Posted by: standing_baba | August 15, 2009

Comic Book Adventures

FOREWORD: For as long as I can remember I’ve been active in Scouts. Before arriving to the Eagle Scout rank, I passed through various levels, each with age-specific activities and appropriate life lessons. Weekend camp outs, trips to the planetarium, fundraisers, etc., all had their desired effect: I’m now a pretty decent citizen. My father and Scoutmasters would be happy to know I’ve used, on several occasions, the survival skills learned from various merit badges—yes, even the biking merit badge. When I was elementary-school age each month the official Scouting magazine Boy’s Life arrived in the mail. After skimming the short articles heavily padded with heroism and patriotism, I’d concentrate on the how-to magic tricks, jokes-of-the-month, and mail-order sea monkey advertisements in the back. The last page was reserved for Pedro the Donkey’s comic strip, which was overly wholesome, where nice guys got the girls, kittens were saved from perilous trees, and everyone walked away with reborn moral fortitude. The following sequence was inspired by Pedro’s squeaky clean adventures and takes place while crossing from Aipe to Villavieja in central Colombia, en route to the Tatacoa desert.

TREVOR: Oh go fellas, I'm excited for the desert. BOB & SURLY: Let's go!

TREVOR: Gosh fellas, I'm excited for the desert. BOB & SURLY: Let's go!

BOB & SURLY: We should orient the map---looks pretty hairy round here. TREVOR: This really is an adventure!

BOB & SURLY: We should orient the map---looks pretty hairy round here. TREVOR: This really is an adventure!

SURLY: Let's blow this bridge so the bad guys can't follow us. BOB & TREVOR: (look at each other, shrug shoulders) SURLY: Fine (skips away smiling)

SURLY: Let's blow this bridge so the bad guys can't follow us. BOB & TREVOR: (look at each other, shrug shoulders) SURLY: Fine (skips away)

TREVOR: There's the Magdalena, we're close! SURLY: (mumbling) We should have at least set a booby trap.

TREVOR: There's the Magdalena, we're close! SURLY: (mumbling) We should have at least set a booby trap.

SURLY: Get down, natives! TREVOR: Howdy do, folks BOB: Settle price first, never accept first offer, bargain, bargain!

SURLY: Get down, natives! TREVOR: Howdy do, folks BOB: Settle price first, never accept first offer, bargain, bargain!

SEÑOR: 3,000 pesos to the other side BOB: BULL@#%*! TREVOR: Gee whiz mister, that's double what the nice juice gal told us

SEÑOR: 3,000 pesos to the other side BOB: BULL@#%*! TREVOR: Gee whiz mister, that's double what the nice juice gal told us....

TREVOR: Sure is swell, eh boys? BOB: That son of a b@tch! SURLY: I bet there are piranhas in these waters.

TREVOR: Sure is swell, eh boys? BOB: That son of a b@tch! SURLY: I bet there are piranhas in these waters.

All arrived safe and sound, for half of what the señor originally asked. The End.

All arrived safe and sound, for half of what the señor originally asked. The End.


Responses

  1. I can’t help but notice all of the very strategically framed views of bridges you continue to capture. What’s that all about? Can you tell us why you love these bridges you keep showing us?

    That boat ride looked great.

    • My friend Genest is a bridge engineer. She finds the South American designs interesting, as does her office from what I hear. Plus the bridges give me a good excuse to rest and enjoy river scenery.

      • Makes sense now. You need a fly rod to take even more advantage of your bridge breaks. Thanks for the answer to my question.


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