Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Favorite Grotesque

This is Gary. He's a grotesque. I'm always tempted to call him Gary the Gargoyle, and in fact, I do most of the time. But he's not a gargoyle at all. A gargoyle is a grotesque that has a spout that redirects water away from a building. That's too much work for Gary. He spends his days and nights underneath the crepe myrtle warding off evil spirits. It would be nice if he could keep tarantulas off my porch too but apparently that's not in his job description either. Is it Gary?

I found Gary at a New Age shop in Oklahoma while visiting my brother. That was probably 15 years ago. I brought him back to my apartment and one morning my sister woke up with an unexplained wound on her leg. Gary was found lying on her bed, so of course, we had no other choice but to believe that he had something to do with it. From then on, he was no longer allowed on the furniture. And when WD and I bought our first house, he was relegated to the outside. Time and the elements have taken their toll on him but he will always be my favorite grotesque.


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23 comments:

  1. I had no idea that a gargoyle had a very specific definition. I just thought any ugly statue was a gargoyle. :)

    I followed you over from SITS today.

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  2. Ok, I can't get past the tarantulas on the porch. I just don't know what I would do. YUCK!

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  3. God, you just reminded me how bad I (um, hubby) needs to WEED the flower bed right now, ha.

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  4. lol, how did he get on her bed?? lol

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  5. I learned something new from you today. Oh wait, I think I said the same thing yesterday! Man you just keep teaching me all kinds of things!

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  6. Wow I had no idea about the difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque!

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  7. If Gary can't keep the tarantulas off of your porch, you might need to give him a pink slip. Your boxing pictures reminded me I need to post some pics of my daughter fighting...that's right, I said daughter.

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  8. Gary is very...um...interesting. I think keeping him outside is appropriate. I think he's scare me to death if I turned a corner in my house and saw him just standing there.

    Thanks for your kind words regarding my "mahalo" layout. I'm just a beginner trying to learn as much as I can so I can get some projects started and completed.

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  9. I like Gary. I bet he makes you feel safe at night. However, I think you should have a talk with him about the tarantulas. Thanks for stopping by today...I am off to explore more of your blog.

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  10. no snow on your creature...i am jealous of anyone's good weather...we had 9inches of snow on our 5 inches of snow on our 8 inches of snow, now you are in in in in in in

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  11. Ok, I learned something today, and yes Gary is Grotesque but unique.

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  12. I've been staring at Gary for a while now. If you ever get tired of him, I'll gladly adopt him. I sorta like him!

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  13. I like Gary he has personality. I have never heard grotesque used as a noun. I like it.

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  14. LOL! You crack me up! What exactly is it? I can't make it out.

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  15. yuck tarantulas, that I couldn't deal w/

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  16. Uhhh, Ali, he kinda looks like an old wet tube sock that got blown into your bush... But I can tell that you tenderly love him. Its, nice. :) LA

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  17. Does Gary have any relatives? Sure could use some help warding off evil spirits over here...

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  18. Of course I've heard of a Gargoyle, but never of a Grotesque.
    Good stuff.
    Ali, seriously, do you have tarantulas on your porch? Really?

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  19. Sounds like Gary might have been workin' out some anger issues! Thanks for my Saucy visit! Stop by anytime.

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  20. Holy heck. You just explained the title of one of my favorite episodes of "The X Files." Oops, my nerd is showing.
    Anyway, thanks for stopping by today!
    The fact that your grotesque injured your sister creeps me out just a tad.

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  21. LOL, tarantulas? OMG my son said he actually wanted one of those today! Can't imagine! Thanks for visiting my blog. Your boys were cute in their matching pjs for xmas too!!

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