What’s in a reputation? | Peninsula Clarion
I believe I would like to call my mountain bike. I’m pondering “Grouse Flusher.”
Usually, I’m not into naming my issues, however I may need to make an exception. You see, I can hardly go for a mountain bike journey with out having a grouse — or, now and again, a number of grouse — seem out of nowhere as I’m cruising down the path.
And, on multiple event, that sudden flush of a grouse, or a number of grouse, has brought on a near-crash. And a few of these near-crashes are getting a bit too shut for consolation.
Many individuals wish to consult with grouse as “silly chickens,” however I disagree. Should you ask me, they’re on the identical record as moose and bears for the potential to trigger bodily hurt — although for various causes.
As an apart, the record additionally features a porcupine that was shuffling down the center of the path, and compelled me to make a split-second choice between operating it over or bailing right into a patch of pushki. I selected the pushki, as a result of I knew I solely had sufficient tire restore provides to repair one flat, however to today, that call stays debatable.
Anyway, in case you don’t imagine me concerning the ferocity of the spruce grouse, simply ask a pal of mine who was compelled to used her bear spray on a very pesky one whereas going for a jog on the native trails.
In actual fact, in some Native American cultures, Grouse is depicted as a courageous warrior. In a single story from the Pend d’Oreilles folks, two grouse defeat Coyote by hiding within the brush and stunning him as he was strolling alongside a ridge. One of many grouse flaps round Coyote’s head whereas the opposite flies round his toes, inflicting him to lose his stability and fall off a cliff.
I understand how Coyote felt.
However, again to naming my mountain bike. As I stated, I’m not likely massive on naming issues. I do know many individuals who’ve named their bikes, or their vehicles, or different possessions. Should you consider your bike as your “steed,” as some folks do, I assume naming it is smart.
Personally, I’m extra of a labeler, fairly than a namer. For instance, my daughter has named her automobile Sherrie, whereas I’ve all the time referred to it as “the purple automobile.”
Likewise, I drive a truck, and journey my mountain bike or highway bike. Heck, more often than not I even consult with my youngsters as Factor 1 and Factor 2.
There was some extent the place a pal cajoled me into arising with a reputation for my bike — Hobbes, as a result of it’s orange and black just like the tiger in “Calvin and Hobbes” — but it surely didn’t stick.
Nonetheless, they are saying that naming one thing offers you a sure energy over it. Or possibly naming your worry helps you face it.
Both method, I really feel like I have to rein on this capacity to flush a grouse earlier than I find yourself like Coyote. So, Grouse Flusher it’s.
Will Morrow lives in Kenai. You’ll be able to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• By Will Morrow, For the Peninsula Clarion