What if one person in a relationship is more skillful in an outdoor activity than the other person? It might lead to “Skills Deficit Syndrome.”
“In retrospect, it's clear we suffered from what I've dubbed SDS, or Skills Deficit Syndrome, an affliction that's become all too common to relationships nurtured (and ended) in the outdoors. He enjoys jogging; she trains Kenyans. She likes to boulder; he soloed El Cap barefoot. ..
A buddy of mine who's normally very patient remembers ditching an attractive woman in the middle of a skate-skiing weekend because she had, thanks to bone disease, a rod in her leg. ‘She wept when she couldn't catch on,’ he remembers. ‘Come on,' I said, ‘It's just a steel rod.' And I skied off.”
Read the whole story called “Outta my way, Pumpkin.”