Saturday, April 2, 2011

Love Is Never Wrong

So this morning we got up early and went to town to go to Hank's 7th Annual Springtime Tallahassee Parade Party.
I love this party. Every one loves this party. Babies, grandmas, mamas, daddies, uncles, aunts, kids, gothie sort of people, gay, straight, bordering-on-everything-why-try-to-define-it?
Mr. Moon and I picked up Lily and Owen because Jason had to work and we drove downtown and got a fabulous parking spot and walked over to Hank's where the drinkin' had already begun (hey! it's tradition!) and a grit bar was set up.
A grit bar! Do you hear me?
Grits in a crockpot with various sorts of cheeses and bacon to put on top! Awesome! Hank is brilliant. And lots of other food including deviled eggs that I made from my hen's beautiful eggs and berries with blue cheese and nuts and parsley that Taylor made and a fantastic breakfast casserole that Lily made and okay, I didn't drink but I sho' did eat.

All right. Mostly I'm going to give you pictures.

Here's Taylor, since I already mentioned her. I love me some Tay-Tay.

Here's a beautiful tattoo on the lovely bosom of a woman named Loren. I asked her permission to shoot and post. She graciously gave it.

Our Togi who is in a pact with May to be hot FOREVER!

Someday I'm going to have to get Togi to show me how to do eye make-up. His is always exquisite. On one of his last posts on FaceBook he said that he is "heteroskeptical."
Togi is like Yoda, only with much better grammar.

Okay. Okay. Background information. You know that our governor here is a criminal, right? If he weren't richer than Midas, he'd be in jail. One of those CEO-I-had-no-idea-our-company-was-defrauding-Medicare! things. And he's been in office for four months and his approval rating is something like 12%.
That's low, baby.
So anyway, the dude just does not give a shit. And he agreed to be the grand marshal of the parade and I have no idea whose bright idea it was to ask him but anyway, there was great talk beforehand about how to show disapproval when the Crim Gov walked by.
A few strategies were to wear black and to stand and turn backs to him as he walked by.
So I did that. But after I turned back around I snapped this:

It would appear that Voldemort turned his back on US! I can't imagine why. Dig the bullet-proof vested escorts.

Signs like this were in abundance:

I got one picture of a child holding one with her mama in the background, arms folded across her chest and a scowl on her face. I'd post it but who knows what the repercussions might be and I'm courteous like that.

Anyway, after (P)Rick Scott went by (my brother gave him that name- it's his gansta' name) the real fun began and we cheered everyone from the Krishnas to the highschool bands to the martial arts schools to the beauty queens to the pirates.

A beauty queen. She looks terrified. I love this picture. She's probably looking at us.

These gals got a LOT of applause from us.

Who doesn't love a marching band?

I have no idea what this was about. None. Whatever. They rocked.

May got to show up before work and it was a JOY to see her. I cried after I took this one. Just cried.

Owen pretty much wore this expression the entire time.

As you can see, though, he figured out the beads.

My niece, Riley, posing with some of her treasure.

Jessie, Riley, my brother Chuck (funniest man in the world), Kian (my nephew), Owen and Bop.

I have no idea why Kian and Riley's eyes are closed but they were in the other picture I took of them too, so...

Jessie getting down.

Bop doing a little street boogie. Ain't he cute?

Guys on the float that got the biggest cheer from our little corner of the street.

And the whole group.

Hank calls this party "the float that doesn't move." There's even a banner.

Yeah. It was a great party.

I wish you could have been there. You'd have fit right in. I just know it.

Much love from Springtime Tallahassee. Okay, actually, Lloyd at this point.

Ms. Moon


  1. I love a parade and always have. Makes me happy and smiles burst forth the whole time. It's a great place to admire other folks, evesdrop (my mama was quite good at this), watch the kids who always make me smile and the whole event..we don't have a Springtime Parade so I like that I could look at all your photos and feel like I was there...and grits! Yum...and toppings...great idea!!!!

  2. I was just watching the Goon Show briefly tonight and thinking Hank is like a young Harry Secombe with his nose and glasses, and sideburns and smile and all.

    This looked like so much fun :)

  3. That Hank is no amateur! (P)rick Scott? Hilarious.

  4. I wish I had been there because yes, I would have fit right in! Go, Hank!

  5. i know of the crewe of olympus in the great state of texas- that is just full of AWESOME!

    our gov is a (p)rick too.

    and you are right mrs mary moon, love is never wrong, but the way the laws in our country treat people is.


  6. Sounds like an incredibly sweet heart of a day! The weather couldn't have been more perfect either.

    Sometimes we just have to stop and realize it's damn good to be here.

    I spent the day hungover. I'll fill you in later.

    Will you PLEASE take some greens from me???!!!!

  7. The float that doesn't move? Brilliant!

  8. Excellent party -yes, that's my kind.

  9. Ellen- I wish you'd been there! It was perfect!

    Jo- Hank is such an amazing man. You'd love him if you knew him.

    Juancho- Yo, babe! Where were you today? And no, Hank is no amateur. You got that right.
    P-Rick, that's my name.
    P-Rick, I got the criminal fame.
    P-Rick, I bought the election
    For the next four years I got a big erection!
    Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah....
    (This is my first attempt at rap. Forgive me.)

    Angella- Oh honey, yes you would have. Right by my side.

    Mrs. A- Amen and you know it and I know it too.

    Ms. Fleur- Hungover? Oh no! And honey, I have greens out the yang in my refrigerator. I'm sorry!

    A- Hank IS brilliant. Seriously. He is.

    SJ- You woulda loved it! And you should come next year.

  10. I like those small town parades. They are a lot of fun. And the party looks great-- the float that never moves--LOL.

  11. Syd- Not SO small. Tallahassee is the state capitol.

  12. OMG I could write a book (if I could write) about this post...

    Heteroskeptical??? Don't think I've ever heard a better word and it will definitely become a part of my vocabulary...

    Owen and the beads and Glen? Mr. Moon is the cat's pajamas...

    And the whole group? Maybe the whole MOTLEY group...

    (P)rick Scott? PRICELESS...


    and Petite Fleur, I'd love some of your greens...

    I'm on Cloud 9 from this've raised some amazing kids ~ thank you!

  13. Lulumarie- Glad you liked the post. I wish you'd been here. One thing though- I think those kids raised ME!
    Love you so.

    Christina- Aw. That makes me so happy. Love you too, you beautiful woman!

  14. A beautiful day, a beautiful crowd. We'll do it again in 2012.

  15. Oh I love seeing the tatts and your son. Hi Downtown Guy! I need his email to add him to my blog list if you don't mind letting him know. He looks like all the children who move in and out of my house without knocking.

  16. Radish King! I was just wondering the other day why I wasn't seeing entries from you anymore. drunkonpabst at gmail dot com.

  17. That looks like the best party ever. And I do think I would have fit right in. I would even have done eye makeup. And the beads! I want some! Ah just perfect.

  18. Wish I could have been there, too. What a great gang of people. Wowsa. GOOD TIMES.

  19. I don't know how I missed this when you posted it, but I'm so glad I saw it today! Awesome.

  20. 13 years later and this post made me so happy and so grateful to you and all those at Hank’s House!


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