Hatchet Jack Gets an Idea!

Today is a big day! We have bunkhouse assignments and we are busy working on our bunkhouse name and gettin all situated! How exciting! I love this time of the year! I am like all unicorned out!

I even had an idea for an assignment. There I was, staring at Twitter in my browser and I noticed the “trending” words and hashtags. I was instantly teleposted (that was a spelling error but I really like the word so I am going to stick with it) back to one of the early assignments I had enjoyed at a camp in the past that asked us to make a poem of a playlist. So I figured I would make a song/poem out of the current trending topics in Twitter. 

So I did.

This is a #BattlefieldAmerica hello wake up!
I got a soul like #WhitePeopleLunches all bread and jam
and I only want more of #MoviesICanWatchAnyTime
Is this is just a momentary moment of Hard Knocks
like the #SignsOfAStrugglingStripper
who wins the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
Or is this a battle works like the Chrome OS and that is like a trip man,
Like a trip on LSD
where I meet Serena Williams
and I whisper I could Die In Your Arms

Not sure if it is a poem or a song or what? But it was fun and while I whittle away some moments here before lunch I thought I would share this. I’ll add it to the ds106 sit as soon as the powers that be get it rockin’ again….

I am very excited to have such a fine group of campers join in our adventures this summer! We are a luck bunch in the yet to be names Bunkhouse 4. My personal favorite possibility thus far is “The Hatchet Hotel” but that ain’t quite as happy as I suppose we should be? And it ain’t just my bunkhouse, it is all of ours.

Hatchet Jack Talks about the Web as a Bowl of Mush

Gardner Campbell

Flickr image by cogdogblog

Gardner Campbell has a nice beard. So does Hatchet Jack and that makes us compadres. Gardner Campbell also don’t like face lifts and ol” Hatchet Jack is not really into the boutique facial look and plastics either. So Jack likes Gardner.

But Jack thinks the internet is like a bowl of mush. Now it ain’t the mush whats important, its the dang bowl. Cuz during our lifetimes of travel, and lord knows Hatchet Jack has wandered, we come acrost many a campsite and many a companions. And some enemies too. Now all them folks have something to offer. Bullets or food or drink and for the better of those options you’ll be wanting a bowl to put that stuff in so you can eat it.

Ya can’t be lookin a gift horse in the mouth, and sometimes ya will want to organize the mush. That is if ya can’t stands the beef mixed up with the beans. And if you carefully place the stuff in yer bowl, and use yer fork, if ya got one, or yer knife to kinda move stuff around, you can divide it up so the stuff don’t get all mixed up. Now Hatchet Jack prefers it all mixed up, and heaps of it, so a bowl works just fine. No need for a plate or a platter or what have ya. Christ, Jack feels lucky to have a damn bowl at all cuz for many years he didn’t have one and eatin’ off yer pants or a plank of wood gets a bit messy.

So, having yer own bowl is important as you travel about. A good bowl that you can paint yer own colors and carve yer name in! A good sharp hatchet also helps cuz ya never know who might come try to take yer saddle or yer bowl. You’ll be wanting to chop their frickin hand off if they try that and a hatchet work great for that sort of thing. That is what Hatchet Jack thinks.

Crafts with Hatchet Jack

Here I have created a nice video about the fun craft of making painted sticks. I love crafts. But, the truth is I had not planned out the episode too well and forgot about the properties of tape and stuff.

Nonetheless, I am excited to share the first installment of “Crafts with Hatchet Jack.”

Hatchet Jack’s First Campfire and TDC

This evening I was able to sit around the fire and plan a bit with other counselors and the administrators. Usually I do not like administrators, but these two are cool. One is an angel and the other looks like an FBI guy. No matter, they are likable and seem friendly. Below is the angel addressing the group.

We spoke about some of the camp logistics and got acquainted with one another. It is going to be all roses and unicorns from here on out. They even noted that we can’t say, “&^% &^%$$@” (Jim Groom) ever. Not ever not once. And the FBI guy really really emphasized that point.

Today I did my first daily create for the summer. I sort of cheated and left a bit of the original in the background just for effect. Hatchet Jack uses Photoshop because he can. What he can’t do is draw for shit with his mouse. So here is my first TDC.

If you laugh, I’ll chop yer fricking hand off with my hatchet. Because I am Hatchet Jack.

Hatchet Jack Layin’ Down the Law

I’ve been thinking about how I need to run the cabin. What is acceptable behavior and what is not? I have a few ideas of course cuz I done this before. But I am curious just how others might be restricting, or allowing, behaviors of the campers.

I have thought about my mom, and how she raised me. Tall as the redwoods and all that. I have thought about the role if structure in my life and how I have been fighting rules and getting in a word of trouble as a result. What is an old man to do with a pack of rascal campers?

I started a list of some rules I have been thinking about. Pretty strict and strait forward. No jumping on the bunks and stuff like that. I am looking for ideas from other experienced campers and staff members. Reaching out for help is ol’ Hatchet Jack.

Here is where some of my early ideas are. Feel free to add some you think are useful. I best get some ground rules set up before them campers take over, right?

Waiting for the Dinner Bell. I’m Hungry.

Well campers, I been waiting around and cleaning up the camp. Trimming bushes, racking leaves, beating the daylights out of rugs and a few squirrels and mopping the floors. Camp is looking good for opening day.

I been thinking about dinner bells because that is how you know the chow is on at camp. I have a favorite bell. It is at the bottom of the ol’ Grand Canyon and it tells the whole Phantom Ranch that chow is on in the morning and in the evening. Someday I am going to ring the dang thing just for fun.

Dinner Bell at Phantom Ranch - Grand Canyon National Park

Flickr image by By Al_HikesAZ

By the Banks of Lake Macguffin

Ol’ Hatchet Jack is busy getting ready for the campers. This morning I went out to Lake Macguffin to see if I might find a spot for a tent or secret cabin for them little campers. I know they are building some fancy new camper cabins, but we are going to need secret hideaways and forts!

There seemed to be an inordinate amount of trash around the lake. Perhaps when it was drained some varmits brought stuff what was at the bottom, back to the shores? Anyway, I know it was a camp before these new folks purchased it.

Here is some video I shot lake side this morning.

I also added my two cents, or a hatchet in this case, to our pack bag that one of the camp directors shared with us. You should add your ideas too! Camp Director Alan shared some nice views of  Lake Macguffin with us and a nice look at the new pavilion! I am sure excited to see what the new camp look like!

I am wondering if we might map out the camp?

Chopping Wood, or Whatever is in Front of Me!

I would not want to go to camp where the counselors told me my bunk house was like the Bates Motel. Who knows, maybe the campers are too young to know about the Bates place? That is about as far as Ol’ Jack got thinking about his new cabin, or tent, or whatever.  Hatchet Jack has work to do!

Yesterday , thanks to @leelzebub there was great inspiration to “make place” and it was clear that the process of creating a home is a necessary part of the camping experience. All camps have place and it is essential we create ours.  Today there was even more inspiration from @scottlo and it shows the rich physical diversity of the camp itself. What a wondrous camp thinks Hatchet Jack!

Having been absent from the great GIF I decided that I should practice before the campers arrive. And that it would only be fitting to practice on work about place and our Magic Macguffin cabins, or RVs, or whatever we find. So for @scottlo I give him blinking stars and a warm crackling fire. With love, Hatchet Jack.