Americanism, Beets, and the Long Weekend

Here in Indianapolis, Memorial Day weekend is kind of a big deal. You see, not only do many people get three days off and the chance to barbecue/burn their faces off, drink too much cheap beer, and perhaps bust out the tents along with the rest of this great nation, but the largest single-day sporting event in the world also occurs tomorrow. In the blazing summer heat, approximately 400,000 people will swarm the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch a bunch of cars drive in circles for 500 miles. Ah, yes – the Indy 500.

What will I be doing, you ask? In my dream world, I will be going for a long bike ride with my beau in the early morning, assembling a tomato trellis, pickling beets (for the first time EVER), and hiding in the air conditioning, cross stitching a gift for my dad and watching the entire second season of Lost. In reality, I’ll probably do everything except for the Lost marathon because, as much as I love the sound of it, I have far too many other projects to actually take an entire day off.

Getting back to our planned absence at the noisy, rowdy ridiculousness that will be the race, though, we totally did our part today – we attended the Indy 500 parade! Going back to the title of this here blog entry, one of the groups today listed their mission on the side of their float as, “Supporting Our Veterans,” “Homeland Security,” and “Americanism.” Americanism, eh? I didn’t know that was a thing, but I think we partook in it.

First there was Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who rode in with a posse of Harley Davidsons. I think he might just be having fun at this point.

20120526. Our governor rode in on a motorcycle with a crew of Harley riders. Classy. Indy 500 parade.

Check out the Indiana state flag painted on the front. Nice touch.

Then there were the balloon handlers. In some cases, the balloon handlers were more interesting to me than the balloons.

20120526. Smurf tenders. Indy 500 parade

Look at that cute little girl on the right. I smurf you, smurfy girl!

Then we have a bunch of people who love the flag so much they want to wear it…. together. As a group. All at the same time. Like a really big set of overalls. Group overalls. Can you tell there’s something mildly disturbing to me about this?
20120526. Does anyone else find this mildly disturbing?

And we must not forget the post-parade, big-as-your-head onion rings.

20120526. Portraiture with onion ring.


What a fun time! After all that Americanism, though, I needed to spend some quality time with the chicks…
20120526. After all that Americanism, I needed to go relax with the chicks for a while.

Yolko, the lap chicken.

Yolko and Beaker are the only two who willingly let us catch them and cuddle for a minute.

And the blackberries, which we planted last weekend…
20120520. We have blackberry bushes!

And the potato sprouts. Since we planted them on May 12, they have been growing nicely, and I’ve already begun heaping more dirt against the sides of two of the biggest sprouts. I am weirdly excited about red potatoes (because who the heck gets excited about potatoes? THIS GIRL).
20120526. The red potatoes are sprouting!

Oh, and speaking of my planned FIRST EVER BEET HARVEST tomorrow, this clip makes me laugh out loud. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. Indeed.

9 thoughts on “Americanism, Beets, and the Long Weekend

  1. Wow, I never thought of how it would be to live in the same area as the Indy 500 while it was going on. I’ll send as much extra patience as I can muster your way (this is such a weak offer; I never have extra patience).

    I love the outfit you’re wearing when you’re holding the chicken. Very cute. πŸ™‚

    • You know, it really isn’t too bad – we just got through with the Superbowl, which was a lot more nutty, and the Speedway is actually more on the western outskirts of town. Really, it could be any other day, other than the planes buzzing slowly overhead dragging airborne advertisements behind them. But thank you for the thoughts for patience!

      Oh, and thank you! The gal I bought it from isn’t making quite the same style dresses anymore, it looks like, but I heart Etsy:

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  3. “Americanism, eh?” I like that you used a Canadianism (eh) when questioning Americanism πŸ™‚

    Your chicks are looking great – they’re in the same gangly teenage chicken phase that mine are in. Have their voices started to change yet?

    • Now that you mention it, I have noticed a change in their voices. Definitely deeper than before. Nothing gets them talking like a watermelon treat πŸ™‚

    • Ha! Yes – I didn’t even realize I used “eh.” My grandparents had a cabin in Canada just north of the Minnesota border when I was a kid. We spent many long summers picking up the natives’ “ehs” and incorporating them into our Chicago accents.

  4. The flag overalls crack me up. I’m sure it was just a top but I can’t help but imagine peeking underneath. What if it had attached bottoms like real overalls. All those legs sticking out of what would look like a blanket from the bottom. I put to much thought into the silliest of things sometimes.

    • Ah hahaha!!! Yes, indeed! Or… what if they aren’t wearing ANYTHING underneath?! “Nothing gets between me and my American flag.” πŸ™‚

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