In 2011, a life-size statue of Watson was dedicated in Boone, N.C., at the spot where Watson had played decades earlier for tips to support his family, according to the Folklore statement. At Watson's request the inscription read, "Just One of the People."
Last year I did a blog "Celebrating the Color Red." I promised myself I'd do more of these celebratons of colors, but it's taken me until now to collect some images I like, and to come up with a bit of a twist.
You're invited to join me in a game. The rules for the game are at the end of this piece. And it should be fun. And it can possibly even be evil heh heh heh . . . .
Today we're going to Celebrate the Color Pink. Once again, I used Kate Smith's wonderful website, SensationalColor.com.
Brighter pinks are youthful, fun, and exciting, while
vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red; they are sensual and passionate
without being too aggressive. Toning down the passion of red with the purity of
white results in the softer pinks that are associated with romance and the blush
of a young woman's cheeks. It's not surprising that when giving or receiving
flowers, pink blossoms are a favorite. Pink is the color of happiness and is
sometimes seen as lighthearted. For women who are often overworked and
overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree
days of childhood.
How the color pink affects us physically
Bright pinks, like the color red, stimulate energy and can increase the
blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. They also encourage
action and confidence.
Pink has been used in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic
Pink around the globe
The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and
awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
In Japan, the color pink has a masculine association. The annual spring
blooming of the pink-blossomed cherry trees (the Sakura) is said to represent
the young Japanese warriors who fell in battle in the prime of life (the
Jaipur City is a foremost tourist attraction in India because of its
superlative forts, grandiose palaces, vivacious temples, multicolored bazaars,
pulsating streets, and its distinguished pink color to which the city owes its
oft-used name "The Pink City."
The Chinese had not recognized the color pink until they had contact with
Western culture and the Chinese word for pink translates as “foreign color.”
Marrakesh is another city associated with the color pink. It is sometimes
refered to as the "Rose City" because of its salmon-pink colored buildings and
the red clay of its terrain.
Religious & mythological associations with pink
Pink signifies happiness and joy in Catholicism.
Political associations with pink
A pink triangle is frequently used to represent gays, lesbians, and
bisexuals. The origin of the pink triangle goes back to when Nazis labeled their
prisoners in concentration camps. Men who had been jailed because of supposed
homosexuality had to wear the pink triangle on their clothing. In more recent
times, this symbol is a sign of pride.
Interesting information about pink
In 1947, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli introduced the color "hot pink"
to western fashion. She dubbed the shade "Shocking Pink," though today the color
is more well-known as "magenta."
First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, who loved and wore pink so much it became
known as “Mamie Pink”.
Pink encourages friendliness while discouraging aggression and ill-will.
Since the color pink is said to have a tranquilizing effect, sport's teams
sometimes use pink to paint the locker room used by opposing teams.
Some studies of the color pink suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose
strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around
Pastries taste better when they come out of pink boxes or served on pink
plates (it only works with sweets). Pink makes us crave sugar.
Companies or brands identified with pink
Popular phrases that include pink
Tickled pink: to be happy
In the pink: in good health
A pink elephant: term to describe hallucinations during intoxication
Pinkie finger: the smallest finger on the human hand
Pink slip: notice that employment is ending
Pink collar: refers to a particular class of jobs once only filled by women
Songs with pink in the title
"Mr. Pink Eyes" by The Cure on the "Lovecats" single
"Pink" by Aerosmith
"Pink & Blue" by OutKast on "The Love Below"
"Pink Cadillac" by Bruce Springsteen
"Pink Cashmere" by Prince on The Hits 1
"A Pink Dream" by The Cure on the "Mint Car" single
"Pink Elephant" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
"Pink Houses" by John Cougar Mellencamp
"Pink Maggit" by Deftones
"Pink Panther Theme" by Henry Mancini
Pink and our sense of smell
Victoria's Secret PINK® Eau de Parfum Spray. Bright. Effervescent.
Sophisticated. Sexy. Modern. Confident. Playful. Dab it on. Expect the
Grapefruit: A tart, citrus scent. A great refreshing summer scent.
Aromatherapy benefits: Balancing, refreshing, cheering.-Scent It.com
Peony: A scent as sweet and fragrant as the flower itself. A great spring
and summer scent. Aromatherapy benefits: Soothing, Romantic, calming, uplifting.
"Bubblegum" was the original scent of the pink colored Magic Scents Crayons
from Binney & Smith Inc., introduced in 1994 with mostly food scents.
However, there were numerous reports that children were eating the food-scented
crayons, so the food scents were retired and replaced with non-food scents. The
scent for the color pink became "shampoo."
Now - go back and choose your favorite images and build your own story around them. I've given you loads of material to work with.
This is all about having fun.
Don't worry about how "good" it is, it's all about how "pink" it is!
Okay - Here's mine: "Isabella tossed her pink ballet slippers into the corner of her sweet pink bedroom. Tired of practice, it was time to have some fun. She pulled on jeans, her pink Frye boots, pink leather jacket and a long pink scarf. Then she panicked until she finally found her favorite beat up old pink Willie Nelson baseball cap, grabbed her new pink bag on the way out the door of her big pink house and hopped on her old pink bike. Off she flew down the shady lane through the fall leaves that had a pink glow in the sunshine, heading to the new little pink cafe in town to meet up with her girlfriends. They had promised themselves a day of laughter and indulgence, which included pink cupcakes and pink champagne. Then she would kill the bastard with her little pink gun."
It's awful? Well, of course it's awful! But you get the picture. It's all about pink. and having fun.