Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Lone Star State is Rarely Lonely on Stars or Armadillos

Cynthia of On a Hayes County Hill comments and submits:

We were road-tripping last week (my daughter and I), and this gem caught my eye. There are no saw blades, but there are two cars in the driveway. Also, next door there was a small girl (real) waving eerily at us - it reminded me of trailers for horror movies where people stare at you as you move by in slow motion (i.e. Shutter Island). (If said eerie girl had gotten her parents, that would have been gold star material)

Anyway, this yard boasts a mismatched conglomeration of animals, that would under normal circumstances turn on each other, but seem to co-exist peacefully here - at least in the daytime. I see geese, rabbits, an armadillo and - yes, do you see it? - a skunk coming up on the left. There might be a duck under the sign. Under the birdbath appears to be a tethered butterfly, a prairie dog or groundhog, and perhaps chipmunks cavorting. And, of course, there are two squirrels on the tree trunk.


The yard also celebrates the spirit of Texas:  a longhorn skull, multiple stars (you know:  "Lone Star State"), and the aforementioned armadillo.


The leader of this pack is pictured in the bottom photo: a black/brown bear. Nothing says, "welcome, visitor!" like a bear. Here he appears a cuddly fellow, but at night, he undoubtedly looms larger and his eyes glitter. Scary.

 Ok, the armadillo is cute and I would be tempted to put one in my yard but I would never be tempted to decorate with the remains of a dead animal (and if I did I would at least mount it and not prop it against a stump)
At this time I would like to pose a question: If Texas is the Lone Star State, why do they put stars on every possible service. I see a star on a stick, stars on the shutters a big one on the house.  Really they should be the Multiple Star on Every Flat Service State.

Score
  • Star on house: 1 point
  • 3 dangly things: 3 points
  • 2 geese: 2 points
  • 2 rabbits: 2 points
  • Armadillo(neat!): 1 point
  • Skunk (like it): 1 point
  • Duck under Pop sign: 1 point
  • Teetered butterfly: 1 point
  • Prairie dog: 1 point
  • Chipmunks: 2 points
  • 2 squirrels: 2 point
  • Cow skull: o points
  • Black bear hugging sign: 1 point
Subtotal: 18 points


Creativity Bonus

For being an equal opportunity woodland creature collection and because I love the armadillo: 2 points

Total: 20 points

The pink armadillo, an unknown menace and another reason why I love Japan

55 comments:

  1. We just got back from the Okanagan, there are soooo many yard art creatures hanging out there. It's like stepping back in time.

    And no...I didn't get any shots, zooming along on the hwy.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  2. Really? What kind of welcome is a dead bear? Even having it hug the sign is not reassuring. The cow skull nearby does not help either.

    What in the world is P-3? A secret organization of pink armadillos? You know how it is when you come across a bloody accident and you can't look away? That was what I felt at 0:36 into the video.

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  3. The bear is really dangerous, just like Cynthia said, at night he must have come alive and devoured a cow. I see the yard light is still on and it is broad daylight.....maybe they leave the yard light on all night to deter the bear from any more carnage?

    LH, the video is amazing. She is so flexible in her Pink suit. I've never been able to curl up into the Armadillo Position.

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  4. Jen, the point is not that you did not get to take a picture, the point is that you looked!

    Bom, I think the P-3 secret society needs researching. I was expecting the Pink Armadillo to suck out the drivers brains, instead it left this odd tatoo...

    Going to check out 0:36

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  5. Bom, you are either really disturbed by someone somoking or perhaps bad dancing.

    Karen, If the bear ate the cow, it is a very neat Bear as to have propped its left over up for display.

    I practice the armadillo position everyday...um, without the suit of course.

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  6. I come back after a long hiatus, and I find pink armadillo woman. I am not surprised. I wonder if it's like the power rangers and there are other colors of woodland beasts out there terrorizing the country side.

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  7. redgirl, always glad to see ya' Pink Armadillo power rocks!!!

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  8. I hope you have been practicing your Armadillo Transform Dance. I expect a rendition after work today.

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  9. Oh ho...that would be a thing to see! Will you do the "kura kura kura kura kura kura YAW!" thing while doing pelvic thrusts in a pink skort? Or it doesn't have to be pink, I guess. I'm sure you would look fetching in many colors. Like puce. Or pistachio green.

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  10. eventer79, you know I was born to do the armadillo dance.

    redgirl, since you already know the words you can dance with us. And if you are a power ranger armadillo team, you can wear puce. eventer79 always wears blue, she is stubborn like that.

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  11. I could probably do the majority of the KuriKuris, but I think the YAW! and gesturing could be your moment to shine...like a solo or something.

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  12. I have been practicing ghe Yaw because it is tricking to get the suit to pop on just right.

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  13. So, as the pink Armadillo, do you find that it's easier to wear the suit over the molded pink skort? Or do you like to shimmy that thing off first? Or is the HUMAN image the suit you put on, and then with the magical YAW! resume your natural shape?

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  14. Ah come now. It's not like anyone reads the COMMENTS on your blog....

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  15. That is only funny because it is true.

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  16. so true, in fact, that you should tell me the nitty gritty of your secret identity. Do trucks crash often in your area?

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  17. Although even more disturbing that the YAW! + gesture was the sound that the truck driver makes when we get our close up. For that alone, he kinda deserved falling off a cliff.

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  18. Trucks may or may no crash without explanation.

    The driver guy had it coming.

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  19. How are you *ahem* how is the armadillo able to laugh so while rolled into a protective ball? Also, I'm concerned by the seeming arm/tail on her left side...

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  20. I got completely sidetracked by reading the comments, I forgot what I was gonna type. YAW!

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  21. ahaha...mission accomplished! MomL will not be happy with us though, I fear

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  22. Lola Nova, hah I know. redgirl eventually always wins!

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  23. Hey, hey hey! I saw that, redgirl! Yeah, just getting my mojo going.

    Cynthia, I might have paid more attention to the armadillo roadkill in the Florida of my youth if they had been pink.

    LH, I ALWAYS read the comments on your blog.

    Lola, I know what you mean.

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  24. Nice of you to join us after your afternoon siesta, Mom L.

    Of course, LH anyone of NOTE always reads the comments. That's how they become people of note.

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  25. I want to know why her tail comes out of her arm.

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  26. her tail is kind of like a fancy dress train, this way she can pick it up and not step on it pre-rolling.

    All very simple.

    Mom L you can be purple.

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  27. I don't know what's more pathetic: the video or the fact that I loved watching it!

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  28. What the hell???! What is with the weird snaky arm? The evil laughing ball? And the little dance that she does before turning into that pink ball? OMG. I'm scarred after watching that!

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  29. I don't think Mom L can settle for being just "purple"... I'm thinking periwinkle, "bruise-colored" purple.

    Or how about Tinkywinky purple? >:D

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  30. My Mom wore a purple tee and a red hat when she was in her late 90s - and drove a red car. I hope like hell I can be like her! redgirl, I'll take any vibrant color I can get, and probably mix them up!

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  31. Hrmm...I guess that throws out periwinkle. I think you would do very well with TW purple. It will probably bring out your eyes :)

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  32. Casa Mariposa, I can't help myself I watch it with a freakish fascination. It's Ok you are among friends.

    Lin, You know you loved the dance. The freak arm thing I don't know. But the laugh... you can't help it once you are in armadillo ball mode, maniacal laughter comes with the territory.

    Why can't Mom L be a purple and red armadillo, perhaps she would flash periwinkle when she rolled down the hill.

    redgirl, are you practicing your moves?

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  34. Not only am I practicing my moves as a playful form of calisthenics, I'm working on my back up singer part for your YAW!

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  35. redgirl- true, no one can match the magnificent talent that is my southern drawl YAW!

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  36. Wow, I step away from my computer for a few days and a giant pink killer armadillo shows up! We would never put up with such pinkness here in the 'Multiple Star on Every Flat Surface State." The giant killer part might be acceptable, though.

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  37. Cynthia, yeah we had a big ol' pink armadillo party.

    And you know ya'll do stick a star on everything that doesn't move. Tufa took me on a tour, and I saw stars on the over-passes!

    Yaw! I've been practicing.

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  38. I know. I realized after our last chat that I had two stars on my house - on light fixtures by the front door. That's all, I swear.

    YAW, y'all.

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  39. So is this how we tell another Yard Art Game aficionado upon chance meet? Both shall break out in "YAW!"

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  40. redgirl, don't forget the pelvic thrust!

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  41. The pelvic thrust is an integral part of the Pink Armadillo experience. It's like...with the Korean language. If you don't throw in the intonal inflections, no one has a clue what you are saying.

    Question: Depending on the color of the armadillo warrior, does the YAW! change, or does the action that accompanies it?

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  42. I believe the YAW! is universal but the kura kura kura dance can vary.

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  43. But is the pelvic thrust necessary for the YAW! ?

    I would venture to state that

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  44. ...it is (sorry, stupid laptop touch pad posting before I was done), as the word YAW! said with enthusiasm needs some sort of strong movement. I mean, what else saws YAW! like a pelvic thrust?

    I admit I like typing YAW!

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  45. I think that the YAW! in all caps and an exclamation point would signify pelvic thrusting otherwise it would be a much more boring 'yaw'.

    YAW!

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  46. Hahaha....a YAW! without a pelvic thrust is more like a yaaawn.

    I also like typing "pelvic thrust".

    Does this make me a bad person, or even worse...strange?

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  47. Two (or three) women who upon meeting shout 'YAW' and thrust pelvises at each other might solicit a few suspicious looks, followed by cautious and quiet steps away, like when one comes across a rattlesnake.

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  48. redgirl, we have already established strange.

    Cynthia but 5 or 6 women greeting each other with a good YAW! would be a movement. Think of the power!

    Also you comment made me laugh... a lot (very good visual)

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  49. Cynthia, don't even begin to tempt me...

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  50. I really like Cynthia right now. She shows understanding of not only the content of the subject, but the inherent spirit. I would like to nominate her for the YAW! award this week.

    Now give us a good pelvic thrust while you accept :)

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  51. I agree YAW! to you, Cynthia

    YAW!

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  52. Why, thank you!

    YAW! (Oh, how the husband will love this!)

    Oh, and I forgot about the dinner bell someone gave me. Not only is it star-shaped, but it's red/white/blue. So, there are 3 stars on my property.

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  53. Cynthia, keep looking there will be more.

    Practice and we will make plans.

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