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July 26th, 2006
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So, I'm part of a mailing list, and there was an email about preparing for summer camp. From that email:


Items Not to Bring:

Radio
Stereo
TV
CD player
Gaming devices
Bike
Knives
Illegal Drugs
Tobacco
Firearms
Federal law prohibits fireworks
*NO TWO PIECE SWIMSUITS*
MP3 Players
IPOD
Laptop


Now, I'm more of a cranky word nit-picker than I am a parent preparing his child for summer camp, so my reactions:


  • radio, stereo, tv, CD player, MP3 Players. IPOD, Laptop - I think I can understand that they don't want any confusion - neither a radio OR a stereo, with or without a CD player. No MP3 players, including your iPod. But the specificity works against them. They might have said "electronic music players" or "music playback devices" with some examples of prohibited items. I'm totally packing up my Gramophone.

  • Knives - I worked at a summer camp one summer, and a bunch of the staff carried chopsticks as an affectation.

  • *NO TWO PIECE SWIMSUITS* - I can't stress it enough. Do not bring no two piece swimsuits. Take all the two piece swimsuits you have, and put none of them in one pile, and the rest in another pile. Do not, under any circumstances, choose to bring the first pile.

  • Gaming devices - Don't make me send you home, Fat Tony.

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From:ginsu
Date:July 26th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Do not bring no two piece swimsuits. Take all the two piece swimsuits you have, and put none of them in one pile, and the rest in another pile. Do not, under any circumstances, choose to bring the first pile.

You're a funny guy. However, I think there is additional humor to be squeezed from the fact that even if you ignore the letter of the law and obey the spirit, it justifies girls leaving their bikini bottoms at home.
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From:tsmaster
Date:July 26th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps I shouldn't have watched The DaVinci Code, but I found a cleverly hidden message in your reply:

I [...] squeezed [...] girls [...] bottoms

Hmmmm. But what does it mean?
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From:ginsu
Date:July 26th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
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It means that most of "DaVinci Code" is "Dave" and "id."
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From:canyonwren
Date:July 26th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
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That's just what I was thinking, except bikini tops. So much more comfortable going topless than bottomless.

Those bastards are obviously either men who wear trunks or women with short torsos. Women like me with long torsos cannot wear one-piece swimsuits! They cut into the shoulder and crotch.

Discrimination, I say. Discrimination against long-torso-ed women!
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From:ginsu
Date:July 26th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
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So much more comfortable going topless than bottomless.

I applaud the empirical experience which has left you with a frame of reference.
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From:tsmaster
Date:July 26th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps they just had some bad experiences with these ruffians.
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