Farewell to the Fair

“We are getting too old for this!”

That is what Donna and I used to always say when we came home from a weekend night in Chicago as we climbed the stairs back to our apartment.

We are too old for this.

We went to the Wisconsin State Fair for what may be the last time yesterday. It was not fun. It was horrible. Neither of us is up to the walking anymore, Donna in particular, and between trying to move my own legs and keeping her upright as we moved from bench to bench the thing was a nightmare. The things we go to see are literally on the other side of the fairgrounds from where we have to arrive and by the time we got to the buildings we were too exhausted to do much of anything but find a place to sit. It was an expensive waste of time alleviated by one show of acrobat/dancers who were pretty good.

But the simple reality is that unless by next year we figure out a way to get to the exhibition halls without dying, (and no way am I getting on that overhead sky ride so don’t even suggest it) we are through with the fair.


5 Responses to “Farewell to the Fair”

  1. William Bond Says:

    Dear Uncle Chucky;
    Have you and yours thought about maybe an electric wheelchair or scooter to get around on, I have one I use because I have problems with my back and my legs and some days I do good and others not so well and during those not so well ones I am thankful for my electricwheelchair, and I am only 46 years old. So there is no shame in using them if you need them.

  2. drpsionic Says:

    We’ve thought of them. The biggest problem we have is transporting them. Our car is not big enough so we would have get a van with a ramp and that means psionics has to bring in a lot more money. But they would be fun to go zipping around in. Of course for the crowd at the state fair they would need some sort of electified people pusher.

    • William Bond Says:

      The chair weight is around 150 pounds in batteries and cart, that is a great toe deterent, and most amusement parks will escort people that are handicapped to the front of the line to ride the rides or see the atractions. I understand about the small car, Karen and I go through the same thing with mine. I hope that you find a way. even if you went to the events in a city bus, you could take your chairs or scooters on the bus that way.

  3. Robert Says:

    Did you try getting your a fair map to plot your course more effectivly ? example: http://wistatefair.com/2012/fair/fair-maps/index.html

  4. drpsionic Says:

    We live in Waukesha. The buses would be useless for us as far as using the carts because we would have to drive to where the shuttle picks up, then get the carts out. The parking lots and the place where the shuttle bus from Waukesha stops are at the opposite end of the fair from where we want to go so the route through it is irrelevant. The distance is the same or worse for walking.

    We don’t go on rides so that is not an issue. Oh they do rent carts at the fair, for $50 a day, and no way is anything at the fair worth that. I would rather spend the extra $100 on a good dinner at the Gasthaus, which is like about two miles from where we live.

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