The sighting I will narrowly rate as my sighting of the day on my second Saturday at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair began near the information booth on the main street of the fairgrounds. Emerging from the north side was an incredible spectacle with the classic image of well-proportioned female figures dressed in classic summer attire proudly progressing through the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in possession of smoldering cigarettes. The two hot girls my eyes were now locked onto proceeded down the grounds with a swagger in their step, wielding their freshly lit all-whites by their side without the slightest hint of self-consciousness.
They seemed like a bit of a mismatch…in the most adorable way. The first girl was a long-haired dark blond in a gray top and jean shorts. She looked about 21 and had a definite smoker’s look. She had a bookbag on her back advertising UWRF, which is the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and this girl definitely looked as though she could have attended there. But the other girl is what made this sighting so incredible. She was a dark brunette with a turquoise tanktop and jean shorts….and the sweetest face complete with a mouthful of braces. I really struggle to believe that this girl is 18. It doesn’t make any sense the older girl would be hanging out with her if she was 16 as she looked though…and they didn’t look at all alike to where I suspected they were sisters, but I concluded that had to be the case because there’s no way this underage cutie was a college friend. Whatever the case, I scrambled to get some photos and managed three pretty darn good ones, at one point getting spotted by another girl who seemed to know exactly what I was doing as I preparing my camera phone for the approaching smoking babes.
After I was satisfied with my picture haul, it was time to settle in for a great smoking show. The older blond was the veteran smoker and it showed by how much more quickly she made her cigarette disappear than the friend. I definitely sensed a mentor and protege dynamic at work here, with the younger girl doing what she could to emulate her addicted older friend. But at the same time, I don’t want to sell the younger girl short. Aside from being adorable, she impressed with her technique taking nicely timed drags, holding the smoke in for several seconds, and then turning her head to the right and releasing a cloudy scud missile of smoke that looked like a scissors slicing through the midafternoon sky. And her exhales seemed more deliberate than the older girl, carelessly directed to her side no matter what luckless fairgoer happened to be in her path. You don’t like being in the path of this underage cutie’s smoke plumes, you say? Well that’s really too bad for you isn’t it? Because she’s gonna exhale her smoke in the middle of the crowded fairgrounds whenever she damn well pleases….
And on top of these impressive exhales, it was those moments when she turned to head to the right to release them that I had my biggest epiphany with this sighting. Looking at her face, she looked EXACTLY like 14-year-old singer Rebecca Black, whose song and accompanying video “Friday” was voted “worst song ever” earlier this year. If you’re not familiar, check out her photos online and possibly the video and you’ll understand why this sighting was my favorite of the day. If Rebecca Black has an identical twin who’s a couple of inches shorter and about 15 pounds skinnier living in Minnesota, this was the girl.
As if the sighting wasn’t adorable enough already, from out of nowhere I noticed the older friend producing a SECOND cigarette which she placed in her mouth. Rebecca Black’s doppelganger proceeded to place her own cigarette to the other girl’s that was dangling from her lips and brought it to life for her, reinforcing my mentor and protege image of this sighting. They then proceeded to the deep-friend pickle stand where they both got in the compressed line obnoxiously exposing the rest in the line to their noxious cigarette smoke, continuing a theme consistent with this sighting from the beginning. As stinky as the deep-fried pickle stand is anyway, these girls were trying to outstink it with their smelly cigarettes. The younger girl took the final drag off of hers and tossed the butt to the ground and stomped it out. Thankfully she did it a little to the side of the line allowing me to identify it in a couple of moments. As expected it was a Marlboro Light.
I was already in a much-improved mood after the rain stopped about an hour earlier, but I literally felt like I was walking in the clouds on this one, with several hours of incredible sightings to go, but none that would match this one.