Rocking like a
It takes a lot of
balls to have two tented shows up through the remnants of two
hurricanes, two tornados, an earthquake and two floods all in
the same ten days over labor day weekend.
My cows were in Fonda since I had health papers for New York
but not Vermont (where Paris, Katya the Leopardess and the
rest of the crew took the rest of the museum show for the
Essex Junction Champlain Valley Expo). The smaller cows were
hauled to Rick Cressy's farm. We sure enjoyed their company.
He sure saved our asses by saving our cows with his 30' horse
trailer since our horse trailer and semi went to Vermont. Rick
is an outstanding member of the fair board.
That left the giant steer ass deep in floodwater when we
returned to get him. When I say ass deep, I'm referring to the
steer's ass, who is 8ft tall at the head. The cattle barn was
the first to flood when the adjacent Mohawk river broke its
banks and flooded the fair 5' deep. We had only 17 minutes to
escape. This is one timid piece of beef that hated being in
the water and hated being moved out of the floodwater. Only
the tops of the tents were visible in the height of the
flooding from Irene.
Meanwhile, Paris and Katya were babysitting a 25x50 push pole
tent that had center polls five feet too short. How it got
through Irene nobody knows. Well, they didn't cheat on stakes,
but the tent was awfully saggy by the time Lee came through
the next Monday. Yep, they tore it down in the rain, drove all
the next day and slept over in Fonda only to wake up to rising
The museum was on its way to Hebron just as the floodwaters
started to overflow the banks of the Mohawk River in Fonda.
And yet again, my truck konked out. We got the house trailer
out towing through a foot of water.
I forgot to mention the two tornados within two miles of the
fairgrounds. I don't remember much of them either except that
I was ducking for cover. Not a lot you can do on a fairgrounds
when a tornado strikes.
Nonetheless, I'm rocking like a hurricane waiting for
Bloomsburg to get cleaned up. Only 15 feet of water there.
Only six weeks of torrential rains. If we had seals, we would
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