Archive for July 21st, 2008

Give Me Five Monday – Fun Childhood Summer Vacation Memories

Monday, July 21st, 2008

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Becca, of BeccA’s Buzz asks us to list

Five fun summer vacation memories from my childhood:

  • I enjoyed the summer recreation program at the school. That was Apache Elementary School in Scottsdale, Arizona. In the room which did double-duty during the school year as the auditorium and cafeteria, various stations would be set up for such things as board games, four-square, and ping pong (table tennis). I remember walking to the school, and staying there most of the day.
  • We had the most beautiful and large outdoor swimming pools in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. I recall taking swimming lessons a couple times. I was terrified of swimming for a while, but then learned to love swimming underwater, along the bottom of the pool. It took longer to become brave enough to jump in, and then to learn to dive in. Once again, I sometimes walked to the pool, in the Arizona sun, and would return home quite sunburned. Once the pool was evacuated because of a dust storm. By the time everyone was out of the pool, vehicles had to have their lights on, the brownish-yellow sand and dust was so thick.
  • I enjoyed picnics and camping trips that we would take to Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff is at an altitude of 7,000 feet. The typical summer temperatures there are between 82 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Compare that to Scottsdale’s 106 high and 76 low typical summer temps. I can remember highs of as much as 120! You can imagine what a relief it was to travel from the burning heat to such a temperate climate, travelling with the car windows rolled down.
  • When I was 13, my family moved to Campbell, California. For fun we would go to Sunset Beach, south of Santa Cruz, California, where we would cast sand candles in the damp sand, and go swimming in the ocean with our dog, a Newfoundland/German Shepherd mix. She had webbed paws and LOVED to swim in the surf.
  • I loved doing things with my two best girlfriends during the high school years. We would go on long bicycle rides, go to one another’s homes to hang out, once we went to San Francisco’s Chinatown, and we would play music together (One girlfriend played violin and I played the flute.).
  • Just one more: During the high school years, I enjoyed taking extra electives during the summers. I remember taking a homemaking class that would be considered advanced by today’s school standards. I sewed a tailored shirt that summer, as well as a pleated skirt. I took a typing class another summer. To practice typing, I typed up a thick book of favorite recipes that summer! I still have that old binder and use a few of the recipes.

The Story of a Sign

Monday, July 21st, 2008

My brother sent me the link to this short film, The Story of a Sign, by Alonso Alvarez Barreda. This film was the winner of the NFB Online Competition Cannes 2008.

The movie has beautiful music, and almost no talking, but really gives you something to think about. I think you’ll enjoy it.