Every year I make multiple trips into various nearby (and not so nearby) towns in order to get supplies. Due to the fact that operating a camp means caring for wildly different types of buildings/activities/facilities/etc, our supply run lists are… varied.
In the case of today, we spent around $1,600+ on items such as:
- Candy and drinks
- Shower curtains
- Lighter fluid
- Oxygen tanks
- Tie-dye kits
- Plastic shelving units
- Water bottles
I also picked up a box of rim-shot things that are more or less rifle-blanks yesterday, that was a new one.
The big supply runs, while annoying, are sometimes easier to explain at the checkout. The cashier sees a huge amount of stuff and I easily offer up, “it’s for a summer camp.”
I’ve totally mentioned this before (either in a post or on a livestream), but it bears repeating:
The small supply runs are the most awkward things ever.
There is no feeling quite like watching a cashier scan in ten or so bottles of lighter fluid, and then stare at me when the only other item on the conveyor belt is a pack of underwear for girls aged 7-9.
Nothing is more uncomfortable.
I had a similar moment last year when I had another suspiciously large amount of flammable liquid and a single candy bar.
Boy do I love looking like a weirdo.