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Friday, November 10, 2006

When You Mix Red and Blue

You get purple!

It is Friday again and here's the latest Revgal Friday Five:

Those of us who are in the United States have just been through quite a topsy-turvy election. During the campaign we heard a fair amount about red states and blue states, when in fact most of us live in some shade of purple. And so... a lighter look at those confounding colors:

1. Favorite red food

Must be red bell pepper.

2. Tell us about the bluest body of water you've ever seen in person.

A beach on the island of St. Thomas. I can still envision the blue and feel the fear as I learned to snorkel. I could barely swim. Even wearing a life vest, I was panicked to see the sandy bottom so far below. Maybe it was the adrenaline rush that made it look so blue.

3. It's movie rental time: Blue Planet, The Color Purple, or Crimson Tide?
I never heard of Blue Planet. I don't think I saw Crimson Tide but I did enjoy The Hunt for Red October. I vaguely remember The Color Purple, Oprah and being required to read the book for a college class. So I'd probably save my rental money hit the local library and choose between Rudoph the Red Nosed Reindeer--The Movie, Blues Clues: Blue's Big Musical Movie, or Purple Rain. Yeah, Purple Rain...don't remember it well, but that's probably the one for me.

4. What has you seeing red these days?
Lots of things. Must we go there? Houses buried in clutter, dirt, mold, and decay. People who say, "Well, I don't need to do anything, somebody else will take care of it eventually." I know who the somebody else is!

People who become obsessed with something/someone they can't change and can't let go. That's me in the mirror. So I'll stop here.

5. What or who picks you up when you're feeling blue?

A rousing game of Nocturnal Chicken with Little Sprout. I guess that needs a bit of explanation. The game begins with closing all curtains and turning off all lights in one room to make it as dark as possible. Nocturnal--get it? Then everyone is a chicken. Which means we baw, baw, bawk and walk around the room with wings flapping. But not just any bawking will do. According to the game's creator, you must begin the game bawking to the tune of Beethoven's 5th symphony. After that, a variety of songs are selected. The game continues until all are exhausted from the laughing or mom needs to get the laundry out.

I love this game. It is in direct contrast to elections. Everybody wins. On the other hand, maybe it is like the campaigns many of us have just endured. Or a foreshadowing of the clucking and wing flapping in Washington as all sides try to find their way.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post. I'll have to try that nocturnal chicken thing with my nieces.

10:14 AM  
Blogger hipchickmamma said...

i remember wanting to see purple rain more than any, but my mother refused. perhaps i should check it out now!

11:28 AM  
Blogger QuakerPastor said...

Re. the blue pond dye (at the risk of exciting the small one) here's what gets put in the pond:
Fritz Blue Water Tablets™ add a slight blue tint to the water to filter sunlight & harmful UV rays. Breaks down excess food, waste, decaying plants & leaves. Eliminates sludge build-up on pond bottom and in filter, reducing maintenance. Start by adding one tablet per 100 gallons. If the pond receives direct sunlight, slowly add more tablets until happy with both color and clarity. Tint slowly fades over a month. When the tint has visibly faded, or if water begins to cloud, it’s time to add another tablet. Fritz Pond Blue Water Tablets are considered essential for a clean and clear pond. Fritz Blue Lagoon is also available. Perfect for recreational facilities like ponds & raceways, simply toss in one 1-lb. water-soluble bag per acre-foot (325,851 gallons). Fritz Blue Lagoon is bacteria & enzyme free.

11:40 AM  
Blogger chartreuseova said...

Thanks for the pond info quakerpastor. Little Sprout will be very interested in making our little body of water the bluest.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nocturnal Chicken??? Sounds like fun. :)

3:36 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Nocturnal Chicken sounds absolutely like a blast!

6:54 PM  
Blogger more cows than people said...

what a fun game! thanks for sharing.

9:58 PM  

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