As a kid, one of the most beloved games was “swings.” And jumping off swings was one of the best parts. Sometimes we played for height, but most often we played for distance, probably because it was more easy to measure. Amazing that i have no recollection of anyone breaking bones.
As far as instructions from Vachel, I highly recommend getting the full set BEFOREhand.
I find that so much of humor is based on the “nature” of a character, and so telling a dog “fetch” is so repeatedly ripe for it. Dog’s can’t help it. You say “fetch” and bang, they’re off.
As the story goes, the scorpion said “No, frog, of course I won’t sting you if you carry me across the pond. If I did, then we would BOTH drown.” Upon stinging (of course), as they both sink, the frog asks why. “Because,” said the scorpion, “it is in my nature.”
Ted’s temper is shown a little bit here, although it later rather mellowed out.
I was particularly proud of Blake’s line in this one. Not only to show his earnest/clueless nature, but also because it gave us a visual to imagine — that of Dee sitting at the bottom of the lake not swimming at all.
In real life this would not be funny at all. Just so’s you know.