It’s been years since I’ve enjoyed the guilty pleasure of walking down the midway at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. It is a stroll with sound effects. The deep engine whine from the tractor-pull. The shrieks each time the “Surf’s Up!” ride hits the stomach-churning crest. The howls as the free-fall ride hits terminal velocity.
My dad and I were searching for something much more dangerous, though, than a death-defying ride. We wanted to find the ultimate in artery-clogging cholesterol.
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