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  1. billwhite's Avatar
    Birthday boy Jim. I will make you your cake when you return save and sound from the wilderness
  2. jim thornton's Avatar
    1) Bobinator, I cannot wait to see your movies. I thought the kindergarten heart rate monitors would be cute, but what could be cuter than the blood bath of 4th graders wielding Big Bertha brain-bashing drivers! I really should take one of these to Idaho with me.

    2) Actually, Bill, I am way ahead of you on that one. I didn't come close to watching any of the rest of the video!

    3) I think, Tom, you would be surprised at how much of PA is really Alabama with an even worse accent.

    You can read below about some of our state's leading fraternal organizations--Keystone State Skinheads; the National Socialist Movement , which bills itself as "America's Nazi Party" and has chapters in Bethlehem, Myerstown and Philadelphia; the Ku Klux Klan with chapters in Boyertown and Quarryville in addition to Boothwyn, Johnstown, New Castle and Saint Thomas; etc.

    http://pennsylvaniaprogressive.typep...lvania_ha.html
  3. tjrpatt's Avatar
    Mermaid must have seen the light and got out of the Alabama part of PA. Good for her! But, I think that there are pockets of the Alabama of PA where they act like normal Pennsylvanians(ie Keystoners)
  4. billwhite's Avatar
    No Jim, the rest of it is not good. This is it. Mermaid is the saving grace of this video. DO NOT spend an extra minute of time watching the rest of it unless you are one of the protagonists or are related to them or have some other vested interest in watching it.
  5. Bobinator's Avatar
    Have a good time in the wilderness Jimby! Don't do anything crazy.
    I'm learning how to use my Flip.
    Soon I will post kdg heart rate moniters and 4th grade golfers.
  6. jim thornton's Avatar
    As one of the Blacks put it, I will just topsy turvy that mother****er
  7. billwhite's Avatar
    ....and if you run into Alec Baldwin don't get bamboozled: he will be trying to kill you.
  8. jim thornton's Avatar
    Ah'll lewer 'im. Ah'll lewer 'im. By jove, that's what ah'll do, gubner! Lewer the beer.

    Dag nabbit. I am starting to sound Australian.

    Grizzly. Australian for Beeeeer.
  9. billwhite's Avatar
    You may want that fire to cook the bear that you kill. For inspiration you should watch the movie "The Edge" starring Antony Hopkins and repeat to yourself often in an English accent "I will lure him"
  10. jim thornton's Avatar
    I will, Rusty. Don't you worry none. I will be very careful, other man.
  11. RustyScupperton's Avatar
    Excellent, but at times, I was quite afraid of accidents! PLEASE be CAREFUL!!!!!
  12. jim thornton's Avatar
    I just got more news from my editor. I am being given the gift of fire in the form of some kind of fuel to burn on some kind of stove.

    Why would anyone want to cook a granola bar though?

    I must remember to bring plenty of dehydrated water on this trip since dying of thirst is more likely than water intoxication in the high desert!
  13. quicksilver's Avatar
    Loved the 3d like sensation of your cinematography. That was Sundance worthy.

    It was Mr. Magoo like scooter riding at it's best. I thought we were going to wipe out a few times.

    You're gonna need a bigger bike to scare off those dogs.
  14. billwhite's Avatar
    ...and super-genius it is then as I remove the semi from my previous comment
  15. billwhite's Avatar
    I admit that for a moment there in the woods I thought we were being presented a Blair Witch project film with a "dogs eat man after pulling him off scooter" twist to it. If you see "dogs" in the woods of Idaho it would probably be better not to acknowledge them at all.
  16. jim thornton's Avatar
    How droll!

    Seriously, thanks, Bill. I am not sure the semi is necessary though.
  17. billwhite's Avatar
    Several comments.

    1. You should have your "scooting" license revoked before you kill yourself (unless that is the plan).

    2. The cotton t-shirt will be just fine as you can use it to absorb your urine so that you can a) cool yourself in the wilderness and/or b) rehydrate

    3. It takes a super-genius to play a retarded man wandering about on a scooter. Kudos to you on your "Forrest Gump"-like presentation.

    4. You are like a self-flagellator complaining that he is in pain. I think there is a reason you are tired: you work-out too much. Fitlinx points aren't the ultimate goal in life.

    5. I don't think that your urban hike will be much preparation for the wilderness of Idaho. Maybe another game of tennis would have been equally beneficial and frankly more fun.

    6. Just winging it in the wilderness will be good. If you need some assistance call Liam.
    Updated September 24th, 2009 at 01:06 AM by billwhite
  18. jim thornton's Avatar
    Thanks, Sid, actually, I think I may be a lot safer in the wilderness because scooters are outlawed there.

    As is crack, I am pretty sure.

    As I told one of the editors at Backpacker by email, I hope to "make it back with only a few wolverines dangling like ear rings and piercings from my scabrous flesh!"

    After writing this, it occurred to me that I don't actually know what scabrous means exactly. I was going completely on its onomatopoeic likely meaning, i.e., "covered with scaly scabby type skin, possibly made all the rougher by windburn, sunburn, and insect feasting."

    Actually, I am still not sure what scabrous means. I could be completely off the mark here, like the time I assumed droll meant dull and was mildly infuriated when someone called me droll.

    The nerve of that miscreant.

    In any event, I shall now look up the definition of scabrous and post it below, a possible surprise to all who read this comment.

    scabrous adj.1. Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch. See Synonyms at rough.
    2. Difficult to handle; knotty: a scabrous situation.
    3. Dealing with scandalous or salacious material: a scabrous novel.

    Yes! Blind pig finds acorn!

    Perhaps my confidence in "winging it" in the wilderness will prove similarly well-advised!
  19. Syd's Avatar
    Jim, very humourous (and, no, that is not a spelling error). The deadpan delivery had me coughing up my crack all over the keyboard on more than one occasion.

    I wish you all the best for your trip to the River of No Return, but I have to tell you I wouldn't get on a scooter with you for all the tea in China. Overtaking on the inside, looking at your reflection in the back of a school bus, ramming into trees...it was an accident waiting to happen.

    Please be careful in the wilderness. Look forward to your safe return.
  20. jim thornton's Avatar
    Finally, some excellent news! Can you give me the citations? The only paper I can find was this one:

    Late Middle Age Befuddlement in Weak Swimmers
    International Journal of Befuddlement Research (Int Jrn Befud Rsc)
    Vol 44; p. 1644-1641

    S. Hoyer1 , K. Oesterreich2 and O. Wagner2
    (1) Department of Pathochemistry and General Neurochemistry, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 220-221, D-6900 Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany(2) Psychiatric Clinic, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 220-221, D-6900 Heidelberg, Federal Republic of GermanyReceived: 27 March 1987 Revised: 13 August 1987 Accepted: 17 August 1987