You can love your friends and still want to hit them with a shillelagh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shillelagh_(weapon)).
There are some things you just can’t share with people who are not like minded.
I can be quite the talker, I admit. When I have something I’m interested in and passionate about, I can ramble on with the best of them. On the other hand, I can also be pretty quiet, especially in a place where there’s a lot to see, like, say, Yosemite yesterday.
You’d think we were trekking up a mountain, in the Sahara Desert, after having no water for a week, for all the complaining I endured over a measly mile hike down and then up 400 feet over a span on a mile each way. Numerous comments were made about how stupid it was to do a hike without water. To put things in perspective, this walk was the equivalent of walking to Tommy’s and back, only slightly more steep in a few places, and with no Margaritas at the bottom.
Who knew humans were so fragile? What an idiotic culture we live in where people believe they can’t walk a few miles without a life support system.
Coming back up is going to be hard!
Argh! I’m being bitten!
They always tell you to take water when you’re hiking.
Bitch bitch bitch.
There seemed to be less concern about the wild bear we saw than a lack of a pint of water. There’s a lack of perspective for you...
Wanna hike with me? Here’s some guidelines.
1. Drink it in. If I believed in God, this is one of those spots where you’d think he/she/it had kissed the Earth. Soaking it up. It’s not like you see this every day. Quit yammering on about pointless drivel and appreciate where you are. If you can’t, stay home.
2. Stop your grousing. You’re gonna get winded. You’re gonna be hot. You might even get a few bug bites. You might not have a drink for a little while. Life’s not all escalators, air conditioning and screen doors. Enjoy that fact.
But some people are never going on a real hike with me, water or no water.