We are inching ever closer to the season I hate most of all, Spring. Even though that rodent promised us six more weeks of winter, I’m okay with it. As long as it keeps that awful season at bay for a few more weeks. However, thinking about that brought back some fond memories of a positive spring experience. Spring Break. This was back in the ‘80s when every guy was looking for a good time. And every girl was hoping to return home without an STD, or pregnant.
I made that pilgrimage twice, driving down to Daytona Beach with some of my friends. College kids today have no idea what special kind of hell that was. Seventeen straight hours without any electronic distractions. This was back when we all paid our own way, with no help from mommy or daddy. As a result, we crammed as many people into a motel room as possible. In the morning, it resembled a clown car, as we all piled out in search of breakfast.
I remember one day, there was a typical Florida monsoon that left us with nothing to do but hang out in the room. Keep in mind, this was way before PCs, WiFi, and Netflix. Then someone came up with a great idea. Why don’t we go hang out by the pool? After all, how wet can we get? Brilliant!
We grabbed a boombox, frisbee, and some beer (of course). Then we headed out for some fun, without the sun. After goofing around for a while in the pool, we came up with a new game called Diving Board Frisbee. It was played by tossing a frisbee to your target, just as he leapt off the diving board.
The object of the game was pretty simple. Hit him with a perfect toss, just as he reached the apex of his leap. After a while, we got pretty good at it. This led to some other curious spring breakers making their way down to the pool to give it a try.
I’m not sure if I had heard the phrase, “When life gives you lemons . . .” by that time in my life. However, that day was certainly a living example of how to do just that. This article is dedicated to my friends Roy, Mike, and Jim.
Maybe we can get together for another game sometime. Even if it might end with a trip to the emergency room for one of us. However, Roy does have a pool, so maybe we can give it a shot. Keep 911 on speed dial, just in case!
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