I've been MIA. I haven't had much to say, and I've had a heck of a lot more to do since I stopped working my second job. Not sure how that works out!
I just made it to Deer Creek 2010. For those of you not in-the-know, Deer Creek is an annual show Dave Matthews Band puts on at the Verizon Center in Indiana. This was my first year making it to Deer Creek, which has been going on with a group of my friends for many many years. The guy who started this tradition couldn't make it this year since his first baby didn't get the Deer Creek memo and was due this past week. He showed up in spirit as an almost life-size picture of his face-on-a-stick thanks to the Pub crew.
We can't say it was boring by any stretch. The cops ran over our Ladder Golf and didn't even slow down and apologize. One of our group chased them down. Don't chase cops, they aren't nice about it. I watch far too much Cops and Inside American Jail so I was just hoping they didn't taze him.
Soon after we had to call them back to our campsite to remove the trippin' moron from across the way. We'll call him Dick from Chicago. Because that's what he was, and that was also his very fitting given name. Dick from Chicago peed his pants in my new camping chair then started smacking everyone. He got arrested and I can't think of anything more beneficial to him considering the amount of drugs he ate and the things that would soon happen...
Dick wouldn't have wanted to be in his tent during the storm that came through soon. Especially considering his tent was the first to be demolished. Not just any ol' storm with a little bit of rain either. 70 mph winds followed by a downpour for hours. EZ-Up tents can't withstand 70 mph winds no matter how well you stake them down. Our super-stakes stayed in place, while our 3 canopies became THIS twisted mess of metal:
However, our tiny tent stayed standing and mostly dry!! A quick trip to the store and some duct tape and we had shade again!! Notice the short carport! haha!
Next day... cue the heat stroke. 93* and sunny was not a good mix for me to be laying out in while drinking breakfast. Lesson learned - A Bloody Mary is not a meal, and heat stroke is a serious problem. I'm still lounging at home attempting to bring my temp down. 99.8 is better than the 104 I was at!! Ever had heat stroke? I haven't. My brain quit working. All of a sudden I was too hot. Then I needed a short nap. Then I had to yak. Then I felt alright. Took an icy cold shower. Did you know a cold shower is not a good thing when you have a fever? I didn't even know I had a fever at the time. I thought I had a lunchtime hangover from drinking my breakfast. Ended up sufficiently chilled for a moment in the shower and stomped back to my campsite in the mud. Pointless huh? It became naptime again quickly for a good chunk of the day. Heat stroke tip #2 -- Don't nap!! Heat stroke can put you in a coma. That's just not what ya wanna do when you're camping. I went all over the sickness spectrum for Saturday and Sunday. I consider myself rather intelligent, but I didn't really know a thing about heat stroke. Up til this year, I had really never had a major issue with spending hours in the sun. Heat stroke is BAD. I recommend checking it out on WebMD before you go on any outdoor vacations that are going to be hot and sunny. There were a lot of things I didn't know, and a lot of things I did wrong. Next time, I'm dragging my happy ass down to the medic before I ever get to the point that I'm at right now. And you should too, should you ever be in this situation.
Ok Dr. Delainie, that's enough.
Check out this mud!! Luckily we parked on a paved road adjacent to this muddy mess. Unfortunately this was right next to our camp and all the cars that got stuck sprayed mud all over our tent. I watched an F150 get stuck and pulled out, then immediately after that a little blue Beamer thought it could do better than a big truck. Uh-huh. Ok pal. We soon all gave up on washing our feet.
These poor little ants couldn't get out of the water. There were a ton of them! We built them a beer can and PVC pipe bridge so they could get down. They did and they did fast! Way too much water running through our site right here...
Well that's all I've got for now. I've got about 10 zillion projects in the works so I'll post about those soon! Now I need some ice cream... to get this fever down of course :)
Edit: I completely forgot to mention, we were on the news!! Or at least our campsite was since it was so completely messed up. The guy asked me to talk, but I wasn't about to show up on the news yet again looking like shit. Unfortunately that's kind of my thing. Check it out here.