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zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Aug 26, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
Me too, the guy with hands in pockets is my older brother. He reached the ripe old age of 43.

Mac Meda Destruction Co. was another group of drunken surfers, but they couldn't read too well (don't send them no more letters), but they could at least write enough to violate the rules.




Didn't cause as much a ruckus as the Hell's Angels did in Ensenada, but ....

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
He looks like your younger brother there. Optical illusion is not optional with eyesight such as mine.

I'm considering heavily whether I should move out to New Digs. It's in the foothills I need to go to. To whit: Whitlock Rd. basement/cellar/attic/garage/trailer to save money to buy gas and keep my head above the rising waters of inflation, lack of adequate income, etc., etc.

It's that or on the road for a couple-three months, saving money on rent, ostensibly. Take that, Kerouac!

Too many hospital bills, too much rent, gasoline, etc., etc., etc.

I do my own barbering, driving, cooking, bottle-opening, and washing-up. I need to hire a porter now and again, sometimes, not often. But I don't pay enough, like I say, to get anyone but myself to work for slave's wages, Boss.

I'll have to WiFi, then, if it's the road.

It's either that or someone hips me to cheaper rent.

At least I have a roof of sorts to rely on, namely my Little Red Rodent.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Thank you, Super-Mex!

From the article on Merced Falls from Ghost Towns of Merced County by Herb "small woody object" Woods.

"One of the frequent visitors tho this area was Grizzly Adams who camped along the Merced River in 1853 and 1854.
James Capen Adams was a man who had tried several occupations with limited success. He had been a miner, a trader, and a rancher (prolly not the Jolly Rancher of candy fame). FINALLY, he gave up and spent his time in the nearby {Sierra Nevada}. He was very good at capturing or killing grizzly bears; subsequently, he gained the name of Grizzly Adams. Frequently, he would exhibit these bears in places such as {Frisco] where he operated the Mountaineer Museum displaying the animals."

Grizzly Adams would break Cat Woman in half.  He was a tough old cuss.
Grizzly Adams would break Cat Woman in half. He was a tough old cuss.
Credit: Barney googleimages
Adams discovered a young motherless grizzly bear in Yosemite. He raised the cub at his home where 'Ben Franklin' became the star attraction of his San Francisco Mountaineer Museum. This image of Ben with his dead mother appeared in The Adventures of James Capen Adams, Mountaineer and Grizzly Bear Hunter, of California.
Ben Franklin and Adams, neither of whom got to be a POTUS, thank you.
Ben Franklin and Adams, neither of whom got to be a POTUS, thank you.
Credit: Google Images
When Ben died in 1858 there were obituaries in the papers that befitted a head of state. The Evening Bulletin obituary was entitled "Death of a Distinguished Native Californian." It read:

"Ben Franklin, the grizzly bear, the favorite of the Museum man Adams... departed from this mortal existence on Sunday evening, at 10 o'clock. The noble brute, which was captured at the head waters of the Merced river in 1854, had been raised by his master from a cub, and during his life manifested the most indubitable indications of remarkable sagacity and affection. He was ever tame and gentle... although possessed of the size and strength of a giant... He accompanied his master on hunting expeditions… and on two occasions saved his life in long and desperate struggles with savage animals in the wilds. He frequently carried his master's pack, provisions and weapons."--part of an obituary

Some hundred years after both Ben and James Capen Adams left this earth they reappeared in the popular TV series Grizzly Adams, starring Dan Haggerty.

(The bulk of this was from an online article from the California Missions Resource Center. TY.)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
8/04/13, 6:26 a.m.
8/04/13, 6:26 a.m.
Credit: mouse from merced
One minute later.
One minute later.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 27, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Dang dude what peak is that?

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
DMT, I'm trying to figure that out.

I'll say it's Echo Ridge, but I should ask the Dun Crow to fly as he might, and check it out for us.

See the TR just posted, A Cathedral Traverse Covering Tenaya through Vogelsgang; check out the initial photo. I get these same peaks over and over again in my sunrise shots of the Clark Range, and I believe these are those. And that may be one of them.

I'm prepositioned out.

I mean pronouned out.

But wait, this is almost not on a par with how Diablo got so big.

Here. Feast.
Credit: mouse from merced
This was July 1. The other was August. So that peak ain't in the Cathedral Range at all. It is much further south. Hmm...

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
The Clark Range is the furthest left, sure as rain in winter.
cropped copy
cropped copy
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
This was taken on 8-15, after the initial ones, so the peak is in the blow-up at bottom.
Credit: mouse from merced
Now the maps come out, Google Earth is visited, the stats compared, the stars consulted.

It's Lembert Dome.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 27, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Take a compass bearing?

Seems like tuolomne country... Hoffman, maybe?

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
DIS-oriented. Too too far north. More in Madera County, son.

See the two palms? They are my benchmarks.

Here is my original.
Here is my original.
Credit: mouse from merced

I haven't owned a compass since high school.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 27, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Ah, got you. Looking up into the San Joaquin drainage... difficult to say.

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
Back to the wars.
My friend, Barbara Jones, the late spouse of Scuzz Jones, one of the oldest flames from Apathy House, gave me a look at her blues collection on CDs, for which she laid out probably nearly a thou.

I copied the tunes off one collection, and I think it was the one seen in the video, covering the period before the Second World War to its end.

78rpm: Boo-Woo - Harry James and the Boogie Woogie Trio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyVOFRys-iE

Champion Jack Dupree/Dupree Shake Dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdsYBmxnzGs

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 05:33pm PT
Back to the wars is right.

To Bill: Very sorry if I've stepped over a line I never saw, man.

"Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any; also to strangers, and sometimes to others. If a person offends you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measure; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick." --Mark Twain, Advice to Youth Speech

A double-bit axe in my noggin might satisfy but I'd just dent your blade.

Just don't be blaming The Flames, man.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
Boogie Woogie Peace.

Albert Ammons/Shout for Joy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Up0cQcmqo

Big Joe Turner--Pete Johnson/Roll 'em Pete
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud6OhLFkPNk

Yes. Yes.

Like. Like.

Well all right then.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Electric guitar had a long ways to go at one time.

Hot Boogie Chillun/I Love You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpwZu3ykxzo

Hot Boogie Chillun/Come With Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR_yEeihdHo

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
Last Sunday.
Yosemite Avenue intersection with MID canal.  I saw another egret.  I ...
Yosemite Avenue intersection with MID canal. I saw another egret. I played this cool. Didn't even bother to get the longer lens out.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
This guy got two morsels and I hung it up and left him be.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
Yosemite Avenue at Parsons Avenue.
On the way into town on last Sunday's drive I witnessed Cranes and Cat...
On the way into town on last Sunday's drive I witnessed Cranes and Cats Lying Down Together. BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Eden in an alfalfa field?

Another Bright's Museum taking shape?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
Later, back on Main STreet.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
The whole enchilada.
The whole enchilada.
Credit: mouse from merced
They are scrumptious. Muy delicioso.

But not for egrets, cats, or cranes.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 27, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Cotton won't be harvested till the fall, like in October.
Hoe, man!  Joe, git that dang weed outta the cotton!
Hoe, man! Joe, git that dang weed outta the cotton!
Credit: mouse from merced
Didja know cotton buds are reddish?
Didja know cotton buds are reddish?
Credit: mouse from merced
Now those are some big weeds.
Now those are some big weeds.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Both of those crops are growing inside the city limits, but not for too much longer.

The campus of UC Merced is just a hop and skip and fart away from this city limits sign, which is at Yosemite Avenue and Lake Road.

Since I moved to Merced, it has grown from just over 20,000 in 1961 to over, well, see for yourselves, observers.

I found out that my Explorer Post 98 brother, Peter Padilla, brother to Mickey and Joe, all of whom share rights to the cabin in Foresta, I guess, is running for the Merced City Council.

He was never Flames material anyway.


This doesn't belong on the Great Tractor thread, though a Kenny is a great tractor.
Real sharp Kenny, parked on the verge of the heavenly alfalfa field.
Real sharp Kenny, parked on the verge of the heavenly alfalfa field.
Credit: mouse from merced
SOMETHING about it was very pleasing and reassuring.  Melanie Melonsug...
SOMETHING about it was very pleasing and reassuring. Melanie Melonsugar was VERY faint after this encounter of a Class One Kind. D'ye ken what I mean, Dingus?
Credit: mouse from merced
The Flames have a bright future, I hope.

I have a climbing partner here now.

I'll call him Cotton-Eyed Joe for now until he's freakin' ready to strut his stuff.

Turn the page, Bob.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe7yOccqdxI
SOMETHING about it was very pleasing and reassuring.  Melanie Melonsug...
SOMETHING about it was very pleasing and reassuring. Melanie Melonsugar was VERY faint after this encounter of a Class One Kind. D'ye ken what I mean, Dingus?
Credit: mouse from merced
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