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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Highly Effective Teenage Summer is the new awesome

Okay. I promise that I only have one last post about my trip to Utah. It is just that I experienced my 'best saturday morning of the summer' and had to dedicate an entire post to the fun that was had at the mona rope swing. the other day cindy posted about the trip that she took the last time she was in Utah, and it made me remember how much I wanted to go too. Summer of 03, this is pretty much all that we did.

Time to relive the memory. So six of us got in the car and went. Damian and Kristen were kind of having an awesome outfit competition.

First Damian was, like, "My outfit is a coordinated two piece flowery ensemble, perfect for either lounging pool side or a night on the town. And for the record, I believe the summer is officially called Highly Effective Summer."

And then Kristen was like, "I guess. But if you didn't notice, I am wearing the cutest dress in the world with the perfect white belt as an accessory. Oh, and I am pretty sure that this summer is called Teenage Summer."

And then Aaron was like, "Yawn. Apparently no one has noticed that I am wearing pigtails yet. "

And then I was like, "this is probably the best-dressed group of people I have ever gone rope swinging with. This truly IS the best saturday morning of my summer. Now where did Steven go?"
And then Steven was like, "Guys, I have already climbed so high into this tree and am going to start jumping into the water."
And then Kristen and I were like, "whoa" and had to make this pose a lot because seriously, that tree is tall.

And the swinging began. Steven kind of set a high standard right off the bat.

Nothing that Jeff couldn't handle, of course.

And then steven made friends with some of the mona locals, and was like "Dude, how exactly do you jump out of a tree and look like tarzan?"

And then the blonde guy rolled his eyes and was like, "Its like this, man. Its all in the hair"

And then Steven was like, "Jealous."

And Kristen was like "I guess I could go by myself off this tree, but why when there is a guy in pigtails to go with?

And then I was like," I guess I had better stop sitting all scared at the top of this tree and just jump"

I think you get the idea.

For food afterwords we stopped in Santaquin at the Santa Queen.
You might not be able to tell from this photo, but man, that food was greasy.
damian made sure to charm the waitresses with his big city pose.

I am pretty sure that Flo called her girlfriends immediately to tell them that she had just served a hamburger to the man of her dreams, and he was wearing a two piece flowery ensemble, just like she had always knew that he would.

there are about a million more photos of our rope swinging adventures posted here, but i have a feeling that might only be of interest to the six of us that were there. still. i love that rope swing with all of my heart.


  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger paul said…


    hey, it's stephen's brother paul. it's funny how you've seen him quite a bit more than me since our freshman year. it was fun to see pictures of you, amber and kim.

    so i guess i'll jump into your blog by commenting on rent. unfortunately i'm not goint to glow like you did in your post. my unfortunate first exposure to rent was through the movie (really my only exposure as i have not seen the show on broadway). i loved the music and thought the characters were cliche on the big screen. is that wrong of me? are you dissapointed in me? did you enjoy the movie...? or am i alone in my disinterestedness.

    good to find you blog rebecca.

    i'm glad you visited the metropolis of santaquin. now you understand more of my roots.

  • At 9:36 AM, Blogger bex said…

    paul. paul! you don't even have to call yourself 'stephan's brother paul" because remember how i knew you first? this is pretty excting to find you reading/commenting on my blog. after all these years. did you appreciate that i found a photo of steve young in the thrift store too? another freshman year flashback. I hear you have twin babies these days!

    RENT. you know, I think it was way more edgy when it first came out, you know? It was all "AIDS" "LESBIANS" "DRUGS" and everyone was still kind of hesitant to talk about alot of that stuff in mainstream culture. So I think if you didnt see it back when it was new and cutting edge, it totally won't have the same impact, and will be appreciated more for the great music the cultural timemarker it represents. I actually never saw the movie ... but i can imagine i might not like it as much as seeing it live.

    And, Santaquin. Had I realized that you grew up so close to where Gary Coleman has now chosen to make his home, I think it would have explained so much ...

  • At 10:01 AM, Blogger bets said…

    Why do I feel like I accidentally just logged into Rebecca's personal email account?

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger paul said…

    sorry bets.

    good to hear from you too. so i'm just paul.

    rent was cutting edge and i missed the phenomenon. is napolean dynamite the new awesome phenomenon--or maybe lance bass...

    gary coleman huh?

    so is california the new awesome? if it is then i'm all for it. we are living in redlands, ca and loving it. i mean, i would rather be five minutes from the beach, but 1 hour from the beach is better than 14 hours right?

    sorry about the disjointed posts, but it is really good to talk with you again. i've been talking to you vicariously through stephen for a long time.

    i guess i'd better disneyland.

  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger Manfoom said…



  • At 12:25 PM, Blogger dallapozza said…

    dood. the santa queen is the old awesome. i have eaten there more than i care to admit. (built all the houses on the eastern hills). sigh.

  • At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Kylie said…

    whoa, WHOA. i would be too scared to jump off that tree/swing.

    kristen always has the best outfits.

  • At 12:47 PM, Anonymous kylie said…

    p.s. Rebecca, where on earth did you get a GUITAR swimming suit??? THAT is the new awesome.

  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger bex said…

    what are all you people doing butting in on me and paul's conversation? ok ok, j/k j/k. see you at disneyland, paul.

    and manf - thanks for keeping us in line. let's start reminiscing about how awesome that trip was. Like, remember how funny it was when you put mona weeds on your head and pretended to be a lonely swamp monster?

    dalla - did you build gary coleman's house? and did you break Flo's heart the first time, that poor little santa queen?

    and kylie - i bet tarzan would have given you jumping lessons so you would not have been scared. and the rock n roll bathing suit came from my favorite store, ebay. it has become my most effective swim suit of the summer.

  • At 1:53 PM, Blogger Cindy said…

    When I went out to Mona, I didn't invite Manfoom to come with us. It was because I had hung out with him for the first time and didn't want him to think I wanted to marry him (which, of course, I DO!) and he said he was going to some other lake anyway. After seeing your photos, I realize the folly of my ways. Hindsight being 20/20 is sometimes a painful thing.

    I LOVE Mona Lake! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  • At 2:01 PM, Blogger Manfoom said…

    Okay, first of all it is not at the lake, it is at the ponds.

    Second of all,Lou you will regret that until the day that you die. but also, I didn't know you well enough and might have declined an offer to the sweing.

    Third of all, I bet there are several accounts of what happened on this fabled day. ReBEX, you are NOT the boss of the lake!!!

  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger Cindy said…

    I know! I know! Especially after seeing those sexy white legs! Oh, the agony!

  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger k tron said…

    this was the highlight of teenage summer.

  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    highlight of highly effective summer.

  • At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Amber Bee Vee said…

    But Rebecca, I hope Mona has not made you forget the old awesome called Berkeley-Springs-Pond-House-Naked-Rope-Swinging. It is only ever the best.

  • At 4:36 PM, Blogger k8 said…

    i'm more than a little sad that i found this post AFTER i spent a few days in Utah. this goes at the top of next summer's TO DO list.

  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger bex said…

    i know, amber. but there are less rope burns when you wear a bathing suit. this is what i have discovered.

    lets go back, katie. a summer trip to utah without mona is no trip at all.


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