What a weekend! It went by too quickly, as they always do, and now it’s over and about to start raining like crazy as another hurricane remnant rolls over us. Welcome to Monday.

First off, I want to thank everyone at Charlotte Country Day School for showing me such a good time on Friday. It was a lot of fun to be there. I only wish I’d been able to stay longer. Oh, and shop more. I’ll have to go back, right? And soon.

Meanwhile, this morning I heard that a great white shark has been spotted off Falmouth, Mass. Now, see, we have a house near there, and when I was a kid, right after seeing Jaws—I’m dating myself big-time here, but whatever—I was terrified to go swimming in our bay, convinced a shark was going to gobble me up. I was reassured, however, by my entire family that sharks NEVER came up that way, it just could NOT happen, and so I shouldn’t worry. Well. Never say never, right? That’ll give me something to think about next time I’m plunging into the (very cold) water and heading out, alone, to swim to our raft.


Anyway. For now, I’m on dry land. (At least for the time being. We’ll see how much rain we get today and tomorrow.) The other thing I saw on GMA this morning made me do a bit of a double take: they were having a State Fair, right there in Times Square. (With, as Diane Sawyer said excitedly, “Real live cows!” As opposed to dead ones, I guess?) Anyway, it looked interesting, but it got me thinking about our own NC State Fair, and how a couple of cows, some hay bales and even a funnel cake or two can’t really give you the entire experience. You really need, you know, a LOT of livestock. And, preferably, a sculpture made entirely of butter. (We had one of those a few years back, very impressive.) You need rickety rides, and somewhat sketchy people running them, and acts like The Charlie Daniels Band and Lee Greenwood playing in the arena. (Although this year, we’ve done better…with Raleigh’s own Clay Aiken! Of course!) And for food, well, you can’t just have a couple of things. Gotta have the huge turkey leg, the burritos, the sundaes, the barbecue, the popcorn….and, just for kicks, the fried Oreos and Snickers bars (no, I’m not kidding). I mean, sure, New York has a lot of things we’d love to have: fantastic shopping, a million different kinds of restaurants, a diversity of culture and experience. But can you eat a fried Snickers bar there, with a butter sculpture adjacent, while listening to Clay Aiken?

(Well, you probably can, actually. I mean, New York has everything. But it just wouldn’t be the same, right? Right.)

have a good day everyone!