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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 17, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
Non sequitur.
It's metric magic!
It's metric magic!
Credit: somebody out there claim it
Nose-talgia back in a day. NBIAD, eh?

And Werner did it first!

zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Mar 18, 2013 - 12:04am PT
Seems to me a rather dramatic way to attract folks to a VW car lot. It appears that the time frame of that photo would be in an age when everybody already had a VW anyway.

Now if this rather fit looking fellow was trying to tempt folks to either Politics or God or Science or Religion, that would be a different story altogther.

sail the ship
chop the tree
skip the rope
look at me

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 18, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Ya played right inta my hands, zBrown.

Time was...just as I slipped out, these slipped in.

So, to honor good intentions for the next few months, including the old geezers--


Climb the rock.

Belay me.

Down in dear

old Joshooie.


Take in slack.

Pick the Nose.

Find more to climb.

Look at those!


Cathedral Rocks.

Tahquitz, too.

Find a route.

Climb it,

you!


Spring has come.

Won't be long.

School is out.

Snow is gone!
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Mar 18, 2013 - 12:22am PT
Thanks for allowing me in.

Was that Aces over eights?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 18, 2013 - 12:27am PT
Anchor joke!

Lead balloon!

Deadman.

Spoke too soon.

I said non sequitur!

Credit: thomaspluck.com
It's another Zombie!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 18, 2013 - 12:45am PT
We tried the Coon-Sanders route.
Credit: GI
They made radio famous.
But our ukes were not in tune and wouldn't get in tune.
So we bailed, that day, infamously. Literally.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DktKsP-CYGg]
It rained hard in early May. Just like it did for dear old Bob.
Credit: GI
neebee, notice the knit hat. He's better now.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 18, 2013 - 10:34am PT
Heading out the window right now.
Gonna find the "Streets of Bakersfield" somehow.
The day looks south to me.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Smokestsack Lightning on the horizon.
Grateful Dead version, 1967.
"Sound lak a Vagra c'mmershl, Pa."
http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/grateful-dead/concerts/winterland-march-18-1967-set-1.html?utm_source=CVNL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=130318

zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Mar 18, 2013 - 04:56pm PT
Tree City de Otay

If I counted correctly, then on my aproximately 10,100 square foot lot, I have 7 Eucalyptus, 4 Shamel Ash, 1 Brazilian Pepper, 1 Liquid Amber and 1 Nectarine in the ground and 5 Ficus and 4 Nectarine in containers.

I had to remove one nectarine and one avocado tree due to termite infestation. I didn't realize the little pests got into live wood.

It was pretty hard to climb up in the tree this was taken from. Glad I didn't fall.

Credit: zBrown
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 01:43am PT
Aw, zBrown, not a single solitary Sycamore?

In case you're inclined to believe a misconception, it's just plain wrong to say a sycamore is a fancy (London) Plane Tree. A more likely case is that you are as confused as I was before I got the skinny on these "deciderous" trees, related as they are in the distant past to the bushes, and drinking plain water. Or dirty water. From a hollow log.

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/london-plane-tree-vs-sycamore-tree

You'll be the darling of the botany class.

Dogs have favorite trees.

Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers/Black Dog
http://www.doityourself.com/stry/london-plane-tree-vs-sycamore-tree

Went to the Wool Growers in B'field today.
Lost in Shanghai, myself, Ben Robinson of Motown took his big black truck, TaTankA, and had John Muir riding shotgun, Merced to BF. We visited with Tom Rhorer and a caver buddy of Ben's (a major caver), John Hargraves, who used to live in B'field, but is now over to Oildale.

Yeah, you could say down on his luck, but a more upbeat and positive guy is hard to track down, though there are a good number floating around the Taco Stand. John Hamilton Muir of New Hampshire, new to California and a kidney, a family man of near forty with two boys, a climber who was lucky to get a new kidney. He's on relief and extended holiday, in Columbia till the end of April. His life is in flux but he's riding it high. Great to have met you, Jake MUIR. No sh#t.
Sho' nuff.
Sho' nuff.
Credit: mouse from merced
John Muir staring at TaTankA, unsure of what God hath wrought.
John Muir staring at TaTankA, unsure of what God hath wrought.
Credit: mouse from merced
Judgement.  But is he rating the truck or Middle Earth in the distance...
Judgement. But is he rating the truck or Middle Earth in the distance? Both, of course. Posed, of coarse.
Credit: mouse from merced
Lost in Shanghai you know. Jay's very sharp, appreciates the hell out of the ST, and is one of the heroes, for my money, and it's always gonna be a fun time with LIS, who gets respect in lots of ways. Anyone who's climbed with Tom Cochrane and lived injury-free, he's fortunate! Some stories went down today... I know you'll see this, Jay, so just let me say that today made me look forward to Ben's next little adventure, four-wheelin' in the Tank. Yee-haw! Just the once, though. Don't want to make it a habit.

Tom Rhorer. The maddest Mad Bolter around, the funniest marathoner this side of Carlsbad, NM, just competed and finished his 25th LA Marathon; having finished in them all, he was ready to pack it in this year at mile ten, but as luck would have it, nobody was around to give him a ride! So he said "WTF: Do It!" And he did, in just under the eight hour limit, but HE DID IT! He's like, Donini's age.

A marvelous inspiration to myself with my athsma, just like Royal, Tom's gonna fail falling. Rappelling, anyway. Abseiling he'll likely die in harness. He's enjoying a long (I hope rejuvenating) sleep in Mojave right now, if I am any judge. He'll be hitting the LA scene and then back to NM. He plans returning to California before Facelift for more Rap Hi Jinx.

Photos to follow, naturally. We just now got into Merced and Jay and JM ("Jake") are headed to Tuolumne County and Ben is likely pulling into Motown right now. Another Day Trip, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like them...

There's a posting here on the ST about Tom's epic Nose Escape Route from 1970, I think it was.

"Silver" is Tom's truck.  NICE sentiment!
"Silver" is Tom's truck. NICE sentiment!
Credit: mouse from merced




mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 02:26am PT
Tom Rhorer, the Mad Bolter of Yosemite, the day following the 2013 Los...
Tom Rhorer, the Mad Bolter of Yosemite, the day following the 2013 Los Angeles Marathon's 25th running.
Credit: mouse from merced
Of course he's Irish!
Of course he's Irish!
Credit: mouse from merced
He has finished all twenty-five marathons.
He has finished all twenty-five marathons.
Credit: mouse from merced
Congratulations, Tom!!!

I am so lucky to know you.

And, this can't be kept inside, I'm sorry...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDKIs0v120s

See you in September?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 02:37am PT
The shoes can't do a thing for ya if they ain't got sole.
The shoes can't do a thing for ya if they ain't got sole.
Credit: mouse from merced
Nighty-night, sleep tight.
Nighty-night, sleep tight.
Credit: mouse from merced
Choco's Tacos, Bakersfield.  Taco sauce, anyone?
Choco's Tacos, Bakersfield. Taco sauce, anyone?
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 02:51am PT
Ben Robinson.
Ben Robinson.
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John Muir, John Hargraves, LIS, Ben.
John Muir, John Hargraves, LIS, Ben.
Credit: mouse from merced
Unadulterated FUN!
Unadulterated FUN!
Credit: mouse from merced
You all know this one.
You all know this one.
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Credit: mouse from merced
Rurp of a different sort.
Rurp of a different sort.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Good Old Box of Tricks Not for Kids.

I believe I'm dreaming in yellow tonight. Adios a manana.
Credit: mouse from merced
John Hargraves' VW.
John Hargraves' VW.
Credit: mouse from merced
Rear view of JH's VW.
Rear view of JH's VW.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 10:49am PT
And Good Morning, America! How the hell are ya?
Good Morning, America.
Good Morning, America.
Credit: mouse from merced
Looking settled over the Sierra Nevada.

Joanie Phony/Lat Night I Had the Strangest Dream
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HX1XYY5X7g

To put and end to war. Getting back to BF:

In the Wool Growers' parking lot.
In the Wool Growers' parking lot.
Credit: mouse from merced
John H. at the entrance to the Wool Growth.  Something about VWs vs. P...
John H. at the entrance to the Wool Growth. Something about VWs vs. Porsches, eh? No way! POSED! Wouldn't ewe know it? thx, Johann. PUT AN END TO WAR>EVERYBODY DRIVE A VW!
Credit: mouse from merced
We had some lunch, the family style spareribs, and brought out our spare fibs. We didn't wear bibs.

Apres le dejeuner, Mouse wanders the Streets of Bakersfield.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5P6zdlPJ34

Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
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Ken, here, said hi, Merced, and he has a good friend here in town, the...
Ken, here, said hi, Merced, and he has a good friend here in town, the County Counsel, Mr. DENNIS Meyers. Jay didn't see George all afternoon, though he kept looking.
Credit: mouse from merced
"I never want to see you again, Madam.  Pay the clerk."
"I never want to see you again, Madam. Pay the clerk."
Credit: mouse from merced
More judgement.

Edit: His name is Tom Hargraves, not John. Mea culpa, I trusted my memory instead of writing it down.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Mar 19, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
I like James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Sycamores, though I must admit to not having read it for years.

You'll notice I don't have any Oak trees either. Still got termites. I hate those little bastards.

You're really enjoying that camera. Makes my heart soar (not sore).

The claim is that this is a photograph of JFC. He died at 61 in 1851, was employed as a novelist for the Curry Company and/or Walt Disney.




Gotta go, headin' up to Choco's to meet with Hag, something about a young 'un's dream (that's quite an abbreviation there son). Thankfully, I turned twenty-one in Berkeley.



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Life without Pa. Let's roll.

I got run off the Mercy Hostpital campus on Bear Creek today. The lady in the little golf cart has big britches and a mean attitude.

I tried to steal the souls of the pink blossoms on the tree in front of the old play house of the dead and dying.

It made her tiny heart sore.

It makes for a good story about "authority."

Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 19, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
A London Plane is just a dumbed down Sycamore. Springtime anthracnose gives the native Racemosa the cool angular branching. Syc on that!
Something about authority figures in golf carts. They're on a trip.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Mar 19, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
Could we just give those tree farmers some aid?

John and I always laugh in the face authority, like I said, I turned 21 in Berkeley.* Ya don't want my trousers to fall down now, do ya?





*Disclaimer: Neither Mr. Mellencamp nor Dr. Wilson, receives any compensation from the Nicorette Corporation and no trees were harmed in the filming of the video.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 02:01am PT
Applegate Park, Merced.  The Heritage Oak.
Applegate Park, Merced. The Heritage Oak.
Credit: mouse from merced
Volleyball courts, Applegate Park.
Volleyball courts, Applegate Park.
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Fresh-air theater, Applegate Park.
Fresh-air theater, Applegate Park.
Credit: mouse from merced
I went to Applegate Park, forgetting about authoritarian hospitality and grooved on the Tuesday afternoon socializing of the Hmong...

The men gather at the volleyball courts set up near the grand old Heritage Oak in the center of the park, next to the open air theater. They play a style of ball called takraw and the group I shot here use no hands, just feet and head (one case in which two heads might be a problem). The pros usually just spike the plastic sphere with the foot.

At any level, a guy with old knees can only sit and shake his head at these acrobatics and wonder at the relative tameness of hacky-sack...

I'm including some shots of the game of Too Loo, a top-spinning game, and a couple of short instructional videos.
The man on the right lobs the plastic sphere and the server kicks it i...
The man on the right lobs the plastic sphere and the server kicks it into the other side's court.
Credit: mouse from merced
And the return attempt.
And the return attempt.
Credit: mouse from merced
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Side out.
Side out.
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Tujlub, the top-spinning game.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
These fellows seemed rather desultory, but there was no competition going on at this time.

Short demonstration of takraw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITHQuA8Tsls

How the kids learn to score at the spinning game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=einA_aXvI1g

How the big guys play it. They even have southpaws. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHGnRyulJD4






mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 02:15am PT
The rest of the afternoon I spent trying to play around with different settings and using the darker light to help bring up whatever was there. It was not the most fun, but I blame it on the fact that I have to go back tomorrow early and shoot that pink tree by the hostpital. I'll dream in green tonight, mostly.

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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 02:34am PT
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