With all our trips to Iowa this year, we outta pay for upkeep on a section of I-35. This weekend, the undisputed king of state fairs opens, and Sarah and Johanna will pay their first visit after years of second-rate fairgoing (Iowa’s State Fair makes ours look like Disneyland—not a point in favor of The Great Minnesota Get Together). I’m looking forward to Kirk and Alex competing in the Backgammon Tournament (imagine a Martin-Orozco final!) and dinner at Le Jardin, a posh new French place near my high school. Quelle prévision!