Sunday, May 28, 2006

What It Is

Who uses it: Too Much Joy
What it means: The general rottenness of human beings (see below for further explanation)
How you can use it: Instead of cursing at humanity.

The song goes:
They say they built this fort 2,000 years ago
A man named James carved his name here in 1983
Congratulations, James
Now you're a dick for eternity
I don't know what your words for it are
I just know what it is.

Dizzy and I got up early this morning and hiked the road to the Mt. Pisgah Fire Tower. It's wild and remote -- not particularly so by Maine standards, but it's forested and beautiful.

At the top of the trail, under the fire tower, were two empty plastic bottles.

What the hell is wrong with people? The trail's barely a mile each way. Empty plastic bottles weigh nothing. What combination of circumstances could possibly have prevented the people who brought those bottles up there from bringing them back down?

And while we're on the subject of hikers who are rotten human beings, I'll throw in my two cents on this issue of Mt. Everest trekkers pushing to the summit past disabled climbers. When these dreadful people get to the ends of their lives, what will mean more: that they made it to the top of Mt. Everest, or that they chose their own goals over the possibility of saving someone else's life?

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