Sunday, April 02, 2006

April Fools

Did anyone pull any great April Fools pranks on Saturday? Just curious. I am not a fan of the April Fools thing, but I did accidentally pull a few pranks of my own. Are they really considered pranks if what was done was unintentional?

When I woke up Saturday morning - after spending eleven hours on my bum the day before - I was understandably anxious to get out and do something. I noticed an advertisement in the paper that read, "Fuschia and Geranium starters, two for a dollar." This is an annual special sale that a regional grocery/stuff market chain holds. The best part of the sale is that a person can bring his/her own planters, and the starts will be planted for free - with premium soil provided (also free).

Knowing that the fuschia/geranium Saturday can get pretty busy, even in a torrential downpour, I knew I had to get going quickly. So I rushed around to find empty planters. Of course I knocked over a few empty kerosene lanterns in the garden/lawn mower shed. The spill wouldn't have been as bad had one of the lanterns not sprung a leak. When I tried to remove it from the shed so that the kerosene didn't get near the gasoline, like a toddler boy going pee, some sprayed uncontrollably on my hands and sweater.

After I quickly changed my clothes and started a load of laundry (kerosene on favorite sweater = not good), I got back to the task at hand - the gathering of flower containers. Not wanting to lug around large pots at the store, I opted for the six or seven clay and plastic planters of manageable size (although there were a few people who had HUGE flower pots there - the one meter across size). Of course my planters all needed to be washed out, so I went at the scrubbing in the kitchen sink.

While I wildly scrubbed my pots - still in a hurry - Poetroad breaks my concentration with, "Hey, what's this in my coffee?" I knew in a glance what it was. Without hesitation I said, "It's dirt. April Fools!"

Yeah, it was all planned. Only next time I plan a joke like that, I think I'll skip the "spill the kerosene on favorite sweater" step.

In the end, I got my plants and my dirt and my plants planted. [Insert your own something pithy and Shakespearian here - I have to get back to work]


pjd said...

April 1st passed our household by without any foolishness. Just tons of yardwork.

By the way, thank you for your thoughts on the poem. I took your advice on that wordy central stanza and have snipped and restructured it, resulting in a much more concise, dramatic, and literarily elitist stanza. So thanks.

supergirl said...

I also dislike April Fool's jokes. A lot of them are mean spirited.

pjd said...

I heard a good one from my kid tonight. A girl in his class got up in the middle of the night and took her parents' toothbrushes, put them upside-down in dixie cups of water, and froze them. Then returned them before the parents woke up. Parents could not brush their teeth because their toothbrushes were encased in ice. I thought it was pretty funny and mostly harmless.

bluesugarpoet said...

I don't really like April Fool's jokes either - but it's nice when one can excuse her carelessness with dirt on good old April 1.

pjd, I am interested in reading the changes, but I am wise enough to know that I was only one of the many who stirred that cup.

Am I finally a literary elitist? I paid enough money to the gods of education to get here.

bluesugarpoet said...

cute, harmless prank, btw. that was a good one.

Gracie said...

oh...kd woke me up early in the morning to tell me that her brother (who had slept on the couch the night before) and peed on it. it was a superb delivery and other than giving me a heart attack - was totally harmless.

pjd said...

good one, KD!

BSP: I've no idea how to send you the changes without posting them publicly, which I don't want to do (it would effectively kill the "unpublished" status of the poem). Any hints on this? Should I use Gracie as intermediary?