Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: knot remembering, and bad words
knot remembering, and bad words
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 08:43:25 -0800
Knot (not) remembering will only get worse, sad to say. The average
suburbanite does not need knots for much these days, and less so with every
passing day. For instance, I used to tie my 18 ft Coleman canoe onto the
car roof rack/bars with an old mainsheet (from my sailboat) and use real
knots. Now I use webbing tiedowns with metal clasps - easier, strong,
convenient. Over the years I've found that a round turn and two half
hitches does most everything I need, and this is despite my love of knots
(as a youth I used to study them from an old English Navy manual I got for
Xmas one year). OK, I do admit to using the figure 8 (tie-in) and
waterman's knot (for webbing) in climbing (a specialist activity), and a
bowline on my sailboat (at one end of the mainsheet), and the tautline
hitch for shortening tent guys is rather handy. I recently felled a
rather tall eucalyptus tree, in small pieces, using a 16" electric
chainsaw, and the only other knot I used was the timber hitch, which I used
more for fun than out of a real need.
I had been musing a bit on this knotty subject, and the post about a scout
not remembering a knot struck a chord. So, my question to the List, is
does anyone have a knot program geared to relating knots to "suburban"
life, as opposed to scout activities that create an "artificial" (albeit
fun) need (like pioneering). (Don't take this wrong, folks, just consider
the goal here). Or, does someone have a knot program tied to historical
use of knots (not relevant today, obviously, but if interesting might do
the trick for scouting). My concern is that scout's knot tieing is
becoming a bit disconnected from day to day life, so can we reconnect it.
P.S. The hardest knot I ever tied was the woggle for my wood badge course.
P.P.S. A recent post included a word with the letters I, D, I, O, T,
formed into a descriptive adjective; could we all please try and Lead By
Example and think/say only positive thoughts? Try as I might, I can't
recall any time really I felt better after forming and using bad vibes,
though I did it a lot until I changed my behavor (thanks Wood Badge
I used to be a Crow......
Tony Hitchings, ASM, T42, San Mateo