When you spend as much time camping in the desert as I do, the problem of annoying tent-mates is easily solved: sleep under the stars. When weather, bugs, or other issues prevent sleeping in the open air, solution #2 is also easy: a one-person shelter. But then there are those times — winter camping, expeditions, thru-hiking, spousal weekends, etc. — where there are no two ways about it and their personal space and your personal space become as one. And the heck with travel, that’s when you really get to know someone. For better or worse, as they say.
It is a truth of camping — and life, for that matter — that the longer you’re exposed to someone’s habit, the more potentially irritating it becomes. A couple of rounds of ironically sung “99 Bottles” are whimsically funny…until you’re at 88 and it’s no longer ironic. Battleship blasts of flatulence are worth a puerile snort…until the Superfund guys in biohazard suits are knocking at your zipper. A great conversationalist is great…until he won’t STFU. And camping as an early date…oi.
But not all bad habits are created equal. And for that, there’s this poll.
WIN SMITH SUNGLASSES JUST BY VOTING!
This week, one poll participant will receive Smith Optic’s Serpico sunglasses. We’ll pick the winner via random number generator (and announce it here) — all you have to do to enter is vote and leave a comment so we have your email to contact you. Contest ends Sunday, June 17, at midnight PST.
Congratulations to Nathan Handberry of Denver, Colo-rad-o, who won the Serpicos.