Friday, September 17, 2004

When the parade passes by

The homecoming parade was last night. Both chillun's were in it, riding on different "floats". I put floats in parenthesis because anyone who's watched the parades on TV at Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years would be hard pressed to recognize them as such.

Let me back up a little bit and explain.

The Aardvark's live in Fort Worth. Big city, big ISD, big schools, right? So you'd think. But...

We live between two small cities: Sansom Park, which borders Fort Worth on the NW side, and River Oaks, which is completely surrounded by Fort Worth - a city within a city - it's unusual, but not unheard of. These two cities share an ISD and we live in the narrow corridor between them and so we are in their ISD, not Fort Worth's. The combined population of Sansom Park and River Oaks is somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 people, and like most small towns in Texas, there is a preponderance of Bubbas and Bubbettes. Not that there's anything wrong with that - for the most part they're decent, hard-working, salt-o-the-earth types that make good neighbors and good friends. But they certainly don't have huge wads of loose cash lying around and as a result tend not to spend what they do have on frivolities (like floats).

So, most of the floats in the parade consisted of a truck pulling a flatbed trailer, with some hay bails thrown on it, carrying a group of kids holding up poster board signs and banners and such, and throwing candy to the crowd. Toss in a police car or two (and every piece of fire equipment owned by both cities) and add a half-dozen convertibles carrying the homecoming 'royalty' and that pretty well sums it up. I think I can safely say, I've never quite seen anything like it.

What really tickled me, though, was the fact that the parade seemed to be in such a hurry (total elapsed time - less than 15 minutes). I was standing on the corner where they had to slow down and turn and even with that, I would swear that the average speed was 20 MPH. I barely had time to pick my urchins out before they were around the corner and out of sight. When the Eldest Aardvark Child went by on the band float, they were playing "Eye of the Tiger". (even though we're the Lions...) I can't recall ever hearing a band with a noticeable redshift before.

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