Jun 21 2012

You see why I had to marry her, right?

Yes, Ingrid is the one in the front.

Ingrid Joshua and Randall at Berkeley Morris Solstice

I’m just sayin’, is all.

(Taken at the Berkeley Morris Summer Solstice gig.)


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  1. 1

    That. Is. Adorable.

  2. 2
    Alex M Doubts Your Commitment to Sparkle Motion

    We can dance if we want to
    We can leave your friends behind
    Cause’ your friend don’t dance,
    and if they don’t dance,
    Well they’re no friends of mine. . .

  3. 3
    Your Name's not Bruce?

    Do they do that stick-bashing thing, too? I’m not coordinated enough to participate in the stick-bashing, either for my own safety or anyone else’s. Maybe if I was the only one with a stick, and moved waaaaay over there away from anyone else, or anything breakable (that someone didn’t actually want broken).

  4. 4
    Gregory in Seattle

    You married an ACCORDIAN PLAYER?! She must be pretty special, to love her despite such a glaring flaw of character.

    (Just kidding. Mostly.)

    I saw a Morris dance troupe from the Bay Area perform a few years ago at Folklife here in Seattle; can’t say if it was this group, but they were pretty good. For those of you who are interested, Berkeley Morris has a website.

  5. 5

    Are they playing “Another One Rides the Bus” by Weird Al?

  6. 6
    Kaoru Negisa

    This is so nifty. Also, though it’s not the focus, I approve of any picture that involves a mandolin.

    You really got a winner if you landed an accordion player.

  7. 7

    And that’s when the mosh pit started forming…

  8. 8
    Greta Christina

    Do they do that stick-bashing thing, too?

    Your Name’s not Bruce? @ #3: Yes. Yes, they do.

  9. 9

    Yes. Yes, they do

    Shoutout to Bookshop Santa Cruz! That takes me back. :)

  10. 10

    Best bumper sticker I ever saw:


    p.s. Greta, it looks like you got a keeper.

  11. 11

    Well, yeah, you’ve gotta lock that down.

  12. 12
    Chris H

    I didn’t realize that Ingrid played accordion. If M finds that out, you’re never gonna get rid of her. She played accordion before her stroke, and has developed quite the fetish for it.

  13. 13
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)


  14. 14
    A Hermit

    You know the difference between and accordion and an onion?

    No one cries when you cut up an accordion.

    (I was told that joke by an accordion player…please don’t hate me…)

  15. 15
    Nurse Ingrid

    You all are cracking me right up. Especially Zinc Avenger.

    To be pedantic for a moment, the instrument I play is called a melodeon (though some blasphemers refer to it as a “button accordion”).

    And hey, the stick-bashing is the best part! And only occasionally dangerous.

  16. 16
    Gregory in Seattle

    @Zinc Avenger #13 – Ho! Ha ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust! *Thunk!*

  17. 17

    I married an accordion player thirty three years ago and we’re deliriously happy together. Mine has a great smile, too.

  18. 18
    Nurse Ingrid

    Gregory in Seattle:

    I love me some Daffy Duck.

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    Tuppy Glossop

    To be pedantic for a moment, the instrument I play is called a melodeon (though some blasphemers refer to it as a “button accordion”).

    I was going to say the same thing. We tend to refer to them here as a “Box”.

    Is this the time and place to start a war on the validity of Women Morris Men? (Speaking as a former member of Plenty Morris (Mixed) and the Britannia Morris Men, both of Melbourne Australia)

    Foot Up!

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    Nurse Ingrid

    Tuppy Glossop, it just so happens that my Morris mentor wrote her Master’s thesis on the history of women dancing Morris. What her research showed is that wherever you find a record of Morris dancing, you will find that at least some women were dancing it.

    Foot down!

  21. 21

    Mama’s got a squeeze box! Daddy never sleeps at night!

  22. 22
    Gregory in Seattle

    @Ingrid – Has your side ever come to Seattle for Folklife (the big folk/world/everything festival on Memorial Day weekend)? Your costumes really do look familiar.

  23. 23
    Yellow Thursday

    That’s so cool! I love watching the Morris dancers at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival every year.

    If we’re doing accordion jokes, I’ve got one: You know the difference between an accordion and a trampoline? You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline.

  24. 24
    Nurse Ingrid

    Gregory, not that I can recall. I’m trying to think what other sides from the Bay Area have gone recently.

  25. 25

    Ah yes, but have you danced the Dark Morris?

  26. 26
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    I was going to say the same thing. We tend to refer to them here as a “Box”.


  27. 27

    Are the White Rats still active? (We miss you, Leigh Ann!)

  28. 28
    Jacqueline Homan

    That is awesome, Greta. I would wish for ALL couples to have the level of happiness and contentment that you and Ingrid have.

  29. 29
    Nurse Ingrid

    Eclectic, the Rats are still around, but not dancing as frequently as they used to.

  30. 30
    'Tis Himself

    Ah yes, but have you danced the Dark Morris?

    Are you referring to the “Other” Morris?

  31. 31

    You don’t call it a button accordion? I guess my dad, who’s been playing the damned thing since before I was a twinkle in mom’s eye, is a blasphemer then.

    My contribution to the accordion jokes:

    Q: What’s the best thing about accordions?

    A: They come pre-scored for slicing.

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    Nurse Ingrid

    SallyStrange, is your dad Irish, or does he play Irish tunes? I think they are more likely to call it a button accordion or button box.

  33. 33

    Awesome kit!

    I know an accordion joke too … I left an accordion in the boot of my car the other day and when I got back someone had broken in and left three more there.

    But that is totally a melodeon, not an accordion. It’s not got a keyboard.

  34. 34

    My dad plays in the New England tradition–plenty of Irish, yes, but mostly French Canadian. Actually, folks in this circle are likely to call them “accordions,” as distinct from “piano accordions.” I’ve never heard anyone call it a button box.

    In Quebec a harmonica is called accordéon à bouche–literally, “mouth accordion.”

  35. 35
    Dan Fidler

    Wonderful. Life gives us unlimited opportunities. Love gives us someone to share them with.

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