Camp Calvary

December 1, 2009

CampCalvary

I suppose some kids looked forward to going to summer camp. We dreaded it like the plague.

Every summer we got shipped off to Camp Calvary for boys grades third and up. Things quickly always turned into a “Lord Of The Flies” scenario with the oldest kids ruling fiefdoms they carved out for themselves during the week. It could be pretty tense if you found yourself on the bottom of the food chain.

Mom always send a quilt for us to sleep under which was kinda weird since it was the middle of August, but I kept it pulled over my head and sweated all night because that was far better than having the rats that were running up and down the rafters (I was always on a top bunk next to the rafters) from running up and down me all night.

Every afternoon we would walk barefoot down a rocky road to the creek to have a swim. It was a pretty scary walk since we knew that waiting for us in the water were snakes. The older kids would take turns standing on the bank and watching out for them. I still remember the time a water moccasin began circling around a kid, he grabbed it by the tail and slung it away from him and into a crowd of other kids which sent everyone screaming out of the creek. Going for an afternoon swim was just like participating in the Baton Death March.

Camp Calvary did have a snack bar that was open every day and you could buy ALL THE CANDY YOU WANTED! Of course, poor money management usually made that pleasure come to an end the first day.

We drove by Camp Calvary this weekend on our way back home for Thanksgiving. They’ve made a lot of improvements since our camping days… but I bet it doesn’t put the fear of God in you like it did back in the old days. We were always thankful just to make it out alive.

The Comments

Doug Jones

My two memories of Camp C are taking pajamas with me the first time I went, and seeing that everyone else was sleeping in their undies. My PJs stayed in the suitcase that week. Yes I said suitcase… backpacks and duffle bags had not been invented yet… unless you went to the army surplus store. The best year was when one boy opened his suitcase and it was FILLED with comic books! I don’t remember if I had ever read comic books before that point, but I read them every chance I got that week… ahhhh… memories….

Dennis Jones

…I think one year Mom and Dad sent us to camp with aluminum cots to sleep on… which the guys on the top bunks would jump down on to get out of bed… which broke them immediately… so a lumpy week of sleep on those broken cots…

Don Jones

Yes indeed, on that broken down aluminum cot debacle. I always felt closer to God after hiking a mile, straight uphill for the evening service. The outdoor chapel was more of a rest and recovery station By the time you caught your breath and the sweat had subsided it was time for the decent… TO THE SNACK BAR!!

Jeff

Bummer for you…. We loved going to church camp.. and now our kids do ..sorry to hear that.

Dennis Jones

…no problem, Jeff …it made the Brothers Jones what we are today! …warped.

Don Jones

Every time I ingest massive amounts of snacks…. it’s a spiritual experience…

Dennis Jones

…you are on a higher spiritual plane than most of the rest of us…

Doug Jones

… and we got to play HORSESHOES! How incredibly low-tech can you get?

Doug Jones

… and I made such a contribution to the place that they put my name on the sign! Thanks for not blocking it out.

Don Jones

Back on that river swimming fiasco, I do remember that it was IMPERATIVE that everyone utilize the “buddy” system while in the drink. It’s important that you have a designated buddy covering your back for sneak water moccasin attacks… There was no swimming… all us scared little boys just formed a circle and sort of tread water until it was time to get out. I think it was a camp conspiracy by the counselors to get us to “wash up”…

Dennis Jones

…hey, it was the middle of August and it was a dorm full of boys… of course they were trying to get us to take a bath…

Nik

I loved my church camp back in the day. One of my all time favorite camp movies is Earnest Goes to Camp.

Doug Jones

Remember the year you took your Dremel to camp? You carved that ornate design on the back of a pew. You were an early pioneer of pew tattoos.

Don Jones

Seems I remember a couple of car crashing, drink and driving videos in the sanctuary

Dennis Jones

…I do believe they were trying to scare the H-E- double broken hockey sticks out of us… for our own good, of course…

Dennis Jones

…I must apologize for using that strong language in my last comment… I did learn it at church camp, though…

Don Jones

We got quite the edukashun while attending church camp… but nothing compared to those Royal Ambassador float trips!

Doug Jones

Hey, how about giving Peyton this week off. He really needs to rest up some doncha think?

Dennis Jones

…GO COATS!

Don Jones

Where’s SPAM MAN when you need him??!!

Spam Man

…been knocking ‘em down here all morning, but as far as your page goes… you’re on your own, dude… that’s just the way Spam Man roles these days… might need to fire the almighty Keegan spotlight into the night time sky…

Doug Jones

So far I have correctly answered two questions on the comments pages… I think I am ready for Jeopardy!

Dennis Jones

…hey, I’ve really enjoyed watching Vince Young create magic on the football field for the last 5 weeks… to bad that has to come to an end this weekend… GO COATS…

Jeff

Ok now I have to take a pop quiz to post on Bro Jones? I did not study

Jeff

Yup 2 in a row….woo hoo……………..

Jeff

Yur makin me feel all smart and stuff

Spam Man

…hello upstanding citizen. The Mighty Spam Man here. Dennis and Donzle got totally pounded with spam today, so in order to combat the evil SpamBots, we are having to do some things a bit differently around these parts now…

Don Jones

U.S. Presidents for $100, Alex…

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Down, But Not Out

December 2, 2009

SWM1SWM2SWM3

You never know what tomorrow holds. My SeeWithMe Wordless Bible got yanked off the market because the “wordless” concept didn’t really take hold like we thought it would… but then… just when you thought it was down for the count, it lifted itself up off the canvas, got back into the corner, the trainer threw some cold water into it’s face, added some text, and it jumped right back into the ring as the new and improved ReadWithMeForToddlers Bible… but the story was not over…

The ReadWithMeForToddlers is currently subdividing into several individual little story books. There are four paperbacks in the brand new “I Can Read” series with three more in the pipeline. They should hit the stores sometime in February. If you dig around on the Zondervan Website you can see some hi-rez images of the covers.

…Adrian …ADRIAAAAAAN!!!

The Comments

Don Jones

Woo woo! I purchased a new and improved Sans-a-Word Bible this past Saturday… the Bible sales lady said that the Dennis Jones books were her favorite. What is 1 + 4 ? Here goes nothing

Jeff

Cut me Mick!!!

Jeff

The answer is 3 Don.. Edumaction at its fineeest..

Nik

That’s cool how things work out.

Keegan Jones

Hey, I just bought the toddlers version off Amazon for a baby gift!

Dennis Jones

…Doug’s Nashville Titans… Den’s Indinaplis Coats… SCOREBOARD!

…it’s always a good idea to do your trash talkin’ AFTER the game has been played….

Nik

Colts and the Saints, it’s going to be interesting to watch

Jeff

I slept through the Longhorns until the last 2 minutes “WHAT A GAME” not…… BAMA is gonna kill the horns if they play that lame again.

Doug Jones

It went just the way I thought it would go. It’s a little much to really think you can knock off Peyton after loosing a game 59-0.

Dennis Jones

Indinaplis Coats Secert Weapon

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Doug Jones

no more bananas for SocMo!

Doug Jones

SO… how much snow did you get up there?

Dennis Jones

…I went to the grocery store last night around 7:30 for a standard milk and bread run, when I walked out it was snowing big time and I drove home cutting tracks into the snow covered road… this morning it’s all gone, just lots of wind… in other words, typical Indiana weather…

Doug Jones

I thot TV made it look like blizzard up there… we have HIGH winds and 2.5 inches of rain yesterday

Dennis Jones

…ok, well, now snow is flying HORIZONTALLY past my window… ya gotta love this global warming… the planet really is about to burn up… wish AlGore would hurry up and fix the weather… if he can create the internets all by himself, surely he can fix a little thing like the weather…

Don Jones

It’s sunny and mid 70s here in Missouri. Ho ho ho! Looking forward to listening to a little Perry Como and sipping egg nog poolside this afternoon …

Dennis Jones

…when Karen was a little girl, their family got a puppy and the kids decided to name it after Perry Como …except they thought his name was Terry Como… so they had a dog named after Perry Como named Terry…

Don Jones

That’s good. Speaking of dogs, Lola was hunkered down, deep inside the old doghouse this morning.

Dennis Jones

…Moo always had to ride the winters out in her doghouse… one year I packed about four feet of solid snow around her doghouse… I figured if it works for eskimos it would work for a dog…

Jeff

I think Terry had the solo in the all dogs Jingle Bells

Blue Christmas Crab

December 10, 2009

BlueCrab2

…ok, so I need to post something up because my last page expired but I have nothing to say and nothing to show so maybe if I just start typing something brilliant will magically appear here…

…ok, well that didn’t work…

The Comments

Zaz

Jingle Shells, Jingle Shells, Barnacles all the way…Dennis drew this Christmas Crab and now has nothing to say. I’ve got your back Dude…

Doug Jones

Excellent… you had me reading up to the very end. I really liked the surprise twist at the end. Hey… that grayish color above the lips… nice fade/texture… whad you do there?

Dennis Jones

…it’s a Festivus Day M… I mean… a Christmas Time MIRACLE… I typed something stupid and something brilliant appeared courtesy of Zaz!!

…Doug, that’s a custom crosshatchin’ Photoshop brush…

Nik

Awesome, love the bumps.

Jeff

Kinda looks like Elvis…The later years.

Doug Jones

I say throw him in the pot and watch him turn red!

Jeff

Kinda Rough considering the season Doug…

Don Jones

I’lll-la-have-a-la-baaa-luuuue crab thing, for Christmas…

Jeff

Do Da Do Do Doo…

Bucky Jones

Great character. Love the weight and feel of it.

Dennis Jones

Bucky! It’s been a long time! I remember way back when we first fired this site up you tried to apply as an honorary Brother Jones and get a privileged commenting color like us (which we don’t have any control of)… at least, I seem to remember that was you… anyway, hope all is well with you.

The12DaysOf Fishmas Day1

December 14, 2009

Fishmas1

On the first day of Fishmas ole Socmo gave to me… a clown fish in a blue sea…

The Comments

Nik

Radical. This will be an intersting 12 days!

Don Jones

This has me pumped… This has the makings of a great Christmas tune.

Dennis Jones

…well. don’t get too excited… I kinda only had a picture of a fish to post…

…to put it in football terms, we’ll take this one game at a time, we can’t be thinking about an entire Christmas tune at this point… we’ll keep our nose to the grindstone and if we can just score more points than our opponents we almost always win…

Nik

Yea. We might need Peyton,Eli and Drew Brees to help us.

Jeff

Did Nemo take up Bourbon? Kinda has the “Look”

Dennis Jones

…haven’t ya noticed Jeff, all my characters have “the look” …they are all full of Christmas spirit …spirits …whatever…

Jeff

And he still has 11 days to go…Pickled Herring anyone?

The12DaysOf Fishmas Day2

December 15, 2009

Fishmas2

On the second day of Fishmas ole Socmo gave to me… two dim sea turtles…

…and a clown fish in a blue sea…

The Comments

Doug Jones

Is a Fishmas tree covered in moss, old fishing lines and crappy lures?

Jeff

This is gonna be a COOL 12 Days!! Are most of the bubbles coming from the backside??

Dennis Jones

…Jeff, the Brothers Jones are notorious for building up high expectations and then failing to deliver, so don’t get too excited…

…Doug, you should remember this because you were actually taking notes at our last Brother Jones Bored Meeting… I do the song, Don puts up the tree on his page because he has the leftover crappy lures, and you supply the egg nog for our visitors…

Don Jones

I had to dig for those old lures but am happy to report… SUCCESS!

Dennis Jones

…please visit lil’ brother Don’s to see our beautiful Brother Jones Fishmas tree and dont forget to drop by big brother Dougs page for a complimentary egg nog on your way out

Don Jones

Two yuletide trap doors in that comment… nice touch.

Dennis Jones

…you’ve got an egg nog mustache again, Don… what will our visitors think of us?

Nik

Awesome dudes! The texture is intersting.

Don Jones

We set standards that no family activity can live up to…

Jeff

I vote for a shark on at least 1 day…

Dennis Jones

…I don’t know Jeff, that’s a little scary for Fishmas… how would the little children feel when they opened their Fishmas socks on Fishmas morning and found sharks in them?

Jeff

With your cartoon touch I’m sure even a shark would be charming..

The12DaysOf Fishmas Day3

December 16, 2009

Fishmas3

On the third day of Fishmas ole Socmo gave to me… three lobsters…

…two dim sea turtles… and a clown fish in a blue sea…

The Comments

Doug Jones

Ol SocMo is passing out a slimy Christmas this year it seems…

Dennis Jones

…Socmo kinda lost his grasp on reality several years ago…

Jeff

As long as Socmo knows how to melt butter, I’ll help deal with the Lobsters.

Dennis Jones

…I’d eat an old shoe if I could dip it in melted butter…

Nik

Awesome,this makes me want to go eat at Red Lobster.

Don Jones

This lobster is a tad too happy… must not reached the boiling point yet.

Dennis Jones

…Socmo’s got the stock pot on the stove and the waters heating up… it’s only a matter of time before this lobster’s attitude heats up…

Doug Jones

you should give up the Cintiq and paint with Q-tips like I do. I have a giant box of them from Costco.

Dennis Jones

…sacrilege! …I will never go back to painting with q-tips. …they leave way too much hairy residue in the finished artwork.

Jeff

All I use for painting is Black and White Spray Paint, Big Number stincils and a Speed Limit Sign…Then sit back and watch the fun..

Doug Jones

but have you ever tried cleaning out your ears with a Cintiq? It’s quite painful.

The12DaysOf Fishmas Day4

December 17, 2009

Fishmas4

On the fourth day of Fishmas ole Socmo gave to me… four yellow fish… three lobsters… two dim sea turtles… and a clown fish in a blue sea…

The Comments

Doug Jones

I like yellow fish with tartar sauce and fries…

Dennis Jones

…tartar sauce is the Thanksgiving cranberry sauce of Fishmas…

Jeff

And Coleslaw is the stuffing…

Don Jones

My taste buds are going crazy… but this yellow fish is too cute to ingest.

Dennis Jones

…he went a little too heavy on his green mascara if you ask me…

Nik

Really cool. Nice and yellowy!!

Jeff

He’s a Punk Rocker…Note the striped Mohawk.

Eva

gosh, your drawings are so good! simply love them. can’t resist them. 🙂

The12DaysOf Fishmas Day5

December 18, 2009

Fishmas5

On the fifth day of Fishmas ole Socmo gave to me… five octopuses…

…four yellow fish… three lobsters… two dim sea turtles… and a clown fish in a blue sea…

The Comments

Jeff

I see this song going straight to the top right over Grandma got run over by a reindeer.

Dennis Jones

…that song will have tire tracks on it’s back by the time we’re thru here…

Nik

Coolness indeed!!!

Dennis Jones

…this guy was apparently eating Cheerios for breakfast because they seem to be stuck all over his tentacles…

The12DaysOf Fishmas Day6

December 19, 2009

Fishmas6

On the sixth day of Fishmas ole Socmo gave to me… six long nose fishies…

…five octopuses…

…four yellow fish …three lobsters …two dim sea turtles …and a clown fish in a blue sea…

The Comments

Nik

Most excellent!

Jeff

I like this guy.. This is gonna be the best Fishmas ever..

Dennis Jones

…happy halibuts everybody!