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MAX Update No. 75: Pushed Around at the FAIR

| 6/20/2011 12:49:01 PM


This is Gabe. He's three years old. I heard him before I saw him, he was attending the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, WA (on the 5th of June, as you can see in the photo) with his mother and his two grandmothers, and when he saw MAX, he yelled, "Wow, what a big car!"

"Never heard that one before," I told his mom.“Everybody else thinks it’s a little car.”

MAX did look bigger than usual, because it was scooched (mostly) into a 10-by-10 booth inside one of the display buildings; the previous tenant of the booth had decided he'd rather be outside so MAX snagged his booth space.

Big or little, Gabe thought MAX was pretty fantastic. I assured his mom he could touch it all he wanted and he pored over every inch of it. I told him he could push the Honk button (I warned our neighbors first) and told him he couldn't push the Start button (I'd taken the keys out of course, but it’s good for three year olds to be reminded there are buttons in this world that are best left unpushed). He sat in the passenger's seat and then he sat in the driver's seat and he asked a million questions...

"Is this Speed Racer's car?" he asked. I've never seen Speed Racer's car so I couldn't say for sure, but I know MAX looks like a lot like Speed Racer's car because people ask me that all the time. All I know about Speed Racer is what it says on Wikipedia; it was a Japanese anime that ran on U.S. television in the late 1960s and has retained something of a cult following. Apparently Gabe is a big Speed Racer fan, courtesy of his dad, and Gabe's reaction to sitting in MAX was like he was in Disneyland on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. What could be better?

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