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Monday, July 31, 2006

Mississippi Movie Mondays presented by Moxie Rx

Moxie Rx Presents
7pm to 10pm
(show time 9pm to 10pm)
Moxie Rx Opens @ 7:00
for Nibbles & Refreshments

FREE! Watch movies projected on the side of the Rexall Drugs building (where the Fresh Pot Coffee Shop is located) just up from the intersection of NE Shaver and N. Mississippi Ave. Also available for purchase are amazing nibbles by Moxie Rx and some lovely beverages (they are planning on having a license to serve alcoholic drinks).

July 31st
Silent Movies and Cartoons
with live music by the Evolutionary Jass Band

Future Shows:

August 14th
Joanna Priestley will present a program of contemporary,
experimental animation, including her new film "Dew Line" ("a rich
abstract tapestry of botanical and biomorphic forms that hint at the
loss of botanical diversity") and a few historic gems that are her
favorite animated films.

August 28th
Music films from the collection of Dennis Nyback including Slim
Gaillard, Lester Young, 50's Rock and Roll, Scopitones from the 60's
and more.

September 11th
A series of musical shorts curated by Eric Isaacson of Mississippi

* Special thanks to The Evolutionary Jass Band, Mississippi Records , Joanna Priestley, Dennis Nyback, Video Verite, & a Very Special Thanks to Rachel Elizabeth for curating this event

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Reminisce about childhood water toys and water parks

Water slide.
Water slide.,
originally uploaded by Morgan Nichol.

In my last entry I posted a photo of a terrific inflatable water slide I saw in somebody's yard. Therein lives a parent that is super dedicated to childhood fun and spends a whole lotta time filling that thing with air.

Most of all I remember the water parks. Glorious tubes of plastic reaching down from the sky to the concrete jungle below. The aromas of chlorine, sunscreen and over cooked hot dogs filling the air; a sea of red chubby masses and tiny over-stimulated natives in constant motion. Time spent waiting in line to get to the top, eager for a water trip that would last less than a minute, clutching a giant blue foam mat and considering how many more times you will get to slide down the water slide before you have to all cram into the car for the 45 minute trip home.

Wouldn't you know that two of the toys I remember best have since been outed as dangerous!? Both the wonderful Wham-O Fun Fountain with clown face and the nostalgiarific Slip and Slide are on the block.

I have sorta become disinchanted with the slip and slide since I found out how easily it is to break your neck or incur other serious spinal injuries. Read more about it here and here.

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