What can I say that many other bloggers to this contest haven’t said? I’m an old, balding guy (not unique to this site!) who is dying to find an excuse–any excuse!–to cut out from my daily routine and blog about the Folk Festival. I’ve seen a few of the folks who are performing for the festival, including John Prine. When I say him back in the late ’80s, my dad was in a nearby hospital, trying to pull out of some grave medical problems, which he eventually did. Prine’s concert of course lifted my spirits, which was quite a feat, given his opening act’s sloppiness (I think that Arlo must have been carrying a couple of keys, from Los Angeleeees). So, this festival will happen the week that I am supposed to participate in a “Welcome Back Week” at my university. God knows that I don’t want to participate in that glorious event, and you could spare me of the drudgery of getting the adjuncts at my institution to teach for less than two thousand dollars a course to uninspired freshman. Geesh, I was told that a PhD was supposed to enable me to live in a community of like-minded writers, not shill for a business! Anyway, may I purty please attend the festival and write blog entries on your behalf? I’ll do a good job, and I won’t miss deadlines. True, the writing might be, uhm, uneven, but it will be interesting. I promise.