I live in Ithaca, a place where people proudly sport bumper stickers on their cars which read: “Ithaca- 10sq. miles surrounded by reality”. This weekend, that definitely seemed true. Case and point: Chili-fest!
Ithaca periodically holds street fairs / ‘fests’ dedicated to a product or a season. In truth, it is just a time to invade our downtown, hawk goods, people watch, and for me to dance crazily without regard. (I tend to do that last one without a ‘fest’ — mood permitting :p).
At our fairs, there are always ridiculous demonstrations and contests. Cook-offs, karaoke, beat poetry, and the like. You name it. We’ve tried it. This weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed marveling at the: “Best Moustache” (non-twirlers need not apply!) competition, because, really–how could I not?! How have we overlooked this place to achieve? Facial hair and beans– how did I not realize this connection?!
It’s a pity I had to go to that darker ‘but I’m a woman’ place. Beards vs. Babies. But I digress…
And, of course, what ‘fest’ would be complete without some gratuitous nudity. (Or, for memory, a pic!) Here’s one of mine:
Oh Ithaca! You are (10 sq. miles) too much. 🙂