TAKE A STAND (helpful hints)

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Commentary and Secrets SOB SAVE OUR BLOG July 12, 2010

We made it out to the bike path with 2 gallons of lemonade and lots of baked goods still warm from the oven just as the sun was coming out - around 5 this afternoon. It started off as a bit of a dreary day here in Seattle, much to most people's relief. Several people making the trek back from Redmond, 24 miles away, lauded the weather and cringed like vampires* upon remembering last week, when the thermometer dabbled viciously in the 90's.

Pretty quickly we had people stopping, tickled by the premise of free lemonade and enthused to take part in the divulging of secrets. Plenty of people have said they don't have ANY secrets or ANYTHING to confess. LIARS, the lot of them (except you ...you know who you are, I'm talking to the rest of 'em)! We're not talking mortal sin confessions, but an untoward thought or a little white lie or leaving work early on Thursdays to beat the hordes on the bike path home? Never? Really? Not buying it.

Perhaps for those people, the innocence of the lemonade stand hosted by the sweetest of all children (cough, couch) makes it difficult to access and divulge their more nefarious selves. Perhaps we need to counter this reflex, prime the "I used my roommate's toothbrush to clean the toilet" pump a little. We need to direct the thought process away from the eyes of my sweet innocent girls and inward, toward their more desperate and craven - or at least toward their occasionally slovenly and self absorbed - selves. Or just maybe some people are running around this planet completely actualized. Wow, we could be closer than I thought ...

All that said, every single person who stopped at our lemonade stand was lovely, charming and kind hearted... well, as best can be assessed in 5 or less minutes. And to the people who stayed and chatted, we loved talking with you! And I guess it’s true, some of you are just too darn nice. We are so glad you enjoyed our lemonade and we hope you come back for more. I'd like to thank all of you, especially the liars, cheaters and orange juice drinkers, for playing along!! We so appreciate everyone taking part in this experience.

Favorite bumper sticker:

Favorite t-shirt of the day was a tie:  One was on a sweat drenched biker & read "B.P Bike Powered" on the front and "No More Spills" with a circled car crossed out on the back and the second is shown below with the bumpersticker of the day.  All in all, banner day!

*token simile for the au current movie I'm sure sucks

  1. I'm riding the STP without paying/ registering with Cascade Bike Club (I'd pay but it's sold out!)
  2. I rode the STP but on the 2nd day I cheated and drove 70 miles and then biked to the finish line to get a ribbon.
  3. I'm a grown up but my favorite book is still Pinkalicious
  4. I want to hold my new granddaughter
  5. I love biking and it is even better when I get lemonade
  6. The secret to a happy relationship is communication and verbal affirmation
  7. Sometimes, when nobody else is home, I drink my roommate's orange juice out of the carton
  8. When I was in college I tried to sneak into a Billy Joel concert and got thrown out by the NewYork City Police.
  9. I want to fall in love with a good man and settle down! 0~~~~~~~~0
  10. Isaac is an only child!
  11. I really like bread pudding but I think I like banana bread best :)
  12. I am a cancer survivor
  13. I'm moving to Argentina in December.
  14. I wore blue cords in the living room of my sorority on a Saturday evening.  Not allowed!  I was put on probation.
  15. We have our 31st wedding anniversary this week.
  16. I love Jesus a lot!
  17. I love Twilight. <3
  18. Confession I like my dog more than my cat
  19. I am in love with my best friend
  20. When I was eleven I ran away from home and caused my mom and dad to worry a lot.
  21. My favorite swimmer is Peter Chong!
  22. I really don't weigh what my drivers license says - in fact my hair color isn't brown either!
  23. I have not had my original hair color since I was 22.  What is my original hair color?
  24. I imagined telling someone off with a bad word or two.


buster said...

I want to post a comment and a secret but I don't understand computers very well... or text messages!

The Shea-ZAM(tm) Lunaverse said...

You did it, Buster!

Your comment brings to my attention the need for a FAQ! I'll get right on that (although it is Saturday and my slacker gene is screaming, "FEED ME, Seymore!". In the meantime, I'll see if I can answer your question:

The best place for you to post a secret is on the page called "Internet (you!) Secrets and Confessions". You can post anonymously or as yourself by using the "COMMENT as" dropdown list right below the comment box.

Thanks for writing, Buster. I'm new to this whole schtick and I'm not one for reading the "how to" guides (confession) so thanks for bearing with me and let me know if you have any other questions ... or if this one didn't help.

Dan Taflin said...

Hey, I hope you don't mind, but I stole your picture of me (the one with the "I Brake For Lemonade" bumper sticker) and am using it on my blog! For a little more about my lemonade story, see http://seattlebikecommuter.blogspot.com/2008/12/stop-for-lemonade.html

The Shea-ZAM(tm) Lunaverse said...

Dan, we passed you on the bike path yesterday but we were incognito - crossroad bike with a burley trailer. I said, "Hi" but too late for you to hear.
I absolutely do not mind that you took the picture. I just noticed your shirt and gave a shout out in the blog. Nice! I like your blog, too and it looks so pretty. You'll have to give me some pointers next time you stop by the stand - we'll be back in business next week.