Nancy wrote a great story yesterday about the tree stump in her neighborhood that is frequently redecorated to fit every occasion. That reminded me of a similar story in my own neighborhood. This story is more recent in its development, but what it lacks in history, it makes up for in gaudy flamboyance.
This particular neighbor only lives three blocks away and I either bike or walk my dog past there almost every day. In early October, I started noticing a strange construction project going on in the front yard. As the days progressed, I could see it was a boat. Then it became a pirate ship. Then it was decorated with “skull & crossbones” flags and pirate skeletons.
I assumed it was an elaborate, but temporary, Halloween decoration. A few weeks later, the pirate ship and its crew had turkeys and pumpkins aboard for Thanksgiving. Another couple of weeks later, there were wreaths, lights, and a Christmas tree on board. Suddenly, I no longer felt weird for building snowmen in my yard.
I don’t think they’re going to tear down the ship anytime soon, so I have to wonder what they’ve got planned for Valentine’s Day and Easter.
The residential streets have been improving a little bit after three days of relatively mild weather. The pure snow and ice have diminished to only 75% snow and ice, plus a little slush and some water puddles. Luckily, now I can weave around those things to ride on bare pavement at least half the time.
I felt the urgency to ride today because we’re looking at another 4-6 inches of snow tonight. (Ah, life in Minnesota.)
The biggest highlight of my bike ride was the sighting of a red fox on a bike trail. To me, that was way cooler than a pirate ship.