Chris' Corner: Paying it forward on a scorching hot day =)

Paying it forward on a scorching hot day =)

Today was a scorcher, the sun seems so hot now compared to when I was a child, probably evidence of the damage we have caused to the ozone layer =(

On a day like today, it was important to hydrate, and normally I carry with me on my travels my trusty 44 oz Bubba Keg with two trays of ice and then topped up with water.

My Bubba Keg

I usually take Alec to the playpark in Alliston or Beeton two or three times a week.  He has an opportunity to meet with friends he would have an opportunity to meet, and burn off some energy.  Rather than just taking my Bubba Keg and a water bottle filled with ice for Alec,  I took a soft-sided cooler we often use when grocery shopping in the summer and half filled it with frozen ice-packs.  Then I took a number of bottles of gatorade and a case of frozen Mott's Sensations, juice frozen in plastic sleeves.  We decided to go to Beeton today since the mature trees would offer more shade.

There was the usual suspects, with their parents watching when we arrived.  After about ten minutes, Alec came to me for a drink.  I asked him if we should offer his friends some refreshments.  All six children came rushing over.  After clearing it with their parents, Alec handed out these frozen treats.

When the children had finished and were back playing tag, I offered the parents I saw similar refreshments.  Funny, I had more takers for the frozen treats than the Gatorade.  As I joined them, memories of cycling to the local variety store and buying a popsicle, plastic tube with frozen treat, or a Lola then sitting on the concrete steps and sucking on the various frozen treats (Lolas were by far my favorite - either cherry, grape, or perhaps orange - if any of you remember these frozen pyramid shaped treats) flooded back.


I will come back another day this summer with a cooler full of frozen on another scorching day this summer... and perhaps start new memories for these children.  They do seem much smaller than I remember them, but I an sure are still an experience =)

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Comment balloon 13 commentsChris Smith • June 08 2011 08:05PM


Hi Chris, sounds like you had a fun day even with the heat.  And yes, it's very important to drink enough liquids on those days, even better when you can make it a memorable experience!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 9 years ago

It was a scorcher wasn't it Chris? Hope you got home before that major storm! Great pay it forward Chris! We know some little gaffers we would like to start making memories like this with ;) Now where do we find these Lolas?

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Good evening, Chris. Tell me about it. With temps soaring 95-100, it is too hot to even eat much less work...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Silvia, both Alec and I sweat buckets, so hydration is big...

Al and Peggy, when I find them I will buy you a case...

Know what you mean Michael, I have been drinking... water ... but am not hungry at all

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Chris - On high temperatures, it is important to drink planty of water. We are having cooler temperatures for the past one week. However, after few weeks probably we will have warmer temperatures.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris - I haven't seen or had Lolas for many years although, as I read your post, I seemed to remember having one at the Food Building a few or more years ago at the Ex.  I stayed inside of most of the day.

Posted by FN LN about 9 years ago

Hahaha, Lolas - now that does bring back memories. I too have been taking in a large amount of water to try to stay hydrated. You're setting a good example for Alec, when he gets to be your age can you imagine what the sun is going to be like then?

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

John, we have managed to survive this hot spell without turning on the air conditioner yet...  I am sure the warm weather will hit you soon.

Marc, Lolas were re-introduced in 1996, they are smaller than the original.  I am going to try and buy some soon to see if they are close to the original...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Chris- I remember those yummy treats of frozen goodness! I bet the kids were so excited! That was super nice of you to do that and important as well. I had a bout with dehydration just last Saturday and it was none too fun. Hope you continue to find ways to beat the heat!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) about 9 years ago

Chris, you are going to be very popular if you keep this up LOL. I like your idea for a hot day.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Thanks Margie, we get so little sun, we want to enjoy it, but have to be careful

Janice, watching my son, Alec, have fun and playing with friends is all the popularity I need...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

You will be more welcome than the ice cream truck!  Nice job and a great way to make memories.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 9 years ago

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego!

Posted by Paul Gapski, 619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo (Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty) about 8 years ago