Mother Nature surprises me
With a new pallet of colors
I spent a couple of hours with my 18 month old neighbor today. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching a little one explore recently, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Everything fascinates him and his enthusiasm is contagious. Watching a wheel spin, trying to pick up rocks that are too heavy, finding one that’s not and testing the sounds it makes is all part of being a scientist.
Most small towns have annual celebrations. Nederland Colorado, just west of Boulder at 8200 feet, is no exception.
The only twist, is this festival is based on the aftermath of the death of “Grandpa Bredo.” He lived and died in Norway but following his 1989 death, his body was shipped to the US for cryogenic preservation. Four years later, he was moved to Colorado where his daughter and grandson lived and kept his frozen body in a shed in Nederland. Unfortunately, the story takes a sad turn when Bredo’s grandson was deported for overstaying his visa and his daughter was evicted for living in a house without electricity and plumbing. The body, at risk of thawing, was moved to a Tuff Shed, thanks to a local Colorado supplier and a Denver radio station. There were legal ramifications, but once that was settled, the unique festivities became an annual gathering.
In addition to a parade, locals and tourists are invite to watch and participate in coffin races, a costumed polar plunge, human Foosball, and tents offering live music.
Most of my life was spent in Chicago and the nearby suburbs so this joke is an homage to my heritage.
I’ve read a lot about how and why comedy works and this joke works on every level if you share my midwestern frame of reference. If you don’t “get it,” let me know. 😊
looking east in the morning
sun kissing mountains
it’s always a magical moment
watching the full moon rise
over the mountains
in the eastern sky.