Then, in the nick of time, our friends and neighbors, Mark and Janie decided to travel out of town for a few days to visit friends. That action simply begged for a prank. I must oblige and solicit accomplices! Yes! Yes! It was a coup! We're going to put Janie and Mark's camper and all their campground belongings up for sale! We'll have to have a plan. This requires another group dinner -- we must feed the beast. This calls for Pizza! We'll go to Bellacinno's!
|We'll need lots of elbow room now... and where to seat those Lefties. |
Left to right around the table...Louise, the waiter, Ken, Russ, Cheryl and Joyce.
|The prank beast must be fed.|
|That's a mighty big bite missing from that piece of pizza.|
|Wayne's hand in this pizza photo. Just couldn't wait!|
Then back to the campground to unwind around the fire. Mixing laughter and pizza, is, after all, quite exhausting. At the campfire, Wayne shared his private stock of Trader Joe's shortbread cookies... but applies a strict limit of two per person. As is the custom here, Nancy made a pot of decaf. We're such an exciting group.
|The usual suspects are joined by Barbara (far left), Fran and Mary (far right).|
|It's about 8 a.m. here in front of Mark and Janie's Pinnacle fifth-wheel.|
Ken has the "caution" tape and is ready to let it roll!
That's Linda, Nancy and me with him as we're just getting started.
|By now, we've decided to sell everything Mark and Janie have.|
We also posted a code violation notice on the power cord to Mark's outdoor refrigerator which is also marked "sold".
|Everything's gotta go! |
This place is a dump and we've got to get it cleaned out!
|We had several people interested in Mark's golf cart even though we issued a disclaimer |
that it is old, has bad tires and is only in "fair" condition.
|We marked both bicycles "sold" -- $2 each. |
The fire wood is reportedly "infested" with termites.
It is noted that the fifth-wheel is in poor condition... inside and out and infested with palmetto bugs and ants.
|We decided to steal Janie's plants... |
There's a 10c price tag on the patio rug.
The patio furniture will be marked "free but damaged"
Even Mark's cigarette butts (and can) are for up for bid.
|The whole place is condemned!|
|By now, Mark and Janie's campsite has become a toxic waste dump, liquidated, condemned property with an eviction notice.|
Our prank had become pretty well known throughout the campground now as is quite a sight.
|Mild mannered Charlie looks on in horror.|
He knows this could be happening to him just as easily.
|We managed to get Seminole Campground in on it.|
This eviction notice is signed by the owner and the management team.
It was taped to Mark and Janie's front door along the condemnation signs.
|It was mid-afternoon when Janie and Mark finally returned to the campground. |
We were ready for anything. They were not.
|Janie was surprised and caught on real quick. |
Mark was dumbstruck. I feared he was going to be angry, but he wasn't.
He was speechless though.
|We had even remembered to set up a "sales transaction" table for sales, |
complete with a bowl of coins to prove we'd already made a sale or two.
|It takes a village to pull off a really good prank.|
This is our village and our victims.
|This is what Mark looks like with his mouth closed.|
Take a good long look because this is an unfamiliar sight.
And oh yeah, we did clean up the mess and return the stolen plants.