Friday, August 31, 2007
Plus, this year they are allowing real beer at the fair (rather than 3.2 beer).
I once had a friend who said "People who wear sweatpants in public have given up on life." A very un-state fair fashion statement.
Does this hold true if you are also sporting a bowler hat and a pork chop on a stick?
The extreme frown, sweats and flip flops send a really mixed message here.
I would not hold the mustard stain against him, most people at the fair are stylin' with a sauce stain somewhere.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The state fair has THE best people watching around. Everyone flocks to Saint Paul to be themselves and eat deep fried food on a stick.
I could just sit on a bench all day and watch the humanity go by! Some people go every day to take it all in!.
I have gone to the fair two evenings this year and I took notes on things to draw for you people. Here is the first installment:
At the fair, I saw dairy princess Princess Kay of the Milky Way and her head carved in butter.
I also saw Ms. Brooklyn Park 2006 walking about with a Pronto Pup in her best evening wear making Brooklyn Park proud! (Jesse Ventura was once the Mayor of Brooklyn Park, so goodness knows they need the good press!)
She was without any escort or entourage, so I was tempted to ask for an autograph. I chose to let her be; being a local celebrity can be very taxing, I'm sure.
I hope that Ms. Brooklyn Park is an age 55+ competition, otherwise the stress of the role is really showing on this beauty queen!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
He was wearing a nice jogging suit with matching shoes, a kippah, Tzitzit, and long peyos.
He was just your standard Minnesotan African-American Hasidic Jewish man.
The thing is that in Minnesota, even in Minneapolis, the Jewish and African American populations are small compared to bigger cities or cities in other parts of the country or world (Jewish= around 46,685/5,132,799 Minnesotans or 0.9% of the population and African American= around 202,972/5,132,799 Minnesotans or 4.1%) .
So this is the first MAAJM I have ever seen.
I had seen a Hasidic Jewish Reggae performer before, but he was from New York, and he was white. (He was the first white reggae perforner I had seen too.)
Maybe this guy was not from Minnesota, maybe he was just visiting. I guess I should have asked for his place of residence!
Anyway, I was glad to see someone so proud of and commited to displaying their faith.
He was so dreamy back then- so Kirk Cameron!
He wore that Guess tee and those stone washed jeans in a sadly non-ironic way.
I am impressed with how the fabrics have held up. He must treat them with Woolite and love.
Or maybe he fell through a time warp, how will he ever return to his true time?
Friday, August 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I am not even certain what their haircut would be called.
Their heads were shaved on the sides and the hair down the center of their scalps grew extra long and shaggy.
I suppose they may have just come from the beach or just did not have the time to prop up their extra tall Mohawks or perhaps they cut their hair using a scoop toss device as a guide in lieu of a traditional bowl.
Either way, it is nice to see family members like each other so much! I wonder how long that will last?
Friday, August 10, 2007
I am not sure where he was going dressed like that at that time of night and I am also not sure where one would buy bright blue cargo pants.
I thought maybe he was a clown only part way in costume.
Or maybe he was making a statement against blending and merging.
In any case, the big bright yellow bag really tied it all together.
PS: The exhibit made me feel a lot better about my inability to draw human hands!
PPS: I started another blog about Geography: http://belatedgeography.blogspot.com/, if you are interested.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
She was sporting a bicycle helmet as she enjoyed her ride.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Each surface has been buffed and polished. The white sidewalls on the tires gleam. All the brand logos have been removed from the car; perhaps to make it more "fly" or to prevent commercialism from ruining the genius design of the body itself.
Someone spends a lot of time on this vehicle.
Someone loves it very much.
Some one is very proud of it.
Someone is attached to family life in 1993 because rather than a hot rod or a muscle car, this car is a mid-1990's Plymouth Acclaim.
Seeing such pride being taken over such a simple car warms my heart. I day dream that this was the first car this person bought, or perhaps they are a car enthusiast who is also a firm believer in not taking out an auto loan.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
As the sun began to set that night and the rescue efforts continued, my husband and I saw this driving up the East River Road (which runs along the east bank of the river) towards the tragic scene:
This large semi-flat bed carried multiple industrial lights like this:
to help light the river while dozens worked to save lives in the crumbled concrete and running waters.
As someone who was lucky enough to be safe at home when disaster struck, the sight of this truck made the unbelievable collapse of a familiar thoroughfare very real to me.
Thankfully all of my friends and family are safe and were not traveling that route at that time. My thoughts go out to all those affected by this and all those helping with the aftermath.