1 Oct 2017 The Texas State Fair

Hello to you.  It’s Sunday as I write from the dimension I share with Kyle to you right now.  How are you?  I hope this finds you well at whatever point in your personal history you are arriving here.

So it’s finally feeling like fall here in North Texas, at least this morning.   The chill, crisp and coolness is like drinking a fine wine to me!  Delicious!  I just love it!  It seems we have reached a stalemate with the fire ants.  I don’t know for how long but we will embrace it for as long as it lasts lol.  I surrounded a huge mound by our oak tree Yolie after we got home last night with the remaining bag of Diametrious earth stuff.  Showing their solidarity and ability to show me just how much they don’t give a damn about my feeble attempts at containing them, this morning a new mound, not as large, has appeared outside the perimeter of the  one I surrounded!  Fuck you Jackie, fuck you….so sayeth the ants.

We don’t want to kill these seemingly brilliant beings….just move them away from and keep them out of our house.  They are essentially doing the same thing we do with what tools Mother Nature has given them.  We all seem to be fighting for our territories these days don’t we?  As it is above, so it is below!  Each layer of existence on this planet just a descending micro-version of itself.  I can even envision particles we can’t see with any sort measuring device battling it out for a piece of the cosmos!

So yesterday we joined Kyle’s family in spending a day at the Texas State Fair in Dallas TX (https://bigtex.com/).  Kyle’s Dad had the great idea of us taking the train to get us to  Fair Park (entrance to the Fair) and I highly recommend doing that!  I had never been on one of these trains here before and it was a fantastic experience and we will likely use them again in the future: http://www.trinityrailwayexpress.org/index.html.   We parked the car in Fort Worth and just rode it all the way to the Fair.  Doing this reminded me of how much I enjoyed riding the trains when we traveled in Europe – so relaxing!  It’s the sort of experience I imagine having being in a driverless car some day.  Everyone being able to enjoy the travel experience without stressing out about distracted drivers and all the other hazards we face on American roadways these days!

We were all pretty beat by the end of the day (over 6 miles walked according to my mother-in-laws pedometer) and the train ride home helped give us time to rest and rehash the experiences of our day.

Ok, what I’m going to do now is brainstorm for you impressions we got of our experience yesterday – both good and bad.

1) The currency of Fair was primarily the coupon system.  You spend x amount of money and are given a certain amount of coupons to buy food, play games and ride rides.  The coupons idea is good but I can see how quickly you could lose track of how much money you are spending.  We spent $20 and got 40 Food coupons.  After buying just two bacon wrapped hotdogs we were left with 4 coupons!  No drink, no special sides, just hotdogs….$9 hotdogs.  This was the tone of the day.  I would say food vendors is probably the biggest source of income for the Fair.  With great difficulty, I passed on the fried Reese’s Peanut butter cups.  If you have the money for it, you could literally kill yourself with food and drink there was so much of it!  I bought a small leather fanny pack (been looking everywhere for one of these to replace the one I wore out!), with cash for $10….yeah….definitely the better, less calorie laden choice I made for the day!

2) I think the Fair is doing recycling but we couldn’t get a definitive read on the matter.  From what I could see from watching staff cleaning up as we went through the day, it looked like all the trash was being mixed together.  I wish it were possible for them to bring in a water filtration systems to make drinking water available to the public and totally eliminate the sale of plastic bottled water.  Can you imagine how much plastic wouldn’t happen if they did that?!    It would much healthier too!

3) We went into a “free” stuff area and were given a free sample of a coffee flavored yogurt Dannon was trying out.  All of us and I mean all of us except may be Kyle’s Dad took one bite and threw it in the trash.  Dannon if you want a survey on how well that flavor would do on the main market, just ask the people emptying the garbage cans about all of the uneaten free samples!  GROSS!

3) I loved seeing the amazing array of crafts, photographs, paintings and other hand-made things people have received awards for this year and in years past.  I would have been content to just sit in that building and help the pie baking contestants clean up….oh those pies looked and smelled amazing!

https://bigtex.com/creativearts/handbook/

4) I loved the aquarium and so did my brother-in-law Cole.  We both have the same sorts of problems with being around large groups of people, loud noises etc. so going in there to be with so many beautiful, sentient and well cared for fish beings was very soothing for us.  Highly recommend it!

5) I had a very hard time in a couple of the livestock areas.  When you have a bacon wrapped hot dog to start your day at the Fair and then go to a building full of the beings these products come from, many of them prized family pets…..well….it fucks with your head if your somebody like me and rightly so!   I also had a hard time because they had roofs overhead and were in tightly enclosed areas which didn’t allow for much diffusement and or ventilation of the very mixed human and animal energy being generated.

6) We enjoyed watching one of the many interactive activities they had for children.  The event we watched was kids competing against each other by pedaling toy tractors with weight attached to them.

5) We got to walk around in examples of something I’ve been thinking about and hearing a lot about lately – tiny homes  (https://www.tinyhomes.com/).   Kyle and I have about half a house more than the two of us need even with two dogs and I have been envisioning it would be nice to have a family with human children be able to enjoy it.   Neither of us enjoy, are very good at or have the vast financial resources required for a lot of the DIY projects this house needs and doing yard work isn’t as enjoyeable as it once was.  Kyle has allergies and doesn’t want to do it and as I’m getting older, it’s not so easy to do it even when I want to.  So I have imagined us down-sizing but we just don’t have anywhere to go for more than one reason right now.  So hence the tiny homes interest!

It seems to be a “thing” that I’ve noticed we do to acquire even a small slice of a bigger dream.  When I was a young girl I was fascinated with Hello Kitty but couldn’t afford much of anything they were selling.  So I would settle for any little thing I could afford just so I could have it!  I see this sort of behavior with myself and many adults these days lol!   We do a lot of “settling” for less quality or smaller versions of things we really want.  Are we just that inpatient.  Speaking for myself….yeah….patience is not one of my stronger virtues!

I think most people want to be able to purchase a regular sized homes on a regular sized lot but can’t get enough money together to do it or what they are looking for just doesn’t exist in very large quantities.  I read recently (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/23/baby-boomers-resist-selling-homes-helping-keep-prices-high-and-inventory-low.html) Baby Boomers aren’t transitioning out of their homes like in times past because there aren’t enough smaller places for them to down-size into that aren’t apartments.  I’ve lived in many apartments through my life and it can be an absolutely miserable experience if you like any sort of quiet and solitude!  So these tiny homes and what used to be just outdoor sheds happen.  A lot of states won’t allow you to put a tiny home on a regular lot in a city or town so something like this would have to go on to an existing lot or a plot of land purchased more off the grid I guess.

6) We walked through the new car and mostly truck displays and had to laugh when we got to the far end of it and a tricked out, much higher end version of our Ford Fiesta was being used as a space to take a rest by a bunch of people.  Most were swarmed around the “Fast and Furiousy” type sports cars and trucks that fully loaded were going for about at much as our house…$75,000?!!

7) We found out there is a government agency called the Veterans Land Board (http://www.glo.texas.gov/vlb/index.html) which might be a way, if it comes down to it, for us to get help if we need it to take care of this house or may purchase land if we decided to go the tiny home route!

The Texas Veterans Land Board provides low interest loans to Veterans of Texas.

Land Loans: Veteran/Military Interest Rate: 7.25%
Home/Home Improvement Loan Base Rate: Veteran/Military Interest Rate:3.70%
Home/Home Improvement Discounted Rate: 3.20%

Land Loans

The VLB Veterans Land Loan Program is the only one of its kind in the country—giving Texas Veterans the opportunity to borrow money to purchase land at below-market interest rates while only requiring a minimum 5% down payment.

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Home Loans

In 1983, the Legislature created the VLB Veterans Housing Assistance Program to assist Texas Veterans in purchasing a home. Through this program, eligible Texas Veterans have an opportunity to purchase a home with an unbeatable, low-interest loan with little or no money down.

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Home Improvement Loans

As part of its commitment to veterans, the VLB can help a veteran buy a home, then help pay to improve it through the Texas Veterans Home Improvement Program (VHIP). This program was introduced in 1986 to provide below-market interest rate loans to qualified Texas veterans for home repairs and improvements to their existing homes.

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What all of my experience yesterday boils down to is right here:

7) The highlight of my day, hands down – being with ALL of my familyBeing with Kyle’s family and all the folks we were surrounded by and interacting with during the day….all family.  I mean from the folks running the trains, the folks that greeted us and doing security, the cops keeping a watchful eye but still having beautiful smiles on their faces, the vendors, the people selling coupons and all the folks just there to enjoy themselves.  For anything I could possibly write here, be it positive or negative, the one thing this fair showed me is hope for humanity!  This is what I wish the entire world could be.  Every single walk of life no matter how they are different spending time together in one place peacefully!  All of us just family enjoying a day out together. 

 

 

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