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Give Me Your Left!

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Give me you left, your left, your left your right your left.
Give me you left, your left, your left your right your left...

I’m in a moment of introspection thinking life's a lot like a parade. I’m looking over the 350 some photos I took at the Renton River Days Parade last Saturday morning (July 28, 2012) when my attention is suddenly seized by this one pic. I’m startled and find myself surprised. I’m embarrassed. I can’t remember my old Boy Scout Troop number and it's really irritating me.

My impatient me, myself, and I try to sort out this little personal irony. No, it's not a senior moment and I finally calm down, get out of my head, find my quiet place, and the memories come marching in.

Give me you left, your left, your left your right your left.

Remember the time at Camp Sherman in Maple Valley when we young lads on our first cookout spaghetti dinner started the pasta in cold water (instead of boiling water) and it turned out to be one huge glumpy ball of steaming hot starchy mush. Yet, it wasn’t so bad, we had lots of red meaty sauce to put on it and garlic bread!

Remember the time we were in the high Cascades on a raft skinny dipping in that crystal clear alpine lake when we were attacked by a thousand Deer Flies and had to jump into the near freezing water to keep from getting bitten. Remember the time we were at the Century 21 World's Fair on opening day and proudly raised the Washington State flag.

Remember the time we were doing a Raider’s of the Lost Ark zoom on a rope high over the Green River Gorge and the rope snapped and you slammed into the side of the cliff and knocked almost unconscious fell several feet into the river. Remember the time we were walking the Cascade Crest Trail and accidentally came between two cubs and Momma Brown Bear and she was really pissed.

Scouts marching in the Renton River Days Parade, July 28, 2012.

Remember sitting around the campfire and the Milky Way shown so bright, there was at least a billion stars shining brightly in the summer night sky and we talked and told stories for hours. We had no clue (as most boys our age don’t) what life had in store for us.

We were wonderfully blessed with benevolent leadership that understood taking us on a wilderness adventure would likely make a greater difference in our lives than a hundred lectures ever could.

This photo reminds me of those days and the men I’ve been fortunate to know in my life growing up. They guided us, yet let us be who we were. They provided a safe place yet knowing life is not without risk. They were patient, with purpose, and hopeful we’d get it when it was our time.

I forgot my Troop number today, but I’ll never forget the adventures and stories that were woven into the fabric of my life.

Give me you left, your left, your left your right your left.
Give me you left, your left, your left your right your left...

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Rainmaker
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Kathy Clulow
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Rene - ahhh the memories of our youth ..... remembering the events and the people, the emotions and the feelings that those memories bring back somehow make the forgetting of a number or date unimportant.

Aug 02, 2012 09:41 PM #23
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Rene - It seems to me that there are things far more important remembered than your troop number.

Aug 02, 2012 10:27 PM #24
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Regina P. Brown
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Rene, It's nice to remember the fun and adventure of the good old days, makes me sigh when memories flashback in my mind!  Thank you for sharing.

Aug 03, 2012 12:39 AM #25
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Hi Rene,

What wonderful memories you have of being a boy scout.

It is a pleasure I never got to experience.

Phil

Aug 03, 2012 03:54 AM #26
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Nan Jester
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For a moment there I thought you were going to sing the "Hokey Pokey".  Kinda made me smile, though,

Aug 03, 2012 07:52 AM #27
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Roger Newton
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I was nver a Boy Scout as a kid.

My son is a Boy Scout, and I have had the opportunity to be a Cub Scout leader, and now a Boy Scout leader.  It is sometimes challenging to be a Boy Scout leader, but it is very rewarding.  There is a lot to learn!  I am proud of my son and the other 26 boys in the troop.

Aug 03, 2012 07:55 AM #28
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Brian Schulte
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U R not alone. My troop number was ... um ... let me think ... eh ... omg i forgot. Yet I do remember some of those meals like yours. Also the wonderful work we had to do for the badges and especially camping in the woods.

Thanks for reminding us.

Aug 03, 2012 08:17 AM #29
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Thanks everyone! On the road today to Vancouver WA to teach a social media class. Catch up with you all later. Keys are under the front door mat if you need anything. :0)
Aug 03, 2012 09:04 AM #30
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I was a boy scout, so these pictures totally take me back to the day!!!!  Fun memories.

Aug 03, 2012 09:47 AM #31
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Lyn Sims
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Rene:  That's one good memory so the troop number is unimportant.  Glad you had such a good time in the scouts.  It was good clean fun even if you did almost get killed a few times in the process!  What kid back then didn't right?  It's different now, everyone has a helmet, a cell phone ......

Aug 03, 2012 11:58 AM #32
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Thanks René, for bringing back fond memories of boot camp too many decades ago to mention!

Aug 03, 2012 01:13 PM #33
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Thanks for sharing some of the experiences of your youth, its nice to sit back and reminisce sometimes.

Aug 03, 2012 05:41 PM #34
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Joy: Yes indeed, appreciation!

Debbie: Our troop, back then, (and I mean no disrespect what so ever) we're an amazing group of misfits. Scouts really helped us cross that bridge from goofy kids to teenagers with a sense of belonging, manners, caring, and a few very practical skills.

Richard: If there was ever a picture worth 1000 words. I didn't realize what I had until I got home and went through the camera roll. I did a double take and flashed right back to those times.

Jeff: Thanks, and agreed. We weren't raised (nor engineered) for the information age. We had to take it on and make many adjustments along the way. And you are so right. What we remember more than anything of the past is the way it made us feel at the time and that feeling stays with us forever.

Kathy: Agreed! We'll remember what truly matters.

Aug 03, 2012 05:44 PM #35
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Oh... by the way gang! Wonderful time in Vancouver, Washington today! Thanks to all the great real estate professionals who participated, it was a blast. A really fun group and we had a great conversation with 30 attendee's.

Absolutely beautiful drive from Seattle to Vancouver this morning! Mt Rainier was gorgeous in the dawn with the sun hitting the top of the mountain, and so was Mt St Helens... It was breathtaking to see the open farm land that you can from the freeway with wisps of morning fog here and there rising. The lack of traffic on the way down (about 150 miles) was a true blessing. On the way back, that was another story. From Olympia headed north, especially past Joint Base Lewis-McChord was bumper to bumper pretty much all the way home. But... understandably, it's SeaFair Weekend in Seattle and it's a Friday!!!

Aug 03, 2012 06:12 PM #36
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Christine: I agree, and isn't funny how the little details that don't really matter seem to in the moment and we get hung up on them.

Regina: Reminds of the saying, ignorance is blessed... In the case of being a kid, I agree!

Phil: And what was cool about our troop that it struggled for a while then Mr Brockway volunteered. He was much into scouts, per say, but he loved camping, hiking, mountain climbing, and all things wilderness and was willing to take us wet behind the ears assemblage of misfits with him!

Nan: YES indeed! And singing the hokey pokey about it would have been very appropriate. It was a big song then! But of this time, for me, I remember.... "I love to go a wandering, along the mountain path..." And I'm still working on a marching (tongue and cheek) song we used to sing where in cadence you'd throw a phrase out there, and everyone would have to repeat it... Dang, another thing I can't remember... But it could get hilarious, and it wasn't 99 bottles of beer on the wall... :O) Give me time, it'll come back!

Aug 03, 2012 06:20 PM #37
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Roger: I can't imagine anything more challenging than being a Boy Scout leader. (Except for being a woman and being a Girl Scout leader.) I applaud you, especially in these days, how important it is to not be a red neck, but show up as a man, a fatherly figure, and let the boys be what they are and share yourself. Thanks for doing that! Kids need all the breaks they can get. And, if anyone will but take the time, it will never be forgot.

Aug 03, 2012 06:36 PM #38
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Eagle Scout Troop 102 El Cerrito Ca.  Earned Eagle in 1978 and I remember all those sorts of things.  One of my best hikes was Canoeing on Ross Lake on the Canadian Border up your way and the backpacking back.  

Aug 03, 2012 08:34 PM #39
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Sorry I missed you today, was hoping to connect with you and at least have lunch with you. Maybe next time.

Aug 03, 2012 10:25 PM #40
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Brian: Ahh yes... the food! Though, like the trip to the alpine lake with the deer flies, we caught a bunch of trout and dinner that night was great!

Hi Chris: Nothing like a little time travel! Looking forward to your next webinar session...

Hi Lyn... anyway, if we wouldn't have much to talk about if we didn't get hurt or almost killed.

Bob M: You're welcome! 

Bob C: It's fun when memories get tripped back on. I haven't thought about camping with the scouts for a long time, yet once I went down that path, so many of the stories and adventures started coming back to me.

 

 

Aug 04, 2012 09:22 AM #41
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Hi Gene: I've been to Ross Lake, infact my first visit was as a scout. Beautiful place in Rockport, WA... The very northend tip of the lake is in British Columbia.

Todd: Me too... I'll plan more time next trip. It's been a busy week so I drove down in the morning, did the class and jammed in a couple of quick meetings and headed back to Seattle. I should be down later this month or early September...

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