Saturday, July 04, 2009

It Sounded Like A Good Idea

Addendum: Above is a picture of the float as requested.
Putting a float in the town's parade seemed like an obligation five years back. Our town was celebrating the tour of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through our area just 250 years prior. My wife runs a boarding and grooming kennel and when she fights the urge to deploy a float in our local parade, she will get questions like, "so, I didn't see a Morrow Kennels Float in the parade, did I?" From past experience, we know that a float, when properly prepared, is a joy to both behold, and to drive proudly down the street. People cheering, and you flinging candy as though you had been paid off by a Dentist. It's best to plan the float well in advance, gather the material to do the job, and then casually, over a week (the one before the 4th) put it together. There you will see the fruits of your artistic expression merge with physical talents into what surely will be a winner. Something, when seen by certain people in Pasadena, will put you on the fastrack to a permanent assignment there on New Years Day. Then reality sets in. On the Saturday morning, the 3rd of July of that year, my wife said "I want to put a float in the parade, for a change". The tone in her voice told me a float was in our near future. I said, "If you want a float, then we will make a float". I didn't realize until right then, that she had watched the movie "Dumb and Dumber", once to often. She wanted to make the Caravan look like a dog. At about 6 PM she starts. A dryer vent pipe covered with black cloth for a tail. Good. A red piece of construction paper sticking out from under the hood was a tongue. Good. Two large pieces of black cloth hanging out of the doors for ears. They did look more like large sunscreens. Four legs, white, outlined with black, taped to the side. Looked like two pieces of cardboard taped to the side of our van. Then she had a black garbage bag stuffed with trash, and taped to the hood. I said "what's that". She said, well actually screamed "It's a nose, what's it look like". Thinking back, I shouldn't have said "a black garbage bag stuffed with trash, taped to the hood of your van". I was able to duck the magic markers flying my way but she got me with the nose. Then I had to help remake a nose. Which with my help, I must admit, ended up looking like a piece of black construction paper, bent and taped to the hood of the van. It was time for me to put my talents to work. "Go make some signs for the van, and be sure to tie it in with the Lewis and Clark theme", she said. I already had an idea, but I was missing one important number. I thought I could get it off of the internet, which I did at about 2:30 am on the 4th of July. The number turned out to be 190. The sign read: LEWIS AND CLARK'S MEN ATE 190 DOGS IN 2 YEARS. WE AT MORROW KENNELS, HAVEN'T EATEN 1 DOG IN 25 YEARS. She heard some laughs, and a few young girls say "Oooh, poor dogs" Others said "I can't believe you actually put that on the float". I think all in all it was a successful float. I’ve been able to watch the parade from my Mother in-law’s yard since I made that sign.

19 comments:

LZ Blogger said...

This morning I can't help but remember back to last year and still being in awe of the work that you, Marilyn, Ralph and Char did this time last year in putting on "Blog Stock '08", but more than that... I have NO TROUBLE AT ALL believing that YOU are the person who came up with the Lewis & Clark Float sign! :-)
Hope you guys have a GREAT 4th in Tekamah!!! We're thinking of you! ~ jb///

Granny Annie said...

I was reading and believing that when I scrolled down I would see this magnificent float. Where's the picture?

Paul Nichols said...

One of the great freedoms we have in this beautiful country is celebrating the 4tha July with orneriness. You win.

possum said...

PICTURES!!!! We want pictures!

Rachel said...

Got any pictures Cliff? A float like that needs photos!!

Janell said...

Did they REALLY eat 190 dogs?

The Caravan/Dog looks good, but I think the Blogstock Float was my favorite!

Jim said...

Hey Cliff, first of all I read the GOOD NEWS on Ralph's blog this morning. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
If you need some help Adi and I can come early to help with the Snoopy Float. Adi and I like it and would like to ride with it. Of course Adi is a Southern hound dog and will need A/C but I am sure that your mechanically talented kids can maker sure of that.
Mrs. Jim liked the float too and has asked for a repeat next year so we can see and touch it.
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Granny Annie said...

This could be the new design that will save the automobile industry!

Lucy Stern said...

I'm with Annie.....LOL.

Paul Nichols said...

Are you saying they allowed that float in your parade. I hope you prayed for rain. ;)

Rachel said...

Okay, I saw the picture! Gotta agree with Paul on that one, but it's creative!

Jerry in Indiana said...

Cliff,
I read this over at the magazine site, but the picture really adds to the story. Classic. I have a feeling that the townfolk are saying, "Dem Morrows. They just ain't right."

EV said...

Clever. That's a great job - Marilyn is really creative. Any problem steering past the fire hydrants?

Ralph said...

Nice job Cliff. The nose is the best part.
Ralph

Jamie Dawn said...

That was some great creativity! Woof Woof!!!
Dumb and Dumber is good inspiration. That movie is funny.

Last year's July 4th weekend will be hard to beat.

We had a nice, relaxing holiday with a bunch of neighborhood fireworks. Taylor did not burn down anything, so all in all, it was a successful day.

Peter said...

So glad to hear that "dog" is not on the menu at Morrow Kennels.
I'll put the idea of having my body repairs done at Morrows Bodyshop to my insurance company and get back to you, the offer of accommodation could be the clincher.

Lanny said...

Late to the party as usual, but I just wanted to say that I would have been seen howling (with laughter ending with several snorts) on the curb had I been there. As it is, your recap brightened my day considerably!

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