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Great long-form article...
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:46:02 AM »
... and despite the (click-baity) title, mainly about the river. Great photographs too.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/23/a-voyage-along-trumps-wall

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A river trip is a comedy of manners that commences each day with the sheepish, intermittent parade to the groover. The groover is the name of the makeshift portable latrine, which is typically set up at some remove from camp, out of sight and yet often with a stunning outlook, to make up for the flies and the lack of a stall door. It is called the groover because the body of the toilet is an old ammunition can stood on its side—on a wilderness river, you must pack everything out, including human waste, and an ammo can, being sealable and unbreakable, is ready-made—and, when one sits on it, one winds up with a groove on each cheek of one’s rear end. Usually, nowadays, a toilet seat is placed atop the opening, to moderate the experience. Still, the old moniker pertains, as does the ritual of campers competing, without demonstrating that they are doing so, to be the first, or at least among the first, to visit the groover, each day after dawn.

Typically, there is a sign indicating that the groover is occupied—a paddle, or a bandanna on a bush. On the Rio Grande, this was a smaller ammo can, like a lunchbox, which contained paper, hand cleanser, and (for the lucky camper on groover detail) latex gloves. The smaller box’s visible presence, in a designated spot en route to the groover, indicated that the facility was free. The sight of someone carrying a lunchbox to the shit box, and the experience of cheerfully passing a fellow-boater on the way to and fro (perhaps with a tip of the hat and a “G’morning, Ma’am”), become so commonplace that, by Day Three, any stigma surrounding the procedure is gone. The groover unites us all.

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Re: Great long-form article...
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 09:38:02 AM »
... and despite the (click-baity) title, mainly about the river. Great photographs too.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/23/a-voyage-along-trumps-wall

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A river trip is a comedy of manners that commences each day with the sheepish, intermittent parade to the groover. The groover is the name of the makeshift portable latrine, which is typically set up at some remove from camp, out of sight and yet often with a stunning outlook, to make up for the flies and the lack of a stall door. It is called the groover because the body of the toilet is an old ammunition can stood on its side—on a wilderness river, you must pack everything out, including human waste, and an ammo can, being sealable and unbreakable, is ready-made—and, when one sits on it, one winds up with a groove on each cheek of one’s rear end. Usually, nowadays, a toilet seat is placed atop the opening, to moderate the experience. Still, the old moniker pertains, as does the ritual of campers competing, without demonstrating that they are doing so, to be the first, or at least among the first, to visit the groover, each day after dawn.

Typically, there is a sign indicating that the groover is occupied—a paddle, or a bandanna on a bush. On the Rio Grande, this was a smaller ammo can, like a lunchbox, which contained paper, hand cleanser, and (for the lucky camper on groover detail) latex gloves. The smaller box’s visible presence, in a designated spot en route to the groover, indicated that the facility was free. The sight of someone carrying a lunchbox to the shit box, and the experience of cheerfully passing a fellow-boater on the way to and fro (perhaps with a tip of the hat and a “G’morning, Ma’am”), become so commonplace that, by Day Three, any stigma surrounding the procedure is gone. The groover unites us all.

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With an introduction like that, how can I resist? Looking forward to reading this one later today. Thanks!
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Re: Great long-form article...
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 09:29:28 PM »
Marufo, I just now finally got around to reading this article. What a brilliantly-written piece. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I lingered over it, taking over an hour to slowly savor it, remembering my own trip last year and wishing I could write a tenth as well as Paumgarten. Anyone that describes the La Linda bridge, "its underbelly warted up with swallows' nests", is really paying attention. What a group that must have been on that trip - even Colin McDonald! Thanks for the heads-up: I might have missed this one altogether.
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Re: Great long-form article...
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2018, 01:01:23 PM »
That was an enjoyable read and long in typical New Yorker manner.  Thanks marufo!
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Re: Great long-form article...
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2018, 10:09:46 PM »
A good perspective on an overlooked topic. Thanks for posting!
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