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Thursday, July 31, 2003
 
Went for a day hike on the Appalachian Trail yestarday with Samantha. We did somewhere between 14 and 16 miles on the trail, and met a whole slew of people along the way. We ended up parking in a deli about half a mile away from the trail head and walked to the trail. About a mile along we came upon Bill, a volunteer trail maintenance person who was designing a maze out of vines for little kids. It was an interesting encounter and he left us with his card, offering to give a training session on emotinal intelligence to the group leaders here at camp. We then made it to the first break in the trail and had to cross I84 with the help of some directions from a guy on a lawnmower who lived on the corner of the street where we exited onto. Then back on the trail we passed a number of older men who were hiking the enitre trail, and had started doing so in March. Towards the end of the first half of the trail (after which we doubled back and exited where we started) it got pretty steep and we climbed to the top of a rocky area and were rewarded with a wonderful view of the Catskills. Our midway point was the Morgan Stewart shelter where we stopped for 30 minutes to have a bit to eat and drink, and signedthe register (only 10 days old at the time but already a third full). As the daylight was starting to recede we decided we needed to head back, and made better time on the mostly downhill return. Shortly after crossing the highway on the way back we ran into four kids about our age who had met along the trail and were going at it together, at least for a while. Some had started in Georgia, and some in the Carolinas. It was nice to see that so many people seemed to know each other along the way, and that everyone was willing to help out in any way possible. Our final encounter was with Rufus the dog and his owner and her boyfriend. They were a friendly couple that we talked to for a few minutes about life plans and the like before heading back to our car. On the way back we caught the beginning of the sunset from a good vantage point, but owing to the lateness of the hour we decided to move on and get back to the car rather than waiting the 20 minutes till it would be at its peak. We made it back to the car, grabbed a couple slices of pizza from the joint next to the deli where we parked and made our way home. A wonderful day and I definitely now have a desire to do more of the trail. A thru hike would be amazing, and I'll have to see where I am in life at some point to see if its something that might be possible for me.

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Saturday, July 26, 2003
 
And on a non camp related event- Happy Birthday Meg! I know it was yesterday, but not having the luxury of constant computer time precludes my on time update efforts. Would someone tell me if that sentence made any sense.

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Half seasoners left today. Tomorrow is visiting day. Its been a crazy week so far and very hectic here and lots to get done and yea. I have a lot to do and much to take care of and no time to do it, but I guess that is typical here at camp. Never enough time to do it all. Time to go take care of the kids again.

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Friday, July 25, 2003
Happy birthday!
 
Happy 22nd Meg!

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Friday, July 18, 2003
 
I should be singing right now. Instead, myself and a horde of counsellors have blown off song practice to use the computers. The pains of being a person in charge. Mac games broke out last night at the Renegades game. Gotta go now.

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Thursday, July 17, 2003
 
Im debating whether a face lift will come soon here. Since I will be changing my site over to the new server space I might as well go all the way and change the deisgn and maybe even the title as well. We'll see what I come up with if I have some free time in the next week or two. Mac games start later today, with the whole camp going to seee the Hudson Valley Renegades play minor league ball this evening.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2003
 
This site will soon be moving to the new host at smallwalls.com.

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Monday, July 14, 2003
 
Back at camp after Janice's wedding. It was a wonderful affair with an amazing ceremony and a great party afterwards. It was nice to see all the people I haven't seen in a year or more. In some ways it is sad that it takes a wedding to get us all back together, but its expensive and hard to coordinate something like this on a regular basis. But on to the fun stuff- I got into Chicago on Friday morning and Victor picked me up at the airport. We went out to Afghan food at The Kabul House and then back to his place. That evening a bunch of the people there for the wedding went over to Nevins for a while had a beer and then walked back to Vic's place. Saturday morning I went over to Al's deli to grab lunch for possibly the last time, got my final butter cookie and said goodbye to my old apartment as I walked by. It was weird to see an air conditioning unit hanging out my old window. Then I ate, got dressed for the wedding and walked over to Alice Millar for the wedding. The brief but intimate service incorporated a number of people, including her brother on the trumpet, Caille with her solo and an 8 person choir. After the ceremony a bunch of us walked onto the lakefill and blew bobbles which wer provided at the wedding and I walked over to teh rock we had painted during senior week and got a proper picture in the daylight. Then it was off to the reception at the Newburgh Library with an open bar and lots of good food, music and dancing. Bill wrote a song for Janice which was really great and was Jancie and Rich's first dance. The night was then filled with no line dances on the playlist, and lots of line dances danced by a bunch of us who got everyone into them. Afterwards some people went off to a club to party till dawn, but others including myself went home and I got a few hours of sleep before getting up on Sunday and going down to Gino's East for pizza with a bunch of people from the wedding and then I flew home after that, catching a flight that got my home 45 minutes earlier. And then I got a ride up to camp this morning, which was much better than taking 3 trains and a cab to get up here. Back to work now!

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Friday, July 11, 2003
 
In NJ briefly as I bouce around the country to Janice's wedding. Congrats sis! I'll be back at camp on Monday morning. Updates should happen at some point when I have the time. I dont know when that will be though.

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Saturday, July 05, 2003
 
In camp. Who would have thought I would be a junior boy counselor? My ten kids are pretty good; some are troublemakers, but thats to be expected with any kids at age 10. Currently most of the division is away at Pontiac and I get to be up here watching the computer room cause there wasn't room on the bus for us all to go. As it was all the counselors on the bus got to be standing while the kids were all 3 to a seat on a little yellow school bus. Not exactly my idea of a fun way of traveling for an hour each way. July 4th here was fun, but muted because it was Friday and Shtiller silence pervaded a lot of the festivities, but we still got 4th of July plates and napkins in the dining room. Lots to do- kids should be back soon. I'll give mroe informative updates later, but feel free to drop me a line or send me a letter. Email me for my new camp address.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2003
 
So Im going up to camp to be a counselor. Should be an interesting summer. Colby leaves tonight, and I go up tomorrow. Now I just have to pack my life up again. I feel like Ive been doing that a lot lately.

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