scout lake

Today, I fucked up by making hundreds of people think I died

This actually happened when I was 12 at boy scout camp. The camp was in the middle of nowhere by a lake. Whenever you visited the lake, you had to sign in by moving your name tag from a board of troops and cabins onto a board with sections such as, “Boats” or “Swimming”. I was in a merit badge course about boats or something, so I signed in for boats. We spent the whole class just sitting on the shore talking, so when I left the lake I forgot to sign out and thought nothing of it.

Fast forward to that evening, I was walking through the woods eating an ice cream cone. I forgot to tell anyone where I was, and hadn’t been back to our camp for hours. I was walking along without a care in the world when the official camp jeep drives up. The guy stops and asks, “Are you (my name)?”. I go, “yes”, wondering why this guy knows who I am. “You need to get in the jeep and come with me.” I said ok and got on. We started driving back towards camp. “Where are we going?,” I asked. He didn’t answer, but we were heading towards the lake. I heard all these sirens going off and started freaking out. We drove up over this hill and I saw everyone in the entire camp, hundreds of scouts, all gathered around the lake. There were people swimming in it too. I had no fucking idea what was going on.

We pulled up and jeep guy points and tells me, “Go talk to that guy. Tell him your name.” I walk up to this guy with a megaphone, tap him on the shoulder and nervously introduced myself. He just stared at me for a minute before yelling my name at me several times. He points at the sign in board and tells me, “Go and see what’s wrong over there.” I walk over, see my name still up there, and finally sign out and walk back. This guy’s all red now and he says, “When you didn’t sign out and we couldn’t find you at your camp, we thought you drowned. The entire camp has been put on lockdown and we’re searching the lake for your body.” He calls out on his megaphone that I’m not dead, everyone grumbles and returns to their campsites. I just stayed there on the shore crying about my enormous fuckup. I wasn’t allowed to go to the lake for the rest of camp.

tl;dr Forgot to sign out from lake at boy scout camp, camp got locked down and they searched for my body.

Arya & Rhaeyns: A Stark/Targaryen Analysis

Part 1: Arya & Good Queen Alysanne


Rhaenys was the youngest child of the 3 Dragons that conquered Westeros and second daughter of Aerion Targaryen.

Aegon had a deep love and affection for Rhaenys and was far more detached with Visenya. So the fact that Jon feels deeply for Arya is an advantage that we can’t ignore.

Rhaenys’ personality is described as: Playful, curious, IMPULSIVE, and given to flights of fancy.

These are descriptions that would describe Arya. There are many moments in the books where Arya’s wolf-blood is on display: her impulsive and curious nature has her exploring new things, meeting new people and doing what she wants. Whereas, Sansa is sterner, reserved, follows the rules and minds her courtesies. It seems like she will grow to be even colder and sterner as the story unfolds.  Nothing like Rhaeyns.

*Dancing: Arya is a water dancer, just like her needlework, she does it a different way. Arya’s water dancing is like ballet. She is completely enthralled by this style of sword-fighting. Rhaeyns was a fan of Poetry and she also “supported many a singer, mummer, and puppeters.” Arya is literally working her mummer skills, living and working amongst them, and absolutely loves it. An interesting note: Arya remembers fondly learning the speeches in “The Conqueror’s Two Wives” (about Aegon & his sister wives). As Mercy, she enjoyed working in the plays and memorised other actors’ lines for no reason other than her enjoyment.



Arya has the strongest connection to wolves and still has her direwolf and is deeply connected to golden-eyed Nymeria. Arya is a warg and a skin-changer. There are credible cases to be made that Arya could one day ride a dragon herself, skin-changing one or with the help of Bran.

Out of the 3 Dragon conquerors, Rhaeyns was the most connected to her dragon.

Rhaenys and her Dragon Meraxes: “It was said that Rhaenys spent more time on dragonback than her brother and sister combined, for above all things she loved to fly.”

Arya not only has a connection with actual Dragons and calls them “old friends”, but she also wants to grow wings and fly. Arya says wants to see a “dragon”. GRRM uses dragon imagery in Arya’s chapters. She dreams of seeing a Dragon while remembering Old Nan’s tales, which happen to be the truest foretelling of things to come.

*Also interesting: GRRM includes an image of Arya gazing at Blarion the Black Dread, which just so happens to be Aegon the Conquer’s dragon. The only other major characters that are alive in the asoiaf that are also depicted in GRRM’s book TWoI&F were Jon & Dany.



So not only is Rhaeyns the most connected to her dragon and spends the most time on dragonback, she also said she wanted to fly on her golden-eyed Meraxes and cross the Sunset sea and discover what is West of Westeros. *squealing*

So Rhaeyns is also an adventurer at heart, brave and independent.



Arya (like her heroine Nymeria) will never be a battlefield warrior like Visenya. Nymeria was a commander and leader of her people. This is similar to Rhaenys, who was more a strategist than a combat warrior. Rhaeyns also has a vengeful side as we saw with her attack on Storm’s End,

“Rhaenys wrought vengeance upon the attackers of Orys, robbed them of familiar territory to use in the future, and struck a healthy dose of fear into the stormlords, who warned King Argilac of the dragon and her rider.”

When Rhaeyns tried to take Dorne, going on her own the first time, shows how much trust Aegon put in her, and how powerful she was with Meraxes. Rhaenys was fearsome as she threatens Dorne with bloody retribution, Rhaenys replied, “but we will come again, princess, and the next time we shall come with fire and blood.”

*SPYING:  Arya’s talents in this area are well documented with her training in the HoBW. She also demonstrates early signs of being an excellent spy BEFORE arriving to Braavos. When she was a prisoner in Harrenhal reading Roose’s letters or climbing a huge tree at the God’s Eye lake to scout miles ahead for help. Rhaenys also used this ability, “Spying from dragonback, Rhaenys could report the movements of the Storm King’s host without Argilac himself having any way to counter her scouting (as he might have with traditional ground-based scouts).”



Rhaenys focused on building allegiances and paid particular attention to the smallfolk (A common trait shared with Queen Alysanne Targaryen) and a strong link with the Stark child most linked with the smallfolk. Even before everything went to hell, a highborn Arya at Winterfell valued people for who they were, she was curious to listen to their stories and learn about their lives, and saw no class and just saw them as human beings. Arya has a natural charm, friendly and connects with people instantly:

“Sansa knew all about the sorts of people Arya liked to talk to: squires and grooms and serving girls, old men and naked children, rough-spoken freeriders of uncertain birth. Arya would make friends with anybody.”

After everything Arya went through in the Riverlands, being a prisoner at Harrenhal, with the Hound and the BwB and her training with the FM… The Arya we knew in Winterfell is still under there, charming as ever and a magnet for the smallfolk:

Cat had made friends along the wharves; porters and mummers, ropemakers and sailmenders, taverners, Brewers and bakers and beggars and whores. (Cat of the Canals, A Feast for Crows)

[Merry’s] girls were nice as well; Blushing Bethany and the Sailor’s Wife, one-eyed Yna who could tell your fortune from a drop of blood, pretty little Lanna, even Assadora, the Ibbenese woman with the mustache. They might not be beautiful, but they were kind to her. (Cat of the Canals, A Feast for Crows)

Arya even risks her own life to save a 3 year old lowborn orphan girl from burning alive in the flames. Before this moment, she ran into this battle screaming, “Winterfell! Winterfell! Winterfell!” 

Arya’s treatment and regard for Northmen are well pointed out in the books. She prays for their release while in the Godswood at Harrenhal. She calls them her pack. Her people.

For more quotes on Arya’s Leadership/Queendom, read ashotofjac’s excellent analysis here:




Aegon loved Rhaeyns the most, their closeness being the reason he married her, despite already having Visenya. He openly makes his affection for Rhaeyns obvious. Aegon was more distant with Visenya and treated his marriage with her as one of duty.

Jon & Aegon Receive Important Letters

Rhaeyns goes to Dorne to put down another rebellion when Meraxes is killed and Rhaeyns is never seen again. Her body is never returned to King’s Landing. There are many theories on how she died. Dorne later send Rhaeyns’ dragon’s skull to her husband King Aegon as a cruel taunt. But Dorne also wanted peace and Aegon received a letter:

King Aegon was determined to refuse the offer until Princess Deria placed in his hands a private letter from her father, Prince Nymor. Aegon read it upon the Iron Throne, and men say that when he rose, his hand was bleeding, so hard had he clenched it. He burned the letter and departed immediately on Balerion’s back for Dragonstone. When he returned the next morning, it was done. He had agreed to the peace and signed a treaty to that effect. (“Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons”, The World of Ice and Fire)

It is commonly believed that what was said in that the letter revealed Rhaeyns was currently captive and being tortured in the most horrible ways by the Ullers - a sadistic House full of rage over Rhaeyns’s first visit to Dorne and all the burning her dragon did. The letter asked for peace between 2 sovereign Kingdoms, and in return Dorne would give Rhaeyns mercy and end her suffering. We see the actions of Aegon, who bleeds first, fists clenched so tightly, and acts immediately and accepts peace. Weakening his own position and risking rebellion among other powerful Houses. He never thought twice. He gave Dorne the peace they asked for.

Jon faces a similar dilemma in Dance, when his beloved sister is held captive and married off to a monster and sinister family - House Bolton. (much like the Ullers) Jon looks physically sick after reading the first letter with Arya’s marriage proposal. Jon wants to choke Ramsay to death with his own bare hands. Jon then breaks his NW vows and sends a King to rescue his sister. Notice his reaction once he received yet another Letter and learns the rescue had failed: “Snow?” said Tormund Giantsbane. “You look like your father’s bloody head just rolled out o’ that paper.”

Jon gathers Northmen to march to War in Arya Stark’s name. I love the fact that Flints are among the Northmen marching. Arya is named after Arya Flint, Ned’s grandmother. The Flints were former Kings of Winter and have the blood of the First Men. Arya’s name literally means “Nobility”.

Jon has broken several vows, too many for some brothers in black and they kill him for it.

Jon dies thinking about his lost sister. Stick ‘em with the pointy end…


Camp Fire, formerly Camp Fire USA, originally Camp Fire Girls of America, is a secular co-ed inclusive youth development organization. Camp Fire was the first nonsectarian, multicultural organization for girls in America. Its programs emphasize camping and other outdoor activities for youth.

Its informal roots extend back to 1910, with efforts by Mrs. Charles Farnsworth in Thetford, Vermont and Luther Gulick M.D. and his wife Charlotte Vedder Gulick on Sebago Lake, near South Casco, Maine. Camp Fire Girls, as it was known at the time, was created as the sister organization to the Boy Scouts of America. The organization changed its name in 1975 to Camp Fire Boys and Girls when membership eligibility was expanded to include boys. In 2001, the name Camp Fire USA was adopted, and in 2012 it became Camp Fire.

Camp Fire’s programs, including small group experiences, after-school programs, camping and environmental education, child care and service learning, build confidence in younger children and provide hands-on, youth driven leadership experiences for older youth.

Images (from the top):

1.  Photograph shows Charlotte Vetter Gulick (1865-1938) with Camp Fire girls at Lake Sebago, Maine.

2.  Camp Fire girls hiking, probably at Lake Sebago, Maine.

3.  Photograph shows Charlotte Vetter Gulick, founder of the Camp Fire Girls, shamelessly appropriating native american culture.

4. Camp Fire Girls making a camp fire or maybe practising smoke signals.

5. Camp Fire Girls campaign emblem.

6.  Camp-Fire Girls saluting the flag in Juneau, Alaska. 1915.

7. Camp Fire Girls at a Grand Army of the Republic parade in Washington D.C. 1915.

Last time at the Animal Shelter…

- Sophronia spent most of her time taking care of the animals.
- The animals spent most of their time playing with each other and doing animal-y stuff. :) 
- Sophronia bought a cauldron and spellbook to learn more about and practise her fairy powers. 
- She also flirted around downtown, but nothing serious came of it. 
- Thanks to a glitchy beach lot, the shelter moved to downtown Pine Lake, where the kittens grew into cats. 

On 4 September, 1978, Margaret Fandel went out for a meal with her two children, 13-year-old Scott and 8-year-old Amy. Following this meal, Margaret dropped her two children off at their rural cabin in a heavily wooded area off Scout Lake Road in Sterling, Alaska, and went back out to a bar. Margaret returned home at approximately 2:30AM and discovered food on the kitchen counter and a pot of boiling water on the stove. Instead of checking on her children, Margaret went to bed. It wasn’t until the following day that she realised that her children were missing. It is theorised that the children were abducted in the middle of the night while making a late night snack. The case has never been solved.