In today’s modern world, there are very few chances for a man (or woman) to test his “mettle,” to see what he is made of. By and large, that’s a good thing. Most of the ways people learned truths about themselves used to involve feats of stupidity, animal cruelty, or dangerous drugs. Usually, it involved all three.
Once, over a decade ago, I got the chance to test my own mettle. My brother took me to the REI flagship store in Seattle. Inside, they had built the largest freestanding climbing structure for their customers to test equipment before they bought it. Anyone could climb for free, and I wanted to try.
|I remember it looking a lot less like a penis.|
|I suppose I could just join the military and... Oh... Ew. Never mind.|
|Felt like this.|
|Was more like this.|
|Here's a hint.|
I have some qualms, but I’ll talk about those tomorrow.