This month’s theme may be “summer adventure” but I am going to go with flashback. Seriously, the stuff that came in this month’s box takes me back to an earlier time in my life. How so?
Consider the Mountainsmith Cooler Tube:
Do you remember when these were all over your college campus in the 1990s? Granted, the earlier versions were usually made of black nylon as opposed to eco-friendly hemp but the idea was the same. Load a six pack of cold beer into a tube, sling it over your shoulder, and enjoy the great outdoors with a few beers.
For me this meant spending the better part of a lazy weekend afternoon playing ultimate and sharing cold Pabst Blue Ribbons—before that beer became the choice of flannel clad hipsters—with my fellow disc chuckers. Now we have better options. Soft sided coolers hold more beer at a colder temperature for longer for not much of a penalty in weight or comfort. Other than hiding a six pack in a golf bag what purpose does the cooler tube serve anymore?
You want another flashback? Check out the Chums:
I thought these were only used by river guides and people at theme parks. Now, the good folks at Nomadik do admit that these are the choice of water sports enthusiasts for retaining glasses in all conditions.
Combined with the final item of Surface Face Stick I cannot help but tell a few river guide jokes:
What do you call a river guide who just broke up with his girlfriend? Homeless.
How do you find a river guide in the dark? It’s hard.
What is the difference between a river guide and god? God does not think that he is a river guide.
Sorry, river guide jokes just tend to roll off the tongue this time of year. You could substitute ski instructor for river guide and get about the same impact.
I said in prior posts that Nomadik was going to have to come on strong to get me to consider renewing my gift subscription. I am just not feeling the need. The problem is that I am not exposed to new things as much as I get things in the mail that I just do not care about. It is kind of the same problem I see whenever I visit an REI or Sierra Trading Post. People seem enamored with buying stuff that seems cool in the store, but that they will rarely if ever use once they get home. Come on, how many of those cool shaped bottle openers by the cash registers do people every actually use to open a bottle of beer?