Puns on strings at the Washington International Kite Festival
I know better now, but before I got educated, a kite was nothing more than frustration on a string, robotically attracted to telephone lines, treetops and nightmarish nosedives into the ground.
With a little knowledge, even I can go tako kichi — Japanese for "kite crazy." Next week, you'll see a lot of tako kichi-ness at the 27th annual Washington State International Kite Festival, which runs Monday through Aug. 24 in Long Beach, on the Washington coast. Kite fliers from all over the world converge on the windy shore to launch a mind-boggling array of colorful kites.