Tuesday, September 23
Saturday, September 13
A cocktail article in Thursday's Wall Street Journal got me thinking about what I value in my beverage-consuming experience. First and foremost, I'm focused on what happens when I receive the beverage. Does it stir my nose? Is the glass cold or warm against my lips? Does the liquor bite the end of my tongue or does it coat and tingle? What flavors am I tasting--herbs? Fruits? Woods? What's the effervescent experience as it passes my throat and enters my digestive tract?
But apparently there's also a place for the bartending performance in my psyche. To charge me $14 and serve me a beverage that's been produced en masse irrationally infuriates me. I have been robbed of an experience--a bonding between the alcohol artisan and myself. I freeze spiked punches for myself, but I expect more when I dine out.
Again, I acknowledge the irrationationality of this! I don't seek out the soup master and demand that my vichyssoise be borne of potatoes unique from another's. I often don't see more than a glimpse of the shaker that holds my beverage. Yet somehow I've become entitled to a labor-intensive experience as a contract of my happy hour purchase.
How do you feel about your bar experience? Do you pin a thought on the dispensary of your drink?
Sunday, August 24
Not noted: free passes given to every student in Pierce County. See your school administrator for details.
We aren't likely to take in a concert, nor do we typically watch the rodeo, and fans of either may wish to research those attractions in greater detail.
Fair food is always a dilemma. Do we want to save money or experience the delicious gluttony? Do we want to pack our own picnic (permissible, so long as there's no alcohol!) or travel lightly? Do we want to eat a hearty meal or snack through a dozen stands? You can see that food is infrequently bundled.
Parking isn't noted here, but several packages offer discounted weekday parking in the official lots. Many neighbors and youth groups allow private parking in driveways and church lots. Pierce Transit drops off at the Blue Gate and is noted below. Additional transit options exist from Sounder, Kiwanis, and local routes. Note that bikes are not allowed inside the fairgrounds. Strollers and wagons are allowed and available for rental.
One final tip: check out the Press Kit, which summarizes the attractions at the fair and makes for easier reading than clicking through and around the fair's website.
Update: There are three new fair offers from Amazon Local. I've revised the table to include them, as well as re-sort the data to my own use. If you have access to a spreadsheet app, you might appreciate copying and pasting the data into your document for ease of reading and use.