How to Harken Back to Simpler Times: Vol. 2 (rerun)

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Nitpicking, why not. "Hark back" is the original and more authentic version of the term, although harken and hearken have been used so much by now that the fight is lost.

I realized that this was a rerun before looking at the copyright when I saw that wonderful phrase "bicker us to sleep".

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Shades of Patrick F. McManus.

Note from Scott: My earliest exposure to writing that was funny was Patrick F. McManus. The first book I ever got signed by an author was They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?. Teenaged me enjoyed his stuff enough to get past the fact that I didn't have any interest in hunting or fishing.

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

I dreaded going camping with my wife and kids, but with my wife being a girl scout it was sort of inevitable.
Was mostly ... ok. The room service sucked, as did the toilet and bathroom amenities

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterwickedragon

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I know right? They probably didn't even have wi-fi, much less free wi-fi.

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSome Guy

My first husband was from Panama, and thought of camping as an impossibly exotic activity that was quintessentially American. I have to admit that I don't mind my current husband not feeling that way.

My dad grew up clamming with my grandfather and uncle. He took my mother along when they were courting. Afterwards, she told him, "When we're married, you won't do that any more." And he never did.

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Hey Scott, it sounds like we need a book about your childhood. Something like Life With Father or In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. Who knows? Maybe some day we could all look forward to watching the movie for 24 straight hours on Washington's Birthday Eve!

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCecil B. DeBilitated

I'm currently trying to wrangle a job in Seattle. It nice how wonderful you make that part of the world sound. It's the reward for all this hard work.

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Sounds very familiar. I grew up in the same state & my birthday would always seem to fall on opening weekend of fishing season. So I spent most of them smelling like trout, and shivering in a boat, slowly filling with rainwater. Yeah, good times. Thanks for that harkening, Scott.

May 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

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