The abandoned piano…

What an amazing sight! I’ve just read that a grand piano, weighing at least 300kg (650lb), has appeared off the coast of Miami. It’s there, right now, sitting on a sandbank like an abandoned instrument from a mermaid’s ball. I like to think it’s from a mermaid’s ball, anyway. It’s far more romantic than picturing it being chucked off the side of a ship by paranoid drug smugglers… although, now that I think of it, has anyone checked inside the keys for cocaine? I don’t think they have…

Anyway, apparently, no one knows how it got there, or why it’s perched so mysteriously in an upright position, in Biscayne Bay.

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say as long as the instrument isn’t a navigational hazard, they won’t remove it,” say the BBC people, which is nice, but it would be even nicer if they set up a 24 hour webcam, so we could watch for mermaids and mermen trying to reclaim their musical treasure by the light of the moon. Wouldn’t it?!

I wonder if a cello will appear next, or a trumpet. Maybe a fishy conductor, with a tailcoat and a tail will swim up and start playing Beethoven for tourists. Maybe he won’t even blink as they flash and snap and proclaim that they’ve never seen a Perch play piano before. Maybe he got sick of the merfolk not appreciating his talents. Maybe he sounded shit underwater…

Ooooh nooooo, WAIT! As I’ve been typing, it’s been announced that the piano was actually put there by a student, making a video college application. It was apparently an old prop from a movie that no one remembers. How BORING. I much preferred the mermaid/fish theory.

Hmph.

2 thoughts on “The abandoned piano…

  1. Dear Becki,

    Greetings from Miami! I just read your blog and noticed that you mentioned mermaids So I had to write to you to share our story!!!

    I am part of a trio of mermaids for hire. We live in Miami and have been hearing about the baby grand piano. With all the stories about the piano, we had to go out there. We gathered our mermaid frocks and found a sail boat instructor willing to take us out there.

    Luck was on our side, because just two hours after we left the sandbar, a salvage company came in and hauled it off.  Below are a couple of links about it!

    STORY LINKS:
    http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/index.php?/news/comments/piano-island/
    http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2011/01/28/877547/las-ultimas-fotos-de-la-isla-del.html

    Enjoy and good luck with your book “Burqalicious – The Dubai Diaries.”

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