Tuesday, September 13th 2011 - Book 114 - After my epic PCT storytime-traveling trip, after a joyous reunion with Emily at Oxbow Park in Portland, after taking my grandma, sister, uncle, and niece to Chinese food, after an afternoon of organic farm tours with Emily and her fellow farmers, and after a long drive back from Portland with a truck full of food, beer, and gas, after all those adventures I was bumping along on the unpaved road back to the cabin in the dark when...
Great Gatsby! there's a tree down across the road! You can't see it from that shot. It's too dark, but the tree was there...and it was too big for me to cut with my little hatchet. So, I did what any Bookmaker Jake would do, I backed the truck off the road, packed up my backpack, covered my supplies from sight, locked up, cracked a beer, and hiked the two or more miles to the cabin. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The moon was out, the beer felt good, and I met a nice frog along the way.
The next day I hiked up to Spruce to recruit Millionare Miner Rick and a couple of his millionare friends to help me cut the log. They were eager to help. It seemed like every time I starting to swing the ax one of them would say, "Ok. Now it's my turn." I can't be sure, of course, but I think they were showing off for the gang of old Korean ladies fresh from the hot springs. I didn't have as much fun as I should have back at the cabin retelling the inspiring story behind this work scene. Pip the Evergreen Jungle Cat had gone missing, and I was worried sick with guilt. "I should have never brought a domesticate out here in the first place. Now he's cougar bait, and it's all my fault!"
PROP COSTS: $11.45 + (STORYTIME WORKED: 3hrs 23min x OUR EXCHANGE RATE (based on fed minimum wage): $7.25) = $35.98
I sold this book at Bumpershoot 2013.