Monday, February 27, 2017

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

"A geologist came by a little while ago and admired my stonework. He looked intently at the crystalline structure of the rock. Then, a geographer came by and wanted to know if this was an outcrop of the Canadian shield. Both said they were fans of Geographically Yours!" [2009]

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Genoa, Italy

"I am more than a figure head. I am more than a Pirates movie star. My crown is real. I am Neptune, God of the ocean realm. You can recognize me by my trident. True, my enemies, Christianity and science, have relegated me to hanging under this bowsprit, but my friends, history and art, assure me of a gilded future." [2008]

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

"You may call me Señor Frog. I welcome you to my restaurants. I guarantee you will have a good time, especially if you are thirsty 😉. After establishing myself in Mexico's resort cities, I began bringing a little Mexican culture to other playful places. 'So, this is what Mexico is like,' Americans exclaim as they are leaving my pads in Las Vegas and Orlando." [2016]

Friday, February 24, 2017

Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

"I work on the trails here in the park. Some people look at me askance and call me a hayseed. If I only had a heart, I could be their friend. In fact, I'd be friends with the sparrows and the boy that shoots the arrows, if I only had a heart. By the way, do you know my friend the tin man?" [2016]

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beatty, Nevada, USA

"I work in the mines, but right now I am on my lunch break. If I only had a brain, I'd be looking for a better job. You know, I could be another Lincoln if I only had a brain. By the way, do you know my friend, the scarecrow?" [2016]

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New York, New York, USA

"A few years ago, I got the message: go north or be butchered. So, here I am in my new job. Everybody seems satisfied with my sales abilities. I am moving the BBQ for Rudy. And, as you can tell, I get fed on a regular basis, just like back home." [2017]

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Summerville, South Carolina, USA

"I tried my best to keep this joint open. Could it be that I am just not porky enough? Maybe they should have hired a fatter pig for the job. Or, maybe that's how I got this job: I didn't have enough meat on my bones to butcher." [2012]

Monday, February 20, 2017

Woodstown, New Jersey, USA

"Don't worry. I have an open-carry permit. I try to bring a little Western-style law and order to New Jersey's own Cowtown. The farmers markets here are usually quiet, but when the rodeos start in May, I'll have more to do. Actually, I don't have a badge, but I do command respect." [2017]

Sunday, February 19, 2017

New Baltimore, Virginia, USA

"Just in: There are no Bergens in sight, so I feel quite at home enjoying a little fresh air and sunshine. After I finished filming, they auctioned me off. Now, I sit up here on this Timber pole (a.k.a., wooden Branch) looking for the lake that gave me voice." [2016]

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

"I have been showing up at UT games since 1953, ever since I set myself apart by howling like a real bluetick coon hound during auditions for a school mascot. And, yes, I am a close friend of Peyton Manning. Right now, though, I am off duty and maybe have had a little to much to drink here along 'The Strip' in Knoxville." [2016]

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mt. Perry, Ohio, USA

"I arrived on planet earth on a summer day in 1947. My ship crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. There were eight of us, but I am the only one who escaped. My buddies were scooped up by federal agents, but I continue to roam. You never know when I might appear in your neighborhood." [2016]

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rhyolite, Nevada, USA

"Greetings! I am the Venus of Nevada, and I preside over the rhyolite flows of the Amargosa Desert. Actually, though, I enjoyed the island of Milo in the Aegean much more than this place. And, I rather preferred the flowing lines that Botticelli gave me, rather than Dr. Heyrman's 3-D pixels." [2016]

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

King George, Virginia, USA

"I'm Humble, Vibrant, Attractive, and Charming, otherwise known as HVAC. On this day after everyone has exchanged Valentines, I am still looking for a friend and soul mate. I've got a good job, but I have become so wed to my work, I am not sure who I am independent of what I do for a living. Anyone else have the same problem?" [2010]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yerevan, Armenia

"Here we are in front of a Converse store, and we don't have anything on our feet. Wait, we don't even have feet. Guess we shouldn't audition to be a Converse Couple, but at least we have each other on this Valentine's Day." [2015]

Monday, February 13, 2017

Granby, Quebec, Canada

"I used to love putting together jigsaw puzzles, and then I became one! Looks like the same thing happened to you. Also looks like you want to hook up! OK. I think we're compatible. And, tomorrow is Valentine's Day!" [2009]

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Antwerp, Belgium

"People all over Flanders look up to me. I am Lange Wapper, the Flemish giant. Perhaps you know my cousins, Finn McCool, the Irish giant; Benandonner, the Scottish giant; and Cormoran, the Cornish giant. Alas, Cormoran is no more. He was killed by a boy named Jack centuries ago. Hey you guys, either one of you named Jack?" [2015]

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Horley, England, UK

"i am here to remind you of two things. First, your body is 60% water. Second, you need lots of milk for healthy bones and muscles. So, empty those water and milk bottles, and expand the population of bottle sculptures. I'm just hoping that members of the next generation have better heads on their shoulders than I do." [2015]

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

 "We have to stand here all day long trying to get people to join us in the cantina. But, they've given us just one umbrella to protect us from the sun. Today, however, we are hoping that we'll get a second one. Why? Because it's National Umbrella Day!"  [2016]

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bangkok, Thailand

"I may not look like I'm worried, but I am beside myself! I don't think I look like a Smurf, but every time Azrael sees something smurfy blue he pounces! Azrael was last seen in Bulgaria, but I hear he is making his way east looking for those harmless Smurfs. I am not a Smurf!" [2016]

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Brussels, Belgium

Ha! Ha! Azrael thinks we're in Bulgaria, but we never left Belgium. The problem is we don't know where Gargamel is. So, just to err on the cautious side, we have gone into hiding by going white. No smurfy blue brows here. We'll never be recognized! [2015]

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Gabrovo, Bulgaria

"Shhh. I am going to tell you a secret. I'm Azrael in disguise. I heard the Smurfs were in Bulgaria, and I suspect they've been drawn to Gabrovo because its the humor capital. So, I've stationed myself in the bus terminal, thinking that a perfect place for a termination would be a terminal. He-He. Once I see those smurfy blue brows, I'll pounce." [2014]

Monday, February 6, 2017

Havana, Cuba

"I got so wrapped up in the game of dominoes that I turned into one! This is the way it goes here in Havana,where real men are dominoes champions. Now, I can really be part of Cuba's unofficial national game." [2014]

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Wells, Maine, USA

"I know. I know. The season of Christmas caroling is long past, but I have to do something until spring when the 'come-heres' return to the coast of Maine. When I see the first ones, I'll take off this disguise and reveal my true identity as a lighthouse. I'll be perfect for someone's yard!" [2008]

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Okaloosa Island, Florida, USA

"I can't smile and I can't frown. All I can do is grit my teeth. I don't know how the owner of this joint thinks I'm going to entice passers-by to actually stop and shop. But, I will continue trying." [2017]

Friday, February 3, 2017

Robertsdale, Alabama, USA

"My name is Stoney and I am the guardian of Robertsdale, my hometown. Do you know who else grew up here? Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. I like to think we have a lot in common." [2017]

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Berryville, Virginia, USA

"Tell me. I need to know. Did the ground hog see his shadow today? For me, it's a life-and-death question. If he did, I live on. If he didn't, my end is near." [2006]

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Edenton, North Carolina, USA

"Don't worry. Be happy. I am here to protect you, just so long as I have a fire engine pulling up alongside. Since I am doing nothing at the moment, though, I was chosen to lead the parade of memorable creatures that have been invited to appear on Geographically Yours during the month of February." [1985]