Sports, Travel

Sk8tr Boy

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Jack: (to a bunch of girls) Hey I only have one minute left to show you what I’m gonna show you.

Small Girl: (whispers to an older girl) I think he likes her…

Jack shows the oldest girl a skateboard ramp trick. He waits for praise. The girl just looks at him and then does the same trick, but she goes higher on the ramp.

Jack: (nonplussed) Good job on your first try!

Girl: Actually I’ve done this before.

Jack: Oh then good job on your not-so-first try! Heh heh!

Girl: Hee hee. I live here all year so I practice a lot. Do you live here?

Jack: I’m only here one week a year, soooo…

Girl: Wow then you are really good!

Jack nods.

(He’s so smooth with the ladies).

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Treasures on the beach, skateboards, etc.

(Of course he’s my most valuable treasure.)

Vacation!!! Each day we get up early, walk to the beach and search for treasures. We found a great fishing net, a football, 2 shovels, a beaded bracelet, a key, a boomerang, a toy whale and a toy seal, among other things. If you get there at the right time (early) and wait for the right tide level (super low) you get first pick of all the washed up stuff. It was like a tag sale, but free, and mostly stuff you’d use at the beach anyway. If we hit the beach later in the day, we’d mostly look for shells, beach glass, gull bones, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, etc.

Jack: What does “etc” mean?

me: (peering over his shoulder to see where it’s used in the book he’s reading) Oh, it means “and a bunch of other stuff”, so they use it instead of writing out a huge list of things.

Jack: How do you say it?

me: Etcetera.

Jack: Then why do they just put the E and T and C?

me: It’s an abbreviation, so they don’t have to spell it out.

Jack: But it’s a book. They’re spelling out all the words anyway. And it’s typed on a computer.

me: So you’re saying they’re lazy?

Jack: Totally lazy.

And here are a few shots of Jack the sk8tr dude. He’s so psyched to learn how to skate and there is the coolest skate park right near the house we rent.