I heard one of those commercials on the radio on Friday that sure is a noodle scratcher.
The lady's part was one who was a total ditz. She is talking to a man about a Fair that she is throwing in her backyard. She is making cream puffs, and a neighbor is putting together a band. She is doing this because of the price of parking and gasoline to get to the State Fair makes it too expensive to go.. The insinuation is that it is cheaper to make homemade cream puffs and hire a band to play in your yard than it is to drive to and park at the fair. Then the male voice (or narrator) mentions that she could have taken a shuttle bus or freeway flyer to the Fair.
What a glorious day in the near-State Fair Park area! About 78 degrees, low humidity, a nice breeze... kinda makes me wish I was at the Fair today.
The neighborhood was far busier both last night (Friday) and today (Saturday). It is possible that the slowing economy is having a positive effect on the State Fair. Some families may not have a lot of money in the vacation treasury, so instead of driving to Six Flags St. Louis, or the Mall of America, or even the Wisconsin Dells, they are staying local.
A record setting day in the mobile child delivery system industry. 22 cars parked beat the record (of 21 cars set yesterday). However to be fair, My-Sugar-Na and I made more money yesterday, as the "Demand is more than supply" theory set the pricing. And to prove the free market works, today "Supply was more than demand", so pricing needed to be adjusted accordingly. However as of tonight, we are 60% of what we made last year, with a full week to go. My theory that more folks are taking local vacations seems to be bearing out.
However, I did park two cars with Illinois plates today. They were both good sports, however, none agreed to pay the "The Cubs can *** my *** tax. They also wouldn't pay the $20 exit fee to leave my driveway. Typical Cubs fans.
On my way home from work this evening, driving east on Greenfield Ave., I turned right onto 86th St. to see what the parking situation was like.
Dead. Very, very dead. When I got to my block, there was not one car on one lawn... as a matter of fact, there was a parking space available on the street right across from our house. Nobody was even outside waving cars in. Was it the forecast of a hot, humid day? Or was it the forecast of potentially heavy rain in the evening?
No traffic in the neighborhood last night.
But I am intrigued by the scamming of State Fair tickets.
What an odd day on Wednesday.
(Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Stepston, Grizzly, manned the parking flag (or more appropriately, teenaged the parking flag) yesterday afternoon. At about 4:30, he called and said that he had parked three cars within a half hour. Strange, because there wasn't even any neighborhood traffic the previous two days. By the time I got home from work he had parked two more, and another two within minutes after I got home. And then it stopped.
Once again on Thursday, autos were streaming into the yard between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. I have concluded that it is because the neighbors are not yet home from work so our unpaid, underage staff gets a jump. We parked nine cars (although one was my cousin, although she paid double the rate) before the signs came out in the neighborhood. My-Sugar-Na and I stayed out until about 6:30, and decided that was long enough to head to the Fair ourselves.
Last year when we went to the Fair, My-Sugar-Na was ahead of the curve by buying her ticket from a nogoodnik in front of Walgreens (who had sold her a used ticket). This year we had taken advantage of the Brewers Doubleheader Deal and had our tickets in hand since early-June. We made that
laborious trek quick hop, step and jump from our house to the Fair, and the fun began
Props to (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Stepchildren, Grizzly and Sloppy for parking 17 cars on the lawn with no parental assistance.
Due to a family situation, updates may not be to my high standards this weekend. Bear with me and things will look better next week.
The second Saturday of the State Fair has always been a gold mine for lawn parkers like me. And this year was no exception.
Starting at 10:30 AM, cars started streaming into our yard. Again, I am 3+ blocks from the southwest entrance, so if I am starting to get cars, imagine what residents on 84th between Greenfield and I-94 were doing! Among those streamers, however, was non-revenue squatter Knobbleknees and my brother, Mr. Uncie (which actually was fair, as they resuced me from Arlington Park racetrack on Friday afternoon).
Thank you to everybody who expressed their concern.
Before I get into my rant on the Olympics, let me first, the wrap-up my State Fair commentary.
I will try to be calm for this post, but it is very hard. For that reason, this post will be very short.
Mandatory Metallica is on XM Channel 51 non-stop through September 30th. Metallica is the best metal band in history by most measures; number of hits, longevity, concert attendance, relevance, whatever.
Sad But True
The Unforgiven II
Fuel (aka the Derrick Turnbow music. Little did the Brewers know Turnbow = gasoline)
Hero of the Day
Nothing Else Matters
Whiskey in the Jar-O
No Leaf Clover
Many more hits
Many songs I've never listened to.
This is one of the very few blog entries in which I am soliciting comments.
Fact: Michael Phelps signed an endorsement deal with Frosted Flakes.
I agree with most of the commenters of yesterday's post... Good for him.
The reason I brought this topic up was the numerous articles and blogs that I had read that all included comments from various doctors and nutritionists that commented that Wheaties is a far more healthful product than Frosted Flakes, like this and this and this and this and this and this.
On May 30th, the Major Indoor Soccer League folded. The speculation is that because the league by-laws allowed defunct teams to have an equal vote on all league matters (as long as they paid their yearly franchise fee) and by the end of last season, there were more former owners without teams than there were current owners with teams. By folding the league and starting over, they ridded themselves of these owners without teams.
The problem over the summer was that the owners couldn't decide on how to reformat the new league. At issue were the number of teams (of the eight remaining MISL teams, three were in the midwest [Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago], four were on the east coast [Balitmore, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Orlando] and one in Mexico [Monterrey].), the calendar schedule and number of games, and the salary cap. Also muddying the waters are that two of the cities - Baltimore and Philadelphia - may lose their arenas after this season.