September 29, 2022


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I used to be distressed to study this week that the annual Roanoke Greek Pageant has been cancelled – but once more.

This improbable presentation of Greek meals and dancing and enjoyable was all the time one thing I seemed ahead to. Shoot – it was about the one factor I might gear myself as much as drive to Roanoke for. I am keen on Greek meals, and there may be nowhere nearer than Richmond that I do know the place to seek out it. And, I don’t assume I’m driving to Richmond for something, even moussaka and spanakopita.

I positive don’t wish to must go all the best way to Greece itself for Greek meals. I did it as soon as. It was an excellent and grueling journey. I gained’t return. Actually, it simply takes too lengthy to get there. And that’s if the flights are all attuned with each other. On the best way again residence from my journey to Greece, the ordeal took 24 hours. That’s too lengthy to journey anyplace!

Why did it take so lengthy? Properly, let’s simply say that a part of it included our British Airways aircraft having what the shaky-voiced pilot referred to as “a wee little bit of {an electrical} drawback” as we have been taking off from Athens. After we landed, there have been fireplace vehicles lined up alongside the runway. That’s by no means a great factor to see. Then once more, perhaps it’s. I’d slightly see fireplace vehicles than not see them, in such a state of affairs.

However again to the Roanoke Greek Pageant. This marks the fourth yr it’s been cancelled. Now, I can definitely perceive not holding the factor in the course of the peak of the pandemic in 2019 – there are tens of 1000’s of people that flock to it. And I can perceive cancelling it in 2020. And even perhaps in 2021, though I assumed that was overly cautious. However, to cancel it in 2022? We’ve all change into inured to the Covid variations by now, and we hopefully know how one can keep away from them.

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Thus my misery to go to the web site lately and see this message: “See you in 2023.”Bah!

So, let’s search for a “vibrant facet.” There’s a Bathtub County Honest this yr, in September. It’s a one-day affair in Millboro, nevertheless it’s occurring. There will likely be no Greek meals, I can guarantee you. However there would be the standard sizzling canines and hamburgers.

My favourite factor I ever did on the Bathtub County Honest was take a trip in a BARC crane. I overlook what it’s formally referred to as. Perhaps a bucket truck? Properly, I used to be manhandled into the very excessive bucket, after which lifted even greater. The entire time, I used to be scared out of my wits, questioning what possessed me to determine to do such a factor.

Naturally, I made a type of comedy routine out of the expertise. The gang laughed and clapped. I simply couldn’t wait to get all the way down to the bottom and out of that swaying bucket. I don’t understand how these BARC people do it regularly, in driving rain and sleet, to get our energy again.

If a bucket truck trip is obtainable this yr, I feel you may rely me out. It’s a type of adventures like zip-lining. Appears like a heck of loads of enjoyable, however when you get began, you might be shaking in your sneakers. And also you notice as soon as is unquestionably sufficient… and perhaps one time too many.

There could also be a Wings and Wheels competition up at Ingalls Discipline subsequent month. There’s a date of Aug. 27 on the web site, however no yr is affixed to it. I suppose we’ll must see.

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Discovering enjoyable adventures in a post-pandemic world … we’ve gotta look laborious to seek out one thing to like!