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Iowa Girl/Poor mother recognition skills

8. Miss Piggy is apparently from Iowa. She started as a minor character on "The Muppet Show," but anyone who knows Miss Piggy can see that she wouldn't settle for anything "minor." Her first TV appearance was actually on an Herb Alpert special. It wasn't until 1976, when "The Muppet Show" premiered, that she became the glamorous blonde with a penchant for frog that we know and love today. Frank Oz once said that Miss Piggy grew up in Iowa; her dad died when she was young and her mother was mean. She had to enter beauty contests to make money.

From CNN's Surprising stories behind 20 Muppet characters. Some days I think I should collect Iowa and Des Moines references in a more organized way. Then I think further and realize that, even if I did, what on earth would I do with all of them?

In other, and entirely unrelated, news, I couldn't find my mother the other day. I looked for her off-and-on for nearly an hour, but if she was there, I couldn't tell her apart from the columns, the shop windows, the lights reflected vividly in the wind-dappled water. How embarassing it is to admit that I can't tell my mother apart from a column.

The problem was that I was looking for her at night through a low-resolution webcam. Her drawings from that evening - and evidence that she really was there then, even if I couldn't discern her - is here.



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Feb. 11th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I looked at her pictures and at the webcam - but it never occurred to me to look for her in the webcam.

What a wonderful world we live in that this is even possible!
Feb. 11th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I had the advantage of being told in advance when she would be there, so I knew I was looking at the right time!
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
hehe, I love Miss Piggy, but Waldorf and Statler are my fav!
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
I think the web cam is aimed towards the clock tower. I was mostly standing more to the left, about half way down the Procuratie Vecchie and later I was sitting on at a chair in the flooded piazza in front of Quadri.
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
On one hand, this makes me feel better - it isn't just my inability to recognize you. On the other hand, the story would've been better if you really had been where the webcam was pointing for most of the time!
Feb. 12th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
We could try this again. I might go back tonight. In fact, I am due to be in that area because I am meeting a friend for a drink near there in the early evening. I could phone you on my cell phone, and you could watch the webcam and direct me into position. But we won't have reflections until midnight. Are you available to do this around 6 pm your time?
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, 6-ish pm my time is good for me!
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Just to verify, your number ends in 6 now, and the 3 number is no longer in service. I have too many numbers for you and need to clean up
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Both (mobile and landline) of my current numbers end in 6, so yes!
Feb. 12th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
I just looked at the webcam view again. The angle of view goes up to the 11th arch. The chairs of Caffe' Lavena are out because we have the SUN today. If you are available, I will plan to wear my red wool coat this evening. We can coordinate a time. Let me know.
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm out from 7:30-10 (local time) tonight for the local history group, but am otherwise available to watch out for you! If earlier or later than that (+1 hour) works for you.
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