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Life is interfering with my blogging

Short post again today because I have stuff to do. I have bills to pay that require getting out of the house and riding the bus, and we all know how much fun that is (not).

Yesterday I got my toes done and a haircut and went to the phone store to pay the bill but I got there just as they closed up and everyone was leaving because I misread the hours of operation. So I need to go do that again before they close this time.

Also I’m going back to the fair Thursday with my phone so I can take some pictures this time. See you tomorrow.


I tested fair fare today

I went to the State Fair of Texas today and test-fit some cars that Mrs. the Poet and I both liked. Interesting thing is Mrs. the Poet didn’t get in a single car, but there were a few that she insisted I get in and out of because she liked them. What I ate was not typical Fair fare because it wasn’t fried. Mrs. the Poet and I had pulled pork Frito Pie, separate portions, and split a Nathan’s hot dog. I never want to eat a $0.99/package hot dog again after having a Nathan’s.

And my hand is acting up again, so I have to cut this short.

What happened yesterday and the State Fair trip today

When I left off yesterday I was barely succeeding at preventing a face plant into my laptop. I went to bed right after posting and slept until about 1000 this morning. I had my coffee and a warm poptart from the replacement toaster that showed up yesterday. I much prefer my poptarts to be warmed inside and slightly crisp from the toaster outside, rather than the cold from the package ones I have been having since Mrs. the Poet killed the old toaster. The reason we have a replacement toaster is the one I got the beginning of the month came with a defective timing mechanism that would not hold the bread-lifter down to toast. The heating elements would get power and start to warm things up but I had to hold the bread lifter down myself until the poptart or toast was done, not a practical thing to do when you are almost asleep and the coffee hasn’t kicked in because it’s still in the pot.

So anyway, yesterday. I went to bed about 0230, tossed and turned until maybe 0400, got up 0610, and stumbled through taking a shower until 0650. Unfortunately in order to get to the LRK in time I had to leave the house at 0645 and be fully dressed. That wasn’t happening. I finally got dressed at 0710 and got ready to catch the next bus and hope to salvage something of the day. I got to the LRK about 1015 for a 0930 appointment. Fortunately there was an opening in the schedule because someone(me) had missed an earlier appt. and they moved everyone else up because they were early. Then the fun started (again, pt. 2). My blood work from the previous visit had something that was out of limit for the study and hours were spent on the phone discussing it. In the meantime my blood sugar was dropping like the proverbial stone, because I had been up since 6-ish with nothing to eat or drink except the tiny swallow of water I used to take my antidepressant. The upshot is I’m going to have to go back Tuesday for more tests and I may have to miss my religious retreat/camping trip next week. Then I had to stop along the way to pick up something I bought earlier, then wait an hour for the next bus home and get bread and by the time I got done with that it was after 1700 and I was dragging tail. After dinner I tried to post to this blog and well you saw how well that turned out…

That brings us to Fair Day!😆😈 Time to look at cars, eat anything deep-fried, look at the quilts and other fine crafts, and walk ourselves to death. I had less of a problem because Mrs. the Poet doesn’t like to try the cars on like I have to. There were some of the cars that I had a much easier time getting in than getting out and vice versa. The thing was there was a lot of time I wasn’t on my feet that Mrs. the Poet was standing outside the cars, not good for her problem with her back. If anyone is interested Mrs. the Poet wants a red Corvette, a dark blue Camaro, a white Mustang, or a gunmetal Challenger. Add a black Fiat 500 Abarth to that list for me, on the costs-are-no-limit list. On the other list we had several compact hatchbacks with gas mileage in excess of 35 combined and still-spritely performance. We had nachos, deep-fried cookie strips, lemonade and Dr. Pepper ice cream for our fair food. There was a lot of stuff we wanted to try but that was the limit of our food budget ($20), and we had come on a day that had cheap food.

Looking at the crafts I learned there is an adult scale model class. I also learned that the Mini Sprint-T would qualify, which means that if I get to building I might be able to enter the finished model next year.

And it’s about time for bed again…

billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet.

A drive-by blogging

Just a quick note to keep you up-to-date. I went to the State Fair of Texas today and just got home, and I have just enough time to dash off a blog post about it before I have to run to the Full Moon service tonight. I won’t even get to eat until I get home from the moon service, so no complaining!

There were a number of new fried foods at the fair this year but I could only try one, so I had the Fried Texas Salsa with Cheese Gravy. No that wasn’t a typo, not cheese sauce, Cheese Gravy. Sort of a cheesy white sauce with a little bit of meat-ish flavor about it, but pretty decent. The Fried Texas Salsa was a mix of a mild salsa in a corn batter that ended up tasting like corn chips and salsa, a favorite combination in the Poet household. I give the dish a 4 out of 5 score, very good but a little heavy for frequent consumption. Opus says try it out.

As always I went through the Auto Show at the Fair, and noticed 2 things: an increase in the number of small cars that get high gas mileage numbers, and the trucks had less frills and gew-gaws but more features that make them better workplaces, like the ability to become a wi-fi hot spot for up to 4 users or devices. I saw fewer concept cars, more production cars that were really desirable. I didn’t see as many SUVs as I had just last year as the new gas mileage standards are already taking their toll on the selection of mobile housing projects and urban assault vehicles, I saw a lot of models that got 25 MPG city or more and quite a few that got more than 40 MPG highway, with a gaggle between 35 and 40 MPG. The one concept car I noticed was supposed to get more than 40 MPG while still driving like a Corvette. The placard said it was the first hybrid Corvette…

I didn’t see many bikes at the fair this year except as car accessories, I saw one folding model that replaced the spare tire in the trunk of one car… Not sure about the practicality of that concept as I couldn’t get close enough to see if they really replaced the spare or could just fit in the spare well in the trunk.

And that’s all I have today, the links in today’s Feed will go up in tomorrow’s post

PSA Opus