Great Weather Gets Parks Popping


Payson High School sophomore Sean Self is a Rumsey skate park regular. He has been honing his BMX skills at the park for some time. He said he has been coming to the site for five or six years and last year won first place in the annual “Day of Reckoning” competition at the skate park.

Payson High School sophomore Sean Self is a Rumsey skate park regular. He has been honing his BMX skills at the park for some time. He said he has been coming to the site for five or six years and last year won first place in the annual “Day of Reckoning” competition at the skate park.

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Can you imagine having better weather than what we’ve had in the Rim Country for the last two weeks, which has coincidently perfectly coincided with our school district’s spring vacation? I can’t.

With temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s, beautiful Arizona-azure skies and less than the gale-like winds that usually beat us upside the head in March, it’s been one of the best late winter-early spring two-week periods I can remember.

And as is typical when we have great weather during a school vacation time, it brings with it a flurry of human outdoor activity.

Green Valley Park has been abuzz with fishermen (and fisherladies), walkers (both solo and with their pooches), joggers, kite-fliers, Frisbee-tossers and those who just like to bench-warm and people-watch.

In my travels through Rumsey Park this past week, I witnessed singles and doubles tennis matches, baseball and softball games, soccer matches, children of all ages swarming like ants over the park’s kid-friendly playground — and the skate park filled with bikers and skaters.

As I was observing at the skate park, I was amazed by the acrobatic jumps, spins and intricate maneuvers of both the BMX riders and skate board artists. The young men and women put on a dazzling display of fearlessness as they flew over the ramps and other specifically designed obstacles and equipment.

One of the BMX riders, Payson High School sophomore Sean Self, in particular, caught my eye. He was obviously a Rumsey skate park regular, as he approached each jump with precision and with confidence that only a “veteran” leaper could draw upon.

Probing Sean, I learned that he has been honing his BMX skills at the park for some time. He told me “I’ve been coming down here quite a bit for the last five or six years. And last year I even won first place in the annual ‘Day of Reckoning’ competition that’s held right here in the skate park.”

With the jumps that I saw, it was easy to see why Sean took home the BMX competition’s gold medal. He looked like a regular “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

Many readers probably remember the song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” a 1968 hit by the blues-influenced rock band the Rolling Stones. The song was one of the 60 hits over five decades that the Stones placed onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart, beginning with their 1964 debut hit “Not Fade Away” through its 2003 and last charted hit, the remix of its earlier released “Sympathy For The Devil.”

This week’s music trivia question is: In the Rolling Stones’ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hit “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” can you name the words that follow the song’s lyrics “I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash”?

Are the ensuing lyrics A) I’m leaping to great heights; B) it’s great to be me; C) get out of my way; or D) it’s a gas, gas, gas?

This week, if you’re the sixth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of the Rolling Stones greatest hits — or if the Stones aren’t your “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” cup of tea, you can choose another artist or music genre.

Last week’s question

This past week’s music trivia question asked if you could name the singer who recorded the 1975 song “Mr. Business Man.”

This artist placed 12 singles in Billboard’s Top 40, including two No. 1 hits, “There’ll Be Sad Songs To Make You Cry” (1986) and “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” (1988).

The choices were A) Robert Palmer; B) Billy Ocean; C) Huey Lewis; or D) Bobby McFerrin.

The correct answer was R&B-pop singer Billy Ocean.

The other three choices were also popular, chart-topping, late-1980s music artists. Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love” was a No. 1 hit in 1987. Huey Lewis had three No. 1 hits between 1985 and 1987 — “The Power of Love,” “Stuck With You” and “Jacob’s Ladder.” One-hit-wonder, Bobby McFerrin, topped the Billboard chart in 1988 with his Grammy-winning hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

Congratulations to last week’s two-time music trivia winner, Deloris Muller, who won an album of her choice. Deloris elected a greatest hits of Frank Sinatra CD.

A final note

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase, held at the Mazatzal Casino. More than 40 businesses and organizations, including a number of high school and youth groups, were on hand to share their information with the more than 1,000 area patrons who made their way through the doors. From where I was sitting, it was a great event.

Have a great Rim Country week.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482

Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com

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