Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kansas veteran tackling the wilds of Alaska

Watkins says this Alaska adventure is helping him conquer post-traumatic stress disorder.  The Topeka native was nearly killed in Afghanistan , but says war was easier than life after war.  To help him deal with the psychological after-effects, he’s working to qualify for the one-thousand-mile dogsled race.

He also plans to climb Mount McKinley.

http://www.kwch.com/news/local-news/kansas-veteran-tackling-the-wilds-of-alaska/24986692

There are so many things wrong with the entire concept of this guy it is ridiculous. It is not necessarily wrong with the guy himself – I don’t know him. Nor is there anything wrong with the goals in and of themselves.

What’s wrong is finding something inadequate with the civilian, and thinking challenges are the way to “cure” an internal disorder. Physical  challenges aren’t the answer for sure.

For one thing the Iditarod mushers are some of the most pampered non-working mushers in the world. They are sportsman, dog breeders, and race for cash and sponsorship beenies on well prepared courses. The NASCAR of of the North.

As far as climbing mountains goes, I suppose t:at is a personal thing also. There’s hardly  a mountain worthy of a reputation that hasn’t been climbed, scaled, flown over and probably photographed.

I wish a retired Vet the best in everything, but claiming veteran ship to launch himself to prominence verges on cheating and asking to be forgiven losing based on his “hardship” in advance is questionable.

Rock Star Status, indeed.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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