I’ve had my Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Rad pants for many, many years. I got them from my roommate in Toronto in 1995. Mo liked my Guess jeans. I liked her Rad pants. We made a trade. I think I got the best part of the deal. The jeans would have been out of style a long time ago. The Rad pants, however, just met their end last week.
Ode to my Rad Pants
You once sheltered me from the sun
and kept me warm when there was none.
You protected me from rain, snow and sleet
and went with me to the mountains where my friends meet.
Your blue-sky colour always made my day
and we’ve been to many places, even Lutsel K’e.
Through thick and thin you’ve been the trousers of my heart
I’m thankful for your years of service but we have to part.
I’m so sorry to say goodbye and put you in the bin
but you’ll go to MEC heaven with a grin.
May you frolic in green meadows and sing and tap dance
Because you’re Rad… Pants.