The day after attending the 2011 World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA, the ol' bod is in hangover mode. Perhaps a better description is a “stupor.” My “double nickel” age corresponds to the number of aches and pains flowing at warp speed through the body.

A "time out’' is the doctor’s (wife’s) best advice. It is time for a respite after walking a gazillion miles Feb. 8-10 over the Expo show grounds, the world’s largest farm exposition, which covers 2.6 million sq. ft. Hoofing it across the dirt tundra like everyone else is the reality; no golf cart rides.

A few reflective thoughts on this year’s Expo; my fifth consecutive and the best ever. The weather was perfect with sun-drenched skies, a slight refreshing breeze, and light jacket temperatures in the low 60s. Rain generally falls during the annual Expo week creating short-lived mud baths. Not this year.

Crowds were extremely heavy each day and all day long. The farm show generally draws about 100,000 visitors. Perhaps attendance records were shattered this year.

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