“Let’s see, he said thee was food down this way…”
“Uh, Parker, I don’t think it’s that kind of an apple store, I think they actually sell…”
“Come on Parker, let’s get you some real food.”
“Come on Parker, let’s at least play with some of the other toys. Here, why don’t you try out an iPod.”
“We could get you one of these for your birthday Parker. Would you like that?”
“I don’t know, I still really like my Walkman.”
“Your Walkman?!?! You really are a dinosaur Parker! These are way better than that!”
“Okay, what do they do?”
“Well, you can listen to music on them. The newest models even have an fm radio built right into them.”
“Does it let you record music?”
“Does it have replaceable batteries?”
“Um, no, I guess not.”
“Can you use it to make mix tapes to give to your friends?”
“Well, not really. I guess you could hook it to your computer and make a play list in iTunes. But, the other person would need to download the songs too before they could play it, and, well…”
“Yeah, I think I’ll stick to my Walkman.”
“Okay, I guess I’ll have to think of something else for your birthday. Let’s go get you some food.”
“Look – deep fried cheese curds, and it’s not even the state fair yet!”
“Let’s see if we can find you something a little more healthy. Here, try some corn.”
“Wow, I’m stuffed now. I think it’s time for some more art.”
“Okay, let’s check out some t-shirt. These ones by Batik by Kat are nice!”
“Hello there, little one. I’m Kat, can I help you find anything?”
“You’re Kat? Somehow I was expecting more whiskers and fur, and maybe a tail…, you look much more like a friendly person than a Kat.”
“Ah yes, that confuses many of the little dinosaurs that stop by our booth. I am, in fact, a person.”
“I see, well, I like these ones, but I don’t think they’re quite me…”
“Oh, I think we have a design you might like better. Here, try this one.”
“Can we get it Kearn? Can we pleeeaaasssseeee?!?!”
“I don’t know Parker, it looks a little big for you. Excuse me Kat, do you make this in an extra, extra, extra, extra dino small?”
“Oh, sorry, we only go down to an extra, extra dino small. And it looks like your little friend would take some growing to fit into one of those. But here, take our card and you can get one from our website when he gets bigger.”
“Thank you. Parker, I may have a birthday present idea for you after all, just maybe not for this year.”
“I like that idea. Let’s see who else we can meet while we’re here.”
Next we wandered past Wild Cat Works‘ bird houses.
But it turned out no birds had moved into the shiny new bird penthouses yet, so we kept moving.
“Parker, I think I see a place you may like.”
Next we walked past the myTalk 107.1 booth, and Parker took an interest in a sign they had our in front.
Next we stopped by a booth where you could get your picture taken in front of a green screen, and have the background replaced with anywhere in the world. Parker was going to play a trick on everyone and get one with the Roman Coliseum in the background and tell everyone he went to Rome over the weekend. Unfortunately, the computer had a hard time telling the difference between Parker and the background. So, he’ll have to find another trick to play.
We kept walking, and before long we pasted in front of James Sauer’s sculptures, and…
They may have been a little too realistic for Parker’s taste.
Luckily, once Parker finally slowed down, we weren’t far from Keith Kinney’s booth, where Parker found a place to rest for a bit.
(I couldn’t find a business card at Keith’s booth, and from searching, the only website I found for him (http://www.stylesofoakheritage.net/) seems to be down / missing, but it was Keith Kinney of Yellow Springs, OH, in case you like the rockers.)
“Kearn, all that running from the eagle made me awfully tired, and we’ve been walking a lot today. Can we head home and take a break before going to the Powederhorn Art Fair?”
“Sure Parker, let’s get you some rest and some air conditioning.”
On the way out, we walked past the RuTu Paddle Company, which has some really pretty stuff, but Parker was too tired to pose any more.
However, just past there, we came across the strangest thing, and had to pause for one last picture…
“I don’t know Parker, sometimes Uptown just doesn’t make sense.”