Thursday, April 10, 2008

Politics, pranks, and flamingos

Even though it’s the second week of April, it’s still colder than usual. We even awoke to snow one morning this week. A late April Fool’s joke. Definitely not flamingo weather! And it seems to have brought out the "best" of some of our residents:

The day after the local paper became a finalist for a Pulitzer for its story about Senator Craig’s bathroom antics, the senator released a statement saying that his decision not to run for another term of office "pre-dated" the bathroom sting.

Right. As Groucho Marx once said: Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.

There is a property in the Boise foothills where a mansion sits on a large hill. It was owned by one of Idaho’s richest residents, who donated it to the city last year. This year, as the spring grass began to grow, a huge phallic symbol gradually appeared on the hillside. Landscapers tried to cosmetically repair it – but instead accidentally emphasized its shape even more. This evening, the local paper ran this item under breaking news: "Obscene Prank Erased from Boise’s S____ Hill," and the article goes on to say that the area has now been replanted and is covered with a bed of straw.

Next thing you know, it’ll be covered with mating flamingos…

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