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It’s Almost Fair Time

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By Joe Novak

“Will you share a funnel cake,” she asked, knowing I am game if my wife and I split the calories. “You can stop worrying about your boyish figure for one day and just enjoy the Fair food,” she added. My philosophy is that it is easier to keep it off than to take it off but I give in, convincing myself I will walk off the calories and skip dinner.

I look forward to the Fair but not the end of summer since the two come together in Geauga County. I enjoy looking at the new equipment displays though I don’t need anything since I sold the farm; it’s the constant innovation that intrigues me most. My wife patiently waits as I mull around the latest machines and ask the sales people questions they were not expecting. Most sales people are half asleep in the late summer heat and challenging them with an off the wall question is my form of entertainment. It’s fun to hear their answers! 

I love the military display and chatting up an old Army veteran from my era. These guys are very proud of their time in the service as all veterans should be. Most that served during my time were drafted because of the Vietnam War. I saw boys grow into men, soldiers and veterans who put their lives on the line when they were called to action. I never agreed with or understood this war but admired those that fought in it; they were brothers in arms. 

I especially enjoy visiting the livestock buildings looking at the 4-H projects, engaging kids who are very proud of what they raised. Their dedication and hard work represent America’s future, hoping that these kids will save our country or at least help feed it. Why am I thinking of fried chicken and rabbit stew?

There is a seniors’ pavilion where free donuts are likely available and I convince myself that only other people have aged. I suffer from delusional self-imagery until I walk past a mirror and wonder why that short old bald guy is walking so darn close to me. It is always a reality check when one realizes that younger women are treating you kindly, not because they like you but because you remind them of their grandpa! I am not complaining; I am traveling through my golden (rust) years with the love of my life by my side, so I am truly blessed! 

Hey, Honey, don’t you dare eat more than half of that funnel cake … give me another bite. I can still catch you! Next time I am going to make her pay for it. She’s getting faster and trickier in her old age!

After this, they may change my header to “Grumblings of Old Joe”.

Joe Novak retired from PGS,Inc. a manufacturing company he sold in 2005. He has written over 140 articles for The Middlefield Post and is active in his community and church. Joe’s articles are based on his life and business experiences and though he tries to be as accurate as possible, he recommends you contact an expert or professional when in doubt.

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