GWTW Forum
July 22, 2014, 08:38 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
   Home   Help Forum Info Login Register Chat  
Welcome to the GWTW Forum.
Guests (non-registered users) can view the forum but are unable to post.  If you don't have anything to say then why would you bother to register?
One of the most popular sections of the GWTW Forum has long been the Swap Meet.  A great place to sell old, seldom flown kites or to get great deals on used (gently flown) kites.  Only registered users can see the Swap Meet section, let alone wheel and deal.  1000's (literally) of kites have changed hands thanks to the Swap Meet.
There are several more benefits to being a registered user, but you'll have to join our little community to find out all the "secrets".
Questions or concerns? Contact Steve ... just drop an email to: forum.gwtwkites@gmail.com

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: When I Grow Up  (Read 1616 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
chilese
Global Moderator
Trade Count: (+5)
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 3004


Location: Las Vegas, NV

WWW
« on: August 24, 2009, 07:36 PM »

Yesterday at the park, there were many families and my sport kites were a big hit, even without the tube tail. The children were polite and asked questions while the parents hovered nearby. Most of the adults know me by now, but I prefer to have the parents around when children are involved.

I was switching over to a heavier kite as the winds were picking up fairly quickly. So I put the nose of the Inner Space under the kite bag and started setting up the Opium. Most of the kids were in the 6 to 9 year old category and yet their conversation about the sport kites was quite intellectual.

Not sure of their names, so I will use names from the Mouseketeers.

Annette: Wow, how much did this kite cost?
Me: About $300.
Doreen: When I grow up, I'm going to be a scientist so I can buy a kite like this.
Cubby: We don't need anymore scientists, we have enough explosives already.
Me (thinking to myself): Don't laugh, don't laugh.
Doreen: Well, I could cure cancer or something.
Bobby: Why don't you just make a medicine that gets rid of pimples in 30 minutes? My sister would buy it.

While the conversation was humorous, I secretly hoped they would grow up to do all those things. Except the explosives, we do have enough explosives.

Kids are very cool.
One of my favorite family shots:
Logged

John Chilese: Las Vegas, NV
http://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej
lylenc
Trade Count: (+1)
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 254

Location: Walla Walla, WA

« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009, 08:26 PM »

Some of us old farts are cool, too. I went to WSIKF for several days. While flying in one of the open areas south of the main flying fields, I kept hearing a bunch of gigling behind me.  Cheesy It was so infectious, I was laughing without even seeing what was going on.  Grin

After a while I looked back to see two guys about age 60 flying a plastic POS dual line kite with two 10' plastic tails trailing from the spine. One guy was flying and the other guy was picking up the kite for relaunch after the crashes. After a bunch of crashes, one of them said, "Well, we have the landings figured out!" More giggles of joy.

The cool thing about kites is ... you never have to grow up!  Cool
« Last Edit: August 24, 2009, 08:29 PM by lylenc » Logged

Craig     Walla Walla, WA     Just One More!
DWayne
Trade Count: (+10)
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1356


Location: Corning, Ca.

« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2009, 10:15 PM »

Very nice John.
Personally, I have no intention of growing up.

Denny
Logged

I always wanted to be a procrastinator..........
I just never got around to it.
ezme6
Trade Count: (+17)
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 816

Location:

« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 05:31 AM »

what's growing up? Have I missed something?
Logged

"Do what you like"
indigo_wolf
Trade Count: (+10)
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1172


Location: North of Washington, DC (USA)

« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009, 07:51 AM »

what's growing up? Have I missed something?

Nothing particularly worthwhile... well, not unless you support including hand wringing and teeth gnashing in the next Olympics.

ATB,
Sam
Logged
Stevo
Trade Count: (+1)
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 53


Location: Salem, VA

WWW
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009, 02:27 PM »

Someone should really warn her that scientists don't make that much... Sad

Stevo
Logged
thief
Board Moderator
Trade Count: (+25)
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 3511


Location: North Shore of Massa-WHO-setts

WWW
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 02:54 PM »

depends on the scientist....
stevo you make at least 3x me Wink
Logged

Kites kayaks & corgis again!!!
indigo_wolf
Trade Count: (+10)
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1172


Location: North of Washington, DC (USA)

« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 02:59 PM »

depends on the scientist....
stevo you make at least 3x me Wink


Oi.... no wonder he snags all the Elliots....sigh.

ATB,
Sam
Logged
Jannie
Guest
Trade Count: (0)
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2009, 08:45 PM »

I'm not far from my 65th birthday and the other day I was wondering about the growing up thing, I'd just done something that felt very grown up and kind of liked it. But do I really need to go all the way, seeing that I'm now a serious senior citizen - nah  Wink
Logged
Stevo
Trade Count: (+1)
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 53


Location: Salem, VA

WWW
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009, 09:55 AM »

Oh Rob, that's just cause you make so little  Grin

Besides I spent 6 yrs as a grad student making below minimum wage  Embarrassed  Thank god for understanding spouses! (both the science and the kites)

Oh, and I haven't snagged the Elliot Sode of Rob's yet Sam...yet...

Stevo
« Last Edit: September 04, 2009, 09:57 AM by Stevo » Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  


items purchased through the links below help support the forum

Our forum is made possible by the good folks whose ads appear below and by the members of our community (PayPal donation button at bottom)
In case you missed it each ad is linked to the sponsors web site.  So please, take a moment and visit our sponsors sites as this forum wouldn't be possible with out them.
Interested in running an ad for your business or kiting event?  Contact Steve at advertise.gwtwkites@gmail.com for a quote.

Kite Classifieds Ad
Kite Classifieds

A Wind Of Change
A Wind Of Change

Kitebookie
Kitebookie.com

Untitled Document

Untitled Document
Untitled Document

Untitled Document
Untitled Document


Untitled Document
DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB

Support the GWTW Forum

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.8 | SMF © 2006-2008, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.2.1 © 2008-2009
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!