My valet and I were hunting wild horned rabbits in the Klondike back during the blizzard of' '86. Man it was cold. Did you ask how cold it was? It was so cold that my scotch whiskey was frozen like ice cubes and I kept them in my pockets. I was wearing a Sears hooded jersey sweatshirt with attached mittens and my valet was wearing a Mackinaw Cruiser he had gotten from a secondhand store down in Miami.
Man it was cold. Did you ask me how cold it was? It was so cold that when I fired my gun, the lead bullets refused to leave the gun barrel. They would go to the end of the barrel and just stop there. I would point the end of the gun barrel down and they would just roll out into the snow. The snow was so deep. How deep you ask? It was so deep that I could barely see my valet's raised arm and the end of the sleeve of the red wool Mackinaw Cruiser coat he was wearing. My valet was a little fellow. He was a midget and once worked for one of those circuses that winter over down around Tampa. That Mackinaw Cruiser was an XL and it did not fit him too well. One day I looked back and saw his little arm sticking up through the snow. It was frozen stiff. I dug him out of the snow and took the Mackinaw Cruiser off his frozen stiff body, wrapped him in my Sears jacket and propped him against a tree and give him my frozen gun in case he thawed out in spring.
Well, I put on that warm Mackinaw Cruiser, put those scotch ice cubes in a container inside that warm coat and I drank my way out of the Klondike never to go wild horned rabbit hunting again. And that is how that Mackinaw Cruiser saved my life. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Michael C. Boggs Consulting Forester p.s. Years later I think I saw the litter fellow jumping through a fire hoop at a circus down in Dallas.
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