It's A Guy Thing

Motor mouths, book burning, and a lost reader.

Field & Stream Online Editors

I think Rich Tosches should take a bow for "My Johnson," after all the long nights he likely kept awake working on it. I've never suffered from such Johnson dysfunction problems; however, his artful description brought a stitch to my side and a tear to my eye. Somebody ought to write a country song about it.
Lee Greenwood, Colorado Springs, Colo.

As a member of the estrogen-driven minority who reads your magazine, I have to say that I was touched by Mr. Tosches' ability to talk about his problem so frankly. I hope that his admission will open the door for other men who are experiencing this embarrassing problem and allow them to see that there's help out there.
_ Barbara Peace, Clarksburg, Pa. _

I feel that the Laughs column was anything but laughable. We diligently try to ensure the future of the great sports of hunting and fishing by reaching out to all, especially women and children. Is this distasteful attempt at humor how we do it? Do you want to explain this article to your son or daughter? Articles such as this help to perpetuate the "slob" image that the anti groups try to portray. Thanks a lot!
_ George P. Kinstle, Hinckley, Ohio_

You're very welcome, but explain what? This is a sweet and touching story about a man whose mighty engine would no longer rev, and how the loss of this old and trusted friend brought him to the brink of despair. Where are your feelings, man? -THE EDITORS

** THE WAY COVERS USED TO BE**
Your Total Outdoorsman Challenge issue is outstanding from cover to cover-or rather from inside cover to inside cover. What were you thinking when you chose your cover photograph? Call me old-fashioned, but I much prefer true art over the shallow "extreme" crappola du jour. I know, I shouldn't whine-I can use the cover to help kindle my emergency survival fire.
_ Don Cuppett, Bronx, N.Y._

GEAR WEARY
The June table of contents starts, "Too many sportsmen think that being able to power up a GPS or start a fire with a lighter is a measure of outdoor competence." Hmmm¿¿¿I wonder where they might have gotten that notion? In the same issue Gearing Up features the ultra-maxi-mini-magnum weatherproof lighter gizmo, the $6 million bionic Dog-e-Tag, and a high-tech digital compass. Maybe the real test of a modern outdoorsman is whether he can get the digital compass to interface with the electronic dog tag. As Petzal laments in the Editor's Notes, "This, dear friends, is a shame. We are a magazine for outdoorsmen." Yeah, right. This sounds like nostalgic whimpering, considering that Field & Stream is guilty of complicity by featuring the very products that Petzal is criticizing sportsmen for buying, using, and depending on. Keith Collins, Brunswick, Md.

_David E. Petzal replies: Dogs whimper. I do not. I curse, complain, cavil, and spew calumny in every direction. But no whimpering. _

WHERE AM I?
I was reading "Low-Tech Navigation" (in the Total Outdoorsman Challenge), and either the map is wrong or I'm totally lost. I took the challenge and was okay up to bearing D. Your answer is 20 degrees (back bearing 200 degrees). My readings are 44 degrees (back bearing 224 degrees). Help. Am I lost or is this a misprint?
_Basil Doucette Jr., Tewksbury, Mass. _

_Keith McCafferty replies: The problem is that you're navigating from the black dot at the outlet stream. The instructions for Bearing D tell you to walk east up the outlet from where the dot is located to the second pond, then take your last bearing from there. It will be 20 degrees. _

BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE
"The Deer Next Door" was hilarious. Bill Heavey's message is true, fellow sportsmen. Sometimes you need not look beyond your own backyard. How many times have we traveled hundreds of miles only to find, years later, that we were passing all the good spots on the way?
George Gooley, South Portland, Maine