“The Boo Brothers” is a story of sibling rivalry, virtue
triumphant, and unorthodox horticulture from Korea. It parallels
many stories, including one from the Appalachian region of the U.S.
sometimes known as “Gol Golly Gee”, involving one or more
individuals who refuse to help someone in need and then meet their
downfall, as contrasted with a more noble person who takes the time
to be of help, and is rewarded with riches and having a folktale
named after them.
We come to you from Colorado City (in Colorado, natch), after
having driven from Florida in a very short time.
Along the way, we stopped in Mobile, AL to attend part of the Mardi
Gras festivities. Many people don't realize it, but Mardi Gras has
been celebrated in Mobile even longer than it has in New Orleans.
The festival in Mobile dates back as far as 1703, and the tradition
of a parade dates back to about 1830 when one particular merry
fellow got one going spontaneously, and the other folks in the
community decided it was too much fun not to repeat. This year's
celebration actually got underway last year, with events held back
in November. But the party began in earnest in January, a month
before Mardi Gras itself. And during that month, there were no
fewer than FORTY-TWO parades. We missed forty of them.
We also spent some time in Taos, NM, in the heart of ski country.
The town of Taos is rich in history, being among other things the
home of legendary scout Christopher “Kit” Carson—the house he lived
in is now open for tours. But even more historic is the home of an
entire tribe of Native Americans: the Taos Pueblo, which was built
at least 600 hundred years ago, and quite possibly 1000 years ago.
It's still home today to about 150 tribal residents who still live,
as their ancestors did, without electricity or running water.
Like the Pueblo, the entire town of Taos is constructed of adobe
buildings. It was a fascinating place to spend a weekend, but we're
relieved to be out of the snow.
Dennis (Narrator, HungBoo, Monsters) and Kimberly (Narrator,
NolBoo, Wife, Bird, Monsters)
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