It’s amazing how memories work. Certain scents and tastes can suddenly bring you back to a different time and place – almost like it was happening all over again.
When I was 16 years old I lived in Greensboro, NC for a year. I lived in a two-story apartment complex. A neighbor friend downstairs, Jay, lived with his father who owned a gun shop. Jay and I became good friends during the time I lived there and I often would spend time with him at his father gun shop. As it often happens in apartments my buddy and his father ended up moving and asked me for some help.
Over the course of two days we loaded up furniture and boxes and drove across town. Every so often we would stop at the shop and I would gawk at all the guns and knives.
Once the move was complete Jay’s dad said he wanted to pay me for my help and asked me what I wanted. What I wanted was a Colt CAR-15 but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I had been eyeing a cool looking survival knife every time I went in the shop. It reminded me a lot of the knife Rambo had in First Blood. Running about $35.00- I asked him if I could have it. He said “Yes” and I was very excited.
The knife was a Japanese made Explorer Survivor II manufactured by Gutmann. I had dreams of sticking a stick in the hollow handle and jumping out of a tree stabbing a wild pig for dinner. Anyways – as a 16 year old this was awesome.
My brothers Birthday was coming up and I decided to give him the knife. It was tough to part with – but I thought he would really like it. I always figured I would just buy another one.
That was way back in 1986. Just a few months ago I looked on eBay and guess what? There was a brand new Explorer Survival II Survival Knife. I paid WAY too much money for it but had always wanted one. Now it sits on the shelf.
I pull it out once in awhile and remember Jay and that old gun shop.
Someday…..just someday I am going to get up in a tree and wait for that wild pig.