Dear Coolest Mailburro I Know, How does The Boss treat you (food, bed, work, etc.)? What do you think of canoeing? I've been wanting to send you a fan letter for a long time, but I just figured out how to do it.
—Anthony A., Salt Lake City, Utah.
Nice chow, comfy corral, but a bit more heavy toting than I like, Anthony. As for canoeing—I don't think that those of us with four legs were built to keep a canoe steady in the water.
Hi, Brussels Sprout Pie—Eating Mailburro, I'm a Boy Scout now, and I'm still getting Cub Corner in my magazine, so could you talk to The Boss?
Jedidiah S., Raytown, Mo.
You should receive the version for Boy Scouts as soon as your troop recharters, Jedidiah.
Dear Odd Pedro, What is your workplace like? How long have you been at Boys' Life? How would you describe The Boss?
—William F., Tulsa, Okla.
My workplace is just fine, thank you, William (unless I'm irritating you know who). I've been at BL for a pretty good stretch. And I'd describe The Boss, except that he's poking around now and always wants to look over my shoulder to see what I'm writing. Let's just say he's one of a kind (like me).
Dear Pedro, I would like to get better at fishing. Do you think you could give me some pointers?
—Anderson W., Tebbets, Mo.
Whoever saw a burro with a fishing pole? Check out the Way Back Machine on this site, Anderson, and search for some great fishing tips.
Dear Legit, High-Payin', Alfalfa-Lovin' Pedro, You've said you just like to clip-clop around instead of riding a bike or driving a car, or something like that. How long does it take you to go places? How often do you sneak down to the cantina you are always mentioning? It sounds tasty!
—Justin B., Scottsville, Va.
Most of the time I move at my own relaxed pace, Justin. The Boss likes to me to move at a more, um, energetic rate, if you know what I mean. I get to the cantina as often as I can, and that's when I can show some sprinter's speed.
Dear Pedro, I like the article "Backpacking on Bikes" in the May issue. It got my excited about a trip my troop had planned. Instead of mountain biking, we rode from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath. It gave me a feel about what I was about to go through.
— Tanner M., Hockessin, Del.
Glad to hear we got you fired up for your pedaling trip, Tanner.
Dear Pedro, Thanks for the report on "Bear Safety" in July. We recently spotted a black bear on our property in northern Michigan. I plan to share the information with my troop when we camp there next spring.
—Alex H., Broken Arrow, Okla.
And I'm sure your fellow Scouts will greatly appreciate the information, Alex.
Dear Pedro, I've read your magazine for about a year now, and I want to know if The Boss ever gives you time off to have fun?
—Connor N., Raymond, Neb.
I always have fun, Connor. That seems to be a source of friction at times between me and the Guy in the Corner Office.
Dear Pedro, You write a lot about The Boss. What is he like? I want to try and compare him to one of my friends.
—Daniel S., Dallas, Tex.
The Boss is incomparable, Daniel (if you know what I mean). And you don't want to do that to your friend.
Dear Pedro, I think that Boys' Life is pretty awesome. I have almost all the issues since December 2005. I'm a big fan. On a scale of on to ten—ten being the worst—how mean is The Boss?
—Alex A., Colts Neck, N.J.
Oh, The Boss is a one on the meanness scale, Alex. On the demanding scale, he goes much higher. And let's not talk about his fashion sense.