicorns of yard art. Unless of course the yard has unicorn yard art in it too, then it's just a flamingo.

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  3. Laura, assigning a flamingo the same status as a unicorn is a pretty bold move. Unicorns are my favorest animal.

    But as far as I know, they don't glow in the dark, so I will give you that.

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  4. Not a fan of flamingos!!! I can't believe my ears. I think my all time favourite post here was the ginormous flock of plastic flamingos in some field. Now I'll have to go looking for that post.....

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  5. Poor one-gigged flamingo, so lopsided that he permanently leans to starboard. Makes me sad.

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  6. In my family we call them 'Flingo-flingos', because WAAAAAY back in the late 50's, when I was a wee sprite, a neighbor in New Jersey had them in his yard, and I couldn't say 'Flamingo'. Every day, my grandfather and I would walk up to the corner to see the Flingo-flingos in Mr. Zagotti's front yard. They'll always be Flingo-flingos to me.

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  7. Marguerite, I know that I am shocking a some of you but you will notice that I do not have a special bonus for the pink bird. I mean I like them as yard art but I don't have the love.

    El Gaucho, I am sad too and some of it is because you made me look up starboard and I still don't get it. I have directional impairments. I have to make the "L" with my hand.

    MorningGlory, YES. We have a new phrase that will become part of The Yard Art Game lingo: Flingo-flingo. I love it. I will put it with Hill Billy Balls and use it as needed.

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  8. As a 5+ generation southerner I think I'll give you your honorary creds for becoming such a connoisseur of yard art. Even if you don't like flamingos. That's just weird. ;)

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  9. Eliza, thank you for the honorary cred. I appreciate that I am weird in my likes and dislikes of certain yard art favorites. But that is what makes it art!

    Also I cannot resist shiny, glowing or sparkling things.

    And unicorns.

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  10. So, eventer79...will we get an update on the glow in the dark winning flamingo before year's end? Or are you saving up for next year?

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  11. The last house, with all the Christmas lights, just wouldn't be complete without the glowing flamingos! However, though I truly think a living flamingo is one of God's great artistic creations, I cringe at most of man's pitiful imitations. I will entertain concrete bunnies, but no flamingos for me!

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  12. I hope Diane took a flingo-flingo home to put in her own yard for Henry's enjoyment!

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  13. I am not a Flamingo fan either, What I want is the donkey with a cart. Have not found one yet!!

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  14. I just about fell off my chair when I read the caption to the last photo (Christmas lights & glowing flamingos)!... YOU sure can turn a phrase!!

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  15. yeah, eventer79 you are pretty quiet about the glowy flamingo.

    Yeah, debsgarden... you are on my side.

    MomL, if Diane picked up a flingo-flingo, I'm sure we will see a picture of it pretty soon.

    Weekend Cowgirl, the donkey with a flower cart rocks!

    Shyrlene, thanks and stay in your chair.

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  16. i am in love with "flingo-flingo"

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  17. Flingo-flingo can stay at Flaming Jo's Guest-house ;>)

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  18. When checking back to see your response to my comment, I realized I did not pick your post. I always try to pick when I comment. It gets and keeps the post fresh to the Blotanical list. Sorry. I just picked you now. Hope it stays up another day or two.

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  19. Diane, I am too!

    Elephant Eye, Flingo-flingos can stay anywhere they want. I'll go check out the guest house.

    GWGT, oh I am so sorry, how did I miss you. Especially with the pro-offered flamingo submissions. I agree with you, if you are going to go Flamingo then you should go all out flock. OMG, don't apologize for not picking me. This is just fun and games.

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  20. Boy I get a kick out of that last photo with the lighted flamingos. What will they come up with next?

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  21. Tina, I am holding out for a glow in the dark seahorse birdbath.

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  22. One of these days I'll likely have a flamingo. The question is, will it be a pink one? There was a burnt-orange one I saw in a store awhile back -- should have bought it while I had the chance! This is Austin, ya know...

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