All things considered, it is kind of hard to follow my last post. Needless to say, it has been quite along week. We have a saying at camp: “The days are very long but the weeks go by too fast!” It is so true. Sometimes I wonder if shows like 24 could really happen in the span of a single day, but when I look back at all the things that happened some of the days this week, it seems a little more plausible. We seem to really be able to pack a day full of things to do, especially when you wake up at 7AM and go to bed at 1AM. Which by the way, I am still not sure how I manages that most of the summer.
Last Monday seems so far away, heck, so does yesterday. I know that I went on the camping trip on Monday, but that seems like years ago. In the span of a week I have driven hundreds of miles, gone camping, scuba diving, played guitar at two campfires, wrote a tribute to a dear friend, got signed up to play camp-counselor 2-on-2 beach volley ball, and so much more. I was actually very happy that for the most part today, my services were only required for the setup of the big screen so that our Spanish “mafia” could watch the World Cup finals. It was actually a relaxing day and the heat wave has mostly broken it seems.
All these things have gone on, and while I was sitting at campfire, watching the embers drift in the thermals I was thinking that tonight would be a great night to write. Well, here I am getting back to my computer and I feel like I have just hit a block. I don’t really know why, other than the fact that I feel like I should be writing more than just the summation of the things that have happened over the past week. There is something so mesmerizing about watching the embers from the fire dance up into the sky. That is probably what made me think that it would be a good night to write. Watching that always reminds me of the scene in the movie The Right Stuff where the embers from the aboriginal fire seem to fly up into space.
Today was just one of those days, all the best intentions, none of the motivation. I have a list of things that should get done, and I probably could have checked a bunch of them off today, but I didn’t. In truth, I didn’t really do much of anything besides play guitar and eat today. It seems like all we do on Sundays is eat. Mostly because we have a late breakfast, but lunch is at a normal time. The sad thing is that we manage to have both one of the best meals and the worst meal of the week on Sunday. I am sorry, cold-cuts on rolls that are not big enough for a sandwich just does not a dinner make.
Unfortunately, while it sounds like many of the thoughts and ideas that I put down on last week’s comment card were applauded, odds are nothing will change. I missed most of the staff meeting this week because I was setting up for the World Cup. I heard through the grapevine that some of the admin liked my ideas for making the daily schedule better, but often times this is one of those organizations that won’t change because they think the way things are is tradition. Well, it could be better and I wish that we could get it there.
Life is good though. Camp is fun. Maybe if I play my cards right I will get to go on another trip. That would be a lot of fun. It is just nice to do something different as the day-to-day routine here can get old fast and when you have lots of kids out of camp on trips, hiking, at competitions and at the lake, it can be like a ghost town. In some ways, it makes the job easier, but it can also make it less fun, especially for the campers. It seems though that for the most part people are in good spirits, so that is good.