A Word From Justin About "A Day In Hot Springs," 5 Years On

This is a document about a place and a time; where young kids dream not of making money or getting famous, or even getting a good grade. A time when things were simpler; a place truly so unique they nearly take it for granted.

It was about having fun, making each other laugh; about totally ripping jokes off other people and not even doing it well; about in-jokes and snickers from behind the camera ruining takes; about being grounded, about falling in and out of love.

I feel extremely grateful that we created this. We can look back and unlike the other students, who stood in front of a camera and said “On the weekends I go do this,” we have a ninja battle, ducks, and strange encounters with Bigfoot-esque creatures who love Mountain Dew. We have memories tied to these scenes. Tater bitch-slapping Gump, Scott tumbling off an outhouse, Jim falling off the side of Gump’s car, Matt’s reluctance to waste a good Mt. Dew, Justin urging the then-shy Taylor to speak up, and Jake’s cluelessness about everything going on, yet still being willing to do anything asked of him…

No matter where we go or what we do, no matter where we end up, this remains to both show the world what true friendship is when it really counts, and more importantly, to remind us of a warm sunny day in May 2006 that we all spent together, without the day to day drama and monotony of life. And whenever life gets us down 5, 10, 20, or 50 years into the future, we can always go back to that day and relive it. Again and again.

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