B-Town Blog Home Office Gets ‘Flamingoed’!

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As we stepped out of our house Saturday morning to go cover the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics, we were surprised with the sight above – of some 20 or so kitschy plastic lawn Flamingoes flocking all over our lawn, courtesy of a local church youth group.

“You’ve been Flamingoed” said the sign near our door.

We knew instantly what had happened, since our neighbor Fred had previously been a victim of the practical joke fundraiser for Grace Lutheran Church’s Summer Mission Team in Des Moines. We had seen the results of at least four Flamingo attacks on Fred’s garden and yard, and um, we’re honored to have been chosen.

So, what now? The Flamingoes are still grazing on our winter lawn, seemingly happy and content for now.

To get rid of the Flamingoes, a donaton to Grace Lutheran Church might help. A pink envelope was politely left behind, with pink feathers inside surrounding a card telling us the sponsor of our pranking was “Anonymous” and that they’d be removed next Friday, along with this info:

“If you would like to Flamingo someone else’s yard (or perhaps the yard of the person who Flamingoed you), stop by the youth kiosk on Sundays between services or call Tessa at 206-550-9975 to purchase your flock for only $50!”

We think we have a good idea of who the “Anonymous” culprit might be…right Fred?

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve had Flamingoes on our lawn. During our college days, we purposely ‘Flamingoed’ our own yard with a couple of them (a true sign of rebellion), even going so far as to nickname our Seattle residence “Flamingo West.” One of the highlights during this era of silliness (as if it’s over some 20+ years later…) was when a fellow prankster friend “kidnapped” our Flamingoes with a ransom note and we played the entire drama out during our DJ morning program on the 10-watt radio station at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Those memories certainly came back after this weekend’s gag, like a bright pink plastic flashback.

We just hope that our donation can be considered a business expense (hey, now that it’s been used for content, it can…right?).

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4 Responses to “B-Town Blog Home Office Gets ‘Flamingoed’!”
  1. Fred says:

    What ? Me flamingo?

  2. Fred says:

    What ? Me flamingo?

  3. Fred says:


    Actually, your fun article gives some publicity that will help the kids and raise awareness of their work. They have fun and raising a little money in the winter doing the flamingo shuffle. This summer thay will go on trips to Mexico and closer to home and get their comfy world view altered. They will be working in an orphanage near Tijuana or helping to build a habitat for humanity house. They are still American teenagers but they will have been exposed to the power of helping to fill real needs. We get back better kids because of pink flamingos. I like the bargin.

  4. John says:

    Hah – this is great! I did a similar event: a flamingo flocking fundraiser for my church and we had a great time, and raised a couple thousand dollars. The site we used to get our flock of pink plastic lawn flamingos was called http://www.flockofpinkflamingos.com. They were a bargain and they came FAST! They also tell how to run the event!

    Hope this helps! They looked so good I kept a pair of pink flamingos for myself and have them in the front yard!

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