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[at-l] gear list in order of priority
- Subject: [at-l] gear list in order of priority
- From: stephensadams at hotmail.com (Steve Adams)
- Date: Sun Apr 17 16:58:47 2005
Reference your two posts, dated 04-17-05.
Of all the posts I have read, yours has the most compelling reasons - a
diabetic amputee - to carry a cell telephone. I am not going to deny you
access to hiking, nor am I going to criticize your choice.
I think your case goes beyond the pale of the general complaint.
Reference Coyle?s post, that same date.
?It all comes down to a matter of common courtesy and having some
consideration for others.?
This is precisely the argument against cell telephone usage in the
Problems I or any one else has had with smokers, drug users, excessive
alcohol consumption, robbers, father rapers, murderers and litterers are
irrelevant. I?m not required to totally remove every other conceivable
problem BEFORE I can register my objection with the intrusion posed by rude
cell telephone users.
It?s very simple. Some hikers feel their ?wilderness? experience is
diminished if they carry a cell telephone. Some hikers feel their enjoyment
of the outdoors, getting away from it all, is diminished when they encounter
someone shouting on their cell telephone about some mundane feeling they
Coyle suggests, ?The main thing to remember is that if you come in contact
with someone or something disagreeable to you, there's almost always a
quick and easy way to get far away. Shelters may be an exception, but
that's the price you pay for the convenience.?
If someone is using a cell telephone, I shall not stop near that party. I
don?t accept, however, that I?m the party with the burden to leave an area I
have come to occupy when an intruder enters.
Reference Greg?s post, that same date, who advises he is ?... not going to
carry a phone to annoy people ...?
This reminds me of bumper stickers saying such things as ?I (heart symbol)
my wife." Or "kids." Or "dog.?
Very few people carry a cell telephone just to annoy people. They just
don?t care about others.
I think the last word in his post is important. The lack of a cell phone,
in his case, is only a matter of ?inconvenience.?
I feel much as the ?don?t ask, don?t tell? doctrine. If I don?t know there
is a cell phone in my vicinity, I?m just as content as if there isn?t, in
fact, a cell phone nearby. If some emergency requires a phone, I?ll
probably shout ?Does anyone have a cell phone?? and breathe a sigh of relief
if one appears.
I am very much interested in details of ?the best Korean ramen you've ever