You’ve gotta wonder how that meeting went down. We’re a little sketchy on the details, so what we don’t know, we’ll just make up. After all, why let the facts get in the way of a good story?
It was 1840 something. A guy we’ll call Earl was hanging out with the boys having some coffee. Earl was just a simple guy, and nobody ever accused him of being the brain-trust of Columbia, TN. In fact, this may be the first time that “Earl” and “brain-trust” have been used in the same sentence.
Our pretend hero -- EARL
So there they were — a group of old-timers sitting around talking about those things that old-timers talk about. And not related to a damned thing Earl stands up and declares, “I’ve got it! We need to throw a party in celebration of mules.”
Stunned silence. Heads popped up. Eyes darted. How do you respond to something like that!?! It was the 1840's version of WTF! (What's That Foolishness!)
Finally, crusty and crotchety old Walt Hammond piped up in his typical sarcastic way — “Genius plan, Earl! I guess you'll wanna have a parade and maybe even a mule queen?” Earl thought he was serious, and went with it. And so, Columbia, TN's Mule Day was born -- and 182 years later it's a Big Ass thing. Get it? Mule = Ass!
What's real FOR SURE is the fun AFTER the parade! Kegs are tapped and the libations are flowing freely. After that part, my mind's a little fuzzy. Can't remember much!
This year, The Mulehouse makes its first foray on the scene with the “Mule House Party”. And if you’re wondering — no, we didn’t put much thought into the name — we were hungry and just wanted to go have lunch.
THIS SHIRT is the first of our line of annual shirts geared for our Mule House Party, during the Mule Day Celebration. Each year has a limited, one-time only run. Get ‘em while you can because once this Mule House Party is over, we’re on to designing next years!
Smack dab in the middle of our collection of mugshots is Maury the Mule. Since we’ve been making stuff up for our story, let’s just say that Maury The Mule was popped for disorderly conduct. As such, he takes his rightful place among others who may have also had a little too much fun.
Maury the Mischievous Mule
Gotta give credit where credit’s due — our friend and artist Marnie Miller came up with this one. (You killed it Marnie!).
You can get it AT the Mulehouse if you’re coming to the Mule House Party or right here at our little corner of the web.
Shipments are still coming in so if it doesn’t show in your favorite color or size, we’ll have them add it to the last of our production run.
We didn’t skimp on quality! Our shirts are Bella + Canvas and are MADE IN THE USA. They're probably the best-fitting and best-feeling of anything out there.
So, before you have to ask permission from your mate just make the order. Forgiveness is easier than permission. I'll even write you a note explaining the whole thing!
Mule up, Merika!