Weather: Sunny and calm, turning gusty and dusty and cooling off later.
Time frame: 10 a.m.-12:10 pm, 1:30 pm-9:45 p.m.
Number of people: 26 stoppers, 20 walkbys
Pages of notes: 12
Number of hecklers: 1, sort of
People who read the sign out loud in an incredulous, wondering, suspicious or amused voice, without stopping to talk: 41 (that is not a typo)
People who recognized the Peanuts reference: 5
People who asked for, and received, permission to take a picture: 1
Money raised for South Kingstown Land Trust: $2.25
Fair foods consumed: A very long pulled pork sandwich.
Best non-booth times today: Another tie!
1: Walking in Potter’s Woods with Susana and Stella, looking at mushrooms with Stella, which I then drew for #RIorganisms cards.
2: Walking around with dreamboat James McShane and looking at the fair together.
People really liked to say that the person they’re with “needs some counseling.”
A lot of people at the fair also had crowd claustrophobia that they wanted to talk with me about.
Hair theme: short, brightly dyed mohawks on kids and a few adults.
I’m not sure the heckler in question was really heckling, though both James and Susana thought so. I’ll tell you what she did: she walked by, laughing, which a lot of people do, and then she called back over her shoulder, “It’s too late!” I felt heckled, up to and including rage-crying, but what do you guys think? Leave a comment or tweet at @kateschapira.
There’s no support for people with bipolar disorder in Rhode Island. I started one, but it shut down when I quit. There were 18 people in it, and I did it for three years, but you get fatigued. I’d committed to doing it every month, and I was ready for somebody else to take it on. But outside of NAMI, which is for everything, there’s nothing in RI.
[I give them a #RIorganisms card with an un-ID’ed mushroom on it, and explain the circumstances of its making.]
We’re mushroomers! [Looks at other mushroom cards] That’s just a common mushroom.
What about this one? It had a brown top and a brown stem.
Was the stem kind of spongy?
I think so.
If it has a brown top with a nice cap on it, kinda like a portabello, and you touch the bottom and it’s spongy, it’s a bolete
[These two were a couple.]
Him: I don’t worry.
Her: The kids going back to college. The money is an issue. Our daughter’s 24, our son’s 21, and our other daughter’s in law school, and she just got laid off from what was gonna be her job. You know, you worry about them when they’re little, and then they grow up and you worry about them. It doesn’t stop.
Prudence Island — is that on here [the map]? That’s my happy place. I like that you can be the only person on a beach the size of any beach in Rhode Island. Take the ferry out, and you can do some clamming, and just —
(A little boy and I look at a large black probably-bee or wasp. He says, “It must be called a pincher bee because it pinches with its fangs.” But it also sounds like he says, “It can’t be a bee, it’s not extinct.” Is this possible? )
I just finished a 6-week pre-college program at RISD, and it was intense. I don’t want to go to the wrong place and waste my parents’ money. My sister wants me to go to a therapist and I don’t want to talk about my issues, if you want something to write down.
Him: As far as climate, I have a couple concerns. It’s gonna be gradual, but the changes are gonna be horrific, because there’s gonna be more storms starting in more places. Like hurricanes are gonna start, instead of starting in the south Atlantic they’re gonna start in the north Atlantic and come through here. But on the positive side, Rhode Island is one of the best places with everything that’s going on. We haven’t had a tornado come through here — the one that came through Boston was a fluke.
Him: California, I was just there, it’s charred. And it stinks — where the water is channeled, it’s all muddy and it stinks.
Her: It doesn’t get me down, is that what you mean?
Him: When you’re talking alternative sources of energy, whether it’s wind — there’s not always gonna be wind, there’s not always gonna be sun. But still, in Europe, I was just there, they have wind and solar set up everywhere they can.
Why do you think we’re not doing that here?
Him: I think it’s wealthy people going, “Not in my backyard.” We could be getting power from a variety of sources, but we’re dependent upon coal, gas, oil. There’s too much wealth tied up in them — if we didn’t use that energy, they wouldn’t be wealthy … It’ll take a big catastrophe to tip the scales, and I think it’s coming up … I travel a lot for work — I work as a plastic injection molding technician. I see these 30-year-old machines, and people can cut their power consumption in half, or even to a fifth. We [the U.S.] had the edge in manufacturing and didn’t use it. We need better technology, better education.
What she loves about Block Island: Biking along the coast in the sunset. It gets me.
We have family property on the water, in Point Judith, that was damaged by Sandy. In 2010, our basement in another property we owned in South Kingstown flooded, and we lost a lot. Then our whole first floor in Narragansett was flooded, so we had two damaged properties to deal with. I’ll never forget it.
Job security. I just got a new job.
And it sounds like you’re worried about keeping it — a lot of jobs are fragile right now.
Especially in Rhode Island.
We’re in the process of purchasing a house. And the other thing that has me anxious is work on Monday. I’m dreading it.
I think the problem is overpopulation. I think that leads to everything else, all the other problems. Too many people.
I bet you’re making
a killing here
I would love a parabolic
microphone to pick
a bone of whisper
out of a crowd
seeded with people
who fear crowds
unless crowds are code
even to yourself
for something you keep
like a giant plushie
bigger than yourself
winning every time
running into code
finishing last and cast
into a state of confusion
scooping behind you with both
hands to bring the past
closer to catch yourself
up with drowning or being
buried while drawing
a snake remembering that
they’re thicker in the middle
and have blunt face-fronts
and wanting the cool-looking people
to come talk to me
which nobody needs
to know where the bathrooms
are and where
the exit is when
the world’s gonna end
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