I first became aware of The Blerch thru the wonderful and hilarious comic series by The Oatmeal. The more I learned about The Blerch, the more I hated it. In Matthew Inman’s (The Oatmeal’s creator) own words, The Blerch is “…a wretched, lazy beast. He tells me to slow down, to walk, to quit.” I suspect that more than a few of you have seen The Blerch conjured up in your own lives, too.

It reared its gross head at me yesterday. Plans were in motion to visit Cape Kiwanda, in Pacific City, OR, because the forecasts were looking very favorable for a great sunset. I would be joined by my two good buds, Brian Bonham and William Woodward. But alas, The Blerch showed up and told me that I should just kick back at home and log a few solid hours in with Dying Light on the PS4. It made a really good case and it almost won.

Fortunately, I have a good support system of friends who proceeded to motivate me by calling me any number of emasculating names and questioning my manhood in one form or another. But in all seriousness, they were right in a weird way. Sure, it’s a 2-3 hour drive to get to that area of the coast but on the other hand, it’s ONLY a 2-3 hour drive to get to that area of the coast! And what a coast it is! It’s that sort of mindset that allowed me to swiftly roundhouse kick The Blerch, knocking him out for the day. I did end up going with Brian and William and we had a blast. We also walked away with some real keepers, which is always a bonus. There was that hairy moment when William and I almost got knocked over by a gigantic rogue wave but we’ll save that story for another post.

I’m sure that the stupid Blerch will rear its ugly head sooner or later but I just need to remember that it has a weak spot to the left of its gut where a well-placed roundhouse kick will put it down for the day.

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