I'm sharing this in the hope that others will join in and spread the joys of decorative gourd season in their towns and cities.
First, I read this brilliant essay which made me laugh until I almost choked, and printed copies of it:
(You can find the whole thing here: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i...-motherfuckers ).
Then I folded them up like pamphlets to cover up the bad bits:
Everywhere I saw a gourd display, I popped one into it. On my way out of the grocery store where I'd left one in their outdoor display (the blurry middle picture because people were coming by), I witnessed a woman putting it back into the gourds and laughing wildly to herself.
There's always the slight chance that a store camera caught me and the police will knock on my door at some point, but it was worth it. It made me happy.