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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Memorial Day

Our Memorial Day weekend was…well, memorable. We spent it with old friends and made quite a few new ones. A large group of friends got together and staked out a great campsite on the lake. The weather was perfect and the water was smooth (for most of the weekend, at least). Of course, the weekend couldn’t go off without a hitch, but overall it couldn’t I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend.

The battery on my Sea Doo, wouldn’t hold a charge if I taped one to it, but we didn’t realize it until we were ready to take off on Saturday morning. Needless to say, we left it behind; we had plenty of other toys with which to occupy our time.

We arrived on the scene to find water that was smooth as glass, perfect conditions for wakeboarding. We decided to split the groups up so that everyone could share in the fun. We used one boat to pull the various tubes (three in all, each with their own special function) and my boat we dedicated to pulling the wakeboards and kneeboards (oddly enough, not one person wanted to use the water skis).

Everyone insisted that I be the first one to break-in the wakeboard for the season. I am not sure of their exact intentions, but I suspect that it had something to do with wanting to use me as a guinea pig to see how cold the water was. It was cold but bearable and it didn’t take long to acclimate once you took that initial plunge. I took a minute to let my body adjust before I strapped the board on. I grabbed hold of the rope and let them pull out the slack slowly as we lined up for take off. I gave the signal and the engine revved, shooting me to the top of the water. It was just like riding a bike, I had no problems getting up and riding on my first try.

My wife also managed to pull it off with little difficulty, but my son was the one that impressed me the most on that first day. Now keep in mind, he is only seven, but he popped right out of the water and rode for a good ten minutes before he finally crashed. He was weaving in and out of the wake with reckless abandon.

On Saturday night, we played Black Jack with another group of friends. Our hosts, Matt and Kim, grilled up a magnificent feast before we set about the business of cards. At the first break, I was up nearly $2300. The person closest to me (Rob) had around $1700. The first hand after we returned from break, Rob bet $1000 and hit a Black Jack. Not to be outdone, I went “all in” on the next hand. Yeah, I drew a 16 and lost. Oh, well you win some…and then there are the times that you just play too stupidly to win anything. It was still a great time had by all, though. It was a nice little practice session for next week’s trip. Yeah, baby!!!! We are going to Vegas. I would go ahead and expect a quiet week from my blog starting on Sunday and lasting until the following Sunday.

We returned to the Lake on Sunday and had another wonderful day of water sports and good food. We took a little break in the evening and decided to try our luck at fishing. We found a nice little cove and dropped our lines in. After about an hour without any luck, we decided to try a new spot, but before we left, several of us wanted to jump in the water to cool off. My wife and son didn’t take long to decide that they had indeed cooled off enough, but I straggled. I heard my niece scream and my wife say don’t panic just as I reached the back of the boat. It turns out that not more than an arms length away from me, I had company. It was kind of hard to tell as it swam towards me, but my best guess is that this water snake was somewhere between four and five feet long and he obviously wanted to play with me. I didn’t share his feelings of adventure and decided that a hasty retreat to the boat was in order. My splashing kept him at bay long enough for me to get on the boat and we watched with great interest, as he grew bored and swam away.

We spent the night at camp and my wife made it through the entire night with out giving up and asking me to take her home to a real bed. She has never been fond of camping, but I guess she just decided to stick it out for the sake of family fun. Truth be told, I would be willing to bet that it just wasn’t as bad as she remembered it to be.

All in all, it was a great way to spend the weekend.


At 1:24 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

AMEN, Mrs. Goody! There's nothing like sleeping in your own damn bed!

At 1:39 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Ah, I find your lack of adventure disturbing. :) It really wasn't that bad. Don't get me wrong, if I were going to do it for more than a night I would pick up a few things to make us more comfortable, but for one night...totally worth it.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger JohnH985 said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. Some of us were working :(

I have a question I've been meaning to ask you...is there any link to go to all the chapters of your story The Dance? I've read bits and pieces but hate to start so far along. If not I'll just have to scroll back until I find the beginning and start reading it.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

That sucks that you had to work. I actually took all but a couple of chapters of the Dance off just recently. I had some pretty major editing flaws that I discovered and wanted to fix before I repost. It will probably be after I get back from Vegas before I have it returned to the blog.

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