Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Whole Lotta Happy

You have no idea how hard it can be to find good parking at the North Carolina State Fair. Back in the early years, there was this one time when we were going with Desi's parents...And going...And going...Parking somewhere out near Wade Avenue left us with about as much time walking as we had time at the fair itself.

Then we got a bit wiser. Even though all of the attendants tell you there are no spots up near the gate, in fact there always are a few prime spaces available, what with people constantly coming and going from the grounds. The trick, we have found, is to work your way past the series of attendants who stand between you and your place of honor.

Here's how it went this year...

"Uh oh...There's an attendant who looks like he wants to stop our forward progress...Wait!...That car coming from the opposite direction has momentarily captured his attention. Make a right!"

And then, as we near the very first row of spaces, the attendant there also turned his head for a split second, as traffic approached from the other way. A quick left was in order, except that this attendant had some serious peripheral vision, and stopped us mid-turn.

"Hold on. There are no spots left in there."

"Should we turn around?"

"No. I don't want you all to cause a backup. Go ahead."

"Whole Lotta Happy" is the motto for this year's fair. And happiness is a good parking spot.



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