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Hubby and I did the Balloon fest last night in Dansville, New York. We got held up on our way there (I was busy arguing with the pharmacist at Walgreen’s over a needle prescription for my son) so we almost didn’t make it in time. Why Walgreen’s thought it was my fault that they were out of stock on needles (“we’ll give you five needles until Tuesday”) blew my fuse. I was arguing with the fill-in pharmacist (short-staffed for the holiday weekend) why five needles weren’t enough for three days for someone who uses at least 3-4 needles per day. Five needles when we needed at least twelve for just one person. He didn’t like it when I told him I needed needles for both sons (I didn’t dare tell him the cat needed six needles, too). My sons (and the cat) are all Type 1 Diabetics who need insulin to live, and it’s not like we have any other way than using a needle to get insulin their systems. When I asked if we could get the needles from another store, and the doofus told me “I’m not sure we can do that”, I almost went inside to punch him (or at least to shake some sense into him). It ended up working out when I very firmly told him that it wasn’t my fault they were out of stock and that they were letting me down – not the other way around, and he finally got on the phone to another store and got the darned needle prescription filled for me.

By the time I went to the other location to pick up the needles, we almost missed the start of the balloon fest. They take off at sunset (or 6:00 p.m.), and the sun was getting low in the sky by the time we got there. I was going to tell you all that the picture below was the best one I took. I’m just kidding, but it’s pretty close to the truth.

feetHere’s a picture I took while we were still doing 70 on the highway – the balloons are already being launched and are up in the sky.

390Here’s one taken out of the moonroof window on my car. The balloons are passing overhead.You can see the reflection of my hand in the glass.

sunroofHere’s some of the balloons as they are going up. Unfortunately I’m facing into the setting sun. Most of the photos I took are of black balloons (the features are in shadow). These are the best ones.

sixbettersixHere are some balloons that they keep tethered closer to the ground so that people can walk around them and take pictures. We took pictures from a side road instead. There’s Pepé le Pew and a birthday cake balloon.

ongroundIn this one you can see Tweety Bird in the background and the Flying Purple People Eater along with Pepe and the cake.

ongroundbetterSo as sometimes happens in life, things didn’t turn out quite as I’d planned. I wanted to post some phenomenal balloon pictures for you all to see. Maybe better timing or a better camera or a better viewing location would have helped. It wasn’t to be this year.