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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

By Blogger Cheez, at July 25, 2005 at 1:05 AM  

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.

By Anonymous Tim, at July 25, 2005 at 6:34 AM  

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.

How did your hsow go last night? Were you in New York?

By Anonymous erin, at July 25, 2005 at 6:36 AM  

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.

But it was being sold by a little girl, not a kid in a suit. I wonder if they have a racket going.

By Blogger Linda, at July 25, 2005 at 8:29 AM  

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.

What I think is funny is that, while I do indeed purchase the lemonade, I never intend to actually DRINK the lemonade. However, M. Giant, Linda, and Bitter all drink it down when I buy it. So who is the sucker here?

By Anonymous Trash, at July 25, 2005 at 8:50 AM  

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.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 25, 2005 at 8:53 AM  

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