“Words, words, words”, said Sir Alf Ramsey, the last England head soccer coach to win a major competition. “What have you ever achieved with those?”, he said rather scathingly to the late great sports journalist Hugh Mcallvaney of the Sunday Times.
To which Mcllvaney replied: “Actually Alf, they’re really quite useful if you want to say something”.
We are gremlin-free tonight, so let me tell you about yesterday. It was Town Day with a difference: town came to us. Rather than run the risk of having everyone run around the town of Minocqua this year, we thought it prudent to keep things in-house. So we created (as best we could) stalls and shops and town-like things right here on the grounds. It all started at 2pm, just like real town day, with the opening of the English ‘pub’ in the living room. This coincided nicely with the start of the Euro final between England and Italy. We had a good crowd for that, while elsewhere there was face-painting, sushi-making, puzzles to do, a dunk-tank, a bouncy castle, a slip and slide, a pizza shop, a casino and mini-golf. To end it all at 6.30, we even replicated the Minocqua Bats ski show right here on sand Lake with our own Bats, and clown!! What a great day!
Today – another hot one – we continued with Big Ten medal testing and King of the Camp playoffs. That’s a pretty normal day. We relaxed a little this evening after dinner with some free-play, just to give the boys a break from all the structure and competition. As I write this, the rest of the camp are in Wasserman Hall doing New Song and Cheer night. Each cabin has to come up with a new song or cheer, that may or may not catch on. The first few I heard before heading to the office to write this sounded very good indeed.
More of the same tomorrow as we wind our way to the end of the week and the end of the first session. Where did that time go?
Despite the heat and the intense competition, please know that all is well, so safely rest. We will.