Being the chairmen of our Mayer Daze Parade sometimes requires a lot of imagination. My husband had seen something very funny at a Phoenix Rodeo about 30 years ago and wanted to duplicate it.
You'll have to understand, my hubby is a horse trainer and known for his well trained horses and winning in Gymkhana competitions with the mounted posse. He has also driven six miniature horses pulling a miniature stage coach as well as teaching equine driving clinics and giving riding lessons. Now, his "buddies" look down from their saddles and laugh till their stomachs hurt.
A dear friend lives in the mountains west of here and made horse-drawn carts. When Don told him what he wanted to do he laughed so hard he couldn't wait to make my husband's dream come true! Within a couple weeks we had our "chariots." Now, to put the finishing touches on them.
The legs and boots for Don's were not hard to figure out. While shopping in Flagstaff, I found these great "crazy feet" socks that I just had to have. You can imagine my amazement when a thrift store had just the perfect green pair of sandals to match. Who would have ever thought?
My husband proceeded to put a plastic bag in a pair of my tennis shoes and spray the expandable foam to get a "foot shape." Because the air wasn't getting to it, the foam would not process. For a while I thought I wasn't going to be able to use these stylish socks.
One day, a friend in town, who has everything, dropped by to view our latest project. When I explained our dilemma, he laughed and explained. "I have a friend that is a one legged cage fighter and I have some of his prosthetics if you'd like to have two of them. The only problem - they are both left legs!" He hurried home and shortly returned with our new prize positions. The only cost to me was I have to make him a pie every time we are in a parade.
Now we were all set except for the roosters. My husband raised them as a youngster and WAS NOT going to do that again. Thirty years ago, there was not an organization called PETA and live chickens were used. I called a taxidermist in Missouri and they laughed so hard when I told them what we were doing that she sent the two roosters express mail. We named them "Hot Wings and Stu."
Everyone needs a laugh nowadays and it does our hearts so much good to hear that. We are both approaching 70 years old and you are never too old to have good clean fun. We have won a prize in almost every parade entered. Our script invites everyone to come to the Mayer Daze Parade and Festivities. I have made apple, fresh peach, chocolate and fresh strawberry pies last year and have another one to make this week-end.
Are YOU having fun yet? It's great medicine!
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011
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I LIVE FOR HUMOR AND THIS IDEA WITH THE CHICKENS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST IDEAS I HAVE SEEN IN MANY A YEAR. IT JUST TOOK THE RIGHT PERSON (DON) TO FOLLOW THROUGH AND PULL IT OFF. OF COURSE WITH THE HELP OF HIS WIFE. TELLING A WOMAN SHE CAN'T DO SOMETHING IS LIKE TAKING A CAT TO A BAPTISM.