Steamboat Days, Heatstroke Afternoon #ThursdayDoors

Per Bastet Publications has done its last outdoor event. I have, anyway. Enough is enough, yeah?

We were at Jeffersonville, Indiana’s Steamboat Days festival next to Tony Acree of Hydra Publications and Karen’s Book Barn, and lucky for me we were.

I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Here is the first picture I took when I got out of the car. You can see the reflection of the GothMobile, you can see the sun, and you can see the very clear Blair Witchian run-away signifier.sdwarningThen there was this bumper sticker. It actually says it’s a cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof forerunner! But did I take the hint? No, I did not.

sdcatAnd this.

sdcosmicTurns out this was to indicate where the Cosmic Gourmet Cotton Candy booth was to set up. “$3, one size fits all”. It was cosmically delicious, lemme tell you!

Behind our book booth was a puppet theater, and I do mean theater! The puppets were larger-than-life-size. This one is the Spirit of the Ohio River.

sdpuppetsBut that isn’t what I want to post about. I mostly want to show you this building. Here it is from the side, showing two of those Doors to Nowhere that knock me out. Those doors are on the second story, which is a bit hidden by the wall.

sddoorsnowhereIn the front, I was like, aw, man, demolition notice.

sdcenturynowhereBut it wasn’t! It’s being restored and turned into a cafe! The plaque designates it as a building certified at least 100 years old.

cdcenturyI walked around and got snaps of a couple of other random doors.

Corner door! W00t!
Corner door! W00t!

So everybody kept telling me what a nice day it was, and I was roasting! I fanned myself so much, my hand and wrist were sore the next day. Saturday got rough, but Sunday started out like an inferno, no matter who said otherwise.

My partners, T and Sara, kept making me drink water, and I got some ice cream (I mean, I needed to cool down, right?) but I could find nowhere to go to really cool down. Finally, author Ginny went and spoke to Tony Acree, and he tucked me under his arm and carried me off to his van and stuck me in the air conditioning. He gave me more cold water and told me to stay there for an hour, when the festival closed. Said I was doing him a favor by cooling his car off for him.

So it looks like I’ve deliberately flirted with heatstroke for the last time. Yeah, we sold some books, and I had a whale of a good time, but I don’t have enough brains left to risk ’em.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Your character goes to a festival and wishes he/she hadn’t.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Steamboat Days, Heatstroke Afternoon #ThursdayDoors

  1. Carol Preflatish

    September 8, 2016 at 8:00am

    That’s exactly why I only did one outdoor event this summer and it was in a pole barn, AND hot. I did find a small battery operated table fan at Walmart that probably saved me that day.

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      Marian Allen

      September 8, 2016 at 8:03am

      I like fresh air, but Mr. Sunshine is not my friend. Glad you found that fan!

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  2. Joey

    September 8, 2016 at 8:40am

    I can’t take the heat and the sun for long, either. Glad you got into some cooler, safer place.
    The second story doors always fascinate me, and I love that they’re gonna turn that little federal building into a cafe! That will be charming, I’m sure.
    Great doors! πŸ™‚

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  3. janet

    September 8, 2016 at 9:04am

    Doors on the second floor are always fascinating and food for thought! πŸ™‚


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      Marian Allen

      September 8, 2016 at 12:16pm

      I’m guessing there was an outside staircase and a walkway, or possibly a wider second-floor balcony. Originally an outside entrance to the servants’ quarters? You’re right — it fuels the imagination.

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  4. Dan Antion

    September 8, 2016 at 12:41pm

    Yay for being restored and Yay(2) Yay-squared for corner door. And a puppet representing the Ohio River(note: In Pittsburgh that would be pronounced “a-hi-ya” ) Yay-to-the-third or yay-cubed!

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      Marian Allen

      September 8, 2016 at 10:08pm

      πŸ™‚ It was a beautiful puppet show! The gigantic Lewis and Clarkes were kinda creepy, though. And there were so many doors, I nearly got run down trying to snap them. So I didn’t.

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  5. Norman Frampton

    September 9, 2016 at 7:01am

    Somehow I knew it was a renovation permit and not a demolition notice: call me an optimist πŸ˜‰
    I really can’t take the heat either and lately it has been rough.
    There’s always an excuse for ice-cream isn’t there?

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