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Re: [at-l] Hikers anonymous assoc

An old friend of mine was often unable to accompany me to REI due to
her absolute inability to leave the store without having $100 added to
her already overwhelming credit card balance. If we stopped by an REI
before a trip we would always end up on the trail HOURS later than we
had planned because of her habit. She was, and still is, desperately in
need of an intervention.
  REI has to be a least twice as addictive as crack cocaine and is now
much more widely available with its web site and all. Even a serious
vodka bender has nothing on a REI binge. REI can cause is a crippling,
debilitating disease that too few hikers even know they have or are
willing to admit being at risk of. 
  We all know someone who needs help. Please, sponsor a hiker in need
this holiday season.

Kanyon Kelly

Phillips wrote:
> I'm curious as to how many of you out there need to join this new group
> that is in formation- Hikers Anonymous Association. Symptoms of those
> who should join.
> 1) A new hiking store opens and you have to go see what they have, even
> though you have 3 sets of every piece of camping equipment ever sold.
> 2) A hiking or camping brochure arrives at work in the mail, and nothing
> seems to get done all morning until you've read it 3 times and
> highlighted new gizmos which youre sure you dont have.
> 3) when you walk into a hiking or camping store your teen age son or
> daughter demands to hold onto your wallet and credit card until you are
> safely out of the store and on the way home.
> 4) Your kitchen has salamis drying all year hanging from the ceiling
> just in case you get an opportunity to catch a quick 2-3 day hike and
> need ready access to dried meat.
> 5) your closets and freezer are full of dehydrated food
> 6) you eat your cereal at home with powdered milk
> 7) You rush home every nite from work to read ATML or ATL or PCTL
> I thought so- send in your name to be included in the group! :-))
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