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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Calm Before The Storm

By Big Al

I want to say a BIG thank you to Bloodhounded for helping me out today until our power came back on. I was able to finish up and post my article. Hope you enjoy it.

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday! Grab a cup of coffee, or tea, sit back and enjoy a ride.

This past Saturday I had the privilege of working at the Harford County Fair in the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association booth with my wife. We were there from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. We would talk to people about different bugs that are invading our forests like the Emerald Ash Borer, and the Asian Longhorn beetle, and hand out pamphlets on bugs and trees.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)

One of the neat things about our booth was that we had a buzz board that you could test your skills on to see if you knew 6 particular types of bugs. This was fun for a lot of people. We also had a quiz you could take to see if you could name 20 different types of bugs that are known to be in our forests. If a participant got 18 out of 20 correct then you received a certificate for a FREE ice cream.

This was lots of fun and it helped folks learn about the different bugs that seem so gross at the beginning, but by the time they were done with the quiz they had learned many new things. Some of them even got a free ice cream. The other thing I got to do was pick the lucky winner from a group of youth who had visited our booth last year. If the kids brought back the wooden cookie they received last year for answering all of the questions correct then they were entered in a drawing for a Cruz Tablet and all accessories. We actually received a lot of the cookies back and at 1:00 p.m. I drew the lucky winner. It was a young lady in the third grade. Her name was Holly. She is one lucky little girl and I know she will enjoy her new Cruz Tablet.

Velocity® micro Cruz T301 7

When our shift was over we then began the task of visiting all of the vendors and other booths that the fair has to offer. There is nothing like walking through all of the booths and viewing all of the items that different folks have entered. Our first stop was to listen to a band that played some beautiful music.

All of the entries were beautiful and many had received blue ribbons for their hard work. This got my wife and me to thinking that maybe next year we'll have to enter some of the stuff that we make. Like Sob's Salsa, Sob's Firey Soup, Sob's Hot Pickles, and of course some of my wife's jellies, jams, and pies. Makes me hungry already.

Although we did not ride any rides this year they did have plenty of them to ride.  We did visit the Big Cat arena where they have two white tigers, some Bengal tigers, and a lion. We talked to the trainer for a while and wish we could have stayed for the show, but we had to get home to take my son to work and my job was calling me since Irene was on her way.

All in all it was a beautiful day. I got to pick a winner for the youth contest and walk around with my lovely wife. We ended our time at the fair by getting some of the best treats around; Maple Cotton Candy. If you have never tried it let me recommend it to you. It is DELICIOUS. We headed out to our car and as we left I noticed on the GPS that there was a cache nearby. Well if you're that close why not grab it. So we drove over to the cache and then realized that there were WAY TOO MANY muggles around to snag this one. My wife said we should return to this one at another time and another date. I agreed and off to home we went.

Calm before the storm, or is that a storm rolling in?

Now up to this point it had only rained for a short period of time. Nothing big, yet. We took my son to work and that was when I received a call from our corporate office wanting to know why I had not reported in at 6:00 p.m. with the "all clear" email. I explained I was taking my son to work and when I got to work I'd report in. I got to work to find out I would be there from 6:45 p.m., reporting in every two hours, until 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. What a time. Irene hit and we ended up loosing power at work for only three hours. Not too bad for such a nasty hurricane.

I'll have to admit our Saturday was definitely the Calm Before The Storm, but all in all Irene was not as bad to us as she could have been. Our prayers go out to those who lost power, to those who still have no power, and to those who lost more than just their power. Hang in there because help is on the way. 



Very cool! I love county fairs the food, the fun, the food, the music, the food and the rides. Oh, did I mention that they always have great food at the fair, lol!
Glad the storm held off and you were safe my friend.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Sounded like a fun day!

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