Saturday, September 27, 2008

Flashy Fair Float Forges Friends, Fielded Friday

Before the 1st presidential debate on Friday, a debate that Barack Obama won handily by the way, the Fort Bend Democrats launched its first attempt at an honest to God authentic parade float.

We did it with strangers who became friends, working together after toiling in offices, stores and classrooms. We did it. We turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse. You saw the before picture. Now look at our float during its stages of transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis.

There were two rules.

1) It had to be blue (and red and white).
2) It had to be shiny.

A good friend of mine says that you can never have too much shiny.

First we set the stage and floors.
Yep. Still ugly.

Then on goes the shiny.

Then the floozy fringe. This is what makes a float a float. If you don’t have this you have a utility trailer with lipstick.
Then our “Biden Blue” heart.

The letters are laid out.

Then the sweat started pouring and no one had time to take photos until we had our trailer transformed.
Then it was time to transform the red pickup truck into “shiny”.

The finished product. Yes that’s Hurricane Ike damage on the roof.
Comes Friday.

The butterfly emerges from its cocoon.

And flies by the Fort Bend Democrats whose headquarters are about half way down the parade route.

I don’t care what anyone else says. I think this project, to turn an old rust bucket utility trailer into Hollywood was wildly successful.

And now, having seen John McCain get thrashed by deadly zingers from the next president of the United States, truly the foreboding of a “shiny” future.


Anonymous said...

You made the "lipstick on a trailer" a truly beautiful Cinderella story. It makes me proud to be a Democrat! And it was worth all the sweat and loss of sleep to achieve the final float. You should take a bow for all of the sweat equity and hard work that you did to transform the rusted trailer into the Fort Bend Democrats shiny float. We could not have done it without you.
A "Ft.Bend Floozie"

Fenway Fran said...

I am SO glad you put this on film for those of us who couldn't be there, but were in spirit, rest assured. A part of me will always remain Fort Bend Democrat Proud. You guys rock.