The vaults are insufferably damp.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Cindy and I went to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival last night. Hard to believe this is their 19th year. Anyway, we had a great time. It was hot when we got there, but it cooled off after a while. The show started with the Stormy Mountain Boys. They were good, but the sound system wasn't working for them. For most of their set you just couldn't hear the banjo. Since I play the banjo this was really disappointing. The guy on the dobro was awesome, as was the bass fiddle player. One of the last songs they played was a bluegrass adaptation of a Mongolian folk song. They said it was in G minor, a hard key for the mandolin. It sounded great, but again the banjo wasn't coming through.

After a (long) intermission they started with the storytellers. Victoria Burnett had us up on our feet singing for the BBC. Kevin Kling taught us to speak Minnesotan. Motoko told the story of a bride in Japan with strange powers. Bill Harley wrapped it all up with a song about saying goodbye when your children leave home. By this time the wind was picking up, so we left just in time. We had a great evening; I hope we can go again next year.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lasertag Event

Played Laser Tag at Laser Assault last night. It was so much fun. I had to defend our base and keep the green team at bay. My accuracy was about 5%, not too bad. Scoutmaster Shumway had the best score for the evening. I'm glad the young men and there leaders came along, it made it that much more fun.

William hurt his ankle, so I gave him crutches this morning. He was trying to use them as he went down the stairs and wound up getting hurt again. Poor William!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Last Day of Summer Vacation

The kids head back to school on Monday, so today we had our end-of-summer picnic up Provo Canyon. We were going to stop at Vivian Park, but there were cars all over the place. The parking lot was full and people were parked along the main highway. It was too crazy, so we continued up the road to South Fork park. We had a nice time and we got to eat right next to the river. William threw rocks into the river. We ate sandwiches and chips and some grapes that grew in our yard.

After the picnic I took Sarah to the movies. We saw Prince Caspian at the dollar movies. It was a fun movie, with plenty of action. I'm always afraid when I go into the subways that the walls might suddenly disappear and I'll be there on the beach. Hasn't happened yet, but who knows?