Wednesday, June 22, 2011


In stunning Technicolor™!

The Monster came to live with me just before Easter.% We spent a happy day playing with my new camera and these are the results.

We started with a glamour shot by the train yard.

A train came by. And the conductor *waved* at us. It may be the single greatest moment in Monster history.

LoDo§ from the wrong side of the tracks.

There was some construction we watched for awhile. They were assembling a crane.

Like this. O hai! Crane!

We headed west past the skate park to stand on the bridge over the South Platte.

A nice bicyclist thought I looked awkward holding The Monster at arm's length# to get a good river picture, so he stopped to help. Not a lot of monsters wave at train conductors and make new friends all in one day.††

It was time to get down to some serious art.‡‡ Like Common Ground, the picturesque stairway to nowhere.

We started on one side of the stairway.

Took in some rays.

Used all our America's Next Top Model training to work with our surroundings.

Played with camera angles.

Climbed the stairs, crested the summit and found a bunch of irritated, stoned emo kids hiding from the cold, cruel world there. Stepped over them and went down the other side.

Kiss the ground, we made it.

Took a moment in the shade.

"I win!"


Braved trespass charges§§ to sit on someone's front steps.

The Monster would like to conclude with a little Public Service Announcement.¶¶ Remember kids: the more you know...

%FOOTNOTE (percented): A gift from someone who knows I am fully capable of stuffed monster wrangling as an art form.

FOOTNOTE (crossed): Canon G12, for those of you scoring at home.

FOOTNOTE (double-crossed): Flowers make everything more glamourous.

§FOOTNOTE (swerved): Lower Downtown. Used to be a scary industrial area. Now the hub of tragic hipness and kids you want to throw off your lawn.

FOOTNOTE (paragraphed): Which we decided to skip. You know how hard it is to get pot smoke residue out of a monster?

#FOOTNOTE (pounded): Poor, sweet man; he didn't realise that "awkward" is just my natural state of being.

††FOOTNOTE (ddouble-ccrossed): I can say this, as am now expert on monsters.

‡‡FOOTNOTE (doubble-crossssed): No art is as serious as art you can climb on.

§§FOOTNOTE (boggle): Seriously - I opened a gate and went in for that shot. Totally worth it since I didn't get caught.

¶¶FOOTNOTE (magic wands): Let's just consider that proactive community service to balance out our prior trespassing on private property. Kharma!


CatKnits said...

So much beter than those international Gnome pix.

Mistrmi said...

I'm just picturing it all in my mind. Well-dressed successful BusyNess Woman toting Monster around Denver, stopping periodically to take pictures.

Have you ever heard of "Aaah! Real Monsters!"?

Marin (AntiM) said...

Bless you, Jo. That kinda made my day.

Kim, I find the business attire gives me an air of dignity and trustworthiness. *ahem*

No! "Aaah! Real Monsters!"? It sounds like something I need. Not want... NEED.

nathan said...

I knew it. I knew it I knew it I knew it!!! :)

This post totally made my day.

Jennifer said...

This is so AWESOME!!!! I LOOOOVE When the Cotton Monsters find such wonderful owners that show them the world outside! Mind if I share this link on my blog?

Marin (AntiM) said...

I'm SO glad I made your day, Nathan! It seems small recompense for all the days you've made my day. Not the least of which being the day The Monster came to live with me.

And look! Jennifer's happy too! Absolutely, you may share this. I'd be honoured and delighted.


Anonymous said...

I have some SERIOUS monster envy, let me tell you. I covet your monster and it's "smizing" ability.

Also, I love you.

And I want it to say "Moo said..." or "Laurie said..." but I can't make it so.

Kira said...

I feel inspired I may just need to go out into my small town and take an out-and-about photo shoot with one of the monsters I make! :)

Marin (AntiM) said...

I'm pretty sure if I inspired the Monster Mistress, I can retire at the top of my game.

The Monster photo shoot was a lot of fun. You can get some pretty good shots, plus it's just fun. I'd recommend it.

Thanks, Kira!

~Donna~ said...

Ms Cow wants a photo shoot. I try, really I do, but my camera skills suck at the moment - new whizbang camera - so many buttons, what do they all do?

Instructions, who needs instructions?

~Donna~ said...

PS... Ms Cow and I love your new Monster friend. Total. Urban. Awesomeness.

Marin (AntiM) said...

Thank you - and thank Ms. Cow. When such arbiters of taste say, "Awesome," I get all giddy inside.