The fairgrounds sale is now in its 18th mind-numbing month. Still, it is difficult to understand the events leading up to today. As one who spent that 18 months at the vortex, I will spare you the hundreds of details, save for a few, even though there are hundreds to spare while trying to explain. Themes seem to be best way to tell the story.
At the risk of seeming trite or glib, this is no more than history repeating itself. While the Orange County Fair introduces a new, fresh theme each year, the fairgrounds' sale carries epic and timeless themes, ones that have made for some of best literary fare in history. We need only take a walk through time to understand where we stand today.
"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together"
"All's Well that Ends Well"
Whether you liken the sale to the tragedy of King Lear or A Comedy of Errors, one thing is for sure: the number of plotlines, twists and turns and surprising outcomes has taken on Shakespearean proportions and keeps us guessing about how the epilogue will unfold. Worse, none of us can turn pages to see how it all ends. It is being written with each day.