No place like (Kansas)

My friend Jen works for an organization that seeks to bring major events to our capital city. She’s pretty good at her job, and she just nailed down the 2015 national horseshoe throwing championship.

She’s traveling to the 2014 host city to build excitement for next summer’s trip to Kansas, and she’s taking 50 glittery horseshoes with her. The shoes match the Wizard of Oz theme for 2015.

I’m not sure why I was selected for the project (I totally know), but I was happy to help. I started with an unbelievably dusty box of very used horseshoes. It wasn’t until I was soaking them that I realized I wasn’t only dealing with dirt. Despite trying several methods to remove the debris, I finally gave up and just tried a coat of paint.

My cherry-red spray lacquer looked gorgeous and shiny on the metal, but it soaked right into anything more “organic.” Fortunately, though, the glitter spray stayed on top.

My friend Lori suggested the horseshoes were more authentic with a bit of glittered shit still intact, so there you go.


By this afternoon, I’d finished and wrapped all 50. It was tempting to use the last half-can of red glitter on something of my own, but decided it was best saved for post-travel touch-ups.

Plus, it also comes in pink…

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Gramma Great on June 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    What a great friend you are! Red glittery horseshoes! I bet as soon as you heard the word “glitter” you were hooked!

  2. This makes me absurdly happy.

  3. Posted by Nicky on June 23, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I love that this is part of your job!

  4. Posted by Karyl on June 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Yes – does Josh know about this big event???

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