Sunday, April 13, 2008

Things that freak me out...

To cut to the chase, those things would be 1) Shriners, particularly when they are driving tiny cars, and 2) tulips, when you get 1000s of them together. This is a new realization, but the shriner thing is old news.

My pal Ana and I went for an overnight jaunt to Washington - day one a 9+ hour outlet mall extravaganza, day two a more relaxing (but no less surreal) investigation of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We wandered around Laconner for a bit first, stopping at the fantastic Dulce Plate for lunch, and the mind/tastebud blowing Olive Shoppe. On the way back to the car, we ran into some sort of crazy tulip fest parade - and more importantly, these guys....

Now, maybe it's just me, but a grown man in a tiny car wearing a bejeweled fez is the thing of nightmares. Some people find clowns creepy. Me? Shriners.

Next stop was Tulip Town, AKA the Skagit Valley Bulb Farm. And yes, there were a few tulips. Really, it was a tulip takeover. Bizarre. And beautiful, in a surreal sugary way.

I will be uploading more photos (both shriners and tulips) here soon.

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