hikin_steve at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 6 02:25:28 CST 2008
The one thing that seems to be missing from this list is MORE HUMOR, and not just inside jokes and puns.
Speaking of REI, I'm sure everyone has heard the story about two veteran hikers, both with heavy packs, meet each other on a narrow trail, and they can't decide who should step aside to let the other pass. Finally, they decide to both pull out their REI card, and the one with the higher number has to step aside to let the other one pass.
cvano at tmail.com wrote:
Went to REI today! This is always an adventure and a difficult
excersise in keeping any money at all in my pocket. Anyway, I went
specifically to buy a new sleeping bag, my old one being 10 years old
and lost on that mountain, cashed 6' up in a tree and now under at least
5' of snow.
So after about an hour of laying on the floor looking like a vagrant
with people stepping over me, while I fully tried out at least 6 bags, I
finally decided that the 15 degree Zepher Regular was the best option
They had ONE left with a left hand zipper. Actually, they had one left
of several different kinds, but some were gone, this being the end of
the end of the year clearance. I was lucky to get the bag I wanted to
start with and not have to settle for less, or more money. The pad I
wanted (Exped 7) is lost and gone forever.
The left hand zipper... I'm right handed but have never been able to
figure out how to bend my elbow to zip up a right hand zipper bag. I
had to do all kinds of contortions for 10 minutes or so, while freezing,
just to get'er done, and then I'd remember something, spend another 5
minutes getting out, and then have do it all over again. With this one,
I just reach over and zip it up. Is this a common problem? Has anyone
really ever thought about this? Does anyone really care?
As I was walking around looking at all the other 'I Wants,' I stopped in
the shoe dept to see if anything could be done about the annoying squeak
that had developed in my left shoe. (I was in the Bellingham, WA. store
and talked to Mickey.) She said that it would NEVER go away and to
please let her replace them! I did, and she did. New shoes AND a new
sleeping bag from REI for a BUC and change. You can't beat that with
I'm going outside now... no wait... no I'm not... its raining seals and
otters... and I didn't get my pad... I'm turning off the heater now and
climbing into my new bag inside the boat... Ahhh, comfy, cozy... Nite
It's not the Mountain that we conquer,
but Ourselves. Anon.
Ol' Three Toes aka Chris
S/V Drifter ~~~_/)~~~
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