For the 13 years now, I’ve missed Atlanta’s very own Scandinavian Festival. The problem is that it’s hosted on one day of the year and I always seem to discover that day after the fact. This year, I was prepared all week. Well, mostly prepared. I had planned on going, though I didn’t bother to see the times or days of the event. I had assumed that the festival would be taking place all weekend, but I was mistaken. It’s a 1-day event at Oglethorpe University. This year, it was on the 13th of October. This time next, this post will remind me of this fact and this entry might actually be about the Scandinavian Festival instead of about how I missed it. If any of readers plan on going, let’s help each other remember to check the dates in advance.
At this time of year, every year, I start getting a fever for some serious woodwork. For some reason, the change to Fall brings out the craftsman in me and I begin planning new designs and reviewing old plans for carpentry projects I’d like to do. Some are extreme, long-term projects like a three-story deck or home addition. Some are relatively simple such as a coffee table or entertainment center. I get so caught up in it that I lose all perspective on why I didn’t complete these projects over the last year. Thinking back on it, I’m not sure why I don’t continue to work on these projects throughout the year. So far this season, I’ve manufactured 11 16×20 picture frames with 2″ and 3″ framing stock. It’s a fairly minor task, but very detail-oriented. A table saw is in my near future to extend the growing collection of shop tools. With this next item, I should be able to get to work…for real…on some of those projects I keep coming back to. Perhaps when Spring rolls back around I can figure out what happens to distract me from this work. Until then, I’ll try to enjoy the inspiration!
A crowd of us hit Uncle Shuck’s corn maze this evening for some group entertainment. There was quite a crowd already there, so we blended in nicely. Balthazar came along with us to be in his (and ours) first ever corn maze. Running the maze reminded me a little of running new levels in Quake or something. The whole thing was laid out over many acres and a nascar scene was carved out of the corn. This scene made up the three mazes that we wound through. I found it it easiest to get my head down on the map and cruise through at a good clip. The group had some difficulty keeping up with me. In fact, we lost half of them. There were way-points to reach and have a score sheet punched. I enjoyed that aspect of the game. We got all 12 punches done across two different mazes. There was also a haunted maze, which most of us ran. It was a little on the lame side just in that there were long stretches where nothing happened. There were a couple of really good spots in the haunted maze, however. We also did the hay ride at the end – they drop you off at a bonfire-ish spot where you can roast some marshmallows and warm up…finally. It was a really cold night. The first cold nights of autumn are always hard to prepare for. Balthazar told me as we walked back to the car around 10:00pm that he had a really good time. That was good for me to hear. It was also the last thing we would hear from Balthazar tonight. He is sleeping like a rock.
And it’s Fall! I’ve literally been counting down the days for the last week. Fall marks the end of shaving, cooler temperatures, Halloween, Autumnal smells, among many others. I look forward to what this season will bring us. I believe one thing it will bring us this year is a visit to the corn maze (or is it corn maize?). We had some friends that went last year and really enjoyed themselves, so we’re going to make sure we can go this year. Tonight, I see Tom Petty with the wife and some friends. I’m looking very much towards that and praying that it won’t rain on our parade.