... And THAT Means An Airshow Is Close Behind!
By ANN Correspondent Lisa Kondrick
Just as the swallows return every year to Capistrano, the
Port-o-Johns have blossomed at Oshkosh!
The EAA Pioneer Village features a webcam on their site. For the
Nature lovers among us, it gives us the opportunity to watch this
unique fauna as they sprout and grow. They seem to germinate first
by the Bus Stop... then spread in all directions until there are
patches of them the length and breadth of the air show grounds.
Some Port-o-Johnologists (or "Pottieologists") have postulated
that their scent actually attracts large metallic birds to Wittman
Field. But their allure is not just for the birds, people seem to
be attracted to Port-o-Johns as well. There have been reports of
people desperately seeking them out, standing in line and actually
sighing relief after having encountered them.
Around the third day of
the air show, some of the Port-o-Johns become increasingly easier
to sniff out. Pottieologists call this "ripening".
When the Port-o-Johns become too ripe, the grounds keepers come
and-well, they go to Port-o-John heaven. The grounds keepers then
plant a healthy specimen and this one flourishes, nurtured by love
Port-o-Johns come in a verity of shapes and sizes and it seems
that there may be some cross-pollination, perhaps with an
Evergreen, because last year there were reports of green and white
Port-o-Johns, although at this writing there has been no
photographic evidence for the record.
There is one undeniable fact, however. When the Port-o-Johns
waft their siren's scent into the heavens over Wisconsin, pilots
from thousands of miles away load up their aircraft and head toward
Oshkosh, heeding nature's call.
For more information on Pottieology -- or becoming a
Pottieologist -- just visit your local airport on a stormy day...
when there will be a lot of Pottie talk around the FBO.