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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 02:54am PT
"This is it."
The milestone.
Thanks.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 03:22am PT
COKE SPOON MEDICATIONS
for Kelly Laakso, my partner on that one

Coke spoon in June, anyone?

Who is Trent Moon?

What or who was Pywiack?

When is the stagecoach due in?

Why did I leave my heart on the Left Side of the Hourglass instead of Long Ledge?

I’ll never get back to either, or will I?

Which is more potent, love or fear?

Which is more absolute, truth or darkness?

And the corollary, is it "Could It happen?"

For that matter, could I do it again, "falling in love?"

What happens after death supposedly stays in the afterlife, but does it?

I haven’t the Vegas idea of how to begin climbing that one, or do I?

I left my winnings in the Mustang Ranch, or was it in the Sidewinder?

Where is that gal of mine?

She O’Promised me, until death drew us apart, didn't she?

How much is that doggie in the window for this widow?

And where has all the money gone?

It’s gone into a hole in your daddy’s nose, or was it the Midnight Cowgirl instead of the Mustang or the Sidewinder, or was it his arm?

Hey say there, my darling, where have I been?

I hucked myself off the Big Sandy Ledges,
I drowned myself good in Pywiack’s dark waters,
I confronted the truth and found myself desperate,
I held up the nine o’clock stage from El Nido,
I ran up the Hourglass and came down After Seven,
I went to a gay bar because I was curious,
I slept in the arms of Pebbles Shining in the Waters,
I went cruising with Kesey--"We’ve come for your daughters;"
And after all that I find I’m not such a hard man,
No way,
After all.

Mai, certainement pas. Je suis libre en Juin, cependant.
Mai, certainement pas. Je suis libre en Juin, cependant.
Credit: mouse from merced
Actually, I do climb best in the fall months.
September, the ninth month, is the finest weather possible in the Sierra Nevada.
Word.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 06:59am PT
The Thursday evening drum circle got me all jacked up and I remembered zBrown has a very rhythmic bent. Drums mean noise. I worked in a plant making 55-gallon drums and even some for a Caribbean group who played steel.

I smoked Drum RYO cancer sticks for years.

And?

Well, I mean, like, uh, "What a noble function serves the conjunction!" Icht es nicht?

"STickin' together like amigos do.
You hit me, then I hit you.
We bleed so much it's much like glue,
Yours sticks to me, mine sticks to you."
--Blind "Lemonade" Lembertson


In keeping with the tradition of the International Rope, the little-known tradition of the International Long Woody Object is even more venerable, for obvious reasons. Sax.



Largo? Anyone? Hit me with your brilliant schtick.

Thoughts? Observations? PERSONAL EXPERIENCES PREFERRED!

Lyrics to
HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK

In the deserts of Sudan
And the gardens of Japan
From Milan to Yucatan
Every woman, every man

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me, hit me
Je t'adore, ich liebe dich
Hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me slowly, hit me quick
Hit me, hit me, hit me

In the wilds of Borneo
And the vineyards of Bordeaux
Eskimo, Arapaho
Move their body to and fro

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me, hit me
Das ist gut! C'est fantastique
Hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me with your rhythm stick
It's nice to be a lunatic
Hit me, hit me, hit me

Hit me, hit me, hit me

In the dock of Tiger Bay
On the road to Mandalay
From Bombay to Santa Fe
Over hills and far away

Hit me with your rhythm stick
Hit me, hit me
C'est si bon, mm? Ist es nicht?
Hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me with your rhythm stick
Two fat persons, click, click, click
Hit me, hit me, hit me

Hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me, hit me, hit me, oww
Hit me, hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me, hit me, hit me, hit me, hit me
Hit me, hit me, hit me, hit me

Songwriters
Chas Jankel;Ian Dury

Credit: survival
"Beater" beaten to death.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 07:28am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
For all those firefighters going without their ration of grog, beer, wine, liquor and Bartles & Jaymes (Dos Okies): Hang in there!

For those fighting fire with alcohol, drink twice as much water and pee in your Indian pumps.

I, myself, prefer work boots.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 07:33am PT


Sex with a chainsaw?

Gong!

Gong Show Wall.
Gong Show Wall.
Credit: Blitzo



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 07:58am PT
Marcel sent this link via email.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-GSPeSe2LM

BANJOVIE.

http://www.banjo-vie.com/

Celebrate hills!

Celebrate sunshine!

Celebrate cash money!




mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 08:03am PT
Credit: mouse from merced



"And a miscreant musician shall guide them...and sheets of music serve them in the John."--Book of the Dun Crow
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 08:16am PT
When I bought this in Berkeley on Telly, the liner notes are that for which I paid. The music was just a loss leader.

Be that as it MAY...

I still find it hard rising on mornings in that month.

But when I do, I like to look to the East.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 08:36am PT


Waking in grace, walking in grace, winking at Grace, Walken in space.



Three Days Grace/Wake Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPKkKgOJmiM

At age 73.  Still slick, baby.
At age 73. Still slick, baby.
Credit: mouse from merced
Grace Slick & Paul Kantnor/Look at the Wood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTFGWlWpFs0




mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 09:37am PT
Collected from the last year or so on climbs and rambles.
Collected from the last year or so on climbs and rambles.
Credit: mouse from merced
Holding books upright.
Holding books upright.
Credit: mouse from merced
At 3:53, Mick misses his cue. Lip-synch infancy.
Geo LaF had a littered bottle first. He managed to toss it inthe weeds, not the water. He then got a roadside rock and banished it to the deep. It made no peep, cause rocks don't talk, they can only listen gravely. It's why they are used as monuments for the dead, so they'll have someone to listen to them. Uh-huh.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
The moon's just a big rock floating.
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That rock was older than the whole Taco put together.

"Treat stones like family. So don't throw them into the water. It scares the fishes, besides."--Sly "Slick Flat River Rock" Pockets
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2013 - 10:45am PT
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Aujourd'hui, il fait beau.

There is a fall chill in the air. It's not yet eight o'clock.

A biento, everybody.

Off to Eek the Elephant's pad.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 23, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
If my memory serves, sometimes it feels like these wheels are in flames.



Then again, they ain't goi' nowhere (unless the Eiger sanction is overcome)




Remember, if you're out tonight, on your bike, stay dressed to the Ice Nines.




zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 24, 2013 - 11:30am PT
What's the story with the Rim fire photos?



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 24, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
I got them edited, just need to post them. I been out to the farmers' mkt. shopping for extra-big giant softball-sized tomatoes and some sweet peppers for food porn for breakfast.

Joe Bob says, "Check it out."

I been on the phone to the Rev.

Back to the reality of Spurt Opoe, however.

Say, there, zeeBs, are you channeling me or sumpin'? Cuz I was gonna post a version of Ring of Fire today, sould I find one...I liked the trumpets in the first, younger version.

"That ring burns like bad coke, man."--Eggs Ackley

Da Brim needs to get to the action and sell the thing to the fire guys. A souvenir, if nothing else, of Da Rim Fire.

Would you let a fire guy wearing Da Brim put your fire out? Gladly!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 24, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
6:15 this a.m. from the fifth floor fire escape, looking at Da Rim Fir...
6:15 this a.m. from the fifth floor fire escape, looking at Da Rim Fire.
Credit: mouse from merced

6:30.
6:30.
Credit: mouse from merced

6:47.
6:47.
Credit: mouse from merced

These three are from this morning.

Especially for you Taconians, unique in all the world.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 24, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
2:30.  Taken from north of Yosemite Ave. on Snelling Rd. before leavin...
2:30. Taken from north of Yosemite Ave. on Snelling Rd. before leaving the Merced city limits.
Credit: mouse from merced
Airborne ghouls checking out the burn, likely been warned off the flig...
Airborne ghouls checking out the burn, likely been warned off the flight paths of the big dudes. I sighted about eight different planes, Boss.
Credit: mouse from merced
Two choppers heading north towards Smelling, maybe en route to help ou...
Two choppers heading north towards Smelling, maybe en route to help out with air droppings.
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Not these coyote droppings.
Not these coyote droppings.
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6:08.
6:08.
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6:14.
6:14.
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5;30.
5;30.
Credit: mouse from merced
Da Rim Fire--BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY STAY OFFA MY CLOUD.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 24, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
I'd been planning to come out here again sooner or later to collect the last of the hills north of town.
This hill was my objective for this expedition.  I hired myself as a p...
This hill was my objective for this expedition. I hired myself as a porter this time, for form's sake. I din't expect to get paid. I was right.
Credit: mouse from merced

After climbing this pimple, all of 405' in elevation, I decided to go on to another rise behind it and then to circle around the watercourse to the east, or right, and come back to the corral where I had left my mtn. bike chained to a cattle ramp.
5:09.  I shot a series of frames of the pyrocumulus from down in this ...
5:09. I shot a series of frames of the pyrocumulus from down in this gully when I got down there.
Credit: mouse from merced
5:16.  The head of the gully, or draw.  I contoured right and came int...
5:16. The head of the gully, or draw. I contoured right and came into this drainage from its head, stopped shortly after for a long rest, which turned into a long session of shooting cloud.
Credit: mouse from merced
5:19.  This old dozer track was a real convenient way to make some tim...
5:19. This old dozer track was a real convenient way to make some time. It led me straight to the height of land above the draw.
Credit: mouse from merced
I flopped inthe first good semi-flat place to rest, but looked behind ...
I flopped inthe first good semi-flat place to rest, but looked behind me at the head of the draw after just a few minutes enjoying the view. Those are the twin radio towers in the upper right corner.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 24, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
4:04.  As you can tell by the time, I shot these on the way out to the...
4:04. As you can tell by the time, I shot these on the way out to the draw, coming off the hill, which was steep in short sections on the North Face on the descent. No sheep, Fritzy, just cattle out here.
Credit: mouse from merced
4:24.  A fer real T cloud over Mt. Bullion and Mt. Ophir, SE of the fi...
4:24. A fer real T cloud over Mt. Bullion and Mt. Ophir, SE of the fire several miles. The cloud's probably over the Clark Range or further south, even.
Credit: mouse from merced
4:41.
4:41.
Credit: mouse from merced

More to come. I need a break, a shower to wake myself up.

zzzzzzzzz....handing off.

Back by noon with some barbecue!
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 24, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
Lorax has been returned to his home in La Jolla. He was not found near the Tomaselli mural.






http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Dr-Seuss-Geisels-Stolen-Lorax-Statue-Found-Hidden-in-La-Jolla-Canyon-220591241.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 24, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Quarter to five I started thinking this would be a good chance to eliminate distractions and to allow us to enjoy the beauty and awesome forces of nature at work.

Between the first and lasst shots the plume died down and then came right back as fierce and wildly changing as ever.

Downdrafts from these push the fire outwards and then the heat generated from this creates more updraft to carry more heat and smoke skyward, and then that plume collapses and repeats the process, so it's hard to tell what a fire of this energy will do.

You can predict that if the area burning is moisture-free then the fire will be much hotter, thus exacerbating the billows effect.

I was thinking of some powerful classical music to add to this, but you choose something. I wouldn't choose the Elvira Madigan piece. More like The Moldau by Smetana, from just before the river's passage through the rapids on through them...powerful and threatening.
5:47.  This wide shot is goood for a frame of reference.  I cropped th...
5:47. This wide shot is goood for a frame of reference. I cropped these, both the short and long lens shots to incorporate the horizontal feature below the top of the slope. Sorry about the blobs in these.
Credit: mouse from merced
6:01.
6:01.
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6:03.
6:03.
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6:08.
6:08.
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6:10.
6:10.
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6:11.
6:11.
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6:13.
6:13.
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6:15.
6:15.
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6:20.
6:20.
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6:21.
6:21.
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6'24".
6'24".
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6:24.
6:24.
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6:24.
6:24.
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6:25.
6:25.
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6:25.  "Peace, my fellow creatures.  Just doin' my thing here.  I'm ne...
6:25. "Peace, my fellow creatures. Just doin' my thing here. I'm new here, ma'm, and wonder, maybe could ya point me to the STature of Libery?"
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6:26.
6:26.
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when I finished and was walking back through the draw and came out from it, I found that I wasn't finished.
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7:22.
7:22.
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7:27.
7:27.
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Not at all.
The COW was DUN for.  And that's the turth.
The COW was DUN for. And that's the turth.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Last Frame.
The Last Frame.
Credit: mouse from merced
I left my car at the gate, took my Raleigh up La Paloma about 4/5ths of a mile in longer than a minute (low tyres suck eggs), and locked it in the corral. I went out the back gate and hiked the fence line.
Fency meeting you here of all places.  You look good.  You look like y...
Fency meeting you here of all places. You look good. You look like you're DUN FOR, dude.
Credit: mouse from merced
Then I contoured into the draw.

This was a total of maybe five miles max. I move slow. I can't tax my systems like a younger, healthier man. I have a camera around my neck and it keeps going off, slowing me down even more.

I spoke of a sub-alpine start, but I was loath to miss this opportunity presented by a monster fire to shoot its outer garb. And, as this is The Flames, I had to represent somehow, I felt.

I seriously thought of going up to visit/offer help, but I am not much of the latter, I'm sure. I felt great on the hike, all systems go, so long as I cruised slow, which is natural for a member of a ride-begging society.

I may like fencing with words but fence posting is better than birdwatching, IMO. Birds take way too much engerny, the lenses are just phallic symbols, and they sh#t white, which ruins fence-post photos half the time for me.

Some of you claim to like sheite. Mice schist ever-where and don't care who smells it, comes in contact with it, or gets "spells" from it. But it's definitely brown/hazel, not white.

Fence posts, on
Nice lichen shot ruined, depending on one's POV.  A bird just adds to ...
Nice lichen shot ruined, depending on one's POV. A bird just adds to the ongoing masterpiece, but the overall COLOR SCHEME leaves me shaking my head...
Credit: mouse from merced
the other hand, and cobbles, too, for that matter, like the ones on the ground all around out there in yonder Dryland Hills:

don't shift around like feathery critters; never make any noise-you wont' hear a peep, a chime, and nary a whistle except the wind through the wire; are all different, noticeably, whereas...well, look at the Birds thread, some times it's all about this finch that finch and who cares just enjoy; then they conjoin with one another often. Just call it New Wave Fence Rock.

Credit: mouse from merced
Nice lichen shot ruined, depending on one's POV.  A bird just adds to ...
Nice lichen shot ruined, depending on one's POV. A bird just adds to the ongoing masterpiece, but the overall COLOR SCHEME leaves me shaking my head...
Credit: mouse from merced
?  On the summit of the hill.
? On the summit of the hill.
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Much older than me.  He's quiet, but willing to speak Geology and Chem...
Much older than me. He's quiet, but willing to speak Geology and Chemistry. It's how he rolls. No mas, Mouse, por favor.
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The last part was steep, the back side proved steeper. I headed back t...
The last part was steep, the back side proved steeper. I headed back to the fence line eventually after abandoning the cool designs on the top of Pt. 405.
Credit: mouse from merced
Really good summit photo.  A close-up of the first ascenders.
Really good summit photo. A close-up of the first ascenders.
Credit: mouse from merced
The corral where I parked the bike is just on La Paloma about three qu...
The corral where I parked the bike is just on La Paloma about three quarters of a mile. The watercourse is choked with cobbles, but I folLOWED the cowpath next to it on out of the gully. UCM & Lake Yosemite victimized by haze.
Credit: mouse from merced
It's only rock but I be liken it.  No mas, Mouse!
It's only rock but I be liken it. No mas, Mouse!
Credit: mouse from merced
Didn't we meet at Red Rocks back in the day?  Why you old mossback, yo...
Didn't we meet at Red Rocks back in the day? Why you old mossback, you--ya remember that fall I had?
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Hully Gully, you draw my fascination.
Hully Gully, you draw my fascination.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hully_Gully

And the milestone monument.
Five summits in five days!  An award-winning opera!  An interesting do...
Five summits in five days! An award-winning opera! An interesting documentary on a devastating fire! "What more could you ask for?"
Credit: mouse from merced

I admit that in addition to my ideel, DMT, even though my "thing" halts at cows and shrinks from sheep, my "suggested ideel" for a lot of you lay-abouts, has-beens, wanna-bees, and hermits, (get the f*#k off your duff and go huff and puff and stuff) is to look at Fritz.

Except he's a cat.

But what a guy. This is for all you day-trippin' bad-asses that inspired me. (Sounds like a thread I read but it might just be in my head and so to bed: it's been a long fortnight and the good old Gloaming is a-roaming, looking for me.)

Adieu.






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