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Disappointed In The "Show"

I went to the Portland Women's Show yesterday at the Oregon Convention Center. I supposedly won the tickets from some other show I attended (probably when I entered another giveaway trying to win a spa weekend for two no doubt). I asked my 11 yr. old if she wanted to go with me and at first she said no. Then I added 'There's probably going to be food samples there' and she quickly changed her answer to "Yes!"

For those that enjoy these shows, let me just say, well... I'm glad you enjoy them. Yes you can try out a lipstick that supposedly won't come off until you are darn good and ready for that stuff to come off. You can get your ring cleaned with a product that will also clean your eyeglasses and car dashboard but won't irritate your delicate skin. You can even get a little back massage from someone wearing a vibrating glove. (Image having this done while the salesperson is touting their new line of "Personal Pleasure Products" that they would just lo-o-ove to show you if you book a home party. My daughter is standing RIGHT HERE lady! What's the MATTER with you?!?) Mom had a lot of explaining to do with that last one.

Overall though, I was bored and insulted. It's really just a gathering of salespeople trying to get you to buy their products. Yes, most women do like to shop. But is this all we're about? No. You know it's not.

I was hoping for some inspiration, for some bits of wisdom that could help spark a great discussion between me and my soon-to-be 'Tween daughter. Instead we discovered that Tree Top has a new juice out that contains 20% fiber and your daily requirement of fruits. (I can imagine her diary entry, "Dear Diary, I feel so regular now!")

Well, the day wasn't a total loss. She and I did spend time together. And after attending this show, she said she was in no hurry to grow-up, it looks too boring.

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