Saturday, April 23, 2011

TEFKACS 2011 Packing List

The Five Essentials: Kayak, paddle, PFD, skirt, helmet.

The Five Essentials: Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow, pee bottle.

The Five Essentials: Grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, lighter, tongs.

The Five Essentials: Burgers, dogs, mustard, pickles, bread.

The Five Essentials: Beer, frisbee, Chekhov, unicycle, Tylenol.

Kayaking is all about fives!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Ibuprofen Calling

So we found this new place called Boingo Bounce in Fayetteville and bounced for like two hours today. It was fun. I've never bounced for two hours before, but by extrapolating the physiological effects of shorter bouncing sessions I've had previously, I wouldn't have expected to be racked with pain after this one. As it is, the soreness set in the instant I sat in my car to leave. It was no problem, really, just unexpected and a bit puzzling. Puzzling that is until we got home and reviewed the video that the misses shot. I kinda forgot about this one:

I think this was the culprit. Fortunately, my boy seems to be immune to soreness of any kind. He just gets hungry when he bounces.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I'm a Total Fraud

I've been sitting at my computer all weekend devising this elaborate fraud while my friends were enjoying an 80-degree day on the Mulberry. It's very clever, really, creating a blog header showing me wearing lots of kayaking gear and sitting with a kayak next to a flowing stream. Readers who didn't know me might think I knew how to kayak and actually paddled the kayak to that spot, which is nonsense. The truth is you can learn all the jargon you need to become a fake kayaker just by watching kayaking DVDs and joining a local paddling club, just like I did. That and you have to damage your equipment from time to time by dragging it through mud and across rocks. Your friends will expect to see new wear on your kayak whenever they happen to see it strapped to the top of your car in the Walmart parking lot or wherever. But anyway, I've already done that stuff recently. This weekend I just focused on creating a deceptive blog layout. I thought using a background photo of what any Arkansas paddler would instantly recognize as the Cossatot River was a nice touch, especially considering that I've never run it before and probably never will. It's sorry, I know, but that's how I roll!

Speaking of kayaking DVDs, you might like this one from Forge which just came out. I made sure all my kayaking friends knew I bought a copy the exact day it was released!

Those dudes in that video must be crazy. You wouldn't catch me near a river like that!

A Picture of Some Other People