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zBrown

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Jul 21, 2014 - 09:06pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 21, 2014 - 09:49pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Kevin, founder of Merced Art Hop.  Owner of BS Computers.
Kevin, founder of Merced Art Hop. Owner of BS Computers.
Credit: mouse from merced
Kim, Kevin's spouse, and co-director of MAH.
Kim, Kevin's spouse, and co-director of MAH.
Credit: mouse from merced
This is the first year that the Art Hop was given a grant. This is the fourth year, so there have been about 18 of these events now.

My hat is off to Kevin and Kim for seeing this good thing through to this point. There have been in-fights between factions, and bullies who have tried to assume the position of responsibility, but none of them are as dedicated to preserving the authenticity of real, participatory art and exhibits of local, Merced-inspired artistic talent like K & K.

Saturday was really quite lightly-attended, but it is the middle of the summer doldrums.

Speaking of drums...
Drum Circle Night at Coffee Bandits happened on Saturday, as well.  My...
Drum Circle Night at Coffee Bandits happened on Saturday, as well. My bud John on the conga.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
...and other fancy stuff...
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
We hope some of you can make it to Merced for the next Art Hop on Octo...
We hope some of you can make it to Merced for the next Art Hop on October 18.
Credit: mouse from merced

A bientot.

And I'll be in touch.

This evening's slide show provided by the jump start from zBrown. Thanks, amigo, as I was getting tired.

Here is my new neighbor, Lulu.
Lulu showing her self-portrait in the window.  I'm not sure if the lad...
Lulu showing her self-portrait in the window. I'm not sure if the lady in the background is imitating art, but it looks like it, so it must be so.
Credit: mouse from merced




zBrown

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Jul 22, 2014 - 07:42am PT
^^^ All these folks on their way to Yosemite National Park?

As I recall, it was John Muir who said "get a horse" (or was it a donkey? or maybe even "go west young man").

Anyway, you can probably tell who wears the feathers in this family. They are for the most part armed and should be considered dangerous. An appearance in Merced would be considered an omen, neither good nor bad nor evan a "Little Village", just an omen.



WTF? Did they have photoshop back when Bill was still with us?

Pictures cannot tell a lie (it is rumoured), so here is the long sought after proof that Herr Braun was indeed a member of Bill's traveling show.

No postcards, but the circus is indeed in towne.

zBrown

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Jul 22, 2014 - 08:17am PT
These guys did follow the advice and got onboard with the horse thing. However, as any fool can see that is not the road to Merced.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2014 - 09:40am PT
Yet more Circus Menschen, jah?
Great stuff, zeebster-meister.
Is that the Juggler/Clown Braun?
Wild West goes to Germany.
Wild West goes to Germany.
Credit: mouse from merced
You SAY there's hay in that old hole, ol' Rusty?  Great!  Now we need ...
You SAY there's hay in that old hole, ol' Rusty? Great! Now we need some water, ol' pard.
Credit: mouse from merced


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2014 - 09:53am PT
http://atthefair.homestead.com/pkeatt/CumminsWildWestShow.html
Injuns in Congrefs?  They ain't even citizens hereabouts!
Injuns in Congrefs? They ain't even citizens hereabouts!
Credit: At the Fair
Clint Cummins practicing his fancy roping on Mt. Stuart.  The wind mak...
Clint Cummins practicing his fancy roping on Mt. Stuart. The wind makes it tough.
Credit: Stephen Abegg

http://sites.google.com/site/stephabegg/home/tripreports/washington/northcascades/stuart
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:04pm PT
Dawn from Earth.
Credit: mouse from merced
Down to Earth.
Credit: mouse from merced

Dawn on Earth.
Credit: mouse from merced
Comes the dawn, the crows take to the sky.
The car poolers.
The car poolers.
Credit: mouse from merced
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:11pm PT

Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:17pm PT
Dawn in paradise, Li'l Yo.
Dawn in paradise, Li'l Yo.
Credit: mouse from merced

Thank you, Marlow!
A very small TY, but it's polite.
A very small TY, but it's polite.
Credit: GI
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2014 - 02:03pm PT
Boomer and Nick Econoumo, BFF from Shasta High.
Dos amigos, ca. 1943.
Dos amigos, ca. 1943.
Credit: mouse from merced

Mouse and Liz, BFF from Merced College.
Dos amigos.  1990.
Dos amigos. 1990.
Credit: mouse from merced

Liz, also my GFF.
The newly-named Mrs. Bermingham.  Wawona 1990.
The newly-named Mrs. Bermingham. Wawona 1990.
Credit: mouse from merced

YV.  November 1889.  Who's to say it didn't look like this?
YV. November 1889. Who's to say it didn't look like this?
Credit: mouse from merced

Hwy 120 above the 140 junction, the results of the fires that almost t...
Hwy 120 above the 140 junction, the results of the fires that almost took out El Portal in the late '80s.
Credit: mouse from merced

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2014 - 12:50am PT
Irwin in THE KISS, one of La Belle France's first &#40;1896&#41; contr...
Irwin in THE KISS, one of La Belle France's first (1896) contributions to pornography.
Credit: mouse from merced
"The movie wasn't so hot." "Yeah, Susie, it wasn't. And there wasn't much of a plot."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGdGFtwCNBE
MR. BRIGHTSIDE
by The Killer Kissers

I'm coming out of my cage
And Iíve been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Because I want it all

It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this?
It was only a kiss
It was only a kiss

Now Iím falling asleep
And sheís calling a cab
While heís having a smoke
And sheís taking a drag

Now theyíre going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And itís all in my head

But sheís touching his chest now
He takes off her dress now
Let me go

And I just canít look its killing me
And taking control

Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis

But itís just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
ĎCause Iím Mr Brightside

Iím coming out of my cage
And Iíve been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Because I want it all

It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this?
It was only a kiss
It was only a kiss

Now Iím falling asleep
And sheís calling a cab
While heís having a smoke
And sheís taking a drag

Now theyíre going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And itís all in my head

But sheís touching his chest now
He takes off her dress now
Let me go

Cause I just canít look its killing me
And taking control

Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis

But itís just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
ĎCause Iím Mr Brightside

I never
I never
I never
I never
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2014 - 02:13am PT
For the mountineers and the ice climber, who have been sadly neglected for the most part here on this thread. But it is called The Flames, and ice and fire don't mix. Mostly. But here is a hairy close-call mountain-climbing tale to abuse you.

It was originally inspired by my close correspondence with a banned former member of the community. God rest his last five avatars.

Superego TooPoo Forum

ta-da!

presents

zBrown
Stars are born on nights like these <br/>
The moon is made from three year...
Stars are born on nights like these
The moon is made from three year cheese
Keep us free from Parvo disease
Credit: BrujoDLP
ta-da!

and a cast of a cat and a dog and a mouse

ta-da!

...and a bunch of other mice (mostly recruited from various laboratory animal retirement homes, so they're pretty feeble)

especially trained for this performance

by OL' Superego NEEBEE herself

"Trailed 'em in from Michigan mahself."
"You put your RIGHT foot in, Nijinski.  THEN your left."
"You put your RIGHT foot in, Nijinski. THEN your left."
Credit: GI
Illustrations were gonna be by Throwpie, but he's nowhere, man. Big bag of wind (smiling eMoticon) hasn't been to visit since the last time, either.

Actually, keeping it real, this is a climbing story; it happened to me; and there is just me, alone, somewhere in the mountains of my mind, and the Creator/Destroyer.

The angle of the slope wasn't too bad except at the beginning, see, an...
The angle of the slope wasn't too bad except at the beginning, see, and there was not a cloud in the sky. In fact, it was as sunny as Sunnyside...at first...
Credit: mouse from merced
So I'm climbing solo up this moderate slope and the ice just starts melting out from under me, slushing out; and little slab-like platelet things are floating by and I began sliding with it slowly and I expect it to be getting faster (like, where's gravity gone?) but it doesn't--it just keeps moving downhill at the same slushy pace. I still panicked. Hell's bells, I'm falling uncontrolled but controlled, not out of control, but remotely controlled. Shift flock! So I did the only thing I could think of. I took off my right glove and pinched my cheek hard.

I woke up immediately.

I felt like I'd never slept.

So I got up and posted this.
This was like the closest I've come to dying on a mountain, ever.  No ...
This was like the closest I've come to dying on a mountain, ever. No shift.
Credit: mouse from merced

Guffaw!
Guffaw!
Credit: mouse from merced
Thanks, Spider!

There are only three "ta-das" allowed per post now, per the moderates in the control booth. I checked.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2014 - 03:36am PT
Ramble Tamble
from Cosmoís Factory

http://www.bestplaces.net/zip-code/ca_not_found/igo/96047

[Chorus]
Move,
Down the road to
Igo.

There's mud in the water,
Roaches in the cellar,
Bugs in the sugar,
Mortgage on the home.

There's garbage on the sidewalk,
Highways in the back yard,
Police on the corner,
Mortgage on the car.

They're selling independence,
Actors in the White House,
Acid in digestion,
Mortgage on my life.

Ramble tamble tamble
Ramble tamble tamble
Ramble tamble tamble

Creedence/Ramble Tamble

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2014 - 04:08am PT
I have seen enough to know there could well and truly be more contented climbers around here if there were more climbing content.

But there are always the ten-percenters, as our football coach called them, the ones who don't participate.

The Flames started out as climbing stuff and evolved, kind of like you did, you old farts and fartresses.

It's Thursday, and on the Mickey Mouse Club, that would be, let's see...I'll have to Goggle that...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2014 - 04:46am PT
Thursday was Circus Day on the club. (Friday, anything can happen, like here...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D42Czi8TMSY

But today on the Superego, we have TURN BACK THE CLOCK THURSDAY, similar to MrE's thread, Throw 'em Up Thursday. :0)

So I'm cleaning out some pix that are LONG overdue here, taken by Jim Shirley, my old climbing partner. These all dated from either or both the late seventies and early eighties (of the last century--we're not donini-old.)

Jim was quite taken with the craft and took his camera everywhere. We were born partners. I bought my pocket Rollei from Jim's North Face mail order shop in Berkeley.

I don'tknow what happened to that little gem, but I know it didn't get dropped into a crevasse. I haven't crossed a crevasse since 1970.


I'm not sure, but I think Jim used a Pentax on these. I didn't write it down, so I couldn't tell you for sure.

I hope you appreciate that these were taken at great risk. It is climbing, after all.

What I like to call Leichtfuss Land.
Mt. Conness summit block.  Marmot headquarters for the entire Eastside...
Mt. Conness summit block. Marmot headquarters for the entire Eastside, did you know? Whistle if you care.
Credit: mouse from merced
Mom told me that, when cleaning, always start at the top. She knew nothing technical about my sport, but kept the house spotless.
Down-climb that?  McCabe Lakes, I guess, TM "way out there."
Down-climb that? McCabe Lakes, I guess, TM "way out there."
Credit: mouse from merced
This is a damned "brink." Fall off this and it could brink you down.
A more southerly view from the same brink of disaster.  Yes, we stood ...
A more southerly view from the same brink of disaster. Yes, we stood at the brink of possible disaster.
Credit: mouse from merced
Risky stuff. All in a day's work for Shirley and Company.

Another adventure took us up Lyell Canyon to experience Mt. Lyell's SE Arete, a 4th Class and very airy and at the highest elevation in the Park, it's a fun route, better than slogging up cuppy, crappy snow. Ugh!
Starting at or near the top, here's me with a 9mm Mammut rope.  Not ev...
Starting at or near the top, here's me with a 9mm Mammut rope. Not even close to Roper 4th Class, or Five-minus.
Credit: mouse from merced
View of Upper Marie Lake &#40;she's a beauty&#41; from the SE Spigallo...
View of Upper Marie Lake (she's a beauty) from the SE Spigallo of Monte Lyello. How did that get in here? Rodger knows.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne.
The Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Lyell Freeway.
The Lyell Freeway.
Credit: mouse from merced
You can tell by the late afternoon shadows we got a late-ass start.  L...
You can tell by the late afternoon shadows we got a late-ass start. Like about one o'clock. We were in no big rush. Good Colombian is like that.
Credit: mouse from merced

So we ticked Lyell. Three crossings of Don O'Hugh Pass later, we hiked out in half a day, burger-hungry, but the grill had closed for the season the day we got there.

This set is like, anything could happen Friday.
Trail to someplace.  A place that Jim has never told me about.  He's c...
Trail to someplace. A place that Jim has never told me about. He's climbed with several others and in several states besides wasted on Colombian. Just kidding, StraightBoy...
Credit: mouse from merced
This is someplace.  I haven't a clue, like I said.  It looks to me lik...
This is someplace. I haven't a clue, like I said. It looks to me like what you see from a distance in that pic above.
Credit: mouse from merced
TStorm over the Question Mark Mtns.  Again, no clue as to place.  Just...
TStorm over the Question Mark Mtns. Again, no clue as to place. Just way high. On Colombian, his favorite. Hell, it's all anyone had at the time in Berkeley.
Credit: mouse from merced
ALL PHOTOS IN THIS POST ARE BY JIM SHIRLEY, not mfm.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2014 - 05:12am PT
zBrown, can we have a Black & White day soon?

PM, email, flare, postcard or drum me on that. Please.

Fail to plan, plan to fail, and no flan for you!.

I been workin' at posting about climbing and stuff.

What's MooseDrowned up to today? I wonder. I guess he said, but I forgot.

For the Bluesketeer in MooseKeteer.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2014 - 06:12am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Now, they tell us there are no coincidences, while the rest of them tell us just the other way.

I think there is a hole in their heads that lets in the light.

It develops into ideas like those; but this...this is too much. No sooner did I pick up this book and start reading the main part, having read the intro earlier today, when it became startlingly clear that someone or thing or force is playing around upstairs, in Valhalla, maybe; or the stars have aligned right to cause this; but to see the Buffalo Bill shots, IN BLACK AND WHITE, ho less, and then to read these pages as I just now did...I just had to share this here, just like I had to share that dream earlier on.

It's time to hit the rack, the night shift is leaving.

As they say in Paris, a bean toe.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 25, 2014 - 12:43pm PT
Imagin, e, f u well...a day of seven hours, but "nooned out" by split ...
Imagin, e, f u well...a day of seven hours, but "nooned out" by split ting the at oms 1 at o'tyme.
Credit: Steve Appleby drawering
swiss time has holes all thru it.
norwegian's time zone runs counterclockwise but in a linear fashion.
when u split wood, do u get wood?
if a tree grows in the forest and dies and eventually falls and sooner or later some fun guy comes along and cuts it into rounds and then fashions them rounds into bears using his chainsaw and then takes the sawdust and sprinkles it over his salad...

got all that?

then what tyme is it, class?

disgust among urselves whilst i go have some lunch.

i brought brautwurst just becuz it is the best

can u all stand to take the test o tyme?

norwegian, do u have sweetish meat balls and a wood pecker?



All my life I've been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.--Luis Bunuel
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 25, 2014 - 02:09pm PT
dirtineye once said:

jstan wrote:
"These threads are like crawling through a plate of spaghetti in order to find out where everything goes. No matter how good you are you get tomatoes in your ears."

That's brilliant. And funny too.
It also makes me think that some ST denizens probably have way too many tomatoes in their ears, and that can cause all sorts of trouble.

That thread went nowhere, man. It got LEBbed out.

It is worth noting that JStan is in error. These crawlers through of threads would have spaghetti sauce in their ears, not to mention being covered in it. Just sayin', John. Otherwise, brilliant.

Then there are folks with beans in their ears.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beans_in_My_Ears

Donegan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c73tl5u2BKc

Seeger.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mjx3wG7Kg58

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 26, 2014 - 04:35am PT
My Baby Loves the Western Movies Night

A Sierra Nevada Gunfight/2013/Michael Madsen (the vicious, whacked-out Mr. Blonde of Res. Dogs)

Stuff about the movie.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1879078/

The movie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qNuSfgwOI0

Producer Kelly Parks also played dead miner #1, the guy with the axe in his chest.

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