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Camping

I went camping this past weekend with Aaron and Nancy. It was very fun.

We went to Bull Shoals-White River State Park. It’s a pretty nice place. We left at around 7:00PM Friday night and didn’t arrive at the camp site until 10:30. We drove around the camp until we found a site that we liked. We found 103. It was sitting on a small hill, right next to the tree line; the farthest away from the other campers that we could find.

We got the tent set up by 11:30 and Nancy built a fire. We made s’mores and pretty much melted in the intense heat. It was horrid! I don’t know how hot it was but it was enough to totally soak my hair by just sitting on a bench. We finally went to bed at around 12:45 and, while we were supposed to be asleep, I just couldn’t. The last time that I checked the time was around 2:00AM and I finally fell asleep—but not for long. I woke up again at around 4:00AM but soon fell back asleep. I should mention that while I was awake I heard a creature scurrying along outside the tent. It was startling at first, but then I realized that it was probably just a squirrel. We all woke up at around 7:00AM because there was a squirrel in a tree just above us barking and eating a nut (rather loudly).

We got up, went for a shower (which were surprisingly clean) and did our morning “thing.” We came back to the camp and had breakfast (scrambled eggs and sausage with potato-bread toast—yum!) and then we went to the park office to pay for our site for the two nights. When we got back, Aaron and I went to the Trout Dock to look through their offerings. The river was totally covered in fog. It was so cool-looking. Aaron bought a hat and some ice cream while I just wandered around. While we were in the store, it started to rain (suck!). When we got back to the camp, Nancy was wearing this hoodie and it made her look like Kenny from South Park. It was funny. At around 12:00 it was still drizzling. We cooked hot dogs for lunch and just got them finished when it really started to pour. We retreated to the tent just as a massive storm descended upon us. It was bad. It was so hard that rain began to penetrate the tent. It got all of our bedding wet. At around 1:45 the rain let up some and we went for a drive. We went through the nearby town of Bull Shoals and I saw the oddest sign. It read “North Arkansas Crematory Society.” Maybe it’s just me, but that seems weird.

By 3:00 PM the rain had stopped and the clouds were breaking. Nancy’s mom, Betty, drove over from her home (about 45 minutes away) and brought some stuff to us. We went swimming at Lake Bull Shoals. The water was so cold at first, but after a few minutes, it was okay. The water was very clear. It was very nice. I got a leg cramp, though, and that was hard to get rid of. The swimming area of the area of the lake we were at was marked by a floating yellow pipe-thing. It was fun to play on/with. We swam for about an hour and a half and then got ready to leave.

We got back to the camp site at around 5:00PM and went for showers to get the lake off of us. When we were through, we started preparing for dinner. Nancy’s mom built a fire and started preparing some charcoal while we chopped up some potatoes, onion, and carrots for dinner. We made something Nancy and her mom call “Brown Cow” which consists of an onion slice on the bottom (to prevent burning), a layer of potatoes, a layer of carrots, and finally a hamburger patty. Season with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning. You wrap it in aluminum foil and put it on the coals for about 20 minutes. It is delicious. Then Nancy’s mom made a cherry and peach cobbler. It was also very good and was sweet enough to make me twitch. We made s’mores again and messed around until around 8:45. That was when Nancy’s mom (I just can’t call her by her name. It just seems…odd.) had to leave in order to get home before it was too late.

After her mom left, Nancy, Aaron and I began to clean up and throw away anything that we could. We then cleaned up the camp and were sufficiently bored enough to go to bed at around 9:30. We weren’t that tired, so we began to sing show tunes. We sang songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, RENT and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once More With Feeling".

I didn’t have any problems going to sleep Saturday night. And I slept good, despite the slightly damp bedding. We all woke up at around 5:30 because it was damned cold! We got up to get more blankets and noticed that a raccoon had gotten into one of our coolers. It had taken our potato-bread and eaten all of our eggs and cheese. I guess we shouldn’t have left the cooler on the ground. Oops!

We laid back down but I couldn’t get back to sleep so I just got up and wandered around the park for about three hours until the others woke up. I went down to the Trout Dock and looked around the river bank. It was really beautiful. After that I went back to the camp site and watched some squirrels chase each other up and down a tree.

The others got up at around 10:30AM and we broke camp and started the drive home. It was a great day. Not that hot but not cold either. I think it was around 74°. A beautiful day. I got home at around 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon. All in all, it was a really great trip.

And as a bonus: I heard Cher’s “I’ve Found Someone” on the radio on the way home. Yea!

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Written by Jeff

Monday, August 30, 2004 at 9:26 pm

Posted in General

Mary Lou Retina, et. al.

I went to a Visitation Monday night. Not the most fun way to spend an evening, but it was unavoidable. And the night wasn’t totally depressing. I went with Nancy, Brian, and Cindy (Brian’s mom=cool). There was a woman/girl there who was wearing a T-shirt. It was an advertisement for a liquor store, go figure. I saw a lot of people from school, not students, but teachers. Woo.

After we left the visitation we went back to Cindy’s house and goofed off some. We left the funeral home at around 7:15 or so and stayed there until 10:00. We basically sat around and ate cheese and Ritz crackers and watched the Olympics. We also played with Lucy-dog (a dachshund). She is so fun. She’ll sit up on her hind legs and beg for human-food.

At one point we were watching the Gymnastics Women’s Floor Exercise and a Ukranian woman was up and she was just about finished with her first tumbling pass when Brian yelled “Fall down bitch!” at the TV and the fun part is: She did! Not only did she fall, but when she did, her feet went out of bounds. We all laughed so hard.

Oh yeah, about Miss Mary Lou: At one point, Cindy told a story about how her mother referred to Mary Lou Retton as Mary Lou Retina. It was also very funny. There were also mentions of “postate” exams.

And one more very interesting bit of information:

Brian’s dad flew to Pennsylvania today with two others. He almost didn’t make it. When they got to the security booth at the airport in Memphis, he went through: no problems. The second guy went through: no problems. The third guy went through: huge problems. Mike (Brian’s dad) asked the lady manning the station what was wrong and she said, “He has a handgun in his carry-on.” Mike responded, “No he doensn’t…” And the lady responded, “Yes. He does, I just saw it.” Agents came running from everywhere. They guy with the gun was immediately whisked away and Mike and the other guy were “detained” for a bit. They were interrogated as to where they were going, why they were going there, etc. The FBI agents took their Social Security cards and driver’s licenses and made copies of them. They were told that they need to leave now or they would miss their flights. Upon inquiring after the detained guy they were told, “You won’t be seeing him for a while.” Scary huh? The FBI let the guy go several hours later and he arrived in Pennsylvania at around 9:45 or so. He has been ordered to appear in court in Memphis in two weeks. I wonder what will happen to him…

Anyhoo, that’s all I’ve got for now.

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 1:16 am

Posted in General, Humor, Television

I Want Oprah’s Goodies!

I want to see Oprah in person.

No, I don’t really like her show, but the audience members get so many cool things. Take today for instance:

They got Rocco Dispirito’s new cookware set

Then, Sears gave them all a new 46-piece tool set

And then they all got a selection from the new line from BabyPhat, the design company owned by Russel Simmons wife. (Big woo, but it was expensive gift)

And then Kathy Irlenad gave the audience $1,000 towards anything in her line of products (clothes, furniture, rugs, etc.)

Erin Lauder (VP of Estee Lauder)gave everybody a goodie bag from Estee Lauder.

And then they all got one of those exercise balls from Relax The Back

I don’t really want any of this stuff—even though the cookware and tool kit might be fun—but I like getting free stuff. It’s fun. There’s nothing better than getting free stuff that you weren’t expecting.

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 4:00 pm

Posted in Television