I’m shelving my high heels and replacing them with flats in preparation for strolling through fairgrounds and riding rides that exploit Newton’s centripetal force. The North Texas State Fair is calling my name for multiple reasons: a) proceeds help send many young people in the community to college and b) I have a serious affinity for roller coasters of all sizes.
Time for some rides. I approached the Ferris wheel by myself, which you wouldn’t think would be a problem, until ticket takers told me that I couldn’t ride solo. Um, what? I was totally Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed, until two UNT students offered to sit with me. I might as well have been the four-eyed kid in the corner of the elementary school cafeteria pitifully approached by the token nice girl on a dare from the popular kids.
My newfound friends and Senior Eagles, Catherine and Mark, (spit-ball shielding me from the school bully) told me about their first-time experience with the fair. “We went to the rodeo, it’s one of the biggest attractions they have here,” Mark noted, and Catherine added, “It’s been fun, the rodeo was a pretty neat experience.” I thanked them for accompanying me on the wheel o’ couples, and proceeded to the Budweiser stage, where Max Stalling would soon be performing. (more…)