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.)


  1. Alex M Doubts Your Commitment to Sparkle Motion says

    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. . .

  2. Your Name's not Bruce? says

    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).

  3. Gregory in Seattle says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. M31 says

    Best bumper sticker I ever saw:


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

  6. says

    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.

  7. A Hermit says

    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…)

  8. Nurse Ingrid says

    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.

  9. Gregory in Seattle says

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

  10. andcientTechie says

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

  11. Tuppy Glossop says

    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!

  12. Nurse Ingrid says

    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!

  13. Gregory in Seattle says

    @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.

  14. Yellow Thursday says

    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.

  15. Nurse Ingrid says

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

  16. Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven says

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


  17. Nurse Ingrid says

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

  18. 'Tis Himself says

    Ah yes, but have you danced the Dark Morris?

    Are you referring to the “Other” Morris?

  19. says

    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.

  20. Nurse Ingrid says

    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.

  21. Jen says

    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.

  22. says

    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.”

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