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re: Fair

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by » Wed Aug 14, 2019 08:47 pm

Have a fun time in Florida!

re: Fair

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by » Wed Aug 14, 2019 03:57 pm

And less the sleet!  Apparently no one was hurt but I still don't know about any damage on the fairgrounds.  Just a few trees down around town.  I really think I cut that tree down next to the house just in time.  It was a big one and when I tried to count the rings, they were so swirled together I could only count so far with any accuracy.  I estimate it was over 100.  When it first came down, they had cut it with a 5 foot stump, and from at least that far up, it was completely hollow in the middle.  Then they took down the 5 foot stump.  I really hated cutting it as there were still a few leaves down toward the bottom but I knew it was dangerous.  I advocated that it was dangerous 10 years ago when I first moved in but Cheri wanted to keep it.  Over the years some foot thick branches had fallen off in the road, which fortunately doesn't have much traffic.  She finally assented to having it cut.

I should be leaving for Florida tomorrow.  Need to change the oil in the car and mow the yard today.  Got the car all cleaned out yesterday and ran around paying bills ahead of time.  We're taking a 5 year old granddaughter along.  She's seen the Lake Of The Ozarks but of course, that's nothing like the ocean.  We're taking her grandson too but he's been there once before.  I love giving them these first-time experiences and I know if it wasn't for me, it's something they'd never experience at all.  Cheri's not much for the beach but of course, there's a huge, outdoor mall there she can lose herself in.  John

re: Fair

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by » Tue Aug 13, 2019 07:44 pm

I am glad you were not hurt in the storm and that you did eventually feel better. :)

Sort of sounds like what we had this weekend, less the hail. I did see on the news that there was 3" hail a few hours from here. Ours was only about 1/2".

I hope all your equipment is not damaged and that no one was hurt there (the police).

re: Fair

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by » Tue Aug 13, 2019 05:08 pm

I've often said I don't make much money but I earn every nickel of it, and I certainly did yesterday.  I had to be on the fairgrounds by 11:30 AM and it was already 90 degrees when I got there.  It got up to 95 degrees, some said 98, with 75% humidity, it felt like 108.  It was in an enormous tent, open on most sides, but there was just no breeze at all.

We had 3 separate shows with a lot of down time between.  Rather than walk around in the heat, I stayed there and played chess.  (I won all 3 games.  )

But by the second show, something was going wrong.  I was starting to feel dizzy and my arms and knees were shakey.  I was getting too hot, but I'm that "power through it" kind of guy and wouldn't quit.  I hadn't eaten anything since the day before but it was just so hot, I didn't want anything, and "fair food" is not very tempting.  Oddly, about half way through the second show I started feeling better and felt fine through the rest of the night.

It's a given that there will always be at least one bad storm during the fair.  Last night was the night.  Being a huge tent, you could see that it was well anchored down.  It's a good thing too.  About half way through the last show we were told to shut it down, as the storm was coming and the fairgrounds were starting to empty out.  We'd already been there about 12 hours.

We got everything torn down and packed up and the trailer was about 3 quarters loaded.  All the big equipment was already in the trailer.  Then the storm hit.  That big tent made a weird fluttering noise but it never moved.  The rain blew so hard it completely soaked a stage that was easily big enough to hold 2 bands.  Every table and chair in the tent was soaked.  And so were we.

We acted mostly as paperweights, holding down the side flaps of the tent to try to keep our remaining equipment dry, which we did not.  When the wind calmed down we could see outside that there was damage.  There were a bunch of pontoon boats for sale, parked beside the tent and one of the awnings had blown off and was laying in the road we had to use to get out.  It had to be pulled and tugged out of the way before we could leave.  We got the rest of the equipment loaded but much of it will have to be pulled back out today to dry off.  Just hoping nothing was ruined.

I only live 10 or 15 minutes from the fairgrounds and when I drove home, I could see a lot of tree limbs in the road and a few trees came down.  On the way out of the fairgrounds I tried to see if there was any other damage.  Didn't really see anything else but the carnival midway was blocked by police cars and they were stringing police tape across the entrances.  It was dark so you couldn't see anything but the huge Ferris wheel, which seemed to be fine, but you couldn't see much else, and I suspected there must have been some damage, given the police presence.  Yeah, I earned my money last night.  John

re: Fair

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by » Tue Aug 13, 2019 04:28 pm

Sounds like the kind of places we usually play.  Sorry I'll miss the "Trust Fund Hippies".    John

re: Fair

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by » Mon Aug 12, 2019 03:38 pm

This place is near me and has live music a lot (summer).

Lakeside Bar (

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