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The Post-Camp Nap 1
How the writers strike got me napping again
As it turns out, ’s dad, (a.k.a., The President) isn’t the only member of the extended TND fam whose love and respect for napping date back to the days of summer camp. With that, it’s my great pleasure to introduce to you Jackson Rynar, the Wife’s first cousin, an underemployed TV script producer, and easily the funniest twentysomething I know.
Enjoy what I know will not be his last post!
Be warned, if you tell your camp director Aunt that you are currently unemployed due to the ongoing writers strike during the prime summer months of camp season you will soon find yourself, yet again, back as a camp counselor at Jeff Lake Camp.
I thought I retired my Jeff Lake Camp counselor title in 2018. Prior to this summer, I worked script production for NBC late night shows such as The Tonight Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Saturday Night Live. However on May 2nd 2023 the Writers Guild of America (WGA) called for a strike demanding better pay as well as concerns regarding artificial intelligence. Since then there have been no new episodes of late night television and I have become unemployed (or as our HR Reps at work have called it “Unpaid Hiatus”).
With no resolution to the strike in sight, I was lucky enough to land back as a rover helping out groups at camp this summer. That's right, I went from preparing monologue jokes for Jimmy Fallon to slathering sunscreen on second graders. I soon found myself returning to an old routine. My days became filled with kayaking on the lake, playing with lanyard,1 shooting basketballs, and so much more! However, there was one key element to the Day Camp routine that I almost completely forgot about: The Post Camp Nap.
Much more to come on this…
Ed.: In PA, we unfortunately call this stuff “gimp” — ask my kids the next time you see them, J.