Bad Idea Genes

This week’s Dustinland comic is based on a true story. This all really did happen on a camping trip I took this past weekend. The main idea of the comic is that sometimes I feel tempted to pursue what I know to be a bad idea. In the case of my camping trip, that involved a large, heavy axe known as a maul.

Fun fact not included in the comic: I did briefly faint in real life after this event! No idea why, it didn’t even really hurt that much. I mean, it did hurt, but more like stubbing your toe really badly or standing up and hitting your head on the corner of a cabinet. But I did feel quite light headed and had to sit down. Gave kiddo quite the scare too! I do feel bad about that but hey, at least he got to try a real axe.

One response to “Bad Idea Genes

  1. Ah, the problem of “free will.” There is of course no such thing. Our brains are ruled by instincts, which are governed by “sense” only sporadically.
    To highlight, one day I was driving in an fairly familiar city on a particularity stressful day. I needed food, so I got a spanikopita to go. The spankoplta was very flaky, and I got it all over my shirt as I was driving,. A goddam mess. At a red light, I looked in the mirror quickly, opened the door and got up to shake all the pieces of spanikopita off.
    There happened to be another lane next to mine, though I didn’t think that side lane existed, and a driver came by and blew into the outstretched driver’s side door, blowing it off its hinges, but missing me by inches.
    Dumb? I know what I was feeling -haste, frustration, impetuousness. Sometimes those feelings get things done that others more ruled by cautioun would let slide. On that day, I could have died, easily, but other times my instincts, like your instincts, prevail in good outcomes.
    Is this a “male” characteristic? Not really.
    And there’s my over-analysis of your excellent comic. I can also stop commenting – you (or rather your brain) shouldn’t be anticipating reader reactions when you create your top-flight depictions of the dilemmas of modern life.

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