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Re: [at-l] I can relate...

It's been my experience that at one time or another everybody thinks someone
else is crazy for what he/she wants to do.  For example:

I recently went hang gliding, up to 1500 feet.  People who routinely alpine
ski looked at me and told me I was crazy.  Well, maybe, but not any crazier
than they are considering my experience with alpine skiing.

Some folks I went hot air ballooning with once were talking afterward about
how they wouldn't go parachuting.  Think on that one for a moment.  I know
there are differences, but if the mechanism doesn't work, well then, you're
still crashing to earth.

I know some paddlers that don't like bikers, etc. etc. etc.  

Stories like that really strike a nerve with me 'cuz if  you have to step on
others to make yourself feel better about whatever it is you do, regardless
of the content of what you do, then all you're really doing is showing how
insecure you are about the choices you make.

I guess I've said enuff.

At 01:57 PM 5/31/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Did anyone see the ABC news show 20/20 last night?  They did a story about a
>young man who at his college graduation party announced that he'd be
>"dropping out of sight for awhile".  He had a dream to make it from his home
>(don't remember where, but he went to Emory Univ -- GA maybe?) to Alaska and
>prove that he could live off the land in the wilderness.  He changed his
>name to "Alex Supertramp" and started out across the country.  Along the
>way, he gave away all of his savings (over $24,000) to a food relief project
>and abandoned his car.  Well, he made it to Alaska and there were several
>pictures of him with his daily kill and in the wilderness.  He kept a short
>journal and was mostly having the time of his life.  
>Seems he ran into problems when he realized that he had accomplished what he
>meant to accomplish and was ready to head home.  But, the river that he had
>crossed so easily in the late winter was now a raging spring river and he
>was "trapped by the wilderness" (his words in his journal).  He continued to
>survive off the land until he began eating the seeds of the Eskimo Potato
>(of which the roots are non-poisinous and he had been eating all along).
>Turns out the seeds actually cause the body's digestive system not to work
>and he starved to death a few days later.  
>It made me really angry that the reporters covering the story made him sound
>crazy for doing what he did.  They were really judgemental saying things
>like "how could he just leave the comfort of his family and home -- isn't
>that awfully cruel to do to his parents?"  and "why would somebody want to
>give away all their money, change their name and live in the wilderness?".
>I was sitting there thinking "duh -- why not?"  We are all so obsessed with
>conquering this 2100 mile trail and with learning how to live outside for a
>few months(not to mention using those trail names!).  Then, my mother, who
>had also seen the show, called to say "that sounded like somehting you would
>do -- don't even think about it".  (It wasn't worth the arguement, I quickly
>changed the subject)
>So, I guess I don't really have a point.  Just wonderin' if anyone else out
>there saw the show and really felt a connection to this guy.   I don't think
>he was crazy at all, and I don't think we're crazy for what we all want to
>do/have done.  But does the rest of the world?
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