Gee, I wish I could get that many comments on this blog! Just kidding—but I was reading through the comments and I’d like to respond to a few:
1. Yes, I totally agree that there are far more loathsome front yard displays in store for us in the months ahead than flags. Somehow, I don’t mind the Halloween stuff as much, especially if it’s really ghoulish. There’s something kind of subversive about it. In fact, we at GWI like to fly the Jolly Roger (the only flag we ever fly) and hang a skeleton from the eaves for the week of Halloween. I don't much mind the hay, pumpkins, and other harvest-related stuff. During Christmas—oh sorry, the holidays—our block puts electric candles in the windows. You barely notice them—rather boring, in fact.
I must admit I like to get in the car to tour the pull-out-the-stops, guns-ablazing insanity. The ones where you can’t say anything but “Holy shit!”
2. I would also endorse the belief that the cutesy flags with various kitsch on them are even worse.
3. Yes, the picture I included is rather attractive even with all the flags. It was taken by our Garden Walk book photographer Don Zinteck and will be included in the book. A pro like Don can make pretty much anything look good.
4. The ones on cars?? Don’t get me started.
Ok, all done. I have to go kick some puppies and kittens now.