January 29th, 2005


Welcome to The Daily Mustard

Well, here we go. Time to try something new. Not up to profound, yet. Maybe I could go for witty. Here are some original sayings I've sent to friends before. Get the mood going.

Definition: cheer-lead-er, n., a member of the school nubility.

Proverb: "Amator latius femina omnigena optatus." (All women want a Latin lover.)

Opinion on liturgical mood-setting: "One candle in the darkness is a profound and moving statement; 300 candles in the darkness is just pre-industrial lighting."

More to follow.

Wæs hal!

Getting the show on the road

One of the Scouts we took to Africa in 2001 sent me a brochure on a Venturing trip to WV for white water rafting. Sounds like a neat trip, but . . .

The cost for a Saturday - Tuesday trip is $125. That includes 2 (only TWO)days on the river, plus camping fees. High priced, no? But wait, there's more.

Each Venturer or Crew is ALSO responsible for their own transportation to West Virginia. AND camping gear. AND meals (except for two lunches on the river); if you don't want to cook, the camp will sell you meals, the menus of which are mediocre and the prices restaurant-high. Oh, yeah, and wet suits, tips for guides, event t-shirt, and video are "extra," too.

I make the REAL cost of this event for Venturers from Indiana at least $200 for four days. That's not stratospheric, but it bugs me.

When I put a trip together, I endeavor to accomplish two things. 1) There will be a champagne program on a beer budget (every dollar goes up on the screen). 2) The price quoted includes EVERYTHING except coke and souvenir money. That way, kids who are counting pennies can go and have as good a time as the kids with deep-pocket daddies and mommies.

I see the same thing afflicting church groups and the programs they plan. Is anybody else bugged by this?


Apropos of nothing -- "How like a fawning publican he looks," said Shylock. But on Fox News, he would have to add, "and his opponent whines like a losing mocrat," just to be "fair and balanced."

As a professor of mine once famously remarked (looking in my direction), "It is the destiny of some of us in life to be the grate, and let others be the cheese."

"Leave no ox ungored," I always say.

We're on the upward trail . . .

I was editing our Crew's Roll of Adventurers the other day. That's the comprehensive list of everybody who's ever gone with Venture Crew 699 (and its immediate predecessor, Explorer Post 697) on one of our summer treks. It's quite a list. To reacquaint you with where we've been (and where we're going), here's the chronological list of our annual superactivities.

1997 -- Philmont Scout Ranch
1998 -- Philmont Scout Ranch
1999 -- Isle Royale National Park
2000 -- Philmont Scout Ranch
2001 -- "Trip of the Millennium" to Tanzania (UM Scout Mission Trip with our Crew as the organizational base)
2002 -- Isle Royale National Park + Niagara Falls
2003 -- Yellowstone National Park + everything in-between
2004 -- Adirondacks + NYC & Gettysburg
2005 -- "Three Peaks Adventure" to United Kingdom (getting ready now)
2006 -- "Colours of the Church Mission Trip" to Africa University, Zimbabwe (in planning stages now)

And these are just the BIG adventures.