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04 August 2011 @ 06:33 pm
I always walk down the path to the Farmhouse (where the computer is) thinking of what I'll post, but by the time I get to the computer and finish going through my email I always forget.

Last night Meghan (a Spirit - elected camper from last year with more responsibilities than the average camper) and I staged a 'spontaneous' dance party at the end of the Amateur Hour talent show. It was fantastic seeing people do ridiculous things. It's less intimidating to get up on stage when there is no expectation of talent.

Unfortunately one of the campers from my cabin has been asked to leave; he smoked weed and admitted to it upon questioning. It's been pretty intense for the staff and campers. He's one of those campers who has come for years and most people tend to know. He can come back next year (he's not banned), but he has historically been a huge part of camp and it was only day four so it has been a Very Big Deal. I know my cabin is particularly heartbroken.

I'm getting ill. I have a crush. Those two sentences probably shouldn't stand next to each other, but this is my life and they tend to.

Today I had my first fig. After three years of lectures about the ecology of figs and fig wasps, I figured it was about time. Well worth the wait and the lectures, I think! I cut it in half and marvelled at the ecology of it first.

Now I'm off to fake a conference with my fellow staffers. The one I'm doing is some long title about the perspective of canines. I get to lead blindfolded campers around an obstacle course and train campers like dogs... Should be interesting, at least!

Ta-ta, all! ♥ Hope you're keeping well!
gerristgerrist on August 5th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh dear, that is heartbreaking. As a person who went to high school in the 70's it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. But I suppose the laws must be abided in order for the camp to continue - there are so many liability issues that any place of business must contend with. I'm so sorry for your cabin and the loss of a beloved person.

I know you will help the cabin heal and find the strength they didn't know they had out of this heartbreak ... cause you are the Kiwi and you naturally lead people to healing and their own inner strength.

Love the sound of the dance party!!

A crush. Wouldn't be Rowe for you without one, would it? : ).

Canine long named stuff makes me think of Shaya. Hope you have a WWWWOOOOOFFFING time with it.


gerristgerrist on August 5th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh, and the fig ... well, there's lots of places to go with that!! I think it better to leave it to Lash to find some sassy response. But I hope its like an apple falling on your head!
101mutts: Border Collie101mutts on August 5th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Haha, I thought the dog conference sounded right up my ally, too. Hopefully you're training the campers with positive reinforcement and MandMs or something and not choke collars. :P Clicker training by any chance? I'd love to have a few more details.

Hope you feel better. Smiles at the crush.
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 6th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
It was supposed to be a joke on conferences, so we all went all-out ridiculous instead of really sticking to what would happen at a conference (except for a friend of mine, who was mocking a conference that was actually in her own field, so she knew just how to do it). I was tempted to do clicker training but I thought that might tug me into actually making it more about dog training and getting a bit boring for the campers, who were just around to have fun. Instead I had them demonstrate dog tricks/games/behaviours and gave them Cheerios or Frosted Wheaties when they inevitably performed it correctly. At the same time, another staffer was leading them blindfolded around an obstacle course. It was pretty hilarious. More so because my staffer friend and I were dressed up and in character of flighty-brained hippie-folk; I looked a bit like Trelawney dipped in a puddle of tie-dye...

I've managed to stave off the true sickness and just skirt along the edges; I'm hoping that will continue. As for the crush, well, I'm used to this sort of little unrequited squish. (: I've had one on this woman before so I'm extra used to it!
101mutts101mutts on August 7th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Laughs, haha, I like that. I've been to a good number of doggie conferences. At Clicker Expo we rewarded other conferees for good behaviors (asking good questions, sitting in the front row, making sure their dog is comfortable and quiet, volunteering for something, etc.) with raffle tickets.

Pretty hard to do clicker training without getting too serious.

I've heard of non-dog people playing a group version of clicker training as a party game using clapping for the click.

Tie-dye Trelawney sounds fun! Yay for no sickness!

I've been meaning to send you a letter, hopefully I'll get to it in the next week. Bard tomorrow!
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 6th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
At Rowe it isn't about judging the person or the use of the drug, but an attempt to not have 'in groups' and 'out groups' - as well as to really get into having a nice sober fun time with connecting with others. Weed tends to create an 'in group' of people who smoke it/hang around it and an 'out group' of people who don't or are against it; Rowe is trying to prevent that by having clear behaviour standards against drugs and alcohol in camp. The camper signed the agreement and has been here many years, so he knew exactly what standard he was breaking and what he was risking by choosing to light up--and indeed by bringing the weed in the first place! It's definitely a loss to camp and the cabin, but I can't say it's one that wasn't deserved. He can at least come back next year without much judgment.

I'm not sure I'm so great at helping the cabin heal/get things out of the heartbreak. I have to admit that as far as teenagers go, I still tend to do best around other females--at least emotionally. I think I'm getting better at being around teenage guys.

It so would be Rowe for me without a crush! *Makes a face.* But this is a re-visited crush, so it's completely not my fault. Just a fun little nonreciprocal squish to enjoy.

Hahaha, I definitely had a good time with the 'dog training'.
minervas_eule: MHiU: hugminervas_eule on August 5th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'm getting ill. I have a crush. Those two sentences probably shouldn't stand next to each other, but this is my life and they tend to. ... no, they should not, indeed! I am sorry they do.... "getting melancholic" is the worst it should get to... :-(
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 6th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, my, re-reading that makes it sound much heavier than I had intended it to be! I'm not too put out by the illness (yet) or the crush. I'm not feeling too melancholic at all. So far I've managed to avoid falling entirely into illness. As far as the crush (or 'squish' as I sometimes call crushes) goes, I've had one on this woman before and she's apparently used to having other women like her, haha. I mean, not that I've directly told her I have a crush or been to obvious (nor do I intend to), but we've chatted about it before and she told me a woman on staff in 2007 that I had a crush on actually had a crush on her, which was pretty funny. I also remember that I told this woman I had an 'admiration crush' on her when I was 16 and she was pretty amused.

Hopefully that all makes it sound less dark! ♥