Monday, June 25, 2007

Wonky? No Wonky?

For Fault Rocks (and anyone else wondering): definition of wonky, according to some free internet dictionary.

won·ky (wngk)
adj. won·ki·er, won·ki·est Chiefly British
1. Shaky; feeble.
2. Wrong; awry.

I think I picked up this term in Seattle, but the blog title phrase comes from the Noatak River trip I took with Bryn and Louis back in 2005. I'd forgotten about this story until Bryn and Louis retold it (mostly for the entertainment of others) when I was last in Alaska.

The catch 22 for people with a coffee addiction is that you need the coffee to start being functional in the morning, but you have to be somewhat functional to get the coffee into your system. This is especially true in the backcountry.

So, one morning on the trip, I was attempting to pour the functionality elixir into my mug and Louis pointed out that the mug looked a little wonky (I had infected them both with this word during the course of the trip). All I could manage to do/say in response was yell "No wonky! No wonky!" at my coffee cup. It is one of those trip stories that is really only funny to the people on the trip (or those who have seen me try to function without coffee), but the general sentiment seemed to capture a little of the day to day struggle in life. You'll never reach a fully No Wonky state (and really, who would want that? The wonky stories are usually so entertaining), but you still try.....

1 comment:

Fault Rocks said...

katiekatiekatie you sent me the best mix tape. such a great surprise to get mail! a great CD! mostly new music to me - wonderful music. makes me homesick, but i'll be home so soon it's ok!