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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2012 - 06:18pm PT
I can see Ron Cagle in lycra.

Jerry Anderson, probably at a Halloween party, never on a crag.

Cagle's would have dark doobie holes, be torn and he'd likely team it up with a "matching" flannel plaid shirt...
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 20, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
Funny you should mention Portugal. My grandparents (all four of them immigrated to U.S. from the Azores Islands). I have been trying to talk my sisters into a reverse migration. Let us go back there and live, I say!

But Corsica is a granite island with beautiful mountains that rise from sea level with magical names like Monte Cintu and Paglia D'Orba. I spend a good deal of time walking in the mountains listening to the silence. I know that people climb there but I have not met any of the climbers. I have met the shepherds, the cheesemakers, the singers, the knife makers, the bell makers, the poets.

Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 20, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
Monte Retondo one of the mystical peaks of Corsica.
Monte Retondo one of the mystical peaks of Corsica.
Credit: Gypsy
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 20, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
And a frequent visitor to my garden last spring who somehow has disapp...
And a frequent visitor to my garden last spring who somehow has disappeared lately--Mr. Wild Turkey struttin' his stuff.
Credit: Gypsy
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 20, 2012 - 09:43pm PT
MFM! Re climbing in Spain! Heidi & I had a short but wonderful trip last spring to Madrid, and visiting friends a short distance north in Manzanares El Real!

Spring fun in Spain, with some climbing too!

http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Spring-fun-in-Spain-with-some-climbing-too/t11400n.html


What's not to like??

Madrid Tapas Bar:  The Museum of Ham.  1.00 Euro wine, beer, or ham on...
Madrid Tapas Bar: The Museum of Ham. 1.00 Euro wine, beer, or ham on Bagette with free bar-snacks with each order. A busy place and fun too!
Credit: Fritz

Heidi & our friend Manolo: as the angle lessens on El Yelmo, highest p...
Heidi & our friend Manolo: as the angle lessens on El Yelmo, highest point above Manzanares.
Credit: Fritz
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 20, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
I LOVE this thread. Just wonderful. Oh boy, that wild turkey, made me homesick. Grew up in Western Pa and Thanksgiving was "going out back and shooting a bird". They are beautiful. Shoulda been the national bird.


Keep it going, enjoying this so much!

Susan
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
I so thank you, I really do because it means a lot to so many. Magnify that by the generations and they increase exponentially, these little cliques of climbers from every state in the US and province in Canada, especially. I sure don't want to forget Borut and Marlow, either.

I am one of those people who generally get by. I didn't work hard enough to get ahead far, nor am I fat. I take what's given gladly with joy...

This afternoon the Key Club from the high school delivered a turkey and fixings. I got my State ID renewed. I had several deightful converstions with my sister and with Ike and the Rev's mom, Betty. I walked over thirty blocks, slow. My knees and concrete don't mix. But I feel good. Plus Bevin, my daughter is coming tomorrow to spend the day with me, and bringing my EX, Dolores. Are you ready for that, Gypsy, and they'll be here just as you air your Musical Migrations show tomorrow. Wed. 1-4 pm
http://www.ashevillefm.org/musical-migrations

It was a fine day and tomorrow's going to be the same, ex-wife (and her sister Val) will come to see me, I'll show them how the old places have changed, get a look at the UC, and maybe have time for some chess. Dolores and I used to play chess back before TV was invented.

My climbing light's been relit like old TAD and the fire's still burning in old RON and It's With Great Pleasure that I announce that the Rev and I had a small executive session--who knows where Larry is, Mark's probably in SF, but can't be located, and John Yeates is somewhere between Virginia City and Timbuktu, and Throwpie does anything the Rev suggests with little questioning--so they can't put in, and the time has come today to announce that Ron Anderson wil be invited to take the place of Millis. Randy's place is ably filled by the peripatetic one, the Gypsy.

This tread is going to stay awile. We just now passed two hundred posts, and that's big compared to the rest of the threads I haveinitiated. Askany editor worth a darn and they will take a human interest tale over a political story most any day, unless it's a real big cheese. And sports, well, we are and we aren't a sport, so, this type thread is more appealing to the general public.

At this moment I want to thank Joe Fitschen, whose invluence here, is not marginal, but very real. I have learned a lot about story-telling from that masterful maker of myth. So thanks, Joe, and all, and have a gluttonous Thanksgiving, but one without too many ingredients with Genetically Modified foods, OK? Except for the turkeys. They're pretty much GM-ed more than any food in the world! Hah!

I had to stick that in, neebee. You've scared me off most foods. Riley would be proud!

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 21, 2012 - 01:40am PT
hey there say, gypsy...

as to your quote:

i really like this:

I spend a good deal of time walking in the mountains listening to the silence. I know that people climb there but I have not met any of the climbers. I have met the shepherds, the cheesemakers, the singers, the knife makers, the bell makers, the poets

the life of the hills, :)



say, mouse...

i enjoyed seeing that part about playing chess/checkers?, instead of tv,
:)


ohmy, gm foods, who would have ever thought, way back in our-and-folks' day...
i always innocently just thought food would just be: plain simple god-made food :O

well, i been babysitting these last nights, while fighting a cold from one of the kids, way earlier on, :O
so i have been missing all the taco reads...
saw a few new neat looking things up...


there's soooo much that i want to go read and visit, but i need to
go sleep so i can finish some paintings, :)

i WILL get back here this weekend, :)
well--saturday, AFTER i babysit again, :))


i bumped the secret santa...
and that was about it, for tonight, :)


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2012 - 07:09pm PT
This is from Brittany, in France, in Europe.

This is from Basque country as there is no "Basque Country."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yZWbGhcLU8

Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 23, 2012 - 10:19am PT
From my series combining photos I took in Corsica and California-featu...
From my series combining photos I took in Corsica and California-featuring U San Pedrone (Corsica)
Credit: Gypsy
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 23, 2012 - 10:22am PT
Mouse, Annie Ebrel is one of my favorite Breton singers. I hope to travel to Brittany soon--perhaps next year. I have a friend who has a house there and another friend who has a friend who has an oyster farm. It is said to have the most wonderful light and of course, for me that is what photography is all about--the light.

I try to avoid genetically modified foods whenever possible but sometimes they are not always labeled as such. And of course as kids, we certainly ate our share of Hostess sno-balls, Wonder bread and balogna sandwiches and the like
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 11:37am PT
Gypsy, here's a homage to the peripatetic DJ.

There are some songs on WHAT SONG are you listening to right now, you might see, and hear, which are There because You let Me know about Them. That's such a special thing about El Taco.

I visited El Taco in my sleep last night.

It was like a dream. Like that photo. Doubly exposed. A "trick shot."

The dream rows out of the sea onto a dessicated land, a sardine-less land. It resembles Carmel, but smells like Watsonville.

Two Latinos get out and start playing and singing of lost Laysen and the glory of gazpacho.

They attract the attention of a man and his dog there on the beach. It's John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, out stalking Kim Novak, whose home is further down this beach towards Malpaso Creek. Or is that Soquel Creek?No matter, for the dog lifts his leg on the tenor and they depart in rather a hurry.

Then the tide moves in and the air is filled with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Gby56kwm8 It's the Platters on la playa.

We're all playahs here in El Taco. You kind of have to respect that. Not everyone is Righteous, Brothers.

Then the sea birds come and circle around the beach. Alfred Hitchcock, accompanied by a guy named Prufrock, jog by, dressed like Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. They are here strictly for the birds, they say, but the truth is that Alice from the Restaurant sent them all the way here just to collect some shellfish, because you are supposed to get anything you want at Alice's. Just ask Arlo.


The Jolly Green Giant, wearing a gi-normous Nazi helmet and an apron with a Hang-Ten logo on it comes striding over the dunes.

HO-HO-HO! Happy Thanksgiving, my little Hodads and Surf Bunnies! The spinach crop tired me out, but then I revived by thinking, "What would Popeye do?" It kind of amazed even ME. And I'm big on amazement.

He leaves us some spinach leaves, large enough to make ourselves a cabana where we can get out of the sun, eat some tapes, and drink some Coronas. We watch the sun set slowly in the east. It does that here. The music is a soft, mellow set.




The dawn comes, I arise, coffee up, and drive off into the sunset.

I fall asleep, you arise and go back to the moon. The tide rushes out.

I awake and find two things: I am rested, I am alone.
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 23, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
When my mom was alive, my son and I would leave Santa Cruz at about 5 a.m. to drive across Pacheco Pass to the farm outside of Fresno. We would all gather there for the holiday. Usually early Christmas morning I would drive home also leaving about 5 a.m. I well remember one early Christmas morning driving through someplace like Mendota or Firebaugh and watching and entire mariachi band--instruments and costumes and those large sombreros load into a Chevy station wagon all sleepy and slightly drunk from an all night party. And to quote Randy "that warmed the cockles of my heart."


OOh Annie Ebrel and Eric Marchand--two of the greatest Breton singers. Here is another one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlKSIduOsUA


Course, these old guys are what it is really all about--mouth music for dancers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0CQTFZlDkU&feature=related


and in traditional Breton dance, they move to the left because that is the way the earth turns.

and of course Alan Stivell is also a classic


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRpNVMjnDmY

There used to be an interview I did with Mariza on line at one time; but I do not think it is there anymore. She is an outstanding performer. She was tired and it wasn't a great interview anyway. Some of my best interviews were done with Odetta, Claudia Gomez, Aqnazar (the first Tadjik artist to perform in the U.S. AND I was the only one who did an interview with him) and Tenores de Oniferi. Also I did one of JF Bernardini many years ago and I hope to record a new one next time I see him.

One of my very favorite tunes that Mariza sings is Chuva (Rain) by Jorge Fernando.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzrUs08-SWs

And JF Bernardini and his brother Alain and their band I Muvrini (and one of the major reasons why I travel to Corsica)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELBBcDY0li4
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 23, 2012 - 04:30pm PT
Speakin' of Soquel Creek--here is Randy fly fishin' and smokin' pipe &...
Speakin' of Soquel Creek--here is Randy fly fishin' and smokin' pipe (1975)
Credit: Gypsy
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 23, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
Jeff Mathis supervising Malcolm McGregor chopping wood in Camp 6 about...
Jeff Mathis supervising Malcolm McGregor chopping wood in Camp 6 about 1974/75
Credit: Gypsy
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 23, 2012 - 05:00pm PT
And for you Mouse--a Wonderful mélange of Portuguese saudade (Dulce Pontes) with a Cape Verdean tune with the accompaniment of a Basque trikitixa player (Kepa Junkera)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n13B1pZL6UQ&feature=related
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 23, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
very faded photo in Camp 6.
very faded photo in Camp 6.
Credit: Gypsy
Gypsy

Social climber
NC
Nov 23, 2012 - 07:48pm PT
Playing Irish music with the family.  Stop me, I gotta million of 'em
Playing Irish music with the family. Stop me, I gotta million of 'em
Credit: Gypsy
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 09:59pm PT
Never, never. Land o' Goshen, child! Junction, that is.

I recall fly fishing in Soquel for the daintiest wannabe steelies. We had to move...real...slow...dappling...the midgetest flies we had...and I got a Leviathan of six inches! Just the one, immediate release from the barbless fly.

The only other spot I've gone where it's like that is on the Clark Fork of Illillouette Creek. Karen Daly, we gotta go check that out next Facelift. I'll even buy a license...it's only fair--you bought the out-of-state license, then got an extra day added on for HOW MUCH?!?!

I recall that Tim, my brother the fishing guide, was guilty of some angling infraction years ago. He was driving through Sonora or Twain Harte, got stopped, taken in for the warrant the officer found on him, and had to call Mom to come to bail him out. This was her Mothers' Day adventure that year!

Oh, but all fly fishermen smoke weed. Or drink like a fish. Or lie like there's no telling. When Randy talked fishing, it was no brag, just plain and simple fascination, like with climbing and his doodling.

I hope you had as much fun on Thanksgiving as I did, Gypsy. I saw the haps on Facebook. As for my day, I got hold of the Simon brothers who once lived down the hall in Middle Earth and we played Scrabble, watched Cowboys and Indians, drank a good Cab, had the stuffing, turkey, and Waldorf salad and a pie and some schwag. I was so glad to be able to share all that food the Key Club left, and my neighbors even gave us another half of an apple pie!

Thanks, God of food, mirth, music, and companionship.


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2012 - 10:34pm PT
November 18, 1990.  I just celebrated quietly last week.
November 18, 1990. I just celebrated quietly last week.
Credit: mouse from merced
Liz.
She met Merry and Werner that afternoon, along with my rock brothers surrounding El Cap Meadow. And we visited the Yosemite graveyard, just because we were a little serious that day, our first as man and wife, until death.

Food, mirth, music, and companionship.

Shade in the summer, warmth in the winter, and her tattoos promise moving pictures all year long.

"Why do climbing women all look like boys?"--Elizabeth Ann Freeman Ruffalo Bermingham on her honeymoon

"Hey, here's another photograph in this book of Mt. Lyell, babe!"--Mouse at the cabin in Wawona on the honeymoon

"Really?"--sexy babe in the bunk

"Yeah, that's what, nine or ten of them. This is a great library."--MFM

"Wanna do some rock climbing, some real 5.10?"--SBIB

"On belay, sweetie!"--her belay slave


Is that Chris Perry, Cowboy's lady, and yourself in the faded Camp 6 shot? Or your sister, maybe?

When Dolores looked at the shot of Cowboy Larry? My gosh, she didn't know who he was. He was our Best Man in 1971...What a slam, now I think of that. Oh, well. She is the PhD.
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