Free Annual Pass

Photo of a sign at the zoo that says "Annual Pass" and "Visit Free For A Year!"

If the Annual Pass lets you visit free for a year, what is the point of the pass? If it’s something anybody can get just by asking for it, shouldn’t they just let everyone in free?

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Machete Safety Recall

Photo of a sign at Walmart informing customers of a safety recall for a machete

A safety recall for a machete? It’s a machete. So the handle could just randomly break and the blade could go who knows where – is that really significantly more dangerous than someone waving around a long, sharp blade? I guess if they start marketing the Bear Grylls Extreme Machete in a few months, we’ll know what happened to the ones that were recalled.

I’ll Fly Away

I’ve always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon, so when the opportunity arose yesterday, I couldn’t turn it down. Thanks to my aunt Denise giving up her spot in the basket and to my uncle Mark and the Humble Flight crew, I got to go for a ride…and it was awesome!

It was a beautiful day and great experience. I loved how peaceful it was up there – looking down on everything below makes you realize how small we really are. Being up away from all the noise and chaos was relaxing; it almost felt wrong to have my phone out, but I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos.

Aside from actually being in the air, my favorite thing was seeing so many people come out to selflessly give their serving to make it all happen.

Putting the balloon together, lifting off, tracking the course, going ahead to find a place to land, getting permission from the landowner to land in his field, guiding us down, and packing everything back in the trailer took more effort and teamwork than writing this long, run-on sentence. It was a beautiful example of Christlike service and community.

Thanks again to everyone who came out and made it happen!

A Bit Of Nostalgia – Volume 5

The final installment of nostalgia – some journal entries from late 1991 to early 1992…

9-4-91
Last night I played football with my friends. I intercepted 3 passes and ran 2 back for touchdowns. We won both games. The first score was 14-0 and the second one was 7-0.

9-6-91
Yesterday when I was quarterback I threw 5 touchdown passes. I intercepted a lot of passes last night. I hope we play something neat in P.E. today.

9-9-91
Last weekend I played a lot. I played football and Nintendo the most. I won a lot of games of Nintendo.

9-17-91
Yesterday after school I read. Then I watched football and played football. I also beat my little brother in paper football 103-21!

9-20-91
Last night I played interception. I ran right into a wooden bench! I also played home run derby and won 3-0 and lost 2-0.

9-23-91
The day before last I stayed out at my grandma and grandpas house all day with my sister. My grandpa and sister and I made some apple cider. Then we drank some of it.

9-25-91
Yesterday I played football. It was fun but we got tackled hard. I am mad because I lost my turbo football.

9-30-91
Yesterday I played one on one football with a seventh or eigth grader. One time when I tried to dive he had my feet then flipped me. I flipped about three feet high then landed on my head and my right shoulder.

10-4-91
Yesterday after school I played football with some of my friends. First we played interception. Then I played football then went inside to read.

10-24-91
Yesterday after school I had to go up to my room. I threw a ball around until supper. Then after supper we went to church, and one boy even ran out of the church!

11-7-91
Today on the bus and in the bus room I played paper football with one of my friends. I beat him 189-87. On the bus home we are going to play again.

11-19-91
Yesterday after school I played baseball. It was me and one of my friends against three of my other friends and an older kid. Guess who won. Me and one of my friends!

11-26-91
Yesterday after school I played football with some of my friends. On one play our quarterback threw an interception and I went and stripped the ball from him and ran for a touchdown! But first I broke two tackles.

12-13-91
I want to play volleyball in P.E. today. In basketball at recess yesterday combined I scored 11 points. I’m going to try for more than that today.

12-20-91
One day this week I scored 12 points. I also scored a T.D. I’m getting baptized Sunday night.

1-16-92
Yesterday I almost conquered Mario 1. I came so close I couldn’t believe it. Next time I will conquer it.

1-21-92
Yesterday at recess I scored 8 points added up. I hope I score more today. I can’t wait until P.E. and recess.

1-23-92
Today I dressed as Urkel. I look real weird. Levi looks weird to.

3-19-92
Today is Thursday. Yesterday I didn’t come to school. I got the National award in the fitness test.

There you have it – deep thoughts from my 5th grade journal.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s peek into the past as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

A Bit Of Nostalgia – Volume 4

My entire bibliography of childhood novels…

#1: The Wreckless And Careless Driver
 Once upon a time there were 4 friends. Their names were Tim, Ben, Anthony, and Jody. Well one Halloween they decided that they were going to go into an old house people called “the haunted house.”
  But when they got to the 13th stair it broke and they fell into the bed of a truck that had a mattress in it. They were lucky it had a mattress in it. They could have been hurt worse if it did not have a mattress in it.
When the driver stopped they all did somersaults backward and they all hit heads and said together, “Ouch!” And then coming straight at them was a train with a bunch of explosives and the train was out of control! Then they both turned the same way and hit so hard that the train went flying and hit an aluminum wall and exploded and the pieces went flying and started a fire so big that it went all the way across town and onto the highway.
The fire was easy to put out though so everyone just went on with what they were doing. So next the truck the kids were in started speeding but two things were going wrong. One a cop was after them. Two there was a fallen bridge just ahead. Then there was a sign but the driver looked back and missed it.
The sign said, “Fallen bridge ahead” but the driver didn’t see it and drove right off of the cliff and the truck fell right into the Mississippi River and floated all the way from Carthage Mo. to St. Louis Missouri and drove up and down the Gateway Arch twenty times. The driver got sick and threw up but the kids boy did they have fun going down the Arch like a slide but had a hard time getting up it.
As for the driver he was put in jail for one year for wreckless, and careless driving.

#2: Scotty Runs Away
Tim has a dog. His dog’s name is Scotty. He is a cute and lovable dog. Tim received Scotty 1 year ago during the summer. Scotty is Tim’s favorite dog. Scotty is a Miniature Schnauzzer. Tim loves playing frisbee and ball with Scotty. Tim also does not mind feeding Scotty.
One day while Tim was at school Scotty got out of the yard. When Tim got home he checked on Scotty but he was not there. He checked the gate and it was open. Had someone stolen Scotty? He thought someone might have because the gate was open. Could Scotty have opened the gate himself? “I hope Scotty is okay,” thought Tim.
Tim was on the phone with his mom when he looked out the window. His mom was at work every day when he got home from school so every day he called her when he got home. He was telling her about Scotty getting out when he looked across the street. “There he is!” yelled Tim. “Well, go get him then!” replied his mom.
As soon as Tim grabbed Scotty, he didn’t put Scotty down for over 30 minutes. Before Tim put Scotty down he found a stick that would keep the gate closed. Tim would be very sad if anything were to ever to happen to Scotty. Tim and Scotty lived happily ever after.

#3: Halloween Story
One Halloween there were two boys going trick-or-treating together. When they got to one eerie house the owner asked them to some in, and they said “Okay.” But when they got inside they got realy scared. They both turned pale. Then a trap door opened and they fell into a dangerous pit. When they hit the bottom they heard a bunch of moans, groans. There was a puddle of murky green water in the middle of the room. Then they saw a staircase and a tunnel. It was all very mysteryous. One of them took the staircase and then other took the tunnel. The staircase was creaky and the tunnel was very slimy. The staircase was creaking all the way.
Then at both ends they met in a search room. The sight that met their eyes was very frightening. There were ghostly ghosts and ghastly goblins.
They were both frantic to get out of the room so they went out the way they came in. When they met at the other they both asked, “Well, don’t keep me in suspense,” what’s on your side? I don’t know they both said, I ran to fast and didn’t see anything. It was very puzzling going through that tunnel though because I thought I saw another tunnel plus some hands grabbing at me. So they went inside the first tunnel and sure enough there was another tunnel.
But this one was larger than the other one. Just then they heard some spirits howl and then they ran out of there in no time flat. When they got back to where they had been before they noticed the staircase and tunnel they both started to yell but then thought it wouldn’t do any good. They both tried to find either a secret door or a window they could go through but couldn’t find any for a while so they sat down and rested.
Just when they started to get up a lot of lights came on. Then they wondered why all of a sudden lights came on. Then they saw another staircase that led up to the living room and they climbed up it. When they got up no one was in the house so they called the police and told them what had happened. The police said they’d be over in about five minutes and to stay where they were.
So the boys said okay and hung up. When the police got there the owner was there beside the boys.
The man was a wanted criminal and the reward was five-hundred dollars so the police gave them each five-hundred dollars. So they said thank you to the police and took the money and showed their parents.
And their parents said that that was good but after they told their parents what had happened their parents were glad that they had made it but then they said not to do it again and grounded them for a couple of days and said when they were ungrounded they would have to do extra chores around the house and they wouldn’t be able to go outside and play until all the chores were done.
THE END

More to come tomorrow…