Thursday, June 24, 2010

Post-It Pop Quiz

I’m back and it hasn’t even been a month since my last post! I’m on a roll this week. Sadly I’ll have to cut the rolling short on account of midsummer. Every year we crazy Nordic people celebrate the solstice, the longest day of the year. Where I live this day is about 19 hours long. Add two hours of twilight and you get three hours of dark and therefore three hours of decent sleep. And people ask me why I don’t like summer.

Anyway, midsummer is kind of a big deal around here, and the entire population of Finland flock to my neck of the woods, namely the archipelago. They swim, take saunas, eat lots of barbecued food and drink lots of beer, dance around big poles covered with flowers and leaves and pretend to be frogs, some even go out with their boats while drinking the beer and pretending to be frogs, and often end up with a small case of drowning as a result.

This is the midsummer pole Muschu decorated at work. It’s a miniature version of the real thing. All that’s missing is Jesus.

This midsummer M and I will be spending at my parent’s summer place with people from all over the world (as long as you call Albuquerque, New York and Ireland all over the world. Oh yeah, and Finland.) It will be very interesting to see the New Yorkers reactions to the frog dance. I’ll try to take a picture of their faces when they realize we’re serious.

Due to this whole midsummer thing I will be away the next couple of days, as will Muschu, M and the rest of Finland. But while you’re waiting for me to come back I will leave you with a very special game to tide you over. This is a game prepared by Muschu, inspired by your love of her Post-It art. She was very flattered. So flattered that she channeled her inner artist once more, got out her Post-Its, ignored work and worked some magic. What came out of it is sheer brilliance. All you have to do in this horribly simple game is figure out who the Post-It art is supposed to be. Frankly, I think she made it too easy for you, anyone can see the first one is Frankenstein.





Happy Midsummer! *


  1. Captain Jack Sparrow.
    Marilyn Monroe.
    James Dean (unless it's one of the Twilight guys).
    Bill Clinton.

    Wait. Frog dance?

  2. What fun!

    #1 - Jesus
    #2 - You!
    #3 - Elvis
    #4 - Richard Nixon


    Those are awesome sketches.

  3. I don't know who 3 is, but I think 4 is definitely Nixon, pre-Watergate, during happier times. OMG! That might be Checkers.

  4. #1 Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
    #2 Marilyn Monroe
    #3. Twilight guy with the hair
    #4 Snoopy

    What is the Frog Dance? I want to learn it! It sounds like my kind of festival, Ziva.

  5. Ya, frog dancing and drinking and boating all sound like fun (well, not the drowning part, but the rest, definitely) and Muschu is really very talented (although in all honesty, I really liked her bunny post-it the best)but now to get to the important part of this post:'re LEAVING?! For a FEW days?! *sniff* But I'll miss you!

  6. #1 - Me, in high school, but without the facial hair.
    #2 - What I wished I looked like after high school.
    #3 - Someone I wish I could've dated in high school. I love rebels.
    #4 - The attitude I didn't have in high school.

    (I've got school on the brain this week. Don't know why.)

    Great sketches!

    You gotta get some pics or video of this 'frog dance' thing, it sounds so romantic.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. I'm thinking #3 is James Dean or that Twilight guy who seems to be everywhere lately.

    Have a great time pole dancing!

  8. I did go on line and look at the Frog Dance. For two hours solid after watching it I was singing the little ditty and doing all the hand motions and the jumping. I did not realize before that frogs had ears at all but I guess wiggling them means they do! Happy mid-summer, Darling Ziva!

  9. Frank - You're good. You even noticed the resemblance between M and Bill Clinton.

    ReformingGeek - I give you 59 extra points for creativity and 72 points for getting me confused with the pretty blonde chick.

    Lauren - I'm not too good with American presidents. Nixon was the one with the extra head, right?

    Linda - Oh my god, you got every single one right! You should be president. And you should really stop staring at people doing the frog dance, it can't be good for you. In fact, I'm pretty sure the frog dance will be the death of the Nordic countries. Happy midsummer honey!

    Nicky - I'm back! I missed you horribly, but I drowned my sorrows in wine and pole dancing. Are you still here? Did you abandon me already?

    00dozo - You were very pretty in high school. I don't suppose you'd show us some pictures?

    Jen - That was very good guess! And I always have fun pole dancing. Except that one time with the wig and the trip to the emergency room... Yeah, that was bad.

  10. 1) Captain Jack Sparrow.
    2) My mother, but I can't talk about it.
    3) That woman who plays Peter Pan on Broadway.
    4) I don't have any fucking idea, but he looks happy.

  11. MikeWJ - I don't suppose your father happened to be the 35th President of the USA?



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