All’s Fair

A gift from a friendTurn out was a little light yesterday. I suspect it had something to do with being at the State Fair. Not only was there an admission charge of $5 to get in, but traffic was heavy and parking tough. You’d have to be pretty determined to show up. Nevertheless Patrick and I signed autographs for 301 hardy souls. Including the guy on the right. He travels around the world doing IT for the FBI. He gave each of us an evil looking spiked wooden mace from the Ukraine called a “boliva.” Can’t wait to give that to the kids. We also met a guy who invents new packaging for M&Ms, a young couple who met and fell in love in line to meet us last year, and quite a few babies who fall asleep to us each night. I love doing these appearances!
Tears of a clownAfter signing all those autographs and kissing all those babies, Patrick, Chris Leary, and I toured the fair. It was a true old fashioned state fair. Patrick kept gravitating toward the craft pavilions. He really seems to love old fashioned handicrafts. I’m not kidding. Chris and I gravitated toward Little Richard’s fried food stand. We ordered funnel cake, fried Oreos, and fried Twinkies. I think they’d fry my shoe for ten bucks.

At about six we headed back to the hotel. I went straight to bed, exhausted. I think everyone else went out to some Irish pub. Today it’s back to the fair for three hours then a six o’clock flight back home. There are lots of fair pictures on the mob, and I’ll post more today.

18 Replies to “All’s Fair”

  1. Hi Leo!!!
    Sounds like you guys are enjoying yourselves. Hopefully, you will have a similar event at somepoint in the Chicago area. We would also love to show you some hospitality!
    I can’t wait to see more of the pictures. Be careful about that FBI guy — you could have a new assignment on Pennsylvania Ave, soon……
    Have fun. And don’t ride the Ferris Wheel after the fried twinkies….

  2. hey Leo, you “do” sound like you are having an extrordinary time @ the Fair. Everything went so well with you and the guys.
    Next time Leo, I dare you (or Pat or Chris) to take a MOB shot from a Ferris wheel, looking down from several feet up in the air. Now that would be fascinating.
    Have a good time (and travel back San Fran safely).
    Dave I.

  3. Hi,Leo!
    It’s sunday, I seen you today. I was the 3rd person in line. The fair was great, it sounds like you had a good time yesterday yourself. I must say, the only reason I took the ride up there was to see you Pat and Chris. I can’t wait to see the pics of today when their posted.

  4. Hey Leo,
    Sorry I couldn’t make it up there this weekend, I had to work. I work at the Best Buy down the street from the fairgrounds. The weather was lovely, I hope you guys enjoyed MD.
    Later man,

  5. “…funnel cake, fried Oreos, and fried Twinkies…” Whoof! I’m impressed!
    Didja ever have a Monte Cristo sandwich? Ham, turkey, cheese, the whole sandwich deep-fried and then confectioner’s sugar sprinkled on top and served with strawberry jam on the side. Sounds like it might be right up your street!
    Glad to read and see that you’re having a good time. If you ever get booked into my neck of the woods, I’m there. Until then, I’m delighted to know at least one re-run of TSS will be returning soon — haven’t seen it since April – ACK!

  6. Great to meet you (and Pat and Chris) at te fair. I’m the webmeister for the Chesapeake PC Users Group in Annapolis, MD and a big fan of your shows on TechTV. A bunch of our members went ot see you guys and had a great time. Hope to see you back in Crabtown in the future.

  7. My 11 year old son was so thrilled to meet you yesterday. He kept staring at the autographs and took it to school today to gloat to all his friends. For my part, I’m on short term disability from the IT company that gives me a paycheck and I’m happy I didn’t run into anyone from work.
    Thank you (and Comcast) for making my kid so happy.

  8. Ok I’ll go to Atlanta to see you and Patrick, but I have to be honest, the real reason is Michaela. That lady stirs my soul and makes me feel frisky!

  9. OMG – FRIED TWINKIES — had 2 at our state fair in KY — now I know how a crack addict feels when someone takes away their gak! What I wouldn’t do for a fried twinkie right now…

  10. Come to the southeast and I’ll come visit the booth. Maryland is a little far to drive.

  11. Looks like you guys had a great time. Did Chris Leary drive you crazy? 🙂 Hope to see you in Houston during one of these appearances soon!

  12. Hi Leo,
    It’s me again. Where are the freakin’ pics for today/Sunday? Your phone working alright or what?

  13. Hope you’re getting rested after a whirlwind weekend at the Fair. Just wanted to thank you for all the photos in the moblog!

  14. Sorry – the moblog is on hold for a while. Sprint PCS is giving me fits!!!! I’ll go back online as soon as I can find a better carrier. errgh.

  15. When are you going to make it to Florida? I need to pick your brain on the Zire 71. just bought one sunday and i think it’s great. but something tells me it has a lot more potential. anyway after you’re done with atlanta swing south would ya?

  16. It was terrific to meet you, Patrick, Chris, and all the nice road show folks;. Even though little Sam slept through our visit with you, we put the photo autographs in his baby book; when I was little, my dad took me to the Crown gas station to meet Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer. This was truly the highlight of our weekend… but then we haven’t really gotten our social life back since Sam was born… 😉 Come back and see us soon!

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