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zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 4, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
Whilst on the topic of Portugal, Carlos Alberto Gomes De Sá (age 39) of Portugal won the Badwater race this year in 24:38:16.

There appeared to be about 15 DNF'ers out of 96.

Dean Karnazes who is now 50 finished 32:27:17.

Oldest finisher appears to be Mark Olson (66) 40:51:56,

Oldest (but DNF) Karsten Solheim (76). Amazing.

Credit: zBrown





mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 4, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
How to have fun while beating the sh#t out of your body. No thanks.

Fitness, not witless.

"Let the Hills Run, Red."

The Hills Run Red/Starring Henry Silva in this action-packed western IN ENGLISH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDDNlDZ3kWM

The beating Henry takes in the intro scene with the Yanks, now that the war is over, struck me as being in line with the brutality of this self-esteem gig called the Badwater. That would be a great name for a spaghetti brand.

Your basic revenge flick with holsters and horses and Henry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Silva
Credit: mouse from merced

"Pot-boil the Badwater and enjoy your meal."

Fjord Django, the newest in a line of western-names-for-cars, along with the Sierra, the Laredo, the Scottsdale, is being put on the market soon from Saab. There's a troll hanging around, too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(automobile);


Viva Django (1968 spaghetti western)
Starring: Terence Hill, Horst Frank and George Eastman
A mysterious gunfighter named Django is employed by a local crooked political boss as a hangman to execute innocent locals framed by the boss, who wants their land. What the boss doesn't know is that Django isn't hanging the men at all, just making it look like he is, and using the men he saves from the gallows to build up his own "gang" in order to take revenge on the boss, who, with Django's former best friend, caused the death of his wife years before.

It's a revenge story. I got to sleep halfway thru and didn't miss anything. I replayed it. Sundays should always be this way, unless you're out in the hills.

Nicola di Bari/You'd Better Smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH5JwmPWmfI
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 4, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
How to bring a climber back from the sky? A silly thing for me to try.

But how'd he get so far, so high? Real good rubber, that is why.

The Devil’s Milk: A Social History of Rubber/John Tully
http://monthlyreview.org/press/books/pb2310/

Pay attention to this foot placement.  It is inside the windmill ladde...
Pay attention to this foot placement. It is inside the windmill ladder's rung, and so is my other one. Silly. What if you fell? Your feet may be trapped. Step on the tops of these rungs only.
Credit: mouse from merced
Photo taken for instructional purposes only.

Climb like you have a brain!

zBrown, I hear Mark Olson drinks only coffee and milk. But he's gonna be a Norski, betcha, not a Finn. He's a non-Finnish finisher?

I simply could not resist. Nick makes me do these things.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 4, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
Speaking of birthdays, neebee, thank you for the gift of your presence here.

You certainly weren't born under a bad sign; that's an ASL joke, my dear.

A short tribute to my older brother, the sportsman, long may he live.

He kilt a chipmunk when he was only six. He kilt his first bear when he was a young teen. His grampa Bill Bermingham took him and molded him as a boy ought to be. Taught him to skin, filet, butcher, flyfish, jerk, etc. Plucking he managed to learn on his own.

He married his wife's cousin, a much more fitting mate, a lust match not. Just two cynics united. Amen.

I love them just the way they are.

Thank you, Grampa, you did a swell job.
Michelle, Kathy, Mike, head of the family now.  1972?
Michelle, Kathy, Mike, head of the family now. 1972?
Credit: mouse from merced
Atrophy at Mike's.
Atrophy at Mike's.
Credit: mouse from merced
Not a lynx on the links, but the UC Merced mascot.  Or is it a puma?  ...
Not a lynx on the links, but the UC Merced mascot. Or is it a puma? Call it a large furry object, OK? A bobcat's not got nine lives, ya know, just our kitties.
Credit: mouse from merced
The wisherman's fisherman.
The wisherman's fisherman.
Credit: mouse from merced
Gone to the dogs, I'm afraid.  You can't take dogs on the golf course,...
Gone to the dogs, I'm afraid. You can't take dogs on the golf course, so Mike waited till he was much older to take up golf. He quit when they shut down the Don Pedro course.
Credit: mouse from merced
Boomer and his kitty.
Boomer and his kitty.
Credit: mouse from merced
Our family's home in Merced.
Our family's home in Merced.
Credit: mouse from merced
We had the world's worst sound system at our home and they didn't know it. I used the stereo constantly when I lived there in the late sixties for short spells. I was a mannish boy, moving around as the spirit dictated, or needs.

I had some Muddy and BB, but this was the real deal, far as I was concerned. I'd heard him play in the Fillmore on the Hendrix ticket, I think, when I was enlisted and at TI in SF Bay.

Albert I, King of the Blues/The Hunter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrWa3gE7p9g

Love gun. Huh.

Of course I had this album. It was produced in 1967. If anyone wants my opinion, THIS IS THE RECORD OF THE CENTURY.

By a black man or a white man.

No opinion on this century. It's not a total bust yet.



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 4, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
One of Jim Donini's earliest climbing partners, BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/early-humans-climbed-trees-australopithecus-selam_n_2018431.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 07:29am PT
Asleep at the Wheel/Choo-choo ch'boogie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOT6ZqWS25g

Joe Liggins/Honeydripper
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au25J4WhoBg

These are for Fossil Climber. Gee, yer swell, Wayne. See ya at Oakdayle.

zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 5, 2013 - 08:56am PT
Continuing to harp on the damn dams. Lower Otay with Car. Obviously after it was rebuilt (the dam, not the car).




Not the same car and headed toward Pt. Loma Lighthouse.

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 5, 2013 - 09:02am PT
Mouse

A few Shakespearian insults if you need any more of them than the ones you've already got:
 Art thou, like the adder, waxen deaf?
 What wind blew you hither?
 (You) stink and putrefy the air.
 Peace good tickle-brain
 There's no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune
 He is open to incontinency
 Seems he a dove? His feathers are but borrow'd
 This knave's tongue begins to double.
 He shall think it fit to expound his beastly mind to us
 She speaks, yet she says nothing
 He has not so much brain as ear-wax
 Here comes a flattering rascal
 (You show yourself) highly fed and lowly taught
 Away, I do condemn mine ears, that have so long attended thee
 I find the ass is compound with the major part of your syllables
 (You're) the very butcher of a silk button
 Mad mustachio purple-hued maltworms
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 09:02am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
http://formerchildactors.com/buckwheat-william-billie-thomas-jr-photos/

If you must, you must.

It's otay by Mus musculus.

You rascal, you.

Mara Loo, for you, good sirrah. My favorite line is the second. It describes a lot about myself, to myself. Bufoonery is my milieu.

"Thou naughty varlet!"--Dogberry
"I had been writ down an ass!"--Dogberry
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 09:26am PT
Sandy Eggo Bay.
Sandy Eggo Bay.
Credit: mouse from merced
This may be a view from the road to Pt. Loma, taken by Boomer in the early seventies.

How to tell it's the seventies:
Clothing and relative age of my parents and friends is the big clue.  ...
Clothing and relative age of my parents and friends is the big clue. This is the place, Pt. Loma lighthouse.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 10:04am PT
Small Retro Trip Report, featuring Boom 'n' Dave, who "managed" their way into this super-top-secret and bona fide intelligence-gathering spot that Ma Bell used to keep tabs on us.

That intrusion, however, is now a thing of the past. Today they do it with computers and "they" are "the friends of Tom Carlottabull."

BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
View east from Mt. Bullion, Mariposa County.  On the road &#40;locked ...
View east from Mt. Bullion, Mariposa County. On the road (locked gates) to the commo equipment atop the peak.
Credit: mouse from merced
View east from Mt. Bullion of the Sierra Nevada and local veggies.
View east from Mt. Bullion of the Sierra Nevada and local veggies.
Credit: mouse from merced
Valley low clouds, from atop Mt. Bullion.
Valley low clouds, from atop Mt. Bullion.
Credit: mouse from merced
View further south over the dense San Joaquin fog. <br/>
View further south over the dense San Joaquin fog.

Credit: mouse from merced
photo not found
Missing photo ID#314579
Dave Lemmel, Boomer's assistant manager in Merced, on the road to Mt. ...
Dave Lemmel, Boomer's assistant manager in Merced, on the road to Mt. Bullion.
Credit: mouse from merced
Smile, wave, hello?
Smile, wave, hello?
Credit: mouse from merced
I never have gone up there, myself. I vlewed the spot from the air on my 45th birthday in a private plane, though. Don't remember how it looked.

As a pilot for the Army in the war, Boomer trained at various San Joaquin fields, like Tulare. He didn't fly over the Sierra Nevada at all, just over the valley. He remarked once on how f*#ked-up the air was even back then over the place. You can really tell the ground atmosphere's junk from up there.

Dave Lemmel passed away at a very young age, in his early fifties. He was a good mechanic and purchased Dad's Goliath from him. We had a VW to replace that French ride. Then Dave was forced out of PT&T when the Bell System was broken up and things were vastly re-organized. He took an early retirement, a pittance, really, and was a bus driver for VIA from then on, hauling bodies to and from Yosemite and Merced. I never knew him except to say hello.

Dad's brother, Chuck Bermingham, was trained by PT&T as a technician, who serviced and troubleshot equipment at sites like Mt. Bullion. I believe he did work on it once and stayed at our place while he was thus employed. He had more training time than anyone I know. He loved it, because it was easy for him to absorb and he got much better pay as a result, nearly every time he trained he qualified for more money.

RIP, Chuck, Boomer, and Dave, three company stand-up guys, along with Grampa Bill, who ran things in the Redding "plant."

As long as I'm talking about my dad--
Boomer's fiftieth birthday party at our home in Merced.  I got to tend...
Boomer's fiftieth birthday party at our home in Merced. I got to tend bar and Lenna was co-hostess with Mom. We got Boomer on the golf course and when he got home, SURPRISE! Our dad did what he did for us out of love, no other reason.
Credit: mouse from merced
The gentleman being seved is Dad's best friend, Nick Puglizevich, who owned half of Gus 'n' Nicks Liquors and Delicatessen in Merced. His partner, Gus Drumm, retired AF brass, was his partner, and he played golf with Boomer and his other buddies every Wednesday for thiry years or so. And his wife, Bunny, was one of Mom's best drinking buddies. There must have been close to fifty people there that night, boozing it up. Nick and Mike ended up in the pool fully clothed. I remained sober as a judge, just not straight.
Me and Johnny Feaver and his then-wife, Carla.  This is May, 1974.  Jo...
Me and Johnny Feaver and his then-wife, Carla. This is May, 1974. John's a Vietnam vet. They were able to help us out with a place to stay when moving back to CA from Sparks, NV. We two did lots of fishin' and drinkin' together.
Credit: mouse from merced



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Anent the recent musings and conversation about conservation of cattle range, not against encroachment by the pistachio, necessarily, on the plains, but in the footies.

But the article does say Merced County, so this will probably be addressed as well in meetings, one hopes.

I'll explain why this concerns me so much. I grew up here on Olive Ave. back when we had a view of the hills out of our bedroom window, including the coneheads. It was part of growing up, seeing the view erased by actual housing tracts like they grew in Sacramento in the fifties. It is still happening and it's because of the burgeoning population in the central valleys, like it happened in Orange and LA Counties, etc. This is the selfish aspect.

The righteous aspect is that without an automobile-oriented infrastructure, none of this would be possible. It's why I have been so reluctiant to buy a car until recently, in part. I figure my dues have been paid, my C footprint is significantly smaller than many folks', and I'm only going to be driving occasionally as I age, presumably.

I've gone past the angry, and am simply depressed and chagrined that the people in charge have no clues, for the most part.
Please conserve the plains cattle country.  Boycott pistachio ice crea...
Please conserve the plains cattle country. Boycott pistachio ice cream.
Credit: mouse from merced
Fossil Climber, it's with envy that I think of where and how you and Cindy live and of many of the posters here who live in out-of-the-way spots or locales that are in no danger from encroachment, I feel the same about your situations--envious.

One galling note, the meeting scheduled for Modesto is being held in the Pistache Room! Haw-Haw-Haw!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
Geri Brown, the pickle gal from Arkansas.
Geri Brown, the pickle gal from Arkansas.
Credit: Tom Price/DLM
Donini got a gift of pickled beets from me that I got from Geri. Can't beet that.

A Courtship Story.
They are living in sin, OMG! At that age, too!

It's nothing to be embarrassed about.

Credit: Tom Price/DLM
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
This woman's a lot of fun to talk to about country ways.
And Norman, "Mr. Olive," was in the Reservoir Dogs movie, but his scenes were all cut.
He cussed too much and kept sucking down martinis.
This shook Quentin, and it stirred him to action.
"You're sh#t-canned, old man, so f*#k off!"
"I'm sh#t-faced, you punk, so stick a pickle up your butt!"
BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
Mom on Lake McClure.  I miss you.
Mom on Lake McClure. I miss you.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dolores and myself on Lake McClure.
Dolores and myself on Lake McClure.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dolores at Lake McSwain, one TG at Mike's, who was then living in a mo...
Dolores at Lake McSwain, one TG at Mike's, who was then living in a mobile before he and Michelle bought their river acreage.
Credit: mouse from merced
Mike out for a spin with his friend's mules that same TG.
Mike out for a spin with his friend's mules that same TG.
Credit: mouse from merced
He deigned to offer me shotgun.
He deigned to offer me shotgun.
Credit: mouse from merced
Never having experienced such locomotion, I gladly accepted.
Never having experienced such locomotion, I gladly accepted.
Credit: mouse from merced
Howdy, Dolores!  &#40;the photographer&#41;
Howdy, Dolores! (the photographer)
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 6, 2013 - 01:04am PT
Allfast.
Did one of you say rivet?  I wasn't paying attention.
Did one of you say rivet? I wasn't paying attention.
Credit: googleimages
Allfast Fastening Systems Inc.
Your friends in outer space.
http://www.assemblymag.com/articles/print/90348-aerospace-fastening-in-the-21st-century

Falstaff.
Beats sheet outta that Keystone piss, darlin'.
Beats sheet outta that Keystone piss, darlin'.
Credit: Falstaff

Falls staff.
Half Dill and Half Dome.
Half Dill and Half Dome.
Credit: friendsofyosar
http://www.friendsofyosar.org/rescues/missions/10-13-05.html

Half fast.
Credit: Studly
Thank you, Studly!


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2013 - 07:19am PT
ATTENTION MUSICAL MIGRATIONS TODAY FEATURES A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO

the great and humble bumble bee of the guitar, uke, and other fretted instruments who recently got deceased from something deadly, I guess. I don't know when (recent) or how he got the chop, but his juke-box at home is probably jammed with goodies.

HE'S ECLECTIC, NON-ELECTRIC AND A GOOOOOOD SINGER, TOO.

http://www.ashevillefm.org/musical-migrations
This video's shot at the Freight and Salvage, a place I frequented in 1968/1969.

It's just fate I never was able to hear Mr. BOB but I got happy when this guy, a freak named Shine, played there one night. I was with this lady who played (Diane) guitar well and we sat and listened to Shine and she calmly told me he had been one of her instructors. Then he broke a string. He didn't care. He kept playing with aplomb and the rest of his set was kind of un-memorable, as these things are after forty-some years.

John Shine/She's Looking Better Every Beer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stRi_9qxNoM&list=PLA2A1AC231A451607

I wish I'd have waited for Diane to finish school before getting serious about settling down and marrying. Fate dictated otherwise.

If you check out the song on the video which plays right after this beery lullaby, it's called If I Knew Then and only kinda says what I mean.

Howdy, Gypsy!



zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 7, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Well I'll try to ketchup.

Meanwhile SuperTopoGigio



Keep you fingers crossed, I am.


There was a tall woody object

everything was love (past tense)

Along came man with fire





Boomer's photo. San Miguel Mtn. in the far background. Otay Mtn. is to the south. Otay?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
Oooooooooooo-TAY!

Damn...

Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
Mountain lions, fires, flames, forests, guns, garmins, vermin, cars, curves and climbing on the arc side of the moon while the NSA watches and records it all for posterity and prosecution. What can they make of this? There's even a young, handsome and husky mouse. Nice beard, dude.

Lucky to have caught BB a few times. The most memorable was with Ledward Kaanapa. I dig this youtube clip as no mics/amps, truly unplugged like you'd find 'em in your own backyard and it looks like they're playing for the pure joy of it.


RIP Bob
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2013 - 05:13am PT
Hey, Pineapple!

You got chops like these guys.

Your art is so cool.

He's Not Timid on the Stage, as you may or may not know.

Listenin' to Our TT, 'tis a joy in the morning, with his finely-tuned buddies Don Reid and the drummer (f*#kinwhat's his name?) and (I missed the mid-week Facelift campfire melodies last fall) APPARENTLY needs no stage but his own stool and a fire.

Show me the way to the stage, man.

And which way to the bar?
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