Sometime in 1968-69 I attended a Renaissance Festival near Los Angeles. A thoroughly pleasant affair which was enhanced by many factors. Most of us in 1968 were already dressed for the Renaissance. I was 22. We were probably tripping. I've been in Texas for the last 30 years and have never had the desire to try to revisit the experience in the land of Shiner beer. My wardrobe has changed. I'm 57. I don't trip. So, there may be many reason why I HATED almost every moment of the Excalibur Fantasy Faire Renaissance Music, Magic and Mayhem... that I suffered through today near Bastrop, Texas. $32.00 to take the girlfriend and the 8 and 10 year old girls in the gate. After that it was just one booth after another of carny types in Gypsy dress. Lame musical entertainment. A small crowd. Are there still good "Faires" out there or have I just reached full curmudgeon stage?