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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 26, 2013 - 12:51pm PT
so cool neebee thank you again and again

and thank you Gene--here's today's sunrise photo, like Tom Evans says, "...just for you, unique in all the world."
It was 34 degrees at the time I took this in West Merced on 140 approa...
It was 34 degrees at the time I took this in West Merced on 140 approach to town from Gustine.
Credit: mouse from merced
I'm looking forward to reading the forewords, the acknowledgements, the glossaries, the texts themselves, as well as looking at the pictures and reading the captions.

If the box ever arrives...

One possible explanation for the box's tardiness.
One possible explanation for the box's tardiness.
Credit: mouse from merced
Was it Dancer's inside job?

Is feralfae and Iranian spy?

Will Throwpie ever learn to dance?

When will the Taco stop turning?
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 26, 2013 - 01:03pm PT

Christmas flames for Mouse...
Symphony of fire
Symphony of fire
Credit: Natalia Belentsova
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 26, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
Monica Villa at the Legion Hall on Christmas Eve for the free Christma...
Monica Villa at the Legion Hall on Christmas Eve for the free Christmas dinner, ham, potatoes, corn & green beans, wonderful salad, and fixings.
Credit: mouse from merced
http://www.mercedcountytimes.net/photoessay/choice/1.html
This link is part of a photo essay, so keep clicking on the photo.
One of my hometown heroines, Monica Villa.

Here's what I did on Christmas Eve around noon.
My new friend, George, and my earlier acquaintance, Ki, with their thi...
My new friend, George, and my earlier acquaintance, Ki, with their things, waiting for the line to shorten before getting in it. They had to keep an eye on their things, a constant need of those with no shelter.
Credit: mouse from merced
In the line for the free dinner.
In the line for the free dinner.
Credit: mouse from merced
Two of our hosts from the Merced Rescue Mission.
Two of our hosts from the Merced Rescue Mission.
Credit: mouse from merced
Big sister's only one year six months old herself.
Big sister's only one year six months old herself.
Credit: mouse from merced
Vols.  Dolls.  Rolls?
Vols. Dolls. Rolls?
Credit: mouse from merced
These two have some special cheese they want to offer me.
These two have some special cheese they want to offer me.
Credit: mouse from merced
You take the right one and I'll take the left one and I'll be in the k...
You take the right one and I'll take the left one and I'll be in the kitchen a-fore ye. Happiness serves as its own reward or some such pro-FUN-dity.
Credit: mouse from merced
Diggin' in.  Bless us, O lord, and these thy gifts.
Diggin' in. Bless us, O lord, and these thy gifts.
Credit: mouse from merced
In the dining area.
In the dining area.
Credit: mouse from merced
Making it happen, keeping it hot, being good hosts, the Mission's kitc...
Making it happen, keeping it hot, being good hosts, the Mission's kitchen staff did well this year.
Credit: mouse from merced
Thank you to the Merced Rescue Mission for providing hundreds of free meals, a clothing giveaway, and a toy giveaway.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Dec 26, 2013 - 05:27pm PT


For over 1000 years, in many parts of Africa, there has been a belief that wearing this type of African jewelry would protect you from illness, keep you from harm, and bring you great fortune. Many Africans believe elephants serve as a link between heaven and earth. The hairs represent certain aspects (strands) of the wearer's life such as love, health, wealth, and harmony. The knots in the bracelet represent god's hands holding together the strands.

I'm thinking, maybe I should have kept wearing one.

Perhaps if you wear one long enough you can graduate to one of the gold versions which are known to sell for as much as $8500.00.
Credit: zBrown



Gene

climber
Dec 26, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
Mouse,

You're looking great in that picture!!!

Best,
g
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Dec 26, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
^^ I agree with Gene, but I still don't get the Mousie Dung tie in.

Save your Dixie Movie Lids. Southern California will rise again.




Castaneda you say?

The intended, but vetoed cover for book #3. "Bruja de La Jolla"

Angela from Montgomery or Birmingham &#40;107 miles if you're counting&#41;
Angela from Montgomery or Birmingham (107 miles if you're counting)
Credit: Herbert Marcuse

Funny thing, I think I have Carlos' signature/autograph in one of my many boxes of paper.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 26, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Paper? Boxes?

You have binders, too?

Chuck Norris kick-alike, there, brooj.

Thank you, Gene. I'm looking good because I feel good because I look good.

"I'm an insomniac...I've been awake since 1948."--Billy Crystal
Interview with Billy Crystal, Today Show
http://www.today.com/video/today/52960973#52960973


"You remember that time, back in '77?"

Marlon. Marlon. Marlon.

"I don't know...I don't know...I don't know."

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 27, 2013 - 09:07am PT
I was a docent leading tours today, oh boy. I haven't done this for months. I haven't lost my touch, and it was a ton of fun.
Credit: mouse from merced
USGS marker, courthouse lower storey.
USGS marker, courthouse lower storey.
Credit: mouse from merced
Wedding cake cornices.
Wedding cake cornices.
Credit: mouse from merced
View from the courthouse portico towards Middle Earth on the right thr...
View from the courthouse portico towards Middle Earth on the right three blocks down. Rich Corinthian capitals on these wooden replica of classical Greek columns.
Credit: mouse from merced
There's an alternate approach, on steeper granite, to the portico.  It...
There's an alternate approach, on steeper granite, to the portico. It is Class II and has been ascended by countless children, mostly boys, over the years.
Credit: mouse from merced
There is too much "justice" and not enough "wisdom" in administering i...
There is too much "justice" and not enough "wisdom" in administering it.
Credit: mouse from merced
It's time to check out for the Ditch.

Meeting the Niece at C4 in three hours.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 27, 2013 - 09:28am PT
hey there say, mouse...

here is barbarian's gift, FROM THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS POEM,
to you...
(if it never shows up, we are working on 'getting a real one')

:)

On the forth day towards Christmas, came something about a place he loves...
where the stars shine bright, from the moon, and all the aboves...


Credit: neebee




I WILL try to post the one, tomorrow, but if i am late, might have to wait 'til day 6 and post two???
some upsetting family health stuff is going on, and i don't know
how i will feel--it all depends on if i get any news today, :(
been waiting for my mom to call... :( can't share more, yet...



fletcher is up for the 5th day 'til christmas,

(6 will be skully)

happy good day with the niece!
and wow, great christmas shots, not all have loaded, but very nice!

zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Dec 27, 2013 - 10:31am PT
From our Chinese affiliate.

Icebreaker racing ...

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/27/icebreakers-racing-to-rescue-ship-trapped-in-ice-near-antarctica/

I was wondering whether the rescue will count as 12 days worth of presents.

From our American affiliate.

Selling Girl Scout Cookies helps girls develop 5 skills ...

Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, Business Ethics.

I must however question the ethics part. Two Tagalong cookies contain 5 grams of saturated fat plus 8 grams of sugar. I was wondering if they couldn't find another product to peddle which might be a little bit more heathful.

And if that does not give uPaws, then consider the case of Surfer's Eye
(Pterygium, probably climbers are susceptible as well).



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 27, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
No more worries, apparently.
No more worries, apparently.
Credit: mouse from merced
Booty!

Thank you, guys and girls.

I got back after six, having done Sunnyside with my neice, Amy, and we visited the Brains, then we split up and she drove to her mom's, and I booked home, cuz I KNEW something was gonna happen.

I insured that with a little sunny surprise for neebee. You may receive it in three days. Let's hope so.

Truthfully, our expedition was one of those things you don't want to go through.

1. Amy could not get up the chimney with the backpack. We stuffed it with one CPO shirt I had worn, didn't need on the climb, her jacket, too, and a downie I'd carted along. The long lens. My camera, her camera, her cigs, my pipe, her brush, my wallet, keys, z headlamps (Fletcher--it's coming back with the "goods" next weekend and sorry for the delay on that), and a bottle of water.

2. I climbed fine with the rope and it felt good to lead that with no pro, just like I used to do on the face--the chimney's too much effort anyway, but her shoes were not giving her the confidence for that, so she elected the chimney. I rapped down, saying "Some other WARM sunny day." It was 34 degrees in the valley at nine, when I pulled into Camp 4. The clothing was needed, the walking barely kept us warm due to my slothful pace--Fletcher and CC and T Hocking know about that.

So she learned the trad basics, the bowline on a coil, the proper belay signals, how to throw a rope for rapping, how to coil it, and the only thing I didn't show her was belaying itself, as she had done some at Red Rocks, where her hiking group heads on weekends.

She loved the experience, as I knew she would. She's a kindergarten teacher in LV, and when she met Merry the Mrs. Brain, they had a good chat about her trying to apply at Yosemite's school for a position. Couldn't hurt. NO O, CC, but to quote Amy, "It's not for me any more." She's divorcing, see.

It was a beautiful morning and then the sun scum came and stayed. It was warmish, but coldish, too. We had twenty bucks to blow at Degnan's from Werner's selling the last of my iron. We had sandwiches and beer and then hit the road.

At Degnan's true to the scarfer's code, I bagged a sandwwich from one of the picnic tables that had been sitting there unattended while we ate. What else would one of you do? Look for the stupid owner?

Thanks again, Werner. And Merry, wonderful to see you. And your cat's really not named Cherry (where did I get that?), it's "Simon" but really "Sy" but Werner called her Simon, so. And she's not male. Beauty in the fur.

DO NOT LET THE CAT OUT should be a name of a climb up back of your place.

And now for some cheese & crackers and that left-over Half Dome brew.
Amy at Lenna's Lieback, named in 1971 for my sister, Amy's mom.  She h...
Amy at Lenna's Lieback, named in 1971 for my sister, Amy's mom. She had not known about that.
Credit: mouse from merced
Here's the first big ledge and this is about thirty feet lower than Am...
Here's the first big ledge and this is about thirty feet lower than Amy's high point with the bulky pack. We sat here for quite a spell, both trying to catch our breath. So I smoked one of her icky-puffs.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 27, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
Elephant bracelets are cool. NEVER take one off. EVER.

Is that YOUR eye, man? Mine only has a synthetic lens.

I wore the tie-dye, Cosmic, and I'm sure it helped my confidence. The approach shoes were just the ticket for this stuff today, but I will send the Fires. Thanks, Dwain. Much appreciated.


AND GENE, would you give me a call tonight or tomorrow, I'm having trouble with the phone. I'll email tonight anyway.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 27, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
Upon opening the package, lo! the strapping is from the USPS, not neebee, I know she doesn't use plastic strapping. And there was a big old wad of clear plastic bubble wrap on top of the wadded wrapping paper used in the first packaging.

Here is what I found inside the box.
Sucks donut?
Sucks donut?
Credit: mouse from merced
Solves the mystery, but still...

So far, no damage apparent, but I haven't dug into it yet.

The prayers of the mousehold for your problems with family, neebee.

I'll be opening only those you've gone over, the biscuits and books, fer sure. And the picture from Barbariano the Handsome.

Sunsight at Planada and sunclipse at the top of Guadalupe Grade.
Freight pulled onto a siding waiting for northbound Amtrak.
Freight pulled onto a siding waiting for northbound Amtrak.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Barbarian

climber
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
Neebee is going to breathe a huge sigh of relief now that the box has arrived! Best wishes to you my friend!
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:38pm PT

Bearly anyone there for the show.

Credit: zBrown
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:57pm PT
Thanks, Barbarina, and thanks for the picture. It's real mellow, like y'all.

BTW, man, Melanie's no longer interested in her soldier boy. He's being assigned to cook's school. She is disenchanted. She asked about the handsome tall guy with the camera. Oh, she did, too!

Feralfae
Fruitcake becomes this crowd and the amount of foil on that thing is like armor plating. You know, man can't live on fruitcake alone, but mice do their very best! The tea is very nice--I hardly ever get exotic tea.
Dragnofly, tell me why.--Jane Jones dragonfly
Dragnofly, tell me why.--Jane Jones dragonfly
Credit: mouse from merced
T Hocking's group has a real nice song named dragonfly. BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

I'd like to state that the fruitcake is beaucoup #1!

Mt. Starr King, 9,096' on the highest summit. Named for Thomas Starr K...
Mt. Starr King, 9,096' on the highest summit. Named for Thomas Starr King, a Unit. preacher and politard. It has historically been known by various names including Kings Peak, See-wah-lam, South Dome, and Tis-sa-ack. This from Sunnyside Bench.
Credit: mouse from merced

T Hocking
Thanks for the faux silver tray, the cheeses, and the crackers. This time of year, the Cheeses of Nazareth are mostly sold out. I understand. The string cheese is fine. The mice are using it to jump rope.

What are these other wee sleekit beasties in these packages? The second wave has landed.

neebee, I shall attend that matter next Monday, when the opportunity presents itself.

Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 28, 2013 - 12:42am PT
Awesome!!!!
The Package arrived!
I'll bet NeeBee is Jazzed.
She was so worried but at least you will have an After Christmas Christmas.
She is so thoughtful and Loving, to handle and arranging with the the others to
Make your Christmas such a special one, Mouse.

She is a very SPECIAL Lady!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 28, 2013 - 07:49am PT
hey there say, mouse... the photos are not loading... are all 13 gifts in there... hope so... wehww...

okay, today, was for fletcher, number 5...

and even, now, as i was not here to post...


number, 6... skully should be up....


i will post the verses... and you can share to them, YOUR THANKS for their GIFST... TO YOU...


FLETCHER, just happened to be in a position to purchase a special MOUSE for you gift... you will see...


(have you been finding all the mice, as well)...

i can't tell, yet, but i sure hope this was STILL A BIG BOX AND not taken apartt??????




your FLAMES (posters) here, LOVE YOU SOOOOO MUCH...
YES, A BIT GOOFY you all can be ;)... and mysterious words, abound...
but you create much:
merced history notes here... and climbing history notes... and fun art...

so we can just take care over the 'slippery stones' or 'mossy ones' that 'only flames' can really understand here, and:

we can THUS ENJOY the:
river of pics, notes, and even california scenery of yosemite and who KNOWS WHAT ALL that appears from the ol' camera!


thank you for that... and happy 12 days AFTER CHRISTMAS, :))




WELL HERE ARE THE VERSES FOR THE NEXT GIFT,
FLETCH IS FIVE, AND SKULLY IS SIX:

On the fifth day towards Christmas, came something to keep him warm
and cozy...
as about more gifts, he NOW gets NOSY!...

AND on the sixth day towards Christmas, speaking of nosy and warm and cozy, most likely he needs a gift for OUTSIDE...
one that will work on trips to town, YET, still function, for when at home, he does ABIDE...


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 28, 2013 - 07:58am PT
hey there say, mouse... okay, i SAW the box... it still looks big...

so EVERYTHING all 13, are in it, right???

wow, poem, too? on top, and the directions???

oh my...

say, yep, i just saw the mice are there:


What are these other wee sleekit beasties in these packages? The second wave has landed

wow!

GLAD I DID NOT POST THE NEXT TWO GIFTS... :o




EDIT:
OOOPS, WAS SO excited, please forgive, forgot to say how wonderful to
see the share, about your niece... the pics are loading now, too!
god bless...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 28, 2013 - 10:59am PT
The poem.
The poem.
Credit: mouse from merced
The booty remaining, the books from Gene at the right.
The booty remaining, the books from Gene at the right.
Credit: mouse from merced
The booklist:
Soups, Stews, and Casseroles
The FINE Wines of California (Is there a "Good Enough Wines of Minnesota?")
America's Seashore Wonderlands
California Scenic Highway No. 1 (Indeed "Numbah One!")
A vintage 1965 copy of Christmas Ideals (Treasure Chest of "good things" predating Martha)
Dider's Regest ON THE ROAD USA (On a fresh roll of Charmin, my true love gave to me...Take that Mister Kerouac!)

Sleekit: sleek, smooth (indeed they are, eerily so)
crafty, deceitful (as they must)

All things are frozen outside today. Merced temperature is all of 32 degrees and if you think I'm going out photographing in freezing fog, yer nuts, nuttier than a fruitcake.

Fruitcake? Let us eat the fruitcake!
The second wave of mice.  The light is coming off the fur of the one i...
The second wave of mice. The light is coming off the fur of the one in the center. Soft isn't in it. They are sleek, hard, and fast. Slippery little dudes, too. These are definitely not lab mice.
Credit: mouse from merced
Opened books. Fletcher knows.
Five Oooopen booooks...four camping grounds, a party of three, twice a...
Five Oooopen booooks...four camping grounds, a party of three, twice as much trouble, one beauty of a library sitting in a natural amphitheater.
Credit: mouse from merced
Gene, call me this a.m., please.

Will wait till later on today when people are awake to enjoy the next two gifts.

I'd just like to say, and Amy agrees, that the only appropriate response to all this outpouring of gratitude is this.
Let's all do the Wayno again!
Let's all do the Wayno again!
Credit: mouse from merced
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