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So to make a long story short... I went on vacation in Drumheller for a couple of days.  I drove out, booked a room with a Jacuzzi and hauled a troublemaker along with me.  I completed a friend's challenge, had a lot of fun, spent some money and recharged.  Life is good!  Below is the story of the proof of my insanity.

One of my online friends and I have this thing going on with penguins that started as a joke between our characters.  Up until then I had no idea how many penguins there were in day to day life but the more I looked, the more they were there.  Because I have the CB, I use it to snap pics of them and send them to her.  Then I came across a nearly three foot tall one and bought it.  It was this large stuffed penguin who nearly got me in trouble at the museum.  As I was taking pictures of her on the outlook above the museum, some of the people entering asked the museum staff why there was a penguin up there and a burly security guard came out to check it out.  After a couple of quick questions, he wrote me off as a quack and went back inside. 

After being questioned by the guard, I thought it best the penguin go back to the car and wait for me there.  I didn't want to end up tossed out of the museum for being a distraction and with some apologies to my stuffed buddy, I carried her back to the car.  When I got there and looked across the parking lot, my skin crawled with joy.
Please note what is sitting behind Mr. Max, not on his hood.  Yes, the very drool worthy new Dodge Challenger, which I was challenged by a friend to get a picture of my Max sitting beside after sending each other various pictures of it we have deemed "Car porn".  I can't remember exactly how that challenge was issued... but here was my chance!  I already managed to get one of the car near a gorgeous black Charger, but here was the actual treasure hunt car in the flesh.  Red shiny steel flesh... except as I stowed my troublemaking penguin buddy in the car, I noticed there were people sitting in it so took this as an as close as I could possibly get for now picture and headed back to the museum.  I bought my ticket and then paused on a bench just inside the doors to send the pic to the friend and explain about the people inside.  While I was waiting for the reply, I thought I saw the people who had been in the car come in and bolted back out to the parking lot... only to find one of the two was still in the car.

Well fuck it, I thought.  I'm gonna have a smoke and call this a botched challenge.  I turned on the car to run the air conditioning and sat and smoked (and sulked - I hate botched plans).  Then, about halfway through the ciggie... the gods smiled on me.  The woman came back and got her man and they went into the museum.  I smoked and watched to be sure they went in the museum and not just up to the observation deck overlooking the parking lot.  I needed them IN the museum to do what I was gonna do next.  

When I was sure they were well and truly inside, I pulled the Max out of the spot where I had parked him and circled the lot to pull up beside the red beauty and leapt out to quickly snap the pictures to complete my challenge.  (Note the running lights on, I left Max running for a quick getaway if needed.)
With the two pictures snapped, I hopped back into Max and pulled him carefully back into the spot where he had been parked in the first place.  I was noticed by another museum staffer and could only hope that I wasn't now tagged as a total frakking freak as I locked up the car and headed for the museum.  I wasn't stopped or questioned, so I guess I was deemed a harmless crank.  Yes, the penguin DID go with me everywhere I could take her on the vacation, but the rest of that is a story for another day.

Moral of the story - don't dare me... I will find a way, hell or high water, to make it happen.

Date: 2011-09-18 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Absolutely awesome, and I think something I would do too. Something crazy/weird, not haul a penguin around although I would do that too. :P

I so love your wackiness. Always makes me smile.

Date: 2011-09-18 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have a couple of hundred pictures of the penguin in various places - overlooking Horseshoe Canyon, in front of hoodoos, at the museum, in the middle of nowhere, watching TV in the hotel, in bed at the hotel....

Anything crazy worth doing is worth doing RIGHT!

Date: 2011-09-18 10:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good point!

If you can't have fun being weird then what's the point of being weird?

Date: 2011-09-18 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Precisely! I have odd all locked up!

Date: 2011-09-18 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This makes me want to haul my huge ass penguin up to the dealership I live by and take pictures of it with all the Challengers they have for you.

Date: 2011-09-18 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You can't see it in the pictures, but the penguin is actually seatbelted in the passenger seat of the Max!

I nearly died when I had to stop fast when we got going and she ended up slammed into the dashboard. XD

Date: 2011-09-18 10:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2011-09-18 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I know! This is why she ended up sitting on a blanket I keep in the back of the car so I could belt her little butt into the passenger side. The looks I got from people as I was tooling down the highway with her in the car was worth it!

Date: 2011-09-18 10:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And now I want to see pictures of the penguin from hell with all the Challengers! See what you started... LOL!

Date: 2011-09-18 11:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I might be able to get away with it today!

Date: 2011-09-18 11:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*spreads the insanity and chortles*

What should we do today?

Same thing we do everyday... try and take over the world, one penguin and Challenger at a time!

Date: 2011-09-18 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is so funny. It reminds me a little of the gnome in Amelie.

Isn't it wonderful when people just dismiss you as crazy. Makes it possible to get away with all sorts of things!

Date: 2011-09-18 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep, mild insanity is easily dismissable and really does let you do the most astounding things.

Heh, life is too short to be entirely normal!

Date: 2011-09-18 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is... All of it is so awesome. Hehe! I love ya. Glad you had an awesome time and didn't get into too much trouble!

Date: 2011-09-18 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love ya too, you know it.

Nope, not too much trouble at all. Lots of fun was had, which is as it should be. Had an angel on my shoulder for the ride, after all.

Date: 2011-09-18 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course lots of fun must be had. Little else is as fun as looking at awesome things and soaking in a jacuzzi!

That's good! One in your back seat too?

Date: 2011-09-19 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One belted in the passenger seat and one in my pocket on my Blackberry!

Date: 2011-09-19 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heheh! Not the CB itself? So like a song?

Date: 2011-09-19 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, the voice of an angel.

Date: 2011-09-19 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooo? Good music always make roadtrips complete!


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