I donated a pint of blood and received one free ticket to the South Florida Fair, value $15 US. Then I withdrew a wad of cash from my bank account and set out to have a good time. The day’s goal: fried dough.
Two words about the animals… The animals in the petting zoo (goats, sheep, rams, llamas, buffalos, camel, zebra, horse, cows) were all clean and bright-eyed, but terribly obese. It was no stretch to assume that they get very little exercise. Parents can pay $1 for a small cup of carrot slices so the children can feed the animals. As for the tiger show, the trainer has 5 cats that were born in captivity. She said there used to be 8 types of tigers in the wild, but 3 have become extinct in the last 50 years. The tigers stood on their hind legs, rolled over, jumped through a hoop, and yawned a lot. They weren’t very eager to do the show at 2:30 in the afternoon, but later, after dark, they were much more alert. She said that in the wild, a tiger hunts and eats once a week, 40 pounds of meat per feeding; but in captivity, they feed the tigers 10 pounds of meat every day. These tigers travel and do shows 15 weeks a year and then they summer in West Palm Beach, Florida.
I am a carnival games addict. I could spend some serious cash on SkeeBall, however, at $5 per game, I opted not to play.
Please note: fried dough (aka elephant ears) is not a funnel cake.
For some reason, the Florida fair had a theme of “Viva Las Vegas”. (Wtf?) So I got to see an Elvis impersonator ice skate with showgirls and there was a travelling exhibit of some of his costumes, including his Army uniform, and a man who claims to be Elvis’s illegitimate son. He legally changed his name to Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr. I did not know that. I also got to take a photo “in front of” the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.
In the Arts & Crafts Building, I marveled at a fun collection of G.I. Joe action figures (not dolls). My brother and I used to play G.I. Joe frequently in the early 1970’s.
Next, I did something useful and sat with the representative from Legal Aid for over two hours while he assisted me to sign up for government-required ObamaCare health insurance. We started with 139 plans, then narrowed it to 37, then 9, then 5, then 3, and finally, I just chose one. While I was away in Israel, it became punishable in the US to be poor and have no health insurance. Now for $27 a month, I have an HMO plan which, from prior experience, will amount to catastrophic health care coverage only, meaning that if (God forbid) I have a catastrophe and need to be hospitalized, it will cover most of the costs; but if I were to catch a sinus infection and need to see a doctor, I would still have to pay out-of-pocket up to $500. It could be worse.
Lastly, I paid $5 to ride the lift above all the carnival park. I got up there and then remembered that I am afraid of heights. A little adrenaline goes a long way.
In conclusion, that was the best pint of blood I have donated so far, but it was no Canada Expo.
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