Pink Flamingo Lawn Croquet Association

Taos, New Mexico

Bob Musella, Thos Myers and Ron Usherwood

"I quite agree with you," said the Duchess; "and the moral of that is -- `Be what you would seem to be' -- or, if you'd like it put more simply -- `Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.'"

-- Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland"

"Contrariwise," continued Tweedledee, "if it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic!" -- Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass"

Here at the Pink Flamingo Lawn Croquet Association, we play International rule, 6 wicket croquet. Six wicket croquet is, of course, a twelve step program and fortunately the only twelve step program that the three main players have ever really needed. We have en'ticed' other people to the court, or greensward, if you prefer, and our main purpose is to have that most excellent game. In some situations, however, it has been necessary to play Extreme Croquet and there have been moments when we have thought all was lost. In one extreme situation we had to play by ear as it was too dark to see anything and the location of the court denied us lighting. Of course, this is the way it often is!

Our game started out with the nine wicket American backyard game until Bob took a trip to Florida and chanced upon the United States Croquet Association near Miami. And there is where our game took a drastic change as we discovered an entirely different game of croquet: wicked, fanciful and challenging: 6 wicket croquet. Which is not to be confused with the immorality of croquet.

Croquet seems to have been evolved by some process of nature, as a crystal forms or a flower grows - perfect, in accordance with eternal laws.
-Newport Croquet Club rules, 1867
In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.

And in case you are wondering about where we got the name and how we decorate our court.
The Chimney Sweeper

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