Monday, August 15, 2005

Fair weekend



After all of the convincing by many die hard fans, I joined my brother in law and sis at the fair this weekend. Actually, it was a beautiful day - just cool enough to keep you walking around without getting too warm.



But once again - I continue to scratch my head at the wonderment that is tossed upon the event. We arrive, Stevens hits a corn dog immediately (I join him, to see if I can fully understand what he gets out of the day) and we venture off to see the butter cow. We breeze by the cow and the butter Tiger Woods (?) and then head out to get a pork chop on a stick. Then down to the dairy barn - ice cream cone... then up towards the midway. We stop for a beer - then head off and go to the UofI booth and down a cup of cookies.



My gut is shot - but somehow, on our way out - Stevens inhales another corn dog.

The carnies were not nearly as frightening as past years... the amount of trash walking around was limited... and I was really full and worn out by 3 pm. The Iowa State Fair - still a confusingly boring experience (but tickets were free and time with Dan, Hol, Josh, Larry and Rhonda was all good!).



I took a large dive into "The Time Traveler's Wife" this weekend. The author, Audrey Niffenegger, is a first time writer - and the book was brought to my attention for a book club reading... regardless, the work is quite engaging. One part a modern love story - the other an odd introspective time traveling tale... we will have to see if it works out in the end (actually, the book dwells alot on the college and post college marriage experience - so identifying with some of the characters is very easy).

Finally, I went to my 10 year class reunion this weekend. Kind of to be expected - no one looked that different. I was surprised to see that most everyone was in really good shape... and in good spirits. Actually, aside from one girl from L.A. - I was the only single person there. Kinda sucky - but a good time was had!

38 comments:

Kern said...

Wow. Sounds like an eventful weekend was had overall. Those were good pics as well.

I'm kind of looking forward to my ten year reunion with a certain amount of morbid curiosity. I'm not sure why, but reunions fascinate me for some reason. Did you have a date?

Damfino said...

Kern - I got an open wound on my lower back - kick it for a while will ya?

No - no date.

QueenB said...

Did anyone else go to the freak show in the midway to see the 2 headed animals, 100 pound rats ect.

Kern said...

Sorry about that. When I was back you mentioned that someone you knew might be going with you, which is why I asked. If it makes you feel better I've not even attempted to get anywhere near any new women since the Darth Tater incident in June.

Look at it this way, the last time I even kissed a girl was two years ago. And the last time I had a girlfriend I was 18. Hopefully that should put things in perspective in the sucks at life loser race for you, old friend.

Kern said...

PS-That was meant to cheer you up, by the way. I wouldn't just recount my failures publicly for just anyone, you know.

Damfino said...

Kern - you should not admit this sort of stuff on the www!

queenb - stevens hit the freak show - I saved my 3 bucks for some cookies!

Damfino said...

I have to go work the fair today - 1-5... tons of people asking questions I don't have the answer to.

QueenB said...

It was disgusting.

Kern said...

What difference does it make? You think someone is going to google "loser" and this thread is going to pop up?

Well, it might. I'm pretty darned sure the world knows the score already. The bulletins went out years ago, which would explain why most women I meet do not respond to my witty charms.

Kern said...

In other news, cookies sound great...

Sheriff Officer Greg the Bunny said...

I'm confused. Did the chick from L.A. kinda sucky you or was the event kinda sucky?


two words: Mint P*ssy!


bunny out

ps: shout out to all those Rescue Me fans who paved the way. May you appear dressed as a cowboy in a sexy calander and mint yourself some p*ssy.

Kern said...

You know, now mint chocolate chip cookies sound good...

Kern said...

By the way, Jed, speaking of first time writers and such, did you get the story I sent you the other day?

I know it's long, but I'd really like to hear your thoughts as I've been collecting feedback on it.

And yes, I'm waiting for Urnotme to pop around and see the "I know it's long part" and say "That's what she said."

Let the filth fly!

Damfino said...

Queenb - hmm - perhaps I should have laid up my $3

Sheriff - had to IMDB this... but worth it.

Tommy : Listen, you can meet a guy's ex-girlfriend in a bar and feel her up.
Kenny : Yes.
Tommy You can be in a bar, meet a guy's ex-wife, and?
Kenny : [makes circular gestures on his chest] Titty action.
Tommy : Titty action. You can even grab his sister's ass while the guy is in the same bar.
Kenny : Yes you could.
Tommy : And it would all fall under the giant unbrella rule of, "Sorry, I was drunk."
Kenny : Like Visa and Mastercard, accepted the world over.
Tommy : In fact, that's why the rule was invented all those years ago, by the... Romans?
Kenny : Earlier than that, my friend: the Druids!
Tommy : But girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, wife, ex-wife, sister, half-sister:
Tommy : No pussy!

Kern - no read story yet - maybe this weekend.

Running to fair - later yos!

freewriter said...

holy crap! i feel agoraphobic just looking at those pictures!

Damfino said...

breath deeply mr. clean

Kern said...

Anyone else lingering out there?

urnotme said...

That's what she said.

urnotme said...

So, the fair sucked this year. I think it had to do with the perfect weather or something. I don't know. We walked around with 6 people which is never a good idea and too make matters worse there were tons of people. Not only did I not eat a quarter of what I normally do, but we hardly walked around. Thank god Holly and I are going again wed and we can actually enjoy it.

We need Jed to post a pic of his shirt he wore for his reunion!

Kern said...

What did said shirt look like? Was it "dreamy"?

Deit Heimley said...

The Time Traveler's Wife is amazing. I kind of go t the ending way too early, an was abit disapointed that the autor was that obvious. Also there were a lot of questions that the writer didn't answer because she was spending so much time answering other questions nobody asked. I have to say this book was like watching a barg move down the river, it didn't go anywhere fast, and you knew exactly where it was going.

But now that I have slammed the book let me compliment it. I was utterly engrossed by the plot and the characters. I read the book, and then heard it on tape a couple of months later. Both times I could not put this story down. The writing it great. The characters range from flawed to reprehensable, yet I loved them all.

The writer takes the time traveling opinion that you cannot change the past. So it is fun to see where future actions in the past cause the past actions in the future. And if that makes sense to you the book will be a real treat. The whole stroy is circular in nature and a very funny wedding scene late in the book is well worth the pages.

I felt so sorry for the accidentally time-traveling main character while being secretly jealous at the same time. I enjoyed this book a lot and give it my full approval, but at the same time, it was not even at the level of the new Harry Potter book in plot complexity.

Kern said...

Sounds interesting.

I have that worry about my new short story. That everyone's going to know the end early on, and they'll all be very, "Well, I saw that coming a mile away...". I have to say I may suffer the same problems.

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Deit Heimley said...

It is a common problem of first time writers for a simple reason. They have been writing that first story for years. They know the end of the story and can't help but talk about it during the book. It is when the writer is writing about the characters and has no idea how the story will end that the best plot swings come in.

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No good story is ever really ended because a good story is about life, and life never really ends. I had the same issue on a long love story and you knew exactly how these two would end up as soon as the two met. But then I said, what would they do next? And then I had a very surprising story that was even better than the first idea.

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Kern said...

Deit: Yeah, I know what you mean. I hope that the ending will give people that feeling of what will happen now, but I'm not sure.

I wrote a first draft of a novel when I was 17, but I was too chickenshit to really get with it and finish what I started. I did some huge revisions in 2000, which left me with some better stuff, but also a big hole in the novel that I never filled in. Now I fear it's too late, as much of the material is kind of teen angsty, and I don't feel is a good reflection of me as a writer or a person any longer. It just strikes me as looking like a kid wrote it.

The new stuff I just did strangely retains a certain style, because I guess that is just how I write, but it seems altogther more thought out and mature in certain respects than the other material. I think it's not at all autobiographical which may have been what weighed the other project down. I tied too much of my real pathos into it and it couldn't stand the weight of it. Let Jed know when you get an e-mail address that works, and he can forward it to you. I'd be interested to see what you think.

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I think someone should shove Tafts head into the butter cow. That may make that maker of the butter cow less of a moron. . .

My point? I'm in Lancaster.

~Ty

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Michael said...

Yum, meat on a stick. I think I can honestly say that I have never eaten a corn dog, I know, I know.