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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 21, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
Wheels afire.

Fire in the boiler.

Fire in our hearts.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2013 - 11:02am PT
5:59 a.m.
5:59 a.m.
Credit: mouse from merced
Six a.m.
Six a.m.
Credit: mouse from merced
Esta maņana.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 22, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
MFM-sorry to be such a species nazi but the trees you are calling knobcone appear to be the more common gray / grey / foothill pine. Cone size and shape, canopy shape and needle color and location indicate grey pine.

Signed,

Mr knowitall

PS glorious sunrise from the Tioga. Looks like it's gonna be a gully washin' thunderstorm day in the high country.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
How many trees have you incinerated?

I used to sell firewood with Tim and it's all gonna burn.

Of course we never sold "mixed" cords of wood.

Even though the namesake and tree-finder of the business, my dog Frank, was a blend of G.Shorthair pointer (here's a tree, guys; there's another one) and Black Labrador, miscegenation among the wood piles was and is not allowed. They don't burn at the same temps and it's just not practical for the buyer. Unless he's a cheap charlie like some just are. "High pockets," they are best avoided. They always want a free stacking job! Frank says, 'Dump it and run.'

No, I've realized there's a whole lot more to IDing trees than I've had time to learn. I respect your knowledge, thank you for your contributions here.

It was a splendid afternoon until that fire, then it just got a bit frantic. I am just glad I was able to help.

Frank Burns.
I fought the Nazis and we're lucky we won.

Franks burn.
Credit: mouse from merced
What do his buns look like?

Frank burns.
Ballpark Franks, they plump when you cook 'em. They burn when you look away.

How did that happen?

OLD FLAME BROILER

See the way I am: B. Burningham.
Put him out! He thinks he's on fiyah!
Then maybe he should retire:
He can't get no hiyah!
Maybe he'll expire:
Won't find no buyer
For that brain of Brian.
It's been too long fryin'.


Rotisserie cooking was my Nana's favorite way to entertain. Spit the meat and let it go while you and the kids play Pinochle and the grandkids swim. She's the person who taught me ways to cheat at Pinochle, my Nana ORA BELLE LARSON.
It's how they cook meat in Mexican kitchens, on a vertical spit. It is a style known as al pastor. J&R Tacos on Main Street, Merced, uses the method, among others. Most wagons will have it on the menu. The meat is shaved off in smallish slices. Succulent!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotisserie

Put another log on the fire, someone.

"Meat the family dog!"--Jimmy Carl Black, the Indian of the group
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
This is one of those bizzare things that come back on us and we wonder WTF?

Dennis Farina, the actor who played Ray in Get Shorty, and whose violent scene with Gene Hackman I presented on the page just prior to this one, has passed away this morning as a result of a lung clot. It's a horrible way to go, I'm sure, flopping like a fish out of water.

I sure hope he was drugged and under sedation before.

I never watched Law & Order. They say he was in the cast. I'll have to check some episodes out.

RIP, Dennis.

Here's LOOKING AT YOU!

I told you NOT to look at me!
I told you NOT to look at me!
Credit: Google images
Scene from That Old Feeling with Bette Midler.

zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jul 22, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Credit: zBrown
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
Road trips are not much fun without a travelling companion.

Melanie Melonsugar, the hippie chick/diva from Skyline Drive, came along on the trip to SoCal in early June.

I believe the camera loves her. I certainly do.
Credit: mouse from merced
The pleasures of sightseeing.
Credit: mouse from merced
Sharing the front seat.
Credit: mouse from merced
Hanging on a one-arm jam watching SoCal go up in flames from I-5.
Credit: mouse from merced
Scanning Lily Rock for climbing parties.
Credit: mouse from merced
Contemplating Suicide Rock.
Credit: mouse from merced
Modeling for the catalog. Her favorite color is green. Go figure.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jul 23, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
My little brother would probably not like this going out on the internet, but he's gone. Actually, so are older sis and bro.

Golden Arrow was a San Diego Dairy and sponsored ex Our Gang guy, Johnny Downs who would dance on a pogo stick on top of Golden Arrow milk bottles in the 1950's (show was basically a cartoon show). Sadly his agility on glass does not seem to have been preserved.

Golden Arrow has trucks showing up as far away as Washington and Wisconsin, though I'm not sure it's the same outfit. Apparently they had traveling photo salesmen, just like the guy we bought our set of Encyclopedia Britannica from.

Credit: zBrown



Heeere's Johnny. If that pogo stick dance exists, I'll find it.

Credit: zBrown


Credit: zBrown
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
I posted this pic last night on the dead head thread but not sure if anyone catches the significance. Looks better under zbrown's pic anyway.
Bobby, Wendy and John
Bobby, Wendy and John
Credit: Timid TopRope
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 23, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Mouse you appear to have conflated knobcone and gray pine trees.

Knobcones:


They tend to stay on the tree, for years, till fire consumes the trees (or merely heats the cones) whence they open like flowers and their seeds are dispersed on the heat winds of the fire that kilt their momma.

Also I believe the knobcones only grow from the central stem, not out on the branches. I may be mistaken on that.

Lastly the range for knobcones

My experience is knobcones are more 'pinely' than gray pines.



Gray pines (the vulgar name is 'digger' pine, but it IS vulgar) often appear to be on acid. They also 'surf the slope' of steep chaparral hillsides, showing definite evidence of having slid from their original position. I've seen some that managed to stay upright and alive after moving downslope a considerable distance.

Pines on acid



The config of the cones is different, innit?

Here's a gray pine cone example


Well? What do you have to say for yourself???

:-)

DMT
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Jezuz DMT I already ran mouse through the ringer on the grey pine vs knobcone thing.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 23, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Looks like a lesson here.
Some folks are like the knobcone cone: dense, or 2.Having the constituent parts crowded closely together.

Let's just be glad it's not some type of ROCK I'm wondering about. THAT would be fun!

But trees are a big part of mountains and are the first things we learn to climb (most of us, that is; Cosmic, for example, started out on quartz monzonite but soon switched to harder stuff.)

Bridwell started out on volcanic breccia but switched to beer.

Boingy started out learning to skip and became a world-class bouncer.
The one you've all been waiting for.  Boingy Baxter.
The one you've all been waiting for. Boingy Baxter.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Gray moves downhill. So it must be gravity, right, DMT?

Good way to remember the difference, though, the relative position on the tree of each type's cones.

I have the cone display ready, BTW.

Big trip out to the Gulch of the Indian last week, looking for bouldering on the mesas and cones out by the county line.

Upcoming.

Just want to say, rSin has left our building. It's not the first time. Good luck, but you don't need that.





Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 03:41pm PT
Just to play it safe; in the future when you post a photo of a tree just say, "And here's a fine specimen of a large, woody object that caught my eye".
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Jul 23, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a large woody object.

A large woody object whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A large woody object that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A large woody object that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a large woody object.

goddamnittohell - I'm sure glad a pinecone and/or a milk bottle didn't fall on my head, Fred.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jul 23, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
I woke up this mornin with a large woody object in my lap.
Sorry, I couldn't resist,
Flame on!
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jul 23, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
He's a misstra know it all (Can't resist).



Katie and son.
Katie and son.
Credit: Tobia
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
A handy link for a Merced-Man

http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/cone-bearing_trees/digger_pine.html

Lol.

I'm telling you these trees ride gravity's rainbow, sometimes all the way to the canyon bottom



DMT
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:11pm PT
Man I 'm el oh ellin 'round here zbrown and t hocking and Tobias. Can I get an amen for scooping the never published photo up-thread? My old Yosemite buddy shared it with me and is very proud of his uncle, Bobby. An unpublished photo of one of the members of the greatest band to come out of Frisco back when he was a youngin. That's right, Frisco! Say it!
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