Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Redneck Weekend

Finally I get to tell you about our "Redneck Weekend".

On Saturday, the Eldest and I went to DukeFest. He is a huge Dukes of Hazzard fan, so I took him to the celebration and after we got there, I got taken to the cleaners. So to speak. I was nickeled and dimed from the moment we went through the gates to the time we left.

It was held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Now, let me say up front that I don't do Nascar. Not interested, never will be. But, I was impressed at the size of the place. It was huge. The festival was held in the middle of the track and was tiny comparatively speaking.

We met Roscoe P. Coltrane, sherriff of Hazzard County. He was incredibly nice and still funny. While we were in line to see him though, the Eldest got sick. There was so much sun. It was intense and there was no shade and no place for the poor kid to go to be sick in private. Just portapotties everywhere. So he walked off to the side and was sick all over the place. I felt so sorry for him. He was a trooper though. He refused to leave, there was still way too much he wanted to do and see. I dumped water on his head to cool him off and poured more down his throat and he was fine.

While there we saw Bo Duke (John Schneider) twice. He stood about 10 feet away from us and both times I missed getting a pic, dangit. Let me tell you here and now that the man is mighty fine. I didn't much care for him 20 years ago, but now? He's aged to perfection.

We did meet Adam West, the original Batman. Very self-centered and egotistical. He was charging $80.00 for an autographed pic of him. I can't think of anyone who is worth that. And then, when we finally got a pic with him (he charged for that too) the bozo didn't even look at our camera. The Eldest was impressed with him anyway, even if he was wearing a peach colored "grandpa" shirt. Batman is one of his heros and he loves to watch the original Batman movie.

Lee Meriwether (Catwoman) was there as well and entirely sweet and gracious. I only have a profile pic of her. I've decided that I want to age as gracefully as she has.

What do Batman and Catwoman have to do with the Dukes? No idea. But the original Batmobile was there.(Notice the Batman shirt on the Eldest? He couldn't wait to meet Batman and see the Batmobile.)

There were also mullets galore. Oh, and rednecks wheeling around huge car parts (like hoods) to be signed by the stars. Weird if you ask me. But to each his own. Eldest loved it all anyway and that was what counted. I wasn't there for me anyway. He came away with a new baseball cap and a smile and the day was pretty good over all.

We did some carnival rides there and looked at a bunch of General Lee cars and then it happened. For some reason I started feeling jittery and panic-y. I told the Eldest we were leaving right then. It took an hour to get home and I was so sick by then I was crying when I went in the front door. Mild case of sun poisoning or heat stroke, not sure. This was followed by a massive headache and chills. Not fun, but we're doing just fine now that we're in the shade again. :)


  1. Sounds like a blast- minus the barfing and too much sun thing!

  2. Maybe Adam West is in dire financial straits and needs to milk his fans to pay the bills...