Idaho and ramblings

7 10 2011

I just got back from a weeklong hunting, camping, backpacking, canoeing, wilderness trip in Idaho. The majority of the trip was spent in the wilderness with my bro (notice the sweet stache to the left). It was awesome. Seriously dude, Idaho is totally underrated…beautiful country. We hiked anywhere from 4-8 miles per day, up and down mountains, while lugging around 30-60 pounds of gear on our backs. I pretty much complained constantly throughout the journey. The great thing about Idaho…very few bugs. Sure, there is the occasional bee or fly but its really not that bad.

One amazing part of the trip was being completely unreachable. I literally had no satellite signal for 5 days so for the first time in years, I had complete focus. When the only thing to think about is starting a fire or finding a water source, little things become so satisfying. Just sitting around a campfire at night and looking at the stars was amazing. We were drinking up to 8 liters of water per day so we were constantly running out of water. Literally, in one day my priorities were minimized to basic survival needs; water, fire, shelter. Pretty incredible. I wonder if people in the 17 and 18th century had lower blood pressures? They only had a couple of things to worry about…right? I’m totally making sense right now.

Anywhoodly, my bro and his wife have lived in Idaho so this was my second trip there and I hope there will be many more. One thing I learned about Idahonians is that they hate Californians because apparently they are buying all the land and jacking up home prices. I’m not sure I completely buy this or even understand it but I was just happy to not have to take any guff for being an east coaster.

While visiting, I watched the Eagles collapse..yet again, in the second half against the 49ers. I’ve been an Eagles fan since I was 8 years old. I remember when Wes Hopkins played safety and Ron Jaworski through interceptions. Honestly, I had WAY more fun watching them back then when there was little hope for the franchise. You were never dissapointed because you never really expected anything from the franchise. For the past 10 years, there have been expectations every year which makes their failures that much more painful. Right now, I hate their team. No clue what they’re trying to do on defense. Why are they running those super wide splits on the line? There is a reason why no other team in the NFL does that. Because it doesn’t work. You stop the run first, THEN you stop the pass. Clueless. On offense, I’m even more bewildered. Scott Baio could block better than their two tackles. The playcalling inside the redzone has been atrocious. I think Andy Reid has been huffin glue just like his two kids. I’m done….until next Sunday when I watch them again.

Shows coming up: I’m headlining the Bethesda Hyatt on this Saturday and headlining the “Drink til we’re funny” show on Sunday. I am not headlining the DC Improv next week but will be opening for Guy Torry. Just out the schedule page for the deets.

 

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