Sunday, January 17, 2010

I'm Not Really Feeling It, But...

...I'm going to try to improve my mood.    Yesterday was an absolutey wonderful day spent with the RockCrawlinChef at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.  A visit to the Stock Show is a tradition for my family, but it was the first time that he and I have gone together.


I didn't work out officially yesterday, but I'm going to count the hours we spent walking around looking at the exhibits as my exercise.  During our wandering we came across this...


and this...


Now at the risk of pissing off people and losing new followers, I have to tell you that the Purell displays really and truly pissed me off.  This is the Stock Show people!  Let your kids get freakin' dirty for once.  Has anyone ever thought that the reason we have so many illnesses/allergies/general wussiness is that we don't allow our immune systems to do their job?  And has anyone ever thought about how the over-use of hand sanitizer will affect us in the future?  I see hand sanitizer and I see nothing but a new superbug in the making.  Didn't we learn our lesson with penicillin?  The fact is that hand sanitizer only works if it's used properly and more than 90% of the population mis-uses it.  By not following the directions and mis-using it, we're just killing off the weak antigens and allowing the strong ones to flourish. 

Mark my words: it won't be long before we have 1) newly developed allergies to hand sanitizer and 2) sanitizer-resistant antigens.

Plain old soap and water is still the best thing you can do for your health.

*Stepping off the Soapbox and returning to the regularly scheduled post...*

We also saw this...


Now that's a smoker!  I tried to calculate how much meat could be cooked at once on it and promptly gave myself a headache.  I think that I've just found my grill's new significant other!  Doesn't matter that we'd never have a need to cook that much meat at once (in addition to the grill's capacity), I just love it.

The only thing we had planned when we left the house was to attend the Dog Pulls.  The Chef just loves them and I'm amazed at how much weight a dog can pull.  The conversation taking place behind us, though, was more interesting than the pulls.

Man to family:  I think the hay's kicked up my allergies.  It's seven o'clock and we haven't eaten yet. Me thinking:  Really?  Look around, we're surrounded by food.
Wife:  I've never seen this, wonder what it's all about.  Is that an Irish Wolfhound?  Me thinking:  No, it's an Alaskan Malamute.
Daughter:  I can't believe they're making their dogs do this.  It's torture.  Me thinking:  Poor city kid.  She doesn't get it.

The crowd starts cheering as a dog bears down and scrambles down the track.  The announcer reassures everyone that the dogs will not hurt themselves and that they will stop pulling before they get hurt.  Wife and Daughter get caught up in the excitement. 

Man:  It's seven o'clock and we really need to leave so we can eat.  (It's obvious that he has no intention of eating fair food like the rest of us.)  Me:  WTF?  Grow a pair.
Wife:  Just let us see three.
Man (two pulls later):  That's three.  Let's go this is ridiculous.  It's seven o'clock and we won't get home before bedtime and we haven't even eaten yet.  Me:  Seriously?  Where do you live that you're not going to be home by bedtime?  And what's wrong with fair food?
Wife:  That was just two...
Daughter:  But I want to see this...
Man: We're leaving.  Me:  Really.  Man up and grow a pair.  Your wife and daughter are having a good time, it's the weekend, let them have some fun.

RockCrawlinChef and I thought this was a fairly ridiculous exchange ourselves and took a look at Man as they leave, wondering why the heck he was hungry when we were surrounded by food.  One look and it's immediately apparent.  Accidentally outloud from both of us at Man's retreating back:  "Grow a pair and man up."  This boy was city, through and through.  Probably vegan as well.  And, from his attitude with his family, a control freak.  So wouldn't be surprised to find out that his daughter got "a little discipline" for voicing her opinion about wanting to stay and watch.  Poor kid.  He had the chance to actually educate her about where her food comes from and some of the other agri uses of animals, but since he obviously found the Stock Show distasteful and dirty, he lost out on a good teaching opportunity.

We left the Dog Pulls shortly after and headed over to the Rodeo.  It was a great time, and though I feel for the cowboys, the animals won almost every event.  We got home well after bed time, but since we weren't afraid to eat at the food tents, we didn't go hungry.  Man, I love fair food!

9 comments:

Allenspark Lodge said...

The wife and kid probably had to use the hand sanitizer before dad would let them into their SUV.
Bill

GunDiva said...

Oh, no, Bill. An SUV would leave too big a carbon footprint. This poor, misguided soul is a hybrid driver if I've ever seen one. Nevermind that we don't have a satisfactory way to dispose of the batteries/fuel cells of hybrids, but no matter.

Aunt Juicebox said...

I agree about the sanitizer. I would much rather see a person wash their hands with soap and water before they prepare my food, etc, than think they simply slapped on a little sanitizer and called it a day. Ew.

I would love to go to something like that, we don't really have anything like that around here. I can't believe that guy went in the first place.

GunDiva said...

Aunt Juicebox, another question that I always want to ask sanitizer-philes...exactly how healthy do you think it is that you're slathering your child with chemicals that they are going to promptly put in their mouths? And you wanna know why you're always battling dry, cracked skin on your babies? Three guesses.

Dual Mom said...

Oh I've ranted about hand sanitizers before too. I think it's the devils work!!! And let's not forget about the fact that hand sanitizers are made to kill bacteria....not virus....most flus etc (that we're all so scared of) are viral infections. It makes no sense.

Allenspark Lodge said...

Yeah, someone who knows the difference between virus and bacteria. This is one lodge owner who strongly believes in soap and water! We don't even own hand sanitizer--oops, wait. I think I did buy some once to put in my saddlebags for our "picnics", but when I did remember to use the little packet, it had dried out!

Off to the dogs (Stock Show). Hope I get to hear some fun conversations, too.
Juanita

K. Erickson said...

I was in east Texas last week on business and saw a grill that, while not up to that monster in capacity, more than made up for its short comings in style points. It would be about the right size for Big Tex's six shooter. The fire box was in the handle, the cylinder was the grill section and the barrel was the smoke stack. Should have gotten a picture, but didn't have my camera.

Nathanael Rey said...

LoL. I think the picture at the top is just THE cutest. Love it!

Mrs Mom said...

AMEN on the sanitizer!!

Ahhh the p*ssification of the world. Gotta love those emasculated "men" of the day huh?

;)