As you can see Johnny did the raingutter ragatta for cub scouts. He was the only one who was a tiger cub and so he had to go against the "wolf" den. This sounds alot more dangerous than it is. The wolf den is the boys who were tiger cubs last year. He beat 2 of them and then he had to race "Kip Champion" (not his real name). I will say this , It took an act of god to defeat Johnny. The wind came up and pushed Kips boat ahead for the win. Johnny was worried the night before he would have to go up against the wolf pack and said they were bigger than he was and he would probably lose. I told him to remember the cub scout promise, "to do his best." He was very pleased to win.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Got home Friday and went to get that new grilled chicken from K.F.C. It was good. Had to take a nap. As a result I can't sleep. So I see Sleepless in Seattle is on-must be a sign. I'm watching the last part where Meg Ryan goes to the Empire State building and all the security guards are helpful, kind and understanding. When I went to New York and visited the Empire State building the security guards were not helpful , kind or understanding. They all sounded and looked like Epstein from Welcome Back Kotter. They said things like, "Hey Midwest, what are you looking at, I owe you money?-move it along." in their thick new york accents. I remember being shuffled into a huge room that was filled w/ turnstiles and waiting in line w/ other tourists. Get through that room and you went to the ticket counter to pay to see New York from the tallest building in town. I payed for the observation deck and my wife payed the extra 12 buck to go a couple more floors to the upper observation deck. Stand in line, go through more turn stalls w/ Epstein yelling obscenities the whole time. Get in line to get on the elevator that takes us to the second elevators. Before we get off, a security guard (some bitch w/ a radio and badge gets on the elevator) and takes us back down to the bottom floor, which is a huge inconvenience since its not a couple floors , its like 60 floors! She acts like she didn't know we were headed up only after its obvious we were headed down and she has made a tiny mistake by accidentally pushing the wrong button.Note to bitch-If you don't know which way an elevator is going, ask so you don't piss off a group of people who are not in a good mood anyway. Drop her off. Go back up and get on the other elevator that will take us to the top. But it doesn't take us to the top. It takes you to 10 floors from the top. Get off that elevator and wait for the other elevator or go to the stairs-I opt for the stairs. Up 10 floors to another room with turnstiles which I have to go through and have to get my picture taken (I don't mean I have to, I mean I have to or I will lose my place in line)in front of a picture of the New York skyline as seen from the top of the Empire State building (could have done this at home). Go through more turnstiles , they try to sell me my picture they just made me takefor an outrageous amount of money.No. More turnstiles and finally to the observation deck. Mass of people 3 deep along the edges of the building to see New York. At this point I wonder if all that weight of the people will make the building top heavy? Look around for planes heading in our direction. All clear. Use my newly acquired New York attitude skills to push my way to the front so I can get a better picture. North, East, South and West. Done. The descent was just as bad and I will use a parachute next time. Any way-If you go to the Empire State building and expect you will find kind, elderly security guards who are helpful and have good manners like in the movie Sleepless in Seattle-you won't. I think I will go to the space needle in Seattle next, does anyone know if they have turnstiles?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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Friday, May 22, 2009
My son Johnny came home the other day with a sticker that had the cub scouts logo on it. The sticker said sign ups for cub scouts was tonight at his school. Apparently The Boy Scouts came to his school and gave a presentation of what the cub scouts do. They told them they camp, shoot B-B guns and shoot bow and arrows. It sounded so cool I wanted to join, and did! I am now a den dad and will coordinate my sons pack. We went to our first meeting and they gave a presentation of what we would do and all the activities. Sure has changed since I was a kid and now they allow the other kids from within your family (even girls-ewwwwwww) to camp out and share in the fun. Circle-circle-dot-dot-now I have my cootie shot. I was going to ask the troop leader if when the other boys come over for a meeting will they know to take off their pants or am I supposed to ask them to do this but Christy reminded me some people do not like my brand of humor so I kept quiet. Johnny had no problem asking his question. His was, " will we stay up all night fighting all the bears, wolves and tigers with our bows and arrows and b-b guns all night when we sleep out in our tents or will we get to sleep? Good Question!! Troop leader Jim had no good answer for that one. I guess I'll have to read up in the tiger manual about that. My marine corps manual doesn't cover that scenario either. The pack leader asked me if I had been in cub scouts and I told him I had and went on to be a webelo. He asked why I quit and then I remembered it was because our pack leader had been endicted for embezzlment. He said , "Yeah, things like that will happen." Sort of made it sound like it happens all the time. Glad I did'nt make the joke about pedophile cub scout leaders.