Make your own fun.
June 24, 2002 9:10 AM   Subscribe

Make your own fun. An instruction guide for cheap summer fun.
posted by chrisroberts (14 comments total)
ooooh. Ice Blocking! I used to love ice blocking. It's best when drunk and the golf course sprinklers are on. Kick ass! I used to go ice blocking on the weekends in High School. The third hole at Tilden Park Golf Course in Berkeley is the bomb.

Many years later I was playing golf at Tilden with my boyfriend and we got to the 3rd hole and I said "man, this looks familiar!" Had a huge laugh when I realize how many times I had gone down the hill on my butt, laughing so hard it hurt. (It also hurt when you hit the bottom and the ice block stops but your butt keeps on going.)

A tip about ice blocking. Bring a washcloth and sit on that. Otherwise your butt freezes.
posted by aacheson at 9:20 AM on June 24, 2002

Speaking from experience, I would like to point out that roping a calf is neither cheap nor fun.

OK, it was fun the first couple of times. But it wasn't cheap.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:42 AM on June 24, 2002

Mmmm... Drinking in the park...
posted by jennyb at 10:26 AM on June 24, 2002

that article reminded me of the boy-version of Hey Day, a book for girls that my neices loved.
posted by tsarfan at 11:17 AM on June 24, 2002

always wanted to go bridge-jumping. can't find anything about it on the web that isn't from another country. figures.

anybody know anything about bridge jumping in florida? besides the obvious things.
posted by taumeson at 11:36 AM on June 24, 2002

From the Backyard Summertime Checklist:

WEBER GAS GRILL--There are only two types of people who think charcoal grills are better than gas: Vietnam vets and retards. With this inexpensive gas grill you can throw on your meat and be back in your chair in two minutes. Top that.

posted by ColdChef at 12:16 PM on June 24, 2002

Aacheson, that's weird. My friends and I used to steal iceblocks from the Lake Anza concession stand and ride them down the hills at the golf course and the lawn in front of the Brazilian Room (aka the Fila Brazzillian room). This was 1986-1988. Were you at BHS, Skyline, et. al.? Eating fresh produce out of the ground at the Botanical Garden is also a good making-your-own fun experience, but you need to bring your own booze, cuz there's none there.
posted by luriete at 12:56 PM on June 24, 2002

I was at Bishop O'Dowd high school from 86-90. The people I ice blocked with were from BHS, class of 90.
Never did the Brazilian Room, although it was certainly safer cuz you weren't breaking into private property to do it! But I don't think they had the sprinkler action that Tilden park golf course did.

Didn't drink at the Botainial Gardens, but the "stubble of the earth" sculpture at the Lawrence Hall of Science was a favorite (probably why it's not there anymore.) When the wind went over the tubes, they made noises like blowing into a beer bottle. Very cool view of the city.
posted by aacheson at 1:48 PM on June 24, 2002

Is that thing gone? Yeah the sonic tubes or whatever they were were cool. We called that area "the view" when we would go out there and appreciate the sunset with various vision-enhancing drugs. Of course we'd usually bring the Bishop O'Dowd girls because they were better partiers (IE always had dope & wore less underwear). Haven't been back in many many years. I was Berkeley/Albany 84-88.
posted by luriete at 2:51 PM on June 24, 2002

Wear less underwear? Are you kidding? That's a riot. I didn't know we had that reputation around town. Every friend I had wore underwear- and I sure did! Are you speaking from experience or just know this hand, luriete? ;)
posted by aacheson at 3:22 PM on June 24, 2002

Is that thing gone? Yeah the sonic tubes or whatever they were were cool.

it was there just a year ago. of course, i wouldn't be surprised if it was gone; it seemed to be falling into disrepair last time i visited it.

trivia: sculpture was made by doug hollis, an artist also responsible for "Sound Garden" in seattle's magnuson park (yes, from which the band soundgarden took their name, making it damn near impossible to search for any useful info on the original "sound garden"; sometimes the internet works in mysteriously predictable ways.)
posted by fishfucker at 3:38 PM on June 24, 2002

I will swing by and see if it's still around next time I get down to the Ebay. I hope it's not gone. That whole hillside and the Eucalyptus woods up there were great to wander around in, sober or not. As for your query, Aacheson: a friend of mine had this famous sculptor dad who has a beautiful old wooden Morgan convertible. We used to cruise your school, BHS, and two privates - CPS and I can't remember the other - and pick up girls after school. Maybe they were wearing lots and lots - dozens, hundreds of layers - of underwear. It's possible. But it just came off really fast.
posted by luriete at 5:08 PM on June 24, 2002

does anyone know if you can substitute soy milk in the DIY Ice Cream recipe?
posted by mcsweetie at 5:34 PM on June 24, 2002

I know you can substitute 2% milk for cream in DIY ice cream recipes. The consistency isn't as good. Wait--I think you can only do substitutions like that if you're using a machine, which aerates the solution.
posted by mecran01 at 7:10 AM on June 25, 2002

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