September 05, 2005
quote of the day
Did you ever sit around a campfire as a kid and have an adult scare the living shit out of you with outrageous stories that were actually BELIEVABLE in your young mind? I did, and that's why I like this quote so much.
"... ever since I can remember, I've heard stories of giant snakes living for generations in the warm, spring-fed sinkholes back there... and giant cats prowling the undergrowth... stealthy, unseen panthers snatching the occasional calf as late as the 1960s... remnants of Barnum's jaguars or Bailey's lions, I suspect...
That's one thing that makes camping so much fun when you're a kid. LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY!
I know that people who read this blog may find it difficult to imagine, but I am REALLY GOOD at telling scary campfire stories. I know when I'm on a roll with a good one when all the boys start huddling closer together around the fire with wide eyes and half-gaped mouths. They cling on every word.
I just make that shit up, but I'm pretty good at it, and I put in just enough fact to make my fiction believable. I had one bunch of boys I took camping at Magnolia Springs picking up pine cones in the dark to ward off the "Monster in the Lake."
I told them about the monster, then said that if you didn't make a triangle out of three pine cones outside your tent.... well, the monster just might come to get you. The pine cones were the only way to ward him off.
Some of the older boys attempted to call bullshit on my story, but I just shrugged my shoulders. "You can believe me or not," I said. "That's YOUR choice."
Every tent had a pine cone triangle outside before the boys went to bed that night.
I chuckled about what I did, but I'll guarantee you something else--- I gave those boys a camping trip to remember.
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