Saturday, April 12, 2008

Go Fly A Kite!

Yesterday the temperature jumped into the low 70s, the sun was shining, blue skies. Then the clouds rolled in. High winds. Thunderstorms. Buckets of rain. We were lucky where I live, the storms did little damage. My brother lives in Minnesota and they got about a foot of snow. Today, it is cold, windy, rainy, and dreary outside.

But it is springtime, and with the winds and warmer temperatures, it is a perfect time for kite flying. I remember when I was (much) younger, we would buy those cheap little kites from the dime store and a roll of string. More often than not, the kite would be lost the first day, when the string broke. The kite would either soar into the sky and be carried away or it would be dashed to the ground and broken. Fun and disappointment rolled into one. That's life.

A couple of years ago I saw a program on television about kite flying, but these were not the same kind of kites we flew as kids. These were big, I mean huge! It was amazing how they were able to maneuver the kites. Today, on Gadling, they posted a YouTube video by Rob & Shine that was shot during the Washington State International Kite Festival. It's about 4 1/2 minutes long, but very relaxing...

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