What is SDP?

- Posted Tuesday, July 20, 2004, 10:34 am [link]

Well, the first annual SummerDuck Plunge was a success.  Plenty of food, drink, friends, and most importently, ice.  The plunge pond was cold as all get-out.  Even the next day, as I was draining it, I bet the temperature was down around 50 degrees.  Thanks to everyone who was able to make it, and an extra thanks to those brave souls who actually took the plunge.  As far as I can remember, that list is M1, Caleb, Annie, TP, John, Koji, Stef, Terri, and Chad.  If I left you out, let me know.  Special thanks to Steve for helping acquire a bunch of ice and my brother and dad for freezing milk jugs for the past few weeks.

Without further adieu, here is the SDP 2K4 photo album and a few movies:

Written Directions, and Food
- Posted Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 11:37 am [link]

For those of you who don't trust my map drawing skills, here are some written directions to SDP:

From I-65, take exit 7 and head West on Highway 60 for 4.7 miles.  Make a right onto Benetsville Road just before the railroad tracks.  Follow Benetsville right at the stop sign.  Continue 1 mile and turn right into Sunset Hills after passing the 4 grain silos.  Go left, right, then right again.  I am the first house on the left: 13235 Sunnybrook Drive (Memphis, IN 47143).

As far as food goes, we'll be putting out a taco bar all afternoon long, starting around noon.  This will include chips, taco and burrito shells, cheese, chicken, beef, sour cream, jalapenos, black olives, and salsa.  There will also be fruit to snack on (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).  Come evening time (6pm or so) I plan on grilling out some dogs, brats, burgers, and corn on the cob (fresh from my parents garden).  Will probably make a big bowl of pasta salad as a side.  Drinks available will be:

  • 1 keg Miller Lite
  • 1 keg homebrew (5 gallons)
  • 1 jug sangria (recipe ala Caleb)
  • 1 box of Blush wine
  • Jello shots
  • Assorted liquors
  • Mixed drink and frozen drinks, made to order
  • Fruit as described in the previous post (not really drinks, but close enough)

If you feel like bringing something to pitch in (not a requirement), the following items would be good choices:

  • Dessert items
  • Your favorite beverage
  • Veggy tray
  • Fruit tray <---- addition (since I dont have any non-alcohol soaked fruit)
  • Cheese tray

Also, if you plan on staying, you may want to bring a sheet or blanket, and a pillow.  We have ample space for overnight guests, but may have to "make" some beds.  If you have some folding chairs, bring 'em.  If you have anything else that you think might be nice for a summertime party, bring it.  Please RSVP by either emailing me or leaving a comment to the right if you think you'll be able to make it.  Bring your bathing suit (and a towel) and TAKE THE PLUNGE!

- Posted Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 8:23 am [link]

Our address is not yet "up to date" in MapQuest or MapBlast, so I decided to draw up a rough map for any out-of towners that may be coming to the Plunge.  Also, while I am at it here are a few other pictures of SDP-related things:

- Posted Wednesday, July 7, 2004, 10:14 am [link]

Stef and I set up a Slip'n'slide Saturday.  We wanted to test it out before SDP just to make sure the ground wasn't too rocky or uneven.  We used an 18-footer that we bought from Walmart for $8 and added 25 feet of plastic to the end of it.  The whole thing was laid out down the slope in our back year.  The results: Shenanigens!

The ground was a little rough, so we went through a few days ago and picked out all of the rocks and sticks from the path.  Tonight, I am going to use a roller to attempt to smoothe it out even more.

- Posted Friday, June 25, 2004, 12:10 pm [link]

I have about 30 gallons of ice in my chest freezer.  It's full.  I also have a few gallon jugs in my regular freezer, but it's about maxed out.  I am goign to have my brother and parents try to store a few jugs in their freezers over the next few weeks to try to get my total about 50 gallons.  Then I'll just buy some big bags of ice to round out the rest.

Also, I got this chatterbox thing goin' on over at the right.  Sound off if you think you'll be coming to SDP 2K4.

- Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 11:36 am [link]

Construction of the Plunge Pond is complete.  Final dimentions are 4' wide by 7' long by 3.5' high.

I used 5/8" plywood for the sides of the pond, with the long walls reinforced with 2x6's and 2x4's and the short wall reinforced with just 2x4's.  The corners overlap and are bolted together with twelve 1/2" bolts.  A large blue tarp is used to line the whole thing and holds water just fine.

- Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 11:16 am [link]

June 19 is out. It's fathers day weekend. Also, I haven't had the time to build the pond yet. So... what weekends will YOU be able to attend?

June 26
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14

(note: voting has already occurred... July 17 wins)