From the lots


The Lighter Side asked for the best Patriots tailgaters last week, and we whittled the contestants down to three. With cameras in hand and finalists within walking distance, Mother Nature wrought havoc on the Lighter Side's technical equipment...freezing a pair of digital cameras and a cell phone. But before we retreated to the confines of Lighter Side headquarters — a six-man tent sandwiched between a pair of bonfires — we were able to capture the magic of one camp.

And that magic exists for one very special reason. Meet the Rattle Donkey, a superstitious item the Lighter Side was fortunate enough to see in action.

(Photo and text by Chris Rattey, Boston.com staff)

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