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.
Posted by: standing_baba | August 15, 2009
Comic Book Adventures
Posted in Colombia