I have 'Mentor' kids.
Same as 'Big Brothers' pretty much, but the kids are a little older and often listed as 'At Risk Youth' by the local mental health or law enforcement....
My two boys are half brothers. Same mother, different dads...
Both 'Fathers' are in jail, one on drug charges, the other on kiddie porn and kid molestation charges.
Went to a town about 25 miles down the road, picked up the 15 & 16 year old boys about 10:30 AM.
Mom was still passed out on the couch, every flat surface in the living room was covered in beer/wine bottles and running over ash trays...
Left her a note and picked up the boys.
Went by the local fast food place and fed them.
Two teenage boys went through 5 roast beef sandwiches each, fries and drinks.
(not really surprising if you were ever a teenage boy!)
Washed my Bonnieville. 24 feet long, 7 feet wide, and just over 4 feet tall when it's aired down... The boys loved it!
Took about an hour to wash up the car and get it ready for the car show.
Grabbed my girlfriend and booked off for the car show!
The oldest one has his license (about 3 weeks old!) so I let him drive on the highways and small towns.....
A grin you couldn't slap off his face!
Both of them 'Discovered' late 70's, early 80's new wave music on the way to the car show...
Talking Heads, The Cars, Blondie, some of the 'Techno' bands... (XM Radio station)
Perfect for a crusier and a car show weekend!
The 16 year old drove us.
Watched racing, the boys got to see/ride in the Good Guys give away car for next year. We swiped it right after Peterson publishing photographers were done shooting it, so now they are about 6 months ahead of the world in seeing the car...
They will have BIG bragging rights when it shows up in Car Craft & Hot Rod!
(Good for kids that have virtually nothing other wise...)
They got free 'T' shirts, hats, key chains, stickers, got to ride in the race cars and the Good Guys car ahead of anyone else...
They seemed duly impressed with that Merlin 540 CID, 600 Horse power, 625 ft. lb. torque big block and the electronic 'Tap' shift buttons in the F-1 steering wheel really amazed them!
We stopped and ate again when we got to the car show...
State fair food, elephant ears, funnel cakes, BBQ, corn dogs, ect...
A real food orgy!
Two hours or so of looking over the cars, then off to the Auto Cross races!
Raced the 5,500 lb., 24 foot long, 7 foot wide, 428 CID Bonnieville!
We did pretty well.
The boys seemed surprised that mustangs and camaros couldn't keep up with the 'Land Yacht'!
(our performance air bag suspension, Our shocks, Our tubular 'A' arms, huge disc brakes from Wilwood, pretty much a 'Sleeper' when it comes to auto cross...
The car show had a stage and band, we stayed for the band.... MORE FOOD!
Then we went to 'Transformers' movie.
(All special effects and damn little acting. No Plot what so ever
Visual overload so Kids love it.)
After the move we went 'Cruising' on the 'Lap' a while, and Debbie & I sat in the back and let the boys drive and shotgun with the car aired down...
After about an hour of that I was bored/tired so we went home, discussed the day, talked about some of the problems they have at home and how they can approach/process some of what's going on...
Called 'Mom' on cell, asked if the boys could stay the night because they wanted to go to the off road park tomorrow...
Mom says, " 'SURE!' If
you are going to keep them all day tomorrow..."
Sound asleep by 11:30 PM, Just worn out by the day!
Up around 7:00 (as usual, I can't sleep past 7:00 AM no matter how late I got to bed the night before...)
Debbie and I both got baths, she cooked breakfast for everyone, and Herded two sleepy teenage boys through the rain locker between 8:30 & 9:30.
This was no small feat! Teenage boys have an aversion to soap and water!
Loaded the jeep and off to the Off Road park by 10:30.
Got to the off road park and found out we were part of an 'Invited' group, the park isn't open to the general public yet.
(shows how much I read when I get mail...)
Had a pretty good time, although it was obvious the 'Invited' group wasn't ready for much off roading, and were really timid about getting anything dirty!
We dived right in and got stuck right off, so after that it was all gravy!
Some slippery spots on some of the trails where they had cut the trail, but vegetation had grown back up and was slick, but other than that is was pretty much fun.
I don't much care for sliding sideways down a hill side! Makes things pucker tightly enough to get cramps!
This place is a lot like Red Bird, old spoil banks left over from the 50's & early 60's with a couple of twists, like a gravel bottom lake finger that is probably 120 yards across and about 2.5 feet deep.... A real shoe soaker! And a large pile of cut angular pieces of limestone (Quarry rejects) stacked up a hillside... (I didn't even drive close enough to get a good look at the limestone!)
I can tell you that no one has ever made it to the top yet... Or so I'm told.
Lots of trees, shade, mud, trails that are as twisty, winding and graded (hills) as anything I've see around here so far!
There is going to be primitive camping and later 'Soft' camping, so you don't have to drive 30 miles for camping or motel...
The park is still trying to get proper insurance, so I'm not sure when they will open to the general public. It's close, it's run by friendly people and it has some 'Challenging' obstacles.... I think it's going to be fun if they can get insurance!
Stupid name! 'Phoenix Ranch'...
His wife picked the name, and he rolls his eyes every time she says it in her best dramatic voice...
Got home in the afternoon, cleaned up a little, and jumped in the Bonnieville again...
Packed up kid loot from the weekend, had an EXCELLENT Mexican meal at our favorite food/water hole, and the boys got to show off the car to admiring people in the parking lot while we finished our food and set a few minutes...
(that car draws a crowd where ever it's parked... I'm used to it, --And why I don't drive it much-- but the boys think it's the greatest thing ever!)
Came home, unloaded the car show/ jeep trip junk, loaded up their loot, and talked a while about anything they though was important...
Took a tour of my next door neighbors garage, they are doing a 29 Ford from scratch...
Chopped top, custom frame, Improved everything...
The boys got a real insight into what it looks like when you do these metal monsters from scratch and don't cut corners!
THEY LOVED IT! Volunteered on the spot to my neighbor to help out with ANYTHING!
Actually volunteered to pull weeds, sweep floors, ect!
When was the last time you ever heard a teenager VOLUNTEER to do hard work!?!
Took them home about 10:00 PM. Sun. night.
Surprisingly, had a reasonably pleasant (seemingly sober, although admittedly short) chat with 'Mom',
Got profuse thanks from the boys with a promise of doing ANYTHING in the garage to get to hang out over there, Dump trash, sweep floors, wash windows, ANYTHING just to get to hang out with us in the garages....
They are good boys, and I think the 16 year old is going to intern with us next summer...
He really seems to have the correct attitude and interest in this crap... (I don't...
Hard to find people that WANT to put in the effort it takes to work for this outfit!
(Again, I don't...)