Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Gee, poor BOSS.

Why was that @sshole Buschow making them wrong by dying like that?


Buschow certainly deserves his share of blame for his own death. Sounds like nobody lied to him about the program, and they warned him of the dangers.

However, even idiotic people who choose to do idiotic things deserve some protection. At the least, BOSS should have given the participants some kind of safety word which they could use to get water immediately; people generally know when they are really at their physical limit.

And I hope that Mr. O'Neal suffers nightmares for the rest of his life, reliving the moment where a man died because O'Neal wouldn't give him a drink of water as he lay there begging for it with his dying breath.


Incidentally, Amba, the existence of courses like this reminds me of the discussion we had the other day about spiritual brawls. Like the folks who pay thousands of dollars to gurus promising to unveil the secret mysteries of life, they are questing for some deep, dark secret that's not really there. They want to "discover" themselves, and are willing to pay any price to do so... but will not sit back and accept the simple truth.

In law school, students often accuse the professor of "hiding the ball," of knowing the real answer but purposely not telling us. But there is no ball; the students who finally understand that are the ones who do well. The secret answers are all out in the open in the cases the professor gave us to read.

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Dave's ordeal makes me sad.
Without knowing all details, I can only say medically this trip was so very dangerous. Renal and cardiovascular shutdown....bad stuff.
Dave dug deep into his life's spirit but only got about six feet deep. I will pray for him and the genius behind the trip.
We are pushing the limits more than needed. Reality shows which for entertainment value reveal shadows of human meaness. Isn't the news bad enough?


OTOH there is at least one course without grade inflation.


I wonder if the liability waivers will hold up. I am not sure, based on the details that this isn't something more than negligence, even verging into intentional/reckless territory. Public policy ought to prevent this school or "school" from asserting this waiver/release as a bar to an action. I am not sure that withholding water counts as pushing someone into a red zone.



Icepick - nor is any grading done on the curve...


Thank you, Damozel, I agree. Anyone who cannot distinguish severe dehydration from wussiness should not be leading a "wilderness-survival adventure."



"..& when i was thirsty, you gave me to drink...".

People may be evolving on some level, sure- but, devolving in a completely indecent way, the other.


I worked in Utah as a guide for a Wilderness Therapy program (for kids/young adults with ODD and drug issues, etc.) Not the same kind of thing, but the same environment and the same 'push your limits to find your strength' philosophy without being bootcamp. This would never have happened under my watch or anyone else's there - Staffers should be trained at a minimum in Wilderness First Response and be fully aware of the specific physical dangers the desert holds and how to spot them. I know from bitter, hot, bruised and exhausted experiences of my own: Learning your limits and pushing yourself beyond them is about taking care of yourself as you do so. You go a lot further and learn a lot more about real life that way. This is inexcusable, and I hope this place is shut down.


Amen, Maria. Amen.

This story haunts me more and more as the day wears on.


When someone is hot and begins hallucinating that's a serious signal that the victim is suffering from heatstroke and will soon be leaving the "red zone" for the dead zone. The fact that the guide ignored such an obvious warning sign (and probably others) is scary.

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