- How to make my own food
- How to not open a beer at 4pm
- How to check my mail
- That the scissors are in the same room as me
- Get into or out of a bed that isn’t a top bunk
- How to use the desktop version of my own email, Facebook, etc.
- How many times i am able to wear the same articles of clothing without judgement
- Why drinking outdoors is not legal
- How to spend most of the day inside
- How to make real coffee
- How to function without being surrounded by tons of awesome people
- Why we can’t just take a break and collage and/or drink tea all the time
- Why it’s unacceptable to ask my co-workers if they need to process their feelings or if they’d rather just get drunk in deer lodge
- That sometimes the cute lesbian who looks like a 12 year old boy is, in fact, a 12 year old boy
- That you aren’t supposed to show up to your job with a purple bandana wrapped around your bicep
- Not everyone in real life went to the sex panel
- It means something different when someone says a bear has been spotted in the vicinity
- How to exist in a world where no one asks my preferred gender pronoun
- That I can no longer tell strangers that their clit deserves it
- That the hopper isn’t coming to clean up my dishes
- What my day’s going to be like without Marni and Robin telling me my schedule
- How to deal with having unlimited time in the bathroom
- The notion that some meals might not actually be that great with Cholula
- What it’s like to go to sleep before 3 am
- That that couple holding hands — that femme-y girl and that adorable boi — is actually a straight couple
- That towels can actually be beautiful absorbent things and not $3 pieces of “fleece” from the grocery store
- Digesting food
- How to handle EST
- What to do with all these leftover bandanas.
I just went grocery shopping and kept thinking I saw MoC queer ladies out of the corner of my eye… then I would look and they were actually just dudes. A-Camp goggles are a thing, you guys.
everything about this comment is factual. I am having the exact same issues.
I have permanent A-Camp goggles
good to know I’m not the only one!
I had the same problem when I left women’s college.
Personally I like to call this concept getting “Biebered.”
30. That my family will not scream “SNATCH” when I ask them who runs the world.
Omg true life. This list is amazing.
I love that I read this in your voice and saw you arm pointing/snapping at the computer and everything. I miss camp.
Real talk: it’s my second day away from camp and I’m wearing my blue bandana on my head and You Do You shirt to school/in public.
The only reason I wasn’t wearing it yesterday was because I had to many feelings and was home from work all day.
Also also, every single girl/boi/person I see is queer. Right?!
is this minna from berkeley?
30. That when you do something awesome or encourage your friends it will not be accompanied or the hunger games sign.
YOU FEEL ME ON THIS, RUNAWAYS?
we feel you.
Also, Numbers 4,10,12,14,15,24.
I love all your Purple Hearts.
I love how easy it is to pick the Runagays out.
I also love that your handle is straight up “Wildman.” Double. Like.
Oh i definitely hunger saluted a car that let me cross. I was wearing my bandana around my wrist and my camp t-shirt because that kind of feels like armour now. Also, I kind of wanted to snap in class when someone made a smart comment….
merbear i love you they probs def thought you were a neo-nazi
and yes! you can’t just snap when someone speaks your truth. also less people speaking your truth.
ahhh yes, that would be why they looked at me like that…. oh dear.
less people speaking my truth, but now i’m speaking it louder so there’s that!
i love you t-pain and miss your face lots and lots. please come here to visit now <3
To be clear, I was not at A Camp and #14 JUST HAPPENED TO ME IN STARBUCKS. I really thought she was cute. Then she was a scruffy kid.
Been there. Then it feels kinda weird.
I can smoke anywhere now, but are the smokers going to be there too?
Did somebody really see a bear?!
Yes, outside of #18. It has been suggested that this was my fault because I had lox/cured salmon in my bag.
FONSEXA. WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME THIS? (Spoiler Alert: Probably because I would have freaked out.)
STRAIGHT PEOPLE, WHAT THE HELL ARE THOSE?!?
I KNOW RIGHT!
The airport was soooo weird.
Everyone in real life should go to the sex panel.
Also, I was waiting for the bell to ring so I could eat dinner last night. It never happened. Luckily my roomie came home and made me dinner eventually.
Everyone should go to the cuddle panel, also. I was at the ropes course in the morning and even the workers there were upset that they didn’t have cool shit like this.
The spooning panel was the bestest.
30. Why are there unlimited rolls of tape here??
I brought a roll of masking tape to label things. It was gone within an hour, never to reappear. From then on I kept my sharpie on my person until the end of camp.
Meals don’t come with a side of gossip or visits from Robin :/
19. That I can no longer tell strangers that their clit deserves it
I’m already dead. This is fucking great.
30. Why I can’t just use the men’s room.
Apparently, there are way more men in the outside world. Who knew.
I was washing my hands next to Sexual Croce and chatting about how weird it would be to go back to the real world, have to use the women’s room, and deal with straight people. Esp straight girls. NOT ALL THE GIRLS ARE QUEER HERE.
30. Why there aren’t dapper queers a table over at all my meals.
girl, i want to dress dapper everyday AND get taken out on a fancy date with a dapper queer. is that too much to ask?
‘No more nightly cuddle parties with the Little Rascals’
This. Is. Sad.
Very very sad.
No more spooning with the Battlestars. ='( I feel cold.
> I feel cold.
So say we all? :(
(Also not from the battlestar cabin, fwiw. Also <3 to the drunk battlestars who were screaming "So say we are" instead during the talent show. You know who you are.)
Haha, that was a winner.
I’m cold too! In my heart. Without my Battlestars.
So say we all. ='( A-Camp 3.0 canNOT come any sooner!! Marika, I would love it if you ship yourself to my house instead of whatever else you were gonna send.
Not gonna lie, the Bay Area sounds better than Indiana right now…
START A NEW LIFE HERE.
This list! And the comments! I didn’t think I could miss Camp more, but now I do. It was a moment today at work when I responded to a co-worker about a movie she saw this weekend with ‘Oh yeah, Rachel Weisz is SO HOT.” and instead of a rousing chorus of agreement or other hot girls names shouted out…crickets and looks of discomfort. Damn, I miss Camp.
Wait. You mean Rachel Weisz’s extreme hotness is not enough to inspire a rousing chorus of agreement *anywhere*?
That is sad.
<3 <3 <3
30. Showing people the videos of Alex dancing and of Marni singing and no one understanding the amazingness in those videos :(
my straight roommate/bff said she was impressed by Marni and that Alex was her dancing soulmate! Validation!
That whole “Hunger Games Salute”…It’s not ok or well received in the real world.
31. It is not acceptable to have sex in the woods.
It’s always acceptable to have sex in the woods.
No dinner bells or hoppers is a real problem here!
Speaking of…two weeks ago I got mistaken for a 12 year old boy. Not sure if that’s better or worse than the time the lady at the bowling alley thought I was the 14 year old son of my friend’s wife.
I definitely got my age checked by a flight attendant because I sat in the emergency section and she thought I was 14. Fuckin’ Patriarchy
security actually asked if I was over 12!! I’m 25!!
You’ve got several more years of it left, I’m 29 and it still happens
30. femme invisibilty is a thing.
for fucking real.
right?! can we talk about how there wasn’t any femme invisibility at camp? I’ve never gotten so many compliments from women for my dresses in such a short period of time as I have at camp. <3
Yessss thisssss. Thank you to every single human who said a nice thing about my dresses at camp, I think it was the first time I’ve had a positive/any remark about my clothes from a queer lady.
Femme invisibility, y’all. It makes my heart sad.
yes! First time ever that everyone knew I was gay. I was not assumed as the ally and I did not have to prove my queerness. so great.
Can there be a panel about how to deal with femme invisibility at next camp!?! Cause ya, it’s a thing.
this totally needs to happen!
femme panel ftw!
It’s like deep sea fishing without bait.
Didn’t go to Camp unfortunately (millions and millions of sad faces, perhaps next year?) BUT numbers 14 and 18 have totally happened to me in the past. Felt so weird after #14, haha.
That it is not appropriate to shout HEEEEYYYYY Everytime I smoke a cigarette.
Not two days after leaving A-Camp, I came out to my dad. Though he’s took is badly, you beautiful ladies gave me the courage.
A-Camp changes lives.
you’ve got a lot amazing people on your side. three cheers for bravery!
I’m sorry it didn’t go better, hopefully he will come around.
A-camp has been a catalyst for my coming out to some people as well.
Forever Snatch always has your back Kacey.
My useless knowledge doesn’t get me free toblerone.
Or Tim Tams from Crystal!
yes! Tim Tams!
“So you went to the sex panel?” can no longer be used as a pickup line
The patriarchy is no longer a reasonable explanation to why you haven’t done homework, washed dishes, or changed your clothes.
Neither the altitude.
I still blame the patriarchy for missing my job.
I want nothing more than I want to go to A-Camp.
Sidenote, most of this list applies to me with the title “29 Things I No Longer Understand in a Post-Smith College World.”
Women’s college high-five!
A Camp is like Smith College’s J term without the snow. All play and no homework.
AKA the best thing to happen to me outside of going to Smith.
sitting in the CDO, thinking this exact thing
for the record, this will be true for you Smithies for a long time. going back to your reunion will only increase the withdrawal / difficulty of dealing with the real world. (reunion, though, will be totally worth it while you are re-living the overwhelmingly queer debauchery of your smith years. i imagine there are a lot of similarities to a-camp.)
COSIGNED. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve accidentally checked out an adolescent boy because I just left Noho, I could buy myself a drink at Tunnel Bar.
Oh my god, #14. I haven’t been to A-Camp, sadly, but I trip up on that one all the time. It’s even worse when she turns out to be an unusually tall prepubescent girl instead of an androgynous lady my age. It makes me feel like one of those predatory older lesbians from the pulp novels.
That if you start crying while reading this, people will stare, rather than sit down and cry with you.
Only because straight people essentially are all Hank Hill. Yes, even the women.
You could totally stencil the bandanas and sell them in the merch store.
Real life: opened a beer at 3PM today. I blame camp (and unemployment).
#32 I can’t walk around with coral nail polish anymore. I had an unnerving incident at an In N Out.
Oh no, what happened?
Also many internet hugs for you!
The fucking cashier saw my nails and he still called me ‘sir’ after the transaction. And there were too many bro-ish male folk around, I got a few looks. I couldn’t even finish my animal-style fries, I wanted to get the hell outta there.
Before we left, I closed my eyes and pretended I was still strutting around the campground with no fucks to give about my polish. And I cried so hard after that.
You guys I really did miss A-Camp. This was a massive shock for me.
Jeezus. I wish I could make you a cup of tea or something. I don’t know you but gawd, that’s awful and inexcusable and I’m sorry.
Seconded, 100%. Gaela, I hope today is a better day.
Girl you’re beautiful and strong don’t give any fucks. Don’t let some ignorant person ruin your animal style fries because those things are godly and should be enjoyed.
you’ll always have a save space in our hearts!
YOU ARE FUCKING FABULOUS.
FUCK THE PATRIARCHY.
I love your nail polish.
Battlestar solidarity! Thank you. =)
14. Happens to me all the time. D:
Reading this, dealing with feelings of the WOC panel where I’m at. I’m just, “I get it, seriously!!”
How does one function after something so amazing? I’m really serious.
How? No, hoooooow?
I’m having feelings about 13 right now and I’m really sad that I just can’t go get drunk in deer lodge.
Can I just say how much I’ve been talking non-stop about Acamp and no one understands me. Also how much I’ve been thinking everyone is queer. I miss everyone so much!
I had my first class of LGBT Studies today, and the teacher tried to explain pansexual as being attracted to everything equally. Nope, nope, nope. I do not understand.
A Camp… jealous like you wouldn’t believe. But as ever, I am sadly lacking in time off work, money to fly to the other side of the world and in fact nerve to go meet all you amazing ladies in person. So I’m just enjoying Camp vicariously through your blog/news posts while sipping tea and vaguely wishing I lived on the other side of the Atlantic.
telling other people “did you know there are SO MANY MEN in the world” seems to be confusing for them…
I had to contact IT 4 times to reset my passwords at work.
really, I would be just fine in a society modeled after A-Camp and I don’t know why this isn’t a life option.
it’s going to happen. I’m totally counting on it.
Never been. Would like to (even though I’m prob too old and also have too many responsibilities right now).
But! You know what would be great? A permanent A-Camp site/campus/intentional community. Where people could live. And other people could visit to recharge/recover.
This is precisely why I quite fancied being a nun for a while when I was a kid – till I remembered the whole religion thing…
*snaps* Exactly. Why do we have to go up a mountain to find a safe space for all of us instead of just being safe everywhere?
“What to do with all these leftover bandanas.”
omg, I didn’t even go to A Camp and the other night I totally hit on this boi who turned out to be a boy. :( He would have been such a cute lesbian.
Why signing my name on a young woman’s left breast is only acceptable at an elevation of 7400 ft in the middle of the San Bernadino Forrest surrounded by roughly 300 queers
#33. Trundlelingus is not a nightly event in my room
Also #16, #19, #24. Yes.
I am just so astounded at the word “trundlelingus”. Hope that one shows up on the next faggity feud survey!
Ridiculously jealous. Someone should make a European version of this. *sigh*
I’ve never been to A-Camp before but now I really really really want to go. A lot. Because it sounds like a place where there might be s’mores and the group happiness that s’mores lead to.
i want to go where the homos are
i wanna see, wanna see the sex panel
talkin about those- what do you call em,
out where they are, having queer fun
out where they stay all day in the sun
wish i could be
in a-camp’s worlddddd
Oh. My. God. This is a gem
#19 had me laughing so hard because it’s so true.
Also, I’ve started snapping in meetings and classes when I solemnly agree with someone’s opinion, and I get weird looks. I’M JUST SHOWING SOLIDARITY WITH YOU, GAWD!