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Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Sep 28, 2012 - 11:36pm PT
No wonder I like you so much, Bruce.
You have a GOOD Heart!!!


Trad climber
Sep 29, 2012 - 06:54pm PT
thread bump it put me into a good mindset for climbing today!

helped push a truck to the gas station while jogging awhile back--about a mile and it was a great workout! Guys were stoked even though we could barely speak each others language it was obvious.
Tung Gwok

Mountain climber
South Bend, Indiana
Sep 29, 2012 - 06:57pm PT
Few weeks back, i was in a checkout line. Old couple in front of me had to have their one meat item subtracted from their total because they came up short. They checked out. I bought it for them and ran it out to them in the parking lot. Not a big deal, really. $8.00 or so. Many people have done much more for me. The couple was thankful.

I was glad I bought it for them, but also wondered: could they not afford the meat because the cost of his meds had doubled and they were on fixed income? Were they supporting a son who was jobless?

Small acts of generosity and big structural changes of justice. We need them both.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 29, 2012 - 09:06pm PT

I appreciate that Dwain

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 29, 2012 - 09:10pm PT
Credit: survival

Boulder climber
Sylvan Grove
Sep 29, 2012 - 11:15pm PT
All this feelgood crap is fine, but fuk hippy, get a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Social climber
Sep 29, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
hey there say, all....

sometimes the stuff i do, well, it seems so small, and other times the BIGGER things that i have in my heart, and then get to actualy do, ALL feel equally important... they feel like bits of life, flowing out, like a
river to folks...

some of the things, just little things, like holding doors open, etc, bring either smiles, faces of relief when arms are full, or nods of thank you, etc...

but the things that require mailing, etc, have brought back to me the most
special cards or notes, that i have treasured over the years...

writings from deep within hearts of those that i only partially knew...

also--sharing other little things, not only helps other folks to have a
much BETTER day, even if just by a smile, or by letting their car go first, etc, or simply by not getting upset at SLOW (or bad service)
SPEAKS SO MUCH to the grandkids...

after all:

they will be out there in the world someday, behaving in 'some manner'
to someone... examples are the best teachers...

sharing good fruit with those out there on our daily trail, just out of kindess, give them something less 'sour' to take home, too,
i always hope...

going out of ones way to dig flower gardens for others, may seem wasted time to many--but the flowers that come later can help them endure through
a lot of pain in there lives that we may not know about...

keep on making gardens, folks...
thanks for sharing, survival, :)

oh my, guys are the MOST shocked, when us gals hold the doors open for THEM,

Social climber
Sep 29, 2012 - 11:36pm PT
Whutta great thread. :-)

Trad climber
Black Rock City
Sep 29, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
A few weeks ago I suspended a little token on a cord and hung it off my rear view mirror. I touch it frequently when I am driving as it is my reminder to be a kind, loving and conscious person on this planet. It's unfortunately so very easy for me to forget to be the person I want to be when I am hurried and rushing. I am kindest and most generous when I slow down.


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2012 - 11:21am PT
Neil Young, the Black Keys, Foo Fighters and others wowed thousands who turned out Saturday night for a free concert in Central Park to call attention to poverty worldwide.

Dubbed the Global Citizen Festival, the concert also featured K'naan, John Legend and Band of Horses, with Young's performance capping off the evening. Video of the event was streamed worldwide as about 60,000 music fans crowded the park's Great Lawn, the midtown Manhattan skyline twinkling behind them.

Legend made a surprise appearance, playing one song "Imagine" at a piano on stage, a short walk from where the song's author, John Lennon, once lived. The five-hour show was a mix of tight sets from the bands, roughly an hour each, mixed with videos and information from guest speakers about global poverty-related problems like infant mortality and polio.

"Feels good to be here," Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl told the crowd during a break between hits like "Learn to Fly," ''Best of You" and "My Hero." Grohl, members of the Black Keys and others joined Young on stage for the finale, his anthem "Rockin' in the Free World."

All this feelgood crap is fine, but fuk hippy, get a job!!!!!!!
Yo, Farouk off! heh heh heh kidding. My job is to be a little less poison than some of the poli-shitz-slinging that goes on around here!

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Sep 30, 2012 - 02:56pm PT
Hey MissJ;
I am GOOD friends with your Son.
I climbed quite a bit with him in the 70s and early 80s when I lived in Ridgecrest. We still get out climbing every once in a while.

Shoot me an email whenever you want.

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Sep 30, 2012 - 05:52pm PT
XLNT thread, Survival! You have my heart, Brother!

The Granite State.
Oct 1, 2012 - 10:51am PT
Great thread.

I pay it forward whenever I can. I've been on and off of hard financial times for most of my professional career and fully appreciate the value of a good deed.

One thing I like, and have been doing for years is asking friends and family to give money to a charity of my choice in lieu of gifts for birthdays, holidays, etc.

The really fun ones are unplanned though.

For example, a few months ago I saw a car on the side of the road with hazard flashers on. I pulled a u turn and asked what was up. The guy was out of gas and on his way to get some firewood. I ran home, grabbed some gas cans and dumped the fuel into his rig. It came to light after I refused payment for the fuel (I actually asked him to pay it forward) that he is a practicing Buddhist. He was almost as pleased as I was that I was able to help him out.

As a carpenter, I do a good bit of weatherazation (sp) for folks who need the work done but can't afford it.

Paradise waits, on the crest of a wave, her angels in flames.
She has no pain, like a child she is pure, she is not to blame.
Poised for flight, wings spread bright, spring from night into the sun.
Dont stop to run, she can fly like a lie, she cant be outdone.

Tell me the cost; I can pay, let me go, tell me love is not lost.
Sell everything; without love day to day insanitys king.
I will pay day by day, anyway, lock, bolt and key.
Crippled but free, I was blind all the time I was learning to see.

Help on the way, well, I know only this, Ive got you today.
Dont fly away, cause I love what I love and I want it that way.
I will stay one more day, like I say, honey its you.
Making it too, without love in a dream it will never come true.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2012 - 11:16am PT
Help On The Way, LOVE IT!! (We did a passable version for years!)

Credit: survival

The Granite State.
Oct 1, 2012 - 11:39am PT
My dog is named Tioga. He's dumber than a box of rocks but is obviously more intelligent and tactful than you.

Here's Tioga.


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2012 - 11:48am PT
For Tioga.

Fuk Subway? Homeless hungry people rarely worry about where the free food comes from.

What's your suggestion brother?

Sport climber
Oct 1, 2012 - 11:54am PT
People are giving and helping on the other side of the dam too, there's still a dugnad spirit, but they seldom tell anybody outside their own family about their kindness and dignity. Telling other people how kind and dignified you are, is seen as bragging, or as putting nice feathers in the hat to look a little better or in some cases - putting lipstick on the bulldog.

Nice thread though. zBrown's little boy-dog story is as good and dignified a story as it can get.

Trad climber
Black Rock City
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
Dignity would be completely ignoring comments by people who don't get it.

The Granite State.
Oct 1, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
Point taken.

Trad climber
Oct 3, 2012 - 12:12am PT
Kindness...doesn't even begin to touch on the love given freely to me during the Facelift. For every cynical poster here on the Taco there are 100s more so generous in spirit that cynicism doesn't stand a chance.

I wanted to take part in the Facelift to meet and thank so many folks who have made the discovery that both of my birth parents were gone before I had a chance to know them an awe-inspiring journey. But even more, I wanted to, in some small way, give something of myself in humble apprecietion.

What meant the most to me? Couldn't say...every time I turned around there was someone there offering me something of him/herself...a hug, a smile, a nudge of encouragement, a hilarious joke, understanding, an anecdote about Ann or Dolt, a treasured piece of shared history with Dolt, an unforgettable experience feeling my way up rock Dolt once climbed, a shoulder when I found myself overwhelmed...

I'm still processing and will post a TR, but read this thread and felt compelled to share what it feels like to be on the receiving end. I am deeply grateful.

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