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What’s in a reputation? | Peninsula Clarion

I believe I would like to call my mountain bike. I’m considering “Grouse Flusher.”

Usually, I’m not into naming my issues, however I might need to make an exception. You see, I can hardly go for a mountain bike experience with out having a grouse — or, occasionally, 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 prompted a near-crash. And a few of these near-crashes are getting a bit too shut for consolation.

Many individuals prefer to confer with grouse as “silly chickens,” however I disagree. In the event you ask me, they’re on the identical listing as moose and bears for the potential to trigger bodily hurt — although for various causes.

As an apart, the listing additionally features a porcupine that was shuffling down the center of the path, and compelled me to make a split-second choice between working 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 this present day, that call stays debatable.

Anyway, if you happen to don’t consider me concerning the ferocity of the spruce grouse, simply ask a pal of mine who was pressured to used her bear spray on a very pesky one whereas going for a jog on the native trails.

In reality, 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 ft, 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 automobiles, or different possessions. In the event you consider your bike as your “steed,” as some folks do, I suppose naming it is smart.

Personally, I’m extra of a labeler, reasonably than a namer. For instance, my daughter has named her automobile Sherrie, whereas I’ve at all times referred to it as “the purple automobile.”

Likewise, I drive a truck, and experience my mountain bike or street bike. Heck, more often than not I even confer with my youngsters as Factor 1 and Factor 2.

There was some extent the place a pal cajoled me into developing with a reputation for my bike — Hobbes, as a result of it’s orange and black just like the tiger in “Calvin and Hobbes” — however it didn’t stick.

Nonetheless, they are saying that naming one thing offers you a sure energy over it. Or perhaps naming your worry helps you face it.

Both method, I really feel like I must rein on this skill 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 willmorrow2015@gmail.com.

• By Will Morrow, For the Peninsula Clarion


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