Dec 24 2008

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Seven Random & Weird Things

Posted at 2:09 pm under Blog Post

After reviewing my last few downbeat posts, I think it’s time for a little levity.  Renee, one of my readers, recently posted “seven random and weird things about me” at her site, , and suggested that I do the same.  So here goes:

1.  As a kid, I used the birthmark on my left hand to differentiate between left and right.  Sometimes I still reference it.

2.  I was a Boy Scout for several years and learned a great deal about land navigation, building fires, first aid, and survival.  But I never earned a single merit badge.

3.  The first time I made love to a woman, I flipped a coin.  Best two out of three.

4.  A friend of mine won a Red Barron Pizza contest, but didn’t want the prize: a wild ride in a replica in the Red Barron’s biplane.  I took his place, requesting loops and rolls.

5.  While living in Oregon, I used to track mountain lions for fun.  I tracked one once to a ledge overlooking a spot where I’d been standing ten minutes earlier, and that was the end of that.

6.  I ran out of coffee the day before a bush plane extracted me from the wilds of Alaska and swore I’d never be without that precious black stuff again.  So if you ever run into me in deep woods, I’ll have coffee to spare.

7.  I’m not a picky eater.  I’ve eaten all kinds of wild plants, bear stew, the worm in the tequila bottle, and beetles on the half shell.  But I don’t like beets.

Weird enough for you?

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Seven Random & Weird Things”

  1. reneeon 24 Dec 2008 at 5:50 pm 1

    this is great!
    love the mountain lion story…
    and i still reference my hands (albiet sans birthmark. i used the old “left hand makes an ‘L'” technique) for left and right too. i don’t know why i still stumble over left and right…bad trait for a hiker/backpacker, eh?

  2. Walton 30 Dec 2008 at 1:02 pm 2

    Renee, I believe that getting turned around and falling down are essential parts of the hiking experience.

  3. Ranger Svenon 03 Jan 2009 at 4:27 pm 3

    Thank god the Red Baron Pizza company did not give your buddy a year-long supply of Red Baron frozen pizza, as the are absolutely horrible…

    Happy Trails,


  4. Walton 07 Jan 2009 at 10:42 am 4

    I only had to take a death-defying ride in a biplane. I didn’t have to eat the pizza.

  5. Philon 14 Jan 2009 at 10:48 pm 5

    replies, as numbered… by your favorite smartass friend.

    1. which hand do you use, for.. you know…

    2. they didn’t have a badge for weirdowoodsman?

    3. this is perhaps the most perplexing thing I have ever heard you say or write. I can only conclude that she lost.

    4. that actually explains a lot. why didn’t you tell me that sooner?

    5. I tought I saw a putty cat, I did, I did! You are a philosophical version of tweety bird!

    6. Walt the deep woods barista!

    7. Bears like beets, ergo Walt is not a bear.

  6. Walton 15 Jan 2009 at 7:10 am 6

    Yeah maybe, but never throw beets at bears.