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It's that time of year again: I'm tending an exhibit for my office at the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, in my hometown of Moultrie, Ga. The big difference this year, personally, is that evenings are going to be alone in the house I grew up in--no Daddy to relate the happenings of the day to. On the other hand, there's a faint hope that I can make progress on a few of the many tasks that need doing as we continue to try to remove stuff from the house and, ultimately, to sell it.
More Expo... )
Weather is lovely--it was positively chilly this morning (for south Georgia, that is), and I didn't shed my long-sleeved pullover until late morning. Some years it's been close to 90 (F), and these metal buildings can really get hot, despite the fans. Chilly is good.
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The ag. show is over, after a last day that unusually stayed busy through most of the afternoon. I didn't start packing up stuff until after 3, when the official close is at 4. Some years, I've started packing before 2 because no one was stopping at the booth. Good week overall, but I'm glad it's done.

exhibit teardown, dinner, and tales of woe on electronics )

I'll drive back to Atlanta tomorrow morning after Daddy and I tackle another one or two of the items on his to-do list. I'm hoping for a smooth trip with no mechanical breakdowns. I think I'm due...
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Day two at the ag. show--hot. Lots of people, but it tailed off dramatically mid-afternoon, which normally happens on Thursday but not Wednesday. I talked to fewer people, I think, but still had some good conversations. Also showed off our realtime streamflow page on the new toy, when the iPod Touch was connected to the somewhat flaky WiFi in the building. The show is down in attendance and vendors, for sure--there are always some booths where vendors pulled out at the last minute, but there are more this year. And the Ginsu knife guy isn't here! He's been a fixture since 1994, at least. Must try to find out what's happened to him, at least.

Talking to fewer people means I got to sit more instead of standing on the concrete floor, so the feet are in better shape today. But it got pretty hot--the high was 87, I think, and inside the building the air doesn't circulate real well. Luckily another exhibitor was giving away little battery-powered personal fans...

Word from sister-in-law, who's cat-sitting for me in the evenings (the pro cat sitter is doing mornings and giving Agatha her pill), Agatha is looking more confident, and has moved back to spending more time on my bed instead of staying under the guest bed. The other two are doing their usual "Mom's away from home, and we're starved and neglected" routine. I'm very relieved--I was not at all sure how Agatha was going to do adapting to this, especially when I disappeared on her.
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Here I am in Moultrie, Ga. for the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, with an exhibit on "what USGS does in Georgia", a few general fact sheets and publications, and about 50 Earth Science Week teacher packets to hand out. Hometown visit, booth-sitting, and Meet The Congressman! )

I will soon take an Advil for my aching feet and legs, and head to bed. The show opens again tomorrow at 8:30.
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So, yesterday I drove down to Moultrie, checked in as an exhibitor, and set up my booth (slot 75 in Agribusiness Bldg. 1--there are close to 100 booths in each of the 4 AB buildings). Tuesday the show, the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, began. Sunbelt brings around 200,000 visitors to a dedicated site (a former air field) just outside of Moultrie, a town of 15,000 people.

day one questions )
you do *what* with that pencil?? )
politicians and cows )
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Elder niece's bat mitzvah is on the 28th, and before various relatives descend I have a list of things I want to get done in the house. A long list. Which is, however, shrinking rapidly due to Real Life. (Note that a similar list exists next door where niece lives, resulting in such recent events over there as a new driveway being poured, the house being painted, etc.) Items that are done, and the wish list of not-done )
The new carpet purchase for the living room was on the list, and the carpet got installed today, according to my sister-in-law who supervised the job. She also discovered that the plan to shut the cats in the Cat Room is a non-starter, as Fish, the Cat of Very Little Brain, can open the Cat Room pocket door in nothing flat. So much for the use of the Cat Room as an isolation area...
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Day 2 bits and pieces, and photos, behind the cut...

cut! )

One more day to go, then we'll pack up the booth. I've decided to spend tomorrow night with my father, then will get up early and drive back, return the gov't vehicle, and go home to see what's happened with the bathroom remodeling.
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The contractor called last week and wanted to do my bathroom work (countertop replacement, along with new faucets, lavatories, and toilets) today. My sister-in-law agreed to cope with this, which means shutting up the cats and letting the workers into the house. Let me note that the same contractor is replacing windows at their house this week, so she had to be around for some part of the day anyway.

Then on Monday my roofer called, and wanted to install my new power attic vent and to replace the rusted-out furnace Called my sainted sister-in-law, and she agreed to deal with him, too.

So today at the farm show, I spent a good bit of time on the cell phone getting updates from s-i-l. Except for the period that the cell-phone load overwhelmed the available circuits and people got shunted to voice mail, that is. (They bring in a portable cell tower for the show, but apparently that wasn't enough...)

The good news: the roofer is done and left an invoice that I'll pay when I get home. S-i-l says the counter in the master bath is in and looks good. The guest bath counter, on the other hand, was done in the wrong color, so the fabricators have been sent away to get the right color, the plumber who was to hook everything up was cancelled, and my house is without a working bathroom at the moment. (I guess--it's possible the plumber was to remove the old toilets when he came, so those might still be functional.) I'm glad to be out of town, and the contractor has checked to see when I'm due back to be sure (I hope) that things are done before I get there.

There was some persistent confusion on this Corian color: the fabricator had left a sample tile of "vanilla" for me, when that was never a color I considered. What did they come in with? "Vanilla". Hopefully they will show up Thursday with "linen", and get it installed.
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Three people this morning thought I was from some part of the University of Georgia. UGA vs USGS--I guess 2 of the letters do match....

booth neighbors )
a few more interesting sights )
Last thought: if anyone doubts the articles about the crisis of obesity in America, come and watch a crowd pass before you and estimate the proportion who are not overweight. Or even the proportion who are grossly obese. It's scary.


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