Mom -- I got tired of Cleo getting all the attention, so I stole her ticket and flew down to MARDI GRAS in Rio!!  You'll find Cleo tied up in the basement.  She put up a pretty good fight for the ticket.  

These lovely ladies showed me the sites.  Women down here are really tiny, but they sure know how to make a fella feel at home.

We're going for gumbo -- and then the PARADE!!  I'll be home soon.  Tell Cleo I'm bringing her one of their hats!!