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Gretchen Takes On The School Board


My daughter Kaitlyn sat anxiously at her assigned desk in her fourth-grade classroom, looking up from her math assignment to the clock hanging over the door every few seconds.  She struggled to concentrate for a few moments until she saw … Continue reading

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Top 5 Mall Sightings of 2016


Last year I only managed two sightings from malls that were worthy of year-end acclaim on my blog, and was coming to terms with the likelihood that mall sightings might be a dying breed, with challenging logistics, declining smoking prevalence … Continue reading

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Top 10 Random and Summerfest Sightings of 2016


I went through a couple of years earlier this decade where my random sightings selection produced few memorable moments, which is not unexpected given the overall decline of smoking in public places, putting this annual top-10 list in peril.  But … Continue reading

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Top 25 Fairgrounds Sightings of 2016


There’s no getting around the fact that my top-25 sightings list from this summer’s fairgrounds tour doesn’t measure up to those of recent years.  It was inevitable that this would happen sooner or later with declining smoking rates, and it’s … Continue reading

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2016 Minnesota State Fair, Day 2


So is it possible to set an all-time one-day record for fairgrounds sightings and still have a pretty lousy day of fetishing?  Apparently because both things happened this Saturday.  All day long I was well ahead of my sightings baseline … Continue reading

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2016 Minnesota State Fair, Day 1


Now that’s more like it!   It’s been a fairly disappointing fair season thus far with below-average hauls in Iowa and Missouri and a local county fair that was merely okay.  But the Minnesota State Fair came through as usual on … Continue reading

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2016 Missouri State Fair


I had an appetizer of sorts in the hour before I got to the Missouri State Fairgrounds on Saturday.  In the pantheon of “girls who got away”, near the top of my list is a girl named Shelby who I … Continue reading

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2016 Iowa State Fair, Day 2


It’s never entirely predictable what days you’re gonna have a demographic of fairgoer helpful to sightings, but there are some days I look at the entertainment lineup and know I could be in for a weak night.  For this year’s … Continue reading

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2016 Iowa State Fair, Day 1


There are some days fetishing at the fairs that don’t come together, and this was one of them.  My fear is that with smoking in decline, diminishing returns of quality sightings will become the new normal but I’m not blaming … Continue reading

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2016 Local County Fair


Tuesday Night I used to go in to every fair season brimming with unbridled jubilation at the endless potential for sightings bliss.  In the last few years I’ve learned to temper that jubilation some as smoking rates among my preferred … Continue reading

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All Other Fairgrounds Overview


I’m adding this new category to account for additional fairgrounds sightings venues beyond my original three.  It started in 2013 when I stumbled into the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, South Dakota, when I happened to be staying overnight there … Continue reading

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AOF #1. The Show Me State Welcomes Me With Daylong Chainsmoking Show By Distinctive Sexpot Trio


I had been to the 2015 Missouri State Fair for an about an hour and noon came and went as I got the lay of the land of their fairgrounds without a single sighting under my belt thus far when … Continue reading

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AOF #2. Mid-Teen Smoker Cutie Tries To Ask Out 20-Something Guy With Cigarette In Hand


Not five minutes after I arrived at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on that accidental visit in August 2013, I was heading up to the grandstand area as country singer Brantley Gilbert was putting on a concert … Continue reading

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AOF #3. Blond Teen Outsmokes Friends And Later Hangs Out With Mom’s Friends


It was dumb luck that led me to the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in August 2013.  I was taking a three-day road trip through the area and stopped in the small isolated city to stay overnight when … Continue reading

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AOF #4. Teen Cutie At Missouri Fair Shares Older Gal’s Cigarette And Later Has One Of Her Own


My maiden voyage to the Missouri State Fair was a mixed bag.  One incredible sighting dominated the day but when that sighting was dormant, there was little else going on, especially before dark.  But right after sunset early in the … Continue reading

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Minnesota State Fair Overview


The Minnesota State Fair is my favorite sightings venue of the year.  It has been delivering for me consistently since I was a boy and has been the source of a long list of my best sightings of all-time.  Going … Continue reading

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MNSF #1. The 1996 State Fair Girls Who Escalated My Fetish


My smoking fetish was officially born on the sunny mid-afternoon hours on August 28, 1996, only three days after my 19th birthday, and three days before I left for my freshman year of college. And given the intensity my fetish … Continue reading

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MNSF #2. The Best Early Teen Smoker Girl of All-Time Puffing Away With Grandpa


As stated previously, I couldn’t stay very long at the fair on the dreary Friday in 2000 due to a commitment that evening and really didn’t want to stay very long given the weather, but in the final half hour … Continue reading

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MNSF #3. Brunette Babe With An Insatiable Cigar Addiction


I had just taken my early evening rest at the 2008 Minnesota State Fair, my greatest day of MNSF fetishing of all time, and after about 20 minutes of resting my aching body, decided it was time to begin my … Continue reading

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MNSF #4. Teen Smoking Krista Clone Corrupts Unattractive Friend And Smokes While She Eats


My 2006 visit to the Minnesota State Fair reached an uncharted level of hotness compared to prior years, both in terms of quality and quantity. I had hit the “sightings century mark” at an astounding 6:30 p.m., at least three … Continue reading

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