I met Dawn at 8:10 at Sam’s to do food shopping; we chose that time instead of 8:00 as we wanted to sleep in. Â Shopping was easy, a fact that Dawn attributed to there being no Scouting professional present so every question of “A or B” was answered with “the better one, we’re worth it”. Â I quickly racked up $800 in groceries and when I found that they only accepted debit I had to log into my ING account via my phone to move the cash to the correct place.
OfficeMax was out of the toner cartridges I needed only having the $150 high capacity versions. Â I yelled in my head, bought the cartridges with the intent of buying replacements online and returning those. Â Printing was done and I found my dad removing the non-return valves from the rocket rigs. Â He said he was trying to reduce resistance, I said it was going to just force water into the base, he said he was going to put the return valves back in.
I arrived at 12:30, about 45 minutes later than I wanted and the parking lot already had about 40 cards in it. Â Registration continued for a little over an hour and we started at about 2:00 with the Mentos+Diet Cherry Pepsi rocket. Â The following conversation happened about six times:
Parent: Do you use diet because of the aspertame doing something?
Me: No, sucralose would do the same thing as would regular. Â Diet isn’t sticky.
Parent: Does the cherry add anything?
Me: It’s what I had in my house.
The rotations were uneventful and the 10 minute break for a snack was appreciated. Â The next evening activity was my science demonstration of which the magnus opus was making little clouds using dry ice, water, and soap. Â I made a few dozen softball-sized bubbles and we tried putting them on different surfaces to see what would happen. Â They figured out that temperature was unimportant and that texture and material was more important and I was quite proud. Â This faded when kids started popping the bubbles by licking them where they then observed that “CO2 tastes like soap”. Â Little Einsteins.
The final learning moment involved the cardboard oven pizzas, where a foil-lined boxed served as an oven. Â After several boxes caught fire we had to issue the reminder “do not put the charcoal in the oven until it’s no longer flaming”, then all worked well. Â The day was done and no one died.