amy merrickliving in

living in: wet hot american summer

by amym

Even thought it’s not technically summer yet, a few days with temps in the upper 80s along with an annual viewing of Wet Hot American Summer have me convinced otherwise. My days at camp weren’t nearly half as raucous, bawdy or hilarious- facts not surprising since we didn’t have Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler or David Hyde Peirce for counselors. A lot of it rings true though, the nerdy kids, the cool kids, the nerdy counselors and cool counselors all running around under big cloud of bug spray.

1. Starlight globe, $63; 2. Risky Business glasses, $14; 3. God’s eye kit to make 25, $18; 4. Pocket knife, $12; 5. Pendleton towel, $49; 6. Celestron telescope, $210; 7. Bottle opener, $11; 8. Friendship bracelet patterns;  9. Cast iron fire bowl, $318; 10. Rainbow suspenders, $10.

An outdoorsy summer camp in 1981 doesn’t sound like such a bad place to be right now, especially if you skip the hot counselor look and go straight for the geek chic. Classic camping gear, handmade friendship bracelets, a roaring bonfire and a swig or two from a forbidden flask? Sounds like the perfect way to start off summer to me.

1. Sangean portable radio, $69; 2. Airmail envelopes, $7; 3. Clifton ringer tee shirt, $20; 4. Nickle whistle, $2; 5. Striped gym socks, $8; 6. Coleman lantern, $105; 7. Coleman steel cooler, $160; 8. French deck chair, $140; 9. Stanley flask, $20; 10. Balsam fir incense, $8.

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