Monday, December 1, 2014

Costumes and Uniforms

Grump Post.  You've been warned.

The other day, I was leaving a parking lot, and noticed (again) a store that specializes in LDS-specific garb. In particular, they sell upscale white dresses (defeating the whole 'everyone is the same in the temple' idea, but that's a different rant about commercial priestcraft).  They also sell "Trek Costumes," I'm guessing at a large profit margin.

Now, I never did a Trek when I was a kid, I don't even think it was a thing back then. I did spend plenty of time backpacking in the Wind River and Bear River Mountains, and biking through Zion NP.  Today, however, they'll spend three years planning this one event, and everyone is supposed to play along with the script and choreography and the playing dress-up and playing pretend, in order that everyone have an approved and correlated Great Experience.  (If the idea is to call to mind the misery of the trail, its unforgiving nature and the consequences of bad decisions, everyone should be barefoot, or at least have bloody rags for footwear, and we should definitely talk about the Donner-Reed Party, and the Trail of Tears, but that's another 'nother rant.)  Here's the actual rant: If the Youth are expected to wear Trek Costumes in order to participate, then by the same token, why aren't they (the YM, in particular) expected to wear their Scout/Venturing uniforms to participate in weeknight activities?

FYI if they ever ask me to be a 'Pa,' I'll be reading to them from my grandfather's 1847 trail journal, and let the kids know what really happened, versus the sanitized, romanticized and sentimental official version.  Yes, they did "roll" on Sundays.  No, they did not get along nicely with each other for the duration.  That's because they were actual people, not parade floats.  OK, I'm done.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Owl Post: The Secret of Success

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates then lifted his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air.

Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when you were under there?”

The boy replied, “Air.”

Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it. There is no other secret.”


A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Catch and Keep

Good news for Scouts who are working toward the fishing and fly fishing merit badges (and everyone else who likes to wet a hook): The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is changing its home possession limit policy for next year: Starting January 1, 2015, anglers will be able to catch a limit a day, regardless of what's already in the freezer, and regardless of species. In other words, you can have an actual kettle of fish.  The idea is that harvesting more fish will lead to bigger fish to catch in the future.

Image courtesy of Juan Gnecco,
Here's the DWR press release and a related article from the SL Tribune.

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