In the spirit of fun, KelseyChristine asked, "What are some of the funniest moments you have had with Dinomight kids over the years?"
Here are a few that come to mind. I know that the alumni reading will remind me of moments that we've had too. If you've been a part of DinoMights as a participant or volunteer feel free to chime in on the comments or send me an email of your funniest moments. If we get enough we'll have a March Madness Bracket Tournament of Funniest Moments.
If no one is seriously injured it is seriously funnyThis story is in the category of: "It could have been really bad, but since no one got hurt it is actually very funny." John and James will never let me forget the time we were on a bike trip in the Minnesota River Flats of Bloomington, MN. We were on narrow trails weaving in and out of trees. We were using a very high gear, because we needed to make very precise movements rather than go very fast. I was following closely behind James who turned directly into a tree. To avoid hitting James I made a sharp left turn . . . directly into a six foot deep pit. Not only that, but the pit was filled with about 3 feet of muck. You know the kind of stuff that suctions off your shoe when you try to pull it out like Ed Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. My shin was bleeding and I was filled with mud (understatement). Everyone was laughing super hard. I wasn't seriously hurt, which made it pretty funny . . . I guess it was pretty funny. There were no cameras present so I don't really know what it looked like. But, for everyone else who saw it, especially John and James, that is what they think about when funniest DinoMights moments are mentioned.
"I'm not Canadian"One year we ordered some Wednesday morning ice time for just the PeeWees in the spring time. We started shortly after the annual awards banquet. Luis, a seventh grader of Mexican descent was outside the DinoMights vans at 6:00 AM. He proceeded to indignintly ask me, "Scott, are you Canadian?"
He then asked John Foley, the former Director, "John, are you Canadian?"
"No, but my dad is." John said.
Luis went on to say very firmly, "I'm not Canadian. They laugh at me cause I'm Canadian!?! I'm not Canadian."
Puzzled, John and I tried to get to the bottom of this. We wondered who was accusing him of being Canadian and why it bothered him so much. It turns out at the Awards Day, Coach Mike had given everyone on the team a nickname, like "hardest worker" or "Most Improved." Well, he gave Luis the name, "Comedian," because his teammates are always laughing at him. I woke up in the middle of the night laughing at the thought of Luis saying, "They laugh at me cause I'm Canadian! I'm not Canadian."