Think back to July 5.
Right about the time the power went out over the lunch hour here in Spirit Lake, I was making my way out to one of the "big three" flea markets in the area.
It was a business mission -- our galleries at dickinsoncountynews.com are filled with photos of holiday happenings around the Iowa Great Lakes. Judging by the crowds I saw on Friday, the 5th, flea markets are a pretty big deal to vacationers and residents alike.
You may have seen me as I strolled past the many tables filled with "treasures." I had a silver camera -- and a wet shirt and pants. I'm a klutz and I'll tell you about it.
The sun was beating down on me that day and I still had pictures to take. The smoothie stand I encountered seemed like an ideal stop to recharge a bit before soldiering through the afternoon.
Drink in hand, I returned to my task of getting candid moments as people browsed for collectables and hunted for that handy dandy gadget they can't do without. As I turned the corner from the smoothie stand, I saw a woman carrying a young girl. The little blondie was so tired she passed out right in her relative's arms. I raised my camera to capture the charming moment.
The thing is, I still had the smoothie in my hand. And, it didn't have a lid. That's right, I dumped half a smoothie on myself. Peach-colored (and scented) gunk went into my shirt pocket and oozed down the front of my pants. (I did get the photo, though, and it was cute.) My vacation of the brain happened at a good location because the vendor I stopped by had plenty of repair-shop quality paper towels and a supply of water.
I scooped out the peach slime, used ample amounts of water and made a pretty self-conscious walk back to my car. I basically faded away from society until the summer heat dried away the water from my mishap.
I'm on assignment this upcoming weekend and I'm prepared to get wet again -- this time on purpose.
The Milford Commercial Club is the organization behind your Pioneer Days in Milford. One way they raise proceeds is through a dunk tank at Florence Park (near the high school). I'm first up -- at 1 p.m. Saturday.
So, readers, if I've helped you get the word out about a community event in the past, please stop by with a dollar or two and some good aim to help out a good cause. Or, if I've misfired in an attempt to get your information in, please stop out and get your revenge for a good cause.
I don't mind a moment or two in the water of a dunk tank. It sure beats the sticky feeling I had earlier this month.