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Old 07-23-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Put that thing away, will you?

Thou shalt not carry an umbrella.

"Umbrellas, like faces, acquire a certain sympathy with the individual who carries them. . . . May it not be said of the bearers of these inappropriate umbrellas, that they go about the streets “with a lie in their right hand?” . . . Except in a very few cases of hypocrisy joined to a powerful intellect, men, not by nature, umbrellarians, have tried again and again to become so by art, and yet have failed–have expended their patrimony in the purchase of umbrella after umbrella, and yet have systematically lost them, and have finally, with contrite spirits and shrunken purses, given up their vain struggle, and relied on theft and borrowing for the remainder of their lives.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

In high school a person wouldn't be caught dead carrying and umbrella. I can remember proceding to dump my umbrella down a sewer because the sun had come out. Why I can even remember, my first (and last) date with one possible suitor that showed up at my door carrying an umbrella and it wasn't even raining!! Now that rates right up there with sock suspenders to me and just way too cautious and sensible to have made a favorable first impression. Since those days I'd like to think I have grown. Even Gene Kelley and musicals seem alot more attractive to me. And I have become a seeker. Yes I want a new umbrella.

But seriously what umbrella do you carry if you carry an umbrella in the Airstream? I have borrowed umbrellas from the large golf variety with the hulking handles to the compact minis that keep telescoping endlessly. The Jackson Center Gift Shop even has a dandy combination flashlight umbrella, which under the right set of circumstances could be perfect. You might have to admit, sometimes looking like a drowned rat is just enough impetus to opt to deploy an umbrella. How about you are you singing in the rain or wringing in the rain? Show us.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:42 PM   #2
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My favorite picture with an umbrella...

I have a fair selection, and keep at least one in the door pocket of my truck. My favorite is a monster "doorman's" umbrella that came from god only knows where. It has been around for over 15 years, it has a vented top and takes heavy wind gusts quite well.

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Old 07-23-2010, 05:34 PM   #3
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Super picture Aaron!! I love the red umbrella in the black and white. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:34 PM   #4
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We picked up a nice one in the gift shop at an umbrella mine we visited near Bearphart in Upper Canada, but unfortunately, before we could snap a photo, it was blown away, lost forever...

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Carol -- you have a style preference? Leave it to the French to make a parasol delightful!
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Aage, I can almost picture it now, just like a dandelion seed up up and away. We had a patio umbrella lift off once. But more often than not our cheapie umbrellas turn inside out in the strong wind.

Bob, oo lala, c'est bon! Very artsy. Merci beaucoup mon ami.

And we all know that if it rains it must be time for camping...
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You know that there is but one breed of man that will never carry an umbrella, never speak of an umbrella and knows not of thier existence?



Answer: The U.S. Navy!
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Carol, reconsider. I only own a raincoat because we travel to the Northwest and Alaska, but I find it useful otherwise. I bought a very light one with a hood at REI. It crunches up small, keeps me dry, and unlike umbrellas, does not get lost or flip inside out. It can be worn which is easier than carrying it, serves as a windbreaker too, and allows me to use both hands to carry things.

Like the bustle in Bob's top photo, the umbrella is from the past and that is the point of that painting.

For extra credit, find the pun.

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Hi, I do not use an umbrella; I carry what I call "Mary Poppins". In rainy type weather I keep Mary Poppins in my Lincoln. Mary Poppins has been on camping trips with me too. I once had one exactly like that dog has in your pictures. One day my boss asked for me to bring my green and white umbrella into his office. [he calls it an umbrella] I was thinking, what does he want with Mary Poppins? Actually he was going to have some signs made and he wanted the painter to match that shade of green. I had one of those little collapsible models until one rainy day, I pointed it outward, pushed the release button, and it shot out like a gun. In the trash it went and I won't ever buy one of those again, even though my wife likes hers. Now I have a fairly large golf type that is vented and pretty well made. Its' a dark blue color and doesn't stick out. I used to laugh at people who carried open umbrellas in hot weather. I would say, "I don't see any rain". You see, a Parasol is for sun/shade and an umbrella is for rain. I liked my old green & white Mary Poppins because it went well with my car.
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EXTRA CREDIT ANSWER: "that is the point of the painting", pointalism, it's all dots. You are a punny man!

However an umbrella helps keep waterdrops off my camera lens a bit longer. I think I can have a raincoat for the camera and even make one myself but then my glasses still get wet, sooo I might need a Mary Poppins like Robert has.

Hmmm Dave, you are right, I have never seen a Navy man with an umbrella, now that you mention it. However I have seen Gene Kelley dancing in a Navy uniform!!

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Carol, reconsider. I only own a raincoat because we travel to the Northwest and Alaska, but I find it useful otherwise. I bought a very light one with a hood at REI. It crunches up small, keeps me dry, and unlike umbrellas, does not get lost or flip inside out. It can be worn which is easier than carrying it, serves as a windbreaker too, and allows me to use both hands to carry things.

Like the bustle in Bob's top photo, the umbrella is from the past and that is the point of that painting.

For extra credit, find the pun.

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Umbrellas/parasols are not just for rain swept weather. My mother carries a lighter, brighter version on sunny days to protect her from the noonday sun.

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Dots right Carol.

Would a shot in the dark be a bumbleshoot?

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They are also art objects. I looked again to see if I had a photo of the umbrella mine, but I don't seem to have one.

But here are some interesting artsy shots of "bumbershoots" around the world...

The outdoors one with many yellow ones was an exhibit put on by Chritso and Jeanne-Claude in 1991. Here's a link as to why they did it. Here is an excerpt from that article:

"In September 1991 the umbrellas were brought to their places by 2,000 workers. In California, some of the bases were transported to the site by helicopter.

The final cost of the project totaled $26 US million. By 7 September, 1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki and 1,760 yellow umbrellas at the Tejon Ranch in southern California had been set up; the exhibition opened on 9 October 1991.

In total, 3 million people saw the umbrellas, each measuring 6 meters in height and 8.66 meters in diameter. The umbrellas became a huge tourist attraction, finding use as everything from picnic spots to wedding altars. "
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My insurance agent says everyone should have an umbrella policy.

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