When the average person hears "Summer Camp", they automatically think of a rustic log cabin for all to live in during the week of camp. They would never think a cabin would be built out of cement block. The cabins at Lake Yale are made out of cement block and painted. What I don't understand is why a light green color with a dark green spatter was painted on these cabins. I guess it was the color of the 1960's.

The "typical" summer camp always has a bonfire planned for all to take part in. I'll never forget the time Andy and I attended one of these bonfires and had a 'blast'. Like always, the bonfire was at night behind the cabins in the woods. As usual, Andy and I were fooling around and being nothing more than a pair of 'Jokesters'.

Andy was wearing a cowboy hat. He had painted an eagle, a bear's head, and a view of a mountain on it. The boys were fascinated about Andy's cowboy hat. From time-to-time during the bonfire, we would notice some boys looking at Andy's cowboy hat with marvel and interest. This one boy was so caught-up with Andy's cowboy hat he stared at it for the longest. Finally, he asked, "How did you make that cowboy hat?" Andy replied, "I painted it." Then the boy asked, "How'd you paint it?" Instantly, Andy and I saw an opportunity that couldn't be ignored. I jumped into the conversation and answered the boy, "He painted it with a 'Three-Pronged Toothpick he ordered from Sears." The boy's eyes grew to the size of golf balls in amazement. At this point, we had him!

To make sure we had his captivated attention, I told him, "It took him a while to paint the animals and the mountain on his cowboy hat. It's hard, tedious, painstaking, and time-consuming work to use a 'Three-Pronged Toothpick'." I turned to Andy and asked him, "Didn't you use a special toothbrush to paint the inside the cabins to get that 'Spatter Effect'?" He replied, "Yap!" I was on a roll and followed-up asking Andy another question, "Didn't it take you twenty years to paint the inside all of those cabins?" To hold the boy's captivated attention he replied, "Every bit as much." With Andy's wit, he took off his cowboy hat and showed the boy the picture he painted in the crease on top of his cowboy hat. Andy looked in the boy's eyes with a straight face, pointing at the picture and asked him, "Do you know how I painted that picture?" With curiosity the boy asked, "No. How did you?" With one statement, Andy answered, "I painted that picture on an elephant's bottom and he sat on my cowboy hat while the paint was wet."

Then we heard a noise behind us, and to our amazement, we turned around and realized the boy's dad was standing behind us and heard everything. [The boy's dad was a preacher]. He looked at Andy, his son, and me for a brief moment. Then he grinned, shook his head, and said to his son, "Son, you have been had by the best."

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