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Summer Camp for Adults? Cash on In!

FullSizeRenderSummer is here and a few years back I read about Adult Summer Camps.  I didn’t pay much attention to the Adult Summer Camp craze because I was too busy being, you know, a parent.  Besides, I’ve done my fair share of camping, backpacking, and attending summer camps as a young Boy Scout and also as a Boy Scout troop leader.  Oh, and don’t forget my trips to various Girl Scout camps with my daughter as well.  So you can imagine, I’m not too interested in sleeping a musty old cabin eating bad food at the dining hall as an adult because we now have an Adult Summer Camp opportunities abound.

So, you see, the idea of Adult Summer Camp doesn’t really appeal to me.  However, I can see that it is a great idea because it already exists and someone is making some money.  However, I believed these “summer camps” are called business conventionsand trade shows and held in places like hotels.  Usually  you have to attend because your job requires you to.  Or you could go for pleasure and attend something like Comicon.  You know, a place where you can dress up in a costume just like you do on Halloween.  There is nothing wrong with that.  It is a hobby and hobbies are something you enjoy doing and I strongly encourage you to attend a convention if you want to.  I just don’t understand why someone wants to head out to the woods and go back to summer camp.  I’d much rather head to a hotel and enjoy the pool and spa services.

Of course, I’m a fool for not cashing in on the Adult Summer Camp craze.  I know a number of experts (aka friends) that could assist me in creating a new summer camp.  If someone wants to pay me to attend a summer camp, who am I to stop them?

What courses would I offer?  The list is endless!

  • Lawn Mowing and Lawn Care
  • Complaining & Whining
  • Photography
  • House Painting
  • Blogging
  • Cheap Vacations
  • Car Maintenance
  • How to Fail
  • Drone Flying (and Crashing!)
  • Home Beer Brewing (and its sister course Beer Drinking)
  • How to Be Depressed in Your Life without Mental Illness
  • Boating and Floating
  • Camping Basics
  • Candle Making
  • Wine Drinking
  • Scotch and Whisky Drinking

Pretty much whatever you can imagine, we could offer it as a course.  I could rent some old summer camp, set up some old army tents, get some retired school cook for my mess hall, and we would have our summer camp up and running in no time.  Daily Field trips to the local pub for inspiration would be a must.  Hands on experience (like painting my house) with a touch of reality (see my highly regarded course “How to Fail”).

I know you are dying to sign up.  For only $1499 per week, this summer camp experience can be yours.  You can send me cash anytime.  I promise to save your spot for you.

Have a great idea for a course?  Want to be a part of a winning team (or you need a job for the summer)?  Let me know!  Frankly, I need all the help I can get.

 

 

 

 

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Yard Projects

When summer rolls around here in the Pacific Northwest, I like to do some landscape projects.  With my trusty little Ford Ranger pick up truck (that seems to haul everything I throw into the back of it) and my little old shovel, I’m off.

A few summers back, I managed to build my shed/office.  Then the next summer, I built my new deck with huge 8×8 posts (because it looks way more manly than little crappy 4×4 posts).  I’ve also removed all of the old railroad ties that the previous owners used for landscaping and replaced them with rock walls and rock borders.  A lot of hard work, sweat, and tears have been poured into the various landscaping projects.

And the sick part: I like to do this kind of stuff.  It gives me a wonderful piece of mind just working on yard projects.  I escape from having to do any photography related projects.  I just enjoy the sunshine and the outdoors.  I plan for my yard to be low maintenance.  I want my son to be able to mow the lawn without using the weedeater to trim back the grass.

I also don’t want to worry about watering any plants.  If those plants need my help to survive, they are pretty much doomed.  I don’t even water the lawn.  What’s the point?  It will grow back anyway.

 

Ahh, summer time! Photo from http://www.holemanlandscape.biz

Mermorial Day Weekend

It’s the middle of Memorial Day weekend and I’ve started another crazy yard project.  When will I learn not to do this to myself?  Why can’t I just have a boring yard? My yard isn’t exciting in the least bit.  It is very mundane.

I also have a problem cutting a bush or tree down even if it is a “volunteer” tree.  I like have a lot of plants in my yard.  Yeah, I’m a treehugger in my own backyard.

As you can imagine, it is then hard to make changes in the yard since that would possible disrupt the balance of nature and make me actually have to work.

Today, we changed the front of the yard by removing the lovely railroad ties and they are heavy.  Now my driveway is askew with old rotten railroad ties however we have created a small rock wall, leveled the area, spread some sand, and laid some flagstone.  It’s coming together and I’ll be spending Monday finishing up this project.

Hayden was a huge help on this project and his design started this projects.

What other projects on my plate?  The back deck and a small landing off my office doors.  My deck project was going to be huge.  I had plans to tear it down, put up 6×6 or 8×8 posts, a huge steel beam, 4×6 cross beams, laid down one inch thick plywood, then put down cement board, following with some great looking slate tile.  Trim it around with a steel wire railing and this deck took on a mind of it’s own.  Plus it could all be done in a day!  Yeah right, maybe a week with numerous trips to McLendon Hardware and Home Depot.

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