The carnival is back in town.  Once a year, maybe more, the traveling carnival makes a stop at the shopping center that houses KMart.  They set up in the parking lot, and hawk their rides, the fun house, the ball toss, and whatever is new and shiny for the passing crowds.  The search lights pierce the sky, performing a ballet with the four bright beams shining upwards.  The attractions presented in these carnivals are the same ones we see each year at the county fairs across our state, just fewer in number.  I have no doubt they set up these local affairs to fill in the weeks and months between the “big shows”.

I’ve not ridden any of these contraptions in over 20 years, and I’m not likely to in the future.  Why?  Because I used to work in a liquor / convenience store.