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More Sunbelt, and headed home

Days 2 and 3 of Sunbelt went well, but were sweltering. Wednesday morning another exhibitor proclaimed that the front that went through Tuesday would cool off the mornings--hate to tell ya, but that was a warm front. Highs yesterday were above 90°F and the humidity was almost 80% in the afternoon. Today was merely 87° with a lower 46% humidity, by the environmental monitoring setup in the next booth.

Got some compare-and-contrast discussion from the guy in the next booth, who was a first-timer at Sunbelt. He said this show has a lot of visitors, but felt most of them weren't farmers. He was surprised that the big chemical and seed companies weren't here, and that so many universities were--the big Midwestern shows, he says, will have one local-ish university, if that. This one has permanent dedicated buildings for UGA, Clemson, Auburn, Fort Valley State, and ABAC, and a few other universities get booths. One other surprise for him--the morning national anthem. Which surprises me, because I'd have said the farming community is extremely patriotic nationally, and that a daily flag-raising and anthem would be expected at a large event. Apparently not.

Keith (co-worker who was helping me) and I got the booth torn down and our stuff removed to our vehicles in record time. Keith headed on to Atlanta, and I came back to my father's house, showered and changed, and then he and I tried a new-to-me local restaurant, the Tarragon Grill. Not good--my "chicken marsala" was a few chunky pieces of breast, a little over-cooked, with a tasteless sauce and (I think) canned mushrooms, served on a monstrous plate of fettucini. My father's salmon was good, but the plate of veggies on the side looked to be straight from a freezer bag of "mixed vegetables". Will not suggest eating dinner there again....

Now I'm mostly packed, and my father is too. We'll get up fairly early, grab coffee, and drive to Tifton or so to have breakfast before going on to Atlanta. I'd like to get there in time for my regular Weight Watchers meeting, and maybe do a museum visit that both Daddy and I would like in the afternoon as the exhibit closes Saturday. Seeing it on Saturday is problematic, as Saturday morning is the Walk to Cure Diabetes . Any last minute donations would be welcome--actually they'll take donations for several weeks after the Atlanta event, so feel free to be late. <g> And many thanks to trolleypup for the earlier donation!

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