Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The County Fair! and other things

::This was supposed to go out yesterday, but I was super busy and wasn't able to finish. Sorry!::

So, we had quite a busy past three days. Friday we had a nice evening with my sister and brother-in-law. We got burgers at Red Robin and then walked around the mall. It was one of those nice nights that makes you glad the mall is open air.

On Saturday we decided to do some serious cleaning. We're in the middle of cleaning out my in-laws basement so we can finish it. The plan has been to live there for a little while and do some serious saving so that when the right house comes along we'll be ready to jump on it. Recently we've been slacking off on that project because we thought we might have found the one. As of today's date that has not worked out and so we've decided to jump back into the basement with a fervor! We made a huge dent in a couple areas and it felt really awesome. I love organizing. My brain feels like it's going to explode when I see things in disarray and I get unnecessarily excited at the prospect of organizing, alphabetizing, filing, etc. So needless to say I had a blast. The boy ran around getting into everything and taking turns using the broom. My wife got all of the Christmas stuff together so we could go through that (we're thinking of a Christmas themed yard sale) and boxed up all of the VHS (they took up three boxes).

After church on Sunday we went to a county fair! It was awesome. I was excited to talk to a violin maker, a couple who talked about American soldiers in the revolutionary war, and a blacksmith. Here's one thing that I took away from each of them:

1. A violin has a dowel behind the bridge that connects the front to the back. That dowel is vital to the acoustics of the violin because it helps to synchronize the reverberations of the front and the back and give it the sound it's known for.
2. American soldiers cheated. While British soldiers used a 12 gauge ball shot. Americans put in one large ball and then shoved a few extra smaller ones in for good measure. One advantage to this was that it hit a broader area and another was that using buckshot would often injure rather than kill which then required the British army to have to carry and care for injured soldiers.
3. If you have file that has a lot of grit and junk in the grooves that you can't get out, flatten a copper pipe with a hammer and then run it along the file in the direction of the grooves. The copper is soft so the file will create inverse ridges that will clean the gunk out of the files grooves.

Our boy wasn't as interested in the same stuff, but he did love all of the tractors!

We got a Peach Daiquiri snow cone from the Kona Ice Truck, which was delicious, had a nice time walking around on a sunny day, and headed home with enough time to still have a relaxing evening at home.

Did you do anything fun this weekend? What's your favorite part of a fair?

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