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the great outdoors

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in the past week, no, the past 5 days, i have been to 3 different REI’s (one of them twice), 2 different dick’s sporting goods, the same champs twice, nike town in phipps, and foot locker.  i only came out with one jacket from rei.

i’ve noticed some things about the people and the outdoors:

the outdoors-y type – this is the person that is the tour guide on a nature hike or white water rafting trip.  can also be the camp counselor type.  if a guy, either has uncontrollable body hair or are very ruggedly handsome.  either way, they are extremely tan, wear sunglasses, has a fanny pack and wear short shorts and carry around a nalgene bottle.  if a girl, usually wears a hat, insanely tan, wears a fanny pack and punches really hard.  seriously, she could kill you if she wanted to.

the fake outdoors-y type – wears the teva’s, the patagonias, the north faces and the marmots.  carries the nalgene, the camel baks, the clif bars.  but has never gone on a campling trip in their life.  they can wear the short shorts, but their lack of a tan shows they don’t go outdoors too much.

the non-outdoors-y type – has no idea what any of the above mentions brands are.  prefers the beach or inside an air-conditioned room.  hates walks and would prefer to play sports, a video game, shop or read a book over a hike in a scenic mountain.

on a semi-related note: you know what i find impressive?  the employees at shoe stores that can look at the shoe you’re holding up and can go to the back and bring the same shoe in the mentioned size without taking the shoe with them or even touching the shoe.  and sometimes they can do that with multiple shoes and sizes.  my friend explained to me that those people just know and “follow” shoes just like people know cars or musicians know music.  i just thought that was crazy.


Written by enoch

August 26, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Posted in social observation

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  1. yeah that’s quite a … feet…


    August 26, 2008 at 10:23 pm

  2. i know a fake-outdoors-y type person. actually you know the person, too!


    August 27, 2008 at 8:20 am

  3. is owie talking about me? cuz i am TOTALLY the fake outdoorsy person… its not that i don’t like the outdoors per se it’s the bugs i can’t stand… i do admit i am more of a beach person… except i do like winter sports… and really that is the only time i actually want to go to a mountain. 🙂

    YAY for north face loving, nalgene carrying, keen wearing people!!


    August 28, 2008 at 9:51 pm

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