Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The L.A. County UnFair

Okay, first of all, it was 150 degrees last Wednesday when I had the privelege of going on the all-school field trip to the L.A. County Fair.  I accompanied C and her 2nd grade classmates. 

I went, prepared and armed for a scorching hot day.  Rolling ice chest filled with water bottles.  Giant spray bottles to cool down the kids.  And of course, C's diabetes bag filled to the brim with extra stuff to make diabetes behave itself.

Since the entire school was attending this field trip, there was a parent/volunteer meeting in the cafeteria just before boarding the buses.  We were given the rules:
  • no younger siblings
  • don't purchase anything
  • bring a sack lunch
  • stay with the group
  • all students must return to school - no staying at the fairgrounds after the official field trip time
  • no rides
  • no games
  • no tank tops
  • act appropriately
  • keep track of students on your list
  • meet at gazebo at appointed time
I totally understand them.  And I totally agree with most of them.  But, let me tell you, it's no fun eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while staring at the Hot Dog on a Stick stand.  And it was indeed torturous in the 1000 degree temperature to pass by the shave ice carts.  Unfair.

The kids thought other things were unfair. 

"Why can't we buy anything?" 

"I want to go on a ride!" 

"Can't we just play one game?"

"Oh, come on," they said.  "That's not fair!"

So we nicknamed it...the L.A. County UnFair.

No to the balloons.

No to the rides.

But, yes to the petting corral in 111 degrees.

(Don't think I was that much of a party pooper!  Actually, we had some fun.  We saw African animals, up close and personal.  We went through the dinosaur exhibits.  We walked through the Smokey Bear area.  We saw a magic show.  And, I really didn't mind the farm animals area.  Who can resist little piglets or pigmy goats?!)

Oh...and diabetes?  C stayed between 80 and 140.  She needed very little bolusing.  And a chocolate milk (without correction) kept her number from crashing in the heat.

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