In which a vet, a lawyer, a pirate and some chalk walk into a....
Pacific Northwesterners are generally considered a bit standoffish by outsiders.
However, endurance riders and their friends
|a kiss for luck before the start line|
are often very
|morning snuggles in a not-very-big tent|
And also, somewhat
|"get the chalk wet and start scribbling, huh?"|
|Duana: "do ME!!!!"|
The Bare Bones endurance ride weekend was one of those times.
Out of all the Usual Suspects, I was the only one who brought a horse. Everybody else just came for the fun.
We even adopted a new Suspect into the tribe. Jenni is a "refried bean," not really a Green Bean, since she's done endurance with her lovely horse Magic back in Miss'sippi. But they aren't there anymore, they are here. And we are glad.
When we brought out the sidewalk chalk after Saturday's ride, Jenni waded right in with the rest of us
|Patty: "Come over here, you need decorations!"|
and got painted up all purdy.
|Jenni reports that her husband didn't say a word |
about her new hair color.
In their day jobs as a vet
|"That's Doctor Robinett to you!"|
and a lawyer,
|Yes, my friend is a lawyer. I love her anyhow.|
Patti and Du have to maintain some semblance of respectability.
(These expectations do not extend to pirates or librarians, btw.)
That's why sidewalk chalk is so much fun. We can color our hair
|Betsey is pretty in pink.|
(and our skin)
|Du let Patty get creative...that always leads to interesting things|
all kinds of unusual colors
|Pulchritude. We haz it.|
and it will wash out by Monday morning.
But sidewalk chalk isn't just for people.
|The Dragon's reputation for being hot and wild is getting wrecked|
by photos like this
|Patty had already scribbled all over all the people she could reach...and then|
she noticed the large bay palette standing nearby.
|Dragon: "Auntie Patty, what if nobody is afraid of me now?!"|
|Roo: "You're gonna color on me?"|
All this smiling and laughing is rather exhausting.
|Roo had a good weekend.|
But it's Good.
It's really, really Good.