THE VEGGIE TEMPURA WOMAN
The first thing we did when we got to the Fair was find the vegetable tempura stand. After ordering a heaping plate of battered and fried veggies, the woman in the tempura stand asked me about my buttons. I had on my "Hi! I like goats. Do you like goats?" and my "IHUG" buttons. I was caught off guard by her question regarding my buttons as I had forgotten where I was in the crowd-at-the-fair confusion. I mumbled something about the Teen Clinic at the health center I work for supporting the IHUG movement, got my veggie tempura and went to the other side of the cart. Then I had a waking moment: DUH! She liked my IHUG button. I should give my IHUG button to her! So I got back in line, got to the front and presented her with the button. She was so sweet! She said "Thank you. I hug, too." Then we hugged each other through the stand window. What a great way to start my day at the Fair! Yay hugs! Thank you veggie tempura woman whose name I didn’t learn! I will remember to ask next time.
If you didn’t already know, I love goats.
Thank you for letting me pet you for 20 minutes. You are very patient.
ALSO, THIS LITTLE COW
Thank you for teaching me that a little cow has a BIG tongue that can lick your hand right into its mouth. You learn something new every day!
PROMOTE GLOBAL WORMING!
Yes, worming. I met an awesome man named Brett in one of the Expo buildings. He was selling red composting worms. Since I plan on having a compost bin on the bus I thought I would check out his booth. He gave me a tutorial on how to compost with red worms, complete with quiz questions. He was very cool and knew A LOT about composting with worms. I’ve always wanted to compost but I am not allowed to have a bin outdoors in the community that I live in due to the danger of attracting wild animals. (I mean, black bears are cute… until they rip open your trash cans and trail garbage all over your neighbor’s back yard after contemplating whether or not they are going to eat your yappy little dog.) The bins Brett has put together are small enough that they could easily fit in the pantry next to my recyclables. In fact, I’m not going to wait until I get on the bus to get one. I am going to buy a bin for composting in my house now. That way, by the time I get on the bus I will be a red worm expert like Brett the Worm Wiz. Thank you for your time Brett! You’re awesome!
I have always been fascinated with glass blowing. I’ve wanted to learn it for about 10 years. At the Fair this year, Earth & Fire Studio Gallery of North Conway put on demonstrations of how artist Philip M. Jacobs makes blown glass pumpkins. It was really fun watching how it’s done and wondering if I could learn the art. My curiosity is ever increasing, as is my courage, so I asked the artist’s assistant about what I would need to do to get into glass blowing. He was really friendly and very helpful in offering advice. Thank you Ernie!
In the past, when I had questions that I wanted to ask people who I didn’t know, I would just not ask them. It wasn’t a very good practice because not only was I left with an unanswered question but also with a missed connection. It is important to ask and to connect. You don’t know what that person has to teach you or what they can learn from you. My new eternal (and by eternal I mean most of the time) optimism has me saying "you never know until you ask!"
Before we left, I picked myself up a souvenir t-shirt. How appropriate.