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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Good morning crew,

I have to admit I was a bit afraid to go to Fall Fest this year. Practically every year I have gone I have managed to talk myself into buying something completely useless, not to mention expensive.

One year it was a nonfunctional, antique fire extinguisher, another year it was a pair of gold-trimmed cuff links made out of Mercury head silver dimes, another year it was a jellyfish encased in crystalline epoxy, you get the idea.

To be perfectly honest; the fire extinguisher isn't completely useless. It does warm my heart every time I look at it.

With the big trip coming up later this month I knew we couldn't afford to blow some big chunk of cash, so I was tempted to skip the fest altogether, but I figured as a couple of responsible adults the wife and I should be able to enjoy an afternoon out without succumbing to some ridiculous impulse purchase.

As it turned out, I was worried for nothing. There really wasn't any cool stuff there this year to be tempted by.

Okay, there was this really cool rolling bar with a fold-out top that some craftsman had built on top of an old wood and iron industrial trolley cart, but they wanted $2,000 for it and I wouldn't spend that on a toy anyway.

But we were still able to enjoy a roast pork sandwich and a few beers at the Old Plank Trail Tavern, plus we stopped into a few restaurants and listened to a little music. We even got to see a mariachi band play 'Happy Birthday' for some hapless diner at a Mexican restaurant while we were having chips and salsa and margaritas. That was probably the highlight of the afternoon.

And while it wasn't very exciting, at least we still had some money left when we got home. And isn't discretion supposed to be the better part of valor?

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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