Thursday, August 16, 2007

How I Be Livin'

There are four dorms on campus. They are: Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison (the presidents), and Merlin (the wizard). The coaches live in Jefferson, and during the large sessions earlier in the summer, we had campers in the other three dorms. Right now, there are only campers in Madison. This is what my room looks like:

This is my TV:

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Turning Japanese

Here is my new plant I picked up mere feet from the Canadian border.

Friday, August 10, 2007


There is going to be a fair on the common tomorrow. A vendor came and set up his wares--a dunk tank--a day early. Big mistake, Mr. Vendor.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Flippin' Out

Here I am doing a front flip.

In this picture I am doing a Russian Front Flip. It is Russian because instead of taking off with my arms above my head, I am getting most of my lift from swinging my arms behind myself.

It is, obviously, awesome.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Jokes, Jokes.

Sometimes kids tell jokes. These are rarely funny. Sometimes kids mess up jokes. These are always funny.

Two examples from years past:

Q: Why did the plane crash?

A: Because the pilot was a BAGEL!


A: Knock, Knock

B: Who's there?

A: Pinecone!

B: Pinecone who?

A: Pinecone, your butt's on fire!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Quick Side Trip

Some friends from NYC / BU were up visiting Burlington for the weekend. I went up there and took them to my favorite swimming hole.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mister Potter: The Movie!

The theme for dinner dress-up last night was Harry Potter. This is what I wore:

One camper asked me if he could have it. I signed the back and gave it to him.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fire Safety

The following fire safety instructions are posted in my dorm:

Every single camper has taken a picture of the sign.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Based on Advice From My Stylist

After a lack of updates due to the preparation of the show for last Friday then having my family and Mirelle visit for the weekend....

...I present the summer wardrobe:

Cold wash. Hang dry. Repeat.

Thursday, July 12, 2007




Wednesday, July 11, 2007


The topics of the campers conversation in the ten minutes before we left for breakfast:

Nalgene Bottles

The Strongest Man-Made Item

The Strength of Steel vs. Titanium

Hockey on the Wii

Xbox 360

Which Camper Took the Longest Shower

The World Record for Longest Shower

The Technicalities Involved in Breaking Said Record


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Here Comes The Partly Sunny

The last few days have been cold, cloudy, and, more often than not, rainy. That made everyone pretty excited today when the sun decided to come out and the temperature decided to jump into the low 90s.

That excitement disappeared pretty much as soon as the water pumps in town stopped working leaving us without water to drink, bathe with, or flush toilets with for all of today. Supposedly it will all be fixed by tonight, but we already have some stinky bathrooms and stinky campers.

I had the afternoon off, so I went swimming in the lake with the rope swing.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Wrap and Reveal




Sunday, July 8, 2007

Oh, Camera...

The batteries my for camera still have not arrived. I am beginning to suspect a conspiracy initiated by some rival circus camp.

In the meantime, we took all the campers to see the touring show yesterday. One of the tour members recognized me as his counselor from 2001. Apparently twenty four is much older than I thought.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

More Than Meets The Eye

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days. Pretty much all of my waking time was spent thinking about / waiting for 8:15pm Tuesday, July 3rd. That is when I saw Michael Bay's Transformers. It is, in a word, awesome.

However, it is also missing an appearance by Hot Rod, my boyhood idol. Luckily I just ordered my DVD of Transformers: The Movie!

In camp news, we are a few days into the first two week session of the summer and besides a little vomiting in the tents and a little pants wetting during the evening activities, it's been a great start. The batteries for my camera should be arriving shortly, so prepare yourself for the forthcoming photographic onslaught.

Now all we need is a little energon and a lot of luck. Autobots, transform and roll out.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Some Talent Show

Yesterday was the camper talent show. My favorite was the kid who recited Pi out to around the fortieth digit.

The crowd favortie was the kid who made an "evil squirrel face."
Note: My camera battery died yesterday, so it may be a little while before I can continue posting pictures from camp. If anyone has any questions about anything please post them in the comments as it will give me something to write about until I get my camera back. Thanks.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

It's The Humidity

Yesterday it was over 90 out and quite humid, so we replaced Capture the Flag with Water Games.

Water games consisted of everyone sharing a bunch of buckets, balls, and sponges and getting each other as wet as possible.

Staff members were the favorite targets.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Last night a camper woke me up by knocking on my door at 2:30am. He told me he couldn't sleep because he was having nightmares. I took him out into the lounge and sat down on a couch while he sat on a chair across from me. He said that he couldn't sleep because he was having nightmares about the doll from Child's Play even though he had never seen the movie. He then told me that he used to have reoccurring nightmares about the doll a few months ago and he was very afraid that because he was thinking about it now he was going to have nightmares about it every night that he was here. I talked to him for a while about how safe an environment we were in and about how he had nothing to be afraid of. After a few minutes he told me he was ready to go back to bed.

It was then that I realized what I had done: I had acted out the scene in a horror movie where one person tells the other person that their irrational fear is completely unfounded. Now the doll was going to kill me while I was sleeping and the camper was going to find my body the next morning and only he would know who had killed me in the night.

It took me quite a while to fall asleep.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Greatest Moment of the Summer (Thus Far)

One turn...

Three bulls-eyes...

Game over.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

The 'Rents

Today was the last day of intro camp, so all the parents showed up for a Showcase of the skills their kids learned.

The kids were excited to see their parents.

The parents were excited to see their kids.

Then the kids did circus stuff for a couple hours.

People clapped.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Evil Pumpkin

The dinner dress up theme last night was Evil / Bad Guys. Of course I went as Derek Jeter. The counselor next to me is a super computer hacker.

In the picture below we have a counselor dresses as The Riddler and a camper dressed as an...evil pumpkin?

The costume below reminds me of The Shining. Looking at the picture scares me.

Finally we have a camp co-director. This costume also scares me.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Day to Day

Every morning the campers divide into their three groups and then rotate through four different classes. My group named themselves "The Piddling Pups on Parade." We have a theme song.

Their first stop today was acrobatics. They did all sorts of rolls and finished with monkey rolls (pictured above).

Next they moved on to Performance, which is clowning with a little bit of theater awareness built in. They played a game called Monster in which one kid is a monster and the other kid is afraid of them.

Next all the groups get together for snack time. Today they had grapes, apple slices, and cheese. Peanut butter was available to put on any of these things.

My group then moved on to juggling. They learned devil sticks / flower sticks and also diablo (pictured above). A good time was had by all.

My group finished their morning in aerials. The Spanish web is pictured above, but tight wire, trapeze, and fabric were also options.

Things to look forward to for the rest of this session: Pie Day, Gender Bender (a dinner dress up), a dance, and the showcase where the parents see what their kids have learned.