Monday, August 15, 2005

 

That blog about the Midway

State fair theme #2: wickedness

I think of My Home State as more on the wholesome side of the Spectrum of Sin and Corruption, By State.

And I think of the State Fair as a wholesome activity.

Why then does the carnival midway at my State Fair seem so ... so ... lurid?

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It makes me think of Pleasure Island, the wicked amusement park in Pinocchio where the wicked boys get turned into donkeys and are forced to work the salt mines.

Look what I saw just outside the midway at my State Fair: oh my gosh, its HIM: Lampwick from Pleasure Island!

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Here's what he's saying on his cell phone: "What, you're telling me you take orders from a grasshopper?"*

Lampwick and his friends make up their own tough-kid ride at the fair:

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*
Jiminy Cricket: (shouting) Pinocchio! So this is where I find you! How do you ever expect to be a real boy? Look at yourself… smoking, playing pool! Oww! You’re comin’ right home with me, this minute!
Lampwick: Hey… who’s the beetle?
Jiminy Cricket: Let go! Put me down! (muffled) Let me out!
Pinocchio: He’s not a beetle. He’s my conscience! He tells me what’s right and wrong.
Lampwick: What? You mean you take orders from a grasshopper?
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Comments:
Cute.
 
When you say your "home state" do you mean Wisconsin? I know you are not from there but I know they just had their state fair. Of course every state that has one probably did and I'm sure they all look like pleasure island.
 
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