Friday, May 2, 2014

Ever Heard of the Testicle Festival? Only in Ohio

Welcome to the end of another week, ladies & gents!  Recapping each week, helps me to really appreciate some of the things-- no matter how big, how small, or how shallow, that occur in my life.  Time really does fly, if you're not paying attention. So, I'm going to be one who pays attention! So, take a wacky walk on my quirky side & check out the rest of this week's blog!  

Favorite Festival:  The Testicle Festival

First, a little History on the Testicle Festival:

"Alan Cramer, then-owner of the Tiro Tavern (he unfortunately passed in April 2009), was visited by a local couple, Don and Rosie, who brought over a few pounds of pig and calf testicles to fry up and eat together.
Al enjoyed it so much, in fact, that he brought them to his bar to share with his customers and he continued doing this on the last Saturday of every April for years to come.
But what was once a few pounds turned into over 600 pounds every year for the locals, bikers from all over the state and beyond, and testicle aficionados…"
    OK, so this was so outlandish, of course it drew my attention!! Why would anyone make a festival honoring testicles??? And exactly WHOSE testicles were we honoring? Before I read the write-up on the history of the festival, all I could imagine was a huge festival, where men do "manly" things, like tire throwing, hammer drops & celebrate their testicles.  I even envisioned something called "Battle of the Balls!" where men dressed in loin cloths fought to the finish for the grand supreme title of "Testicular King!" But, no... It's basically another food-fry festival, with lots of laughs.  Even though I may not make it out this year (it's a little hard to find people willing to try a Cow testicle with you... who knew?)... I think it will always peak my interest! 

 Favorite Attitude:  Sassy! 

   I just love Karen Walker (character from 90's sitcom Will & Grace).  She's hilarious, and I really appreciate her no-nonsense (ok, some nonsense, I mean Jack McFarland IS her best friend, right?) approach to life! 

 Favorite Laugh:  Continuation of the Real Housewives of Atlanta Porsha/Kenya Saga...

    So, I hate to say it, but there are very few people in America who feel sorry for Kenya after she got her behind beat & her hair pulled on the 1st segment of Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion Special.  The woman is vile (Kenya)- and although I'm not a fan of Porsha, I would have to say, it would be very hard not to swing on Kenya, had she chosen the same form of taunting & said the things she was saying to me.  This MEME comes from Kenya's sob story, claiming that she had been "fighting people all her life..." and Kandi Buruss started asking "Is this the Color Purple?" and mocking her.  The comment was hilarious in itself, but this meme was over the top funny, to anyone who saw the episode! I don't usually condone violence, but Kenya deserved what she got. You can't poke a bear & expect that eventually it's not going to bite you.  Kenya's behavior was childish & rotten, and I'm glad that Andy Cohen has laid down some rules for future appearances.  Kenya won't be able to beg for attention with props, anymore... 

Favorite Controversial Show:  True Tori

    This show is the reality tv equivalent of a train wreck... It's so awful, but you still can't tear yourself away... I'm still trying to come to grips with the fact that I don't want them to have good ratings, yet,I still want to see how everything on the show plays out.  Tori hides behind the guise of "This is my story, I want to tell it, instead of people listening to what the tabloids have to say ..." I think it's personally a chance for her to humiliate Dean publicly.  I know it may be just my opinion, but I honestly think had discretely decided to work through their infidelity issues, then the public reaction would be far less interested. I mean, they're not Beyonce & Jay-Z, right? But, that's how they're acting... as if "everyone is going to care"-- well, now people do care, because you're giving us a play-by-play of all the drama.

     Tori is the victim... I will make no bones about that.  It's definitely "the show I love to hate to watch". I do empathize with the fact that she's going through so much, but there are ways to deal with it- and I don't think publicly is healthy for her or the children (unless you want to humiliate your husband).  I mean, I understand she was humiliated by his cheating- I get that... but doing the same [publicly humiliating him] is not going to fix things ("... love is not keeping records of wrongs")-- therefore, this tit-for-tat passive aggressive reality show isn't going to end well.  And "I get it" if she were doing tit-for-tat to get even-- but doesn't behave that way! She almost always backs down to him, in an almost coquettish kind of way.  If you're going to do something this bold & vindictive, then have the backbone to go through with it. Don't take a stab, then run away... I guess that's what I'm saying...  Because now the tabloids are saying that a) He didn't want to do the show b) He's going to divorce TORI because of the ramifications of the show.  How embarassing for your husband to cheat on you, blindside you, then divorce you because he's unhappy?

     I see the same scenario playing out on Mary, Mary (the gospel duet who also has a reality show) and Tina Campbell seems to be far more real with her emotions. She has 5 kids, and her husband (Teddy) cheated on her, as well. She's shown the full range of emotions, and doesn't bite her tongue when she's angry for what he did. I empathize with them both, but I just don't feel it 's a good look for Tori. I also think that the masses aren't as sympathetic now for a few reasons, mainly being that a) She and Dean were both married when they had an affair and b) She's being a little tacky by publicizing the break in their marriage, but coming off as a pushover.  So, yeah--- I'm kind of splitting the fence on this one.  On one hand, the concept is terrible & vindictive & attention-seeking... but on the other hand... since they're going to put it out there...

   Whew! That was long, but it would've been longer, had I included the last part of the blog, I had considered... You're welcome, lol.  I might include it in another blog-- but things [with that topic] may be a little too raw, now.  Anyway- Have a great time this weekend! Let me know in the comments what's going on! 



  1. For more "manly" activities, like a rodeo - for example, the Calf Fry Festival in Vinita, OK has a more serious approach to animal testicles (and probably better prepared).

    Still, the Testicle Festival is a bit of fun.

    Thanks for sharing my website.

    1. Kristian-
      Thanks for the info & your work reviewing festivals! I enjoy reading about your experiences! Thanks for commenting & Reading my blog!