Forced into a hyperventilated state upon his arrival and taken aback by his own unpreparedness, U.S. Travel and Leisure reporter, Travis "Buck" Hunter, finds shocking evidence of modern culture and women on the Isle of Man.
Veteran reporter for the Wetumpka Standard in Alabama, Hunter's areas of responsibility included History, Entertainment and Travel sections for the newspaper. Since the completion of a full year of junior college, Hunter has been the voice of culture in Alabama while venturing out to strange and exotic lands like New York and Los Angeles.
Choosing the Isle of Man for the first piece of his new International travel series, Hunter's advance research led him to believe it was a different sort of island. "Granted my history book was a bit old going back to nineteen owt seven, but the evidence showed that there were only men on that Scottish heritage isle, like you'd find at a big regional hunting lodge", said Hunter.
Showing local officials an old picture of the three legged "Manx Triskelion" standard representing the island, and recounting historical descriptions of a brutal game called "Cammag" involving sticks and plenty of legal bludgeoning on your opponent, Hunter had made the assumption that this was a sporting haven for men only. "The three legged flag was the tip off. I figured, you know, an island of well hung tripods doing manly things", said Hunter.
"Once that man in camouflage pants and orange plaid jacket stepped off the plane, he looked a bit lost and confused, especially after seeing us women, and a few gentlemen at the airport wearing the traditional plaid", said Hertz rental desk manager, Heidi McCallum. "While passed out on the floor, the man kept murmuring, 'men in dresses, girls in pants, men in dresses'. It was quite concerning".
Security officials at the airport suggested Mr. Hunter return to the U.S. and perhaps look into a little piece of technology called the Internet for more accurate demographic and customs information. The U.S. government hearing of the mishap attempted to reassure the Isle of Man that not all Americans were actually like Mr. Hunter. Mr. Hunter responded by asking what "demographic" meant. All three parties agreed and were quite happy to continue a policy of 'not understanding each other'.