Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pinky, the Travel Diva

Just another reason to dislike AT&T

Thanks to whatever that company is that had the little girl stow her stuffed animal in daddy's luggage to remind him of her love and her impatience for his return...

Such began the adventures of Pinky, the stuffed pink unicorn.

(because it was obviously a girl unicorn and names like 'Larry' are just not appropriate for GIRL unicorns)


I've been taking Pinky on trips since my little girl, Princess Sassy Pants, saw that ad. Pulling a pink unicorn from your bag while trying to have TSA check your laptop is either exceedingly cute or decidedly creeper, there really isn't a middle ground.

You're totally either "great dad" or "don't take candy from strangers."


Most of the time the pictures don't have to be epic, just the fact that you're thinking about your little girl enough to embarrass yourself by pulling a pink unicorn out of your bag (and folks I'm being literal, not figurative here, so get your minds out of the gutter) is the key.

Many pictures are simply shots of Pinky lounging on hotel beds or primping in the mirror. (she's a bit vain...more on that later)


There are pictures of Pinky at the airport and with various grandmother types. More often than not, the grandmothers are taking the pictures of me holding Pinky.

Occasionally, the scene changes to include the slightly more dramatic poses. Pinky has been to the beach. (the green shirt is for color contrast people!)


I've climbed tall mountains for Pinky.

Fortunately, the climbers around are less likely to think you are a creeper and take your picture... well if they didn't bring kids.

But...


Pinky is a bit of a diva. One might use the B word if one were more of a potty mouthed blogger.

Dealing with her moods is tiring. Take for instance this picture recently snapped from a hotel room with a beautiful scene in the background, it's enough to melt a little girl's heart. What you don't realize is that this is how Pinky who has no hands, let alone fingers, flips you off...

Yeah...

Diva! (spelled with a B)

A risk taker, a total devil-may-careWho does this?
And this one... Nightmares!
 

Statements that start with "sometimes you ride the buffalo, sometimes the buffalo rides you" never end well.
 


But, the squeals of joy at both pictures of the adventures of Pinky, as well as Pinky's safe return are well worth the time and effort in the eyes of a young girl.

Yeah...Pinky... It's all about Pinky.



Once again, I'm joining forces with YeahWrite.me and bringing another fantastic post. I know I promised Arson and to some of you, bunnies, but alas the suspense must build on the one and frankly Pink Unicorns are way cuter than bunnies (until you read this, of course)

 

 

67 comments:

  1. Cute idea! My kids haven't decided to do this to my husband yet, but if/when I get to go on business trips, I'm bringing my garden gnome - a la the Travelocity gnome.  And Amelie. It was Amelie at the very first, wasn't it?  

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  2. You sound like a really good dad. Totally not a creeper!

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  3. I love that you do this!  That is so awesome!  You are an amazing dad!

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  4. That is so very sweet! But yes, I would probably think you were a tad creepy if I saw you pulling out the Pinky in public. The things we do for our children! 

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  5. I totally, completely love this!

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  6. That Flat Stanley should have cornered the market before the traveling gnome took over :)  The pink unicorn is great, though!

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  7. Thank god you cleared up that metaphor/euphemism situation.

    There is nothing worse than holding your pink unicorn in one hand, and the stuffed toy in the other.

    It could have been awkward.

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  8. aww sounds like Princess Sassy Pants is one lucky little girl.

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  9. A girl after my own heart. I love unicorns and butterflies. My granddaughter just gave me a sequined butterfly keychain I keep on my purse. Only a real man and a great father could carry a pink unicorn with him though, hehe.

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  10. What a great Dad!  And by the way - "diva, with a B" - I'm totally stealing this!  :)

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  11. I'm totally putting it on something in my Zazzle store, lol! But use it.
    And thanks.

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  12. "real men pull pink unicorns out at the airport" more zazzle store fodder...

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  13. Lawn gnome is awesome. If I was picking I would probably have gone with a troll.

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  14. Hhahah those are great pictures! I never thought of it as coming off as creepy.  But it kind of does.

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  15. I always carry Children's Benadryl because I am hypersensitive to it. I actually offered some to a mom on a plane once. She accepted, but I still felt like a creeper.

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  16. I think my only response is "aw, shucks!" and I mean it.

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  17. It is a really good ice breaker, some dads feel lucky and others feel sad.
    I imagine you could play the divorced dad and pick up women, but that would be way creepy.

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  18. Thanks for commenting, Pinky may make a cameo in future posts.

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  19. Yeah, surprising that Stanley hasn't been bought and used for a travel site. Maybe they'll make Flat Kirk, err Flat Shatner for Priceline...

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  20. She's lucky on her moms side... I'm not all that lucky...except my wife, kids, house, job, and nevertheless I am lucky enough!

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  21. Pinky does NOT sleep with me, I want to be clear on that. She is too naughty.

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  22. HA! You and Pinky, on such great adventures. That should be a children's book...cute...or creepy maybe. I don't know. But seriously, you're an awesome day for doing this for your little girl! 

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  23. Thanks Katie! A children's book would be creepy now since the Pinky, tell all is out...

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  24. This is just so sweet!! Great post!

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  25. That is so cool! And I would love to see the look on the face of those TSA agents when you travel with Pinky!

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  26. Thanks Michelle!

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  27. They're stoic and reserved. I'm pretty sure half of them wouldn't blink if Pinky spoke to them, and the other half...thinks he did.

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  28. Awesome post! I laughed, I cried, I totally saw Pinky flipping me off.

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  29. She's a Diva with a B. thanks for stopping by.

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  30. You're the best dad EVER.  ((((hugs))))

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  31. My nieces stick dirty underwear in my luggage.  I don't know what I am supposed to do with that.

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  32. What a cool dad you are taking Pinky with you, unless of course you really do enjoy pinkys company then maybe you are a little odd..........lol

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  33. You rock!  Your daughter will always remember that you did this for her, and I bet you'll be laughing about it for the rest of your lives.  Loved this post!

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  34. I love you blog and I think I love Pinky too.  

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  35. Hey thanks for the kind words. I will let Pinky know, but she might have been sleeping on the engine block again.

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  36. Thanks for the kind words, I hope my daughter will remember this as well.

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  37. Thanks Kimberly

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  38. You make me laugh, Nellie!

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  39. You've read long enough to know I am odd, Jo-Anne! Did you get the book?

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  40. Very nice, Very very nice.
    I think I kinda like Pinky, even if she is a Biva

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  41. Loved the humor. Imagining Pinky going through security and the TSA is laugh out loud. Sweet post.

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  42. It is a fantastic post. I love Pinky and your daughter and that you do this for her. I'm going to share the idea with my girls and their dad because he travels a lot and they sure do miss him. TY.

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  43. That. Is. Awesome! You're a great dad for doing that.

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  44. I'm inspired!  We are totally instituting this tradition in my family.  Now, to pick out the most embarrassing stuffed animal...

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  45. Thanks Stephanie

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  46. Thanks Delilah...

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  47. It is super easy with camera phones and text messaging to do it.

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  48. Cracker Barrel has some really awesome ones right now...

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  49. Awww, how sweet. That's great that you take the time to do that for your daughter. I am sure that makes her very happy.:) I just wish my computer would let me see the friggin pics!

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  50. The pictures are the best part. Sorry you can't see them.

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  51. I love this!  I love the idea of it (even if it came from an ATT commercial).  I love the pictures and the commentary.  I'm cracking up but in a very sentimental way!

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  52. Glad you enjoyed it, now go vote :)

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  53. The fact that you are willing to do all that for your daughter says a lot about you as a father. I only hope that, when that day comes for me, I'll be as willing to take pictures with a pink unicorn as you are.

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  54. RandomHandprintsMay 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    So cool. Not only will your daughter love the Pinky pics in years to come, but she will have so many pics of her Dad, too!

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  55. What a great idea. We have Chuck the Chick who travels WITH us on adventures, but I love that Pinky travels with you in place of your daughter. Sweet tradition, and you are totally right: there is no middle ground in the great dad or creepy stalker debate. Fun post, Erin

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  56. Awesome post dude, very cute.

    I think I will have to give you my number so you can text me pictures of Pinky to make me squeal with delight.

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  57. I totally came back today on my work computer JUST to look at the pics. They're too funny.

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  58. Seems like Pinky is really a party girl. Hope she doesn't get you in too much trouble on the road...

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  59. I think the pink unicorn is even better than a bunny! I hope you got lots of clicks from Yeah Write Me. Wait, I'm going to drive to a McDonald's so I can click again............................................................Okay, I'm back. But seriously, you melted my heart a bit. As long as you don't ask a KID to take your picture with Pinky, I think you are firmly out of the creepers category. Ellen

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  60. What a great post! I absolutely love it!

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  61. So glad you enjoyed them!

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  62. She stays in the hotel room if I go out. She's a drinker and runs her mouth a little too much.

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  63. Thanks for your vote(s) lol.

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  64. Awkward... You said squeal

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  65. Chuck the chick might have to make an appearance...

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