As sure as the re-appearance of geese and flowers after our long bitter winter, Spring also heralds the arrival of the local travelling Carnival. Each May they squeeze into the neighborhood Community Centre parking lot, poised to extract as much cash as possible from obliging parents and rich tweens.
Years ago we took daughter on those kiddie rides... she loved it of course, but in milliseconds we could drop $50 on second-rate rollercoasters, substandard toys and wretched food.
It WAS fun.
Since they assembled the Midway last night, I thought I would snap a few photos early this morning on the way to work. As soon as I stepped out of my car with camera in hand though, a burly Night-Security-Guard / Roadie appeared as if out of thin air.
I think he was hiding behind the Finding Nemo ride just waiting to pounce on ne're-do-wells...
Surprisingly though, with a smile and friendly wave of approval, he let me walk around to capture the colors of the Fair. I wanted to get real close for some artsy-fartsy weird angle shots, but I didn't want to press my luck with him scrutinizing my every move.
At least I got some nice closeups while everything was uncharacteristically serene.
Because in a few short hours, the Amusement Park will burst to life with loud music, flashing lights, screaming kids and the distinct aroma that all outdoor festivals seem to exude.
And I just drop to my knees in gratitude to the Gods of Luck that we don't live directly across the street from it...
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