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Octopile of the Day #1771

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Octopile of the Day #1771

I’ve missed these octopus kites. It’s been too long since I last saw them like this, swaying with their limbs full of wind. Kites like these, or ones with broad fins or long tails, make you realized that you’re submerged in atmosphere, and the air is a flowing, fluid thing.

I had a little difficulty flying my delta kite solo today, ending up with a little Gordian knot of kite-string that Cordelia expertly untangled. When she took a turn piloting, the kite snapped and snarled, bit her fingers and broke the string and reel; through some small miracle we managed to wrestle the unruly creature to the ground before it took off to prey on other kites. Cordelia’s kite, a jellyfish previously cooped up in the closet, seemed to frolic in the open air until it flew off course and became stuck in two trees simultaneously. We managed to free it as well, and with two disasters narrowly avoided we decided to check out the rest of the festival.

Kate appeared quite suddenly from the blue, though I’d had a lurking suspicion that she might appear. She carried her smiling two-eyed Holga camera, and sometime soon she’ll have 3D photos of the octopuses and their dog.

Small mishaps like our misbehaving kites can be a source of either frustration or amusement, and we ended up laughing at the whole mess. My kite may need a little surgery, but it was a good day, and future flights will be a bit more elaborate.

his eyes looked like mine

Written by Umbrella Man

July 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

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  1. That kind of reminds me of when I took you and Michaela there as kids. the kites either escaped or drowned. i’m glad you haven’t given up.

    Martha Reilly

    July 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

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