Meeting at the Outhouse Classic
05/04/2003
I thought I was asking an innocent question …

It was a common one that I ask many of my guests. "How did the two of you meet?" has been a great ice-breaker at breakfast for new people I have not come to know yet. Most of the time the response is at school, through mutual friends, and occasionally the internet … but not once had I run across a couple who met at such a unique occasion. That is, until I met Aletta & Tom this weekend.

The story begins with two people who both grew up in a small UP town known as Trenary, located in the heart of Michigan’s top mitten. They didn’t know each other growing up, and several years ago Aletta moved downstate to be near her mom who was living there. An annual wintertime tradition began in her hometown just 10 years ago, and it is one of those unique events that brings her back each February. And it was at this historical activity last year when Aletta & Tom were smitten …

You see, Trenary is best known for its Outhouse Classic (yes, you have read that correctly) where decorated privies are mounted aboard runners that are waxed for maximum traction while being pushed through the snow. It seems that this "crapper contest" has gained TV acclaim (Nickelodeon was there last year to cover the kid’s events), and participants have come from around the country – places like Texas, North Carolina, Iowa, and New York have respectfully entered their "potty pushers" in pursuit of the renowned Outhouse trophy and prize money. As the years have gone by, the creativity of these participants gets more and more in the gutter, uh, I mean the latrine … check out some of the hysterical entries at www.jldr.com/ohraces2002.html. It’ll make you flush!

The story sadly ends with Tom returning to Trenary and Aletta making that lonely drive back to Warren, after a Mackinaw weekend of fun as Tom turned the big "40". Crystal & I were teary-eyed watching them separate until the next visit – which will hopefully be back here at Brigadoon soon.

"Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great." -Comte DeBussy-Rabutin

More later … have a great week!

Sherree Hyde
Innkeeper/Owner
Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast
www.mackinawbrigadoon.com