when the kinder have a bunch of boxes
and decide to play
indoor hide and seek
the teachers know
they will need a lot of help to find them all.
“some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.”
“crack the whip’ sculpture – sunset hills, flint, mi
j. seward johnson, sculptor
being the youngest in our neighborhood gang
i was often the smallest
finding myself on the end of ‘the whip’ during this game
sometimes it felt like i was flying
and highly likely that i was.
“being smart as a whip means knowing when not to crack it’
in this heat wave
thinking back to the time
when i decided to
slip ‘n slide with my daughters
waited my turn
zoomed up to it
head first, arms ahead
ready to slide for miles
balked at the last second
backside first, head followed
slammin’ instead of slidin’
didn’t end up cooled down and filled with joy
did end up concussed and filled with regrets.
“you always say, ‘i’ll quit when i start to slide,’ and then one morning you wake up and realize you’ve done slid.”
-sugar ray robinson (american professional boxing champion)
a wonderful surprise
from one cruciverbalist to another
this full-page spread crossword puzzle with 723 clues
what madness is this?
my dream come true.
“our whole life is solving puzzles.”
1. A constructor of crosswords.
2. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords.
Living room acrobatics earn Peruvian inaugural Balloon World Cup
Anyone who has ever leaped over a couch to prevent a party balloon from touching the living room floor can now dream of parlaying those skills into a World Cup triumph.
Inspired by a series of viral videos and organized by Barcelona soccer playerGerard Pique and internet celebrity Ibla Llanos, the inaugural Balloon World Cup took place in Tarragona on Thursday.
Francesco De La Cruz emerged as the first champion after beating German Jan Spiess 6-2 in the final on a 8×8 meter court littered with living room furniture as well as a small car.
“I am very, very happy, I thank God that I have been able to achieve this,” said the Peruvian teenager.
The rules of the game are simple. Players have to hit the balloon in an upward direction and they score points if their opponent fails to prevent it from touching the ground.
Teams from 32 countries took part including an American team of Antonio and Diego Arredondo, whose videos of the game they played with their sister, Isabel, at home in Oregon were a huge hit on social media and inspired the tournament.
“We played the game as kids, and then, during the start of quarantine for Covid, we wanted to play it again,” Antonio Arredondo told Reuters.
“We started arguing with each other over if it hit the ground or not, so we started taking videos in slow-mo to see if it did, and then finally it got to the point of ‘Let’s post this video of us on Tik-Tok.’
“When I woke up the next morning, it was completely viral, like a million likes, and then after that we just decided to keep playing and played more and more until one of our rounds got the attention of Ibai and Pique.”
Without sport, footballers turned to video games in 2020
Pique, who won a soccer World Cup with Spain in 2010, was delighted with how the inaugural tournament had gone. “It’s been amazing, it’s something totally different, sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone and try new things,” he said.
“and with just 4 minutes gone, the score is already 0-0.”
writing on his well-worn pad
then guessing out loud all day
birthdays, weights, ages
at 10 dollars – 40 dollars to play
he was a winner each and every time
amazing and flattering his crowd
even when he gave away a toy
what did the guesser have to lose?
“guessing a thing ain’t knowing a thing.”
it’s been 17 years and they’re back!
they been sitting around underground
for a dramatic return
no reason to stress
our library has created a city-wide bingo game in their honor
what could be more fun?
and i’ve already got my free spot filled.
Brood X has ARRIV- er, EMERGED from the depths to see YOU!!!!
But have YOU seen THEM? HEARD them?? READ ABOUT THEM??? FOUND THEIR SHELLS????
If you have, you may have one or more boxes checked off on our CICADA SUMMER BINGO!!!
From your friends at the Ann Arbor Public Libraries
“i work even in the middle of the day, in the full sunshine, and i enjoy it like a cicada.”
-vincent van gogh
source and photo credits: ann arbor district library, email@example.com