Sunday, October 26, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Big / Little

Gold Star Dad Chopper: Honoring our fallen warriors

This week's Two Things Challenge was Big / Little. Oddly, I had a hard time finding stuff to photograph for this one. I kept hoping to see someone out walking a ginormous dog and a rat-on-a-rope teeny, tiny dog. I thought about asking a friend if I could take pictures of her baby's hand in her hand, but then we never got together. Then yesterday, I drove past a car dealership that sells Mini Coopers and thought a Cooper and Hummer would be perfect, but Tash beat to that one!

Instead, I went with motorcycles. Real and pretend. Yesterday, I went to the Marine Corps Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the D.C. Armory. That's where I saw this custom chopper from Gold Star Dads. For those who don't know, Gold Star families are those who have lost a son or daughter in war. This motorcycle was crafted in memory of the young men and women in our country who have given their lives, justly or unjustly (depending on how you feel about our military involvement in other countries), in wars and conflicts.

Smaller versions of the real thing:
Hallmark Christmas decorations of Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Later, I was out in Fairfax County and stopped at the local Hallmark card store in Kamp Washington. Imagine my delight when I saw motorcycles hanging among the Christmas ornaments on sale. (What a Harley-Davidson has to do with the birth of Christ I have no clue, but work with me here.) The larger of the two Harley ornaments was about three inches long, while the smallest was about an inch.

So there you have it. A big chopper honoring our fallen warriors and two little choppers honoring I'm-not-sure-what!

Snoopy and his little crew in their canoe

But wait! There's more. I also took a picture of a Snoopy ornament that just tickled my funny bone. Big Snoopy and his little yellow friends. (As for the connection between Snoopy, Woodstock, and Christmas--that's totally valid. But Harley's and Jesus? That's just a bit of a disconnect for me.)

P.S. I also took pictures at Borders Books & Music for this week's theme, but had a hard time choosing which to post. Come back tomorrow and see my other Big / Little pictures.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 10/08

6 comments:

Virginia said...

Crack me up!!!!! I have to agree with the diconnect between Christmas ornaments and the holiday itself. My theory is that they start Christmas hawking so early (Sept.) That they have been reduced to manufacturing inane ornaments like motorcylcles to keep us all entertained for 4 months.
GOOD challenge photos today DC!

Maya said...

I love them all! I'll have to send a link of this post to my friend since she loves (and has) Harleys. Actually, a shot of her big Harley and little dogs would have been perfect. Too late now. Ah well.

I also love Snoopy and Woodstock. Cute!

D.C. Confidential said...

VJ: Around here, they start hawking Christmas in July! Hallmark releases the first wave in its ornament series mid-summer. It's utterly ridiculous.


Maya: Thanks! I was desperate.

Dusty Lens said...

Big and little, this was a fun one! i'd like to see Snoopy on a Harley.

Professor said...

This made me laugh- so Creative too! And i love the Snoopy find!

D.C. Confidential said...

Rob: This one was fun! And I think I've seen Snoopy on a Harley. Must look for that...


Prof: Isn't Snoopy the greatest? So, what did your students do with this challenge?