Happy Halloween

Serendipity is the art of making an unsought finding. -Pek Van Andel
This is a subject that I love to write about because you never know where life will lead you.

I was in a parade last night. Never in my life did think that I would be on a float waving to onlookers or better yet throwing beads from one. My local Lutzonian girlfriend, Dana, invited me to join her krewe as an honorary guest for Tampa's Guavaween Festival. It's a parade and festival that the city of Tampa puts out every year around Halloween.

Wow! Let me paint the picture for you. I was the thirteenth wheel of a group of thirtyplussomething couples dressed as gypsies in a colorfully tented two-story float wired with an excellent sound system. A recipe for a good time. The party started for us around 4pm and because most of us had wee ones, we were home before midnight to relinquish our sitters just before they turned back into pumpkins. During the eight hours, we danced, ate, and cheered each others great moves. Most of them resembling moves we did back in the eighties but nevertheless we made them look fresh and new. We were young again. Those kids that danced into the wee morning hours before we had to tend to pumpkins and seedlings. We visited and laughed with the other krewes just to be neighborly. The costumes and designs were amazing. I loved them all! Then it started...the parade.

We were called to ours posts minutes before we rolled down Ybor City Streets among the eager crowds hungry for beads. Frantic gypsies got their supplies ready while the caravan slowly rolled into action. We could hear them...the crowds calling for us and all the others...hands waving in the air, yelling, begging, pleading, and doing tricks for bits. We felt like rock stars. It spoiled me. I will never again be one of the crowd. It's so much better to give than to receive. We slowly rolled down Ybor sharing our wealth, then it came to an end. "Let's do it again," we pleaded. The moment passed and we wanted more. The leader instructed us to gather our belongings and de-float.

The tour was over but we weren't ready for the parade to be over. Reluctant gypsies with bags in tow, coupled, still high from the excitement rode off to the next destination where the night ended with a great dinner, more dancing and a toast to our wonderful hosts. Happy Halloween to All!


  1. ya me voyl...sigue poniendo cosas en el blog...besos a todos


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