Summer campers going Meatballs

Was traffic a little sluggish this morning? Did it seem as if minivans were lurching across lanes a little more than normal and that SUVs were stopping at yellow lights rather than blowing right through them?

Yes it did, and I'll tell you why. The Denver Public Schools year ended Friday, which means that today is the First Day of Summer Vacation for billions of kids, and the first day of trying to find summer camp for their parents.

That means there were a lot of flustered moms and dads getting lost and a lot of kids crying not to be dropped off. Ah, summer.

This month also marks the 30th anniversary of the release of one of the best summer camp movies every made. Yes, I'm talking about Meatballs. In it, Bill Murray perfects the lovable, juvenile screwball character he would play in several movies throughout the '70s and '80s, and Camp North Star kicks the ass of the jerks at Camp Mohawk.

"So remember, even if we win. Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten days; even if God in Heaven above comes down and points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man, woman and child held hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn't matter, because all the really good-looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk, because they've got all the money!

"It just doesn't matter if we win or we lose. IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER! IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER..."

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