For my regular readers, you are aware that I am currently living in Kansas. It isn't as bad as many of you might imagine. OR...depending on the quality of your imagination, maybe it is. Either way, after 21 moves, this is where I landed (for now) and I rather like it here.
|Is this how people think Kansas looks?|
|A picture of Kansas without a tornado in the sky.|
I think a certain movie and it's implications on how people view Kansas is interesting (bizarre). The Chamber of Commerce reports that the NUMBER ONE question they are asked by people not familiar with Kansas is "Is it anything like the Wizard of Oz?" I find this incredulous that people are that...I am struggling for a word...but stupid comes to mind.
The original book written by L. Frank Baum, came off the presses on May 17th, 1900. Over the years it was mostly equated as a children's book but there have been numerous theories that take alternate views.
One of the more prevalent theories being that the book was a satirical writing taking aim at the politics of the time. L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law, a suffragette of the era, Matilda Joslyn Gage, encouraged him to write his stories down. In every one of Baum's stories the protagonist was female. There are a number of veiled references in the books to the author's views on feminism.
As for me, I think it is a cute story. Upon a recent visit to the OZ Museum,...yes, there is one and ...yes I went there,....I am sure there were under lying messages within the books but for me...they are just fun stories.
Which...or should I say "witch" brings me to the point of my post today....having some fun with the "Wizard of Oz:. Frankly, it's my duty, as a Kansan, to work the Oz theme into my blog on a regular basis. So far I have done a pretty good job of it.
My latest "pull out an Oz theme"....came as a result of me following a blog challenge. Nickey and Mike over at the blog We Work For Cheese, started a 30 Day Photography Challenge. I don't tend to join in photography challenges as I prefer to use clip art and drawings to illustrate most of my posts. I do, however, post various graphics in their comment section from time to time, to tie into "whatever they are photographing that day".
A few days ago, the theme was "Steel". After giving it some thought...very little actually, I came up with the idea of this:
Thought Number Two: My version of "When Dorothy Met the Tin Man".
As Dorothy approached the forest clearing,
The faintest squeaking, she kept hearing.
Following the barely whispered "squeeaakk",
She left her path to take a peek.
At the base of a ponderous tree,
a rusting man she came to see,
I kid you not!..I do not lie*
a rusting metal-man, she spied.
*OK, just to be clear..I do lie. I lie like a rug but in this case...I am, totally, telling the truth.
Dorothy, being extremely bright,
quickly sized up the Tin Man's plight.
Within her purse, she had oils and potions.
Kansas girls carry tons of lotions.*
*Sorry, again, I have to clarify. We carry a crap load of skin cream as Kansas girls hands are like sandpaper.
Within moments of Dorothy's care,
the Tin Man's words spewed into the air.
"What the HELL?" The metal man cried.
"What kind of idiot altered my hide???"
A much better choice over tin would be brass!
The tinsmith obviously had his head up his ass.
Even monkeys get brass for their balls, so I'm told.*
Getting less than monkey balls seems rather cold.
*Cold as in the old adage, Freezing the balls off a brass monkey.
He could of used steel, if he he had half a brain.
The galvanized type would have withstood the rain.
The stainless type would have remained ever shiny.
The joker that did this, had his head up his hiney!
I know you are doubting this version, I'm telling.
But it's the truth...the Tin Man was yelling.
Yelling obscenities and words that were BAD.
Years standing rusted had left him quite mad.
The movie cleaned it up nicely, to make it PG.
It's all about ratings, I am sure you can see.
The smithy got sued for his poor choice of tin.
The Gold Man is now sporting the results of his win.*
*The current skin he is in....is 24 carat...Tin/Gold Man's Personal Injury lawyer did a great job.
If you don't believe my version of this be sure to contact the Gold Man.
I would tell you to have the witch verify it but alas, she can't take your calls.
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