Monday, August 13, 2012
This Is Only Funny If You're From Utah
Keep in mind a couple of things: 1) I used to live in Edinburgh. I am very familiar with the Fringe Festival and the crowds of street performers -- many of them foreign -- who compete for tourists' attention on the Royal Mile (the street running downhill from the Castle to the Palace) in hopes of getting larger audiences for their paid shows. (In fact, I use this whole set up in my soon-to-be-published novel, All in the Half-Vampire Family, as Eric goes to Edinburgh to perform at the Fringe Festival.) 2) I am also a 5th-generation Utah Mormon, descended on both sides from some of the original pioneers who came to Utah before the railroad, traveling by covered wagon (not by handcart -- because my ancestors weren't stupid enough to fall for that). 3) I also tend to be what is frowned upon by many as a rather "intellectual" Mormon, and I don't confuse tradition with actual doctrine.
Keeping all that in mind, try to grasp what ran through my mind as I clicked through the link and saw this photo sent by some unknown guy enjoying the Fringe on the Royal Mile and using his cell phone today:
1st thought: "Whoa! Polygamists in Scotland???!!!"
2nd thought: "No, their hair's wrong. Oh, it's a Young Women's choir!"
3rd thought: "No, you duffus. A Young Women's choir wouldn't perform at the Fringe! They're normal performers doing Sound of Music."
4th thought: "Wait. There are too many girls and no boys. It's not Sound of Music. Maybe it's Paint Your Wagon."
5th thought: "What the heck IS this??!!"