The Great Calendar of 2007
- Americans love to take pictures, traditionally. All real Americans
love the shutter sound and clash of light. You are here today for
three reasons. First, because you are here to test gear for your homes
and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect,
because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here
because you are real men and women and all real men and women like to
test gear and take pictures. When you, here, everyone of you, were
kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner,
the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, the All-American
football players, and the National Geographic pictures.
I don't want to get any messages saying, "I dont have any pictures
this year." Let the other web sites do that.
Each man must not think only of himself, but also of his buddy camping
beside him. We don't want crappy gear in the woods. They should be
killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this test and
breed more crappy gear. The good gear will breed more good gear. One
of the bravest men that I ever saw was a fellow on top of a hill
testing gear in the midst of a lighting storm in the national forest.
I stopped and asked what the hell he was doing up there at a time like
that. He answered, "Testing Gear, Sir". I asked, "Isn't that a little
unhealthy right about now?" He answered, "Yes Sir, but the damned gear
has to be tested". I asked, "Don't those lighting bolts strafing the
road bother you?" And he answered, "No, Sir, but you sure as hell do!"
There is one great thing that you people will all be able to say after
this year is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful
that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with
your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did for the great
Calendar of 2007, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee
and say, "Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana." No, Sir,
you can look him straight in the eye and say, "Son, your Granddaddy
tested gear with the great web site backpackgeartest and a
Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Jerry Goller!"
Now carry on!!
To get pics submitted to me for this years calendar send them to bj
(at) tannehillclan (dot) com or send them to my gmail address here. If
you are hemming and hawing on whether or not to send them in, you need
to send them. I've only received about 7 or so. I need 12 for a full
calendar. Deadline to submit is 6 Oct. If you need a bit more time let
For those worried about Jim S.'s pics, he aint got any this year.