What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Patriot Flag

Last weekend, the Patriot Flag came to town.  I hadn't heard of the Patriot Flag until it came to a neighboring city a few days earlier.  When I found out it was coming to our town, I knew we had to go.

The flag is traveling across the US, allowing everyone to view it and then it will be flown at the Pentagon, the site of the Flight 93 crash and at Ground Zero on September 11th, 2011.

The Patriot Flag is 30 feet by 55 feet and weighs 75 pounds.  It was in a carrying case that completely filled up the back of a car.  The case was covered in Fire Department patches from all over the United States.

It took nineteen soldiers and firemen to carry the flag out to the ladder truck and hook it up.  The lady crossing the photo was in charge of the event for my town and for fourteen other towns.  She came up to me and thanked me for coming.  She was very, very proud to be a part of this event.  We expected a huge crowd and got their early in anticipation.  We got there so early, in fact, that we were the very first three people there other than men in uniform.  The crowd was still fairly small when the flag was hoisted and that made me sad.  But, then again, it was a more intimate atmosphere with only one hundred or so people there. 

Firemen in formal dress uniform standing by the bell.  They rang the bell for all the Fireman that died on 9-11.  The Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance and yes, he included "Under God".

It was such an awesome sight seeing this wonderful HUGE flag.

Patriot Flag, flying high.

It is hard to take a photo of  seventy foot high flag and you kid, but I laid in the grass and managed to do it. 

Nineteen Soldiers and Firemen taking it down. 

We really enjoyed seeing the flag, signing the Guestbook and visiting with the Co-Ordinator.  If you get the chance to see the Patriot Flag, you really need to go.  You won't be sorry.

On a less dignified topic......Fireman are hawt

I love a man in uniform.  :)


  1. I can't believe that nobody commented on this post. Yes, I love the flag! The 4th of July is actually my fave holiday! BUT OMG FIREMEN ARE DEFINITELY HOTTER THAN HOT! I also love a man in uniform! Firemen hold a special place in my...heart! Thanks for that last picture, Shara!!! wink wink

  2. Anonymous7:39 AM

    Hi Shara,

    I have been a long time lurker and really love reading about all your finds. I was wondering if you knew where to look to find out if the Patriot Flag was coming to a town where we might live. Would realyy love to go and see it. Thanks for your help and for posting about The Flag. Conni con22jovi@yahoo.com

  3. dated one for tooo long.
    no comment other than that the flag is Beautiful.

  4. Well darn, after reading this I went and googled to find out when it would come to Utah and found out it was here in November. Why didn't they advertise it more? I had no idea =0( I'm sad that I missed it.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

  5. Anonymous10:27 AM

    I had not heard about this going around either. We know when the tall ships are passing through or the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile. This is something meaningful and needs more promotion!

    Thanks for spreading the word and for being there to show honor and respect.


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