Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It's Hamfest Time!!!



It may sound like a midwest pork event, but a hamfest has nothing to do with food. Hamfests are big (sometimes giant) flea markets for ham radio operators. As you can see by the photo above (taken this weekend in a tent), my son is a ham. I am his devoted companion on our annual treks to the hamfests. We have two to attend in July, and I'm really looking forward to them even though it means getting in the car at 6:00 a.m.

I'll be put in charge of selling while my son checks out the buying opportunities. Sometimes he buys to buy, and sometimes he buys to sell. And sometimes he ends up selling what he bought to buy. It's very complicated.

It's also a lot of fun, even for people like me who don't understand a word of the science behind amateur radio. Invariably, a few tables will be set up with items designed to attract spouses (or loyal mothers): usually used books and DVDs. I've also bought some interesting little tools at hamfests, and one of my all-time favorite flashlights.

I should also mention that hamfests are my excuse to eat bread. The food served at these events is usually not anything I'd want to eat, so I pack our own: egg salad sandwiches, sliced chicken sandwiches with mayo and southwestern mustard, red grapes.

Ah, bread. Just for hamfest day, I will not think about carbs and the scale. Is it any wonder I look forward to it?

11 comments:

Indigo Bunting said...

WHAT? You're leaving the house with that haircut?

Helen said...

Ha, I was about to make a similar comment. Really.

Susan said...

LOL Not only that, I had lunch today with an online friend. In a restaurant! I hope you can see us if you go here.

Helen said...

I think it's wonderful how you and your friend can coordinate outfits and hair. Your hair stylist is a jewel.

Indigo Bunting said...

OK, that was darn fun.

crystal said...

Your son looks in good shape :) must be from climbing up all those giant antennas

Susan said...

He is in good shape--very strong--and the ham stuff has a lot to do with it. He looks like both my parents, so I suppose if I'd had a brother he might have looked the same, or similar.

I had a lot of fun with that photo, but okay, here's the real one. I cut the bangs a little to make them fall better, and I tucked the clown puffs behind my ears (very important, unless you're a clown).

crystal said...

Your haircut looks very nice - nothing like George Washinton :) Is that online friend with you someone from the BBS?

Susan said...

I tell you, tucking the puffs makes all the difference in the world.

No, she's from GardenWeb. She and her husband have a weekend house about 40 miles from here, so we met halfway, more or less. We had a good time.

crystal said...

Just saw your comment on my cat slide show :) I don't know what that music was - the program just provided it and I didn't have a choice about it.

jenniferw said...

Any excuse to nom down on some bread works for me. Your son is so haMdsome! LOL! I hope you all had a happy fourth.