I found out today that the Minnesota State Fair (which ended yesterday) just set a new record for attendance: 1,790,497! (Previous record was 1,762,976 in 2001.) Thanks in part due to the fact that the weather was fantastic every single day, which has to be a record in itself! Makes me happy, cause I lovses that place and wants it to do well. =)
And since I haven't quite mentioned it enough yet--mmmmm, am I enjoying my mom's spaghetti that she was so kind to make for me on her visit. Today I polished off the last of the first batch, but it's a cheering thought to know there's more in my freezer for the future!
Heh, I have the same "exclusion" box for the Chinese market downtown when it comes to crowds, just because it's a treasure trove of childhood memories for me. I tell you, there are places that are alive and capable of wheedling their way into your brain to make deals with you like that!