From Sarah, With Joy

*Poet * Author * Wanderluster*

Monday, February 10, 2014

Writing Challenge: The Pink People at The Bellagio

One of the absolute best things about living in Vegas is that the Bellagio is only 15 minutes away. Often on a Saturday afternoon I will go and check out whatever the new amazing exhibit is up in the gardens, and I'll stay for an hour or so and watch the fountains. I bring a notebook and jot down thoughts and ideas. 

I'm not the only one who sits in front of Bellagio fountains for an obnoxiously long period of time. There is always a varied assemblage of Batmen and Despicable Me Minions and showgirls and street magicians, and I have to admit, if I was going to be a busker, that's where I'd be too. But there is one that stands out. For the past couple months, every time I've gone, right in front of the center nook where I always stand is a man all in pink, his clothes frozen as if blowing in the wind, and he himself seems to be blown back, leaning impossibly on his heels. I haven't the faintest idea how he does it, but it is quite hilarious to watch people passing by, looking back, walking around him, some even going so far as to wave a hand under his rear to see if there's some invisible thing holding him up.

This last Saturday I took a Bellagio trip. I walked through the gardens and then went out to watch the fountains. I saw the familiar pink figure, but this time, it was a woman. She had star-shaped glasses and a pink pig-tail wig. She was in the exact same outfit otherwise (I'm pretty sure their ability to sit blown back like that has something to do with the pants, although I've seen them stand). Anyway, I had fun watching her and watching people watching her, like usual, and also had fun speculating about these two people. 

And now I pass that speculating off to you. Given these two characters, what would you specifically do with them? If you were writing their story, what would it be? I love seeing how other people develop their story ideas, and I'm intrigued to see what you come up with. So why not, right? Give it a shot.

Make awesome!

Sarah Allen


  1. What a great place to sit and reflect. I'd love that. Water always calms me. The beach is my favorite place!

    Hmm, what to do with her? The first thing that comes to mind is Pepto Bismal. But, I think I'd take her and create her family life as she's walking out the door in her outfit.

    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

  2. Sounds like an inspiring place to jot down ideas. Have a creative week.

  3. How fascinating. I think I would make their position into something magic. But I wonder how they really do it.

  4. I love those fountains, if I lived there I'm sure I would spend many an hour watching them! I've seen similar 'statues' to these, I have no idea how it is done either. It is the way they are so still for such a long period of time that fascinates me.

  5. Hmm. Well, they're on a platform. Maybe their heels hook into something.

    What a great place to people-watch!

  6. I wonder how he does it? I've seen others down in Orlando dressed in pink like that, but they weren't leaning.

  7. It's totally the pants--some stilts or braces that lock into places and where the balance is offset by attaching to the base stand somehow. That's pretty awesome though.

  8. Must be a lot of starch in those pants.

    Moody Writing

  9. I would have her form an inner dialogue about the people she observes. Wouldn't be awesome if she had a camera in her hat?

  10. Those pink people are sure interesting!

    I really like the Bellagio fountains, too. I think they're one of the best things about Vegas.

  11. Deliciously bizarre pinkage. I adore the Bellagio atrium. I never miss it when I'm there. I also love their art gallery - just the right size to take in on a single visit. You're so lucky to live so close.

  12. Bubblegum people are real!!

    I had no idea and they live in Vegas. I'll have to come down there and investigate. What if they plan to take over the world?

    Excuse me. I have some writing to do.

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette


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