Some stories are too funny not to tell.
They say you should be careful talking to yourself out loud: especially when you start answering back.
Last week I was gassing up my truck on pump 4 at DeRidder’s WalMart. Just minding my own business, I glanced up at the Appalachian Trail* sticker on my truck’s back glass. Thinking back to my recent hiking trip on America’s most famous trail, I blurted aloud, “It kicked my butt.”
I looked up to see a man grinning at me from nearby pump 5. I’m sure he wondered who I was talking to. I know I looked dumb. However, I was stating a fact. As much as I enjoyed the trip (“I loved every miserable step”) a long climb up Roan Mountain (Tenn-NC border) just about did me in. Hikers use that term to describe any hard climb or trip: as in “it kicked my butt.”
Only when you’ve lumbered (or nearly crawled) up a mountain wearing a thirty-five pound pack can you fully understand the statement. (By the way, willingly climbing mountains with a pack is not a sign of the smartest mind.)
Talking to yourself. I see it all of the time with those new phones with the earbud. I’ve answered these folks several times thinking they were talking to me.
I’ve made a vow to never wear a phone in my ear. It’s a vow I hope to keep. Of course, when you live in a place with no cell phone coverage (Dry Creek, Louisiana the “Bermuda Triangle” of cell phones) you’re not likely to wear a cell phone ear piece.
If you see me with one in my ear, feel free to just… kick my butt.
* A debate I’d like your input on:
I’ve always said “Appalachian” as “appa.lay.shun”
My friends in North Carolina quickly corrected me with “appa.latch.chun.” I joked with them that most of the world outside Carolina says it the way I do.
How do you pronounce it where you live? I’m curious.