So Cindy and I headed out for the fair shortly after I got home. The temp was right around 70 and forecast to drop so I bundled up, knowing just how cold it can feel at the fair this time of year based on prior experiences. I had on jeans, a t-shirt, Under Armour Cold Gear long sleeve shirt and a hooded sweatshirt on top. Cindy wore a couple layers too but I told her that I thought it might not be enough based on her lack of tolerance for cold. It wasn’t.
So I immediately noticed after parking that they really switched up the layout of the fair this year. They have been tweaking it in recent years but this was even more dramatic. They relocated the normal entrance about 100 yards to the south which was odd. It cost me 10 bucks to get in. Cindy gets in for free since she is a veteran which is very cool.
We were both hungry so we decided to grab our traditional, once a year fair dinner of arepas with a side order of maduros that we split. It was good as usual but filling. We then headed into the barn area which is one of the highlights where we got to see the various farm animals. They didn’t seem to have as many animals as in years past but that might be because we were in the latter half of the fair, it seems the judging was already done so some owners may pull their animals out. We didn’t get to go into the large animal side of the barn unfortunately as it was closed off to the public.
We caught a few shows as we walked the grounds, including the Hansen’s Spectacular, a family acrobatic act that was corny but endearing at the same time. As I watched I wondered if this was how the family made a living, it just did not seem possible based on the handful of people in the stands. I just can’t believe county fairs pay these performers much at all. We also caught part of a funny magic act and a Ninja Warrior style show that was entertaining.
We made our obligatory stop into the petting zoo tent where Cindy got to feed and interact with a bunch of animals. I let her do most of the feeding although I did enjoy giving the camel a few slices of carrot.
I had much less of a fair food gluttony than normal. Other than the arepa and maduro the only other thing I had was some hot cocoa. I bet my fair calorie consumption was half of my historical average.
As I feared, Cindy was freezing her ass off once the sun went down. We headed out around 9pm. Overall the fair seemed like it had less stuff than I was accustomed to but we still had a fun time. If it was a few degrees warmer I would have been happy to explore some more.
Before we left I had started a print of another revision of the drumsticks I designed for Cindy. I added a ball to the top so it looked more like a drumstick and less like a spear. When we got home I checked on the print to find the print head moving back and forth in mid-air with nothing coming out, lovely.
It appeared that I developed a clog in the Bowden tube. Based on past experience with clogs, some of which set me off into a black hole of frustration, I decided to just pull the original tube and replace it with an upgraded Capricorn PTFE Bowden tube I bought awhile back. Again having past experience with the problem was helpful. I now know that if you try to replace anything having to do with the hot end, it needs to be HOT when you do it. Otherwise hardened plastic will make your efforts futile.
It took a little futzing until I completed the swap out but I was eventually successful. I restarted the print job, printing two copies of the model at the same time. This morning we were rewarded with two perfectly legitimate looking drumsticks with FFC embossed into them. Of course the true test will be once Cindy puts them through a few sessions to see how they hold up to real world use.
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