Leaps Of Faith!

Santa Fe, NM

Dahlia, I also heard "Chariots of Fire" as we urged the emus in to battle! My dragon can incinerate crickets but unfortunately other things would also catch fire. Not such a good idea. Plus, she doesn't want to do it. Not to be mundane, but I think chickens are the answer! Paja and I wanted chickens but the D.H.'s resisted. We had a "Rent a Chicken" idea going. Maybe it was a flock rental. The chicken rental truck could follow the goat and emu wagon. I knew it was a good idea! Maybe later in the summer...

as a matter of personal and most likely certifiable conscience I have to "say outloud"
I am not for the wiping out of crickets. This is coming from a woman who has drowned (I guess they drowned) thousands of aphids and has slaughtered untold numbers of ants and... well you get the picture. I am very conflicted. :-(

what a party-pooping dope I am, I love it when a mantis takes up residence in my garden so bring on the chickens and emus!

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Don't worry, we can reduce the number of crickets but we could never wipe them out with all the emus, chickens and elephants in the world. Some would survive.

Santa Fe, NM

Angele, my dragon understands. Which is why she hasn't destroyed half the humans on the planet! However. I insist that chickens might be the answer to our problems! They make good fertilizer, eat bugs and lay eggs that we can eat.

My Uncle Willard, Aunt Nora and my grandparents had a Chicken-egg Ranch when I was a little girl. I loved the Chicken-egg Ranch. Lots of happy memories, getting to wash the too-little eggs by hand and then having them for breakfast. I don't remember any crickets hanging around. There was also a HUGE boulder we would climb on the Chicken-egg Ranch. It was huge in a 3 year old's eyes. I think that is where I got my love of rocks and rock country.

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

Chickens will be easier to get than Emus too.

Santa Fe, NM

I dare say. And if certain people who will go un-named (D.H.s) have concerns about chickens just imagine how they would feel about emus! A good selling point for chickens. They are not emus.

Carson City, NV(Zone 6b)

I'm a little worried about the crickets eating the chickens, have you seen how big they are?

How many chickens would it take to pull a chariot?

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

You've got a point on the chariot there Karlian. If you got enough chickens they would all go in different directions. Of course, chariots don't have windshields which would mean we'd be hitting crickets with with our faces. I think Harley's would be better.

Santa Fe, NM

Not being there would suit me. Send in the Clones!

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

I was really into driving a chariot but I am willing to forgo that pleasure if chickens are the answer. Can I still wear the gnarly sandels that chariot drivers wear though?

Ennis, MT(Zone 4a)

I am busy for a couple of days and you people are driving chariots with emus to demolish crickets??? I obviously need to stick around to keep an appropriate level headed sobriety going here. As you all know, level headed sobriety is one of my major talents.

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

We can tell. You keep us all on the straight and narrow, mulch.

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

Yeah, we could've ended up getting Apollo and Poseidon involved in this business, the way it was going!

Poseidon ruler of the Chickens of the Sea? Bet he has a seahorse chariot too!

Ennis, MT(Zone 4a)

I would like to ride in a seahorse chariot! I bet there would not be any crickets to bother me either!

lol, mulch, welcome to the crooked & wide side!

Ennis, MT(Zone 4a)

Can't you just see me, adorned with starfish in my hair and trailing long streams of fluttering seaweed as the chariot races through the waves, seahorses eager to charge forward?

Glad to see we are getting back on track here, much better than emus.

don't forget the army of sea chickens!

Ennis, MT(Zone 4a)

They are so far behind in my wake I did not even notice them...

Santa Fe, NM

That sounds great! Pressed for time. But must bring in dolphins. Let us replace the sea chickens with dolphins! Warm, clear seas, too! Soft, moist air!

Los Alamos, NM(Zone 5a)

Oh, the warm sea and soft moist air sound fabulous right now -- and the dolphins as well. Oh for spring!

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

We're headed for Bora Bora under clear skies with a frisky breeze rippling the sail of PJ's giant conch shell boat. A cohort of dolphins waltzes alongside through the whitecaps. Mulch, in a seaweed streamer dress, is driving the chariot while Dahlia leaps around in her Roman sandals, making sure fish don't get caught in the hubcaps. I'm being towed in back on a short board, doing arabesques and pirouettes to Strauss.

Ennis, MT(Zone 4a)

Awesome!

This is most excellent level headed sobriety.

Santa Fe, NM

Yes, it is! And mermaids. Plus, I like octopi and they have gardens, too.

Reno, NV

ROFLOL! Definately need octopi- the great big pink dumbo octopi! They can be the flying escort. And I'm into the gladiator sandels (I lost my old pair).


Are we sure we don't want to add some sea dwelling emus?

Santa Fe, NM

In Albuquerque there is a car wash called, The Octopus Car Wash. It has a big octopus sitting on the sign, but I think it is green. I'm sure Dparsons and really everyone from the surrounding area is familiar with it. I wish they sold t-shirts. Albuquerque has some very wonderful signage. Some nice old neon ones, too. Emus of the Sea? That would be scary.

Reno, NV

That's why the crickets stay off the ocean!

I love old signs and buildings. So cheerful, so individual, and each one of them a work of art. The Institute of official cheer has a great sign section.

Here's dumbo
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/blueplanet/factfiles/molluscs/dumbo_octopus_bg.shtml)

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

Duchess, in a tango dress of many-layered sea-green chiffon, is performing ganchos with a handsome pink (not dumbo) octopus from Argentina. But no gladiator sandals for her. She is wearing spike-heeled flippers with blue sequins. Roybird is poised in a side-car, having high tea with two mermaids and discussing designs for a water garden.

Angele is rowing far behind in a tiny row boat leading the COS to the land of Bora Bora (is that where the cricket plague is??) because something tells her those chicken of the sea are going save the day. Dolphins are a very nice addition though.
Angele can be quite tenacious, she is moonchild with moonchild rising after all. Crabs are quite at home in the sea and know a thing or two about matters of the sea. Crabs are also known to be Very sensitive, though Angele tries to stiffle that.

Carson City, NV(Zone 6b)

Boy, I go to work and you guys come up with all kinds of weird stuff. We seem to have lost Kyla in this flight of fancy.

I seem to remeber playing this game as a kid, where everyone takes turns making up a part of the the story. Perhaps we should start a story telling thread :)

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

Oh, no! Did Kyla miss the chariot? We're going to have to go back and get her.

Her last words were "It's probably a good thing we don't have a moderator." That seems ominous.

Gastonia, NC(Zone 7b)

Yes, the moderator crickets have captured me and thrown me in the dungeon! I have been trying to gnaw my way out ever since..... but I am getting weak. They only feed me about every other day, on two limp saltine crackers and stale grape koolaide.

I can hear the dolphins sporting above, so I think I am undersea somewhere..... How did I get here all the way from Utah? And why do I keep finding chicken feathers in my koolaide?

Albuquerque, NM(Zone 7b)

We need to rethink this if the crickets are that organized.

Perhaps dragons are in order.

Ennis, MT(Zone 4a)

Never mind, it will be fine. I am abandoning my chariot and shall arrive with an asteroid for the jailbreak. Even crickets are afraid of fiery asteroids blazing through the atmosphere...

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Isn't this luvly swishing across the sea. I am wearing my one remaining waterwing to celebrate. Now I want spike heeled flippers with blue sequins and this hat. I really want this hat. http://www.geocities.com/lapswimr/scg.html

Ennis, MT(Zone 4a)

Dahlianut,
That is the ultimate hat to go with spike heeled flippers ornamented with blue sequins. I am sure no one else will have the same look...

Helena, MT(Zone 4b)

No one.

Santa Fe, NM

That is an excellent hat. It reminds me of my mother who really did have a swim cap like that but all one color.It was white scales. Picante, I think a side car is a good idea. Isn't that scotch and drambuie? It is cold and gray here today. It is my teaching day so I think I will focus on fluidity and have everyone sloshing around. Loosens up the tissue around the spine. We are mostly water anyway. Angele, I'm another crab but with scorpio rising, which makes me dangerous! l.o.l. My D.H. says that scorpios are the sign most frequently murdered! He read that somewhere and thinks it is funny. He totally does not believe in astrology, by the way. He's a capricorn. I'm trying to figure out my outfit for the sea voyage. Meanwhile the phone is ringing and I am drinking coffee with cardamom in it.

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