By 2g1c2 girls 1 cup

Category Archives: Tales of the Ducks

Tarty Ann on the Loose!

Where is this siren from the highlands (AKA Tarty Ann) headed?

Tarty Ann: “Times Square! That’s where! Now…where can a wee bonnie duck find a cozy Scottish pub around here?”

Explorer Duck Visits Newark, Ohio

After tiptoeing through the tulips in the Netherlands, Explorer Duck heads back across the pond to the US. This time she lands in Newark, Ohio. If you aren’t aware of Explorer Duck by now, search it out on Duckshow. She is being hosted by duck collectors in many great cities all over the globe and Duckshow is documenting her travels. Let’s check out some of the highlights of her Newark trip:

Explorer duck stands in front of a Newark landmark. This 7-story “basket” is the headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company.

Next stop (just outside the city of Newark) is Zanesville. Explorer Duck overlooks the Zanesville Y-Bridge. It is the only bridge in the US that one can cross and stay on the same side of the river. Visitors are often surprised when they receive directions including the statement, “Drive to the middle of the bridge and turn right.”

Explorer Duck: “That’s zany!”

At the end of the Zanesville Y-Bridge is a display of HUGE (larger than the average human) vases. This landmark celebrates Zanesville as the pottery capital of the world.

Explorer Duck: “I’m at Vase Henge!”

What would a trip to Newark be without hanging out with some of the locals. The Newark squirrels adore Explorer Duck, as you can clearly see.

Explorer duck also spots some of the local superheroes at the Newark Comic Shop.

Explorer Duck: “I feel safe knowing these guys are keeping the Newark Metropolis free of nefarious fowls!”

Stay tuned for more of Explorer Ducks travels in later posts! Pictures taken by Hazelfortress.

The Grand Tub

It’s summer! SO here’s a little story to kick it off:

There was talk around Duckland of a “grand tub” down the street that was open for the summer. So, six ducks left Duckland in search of the this grand tub, thus began their journey.

They waddled and waddled….

Scuba Duck: “Are we there yet?”

Peking: “Almost.”

…until they got to the grand tub.

Scuba Duck: “Are we there yet?”

Peking: “Only a few quacks away.”

When they got to the grand tub they noticed there were a lot of rules.

Peking: “So many ducking rules at this grand tub.”

After reading all the rules, the ducks took a moment to gaze in awe of the grand tub that awaited them.

Ducks: “At last! The grand tub!

Peking: “Let’s all jump into the grand tub on the count of three. One….two….”

Peking: “THREE!”

And they all jumped in…..floating around in the grand tub…..except for Scuba Duck….who clearly needed a little more practice ;)

Peking: “You okay, Scuba Duck?”

Scuba Duck: “Yeah, I’ve had enough of the grand tub. Now can we go journey to find the ‘melodic ice cream wagon’?”

My Diamond in the Rough….

Presenting….My Diamond in the Rough starring Zorro Duck…..

Stop Motion Duck Film

Three weeks ago I impulsively decided to enter a film fest at the Sparrow Tavern. I know what you are thinking….a film fest at a bar? Yes! But it’s not just any bar. The Sparrow Tavern is located in Astoria (Queens) New York where a lot of up and coming NYC actors and film makers live. The fest was actually started by an actor and has grown ever since. This film fest…called “The 3 Cubed Film Festival”….is held every 3 months. Participants draw their titles from a bucket and have 3 weeks to come up with a 3 minute film based on the title they draw…..hence the name of the fest…”Three Cubed Film Fest.”

I have no experience in film making or editing, but I decided to give it a go. The titles for this film fest were torn from the New York Times. The title I drew was…..”My Diamond in the Rough.” I figured I would make a stop motion film using Zorro Duck. Easy, right? Ha! First, there was the building of two sets….a wild west town set and a saloon set. After a trip to Home Depot, Michaels, Party City, and many online stores I created the sets (and costumes):

Then there was the taking of the pictures……800 give or take….a painstaking process of moving the ducks across the sets little by little to animate them. Then there was music, dialogue, a few other touches, and 2 weeks later…..Voila!  My first duck motion picture was created! Off to Sparrow I went to drop it off for the fest. How did it turn out? Stay tuned tomorrow for the movie……..Zorro Duck in……”My Diamond in the Rough.”

Mardi Gras Is Upon Us!

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Tomorrow is Mardi Gras!  So-in the spirit of the day celebrated by hurling beads, sucking down frozen hurricanes, and feasting on beignets and king cakes-I thought I would share some New Orleans pics of my own Mardi Gras shenanigans ….with ducks, of course…..

Duck: “Looks like my tail feathers could be in a little trouble!”

Devil Duckette: “Nothin’ goes better with a slice of pizza than a daiquiri!” *wink, wink*

Ragin’ Cajun Duck: *singing in the style of Zydeco*  “1..2..3..4..Don’t mess with my squeak, squeak!”

Cheese Duck: “Where can I find some rubber duck beads around here…and where is all that quacking coming from?!”

Mardi Gras Duckette: “I did it for the beads!”

Cheese Duck: “Rubber duck sticker found in the Big Easy. I’ve heard this duck’s quack is a lot worse than his bite. I don’t believe it. I better keep an eye out for this fowl feathered friend…”

(Potent Bathers is actually a local New Orleans band. Nothing foul about them at all ;)

And last but not least…..

Duck: *waddling with rapid strides* “There’s gators on Bourbon Street!”

Gator: “Rarrrrrrrh!”

Serendipitously Duckalicious and the Crossroads of the World!

How’s that for a title?  Serendipity III is ranked as a favorite restaurant among Manhattanites, tourists, and celebrities; and is  renowned for it’s many movie appearances-most noted of course- “Serendipity.”  And-to top that off- Serendipity III is also listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as having the most expensive dessert, at $1000. It is made with 5 scoops of the Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream (among other decadent ingredients) and covered in 23K edible gold leaf. Since I was meeting friends there, I decided to take Explorer Duck along for a few pics:

Explorer Duck: “I’d like the banana split…..and not the coward’s portion!”…..(Yes-coward’s portion is actually an option on the menu).

Explorer Duck: “Serendipity Hot Chocolate! Duckalicious!”

After the trip to Serendipity III, a friend informed me of a shop around the corner (called Pylones) that had a display window full of ducks. That’s all he had to say…..he had me at “ducks.” Off we went!

Here is a shot of Explorer Duck posing amongst the duckie wonderland:

Believe it or not, I didn’t buy anything! But….that doesn’t mean I’m not going back ;)

After such an exciting night, the next day would be filled with more sights of NYC. And….whats would a trip to the Big Apple be without seeing Times Square….so here you go:

Explorer Duck: “I’m at the crossroads of the world!”

Explorer Duck *singing* “Start spreading the newwwwwwwwws!”

And finally…..after seeing most of the hot spots of NYC,  it was time for Explorer Duck to move on to her next destination….where will it be? Stay tuned for updates on her travels.

Explorer Duck: “Au revoir!”

Duckshow flock: “Bon Voyage, Explorer Duck! Don’t forget to write!”

Explorer Duck Takes NYC

It wasn’t so easy for Explorer Duck to get to NYC. After waiting for the duck to come in the mail, it had to be rescued from the post office. And-it was by accident from having to retrieve another package (full of ducks, coincidentally) that the post office worker found the box with Explorer Duck (waiting inside restlessly to be released into the Big Apple).  I’m convinced my post office is up to something….I’m expecting ransom notes from them any day now saying…..”Pay up or the duck gets it!” But enough about the USPS. Let’s get on with Explorer Duck and her NYC stay….

First order of business….the traditional welcome form the Duckshow crew. “Surprise!”

And they partied the night away in true NYC duckie fashion. “Woot, woot, quack!” The next day Explorer Duck headed out to see the sights of the city. After getting a metrocard, she waddles onto the Q train (or “Q”uack train if you’re a duck).

First stop-Ground Zero!

Next stop-Brooklyn Bridge!

Explorer Duck: “Perhaps I will take a swim in the East River.” Fun fact….Thousands of ducks are released to race for charities in that section of river behind her. Not only is she standing in front of a national historical landmark, but she is also standing in front of a rubber duck landmark. It seems we killed two birds with one stone in this picture (figuratively, of course).  Next stop….Grand Central Station!

Explorer Duck: “This is grand!”

Stay tuned for more of her NYC adventures. The next one is going to be Serendipitous!

Next Stop….OHIO!

The fourth stop on Explorer Duck’s travels is Ohio. What kind of adventures lie ahead for this traveling globe-quacker? I’m glad you asked (or I hope you did, anyway). Here are some highlights from her trip to Ohio:

Here she is at Glamorgan Castle! I thought castles only existed in Europe and other exotic locals-I was obviously mistaken.

Explorer Duck: “A castle! They really do exist in the US!”

And of course, what would her trip be without visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Explorer Duck: “How about those Packers?!”

Explorer Duck was also in Ohio just in time to bring in the new year…..wait a minute….how did she know the Packers were going to win the Superbowl when this picture was taken in December? Hmmmm. I’m going to have to consult her next year and play a little fantasy football ;)

Explorer Duck: “Happy New Year!”

And finally, she hangs out with some of the Ohio locals. What a crazy bunch! Perhaps too crazy?

Gene Ducky Simmons: “I want to quack ‘n’ roll all night and party every day!”

I guess that would be her cue to move on to the next city…..New York City! What awaits her there? Stay tuned to find out about that and about being held ransom at the NYC post office. Really!? Yes, really! But more about that next week!

Photos by Melissa.

Tales of Explorer Duck

It all started one day when a duck collecting friend of mine from Pennsylvania named Olivia had an idea….”Let’s start a duck chain”. What is a duck chain? Let me explain the duck chain and how it works (in non duckspeak)….. Olivia buys a duck. She begins by taking pictures of this duck (given the well-suited name “Explorer Duck”) in her city. She then sends the duck out to another duck collector in another city. That person keeps the duck for a while and takes pictures of it in their city. Then that person would send it to another duck collector, and so on.

Explorer Duck has already traveled to 4 cities in the US with more to come. Then the duck heads across the pond to the UK and the Netherlands! And-Duckshow is going to be updating this lucky ducky’s travels! Let’s take a look at some of Explorer Ducks adventures thus far:

It all began in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Here she challenges the folks at Smokin’ Joes to a game of pool.

Explorer Duck: (talking about a previous game…er..hustle) “He called the case nine in the side, a two-railer. He bounced it off the point with a major choke, it banks it in the corner and he slips on the wrap, flips the stick out of his grip, and miscues. With ball-in-hand on the five I hooked him behind the six for the nine ride.” I hear she’s also good at darts.

Explorer duck also found time to hang out with the locals at Pat Catan’s for some arts and crafts.

Next stop….Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Here are a couple of highlights of her stay there:

Here she is posing with Perry Como’s statue.

Explorer Duck (singing): “Don’t let the stars get in your eyes,
Don’t keep your heart from me,
For some day I’ll return,
And you know you’re the only one I’ll ever love!”

And here she is rocking out to her favorite band, Junk Fingers. (You can see her back there in the far left on the speaker.)

Then Explorer Duck was off to St. Paul, Minnesota where a flock of ducks were awaiting her arrival:

And I hear they had one hell of a party in her honor. Rubber ducks know how to party. If you have any doubts about their celebratory ways,  you obviously haven’t seen this clip:

Now you know.

Explorer Duck also visited Harriet Island Regional Park.

She then spent time enjoying the winter wonderland with one of the locals named “Bert.” She found him lovely, but knew that it would never work out with her traveling lifestyle…so she bid him goodbye and promised to write. Am I reading too much into these adventures? Perhaps….but that’s how we do it on Duckshow….with a little imagination and a lot of quackiness;)

Tune in tomorrow for her fourth stop…..Ohio! For now I bid you all adieu!

Photos by fellow duck collectors extraordinaire: Melissa, Olivia, Autumn, and Alena.