It’s got to be true


I found this on the internet the other day and I’m sure it’s accurate because I found it on the internet and everything on the internet is true.

I like to spend some of my free time in the outdoors a couple of my favorite hobbies are hunting and fishing and I’ve been doing both from an early age.  As my children grow I hope to introduce them to outdoor pursuits as well and I hope they become interested because some of the most memorable times I’ve had with my father have been afield.  I hope to share some of those same experiences with my boys.

Since I like the outdoors I often read outdoor related material and I was reading an article on the internet the other day (it was on the internet so it has to be accurate) and the article talked about what to do if you got lost in the forest and night is falling.  The article started by recommending that you not panic.  That makes sense so I was still all in at this point.  The second recommendation was to build shelter and start a fire.  I’m good with step number two, seems logical to me.

After reading further into step number two I started to question the validity of the article.  The article suggested that you gather flammable wood to make a fire and it even suggested that the best kind of wood in this situation is the “fire log”.  That makes sense to me because “fire logs” are easy to identify since they come in a package of 6 and can be purchased at Wal-Mart.

Seriously, If you have enough forethought to go into the woods with a package of “fire logs” you purchased at Wal-Mart surely you packed a GPS as well and you’re probably not as lost as you think you are.  But let’s pretend for a minute that you didn’t pack your GPS just so I can indulge you in what the author of the article suggests you do next.

The next step in starting the fire is to check your supplies to see if you have matches or a lighter.  At this point I should have closed my internet browser but I just couldn’t quit reading, the author had me drawn in and I was desperate for any additional knowledge he may impart.  Instead I began to question the validity of the article even further.  Because in my mind if you’ve planned ahead enough to purchase “fire logs” surely you packed both matches and a lighter or maybe even a blow torch.  If not, that’s OK because the article points out other ways to start a fire and here are the specific directions given in the article “Position yourself over your fire log and, with a quick motion of your wrist, strike a piece of flint against a piece of steel to make a spark”.

At this point the article has lost all credibility with me because if you’re the type of person who sets out on a wilderness excursion with a piece of flint and steel, and you actually know how to use them to start a fire, you’re probably not the type of person who’s going to get lost but, because I read it on the internet it has to be true.

At this point you may be asking yourself what exactly is the point of this story…well, that’s up to you.  You’re reading this blog on the internet so you can draw any conclusion you’d like and it’s gotta be true.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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