Another favorite of this adventure came at the Aboriginal Culture center when I made
with sticks, the Aboriginal way!
Thanks to Scouts, Summer Camp, and Firecrafter I've done it with a bow and spindle before, but not just with my bare hands and the spindle! It was awesome! Fabulous memories were made on this adventure across the Northern Territory.
For the past decade or so Father's Day has meant heading off to Summer Camp. It's been a wonderful part of my life, as I've enjoyed camp with both of my sons... and several dozen other "sons" through all of those years. This year Matthew surprised me, upon returning home from camp, with my Father's Day gift..this little video that he put together while we were at camp this year - and then shared with the entire Troop last night at our meeting.
This guy is proud of that guy, and all of his mad, excellent skills - and of course, a little misty-eyed too when I first watched it. All of the guys in this video - and all of the other guys not in it but part of my overall decade-long Ransburg adventure - have touched my life in so many wonderful ways. And as a friend of mine within the Troop likes to say about all of the things he does for the youth of the Troop, I only hope that someday these guys will think back fondly on good old Mr. Lingren.
Another busy week has just passed by, and here we are,
facing a new very full week. So full,
that I wasn’t even able to get to writing this until late Monday night… usually
I write it over the weekend to post Monday morning.
I spent my weekend in the woods at a Scouting event. Specifically a Firecrafter event. Firecrafter is a Fraternal Honor organization
within the state of Indiana for the Boy Scouts.
It’s a really neat organization that I’ve been a part of for the past
two years, and I always enjoy going to the different events. The high ideals of the organization
(friendship, leadership and service) all come into play in so many different
ways throughout the weekend event. The
activities are fun, the hours are long, the memories are lasting. I never get much sleep on these outings, but
I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Needless to say, when I got home late Sunday
afternoon, my mind was not on writing something for stopher’s stuff, especially
since I wanted to watch the closing ceremonies of the Olympics! Now that that’s completed, I can’t wait for
the winter games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Next weekend will be another Scouting event, although that
one will take up not just Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but also Monday. It will be filled with Wood Badge training – the
highest level of training an adult can get within the Boy Scouts - though I’m
not going to receive training, rather to help provide the training. I’m on staff.
I completed my own course in Wood Badge in 2010, and completed my ticket
(or project) in early 2011. It was an
honor to be asked to be a member of the staff, and I’m looking forward to
seeing it “from the other side” this time around. Watching the participants as they arrive, and
then working with a group of them throughout the two different weekend events
and all that they need to do to complete their ticket, is something I’ve been looking
forward to for quite some time. I love
teaching and mentoring people, and this is a great way to give of my talents
So here we are once again looking at the start of
school. My kids are both excited and
not-so-excited about it beginning once again. However moving back into the
regular routine that the school schedule brings will be nice for all of
us. It was strange to my wife and I when
we first came to Indiana for school to begin in the middle of August, but we’re
very much used to it now. Growing up in
Southern California, our schools didn’t begin until early September – either the
day or two after Labor Day, or even the week following Labor Day – so yes,
mid-August was a bit strange at first.
All in all, extremely busy weeks of late. Here are just a couple of things that I
wanted to share from the goings-on in the Disneysphere. Old news to the various blogs and websites,
but I’ll mention them anyway.
Construction on Disneyland’s new Fantasy Faire area is progressing nicely. This new area replaces the long-standing (since 1956) Carnation Plaza Gardens. Personally it was a sad day when the closure was announced (that’s where I got my start at Disneyland). But the concept models, shown here, look really nice. It will be strange seeing a bit of Fantasyland OUTSIDE the castle by the hub, but at least the imagineers have done a really nice job with the theming. This new princess meet & greet area will no doubt be popular when it opens in early 2013.
Construction on the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland is
definitely progressing well. The Grand
Opening date of December 6th was set, which will officially debut the new attraction Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid; new restaurants Be Our Guest and Gaston's Tavern; new shop Bonjour! Village Gifts, and meet and greet locations Enchanted
Tales with Belle and Ariel’s Grotto.
Add all of these to the already open Storybook Circus water-play area and the twin Dumbo
the Flying Elephant spinners, and the soon to open Pete’s Circus meet and greet
area, and you can see there are some very exciting things going on at Walt
Disney World. The final new attraction in the New Fantasyland project Seven
Dwarfs Mine Train will open in 2013, and with the new princess meet and greet area inside the now removed Snow White's Scary Adventures building will complete the massive undertaking of New Fantasyland.
Alright, that’s about it for now. As Mickey likes to say, see ya real soon!