Running the Sheets

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Xlibris Corporation, Oct 1, 2012 - Humor - 162 pages
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Running the Sheets is a collection of 24 inter-connected stories that recount the experiences of a young boy and his family at a seasonal fishing lodge on the shores of Newboro Lake, part of the Rideau System near Kingston, Ontario. The stories are set between 1968 and 1979, mainly in the summer months. There is a little local history, a fair amount of 1970s pop culture but mostly the stories focus on the summer time experiences of a fairly naive young boy who has a front-row seat for some bizarre and unexpected events, some happy, some life-threatening, some humourous, some dangerous, some poignant and some sad. Highlights include exploding boats, drunken midgets, first loves, bad haircuts, streakers, a bank robbery, fisticuffs and a go-cart accident.
 

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Contents

Running the Sheets
11
The Town
13
Exodus
16
The Babysitters
20
The Lodge
27
Public Enemy No 1
30
Humiliation
34
Entrepreneurialism
38
Harry and the Go Cart
84
The Parade
96
That Smell
105
Heres Johnny
114
The Russian and the Dwarf
120
Das BootPart II
125
The Skylight
134
Tuesdays with Mom
138

Big Turk
42
Country Squire
51
Never Cry Wolf
57
Das Boot
64
Crazy Greg
70
The Witches House
77
Mary
146
Burning the Leaves
152
Appendices
156
Acknowledgments
161
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Author-photographer James Tallon has roamed, written about, and photographed Arizona's backcountry for more than 30 years. He spent 18 months conducting research for this book. During that time, he inspected more than 215 campgrounds in preparing his list of the 144 best.

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