On Sunday under sunny skies and the cold winds of winter I went tubing. As a kid growing up, there wasn't any tubing-there was only sledding-sledding in your yard, or your neighbor's or on some specially named hill that everyone knew about. Very early on I used a wooden sled with metal runners and then for my prime sledding years "the blue roll-up"; a flimsy sheet of plastic with yellow handle that zipped down hills so much faster. I can't remember my last sledding event, but likely it was age 13 or so, when I graduated to the much more mature cross-country skiing or to apathy. Not sure which.
So, off I went with a group of friends to the "Sports Park". $22 for a 3 hour pass-and all the tubing a girl could want. Manufactured snow, big round covered inner tubes, a large building with places to sit, warm up and eat fried foods, music blaring out of huge speakers on the deck, a "people mover" to get one to the top of the hill, and attendants everywhere to push or spin you to get you started down the hill and to remind you to drag your feet at the bottom to keep from sliding right on into the parking lot. Progress, surely. I suppose $22 is a bargain.
It was damn cold tubing with the wind whipping, especially at the top of the ginormous hill, so it's odd I'm selecting this info for a prompt on warmth. What made it warm, were the friends that I enjoyed this experience with, "the Bubbas". I'll spare you the reason-if there is one-why we're the Bubbas...just take it as is. We laughed, we were goofy, we spoke Bubba-ese, we didn't care that we were the oldest "tubers" in the place...we had fun. Enlightening how friends can make you feel warm, even in the coldest places with frozen wet toes. That's pretty amazing. Thanks to all my special Bubbas....love ya!
That there one big-ass Bubba hill.
First yous get yous a "tub".
Sometimes folks a bit nervous 'bout "tubbing".
Bubba Pam "Loweeeen" and Bubba Laura.
When you finish yous got ta get outta da way....there's lots of activ'tee down the bottom of the hill.
Bubba snack down ta the hollar.
Three "tubs" go faster than just 1 Bubba tub.
Sonja Bubba...why you holdin' that light post like that?
Hold on Bubba!!
America's Next Top Bubba Model.