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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.
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