And the nominee is……..

Oh who the hell cares.  The nation suffers through a 2.5 year migraine headache to determine who is going to steer the ship and no one told them the bilge pump isn’t working.  

Guys, the boat is sinking.  

Now reduced to two; proud that they have sidestepped all the losers (their now new-best-friends), and each of whom depicts the other as an inept, untested, despicable, incompetent bonehead….we get to make a choice.

My choice is labor. Not that labor, i.e., pre-eclampsia, toxemia, or cervical ripening.  No.   It’s the Labor Day walk on the Mackinac Bridge, 5 1/2 miles of fun accompanied by 50,000 other enthusiasts, all of whom have a low entertainment quotient. Why miss the opportunity when it is only offered once a year ?      Taken from the tower, 2007  Led by the lovely Jennifer Granholm, arguably the most attractive governor in the country, even though her ability at governance is in serious question, the fun begins at SEVEN A.M.    At her desk

Departing from St. Ignace  in the Upper Peninsula (hereinafter referred to as the U.P.)*  the bridge authority warns:  Participants should understand that walking involves risks of injury from falls due to the surface condition of the bridge, contact with other participants, and the effects of weather, including high winds, high heat and/or humidity.  

 So there you have it, high risk, possibly resulting in death or permanent injury, but why let that ruin a good walk across the most beautiful bridge in Mackinac County ?  091246tlb0070-98.jpg    di-000960-388.jpg  image0162001.jpg    

Today the only political issue to consider should be the mutual benefit derived from generations of genuine labor.  Sorry, but I just don’t care who the vice presidential nominees will be. And yes, the Governor of Alaska is a looker, too, the perfect brunette complement to the blonde Cindy McCain, but on Monday, we’re walking, not voting.

   *The U.P., a.k.a. The YouPee, an irregular perimeter of land surrounded by water, where the residents are decidedly square; as in uncool, nerdy, simple, & not hip.  But we love it up here anyway, even if all our female impersonators are women.  

What, the Puck ?

After the tantalizing depiction of the iconic emblem on the storied trailer from Germany on a previous post, the following displays the full monty of the Eriba Puck during the vintage trailer jam.  Puck  is a mythological  fairy  or mischievous  nature  spirit,  a personification of land spirits; no further explanation is necessary.        dscn1125.JPG  Trailered from Maryland to Saratoga, on decrepit ten inch tires, by a young Renaissance man in a VW beetle, it deserved and won the rough diamond award.    dscn1131.JPG      The Spartan Imperial Mansion, manufactured in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the early 1950s by oilman billionaire, J. Paul Getty.      dscn1073.JPGA natural segue from the fairy trailer to elves, note the smiling faces of the welcoming committee.  Another picture of the same three attractive beauties, taken from the rear, with major alterations by photoshop, is available on my tabloid  internet porn site,      dscn1136.JPG  Brain trust at work during ‘happy hour’.   Intense relaxation.    dscn1058.JPGNo expense was spared by PR & Marketing, as corrugate and El Marko merge into an art form.          dscn1081.JPG  The essence of the VTJ, the Yensan girls from Baltimore.  

You have the right to remain silent…

however, if you were fortunate enough to attend the Vintage Trailer Jam in Saratoga Springs this week, it would be difficult to hide your childish enthusiasm. Describing the event as unadulterated fun would be an understatement, and leave little room for adultery.  A visit to the Airstream Life weblog will cure your curiosity.

The Jam staff of volunteers shed all gestapo pretense, i.e., corporate governance, to the delight of several hundred attendees, visitors, media assembled for an inaugural event that will become a certain pilgrimage for many.  The organizers(*) were Herculean but not tireless and by Monday noon were exhausted and giddy. Like Tiger Woods, surgery, a good pain killer and eleven months of recuperation will have them back on the green of this world renowned spa, beckoning vintage aluminum disciples to worship the lord of rolling vagrancy. To imply that the attendees bordered on the fringe element would be unkind to iconoclasts. It seems so natural to be good natured in the company of oddly like-minded souls drinking some rather bizarre ‘mineral’ waters.  Good laxatives; the body is rinsed, the spirit cleansed.

Each of the four days had a scheduled happy hour and one might assume that the balance, 92 hours, were unhappy.  Not so. An example, on day two, at two p.m., in one of the premier venues for classic vehicles on the east coast, The Saratoga Auto Museum, the major organizer of the event, hereinafter referred to as the ringleader, gave a 90 minute slideshow and discussion on Camping in the National Parks.  

I really enjoyed the cars.

They arrived in a metaphorical tide, pebbles washed ashore; alternately polished and rough, as diminutive as a ten foot Eriba Puck      dscn1200.JPGto a forty foot Spartan Imperial,the visual scent of  aluminum was intoxicating. Three Heinekens helped as well.  

All too soon, the wave receded. The simplicity of the weekend, free of TV, news of a beloved nation on the brink of economic collapse, an arrest of yet another ‘celebrity’ in a wet T-shirt being tossed into re-hab…..ranked between satisfaction and exhilaration. Freed from mundane pageantry; the expert presenters, unusual entertainment, and cordiality of everyone in attendance prevailed. References to gas prices were minimal as people, “seized the weekend”.

There was no serial hugfest, no tears at the end as we all drifted back to sea, content to know that it may all happen again in 360 days.

*Rich L.~ringleader

*Brett G., Steve H., Colin H.~major grunts

*A dozen unnamed volunteers and assistants~former elves

Tried to add more pictures, but the connection and upload time made it impossible…maybe next time.