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Sonic smiley tot March 29, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Food, Public art, signs, & graffiti, Smiley.
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Sonic smiley tot. On an order menu at a Sonic in McMinnville, OR. March 2012.

I love this happy little tot. At least, I assume it’s a tot. It looks a bit like a marshmallow. A golden, red-footed marshmallow.

But whatever. He’s happy, and I’m guessing he’s on the menu to make kids smile, because he’s in the kids meal section of the menu. So whether he’s a marshmallow or a tot, I love him — he makes me smile too! 🙂

Smiling cartoon in the sand March 26, 2012

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Smiling cartoon in the sand. Clatsop Spit beach in Ft. Stevens State Park, Oregon.

My wife and I had the happiest day today! We smiled all day long, from our trip to the Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon to the rainbow we saw driving home this evening. So it was no surprise that, about two-thirds through our spring-break day today, we spotted a smiley face.

This happy cartoon is on the beach at Clatsop Spit, on the far northwest corner of Oregon, in Ft. Stevens State Park. To the right of this photo, the Pacific Ocean was lapping at the sand; behind us, the last remnants of the shipwrecked Peter Iredale rusted in the afternoon sun. To the left, a large black labrador frolicked up and down a sand dune. Ahead of us, children squealed and laughed in the chilly surf.

And here was this smiling cartoon, and my wife and me, enjoying a wonderful, happy afternoon. 🙂

Reader-submitted web smiley: the Buddha on happiness March 22, 2012

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The Buddha on happiness. (Allegedly.) Submitted by my friend Dylan S.

I’ve spent ages trying to track down three things: 1) if this is a legit Buddhist parable, 2) in what text this parable might appear, and 3) who made this image. I’m drawing blanks on all three.

But I do know where I got it — my friend Dylan sent it to me via Facebook. “I’m sure you’ve seen this,” he wrote, “but it screamed you.”

Scream with glee!

I have seen the quote before (it was making the rounds on Facebook, in various memes or just as a quote, a couple of weeks ago), but I’d never seen it attached to a smiley face. And what a great visual metaphor! The road to happiness!

See you on the path, happy readers. 🙂

“History of Art” t-shirt March 19, 2012

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"History of Art" t-shirt, by the Sock and Roll Corporation (1991). From my (or rather, my wife's) personal collection.

Hi, happy readers! I know, it’s been almost a month since I last brought you the smileys. But fortunately, you’re all still smiling, now more than ever!

So I thought, what better return to the twice-weekly posts than a “history” lesson — and in art, no less! This t-shirt belonged to my wife (we finally had to let it go — it was getting pretty threadbare). Her parents used to take the family to the big art museums in Dallas and Fort Worth when she was a kid, and they picked this shirt up at the Dallas Museum of Art. You can see from the shirt’s copyright in the caption that the thing was more than 20 years old when we finally bid it farewell, so my wife certainly got a lot of happiness out of it! So, all’s well that ends well!

Now that we’re back, you can look forward to some great smiley posts coming up, because in this month-long absence a whole host of happy readers have been sending me some terrific smiley images. Plus, I’ve picked up a few new one of my own! So buckle in, gang. Spring time is here, we’ve done our cleaning, and we’re ready to let the happy faces shine!

Busiest day ever! March 16, 2012

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Yes, I know it’s been far too long since I posted a smiley face. (I’m back on track starting Monday.) But that hasn’t stopped you happy readers from hanging out here at the blog anyway! Today — so far, with another 3 hours and 20 minutes to go — is our busiest day yet!

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Come back Monday, gang! We’ll take this momentum and run with it!