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Budweiser Clydesdale horses. There are six horses being directed by two men in this photo.

The exhibitor's parking (Lot Z) was like a truck convention.

The vast lot was unmarked, so it was easy to lose your car.

I decided to mark the rows with my own homemade signs.

It is common practice to name parking areas with names that all go together, for instance, at Disneyland in California, they named parking lots Timon, Simba and Pumbaa, and the section names are all Disney Characters, like Daisy, Mickey, Goofy, Donald, or Minnie. The Mall of America named its parking sections after the states, for instance, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Texas. The San Diego Zoo probably named their parking sections after animals.

I've also seen numbers, letters, shapes and colors used, and unless I write the section on my hand, I tend to forget it.

The problem with this (and maybe it is just MY problem) is that all the Disney Character names are all stored together in the same place in my brain, under "cartoon characters", so it isn't easy to remember if I parked in the Simba lot or the Timon lot... because they are pretty much exactly the same thing to me.


Before I printed out my own parking lot signs, I carefully organized a list of words that have absolutely nothing to do with each other:

  • Spock
  • Orange
  • Pinball
  • Interruption
  • Sneeze
  • C5
  • Molar
  • Reebok
  • Bicentennial
  • Frozen
  • Blood
  • Juvenile
  • Phoenix
  • Gamma
  • Chef
  • 8675309
  • Gutter
  • Blender
  • Elm

My theory is that if there is no connection between the names, the name of the section where you parked will be easier to remember.


Here is a photo of Jason at his carnival barker job.

The same day that I hung my parking lot signs in lot Z, the lot was threatened by fire.

No one was injured, and only a few cars ended up with heat-wrankled paint, but I was surprised that they didn't make an announcement. I guess they didn't want to cause a panic.

My little signs were not damaged.


The fair ran for 18 days, from August 15th to September 1st.

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