Podcast #97 – The hunting episode.

Adam goes on his first ever hunt. In The Netherlands. With guns and stuff. Epic,
Also, how Boomers destroyed the workplace for generation X.

11 thoughts on “Podcast #97 – The hunting episode.

  1. Klaus

    Hunting? Oh yes. Some of my fondest memories are taking my motorbike out, in Arizona, on old roads and then walking around. It was more of an “armed hike”. As an Australian living in an “open carry” state, there was always that (probably childish) cheap thrill of wearing a pistol – even if there was no-one to see me. I took my time, looking at the animal turds on trails, looking at the edges of water holes to see which animals had drunk (once I saw mountain lion prints). I’d climb small hills, if the wind was good, and ever so slowly peak over to see what was below. Usually there’d be at least rabbit or jackrabbit.

    It’s hard to get across just how pleasant and relaxing it was.

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  2. TechieDude

    I miss hunting. Now, I just shoot at shit.

    I used to hunt more when I lived near the blue ridge mountains. I miss the crisp air, the smell of the leaves, the smell of a clean gun, the busyness of the forest. When you are up there in the fall deer or turkey season, and being still and quiet, there’s all kinds of critters running around – Squirrels, rabbits, birds, the odd fox. Hell, scouting was almost as fun as the hunt.

    So, when you make it to Louisiana, I have two words – “Sporting Clays”.

    Most places, you don’t have to bring a shotgun. You can rent them there. It’s like golf with shotguns. Louisiana is known as “the sportsman’s paradise”. Lots to hunt. Lots of fishing. No shortage of gun enthusiasts.

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  3. ia

    I’m sorry to hear you’re “hunting” i.e. blowing the shit out of defenseless animals. There’s nothing manly about it because there’s no risk. Target practice, own guns, defend your property and loved ones, yes. If you want risk do what you apparently used to do for a living, or ride a motorcycle, or mountain climb, or live in a “vibrant” area while renovating an old house. Cheers.

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      1. ia

        I would think being a good writer it would be incumbent on you to use your talent in a constructive way, i.e. influencing younger men in some sort of positive way. For instance, if anything I thought you were concerned about what qualities constitute virility. I merely pointed out that killing animals isn’t virile (to my mind) because it requires no risk. Anyway, it’s your website and I appreciate you having the balls to publish contrary comments.

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  4. Lockwood

    Great podcast Adam. On the subject of the baby boomers I know Aron Clarey has ranted about them before and there is my own experiences with dealing with them in college and the workplace. However before I started to read more of Clarey’s stuff I wasn’t fully aware of their economic and parental shenanigans, so I learned some interesting, ( plus worrying) info there.

    Then I found this.
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/1996/01/hitchens-199601

    Apparently Christopher Hitchens was not a fan of them either. What amazed me though is that everything people have been railing on the boomers for the past 6 years or so he was railing at them in 1996 for more or less the same things. My favorite quote is this: ” To be a spoiled person is not to be well-off or favored by fortune or protected from brute realities. It is to be well-off and favored by fortune and protected from brute realities and not to know it”.

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  5. Another great podcast. Thanks.

    To respond quickly to a ia, fixing your own car involves no risk either. Neither does chopping your own wood. Where did this idea come from that manly activities must require risk? Hunting demonstrates the ability to provide for yourself, whether or not you need to.

    Something from the podcast that struck me was the Italian idea of introducing yourself with a job title. This is also true in Austria and Germany. My parents lived in Austria for eighteen years and during one visit my father had opportunity to introduce me to his banker. I have a degree in engineering but was, at the time, working as a Harley mechanic. My father introduced me as “Herr Ingenuer” rather than “Herr mekaniker”. He told me that it was a status thing. The latter would have significantly lowered my social standing.

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    1. ia

      “Where did this idea come from that manly activities must require risk?”

      Nobody said they did.

      The question is, why do we associate killing animals with manliness? I dunno. Hemingway? Teddy Roosevelt? Safaris and the Dark Continent? Why not just take a photo? Or, if it’s not manliness, what is it men are after? (And it seems to be almost exclusively men.)

      At one time artists used rabbit skin glue for sizing paintings and silver point drawing but the actual killing of the rabbit was not the point. And eventually I think they found a substitute. Like fake fur. Men have used animals for their own purposes since humans first evolved from apes or whatever they were. The aroma of their burned bodies was used to attract the gods. Even today Hindus sacrifice goats to Kali and those lovable Muslims do the same at Eid. The Chinese make the body parts of tiger and rhinos into herbal teas. They think it gives them courage. They also have domesticated cat farms in order to make a “warming” soup. They do a lot of other things with animals you don’t wanna know about.

      But again the killing isn’t the point. The animal’s death is a vehicle. It’s death is part of either something essential to a process or product that when a substitute is found it (the death of the animal) isn’t needed anymore; or, the animal’s death is supposed to appease or summon a supernatural being.

      Modern day hunting is neither. Wealthy people pay thousands of dollars to kill an exotic beast in a far off land and hang it’s head on a wall in their house. Poorer people pay a few hundred. So, there’s social status involved. You gotta kill something that’s gonna enrich you’re status. Right? But, that’s not particularly manly, or a crafted process or product. A woman can do it.

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