Monday, March 12, 2012

Nothing beats running into an old friend....

I had the best summers of my life at North Shore Day Camp. 
I learned how to swim thanks to Myra.
I learned how to dance thanks to Ivy.
I learned how to make a God's Eye thanks to Janice.

I met some of the best people on Earth who would go on to be my summer family.

North Shore Day Camp...we were better than those brats at CYO!

North Shore Day Camp...uncle's Jay & Rich always looked out for us.

North Shore Day Camp...where you learned to swim, roller skate & play dodgeball all in one summer.

Oh the good old days....

the lunch coolers that stunk
the bug juice we all fought for
the smashed lunches
the cookies
ices at the end of the day; fudgies on Fridays
pizza parties for your birthday
Laces for rollerskating
Adventureland
teen night going to see the Mets & going to Carvel for flying saucers afterwards
Monkees
Gems & Rubies
Ravens & Flames
Teens
(sorry....I don't remember all the boys groups...Cubs?  Indians?  Royals? Chiefs? do I have that right?)  Probably should have ask Mo before posting this....oh well...
movies at the Bellerose Jewish Center on rainy days
the best friends ever
singing on the buses
making out in the woods at Alley Pond Park...when you were old enough!!
swimming at the Aquacade or Jeffrey Garbage
the concession stands...my first job!
sports with Mike & John
dance with Ivy
arts & crafts
Carol the nurse
playing outside all day....regardless of how hot is was
swimming every day
everyone played together
no kid was left behind
talent shows
knock hockey at the pool
going to White Castle near the Aquacade
bus #6


Wow!
Just thinking about all the things we did makes me happy.  My heart gets filled with joy thinking about the amazing childhood I had thanks to my time at North Shore Day Camp.

So why tonight do I wax romantic about my time at summer camp?
It's all thanks to Carol.

A few months ago I was mentioning on Facebook that I wanted to learn to knit.  Myra, my amazing first group leader from North Shore Day Camp suggested that I talk to Carol.  Ahh...Carol....an old buddy from camp.  So that lead to a renewed friendship.

Fast forward to tonight....a trip to a local supermarket & running into Carol.  Oddly enough Carol & I live in the same neighborhood.  Turns out we are a mere two blocks away from each other.  And even odder....I haven't run into her till now!

After a good chat, Carol will call me later on.  A wonderful chat & we are making plans to get together. 

So that led me to review my list & add getting together with old North Shore Day Camp friends.  I think we're going to have to do something...........maybe a reunion at Alley Pond Park.  That would be fun.....hmmm....I'm going to have to work on it.

But for now....here is the list.....

1 - full body massage
2 - take a hike
3 - frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity in NYC
4 - Gravity Hill in Bedford, Pa
5 - learn to speak Spanish
6 - read 'War & Peace'
7 - get a tattoo
8 - take Salsa lessons
9 - take a cooking class
10 - get set up on a blind date  DONE 9/12/11 (with #82)
11 - hostess a tea party    DONE 5/22 & 5/28/11
12 - ride a Harley
13 - buy 40 different pairs of socks
14 - get a make over
15 - get 40 people together for a picnic in a park
16 - go whale watching
18 - cook a Thanksgiving dinner
19 - karaoke night w/some friends    DONE 5/20/11
20 - visit the gravesite of Billie Burke, Glenda from 'The Wizard of Oz' in Vallhalla, NY
21 - learn sign language
22 - paint my bedroom
23 - clean out the living room closet
24 - go to Niagara Falls
25 - Spend the day in Philadelphia   DONE 3/5/12
26 - go on a "spiritual Retreat"
27 - rodeo riding
28 - bungy jumping
29 - walk across the Brooklyn bridge  DONE 11/5/11
30 - go to the Statue of Liberty
31 - start a book club
32 - go skinny dipping
33 - go on a photo taking tour of Queens
35 - get a group of people to walk in the Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach DONE 10/16/11
36 - write the next great American novel
37 - go to a movie every day for one week
38 - learn to knit
39 - go to a Zumba class
40 - go to a hot yoga session
41 - try the belly dancing class at the gym
42 - visit a state/city that you've always wanted to visit
43 - try pole-dancing
44 - chop down your own Christmas tree
45 - donate to a charity you never thought you would give money to
46 - volunteer at a soup kitchen
47 - volunteer at an animal shelter
48 - go Christmas Caroling
49 - horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park
50 - ice skating at Rockefeller Center
51 - make holiday cards & gifts
52 - trip to Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC
53 - go to Junior's for a slice of cheesecake
54 - volunteer at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
55 - go to Melba's in Harlem for chicken & waffles
56 - take a trip to the Long Island vineyards
57 - check out the Montauk lighthouse
58 - visit a cranberry bog
59 - go see a Broadway play
60 - visit Mark Twain's house in CT
61 - go to Atlantic City & lay down a $40 bet
62 - hot air balloon ride
63 - stock car racing
64 - white water rafting at the Delaware gap
65 - take a picture w/the Naked Cowboy in NYC
66 - go to Medieval Times
67 - go to a Murder Mystery Dinner
68 - go for good Cuban food in NYC
69 - go to the circus
70 - go to a football game
71 - go cayaking
72 - Fleet Week in NYC
73 - Circle Line cruise around NYC
74 - Hayden Planetarium laser show
75 - Hershey Park, PA
76 - visit a dude ranch
77 - take a photography class
78 - bike riding with Hippie Dave
79 - go on a vacation alone
80 - go to the beach looking for seashells with Hippie Dave
81 - Howe Caverns
82 - go see the Mets at Citifield  DONE 9/12/22 (with #10)
83 - rock wall climbing
84 - fly a kite
85 - archery w/Anthony
86 - go to the Halloween parade in the village
87 - go to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria
88 - go line dancing
89 - Governor's Island
90 - ride the Staten Island Ferry
91 - ride the Roosevelt Island tram
92 - go to a midnight movie show w/Tracy wearing your jammies   DONE 7/15/11
93 - go to the Noguchi Museum in LIC
94 - go to the King Manor Museum in Jamaica
95 - go to the Fisher Landau Center for Art in LIC
96 - go to the Sculpture Center in LIC
97 - go horseback riding
98 - ride a mechanical bull (Johnny Utah's in NYC)
99 - Mystic Aquarium, CT
100 - stop to see the sun rise and sun set on the same day
102 - plan a surprise party for someone
103 - ride the Cyclone & see the Freak Show in Coney Island
104 - midnight bowling
105 - plan a girls night out
106 - try a new hair color
107 - hostess a come as your favorite character/celebrity party
108 - go to the Museum of Sex in NYC
109 - be a nude model for an art class
110 - disco rollerskating
111 - go for pizza in all 5 boros; Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx & Staten Island (Brooklyn 11/5/11)
112 - tour the Brooklyn Brewery
113 - plant a garden
114 - get a drivers license
115 - go vegetarian for a week
116 - find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop
117 - go to Adventureland   DONE 7/24/11 with #155
118 - sail in a rowboat on the lake in Central Park
119 - sail a toy boat on the pond in Central Park
120 - make a boat out of materials found in nature & see if it floats
121 - go to Five Guys for breakfast, lunch & dinner so you can say you had 15 guys in one day
122 - go on the ferris wheel in the Toys R Us in Times Square  DONE 8/20/11
123 - go to Alice's Tea Cup in NYC   DONE 1/28/12
124 - go to the Top of the Rock
125 - paint a realistic flower
127 - take a Hudson River cruise
128 - buy a telescope to see the stars
129 - bounce on a trampoline
130 - make a paper mache artwork
131 - go for a helocopter ride over NYC
132 - go to a concert
133 - get new clothes
134 - go through the Corn Maze at the Queens County Farm ~ see if you can get out in 40 minutes or less DONE 9/18/11
135 - grow out your hair for Locks of Love
136 - go for breakfast at the Belmont Race Track
137 - go to Build A Bear    DONE 8/20/11
138 - go to a Cirque deSoleil show
139 - go see 'TheLion King' on Broadway
140 - go see a foreign language film
141 - Madame Tussaud's in NYC
142 - Magical Nights magic show & dinner in NYC
143 - take a jewelry making class
144 - go to Dylan's Candy Bar in NYC
145 - visit the Lous Armstrong house in Corona
146 - go see 'Blue Man Group' in NYC
147 - do a zip line run
148 - take Sara to White Castle
149 - have a party at Laser Bounce
150 - go to Ellen's Stardust diner in NYC   DONE 8/20/11
151 - go for banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery in NYC
152 - go to a tea house with Raul
153 - lose 40lbs
154 - take a pottery class
155 - plan a brunch at 3 Brothers   DONE 7/24/11
156 - hostess a Tupperware party
157 - go to Lucky Chang's in NYC
158 - go to Mudd Works
159 - hostess a Stella & Dot jewelry party  DONE 8/21 & 9/2/11
160 - go for tea at the Plaza
161 - find a second job    DONE Jan 2012   
162 - ride a subway line you've never been on
163 - give up Facebook for 40 days    DONE 3/8/12 
164 - go to Puerto Rico
165 - walk the Great Wall of China
166 - have a cake party
167 - go for Indian food with Awilda
168 - 1984 with Awilda & Denise
169 - buy a new bag
170 - buy a hat
171 - have a wine party
172 - have a slumber party
173 - have a Super Bowl party
174 - go to Bingo night with friends
175 - go apple picking
176 - go pumpkin picking
177 - start a Joy of Cooking monthly dinner club
178 - hostess a Rocky Horror Show at home
179 - learn to play Mahjong
180 - share something beautiful with a friend
181 - visit Natalie in London
182 - make a new friend
183 - go to the Guggenheim in NYC
184 - go to the Brooklyn Museum
185 - go to the Coffee & Tea Expo    DONE 2/26/12
186 - get together with old friends from North Shore Day Camp

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