The Big E Adventure

If you are fortunate to live in the northeast corner of the U.S. of A. you will appreciate the advent of our third season. Autumn in New England is a most spectacularly visual place. The trees are changing color from green leaves to gold, orange and red. Living here, we try not to think about the oncoming fourth season and its bleak and gray landscape.

Our Eastern States Exhibition (the Big E) is going on right now in Springfield, Massachusetts. It’s the first time in a while that I’ve wanted to attend. There was always a reason before: it was too hot, too cold,  there were too many people, only bad things to eat. Once my Nervous Nellie syndrome was overcome and a power wheelchair was obtained, 90% of my objections fell away.

The power chair made it easy to navigate a very handicap-friendly walkway. Side note: As you wander around all the kiosks selling crafts, etc., the chair could be turned into a modern-day pack mule. We had to be careful not to load up too much stuff on the back of it so that I wouldn’t upend and find myself looking up at the sky!

The fair food was dangerous ground, however. I tried to justify eating deep-fried pickle wedges by thinking pickles were cucumbers, right? and cucumbers are good for you. I reasoned a hot dog in a bun was a much better choice than that corn dog on a stick over there. I ended the visit with an ice-cold mocha latte and a cinnamon bun. Sigh. There was no use justifying that.

All in all, we had a wonderful afternoon enjoying the sunshine. When I felt myself overheating, I powered off to the main exhibition building where it was air conditioned. There we bought a totally frivolous water fountain for our cats who normally love to stick their heads under a running bathroom faucet which is extremely annoying when you’re tying to brush your teeth. Anyway, when we got home, we assembled the thing, added water and watched our cats completely ignore it.

Aren’t fairs great?




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