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An April Fools joke gave a smile to passers-by on S.E. Tenino in Sellwood, just west of New Seasons Market

DAVID F. ASHTON - Both as a fun thing to do on April 1st - and as a statement on development, as their home is now squeezed between two large construction projects - the Gazin family in Sellwood fastened balloons to their rooftop, as in the animated Pixar movie Up, although not enough of them to carry the house up, up, and away.Inspired by the 2009 Pixar animated movie "Up", released by Walt Disney Pictures – and perhaps by the fact that it was April Fools Day, too – a Sellwood house just west of the New Seasons Market parking lot on S.E. Tenino Street was topped by a sizeable bunch of colorful balloons on April 1.

"Our house looks like the 'Up' house – and, just like that one, we are dwarfed by construction on each side," remarked Jean Lea Gazin, about the new decoration.

"It seems like a joyful statement of persistence in the face of development, as our 1907 Sellwood home will soon be surrounded by lots of new neighbors, who we hope like our chickens. The chickens, 'Honey', 'Shadow', and 'Boots' really like balloons, and this was all their idea," Gazin assured THE BEE.

Pressed about such poultry balloon ideation, Gazin said the seed of the idea actually came from seeing balloons on a similar residence, called the Figo house, near Portland State University. "Our kids, Willa and Lucian, would probably like our house to float up into the air, so we could all go for a ride and see the world from above -- especially right now.

"The reaction has been great; lots of people coming and going from New Seasons have stopped, smiled, chatted (from a social distance), and taken pictures – it seems like a good time to bring a little joy to the world!"

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