Well, Friday night at the fair was a lot of fun. I hadn't been to one since I was a kid. I walked around the midway to get a sense of where things were and then went for a ride on the Ferris wheel (and got a kiss at the top), went in a non scary Fun House (I think that I'm too old to be scared by moving floors anymore), and experienced zero gravity on the Gravity Drop. The latter was probably the coolest ride, largely because you have to believe that the compressed air brakes are going to stop you as you free fall and experience zero gravity. What a rush that feeling was!
After all that and listening to some music, I got a steak sandwich but decided to bypass the fried lard. Maybe the idea was that I don't want a bypass, so I passed on the fried lard. Anyway, there were lots of good smells of all kinds of things that were bad for cholesterol levels and there were a lot of people eating things like fried dough, elephant ears, and funnel cake.
I think that my favorite exhibit was the agricultural one in which there were different animals such as cows, chickens, pigs, goats, horses and rabbits being exhibited. The baby goats were interesting because they were already practicing their butting. The rabbits were large, furry and soft. There were many different breeds of rabbits but the giant chinchilla was fascinating.
On Saturday, I worked on the boat for most of the day and then in the evening went to see a friend pick up his 17 year chip. It was great to see that and he was obviously happy about it.
All in all, it was a nice weekend and one that brought a lot of happiness. The only sad note was finding out that a friend in one of my groups has cancer and will have an operation tomorrow. I'm hoping that all will turn out okay for Jamie.
Today I'm grateful for:
- A meeting tonight in which we'll share our experience, strength and hope
- Spending a weekend doing fun things and with people that I enjoyed
- Seeing my friend pick up his 17 year chip
- Having another day to be alive and actually feel like living
- The friends that I've made in the program
- Trusting that the God of my understanding will help the sick and suffering