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Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 12, 2011 - 11:10pm PT
He is looking at spinal surgery and needs to cover his copays. He would be most grateful for anything you can do.
Brokedown - you out there?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:01am PT
WHAT ? And he's going through a divorce as well isn't he? Philo!?!? Can you please chime in here with this discussion? Whussup with you?
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:08am PT
Tami, Phil talks about his upcoming surgery on this thread. Spinal degeneration with lots of side affects that have given him trouble for a number of years, but it sounds like the surgery could really help him.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1488621&msg=1578144#msg1578144

I Can't send much, but would like to help. My paypal account is currently a mess, so I would need an address to send a check.
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2011 - 12:22am PT
Thanks for responding guys. Philo probably would be reluctant to ask for help so I thought I'd do it for him. Tami it seems like when it rains it pours. It sounds like a crisis situation - not elective. Reminds me of when I had to have a similar operation years ago and the surgeon told me to go home and try not to move until he could get me scheduled. I had an excellent outcome and Philo should as well.
I am waiting for his address and will post it as soon as I can.
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:28am PT
Instead of posting his address, maybe you should just email it to those who want it.
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2011 - 12:33am PT
Good idea John. Should have thought of that.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:49am PT
My cash position is miniscule until a large account receivable pays, but I'd like to help if I can. Please send me detials. Thanks.

John
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 13, 2011 - 01:13am PT
//Cross posted from the hyperreflexia/clonus thread.//

OK here is the dopey skinny. After meeting with the neurosurgeon and his team Thurs, I have been scheduled for spinal surgery post haste. (8/31 or as much sooner as they can arrange it). Apparently i am more than lucky to still be walking let alone bummed that my Elvis Leg would bounce off 5.11 foot holds.
C3 to C7 are badly trashed and pinching all but the merest of energy flow through my spinal cord and branch nerves. The imagery clearly shows several bone spurs, like guillotines, threatening to sever the cord at any wrong moment (Like the fall off the ladder a few weeks ago or the fall off the approach to the West Ridge in Eldo before that. Fortunately that fall into the river only resulted in the bashed elbow that went all gross and fugly. CrimperGirl jokingly said the blown bursa looked like an angry red scrotum bulging out of my elbow. Eweeee.
The prognosis if all goes well is for a very complete recovery with only minor limitations.
But there is no option for improvement besides the knife. And way too much risk not too have it done NOW.
The neurosurgeon believes that the myriad of ailments that have plagued me for several years are related to spinal degeneration and should fully abate after slice and dice time, Including the episode of neural damage that had me believing I was heading for amputation just last year.
It is amazing knowing how well this diagnosis ties together and explains so much ailing.


Apparently these spinal strangulations go along way to explain why so many Tacos think I am such an as#@&%e, no flow to the brain. HAHAHAHAHA....

This was an extremely startling turn off events. All of these semi-debilitating ailments that for years have plagued and baffled me are tied into the spinal damage. Foolishly I ignored the pain and pushed through the limitations, wrongly assuming my two decade old prosthetic knee was my only health concern. It all makes sense now but it was only after the symptoms affected my 12 surgery leg that testing led to the discovery of the time bomb in my neck. I can't begin to tell you how lucky I feel that this has been discovered and so comparatively easy to remedy. But I also can't even begin to express how terrified I am. Not of the surgery or future but of my past several years. I had no idea how close to the edge my regular dice rolling had me. Bobert is right, asking for help is the hardest thing for me to do and if not for the need and urgency I would not ask at all. Mr, Culp sir, my friend, thank you for thinking of me.

Yes Tami divorce and moving to new digs really strained my finances but not being able to work more than a day or two at a time for the past four months drained me dry.

The positive thoughts mean the world to me thank you all.
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Aug 13, 2011 - 08:14am PT
I can help out a bit, please email me an address.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Aug 13, 2011 - 10:13am PT
Post some Paypal info, or another means to help, Philo.
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Aug 13, 2011 - 11:15am PT
MANY thoughts and prayers to you!!!!

Wishing you a peaceful, speedy recovery, and healing on all fronts..

BB
steve shea

climber
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:00pm PT
Philo, I've had a similar speedbump on the road of life. Lots of degeneration, bone spurs etc. These resulted in aches and pains that were chronic and at times debilitating. But, like you ignored them and pushed on with exercise and stretching thinking it would go away. Then in Jan. 1995 while skiing here in Jackson, I got hit from behind by an out of control snowboarder in a blind side turn. I was completely taken out. Broke some teeth, three ribs and then my neck really started to hurt. I never went to the doctor. I went to the dentist. I knew my ribs were broken but that had happened before so I diagnosed and treated myself. The neck was more painful but I still thought It would get better. I was scheduled to go on an expedition to Nepal so in late March, while at the doctor getting my third world country shots, my condition was finally discussed. I was sent to a neurologist. With a look of horror on his face, he said I had been walking around with a broken, severely degenerated neck. He would not even let me drive home and put me in a neck and head brace. I had surgery four days later. C4,5 and 6 were fused using bone from my own hip. The good news is an almost perfect result. The worst pain was actually from where they took the bone. My range of motion is a little less that's all. I don't notice it and can carry on normally. Still ski 75 to a hundred days and still climb. You'll do fine! My only regret is not getting it checked out sooner. Send me the address. Best, Steve
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:24pm PT
Steve thank you for the completely relevant history and the incredible outcome. It is really good to hear these success stories. I am so glad you have had such wonderful results.
My friend lauren di Scipio has set up a paypal page that should be up in a couple of hours.
But if anyone wants to pm me for my street address please do.


I can't not adequately express how touched I am by folks responses.
SuperTopo is truly a most remarkable family.

From all of my heart thank you all!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:36pm PT
I still have several of these signed Half Dome 50th Anniversary pitons and would like to make one available here in support of this fundraiser.




These have been selling for $200. with all proceeds going directly to help Philo. Only 23 were signed and numbered by Royal Robbins, Jerry Gallwas and Mike Sherrick shortly after the event. Contact me if you are interested in one.

Happy to help out here as I have been in helping Roy and Rich in past fundraising efforts.

Cheers- Steve
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:51pm PT
hey there all, say...

oh my, wish i could help someway, but sure can't, i am obligated to various family that had to help me, ... but:

i sure can pray, and sure will, for philo...

and if there is some other things that come up, you never
know maybe i can help there, like: encouragement or something, etc,
down the road...

someone helped me help-out for pat here, just a bit ago...

and--i do still have a 40 shawl, if someone wanted to give that income
to philo, i could send the shawl... :)
or a box of earrings, :)
dreamcatcher, etc... :)


any gals, let me know... or anyone needing an anniversary gift for a wife, :)


will get right on to the praying..
:)
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 13, 2011 - 12:53pm PT
Philo/Bobert!

I'm very sorry to hear of your upcoming surgery. I suspect that your quality of life will be improved by having it done.

Until my real estate transaction is settled, I'm currently unable to chip in other that a miniscule amount, but will do so after I get back home again (travelling right now).

All the best, my friend!

Rodger
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 13, 2011 - 01:00pm PT
You are all so wonderful!
Here is the paypal donation page that Lauren set up.

http://www.laurendiscipio.com/pages/Philo.html


Neebee your thoughts and well wishes are worth thousands!
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 14, 2011 - 10:33am PT
Thank you all for the well wishes, concern and encouragement.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Aug 14, 2011 - 10:49am PT
So good to hear that you are on the right track man!! What a relief it will be to have it behind you.



I will donate, but only if you vote Repub in 2012.



BWA HA HA HA Hhhahahahahaaaa!!!

The new new evil



SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 14, 2011 - 12:31pm PT

Mr. Grossman, you are uber great!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 14, 2011 - 12:34pm PT
Steve,
which numbers are available?

Phil,
you got a snail mail address?
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 14, 2011 - 03:48pm PT
I was advised to not put my address on the net but it is already out there on FaceBook.
So here it goes.

Phil Broscovak
599 W. Hawthorn St.
Louisville CO 80027
303-981-9755

I am actually a very private man.
Over the past many years I have prided my self on my self sufficiency and ability to handle adversity.
So it is extremely difficult to ask for help and without dire immediate need I would not.
I am moved by all the remarkable folks expressing sincere concern. Even under these circumstances I feel like one of the luckiest people alive. Not the least of reasons is the exceptional friends I have here on SuperTopo.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Aug 14, 2011 - 04:33pm PT
Best of luck, Philo, you're a good dude.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Aug 14, 2011 - 05:19pm PT
Sorry to hear of your troubles!
Hankster

Social climber
BASE!
Aug 14, 2011 - 06:08pm PT
best of luck Bosco!

caylor
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 14, 2011 - 06:55pm PT
So how are we doing? The man needs what, $2k to make it happen? I can dig a little deeper if need be.

Philo- we all hate to ask for help. Some times we cannot stand alone; trust me, I know. No one thinks less of you for it except maybe the odd idiot or two.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 14, 2011 - 07:19pm PT
Okay so here's my offering. It's up fer auction here on ST.......please post yer bid here on this thread & email yer friends to send them here if you think they may be interested.

Proceeds all go to Phil B. You'll pay him what you bid and you'll pm me your address & I'll send along the art.

It's an original acrylic on canvas 8" x 10" in size. Perfect fit fer next to yer BSc degree & that shot of you on toppa Everest.

I'll close the auction next Sunday evening around six.

High bid wins!
High bid wins!
Credit: Tami
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 14, 2011 - 07:25pm PT
Tami-

Does that come framed?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 14, 2011 - 07:28pm PT
John - No it doesn't. Nor does it really need to be framed either . It can be hung as is; the edges are painted black & it looks fine hanging without a frame.

Thanks for the question tho' !
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 14, 2011 - 07:33pm PT
Well hell! Put me in for $100.00. That is $USD, not that funny stuff you people call money.

I'm now hiding under the table waiting for the wrath of Tami to descend on Lake Forest....
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 14, 2011 - 07:41pm PT
I don't get it.












How did he lose his finger?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 14, 2011 - 07:45pm PT
Details, details. Did you knott see the shark just out of frame? Oh yeah, there is no frame. My bad.
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Aug 14, 2011 - 08:06pm PT
I'm at the bottom myself but will find a way to do something.
Lots of us need help these days, it seems, and we all have
to pull together...
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 14, 2011 - 09:25pm PT
Here is a video of the procedure to be done. This is a single fusion where mine will be at least 3 but it is otherwise the same.

WARNING this is fascinating but really graphic. Please don't watch if you are squeamish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnxDlSTCznA
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 14, 2011 - 09:31pm PT
Phil-

Did you get my PM?
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 14, 2011 - 09:34pm PT
Yes John thank you. I will keep you informed.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 14, 2011 - 09:43pm PT
Cool!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 14, 2011 - 10:30pm PT
I got 250.00 fer the island pic. How 'bout it?
Do I hear a bid? ;-)
For a Tami Knight original, at auction, for a friend?
All factors. Dig THAT.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 14, 2011 - 10:56pm PT
Skully- you are a dirtbag.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 14, 2011 - 10:59pm PT
Of course! Hehehe.
It IS to be expected, sir. All's fair in Love & War & Tami originals.
That's what I always say(now). ;-)
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 15, 2011 - 12:46am PT
The Skulled One might be a dirtbag but he's got 250clams in hiz pocket with philo's name on 'em and a painting to put on his wall if nobody tops that.


More bids, yeah !
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 15, 2011 - 12:55am PT
Tami I can't tell you how moved I am by this. If the rolls were reversed I would bid big on any of your art. This one seems strangely apropos.I love it.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 15, 2011 - 01:02am PT
No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man
is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe
is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as
well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine
owne were; any mans death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
(No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.)

MEDITATION XVII - Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
John Donne
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 15, 2011 - 01:06am PT
Just bring it. No fancy schmancy. Gimme some bids to shoot down. I double dog dare you. Eh? or what, eh?
I'll walk the Walk. Try me.
Top o' the page with you! hehehe. I thought you guys liked challenges? I hereby challenge you. Bring it forth.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Aug 15, 2011 - 01:28am PT
Skully,i would really like to top your $250.00.
I would really dig that painting
However, i must settle for knowing it found a great home.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 15, 2011 - 03:40am PT
We'll wait until the c*#k crows to call it. The challenge stands.
I'll check back later.(2moro)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 15, 2011 - 10:58am PT
Hey folks- Two of those signed pitons have been claimed over the weekend so my offering to this fundraiser is taken care of. Thanks to Piton Ron and rurprider for helping Philo along here...a more than worthy cause and gentleman!

Way to step up Scully! That is a fine painting from the Once and Future Tami and a steal!
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2011 - 12:29pm PT
Here is a piece of arcane and historical climbing gear up for auction. Proceeds go directly to Philo.
A rare opportunity for the serious collector of old esoteric junk! ;)
It is one of the first (or actually THE first) working prototypes of Bill Forrest's PinBin piton racking systems, made obsolete practically overnight by the clean climbing craze.
Credit: Bobert
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 15, 2011 - 01:18pm PT
That's me!

A bid of $100. to start things off.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 15, 2011 - 02:43pm PT
Another item has entered the fundraising mix...



A barely used Metolius Half Dome haulbag complete with a swivel!

Bidding starts at $125 firm plus shipping with a substantial portion of the proceeds going to Phil.

Bidding on this item will run for ONE WEEK from the time of posting and ends at high noon Monday August 22.

A great chance to snag a bag and help out!
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2011 - 06:05pm PT
Good man Steve! We'll let it run for a couple days to see if there are any more connoisseurs of the obscure out there. Golly, now that I think about it my garage is stuffed full of priceless obscurities.
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Aug 15, 2011 - 06:27pm PT
Thank you Peter Haan!

I had a photograph in need of some Peter's photoshop magic. I asked Peter, "help me out and I'll pony up into Phil's PayPal account".

Wonderful results and mission accomplished.
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland
Aug 15, 2011 - 06:53pm PT
hey Bobert don't go mixing that stylin' free climbing sling with that rusty aid climbing gear. That sling should be auctioned separately, kinda like wheat from the chaff.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 15, 2011 - 06:56pm PT
If bobert has such a gear sling in medium length, I might be persuaded to bid for it. If in blue, even better.

Are the gear slings new? Are they the kind that are sewn well enough to use as real slings?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 15, 2011 - 08:17pm PT
philo,
check your mailbox Wednesday.
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2011 - 08:48pm PT
Steve said it would be ok to auction the two gear slings separately so I have taken down the previous post and re-posted this.
Bill Forrest gear sling for auction. Proceeds go directly to Philo.
Credit: Bobert
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 15, 2011 - 08:56pm PT
That is the nicest of the strap patterns that Bill used too, though it's been a while! LOL
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 15, 2011 - 09:09pm PT
I will donate 10% of any order from the shop toward Philo.

This starts today and ends at midnight August 31.

In order to keep things simple, you MUST mention the order is for the Philo Fund (or something similar) in the notes section.

Start at this link and let's raise some cash for this noble need!

Funds For Philo
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 16, 2011 - 12:27am PT
Top o' da front page bump fer filo. Errrrr , PHILO !!!!!


Check out the original acrylic painting I have up fer auction on the previous page. Skully has bid 250 onnit but is game to best any higher bids.

All funds to Philo.


:-) !!!!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 16, 2011 - 12:45am PT
True dat.
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Aug 16, 2011 - 03:50am PT
Dude, I wrote the check and addressed the envelope tonight. It will be in the mail tomorrow.
Aloha, Olaf
BTW: I am going to be in the Boulder area at the end of the month I will give you a shout. K?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 16, 2011 - 12:00pm PT
Kicked back to the front page. If nobody else bids on the painting I posted, I'm gonna let Skully have it fer 250clams.........
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 16, 2011 - 04:33pm PT
Not so fast: "I'll close the auction next Sunday evening around six."

Never know who else might bid.

OK, I'll bid US$25 for Bobert's Forrest Mountaineering Sling, plus will add postage and package. (Surface mail, basic packaging.) By starting modestly, hopefully we can have a bidding war, and keep bumping the thread.

If I win, someone needs to tell me what to send, to who.

Edit: No need to react instantly. Just a nudge when the thread falls to the bottom of the front page. Alternatively, we could go in increments of $1.00, which should generate some action. You meant "$26.00 plus postage", didn't you?
Abend

Social climber
Aug 16, 2011 - 04:38pm PT
hopefully we can have a bidding war, and keep bumping the thread

It's on...$30.00 plus postage
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 16, 2011 - 06:19pm PT
Thanks but I plan on paying postage for both auctions. Darn. I had talked myself into using the gear sling. I may have to start bidding on it myself.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 16, 2011 - 07:46pm PT
OK, $31.00 it is. Top that, smarty pants!
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Aug 16, 2011 - 08:09pm PT
bump

plus Peter Haan did me another solid. sent more into the Philo- Fund
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 16, 2011 - 08:58pm PT
Philo-

The offer stands.
Abend

Social climber
Aug 16, 2011 - 10:15pm PT
Top that, smarty pants!
Okay, $32.00
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 16, 2011 - 11:02pm PT
Well,... at least it isn't a farting contest.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 16, 2011 - 11:05pm PT
Go on PR, bid on the painting ............... Skull and not bones has bid 250$.


I wanna see the piton bids top that, eh!!!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 17, 2011 - 12:37am PT
Back to the front page. Skully's email is down, but he called and said to bump his bid to $300.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:02am PT
OK, $32.01, then. Top that, ya cheap Yankee bastid.

Edit: You're bidding on Tami's painting, I'm bidding on the gear sling.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:03am PT
Is that the best I got? Cheeze Louise, I coulda swore it was 332.
At least.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:10am PT
Okay, we'll give you 33.203
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:12am PT
$32.03, and not a penny less!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:16am PT
Sweet! We have bumbped the bid down to the 33 digits! Take that skully! Yur a ladie's man.







Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:17am PT
Cross purposes, perhaps? I'm shopping fer a freakin' Tami Knight original, over here. Beat 332.00.
Or not. I dare you. Hehehe.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:21am PT
Yeah, but if I move the decimal point I can beat you.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:27am PT
Of course.
Or 332.00. So far, by my count. Bids?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:31am PT
Okay you a- whole. I'll go 34.02

Hey! Wait. You moved the decimal point again. You are really low...

No, you are not only low, you are a dirtbag!!!!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:39am PT
Hehehe.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 17, 2011 - 01:52am PT
<rubs hands together in gleeful snickering>
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 02:04am PT
Gleeful is pretty fun, huh?
So that's 340.20? Done & raised. 350. even.
35? Maybe. Woohoo? Bargain City. Can't get that sh#t at Walmart.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 17, 2011 - 02:06am PT
All right, all right. $32.04, but that's for the sling and the painting. It's my final offer - top that, you poltroon!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 02:10am PT
We're sling free, that's another deal.
separation may be necessary. Otherwise we're stompin' on each other.
Confusion isn't a strong suit, eh? I dunno, maybe I'm confused.
350 for my Tami original. Beat it.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 17, 2011 - 02:20am PT
Pssssst.....bidders>



THERE'S A HAUL BAG TO BID UPON TOO Y'KNOW !!!


:-D


ANders you SUCK donkey eggs at math.
Sheesh.

Not like you have an urrrrriginal TKnight on yer wall, eh?

350$ tonight. Tomorrow ? the UNIVERSE
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 02:22am PT
Not like mine. And it will be mine.
Oh, yes.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 17, 2011 - 11:55am PT
Big Grin & a spike back to the top fer filo. :-)

CHEERS!!!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 17, 2011 - 12:04pm PT
Turning Bickering into Dickering into Snickering!!! And first thing in the morning to boot...I like it!

We really do need some World of Warcraft visuals as two rivals battle for possession of the Tropical Floating Dreamworld of Knight!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 03:18pm PT
Indeed. Bump it, bump it, bump it up.
Oh yeah.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 17, 2011 - 04:20pm PT
Talk about trying to get money out of a (Canadian) stone. $34.02 for the gear sling, but that's in US rupees. It works out to something like eleven dollars and eight cents in petro-dollars.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 17, 2011 - 04:41pm PT

Tami dear, is your artwork going to adorn said haulbag?????

Inquiring minds (or mebbe small ones), want to no.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Aug 17, 2011 - 05:22pm PT
A "just saw this" Bump.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 17, 2011 - 08:48pm PT
Steve!W ..........No. The painting is separate & distinct from said pig.
The painting, which Skully has the hi-bid on is an 8"x10" gem :-) and it's posted on the first page of this thread I think. Or the second page. But not this page.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 17, 2011 - 11:54pm PT
Put 'er up again, Ms. Tami. Tis a gem, indeed.
Oh, & a bebop bump.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 17, 2011 - 11:57pm PT
Careful what you ask for skully...

I got a refund check burning a hole in my pocket..

Edit: Guess $0.27 won't go very far here, but what the hell.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:00am PT
Hehehe. Wouldst thou be my Nemesis?
Hmmm. I can dig it. Good cause. Well, let's dance, then.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:05am PT
Not a smidgen of LUV for the PIG YET?!?

Pearls before swine...I know, I know**$%+&
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:12am PT
Steve- love pigs but prefer them fried or roasted, not hauled. Not really thrilled to see them in the rear view mirror, but that is another post that has been taken over by .....

skully- I'll bump you to $305.00 Take that you weanie!

Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:15am PT
Uh... Big John. We're at 350 now, by my reckoning.
You can get a do-over, if you like. You're feelin' Froggy, huh?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:22am PT
Fricking long day. Make it $375.00

Thanks Mr. Skully
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:23am PT
No sweat. Try 387.50 on for size.
I'm inspired. ;-)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:29am PT
Well, you just took out my refund check. But I pulled the cushions off the couch and found some spare change. $390.00.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:33am PT
You are a cowboy, huh? Alrighty.
414.92.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:35am PT
Bid stands at 390$ &#40; surprise gifts will be enclosed fer the winner!&#41;
Bid stands at 390$ ( surprise gifts will be enclosed fer the winner!)
Credit: Tami

YEAHHHH!!!!! KEEP ON BIDDING !!! HELP PHILO !!!!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:36am PT
Ooooops.
Four-fourteen and change....



SUPER !!!!


NOBODYS GONNA DIE !!!!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:39am PT
Nice round number you got there. Guess that was your refund check.

I'm out of this one. But I'll send the $390 to Philo anyways.

Freecking dirtbags with money. Is the world knott safe anymore?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:46am PT
John !!!! THANKS FER PLAYIN !!!!


All proceeds to Philo. We're payin' postage.


Anybody else wanna step up to the bat ?


:-D
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 18, 2011 - 01:23am PT
What's the current high bid on the sling thing?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 01:26am PT
Oh Man!

Too funny!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 18, 2011 - 02:18am PT
hey there say, wow, tami... johntp... and skully... and anyone recent:

man oh man, lots of actions going on here.... just caught the tail-end of it.... :)

ps.
say,philo... awwwww, thanks for the comment way back there... :)


won't forget about watching over that surger day:
yep, i will sure be praying... :)

well, night all...





zzzzzz.....
(finally rememebered how they used to use 'z's for folks sleeping,
;))
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2011 - 10:39am PT
Thanks for all the bids on these things. I'm impressed!!
The Forrest PinBin stands at $100 from Mr Grossman. Abend made a proxy bid of $35 on the Forrest gear sling. I guess we should set an ending time. Say 6 pm Mtn Stnd Sunday nite.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:52am PT
6 p/m MST ? Uhhhhh, errrrr......can someone translate that to Left Coast Daylight Savin'z Time ...........puuuuuhhhhleeeeeeze???


Hope to see a run-up on that paintin'; you know like what happens on EBay in the last minute.


Oooooohhh!!!!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:03pm PT
Bid on that haulbag aspiring wall rats. It's a beauty!

Auction is done high noon on Monday!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:53pm PT
$36.00 for the gear sling. And that's my final offer. Maybe.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 03:55pm PT
Is Philo good to go?
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2011 - 04:52pm PT
johntp, thanks to a few folks like you Philo is looking pretty good right now by my count.
Oh, and by the way abend sez $37.00 on the gear sling.
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 18, 2011 - 05:42pm PT
Things are looking up. Which is good because I shouldn't be looking up right now. I do not yet know what else will ultimately be involved or required but I just found out an hour ago that my Medical Insurance Provider has approved the surgery scheduled for 8am Wed Aug 31st at St Jo's in Denver. Without the incredible generosity and support of this most wonderful clan I would be unable to proceed even with the anxiously awaited approval. And so I thank you all from the whole of my very humbled heart. I decided to start a Trip Report of this oddventure that wouldn't clog the important stuff of the forum front page. I will post updates and observations along the way and invite anyone interested to come along for the ride.

Silver, I have been 'fooling' myself at great risk for so many years it's not funny. The Neurosurgeon's diagnosis was a sucker punch to my psychological solar-plexus. I knew surgery would be inevitable but I had no idea it's was going to need to be immediate.

Locker thanx ever so for turning down my offer to come down that day.
I know we're all gonna die, but that coulda kilt me. And I don't mean plaid skirts amigo.
I'd still be happy to stop by and inspect it for a greening.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 18, 2011 - 06:43pm PT
Oh, and by the way abend sez $37.00 on the gear sling.

Does that includes agent's percentage?

$38.00.

This should not be construed as an endorsement of the health care 'system' of the US, which resembles the definition of a camel - a horse designed by a committee.
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2011 - 06:54pm PT
Agent gets no percentage. I'm just following abends instructions to bid for her. You know EBay? Guess you can call me EBob. Postage is free.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 08:33pm PT
So I get my pichure as of Sunday? How am I gonna know?
I've gotta go try to die in the Mountains. I mean, I've got a climbing/slogging trip planned. We'll see how it goes. I love the Sawtooths.
I met a wolf there. It didn't even try to kill me. Imagine that?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 18, 2011 - 08:52pm PT
hey there say, captain... or skully....


*i just love writing-out that FULL name, :))


well, say, just saw this bumped up, so i had to come
check it out... say, skully, have a great climbing trip...

wow, always enjoyed seeing pics of the sawtooth range, just love it, as well as a few other neat mountains in my artistic imagination RECollect...
:)


happy to see you here...
:)
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 08:55pm PT
Thanks Neebs. I've got a few days to collect my composure in the BIG Hills.
I'll return with some Glory to share. Hopefully...I'll have an island pic, too.
Woot!!!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 18, 2011 - 09:03pm PT
hey there say, skully thanks for sharing, and wow, yep, we will sure love those pics!


will back you up with some good ol' fashioned prayers, too...

:)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 18, 2011 - 09:09pm PT
hey there say, all!!!

wow!!! thanks to a supertopo's johntp, here, my shawl was bought, so
i can chip in to phil, too!!!


awwwww, ALL you supertopo-folks sure do know who to make a folk
feel included in the big picture, when we want to help others...

it really means a lot, to get to join in, it really does... we are not
just here for our own selves, these open doors are ways to hug many many folks, if we just take a small step...

get well so on, phil... :)

will send it by tues, next week...
:)


*awwww, now i can add a bit of earthy-ness to my prayers, :))


god bless and thanks so very kindly to you, johntp...
my business really needed the pick-me-up, too...
i am just not a very good sales person, :(

Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2011 - 10:30pm PT
Abend will go $39 on the gear sling.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 18, 2011 - 10:36pm PT
Skullatious Humanish Thing -
What is yer present bed........errrrrr boy duz that typo read funny hahahha...........I correct that to WHAT is yer present BID !!!

And what might you go to if someone ,some horrid, mean, awful, nasty, evil dirteatin' dog comes in and snipers yer bid ?

You might wanna leave this in place before you head into the wild blue yonder. Peace o' mind & whatnot.

Shitteroonies that surgery is soon. Let's wrap this puppy up and get the ducats in philo's bank acc't so some of them bills get paid.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 10:45pm PT
Well, let's say..........451?
How 'bouts? Gimme my island!
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
Aug 18, 2011 - 10:45pm PT
The prognosis if all goes well is for a very complete recovery with only minor limitations.

I keep praying for this. Best news on this thread, besides all the cool donations. Getting your health back is a biggie.

I hope someone bids on that haul bag.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 10:53pm PT
I'd bid on yon bag, but I already gots two. That arter be enuf?
Yowza.
I need an island!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 18, 2011 - 10:53pm PT
Roger that Skilly. Sheesh. what is with that "i" this eve?????

SKULLY . FOUR FIVE ONE !!

BEat that you evil stepmothers!!! Oh, and if not.....??? Consider the haul bag.

There'sa pig without sipslipp..........ahhhhhhhhhhhhh@@@!!!!!! LIPSTICK!!!!!!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 10:54pm PT
'i'? I & I dunno, dear Lady.
The coolest part is even if I lose when I'm not lookin', Philo Phil STILL wins. That's meat fer the stew. Oh, yes.
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
Aug 18, 2011 - 10:55pm PT
Plenty enuf Captain. I was just looking for some new bidders. Some folks might not realize that there is good swag on this thread, which they could buy and help a good cause.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:05pm PT
Primo Haulbag Swag!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:06pm PT
$455.00

I lifted up the couch. Freaking cushions did knott cut it.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:12pm PT
Man, I want my island. Dig on 472.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:15pm PT
I thought you were excluded...
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:16pm PT
On an Island one is naturally excluded. Unless it's Manhattan.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:25pm PT
Yeeeehawwww!!!!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:26pm PT
And now she's a Cowgirl...Do you know Bonanza Jellybean?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:27pm PT
Cheers Skully.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:29pm PT
Roger that.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:37pm PT
Thanks for the Battle Royale guys!

And for making Tami feel like Queen of Cheese!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:38pm PT
$200.00 for the haul bag. I cleverly distracted skully from the real prize.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:40pm PT
I'll have you know that Tami IS the Queen of Cheese. And a cowgirl to boot.
WOOT!

Nice call, Mr. P.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 19, 2011 - 08:09pm PT
Abend-on all hope, ye who enter here.

$40 for the gear sling.

If Phil spends it on recreational pharmaceuticals, he has to share.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 19, 2011 - 09:14pm PT
^^^THAT FROM ANDERS?????^^^^^^


SHARE???? HAHAHAHAHAHA!


Anders? One beer and yer askin' Loki to be designated cat.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 19, 2011 - 11:24pm PT
I bet he's funny high. Hell, he's pretty funny sober. You ARE sober, huh, Mighty one? I'm just askin', it IS Friday Night.
Hehehe.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 19, 2011 - 11:43pm PT
I'm just in from some car work. Sober as a judge. Waiting for abend's next bid - I bet he'll try to sneak one over the weekend, when I'm away/busy, and hope to lasso the sling that way. Maybe try to pull a fast one, confuse me with that "6:00 PM Mountain Time Sunday" stuff, when the only time that matters is SuperTopo time.

But maybe he'll man up and bid on the haulbag, so he has something to carry his new sling (ha ha) in.

Bump.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 19, 2011 - 11:48pm PT
I'll check this thread tomorrow, & then when I get back From the Lost River area. Probably be Monday or so. Then we'll see what we see.
It's damn cool for folk to put up some cool stuff to help a friend. I dig that so very much. Or what, eh? Fuggedabowdit. Woot!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 20, 2011 - 02:17am PT
Haul bag bump...
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2011 - 10:32am PT
Abend bids $41.00 on the gear sling.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 20, 2011 - 04:07pm PT
Bump. I'll see ya'll sometime Monday to collect my island.
Cheers!
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2011 - 08:45pm PT
Philo bump.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 20, 2011 - 11:55pm PT
Abend bids $41.00 on the gear sling.

Sorry, bids that lack gratuitous insults, trash-talking, vainglorious boasts, and other crowd-pleasing editorial content are invalid. We need to make Phil laugh. abend's previous bids, admittedly mostly via a third party, were a bit lacking in this regard, and that can't be overlooked forever.

My $40.00 last bid stands as the highest valid bid for the sling. I refer to the Wings of Egos thread should any entertainment be needed.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 21, 2011 - 12:26am PT
do you mean defer? you being an esquire and all.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 21, 2011 - 12:33am PT
Anders is pullin' the Lawyer Card and standing firm that his bid is LEGAL & abend's is not.


Snicker.


I think Anders oughtta wade into the slightly deeper water, add a twonie to his 40$ bid & trump abend legal or not.


Snicker, snicker.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 21, 2011 - 03:18pm PT
Alright, Tami, if you'll lend me a buck, I'll up it to $42. Team effort and all. If abend can have an agent, why shouldn't I have one?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 21, 2011 - 03:24pm PT
Anders with yer logic above it's small wonder yer a lawyer and not an agent.

Okay so say I'm yer agent. You bid 42. I get 8.40 of that fer my 20% and philo gets the remains. Whutchya otter do is bid 51.25 so philo still gets 41. As yer agent I advise this.

I'm sure , however, that as my attorney you advise me to SHUT UP !!! !


AHAHAHAAAAAA GUFFAW!!!!

I'm unassailable c'os I dn't have a horse in this race.

Remember I"m a COWGIRL Yippeee eeeee eeee ti-yi-yooooh!!!!
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 21, 2011 - 03:49pm PT
Your an angel in my mind Tami.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 21, 2011 - 03:54pm PT
Everythin I knows 'bout mathemagics, I lernt from politikul treads and da Tease Party. I lernt right gud, eh?

I bet Tami would fit just fine inside that haulbag that no one seems much interested in.

Someone poke abend, see if that cheapo will top my bid before closing time.
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 21, 2011 - 04:32pm PT
Just read previous posts. Abend is a - he? What do I know? I'm just an old Oklahoma boy and anyone with a French sounding name evokes images of cute young girls in house maid uniforms. Anyway Abend (he or she) is rising to the challenge with a bid of $45.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 21, 2011 - 07:13pm PT
Don't talk about maid uniforms or you'll be bidding against Schwarzenegger.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 21, 2011 - 07:21pm PT
$46, in the nick of 4:00 PM real time, even if the SuperTopo clock says 4:21.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Aug 21, 2011 - 07:37pm PT
"Remember I"m a COWGIRL Yippeee eeeee eeee ti-yi-yooooh!!!! "



photo not found
Missing photo ID#213968




YIPPY CAY YO CAY YAY
RIDE em COWBOY!!!!
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 21, 2011 - 08:18pm PT
Abend bids $48.
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 21, 2011 - 08:25pm PT
So Mr Grossman gets the rusty old pinbins for $100 (a bargain at half the price) and Abend gets the gear sling for $48. Thanks to all of you!
Winners pls email me your shipping addresses and I will send you your prizes.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 21, 2011 - 08:38pm PT
Excellent!

I will send out payment tomorrow for the Pinbins and for one of the two pitons that sold.

Piton Ron already sent Phil a check for the first signed ption.

Bidding on the haulbag ends TOMORROW at high NOON.

johntp is still high bidder with a strong opening bid of $200.

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 21, 2011 - 09:36pm PT
AND SKULLY GETS THE PAINTING FER NEARLY FIVE HUNDRED CLAMS!!!

Will check in with his Skullyness when he's back from shaggin' sheep, horkin' luggis, splittin' the atom or where-ever it was he bugger'd off to this weekend.

SKULLY YER DA MAN !!!! YOU GET YER ISLAND !!!!


Pm me with a street address to send & I'll send you Phil'B's street addy fer the check ( tho' I believe it's on the first few pages of this thread )
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:49pm PT
Best Wishes...In A Bottle Or Two!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 22, 2011 - 11:27am PT
Four hours left on the Magic Bag!
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:50pm PT
Howdy....I just got back from my excursion to Borah Peak.
No man is an island, but anyone can have one, eh?
PM to follow, Ms. Tami.

WhoooHooooo!!!!!42!!!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 22, 2011 - 08:24pm PT
YEp, the painting iz gonna be posted to SKULLY!!!!!!


Who gets the haul bag ????


Bump fer dat !!!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 22, 2011 - 09:02pm PT
Why did I forget about that Forrest sling??? I wanted that!!

Anyone else have a Forrest gear sling they want to sell?

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 23, 2011 - 10:33am PT
johntp gets the haul bag for a strong opening and closing bid of $200.

The arrangements have been made.
Abend

Social climber
Aug 29, 2011 - 03:06am PT
EBob, thanks for proxy bidding for me while I was out of town.

Anyone else have a Forrest gear sling they want to sell?

As a matter of fact I just acquired one. Its up for bid to raise a little more for Philo. Perhaps Hiker of Might or Hater of Plastic will open the bidding?

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 30, 2011 - 01:00pm PT
Well, I sent Phil a modest bit to help, so maybe I'll pass on a re-auction. But perhaps my donation makes me a patron of the arts, sort of like the Medicis.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 30, 2011 - 01:27pm PT
The Skulled One has received his package. He has his own private desert island now. :-)
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 30, 2011 - 02:52pm PT
Hehehe. Gotta love that. huh?
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Aug 30, 2011 - 03:02pm PT
You are all so amazing. It is impossible to be nervous with you all cracking me up so much. I have to leave for Denver no later than 5am tomorrow so I can get checked in at 6am. Woo Hoo Alpine Start. I have no idea when to expect check out but doubt it will be like the Hotel California. "You can check in anytime you want but you can never leave". They will be booting my sorry ass out ASAP. Maybe even in time for the Denver Climber's Happy Hour just around the corner. LOL.
Bobert

Trad climber
boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 30, 2011 - 07:01pm PT
Ihateplastic the time is ripe. Strike now and you too could be sporting a hippy gear sling.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 31, 2011 - 01:57am PT
Simon? Yoo hoo, you can come out now.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 5, 2011 - 12:27pm PT
As Jerry used to say "Reach for the hip. Reach for the hip."
Hankster

Social climber
BASE 637
Sep 6, 2011 - 04:26pm PT
Philo, auction off one of your paintings. I'll start with $100 for the one you know I love. Post a picture of it if you would.

caylor
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 6, 2011 - 10:13pm PT

Hank, you're the BEST!!!!!
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