This is super cool.

We have been telling you about the weekend festivities at the Empire State Hot Air Ballon Festival for weeks now and not only did we get to have a ton of fun, I also had a life changing moment.

I spent a few hours at the festival at Barton Orchards on Saturday with my son Jackson and I have to tell you , we had so much fun. I asked him what he loved about the festival this year and his answers are still coming out as I'm typing this.

He told me, "Dad, I loved the Marvelous Mutts, the Bubble Bus, the food and the big balloons." I have to agree there were a ton of great things going on all weekend and the weather was perfect for ballon launches all weekend.

On Sunday I got up super early to come out and help be apart of the ballon crew for the 6am launches and as we started unfolding the ballon to inflate, I got the surprise of a lifetime.

For the first time since I was 17 years old, I was actually proud to have a tattoo of Sylvester the cat on my right arm. If you listen to the Wakin' Up with CJ and Jess Show, you have heard about the awful tattoo I got many years ago and Sunday all the regret was worth it as I was introduced to two hot air balloons that made my tat cool for a second.

Take a look at my ink and my favorite balloon, plus "Tweety" inflating super quick...


Here is "Tweety" coming to life...

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