I worked the entrance gates for years, using the money I earned for whatever was needed at that time in my teenage years...usually gas to run around on. It is a ritual for many people around these parts who take a week of vacation from their day job just to sell tickets and see who's coming out to wander amongst the ferris wheels and giant pumpkins. As a young teen, I would sneak around and meet local boys in the shadows by the barns, stealing a kiss or two before returning to the fun house with all those strange mirrors and sounds. There are beauty pageants EVERY day of the week, and lots of scurrying to and fro by fair association folks who bust their butts to make it a special event for families. Our country could use more of that, ya know?
Back in the day, our Methodist church participated in a pastor exchange with a young minister from England. For several months while our preacher was over there, Reginald Mallet and his family became some of our own. I was probably about eight at the time, give or take a year but I remember it like it was yesterday. Reg was not only an ordained Methodist minister, but a physician as well which gave him a great perspective on ministries of healing. Over the years he and his family have been back many times to the churches that befriended them during those visits. He was a regular at Lake Junaluska in NC and every other place where you could find large numbers of southern Methodists hungry for guidance from a man who came from true Wesleyan roots. His messages were always about peace, love and tolerance. Found an an email today saying that he has passed onto the house with many mansions.
As for the dude who shall be known from this point on as "the Florida idiot" I sincerely hope that homeland security has the waterhose turned on high to blow his stupid bigoted ass out of the churchyard before he causes the end of
Of course if there were no media coverage of his antics, it would be a moot point. Something to think about? Bet your sweet ass ^j^