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JackandBarb - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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Jack and Barb
City: Encinitas
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Start: Encinitas
End: Encinitas
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,329
Journal Visits: 387,743
Guestbook Views: 167,248
Guestbook Entrys: 482

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Barb in Alaska, another solid 10 on the meter!

The O'Meters!

Imported directly from Ireland, we proudly present to you the O'Meters. Close descendants of the O'Malleys and the O'Sullivans, the O'Meters will be a summary of our condition while on the trail. Each one has a value from 1 to 10. For some of the O'Meters, 10 is good, for others, the inverse is true. Here are some of the O'Meters we might use.

The Stress O'Meter: Right now the stress O'Meter is building. It is at about a 5 and slowly creeping up. It will continue to go up as May approaches. (this is an inverse one, at 9, we start punching each other out.)

The Fun O'Meter: We are saving the highest numbers, like 9 and 10 for ultra fun things. We finished the video last week. Making it was an 8 on the Fun O'Meter!

The Hot O'Meter: Hey check out that babe in the shorts, the thermometer (text edited by Barb)

The Cold O'Meter: 9 is really really cold, 10 is swimming around the Oceanside pier in 58 degree water

The Wet O'Meter: 9 is really really wet. 10 is swimming around the pier

The Dirt O'Meter: Hike through the Amazon jungle, 9. (the image)

The Hunger O'Meter: 1 = you just completed the pancake challenge and left food on your plate, 9 = the squirrels start looking tasty, 10 = you start chewing on your arm

Excitement O'Meter - Rattlesnake 15 feet away = 5, Bear sniffing your face at 3am = 10

Mosquit O'Meter- Jack has to tell you a story here: "1971, I was hitchhiking near the village of Formosa, Argentina. It was a real swampy area and the temperature that day was about 90 degrees, the mosquitoes were ferocious. No one would pick me up. This was before DEET was invented. I had no mosquito netting but I did have rain pants and a down jacket. I put them on. Dripping in sweat, praying that a car would stop and pick me up before I committed suicide to make the torture stop. Finally I got a ride - It was one of the most grateful times of my life. When I told the driver of my plight, he scoffed and said something to the effect 'You Gringos are just pansey-waisted weenies." Well, we stopped an hour later and this dude was outside the car for about 5 nanoseconds. He came running back, dove into the car and his first words were something like 'SANTO GUACAMOLE!' (translated to "Holy Guacamole" - ok, that's not what he really said - but it is good for effect). The Mosquit O'Meter was a solid 10 that day. That will be the benchmark for all other readings."

And, any other O'Meters that we might think of. By the way, the O'Meters are royalty free, we welcome others to use them.

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