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May 10, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Simply shrimpy. Confusion to drive by.

Must find some small fry.

Kids will do, I suppose if no short height-challenged individuals are available.

Freyja in the Cave of Dwarfs.(H.L.M. Asgard Stories,1901 Mary H. Foster/ US public domain:date of publication/expired copyright/

Excuse me is this the place for a little party?
(The Cave of Dwarfs.H.L.M.Asgard Stories,1901.M.H. Foster/US public domain:publication date/expired copyright/

Little Munchkins

That’s OK to say?

Don’t want to offend. Oz is cool.

(But stop humming that Randy Newman “Short People”. Rude.)

Mr Roarke(Monalban) and Tattoo (Herve Villechaize) Return to Fantasy Island, 1977 (ABC TV/ US public copyright notice/publication date with no copyright notice/

No small welcome by Mr Roarke/Montalban and Tattoo/Herve Villechaize
(Return to Fantasy Island,1977.ABC TV/ US public domain:publication date with no copyright notice/

How about planning entertainment as a small honor?

Snow White has a merry little crowd (Makes you want to whistle and Hi-Ho! along.)

Re-runs of the Fantasy Island series? (Loved that weekly: “The plane. The plane!”)

Different Strokes or Webster? (No small audiences there.)

That reality show Little People. Big World? (Don’t overlook them.)

Little appreciation always welcomed.

Hug a petite!

The Royals honored their Little People. (Las Meninas.1656.Velazquez.1599-1660. Prado/ US public domain:reprod of PD art/ artist life+100/Commons.wikimedia)

Traditionally honored by Royals
(Las Meninas.1656.Velazquez.1599-1660. Prado/ US public domain:reprod of PD art/ artist life+100/Commons.wikimedia)

Friday is National Shrimp Day!

Oh? Are you sure?

Shrimp like fish?

Read the fine print?

Looks like a list of seafood restaurants and recipes for gumbo and scampi.

That’s fishy.

That stinks: Shrimp boil (A13ean/

That stinks: Shrimp boil (A13ean/

 Shrimp’s been a term of endearment! Forever!

Ask any sibling.

Like “Stop, you little shrimp. Give that back.”

Followed by, “Mom, he’s calling me names.”

Stew on that for a while.

Confusion understandable.

Seriously, it’s National Shrimp-as-in-Seafood Day!

Time to get out the barbie, Doll.

Batter up those shrimpies. Get them ready to fry.

Grillers, grab your skewers.

(Of course french fries are a vegetable. Paper towel for blotting?)

All you can eat shrimp + a view of the bay. Bubba's Shrimp Palace. San Leon, TX (

All you can eat shrimp + a view of the bay. Rain or shine.
Bubba’s Shrimp Palace. San Leon, TX (

A different splash of shows required.

Little Mermaid (Seems a bit awkward.)

Finding Nemo (For shrimpy little kids?)

Jaws? (Finally, one with bite that hooks you with thrills)

SNL’s Land Shark skits! Classic! “Knock Knock. Candygram. Land shark!”

Perfectly seasoned opening for spicy weekend activities.

Fine art, but not art cars (Arlington Park,2009.Paul Kehrer/Flickr.Win,Place,Show/

Fine art, but not art cars
(Arlington Park,2009.Paul Kehrer/Flickr.Win,Place,Show/

It’s also the 26th Annual Art Car Parade!

Over 275 Art Cars will meander down Allan Parkway on Saturday…for hours.

(No rain! No rain! You can hear the chanting?)


Drive over for 2012 Art Car Parade pictures and posts here and here.

A different kind of pedigreed thorouhbred on the track. (2011 Porsche 356 Art Car by R. Sanders/ Alex Brogan/

A different kind of pedigreed thoroughbred on the track.
(2011 Porsche 356 Art Car by R. Sanders/ Alex Brogan/

Looking forward to “Heroicar” by Welsh artist Andy Hazell

It’s built around a 15 year old Honda that appeared last year as a Mayan Temple.

Picture it: a Super Hero Salute

Superman swooping down on top of the car to save the day.

The Man of Aluminum’s right arm reaches into the passenger-side window.

His aluminum cape flapping in flight (helped by a hidden windshield wiper motor.)

The sides of the car are painted to show what’s inside. (instant x-ray vision for parade viewers!)

Rumor is there may be Kryptonite in the glove box.

Keeping eyes on the road (2011 Art Car Parade. Alex Brogan/

Keeping eyes on the road (2011 Art Car Parade. Alex Brogan/

Like all Art Cars, Heroicar is street legal.

Driving to another art car parade in Victoria, TX, May 18.

Live in the Baltimore area? Watch for Heroicar in the July Artscape Festival.

Hooked on Art Cars?

Enjoy the shrimp fest while waiting for the tour.

Will try to update 2013 pictures/video (weather permitting camera)

Part of a thundering herd (2005 RIde to Live Art Car. Released to PD by Montrose Patriot/

Part of a thundering herd
(2005.Ride to Live Art Car.PD by Montrose Patriot/

A little fun for the weekend,

(Don’t stop short)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Read more: 

After this let's head to the Art Car Parade. You can sit down so I'll be the taller one in the pictures. Mickey Rooney.Judy Garland 1939 Babes in Arms premier Grauman's Theater/ LA Times/US Public domain: publication date/copyright not renewed/artist life/

After this let’s head to the Art Car Parade. You can sit down so I’ll be the taller one in the pictures.
Mickey Rooney.Judy Garland 1939.(Grauman’s Theater/LA Times/US Public Domain: publication date/copyright not renewed/artist life/


  1. susielindau / May 10 2013 3:27 pm

    Ha! I am kind of a shrimp at 5’4″ which is supposed to be average…What I lack in size I make up for in big personality! Hahaha!
    Have a great weekend Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2013 3:48 pm

      And big heart! We are on the border! (please allow us amnesty to buy clothes in both petites and regular sizes depending on sale price and fit.) Let us know if you get to be tour guide for VIP ( I should have mentioned his mother would approve of Boulder’s history of social consciousness – his dad of environmental ideas – darn!)
      When you get that book published, maybe take time for on-line interview? (see last post…oh, don’t…might scare you off!)
      Hope you have a giggle full weekend


  2. PiedType / May 10 2013 4:53 pm

    Oh my, what a fun day!! You wouldn’t believe how much (many?) shrimp I can eat at one sitting. Fried, boiled, grilled. As long as it’s shrimp! As for the cars, I love the Porsche! Preserve the lines of the car itself and just add a gorgeous, creative paint job. Don’t cover up the car; just enhance it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2013 5:45 pm

      Shrimp rules! (My mom was allergic to shrimp and we never had any – but I’ve made up for it now!) This is my new most favorite day!
      I agree with you about the cars – my favorites are the ones that are painted. It’s flooding downtown right now – tow trucks everywhere – with luck it will move on out by noon tomorrow.
      Enjoy the weekend!


  3. jmlindy422 / May 10 2013 5:39 pm

    Was going to make gumbo with chicken thighs, but I think I’ll go buy a pound of shrimp!


  4. Beth / May 10 2013 5:44 pm

    A friend of mine had an art car, though not quite as great as those pictured above. Hers was covered with googly eyes and the year she started the project, as a present, we gave her thousands more to help her continue on. Who knew it would take so many eyes? Since the art car, she’s heard just about every eye pun (they never got old… for us at least!). It was always fun to see people going up to her car to get a quick picture posing with it. She did her part to Keep Austin Weird.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 10 2013 5:49 pm

      I’m pretty sure I know that car! Love the googly eyes. It must be fun to drive one around – they are supposed to be visiting schools today – but it’s storming so bad streets are flooding. Must protect the cars.
      Austin appreciates her efforts! Thanks for driving by to chat


  5. jmmcdowell / May 10 2013 7:33 pm

    Mmm, grilled shrimp with lemon or garlic seasoning…. Maybe we should go out to dinner tonight….


  6. pegoleg / May 10 2013 10:03 pm

    I love the cars! Thanks for the heads=up on shrimp day. I’m heading out to dinner in an hour and now know what I’m having.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2013 12:42 am

      That’s driving in style! Hope you locate a shrimp feast. Thanks for stirring up a comment


      • pegoleg / May 15 2013 6:47 pm

        FYI, the restaurant I went to last Friday just looked at me blankly when I asked what their Natl Shrimp Day special was. Hmmmph!


  7. EllaDee / May 11 2013 12:13 am

    Ah, small pleasures! It’s the day after Shrimp Day for me. Anyway… we call them prawns, as in chuck another prawn on the barbie mate, don’t come the raw prawn with me you goose… and I don’t think they are in season, we bought some very ordinary prawns over the ANZAC weekend but I’m with you in spirit.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2013 12:40 am

      I was thinking of you: barbie and prawns! As we live by the bay and near the shrimp fleet, we grill/boil them frequently, too. Nothing better! Thanks for tossing on a comment


  8. rumpydog / May 11 2013 3:07 pm

    Is this a celebration of shrimp? or a celebration of eating them? The shrimps don’t care for the second option, ya know.


  9. Spinster / May 11 2013 3:10 pm

    I can count the amount of times I’ve eaten shrimp on 1 hand, mostly because of my former religion which I’ve now left, but now because I may be allergic. But on the rare occasions that I’ve had shrimp (including in Thai dumplings last night), pretty good. (Luckily, no breaking out into hives like the last time.) But yes… happy belated Shrimp Day. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2013 3:16 pm

      My mom and brother terribly allergic to shrimp – so we never had them. But I’ve made up for that now. (hmmm Thai dumplings do sound good) Thanks for nibbling along


  10. gingerfightback / May 11 2013 6:51 pm

    Prawns we call them – them cars are funky!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2013 10:03 pm

      I think the big ones here are called prawns…but the little one – shrimp (they are little – not a bullying term!) Yeah, I’d like to drive one of those art cars everyday. Thanks for driving over to chat


  11. Littlesundog / May 11 2013 11:25 pm

    I’m no shrimp… but I sure do love to eat those delicate critters… oh, I can just taste them now!!


  12. roughseasinthemed / May 12 2013 7:05 am

    Terminology is funny. We used to have shrimps too, usually potted shrimps cooked and then potted in spice butter. (you bought them like that rather than doing it yourself) Morecambe Bay (NW England) was famous for them. You could either eat them cold with salad, or heat them up in a ramekin and serve with fingers of toast. Very rich but extremely tasty. The ones in your photo I would call prawns, and big prawns were king prawns. They are gambas here (or rather just over the frontier). In fact I’ve not seen any shrimps around since I last some 25 or so years ago at my mothers.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 12 2013 3:56 pm

      Shrimps are little. Little kids understood that. I loved living in New Orleans for the available shrimp and shrimp dishes. Our fish market by the bay has imported prawns – but the docks with the shrimper boats offer the local shrimp. Always good when things are in season – and the gulf waters are healthy. I wondered what terms you used. (Our Brit neighbor is famous for his homemade paella – he traveled Spain a lot when younger.)
      Thanks for the link. Hope your weekend is fun


  13. Kourtney Heintz / May 14 2013 5:50 pm

    Yum for National Shrimp Day. Shrimp and scallops give me a tough time in the kitchen. Hard to not overcook. Eek chewy like squid then. 😦


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 15 2013 1:30 am

      Best way to eat shrimp and scallops- where someone else cooks them! (Fried, anyway – too messy. Scallops I love, but beyond my skills!) Thanks for stirring up a comment.


  14. The Hook / Jun 1 2013 4:05 pm

    Herve Villechaize AND actual shrimp?
    Best. Post. Ever!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 1 2013 5:08 pm

      Me thinks you need some sleep. Glad there was something to tickle your brain. Thanks!


      • The Hook / Jun 1 2013 5:28 pm

        I definitely need sleep!


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