Lately I’ve been fairly successful at weaning myself off reading the Fort Wayne papers. I still check them daily, but don’t often click past the main page. There’s increasingly less there there, I regret to say. And, as always, they’re showing their provincialism — I think there’s been a story about the IPFW mastodon public-art project most days since it opened in May.
You want to know if a trend is over? I thought to myself. Check if it’s gotten to Fort Wayne yet.
No sooner were the thoughts out of my head than I passed a gaily painted frog in a Grosse Pointe commercial strip. Then another. And another. And oh my, but we’re off to the races again.
I guess this trend started with the Chicago Cows on Parade, followed by Cows on Vacation in South Carolina, Cincinnati’s pigs, San Francisco’s hearts, Buffalo’s buffalo and Toronto’s moose and, oh, here’s a list. Go look up your own links.
I don’t know why frogs for Grosse Pointe. Maybe Toledo had some leftovers. Maybe because we were settled by the French. The fundraiser is called Frogs*Fur*Friends and has something to do with the twin beneficiaries — the Children’s Home of Detroit and the G.P. Animal Adoption Society — but beyond that, I don’t really know why frogs.
As for the photo above, this being Michigan, someone felt they had to honor the long-running Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry. I’ll leave it to Eric to explain, with that exquisite Ann Arbor condescension, why it’s not really that big of a rivalry. At least for Michigan.
And now for the bloggage:
Remember the good ol’ days, when people had good values and respected human life from the moment of conception to natural death, and displayed living premature babies as a carnival attraction?
Another hot Sunday lolls outside the windows. Have a good’un.