“County fair in the country sun.” — Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone
FAIR AND MILD
Made the Monroe County Fair last night.
Perfect night. High, brush stroke clouds, spectacular sunset, cool temps, low humidity.
I still can’t believe that The Loved One and I have settled in this fab locale.
Mark Stoops was out shaking hands in front of the county Democrats booth. The GOP booth was manned and womanned by about five hardy souls, the sight of which caused me to remark to my neighbor Tom, “Looks like every Republican in Monroe County is here.”
Shelli Yoder‘s pretty mug was plastered all over the Dem booth. In the scant few moments I idled there, at least three men asked, craning their necks, where the 9th District congressional candidate was. Their shoulders slumped when told she was off somewhere else, campaigning.
Neighbor Maryanne and The Loved One wanted to cruise the rabbits barn. I became transfixed by a row of caged white ones with black spots over their eyes. A kid who looked to be ten or so edged up, his hand placed in a proprietary manner on top of the cage I was peering into. He stared at me.
I felt a need to convey the fact that I wasn’t plotting to abduct the rodent but settled only for asking, “These yours?”
He nodded proudly.
“Uh, what do you do with these guys?”
He looked at me as if I were from the moon but decided to explain.
“Well, I show ’em.”
“Y’see these spots over her eyes?”
He gestured toward the other rabbits. “If any a’these have spots like that anywhere else on their body, I can’t show ’em. So we eat ’em.”
The kid proceeded to point out all his ribbon winners, which turned out to be all his rabbits on display.
The Loved One and Maryanne ambled up and I told them, “You can eat these guys!”
At which point both women made shushing motions at me. The Loved One warned, “They can hear you!”
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME
Hell, let’s do it.
Here’s how I waste my time. How about you? Share your fave sites with us via the comments section. Just type in the name of the site, not the url; we’ll find them. If we like them, we’ll include them — if not, we’ll ignore them.
❏ I Love Charts — Life as seen through charts.
❏ XKCD — “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
❏ Skepchick — Women scientists look at the world and the universe.
❏ Indexed — All the answers in graph form, on index cards.
❏ I Fucking Love Science — A Facebook community of science geeks.
I Fucking Love Science: The Kākāpō Of New Zealand
❏ Present and Correct — (New Listing) Fun, compelling, gorgeous and/or scary graphic designs and visual creations throughout the years and from all over the world.
❏ Flip Flop Fly Ball — Baseball as seen through infographics, haikus, song lyrics, and other odd communications devices.
❏ Mental Floss — Facts.
❏ Caps Off Please — Comics & fun.
Caps Off Please
❏ Sodaplay — Create your own models or play with other people’s models.
❏ Eat Sleep Draw — An endless stream of artwork submitted by an endless stream of people.
❏ Big Think — Tapping the brains of notable intellectuals for their opinions, predictions, and diagnoses.
❏ The Daily Puppy — So shoot me.
Electron Pencil event listings: Music, art, movies, lectures, parties, receptions, games, benefits, plays, meetings, fairs, conspiracies, rituals, etc.
◗ Monroe County Fairgrounds — Second day, 2012 Monroe County Fair, Flat track motorcycle racing; 6pm — Music, Clear Note; 6pm — Music, Circle of Friends, Free Draper; 7pm — (no carnival until Monday at 4:00pm); Noon to 11pm
◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Joe Porter; 2-4pm
◗ IU Wells-Metz Theater — Musical, “You Can’t Take It with You”; 2pm
◗ The Player’s Pub — Andra Faye and the Rays; 6pm
◗ Bryan Park — Sunday Outdoor Concert Series: Jason Fickel & Ginger Curry; 6:30pm
◗ Bear’s Place — Ryder Film Series: “Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet”; 7pm
◗ Highland Faith Assembly of God — Music, Christian Cavaliers; 7-8:30pm
◗ The Bishop — Cursive, Fly Painted Feathers; 9pm
◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
- John D. Shearer, “I’m Too Young For This @#!%”; through July 30th
◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- Qiao Xiaoguang, “Urban Landscape: A Selection of Papercuts” ; through August 12th
- “A Tribute to William Zimmerman,” wildlife artist; through September 9th
- Willi Baumeister, “Baumeister in Print”; through September 9th
- Annibale and Agostino Carracci, “The Bolognese School”; through September 16th
- “Contemporary Explorations: Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists”; through October 14th
- David Hockney, “New Acquisitions”; through October 21st
- Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Paragons of Filial Piety”; through fall semester 2012
- Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan, “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers”; through December 31st
- “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century”; through December 31st
◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibits: Bloomington Photography Club Annual Exhibition; through August 3rd
◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — “Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from the Kinsey Institute Collection”; through September 21st
◗ IU Lilly Library — Exhibit, “Translating the Canon: Building Special Collections in the 21st Century”; through September 1st
◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Closed for semester break
◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibits:
- “What Is Your Quilting Story?”; through July 31st
- Photo exhibit, “Bloomington: Then and Now” by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th