In the span of eight hours last weekend, I watched children ride sheep competitively and saw world-class violinist Joshua Bell play a symphony gala. I love my job.
If you have yet to see Mutton Bustin', a totally legal, totally free event at the Puyallup Fair, there are only a few days left before the fair closes (through Sept 23). Despite missing the rodeo this year, I feel like I got my fix watching children ages 4 to 7, all 60 pounds or under, bareback sheep. (Note: There were no children or animals hurt in the making of this video.)
Once you're done wandering the fair eating scones and fried Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and meats on a stick (all available—check the slideshow), you can repeat my day by attending the Seattle Symphony's performance of Respighi's The Pines of Rome, conducted by maestro Ludovic Morlot. If last Saturday's season opener was any indication, the symphony is off to a rousing start: first with Gershwin's jaunty Cuban Overture and Copland's Lincoln Portrait (narrated by former Gov. Daniel Evans), and now with the big brass crescendos of Pines of Rome. Thirtysomething conductor Morlot has the right idea.