Saturday, August 7, 2010
Adult Summer Fun
I haven't posted for several weeks because I've been busy with "adult summer fun." Like at the kids' summer fun programs I used to attend when I was in school, I did some arts & crafts work (which I sold at the Koloa Plantation Days), I danced (at bon dances), and socialized and played games (at two reunions). I'm sure you're doing the summer fun thing too!
First of all, the Koloa Plantation Days parade and fair continues to improve each year. For just a $2 admission, people enjoyed continuous entertainment from such performers as Amy Hanaiali'i, Frank DeLima, and Augie T. Happily, the craft tent business was much better than last year, hopefully a good sign that the economy is recovering.
My contribution was to update the DVD slideshow I made for the first reunion five years ago. "Update? No problem!" Naturally it was more difficult and stressful than I'd anticipated, so I wanted to celebrate when I finished burning it on the third day. Oops, as I watched it I found a couple of mistakes. Ok, the second version was burning, now I could celebrate! Uh oh, I see another mistake. As you may have guessed, I didn't get to celebrate (or go to bed) until 3 a.m. after several more revisions. A friend later told me I should make DVD's as a business and I said "Noooo thanks!!" Then she said she once paid $500 for a graduation DVD for her son. I think I'll reconsider.
Photo slideshows can be very boring, so I took a lesson from the Waimea '67 reunion and let the slideshow run quietly on the side while people arrived and socialized, and throughout the meal. That way people who were interested could enjoy it while others talked story.
The best part about both reunions was listening to stories. It amazes me how some people have such sharp memories of incidents of the past. Unfortunately for us babyboomers with poor memories, there were no video cameras, camera phones, etc. We did, however, have Kodak brownies then instamatics, and oh yeh, Polaroids! I envy the young generation who'll have their personal and family histories well documented with video (eg. Jordan with her videotaping iPod). On the other hand, there'll be hard evidence that you sucked at rubberband shooting.