We made our way back to the park as we had two BBQ's to get ready for.
At 4 p.m. I made an appearance at the Workamper's BBQ that Jeannie Budd the Park Manager hosted. Still feeling pretty queasy I didn't eat anything. Besides, when I left here I was going to the Olympic Lane (what we call our street since so many of us won medals in the QR Olympics) farewell BBQ.
I stayed about an hour and as expected most of the talk I was engaged in had to do with the JUMP. I received lots of congratulations and a lot of "you're
more stupid braver than me.
Now it was time to go home and party with our neighbors.
Everyone brought their own meat to grill and a dish to share. As usual, we had tons of food. These people here sure know how to cook! We brought brats for Bob and a steak for me. We contributed Copper Penny Salad, a carrot dish which went over very well.
After all of our tummies were full the entertainment started. Wilf, our next door neighbor had written a song about Don. You all know Don by now, there's no need to explain who he is.
Wilf started singing his song about Don and I have to tell you we all thoroughly enjoyed it. I've typed the lyrics below and it is sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies theme song. Let me explain one thing. Don bets a quarter on just about every event of competition he's in.
Come and listen to a story about a man named Don
Comes from southern Idaho where the bullshits mighty strong
I met him in a land where there's heat and lots of sun
A place in Arizona, a great place called Quail Run
Well the first thing he tells me is Wilf I am the man
At shooting and at ping pong I think I'm rather grand
I beat old Steve and Dale at shooting all the time
Cause I put some blanks in their box
And their quarters are all mine
Now ping pong is another game that Donny plays just fine
But neighbor Billy Turner kicks his ass most all the time
But Donny told me Willy wait till there's money on the line
The boy from northern Idaho will go down and the gold will be all mine
Now at pool he told me he was the tops and never did get beat
The Olympics are a comin' and all takers he'd defeat
But he met the man from Canada whose stick was pretty hot
So Donny was beaten badly, he was lucky to get a shot
But a finer man you will not meet from anywhere I know
He puts a smile on all of us and gives us quite a show
So when I leave this park and head north to Summerland
I'll miss the Peacock of the Park cause he is very grand!
Well, let me tell you, Wilf had to do several encores of this little ditty because we all just loved it!
Reactions to Wilf's song.
Kathy, our neighbor brought out her laptop and I brought over the DVD of the JUMP and everyone watched it. I couldn't watch it all, the spinning part of the free fall is just too much for me. I'm still pretty queasy.
We lasted until dark and then things pretty much broke up and we all went home.
I called my parents to let them know what I had done that day. My dad wanted no part of it, it seems, because as soon as I told him he said, "Here's your mother, tell her". Mom said something to the effect of, "What are you, stupid?" I would love to have been a fly on the wall when we hung up to hear what they had to say to each other.
So there's my day. It's one I'll never ever forget. And one that I never expected to take 3 parts to tell about.
I hope you enjoyed living through the JUMP with me.