35 thoughts on “You see why I had to marry her, right?

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    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).

  2. 4

    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.

  3. 6

    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.

  4. M31

    Best bumper sticker I ever saw:


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

  5. 12

    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.

  6. 14

    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…)

  7. 15

    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.

  8. 19

    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!

  9. 20

    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!

  10. 23

    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.

  11. Jen

    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.

  12. 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.”

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