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Where's Marty?

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This is my latest image.
There's one human in it, Marty.

Actually, he's not all that hard to spot.

This one is from an old and somewhat faded memory.
I compensated for the fades with a little improv.
Like I couldn't remember exactly what the pavilion looked like, so I made one I like.
I think the real one might have been rectangular.

My family and I used to go to this place on the 4th of July.

Loved that place.


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1029 day(s) ago

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Trissinger
I love it, K-- wish I could have been a kid at the same time as you & played frisbee or hide & seek with you, would have been such fun!

It looks rather idyllic, no?
What would be packed in your picnic lunch? Any fav moments you'd like to share about it?

I CAN'T FIND MARTY!!!

(I'll look again...)

~Oh!~ He's at the picnic table starting lunch without us!
(The nerve...!)

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Did you swim in the lake?

I should probably know, but what lake is that?
Is it one north of St. Paul?

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Trissinger
1026 day(s) ago
You said you got hit by the frizbee?? Ho boy, I'm not sure I'd like that! But your husband taught you how to throw it properly, yeah, there is a technique to it.

So you hung out at the pool & at the beach as a teen Philosopher. Did you swim much in the water or was it to lay out in the sun & get a tan or doing something active?
I couldn't handle lying in the sun, had to be active & collect shells, walk or jog down the beach, dive into the waves (still love doing that!) -- I'd bring a book to the beach as a teen, but couldn't handle reading more than a page or two 'cause there'd be too many bugs or the sun would be too bright to read or the sun screen would get in my eyes -- then I'd go for a walk or take my camara with me on some kind of 'discovery' hike & then I'd have a great time.

I always wanted to play beach volleyball, then one time in Fla. as a middle aged adult, I asked this group of younger people if I could join them in a casual beach volleyball game I I had an amazing time, ha! They weren't overly competitive & I wasn't half bad--

Yeah, went to a pool party this past summer with the women I'm learning to counsel with -- we practice on each other & I'm going to team up with one of the women to counsel others, looking forward to starting this out together in January. We have several 'guinea pigs' to start out on. ...

philosopher
1026 day(s) ago
Kraven, we spent many Summer's at a pool club. I went to the pool from five through fifteen or so. We had fun. As a teen my friends and I enjoyed the beach.

Kravenhead
1028 day(s) ago
Triss, your fun on the river sounds a whole lot like mine, except I was in my very early teens at the time.
I think we started going to the river on our bikes when I was like 12.
I'm guessing at the age based on the friends I went with.
I didn't meet them until I was in Middle School. (We called it Jr. High) That would be grades 7 through 9.

Ha! The muddy waters made our tighty whities brown.

Frog legs! Egad!! Although, thinking I was quite the pioneer, I made myself some turtle eggs for breakfast, once.
Leathery shells that I needed to cut with a knife, but they tasted like eggs.
Not something I'd do now, for a number of reasons, including it wasn't a good thing to do ecologically, and wasn't necessary.

I agree... Those were the days.
And like the song... We thought they'd never end.

Kravenhead
1028 day(s) ago
Here's Marty sitting at the table on the left, Philosopher.
I brought the camera in closer.. Ha! which made the grass look a little too wild and long, but I needed it that way for my distance shot.
I don't remember Frizbees being around until I was in my early twenties.
At least I didn't toss one until then.
And yeah, my image looks a little like an ocean, or one of the Great Lakes, but it was actually a large lake near the Twin cities.
Just not as large as I made it look in the picture.
I think I'll call that artistic license.
Or maybe it's because I was a little kid when I was there and everything seemed larger.

My characters are too "cartoony" to do a close up in a scene like this one.
I'll have to make some that are a little more realistic looking.
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Trissinger
1028 day(s) ago
Mhmm, such lovely memories... mine are of this very river I live on in the summertime, from as long as I can remember until the age of 10 or 11, when we'd play by the riverside catching minnows, filling the red canoe with as many of us cousins as it would hold, then tipping it over & having a 'submarine' with the air pocket on the inside.


We'd make mucky castles in the sand, wade out to the anchored raft with around 3 or 4 of us making that raft heave from side to side until it flipped right over -- probably considered 'dangerous' in our time, but the best of fun back then.

We'd generally eat up at the cottage or at my Aunt & Uncle's (Tante und Onkel). once my Tante fed us frog legs, but she told me it was chicken, and you know, that's exactly what it tasted like! But there's no way on God's green earth that I would have eaten it if she'd admitted what it really was. N'uhuh, no way!


Yep, them's happy times, K, Phil, & my own daughters have their own memories here too, mostly at my Aunt & Uncle's too, as their beach had all the amenities & ours here was underdeveloped with less than enough sand to play in. But we did (do still) have a raft & several canoes to play with & paddle up & down the river on.
We didn't have the rope swing though-- and our property's the wilder one with little pathways throughout near the river, which the children always loved to chase each other through.

Our bonfires have always been the highlight on our property-- love to have you K, you & your hubby & son Phil, over for a bonfire on a summer's evening, once the mosquitoes had run their course and settle down for the season. In later years with our children, we'd make bannock bread over a stick, learned in home-schooling days with friends.

Ah, to be a kid again without much of a care in the world-- we had our cares, but they could be easily forgotten for a time. I guess that's still the same -- kind of one of the reason's for this site, eh?
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philosopher
1028 day(s) ago
I could not find Marty. I never liked boats.
I liked swimming pools better than the ocean.
I liked playing frisbee. My husband was very athletic and he taught me how to throw probably. We had fun.
LOL , Tris and Kraven they use to play on campus and we'd get hit sitting in the grass.
The guys use to play between breaks. They were annoying sometimes.
We need Tris around here. She makes everyone smile,
Happy Sunday Tris and Kraven. Have a nice week and Happy New Year.

Kravenhead
1028 day(s) ago
Here's a little closer view of that boat in the park:

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Kravenhead
1028 day(s) ago
Oh... I don't recall eating a picnic lunch in that park.
My Aunt and Uncle's place was close, just up those stairs and halfway down the block, and they had big family meals served outside in their yard.
They probably thought it easier than toting everything down those stairs to the park.

I forgot to mention.... My Uncle had a small sailboat.
It could hold maybe 2 adults and a child or two safely.
Anyway, it was great fun going out for a sail with him.
I remember getting a little nervous because sailboats tip so far up on their sides when turning.

Kravenhead
1028 day(s) ago
Ha! Yup.... That's Marty at the table.
Actually, he's reading a book.
The picture when posted is about half the size of the original.
Makes it tough to make things out.
I don't know about the new Explorer, but using Firefox you can right click on an image and then "View Image" from the menu to see the full size version.

No Frisbees yet, not at that time.

That's a lake near the Twin Cities called Lake Minnetonka.
My Aunt and Uncle lived in a little hidden neighborhood there.
To get to their place, off the main roads, there was a narrow road that snaked up a hillside loaded with trees.
At the top of the hill, the trees opened up to a small neighborhood, about a block and a half long; all small, older, working class homes.
The end of the road was a dead end.
That's the view from that dead end.

There was some kind of deal where no one owned the property or homes they were in.
They leased from some company, that may have owned the park area too.
I say the park too because there was never a lifeguard.
Beaches owned by municipalities usually provide lifeguards.
I'm thinking maybe the residents paid a fee for the upkeep of the park area.

Yup, did a lot of swimming at that little beach; parents watching from a blanket in the grass.
The place was so secluded that it was usually just my sister and cousins and I swimming.
It was also before the lake became overdeveloped and crowded, so there was plenty of wildlife at the water's edge... Clams, crayfish, frogs and the like.

It's a big lake, but being so close to the city it's gotten pretty polluted and occupied by invasive species... Like zebra muscles.
Kinda sad.... But it still lives pure and innocent in my memory.

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