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The 2015 show started with new security concerns and no one was quite sure what to expect
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We were prepared for the worst ... and not sure how it would effect us
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When in fact all that really happened was we got to wear these cool vests and stand around looking official
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The sales area looked amazingly organized
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Our baskets ready
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And our stations were well stocked
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We had adding machines to total the sales
(we were asked not to count on our fingers)
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And these neat new hearts-on-a-stick flags that we got to wave a lot
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We were well stocked with paper ... and all had lots of experience packing pots
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After all was ready to go, we were fed a sumptuous meal
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And got to listen to Shirley's words-of-wisdom
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We were ready ... our booths were stocked and our lights twinkling
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All we needed now were customers
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We even put out the welcome sign
We made last minute adjustments and opened the doors
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And the customers poured in
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It wasn't long before our pottery had become prized posessions
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The process worked smoothly - thanks to years of practice
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There were the inevidable "wrapper nightmares"
Within 30 minutes the auditorium aisles were crowded
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And the pace at the sales area quickened
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Some were awestruck by the pace of things
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But always showed the customers a smile
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Some wondered if there was a relief crew in the wings
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Others were simply shocked
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Some were driven to tears (of joy no doubt)
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Even the cool-calm-and-collected
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Were worn down by the pace of Friday night sales
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Even the hard-to-shake younger generation
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Got just a little wiggy by the end of the first shift
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But thankfully Nina kept a smile on her face the entire time
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We knew we were well stocked for the hoildays
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Snow(people) waited to be taken to new homes
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Snowflakes waited for a tree to hang in
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Fall leaves graced platters
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And platters waited patiently to be purchased
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The variety was amazing
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Some pots waited quietly
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And others made you stop in your tracks
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If our customers were thinking of anything for the dinning table, we had them covered
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Square plates and round plates
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And even rectangles
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Juicers and coffee mugs
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And bowls galore
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Bowls with splatters inside
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And some even came with recipes
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Bowls for your pets
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And even mixed-media bowls
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Goblets for toasting
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And we had coffee cups
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All sorts of coffee cups
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Customers probably had a hard time deciding
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There were so many types of coffee cups
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We could have made a fortune selling coffee
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To go in all the coffee cups
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And some had no handles
(but they would still work as coffee cups)
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We had honey pots to sweeten your day
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And for the less utilitarian ... we had rocks
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Quite a selection of rocks
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And to light up our lives we had lamps
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There were words of wisdom
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And reminders for everyone
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There was a stable of animals
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Some were examples of local species
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And some not so much
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There were forest creatures
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And owls looking to see hoooo would take them home
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A quack here-and-there
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And a host of feathered friends
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Animals even adorned cups
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And stylized owls waited to see hoooo was going to buy them
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Some animals were simply flights-of-fancy
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Others made us stop and smile
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And for the gardner ... pots of worms
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Really personable worms
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All watched over by guardians-of-the-show
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Some animals were from far off places in the imagination
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Plus there were characters worthy of comic strips
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And a dog that reminded us what life is all about
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And there were little people
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People pins populated a particular person's booth
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And then there were people with very colorful attire
(do you know who this is)
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And the challenge picture ... who was wearing these sneakers
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We provided demos and tried not to make it look too easy
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Some demos even came with pontifications about life
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We rightfully admired our work
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And regaled the audience with stories
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But our hands told the real story
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We got close-up in our demos and showed our love of pottery
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We made tall pieces
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And cut them to show the technique ... always drawing a gasp from the audience
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And we threw some bowls
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Some of us worked together on demos
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And sometimes it was simply one artist's hand
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In the end all the demos were great testaments to our love of pottery
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The Kids Clay area produced some marvelous sculptures
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And a few fish to rival Nina's
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Sometimes the kids just made spaghetti
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And there were even some nice pinch-pots
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A few snowmen and a elf or two
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But nothing came close to Tea's demo pieces
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We knew things were going smoothly because Shirley was smiling
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We knew things were going really well when the Treasurers were smiling
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And we knew things were going exceptionally well when we saw empty shelves
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