Alfred the Goldfish

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Back in the summer of 1986 (no, this isn't a Bryan Adams song), when I was 11, I left my father at the barbeque contest in Memphis and wandered across the street to a carnival. I met up with one of my dad's friends and then I saw it. The throw-the-ping-pong-ball-in-the-fishbowl-and-win-a-fish game. I knew I had to have that fish!

My father's friend offered the guy at the counter $5 bucks for a fish, but he wouldn't take it (an obvious scam, of course). So we proceeded to shell out $20 bucks for a tiny goldfish that probably wouldn't last through the night... Little did I know that Alfred would live to be 16 years old.

Fast forward 27 years to a local county fair...

It was the first time my wife and I had willingly let our children run wild with the carnies. We sauntered between the livestock, booths and bands, hoping for a glimmer of our freed youths. And that's when I saw it - the beautiful fish filled tent, staring at me like a long lost child. Two dollars later and I was the proud new parent to Alfred III.

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Alfred II (1986-2002)

Aug 23, 2013 #Winning

Baby Alfred III