By now, Jeff is so used to rejection that Mary's response, "What did you ask me?" doesn't even phase him. After the most romantic proposal in the world, in which Jeff drafts out their articles of incorporation, Mary seems quite surprised. As was pointed out yesterday by Punky, this is what is called a segue as we prepare for the next so-called story. There are three segue conventions used in Mary Worth: 1) Toby and Mary gossiping over coffee, 2) Jeff and Mary reflecting over coffee while they read on the couch, and 3) Jeff proposing to Mary. The marriage proposal is starting to feel a little over used.
Now, wait a minute... I know many of you are wondering, "Hey, Wanders, what are you doing here? Aren't you supposed to be hiking 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail?" Yes, that was the plan. We hiked for two days and had a great time being together, but after about 17 miles, my son and I had a little discussion. The trail was not what we had expected at all. We were hiking into the south end of Shenandoah National Park. If you've ever driven on Skyline Drive, you have some idea of the spectacular hike we expected this to be. Stunning views from above the Shenandoah Valley to the west, and rolling piedmont to the east. In fact, one mile into the hike we climbed up onto Humpback Rock and, indeed, the view was spectacular. But from there on, it was basically a green tunnel through nothing but trees. It was boring as heck. Every time my son stopped to wait for me (yes, the rocky trail and my 47 year old knees, meant I was much slower than I was as a teenager), I could see on his face that he was as bored as I was. After two days, we talked it over. We decided that the hike was dull, the available camping locations disappointing, and the water scarce. We had climbed a mountain, camped, and hiked quite a ways. We figured it was time to call the hike a success and go to Dairy Queen, where I had a banana split and he had the Oreo Brownie Earthquake and a double cheeseburger for dinner.
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