Archive | May, 2008

The Cure For Summertime Blues

It’s about that time that kids are starting to daydream about their summer plans. And they should be. Ain’t nothing better. There are not many places on Earth I’d rather be than Lake Plantagenet in Bemidji, MN when I was 12. Anyway, if you haven’t already seen it, check out Summercamp. It’s just about the best thing you’ll ever see. Work sucks.

Summercamp! follows the day-to-day drama of 90 kids let loose in the woods at Swift Nature Camp in northern Wisconsin. Camp is a place where kids can be kids, where their home and school lives momentarily fade into the background as they go through the highs and lows of adolescent rituals: sing-alongs, talent shows, homesickness, counselor mutiny–and first love. Amidst group activities, showy arguments, and secret conversations, filmmakers Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price submerge themselves into this curious camp subculture, capturing a diverse array of adolescents from all economic and social backgrounds. Through the non-calloused eyes of kids, Summercamp! captures the raw emotional experiences that will endure with them for the rest of their lives.

MP3: Dion – If Only You Know

May 15, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Wild Palms and Gold Mines: Everglades National Park, FL

Give yourself a new Seminole name, get a plane ticket to Miami, rent a car, then drive down to Everglades National Park in Flamingo. Techno music coming from the mono stereo works best for the midnight drive. When you get there, get an hour or two of sleep and then rent a canoe at the marina. There’s a skinny gentleman with a mustache that will get you on your way. Go outside, ask for Louis (like the king, not the Anderson) and get in the water. Get paddling and don’t get stuck at low tide. It’ll give you a real-life panic attack.

You’re in the Gulf of Mexico now, so watch for prehistoric looking birds floating by your head, sharks swimming beside your boat, and miles of pristine beach covered by mangroves. Keep going for 10 miles in the hot sun to the continental USA’s southern most point, East Cape Sable. This isn’t the gloomy Everglades swamps that keep you up at night. This is going to be your favorite place on earth. Full of no-see-ums, shells the size of your face, and lonesome fires on the beach. Unfortunately you might have missed the window. Right about now the bugs are rallying the troops to get ready for a couple of months of deathly humidity. You don’t want to be there, trust us. Wait until December and we’ll go with you. We promise.

May 15, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Paul McCartney and Percy Thrillington.

Paul McCartney decided one day in the spring of 1971 that he was real keen on the idea of making an orchestral version of Ram. He made it, it hit the shelves, and in 1977, he decided to finally put it out. But he wanted to have some fun, and because he’s the king of (un)cool, he released it under the pseudonym of Percy “Thrills” Thrillington. He and Lovely Linda started spreading phony stories to the gossip pages and taking out ads announcing Mr. Thrillington’s social and musical activities in London. Thrillington doesn’t have his name anywhere, but let me assure you, this shit is pure Paul. It might sound like a C grade Bond soundtrack at times but any cover version of one of the greatest albums that ever was is fine by me.

MP3: Thrillington – Monkberry Moon Delight

May 15, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Safeway Supermarket In The Rain

Welcome to Cold Splinters. It’s crazy nice to meet you. This is going to be the one that makes the history books. Sorry. A certain silver fox on the television is calling to us right now. See you soon. Sweet Dreams.

May 14, 2008 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 5 }