Kites

Kites

Since days of yore when men made gods of celestial bodies and idols of envied birds, the sky has held a particular fascination. The obsession with flight is ageless, captivating the old and enthralling the young. Without regard to race, religion, or gender, the heavens call to our imaginations. And from this fancy comes the delight of the kite. Continue reading...

Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda Shorts

It's the classic summer fashion, one that manages to make you look and feel cool at the same time. Bermuda Shorts were born from necessity rather than style, but the look spread across the globe as soon as 50s tourists got a gander of the colorful cutoffs and they are still being worn to this day. Continue reading...

Summer Rental

Summer Rental

Absent the charm and comedic skills of the late John Candy, Summer Rental might not be a movie worth remembering. Instead, the beloved comedian's portrayal of a stressed-out father trying to enjoy a summer vacation with his family turned it into a film that one couldn't help but like. Continue reading...

Snow Cones

Snow Cones

Few things refresh on a hot summer day like a pile of pulverized ice drenched in flavored syrupy goodness. Available in a colorful variety of flavors, snow cones, or sno-cones if you prefer, have been pleasing overheated people for almost a century, and in all corners of the world. Continue reading...

Water Wiggle

Water Wiggle

Kids love to abuse their toys, but every once in a while a toy turns the tables and inflicts a little abuse of its own. With its goofy smiling face, the Water Wiggle seemed innocent enough. Simply throw on your bathing suit, attach the toy to the outdoor faucet, turn the water on … and watch all hell break loose. Continue reading...

Lawn Darts

Lawn Darts

Every once in a while, a toy is released with all of the good intentions of the world, and yet, no matter how popular it may become, an unforeseen safety issue arises which requires that it be removed from store shelves. Few, however, have the dubious distinction of being outlawed completely, which brings us to Lawn Darts - those popular ground-piercing projectiles that sent more than a few tykes to the emergency room back in the day. Let’s take a look. Continue reading...

Drive-in Movies

Drive-in Movies

They may be disappearing from the landscape one-by-one, but Drive-in movies certainly aren’t forgotten. Enormously popular in the 50s and 60s, there were few places that could compete with the local drive-in when it came to a great place to take a date - mainly due to the privacy that an enclosed theater just couldn’t afford. They were also popular with families, providing an affordable night out on a hot summer's night. Continue reading...

Climbing Trees

Climbing Trees

When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, explorer George Mallory famously replied "Because it is there." It's a sentiment understood by practically every kid who ever stared up at a tall tree, determined to perch among its lofty branches and view the world below. In fact, it's quite possible (though we can't prove it) that a childhood tree first inspired Mr. Mallory's lifelong interest in climbing. It seems a reasonable assessment considering this shared fascination we seem to biologically retain towards relaxing atop our forest friends. Continue reading...