Friday, September 3, 2010
Gypsy To An Artform
We passed it Saturday as we drove into St. John's. "What was THAT?"
Then, again on Sunday, there it was again. "HUH?"
Wednesday, the front page of the St. John's Telegram featured an article with the lead: “I don’t know if someone slipped me acid, or if I’m really seeing this.” (That echoed my thoughts exactly!)
I read the article. I had to meet the woman who owned this retired Canadian Post truck turned Gypsy Caravan. She needed a change of lifestyle and to see the world and she wasn't waiting until she had hit normal retirement age to do it. Michelle Kaiser, known as the Gypsy Mermaid, decorated her van with flowers, fork and spoon art, paintings, eyelashes over the headlights, a mailbox, and a mechanical fortune teller who will spit out your fortune for a buck. She's got this Gypsy gig down to a true art-form! I'm in awe!
She set out from Nanaimo Canada a year ago and has been touring the US and Canada with no apparent interest in settling down to a 9 - 5 job sitting behind a desk somewhere. You GO girl!
Arayo and I had to meet her so we looked her up on Facebook and sent her a message. Driving into St. Johns a couple hours later we spotted her van in a parking lot. (It is kind of hard to miss.) As luck would have it, the one empty spot was right next to her and we pulled in, got Arayo out of the car and walked around, admiring her creation. I set Arayo up for a few photos when Michelle walked up and agreed to pose with the Gypsy Newfoundland Dog before heading out. She'd had an offer. Someone wanted to teach the mermaid to scuba dive. She wasn't excited about breathing through a tube but was off to check it out anyway - game for whatever life was going to offer up next.
Hopefully we'll see you on the road again soon, Miz Mermaid!