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Friday, July 22, 2005 Random things I've seen around Minneapolis this summer:
* A kid in our neighborhood manning a lemonade stand. What was unusual about it is that he was wearing a suit and tie. Sadly, the premium presentation wasn't reflected in the quality of the actual lemonade. Either he's the worst lemonade-maker in the world, or he owns a llama with diabetes.
* TLC's While You Were Out truck parked outside the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis, several days in a row. I didn't think they did hotel rooms. What amused me is that now every business traveler who saw it parked there thinks he or she is going to come home to a new game room or garden patio.
"Hi, honey, I'm home! Oh, I see we still have the same kitchen cabinets."
"Dude, you were in Minneapolis for a day and a half."
"Yeah, I know, but still. Is this the same living room carpet?"
* New signs notifying motorists that the traffic signal they're driving through is "photo monitored." Because if you're going to be sneaky about catching scofflaws, it's only fair to tell them you're being sneaky.
Of course, so far the only people it's "caught" are people like cops, city council members, and other people that everyone knows already run lights anyway. What a relief the state government is up and running again. posted by M. Giant 9:55 PM 6 comments
I once knew a guy who ran a temporary tatoo stand in a suit and tie...His fathers suit and tie. It was very large and the "tattoos" turned out to be a set of magic markers. All he could draw was a snake, a stick figure boy, and a stick figure girl. He didn't do words very well either
I would totally buy lemonade from a kid in a suit, but I would also beat up a kid selling lemonade in a suit. You just know he wears a suit to school, as well.
We have those signs on our streetlights, too. I always thought they might be a decoy, like those fake cameras in the corner deli to catch shoplifters.
Trash and I bought some incredibly crappo lemonade from a kid in your neighborhood during one of our recent walks. She's a sucker for that stuff. As she can tell you, what it lacked in taste, it made up for in warmth and insipidness.
OK, yes, the lemonade was indeed crappo -- in both cases, as well as other cases with others on walks -- but seriously, could the rest of you walk by a little girl (or suited and old-before-his-time boy) selling lemonade and not buy any? I mean, it's almost 100 degrees outside, and there they are, roasting in the heat.
I'm totally a sucker, too. If I see a kid selling lemonade, I will stop the car to buy it. I remember having a lemonade stand and not selling much of anything, so I feel bad.