Life continues past the months of June, July, and August and so must the counselors of Day Camp.


Happy Thanksgiving

I'm really thankful for Day Camp. I definitely got more from that experience than I gave. More than any other place -- and I'm including high school, college, and the Forest Club, Ukiah's most notorious drinking establishment -- Day Camp grew me up.

But these are strange times for this good group. The Day Camp Yachting Club, whose membership is restricted to past directors, sorry, has been oddly quiet for this time of year. In years past, long before now, Burt, Shaggie, Muppet, and I would have been tossing around ideas for a Day Camp New Years party. This year, the yachts are lonely in the harbor.

Let's ignore the obvious fact that I could easily sack up and start resolving this by, you know, just e-mailing those three (plus Who now, of course). Here's why I'm not. Here's why none of us are: Day Camp is growing up and moving on.

This is a fact that's sad for obvious reasons and really, really cool for less obvious ones.

Burt first worked Day Camp in 1997. 1997! That's like 20 years ago. And no matter how cool the really cool counselors of 2006 are, some distance and fragmenting is kind of unavoidable there. From what little I've gathered from the pretty-darn-reliable grapevine, the über-tight Day Camp girls of 2000-2002 (Fragment #1) are pulling their own group together to do adult-type things like trade Tupperware and fill out mortgage applications. Which is cool. It wouldn't surprise me, especially given this, to find out that DC06 (Fragment #3) wanted to do its own thing too.

Which leaves Gator's Fragment. (Yeah, I know, "Fragment #2," would make a lot more sense, but c'mon, please?) I should've taken the lead on this and made sure anybody who wanted to reconnect had a place and a time for it. I haven't because in a lot of ways it feels like Day Camp The Experience has been dying a pretty natural death since last summer, and why should any of us call an ambulance?

It's just that I really want to make sure that Day Camp The Experience, the New Years Extravaganza, and even this blog are here to serve us; not the other way around. To the extent that these things have made community easier for all of us friends, I say great. But I'm not about to shed a tear or feel guilty over Day Camp The Experience, over New Years parties, or over this blog. These things have been great for us, but let's all acknowledge how cool it is that even the best things grow and fade and end. I'll continue to be good friends with the Day Campers I'm already good friends with long after these things are gone. Let's not force friendship or feel guilty about a fragmented Day Camp, a canceled New Years party, or a blog that kinda limps along these days.

After all that, I just want to say, my bad for not taking point on this. Do you guys want to get together this New Years? Seriously. If there's enough interest, say 15 people, I'll make the invitations, buy the streamers, stock the Kool-Aid bar, and look into housing. A cabin around MH, maybe. Someone's parents' home somewhere else. (Heyyyy, aren't Scout's parents out of the country?!) I know it would be so so fun to say hi to Hula (for example), but even if that doesn't happen this year or ever again, I'll have nothing but fond things to say about her when Jav, Fish, and I get together to gamble on cockfights late December.

This is easy. The Yachting Club is suddenly open to everybody. If you want to get together, let's talk about it. If you don't, comments are pretty unusual these days anyway so no one's gonna be all like, hey, why the hell isn't so and so commenting? We either do this or we don't. I really want to be intentional either way, though. No matter what, thanks for the good run with you guys.



Blogger Daff said...

I wanted to do New Years and was planning on flying down but I haven't heard anything about it. I guess I was expecting a post on the Blog or a email. I'm not sure if I can do it cause I might HAVE to work (New Years is big in the banquet business) but if there's a for sure party I would love to be there and do everything in power to come. I love you Gator (and everyone else)!!!
P.S.- when is this cockfighting you speak of?

3:25 AM

Blogger Fisher-man said...

I'll be in the Mt. Hermon area from the 28th to the 30th before I head back to washington, DC. Anyone that wants to hang out around that time - I'd love to see ya.

1:13 PM

Blogger rudy said...

gator....why not our place. i mean we live in mount hermon. and we own our own mexican cook and maid. so new years at mount hermon. our place, i am in, and mup is cool too. and now fish is in because we are goign to tie him up and make him stay. puhleeeeassse!

4:53 PM

Blogger rudy said...

gator....why not our place. i mean we live in mount hermon. and we own our own mexican cook and maid. so new years at mount hermon. our place, i am in, and mup is cool too. and now fish is in because we are goign to tie him up and make him stay. puhleeeeassse!

4:53 PM

Blogger Lark said...

i want one...i want to see you all.

10:11 PM

Blogger Michael K. said...

does this mean we're breaking up?

10:12 PM

Blogger rudy said...

gator say something. snaps is with me right now and she agrees as well. our house!!!!!

10:19 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

I don't know. I'll be in the MH area, so if it's there I'll probably come.

12:57 AM

Blogger Daff said...

I'm confused

1:32 AM

Blogger Christopher said...

bout what daff?

4:03 PM

Blogger Daff said...

Rudy talking about doing at her place with muppet and gator? Are we having New Years? Cockfighting? Breaking up? You PROBABLY (huh?) being around Mount Hermon? what is going on here???

5:06 PM

Blogger Gator said...

Cockfighting was a joke. I mean, cockfighting isn't a joke. It's totally illegal.

In years past, a few guys typically find their way to wherever I'm living for a good ol' semi-legal time. You and any other guy are totally welcome. It's always been a blast. Last year we met in Elk Grove, played a lot of XBox, drank a fair amount of alcohol, ate a lot of good food. I think it was Fuzz, Sushi, Jav, Fish, and .... someone who's probably really offended I forgot him. Sorry, I forget. Fish tried to break my nose at one point. Yeah. That fun.

(Sorry ladies. Sausages only.)

For more co-ed fun, Rudy really wants to host a New Years party and that sounds great. So there's gonna be a huge Day Camp-themed blow out at our place in Mount Hermon. Dec 30. We're keeping costs low and times fun. Watch this spot for more info. Everyone's invited no matter which fragment you call your own.

The theme is gonna be:

F*ck Fragmenting. Taking Day Camp Back.

The banners won't have the asterik so get yourself ready for that

5:20 PM

Blogger Michael K. said...

Oh man. Gator nearly dropped the first f-bomb on the 'blog and then wussed out.

What a fucking putz.

11:00 PM

Blogger Jonathan said...

I don't know if I would be able to come to the mountain and get my but kicked by Fish and Gator on the xbox this new year! Its just hard for me with having two jobs and having the new years party in northern cal. I would really like to come but i don't think I will get 4 days off (2 days driving and two to hang out) during that time. Sorry

11:28 PM

Blogger Fisher-man said...

WHOA!!!!! this is TOOOOO much fun. I'm exciting i get to be there for the boyz time (I'll break your nose for realz this time G8R-boy), and hopefully I'll see any others that are in the area at the time. Cali here I come!

11:29 PM

Blogger Gator said...

Raise your hand if you think Jav is cool.

3:31 PM

Blogger Gator said...

Just what I thought.

3:32 PM

Blogger Michael K. said...

Dude dude: I totally raised my hand.


5:34 PM

Blogger Jonathan said...

oh just reading the post again and I guess I am not coming because of Fragment #3. oh and I raised my hand too

1:20 AM

Blogger Gator said...

Nah nah, back in my last comment, I said: "Everyone's invited no matter which fragment you call your own."

Just to be clear: Everyone is invited to New Years.

10:22 AM

Blogger Spiffer said...

I'll be there. There's no place I 'd rather be. Tell everybody. It's going down. Frag 1, 2, & 3!*

PS - Thanksgiving Weekend was HOTT!

*Can we donate like 20 bucks or something towards planning?

10:32 PM

Blogger Gator said...

What, do you think there's anything Rudy would rather do than plan? Thanks for the offer.

10:52 PM

Blogger Matt said...

the best part of crashing at your place gator was that i sleep-punched michael in the face after we passed out on your fold-out couch. oh and if i'm not forgetting, the other person was spidey saying he could drive from the herm if we really wanted him was around midnight by then.

11:38 PM

Blogger Nova said...

I'm coming if I get the time off of work, and just so you all know my Halo skills are kick-ass-so be prepared...

11:11 AM

Blogger Christopher said...

I'm confused. Are we planning the boy's gathering or New Years. And if we are planning boy's time, when is it?

11:41 AM

Blogger Chilly said...

Way fun! And I want to be there!!! But for the first time since Rudy and I sat in my living room desperatly calling muppet to see what was going on in Hanford New years - I cannot go. And its my fault. don't blame Mr. Tad. I too have two jobs. But one is a stinky part time retail and i won't be able to get all the days off. Major Black out day. But i love you and I'll probably be desparatly called Muppet to hear the goings-on

ps spidey - this is about dc new years- I doubt Rudy and Mup would allow you boys to take over thier house post new years.

12:50 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

Your not coming Billy? That's it, I'm out.

2:04 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

By the way, one of you guys are a new myspace hero. Who could it be?

3:13 PM

Blogger Gator said...

Raise your hand if you believe a word Nova says.

5:09 PM

Blogger Gator said...

Just what I thought.

5:09 PM

Blogger Michael K. said...

I raised my hand again.

You're an ass.

5:37 PM

Blogger Daff said...

I believe in you Nova. Hooray for Fragment #3!!!

11:31 PM

Blogger Fisher-man said...

Daff - you had better be at the Mount when I'm there. That's all I have to say about that.

6:55 AM

Blogger Nova said...

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10:47 AM

Blogger Nova said...

Yeah-daff knows all about my halo skills and how they kick ass, just like fragment 3

10:48 AM

Blogger Christopher said...

I think I'd like to see Halo Bowl 2006: Nova v. Gator. It would be sweet. I'll take bets.

1:30 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

Somthing just came to mind. Nova, do you have Halo 1 skills or Halo 2 (aka fake-lo 2).

1:31 PM

Blogger Nova said...


8:04 PM

Blogger kristin willems said...

Wow... I am pretty sure this is the first time I have ever left a comment on here. This is a strange feeling. Yes, I want to come and see you all! Count me in for New Years.

6:57 AM

Blogger Nova said...

yay INdy!!! you know...she had Halo skills too...we practiced together this summer

10:01 AM

Blogger Daff said...

I was up late last night looking for tickets and their more expensive than I thought but it would be worth it. I just have to get work off and I'll be there. P.S.- It's a blizzard up here. Global warming my ass!

11:32 AM

Blogger Spiffer said...

yay DAff!!!

PS- Who's down for a little Halo 1 Race with human weapons like when you Fragment #2's used to kick my anus! Anyone? Crusher?

1:04 PM

Blogger Michael K. said...

At this point I count 6 1/2 profanities in this thread (1/2 cause Gator's an effing pansy) and nine instances of illegal/immoral activities mentioned (gambling, cockfighting, etc.) That's like, what, roughly an ass every 8 1/4 posts and a cockfight every 4 1/2? Can we clean it up a bit, hm?

Word is - and i hate you Gator for not telling me this; I had to weasel another source - certain higher ups of the MH bloc read this thing religiously.

4:53 PM

Blogger Tuesday said...

Spiff, please never say that word again, it makes me want to vomit on you

5:19 PM

Blogger Gator said...

Like I knew. Chris Clements says he's totally up to date but I'm guessing he got bored, like, three comments in. Chris: if you're reading this, Chris, the secret word is "chrysanthemum."

6:25 PM

Blogger Scout said...

Alright, so here is the deal for me on this entire post. I won't be able to attend new years not Christmas parents are going to be in the states for about 2 weeks so I will spend all of my time with them and it is my birthday on the 28th so why would I want to spend it with you losers! (that was a joke but a great way for me to remind you guys that I am turning 21 this year!). I also don't like the word spiff used though I wouldn't ever throw up because of its use.

I was going to add to the cuss words and illegal events but decided that you guys are a lot better at it than i am so i decided to pass this time. And, as most know, I suck at ALL forms of Halo so please do not count me in to play. That's all.

7:05 PM

Blogger rudy said...

yay for new years!!! yay for indy, nova....and whoever else is coming!! dafffffffff please come!!! california needs you out here. and tuesday, are you in?

7:29 PM

Blogger Spiffer said...

Daff, I think if you came down, we'd be able to get you a spot on The Real World 2007! You're so the man for the job.

Thanks for the defense, Scout. We'll miss ya. Too bad the Bako peeps can't make a one-night drive. Do I smell a carpool?

And Nova, lead the Frag 3's. Start the Revolution!

8:49 PM

Blogger Chilly said...

scout! happy bday in a month! ps - whats your number so i can wish you birthday greetings and maybe even get a coffee with you, we can have an anti-santa cruz new years party in bako. Um- i'm guessing you parents are coming back to bakersfield - or are you just staying in slo?

i refuse to play halo with you boys. I hate that chach made me play as "Target" Its kinda sticks with you... its degrading, ya know!

9:28 PM

Blogger rudy said...

chilly- it may be degrading but it is an honor as being chosen as a target by chach....he just wanted you to be included, even if it meant him shooting you with a gun.

9:34 PM

Blogger Daff said...

The new season of the Real World is out of control! I'm pissed though because I missed the last ten minutes tonight due to cable problems. ERRRRRR!!! It's like a 9.5 out of 10 so far. A black, fairly conservative, christian guy is rooming with a white chiristian guy who is gay. Drama! Oh yeah, and one of the guys in the house already hooked up with two of the girl roomates and there is huge guy who is a former gang member in the house as well. They had to come out with a crazier season after the lame last one!

11:30 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

I'd be down for going to the bako thing with scout and chilly. Can I come?

8:45 AM

Blogger Gator said...

Serious, D-Money. Do you want to be 25 years old, your whole life behind you, asking yourself why you never made an audition tape, especially when you had a video-editing buddy gunning to help you out? Do you?!

12:22 AM


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