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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2014 - 11:33am PT
PJ Stuart and Cathy Connor the summer of 1971
PJ Stuart and Cathy Connor the summer of 1971
Credit: Gypsy
Time itself does not change.  We have all been beer before.  Tomorrow ...
Time itself does not change. We have all been beer before. Tomorrow we may be in the Buttermilk.
Credit: mouse from merced
Deja vu.
It's Patrick STU--art thou joining us at the campfire?

You're in the hot seat, PJ.

And he reveals all here. No holds barred and a "hard bold" on the Dihedral.


PJ writes:

The fellowship of the rope is a strong bond. I kept climbing until age 55. Still doing some ski-mountaineering at 65.

I remain in touch w/ the McGregors.

Cowboy Larry pops up once per decade , lastly with a Brazilian lingerie model.

Matt Donohoe has been fishing out of Sitka for years.

I ran into Mathis at the top of Chair one at Badger something like 20 yrs ago, probably more.

I see Gypsy's posts on FB frequently. I think she is in the Carolinas.

That is Randy in the photo on one of the early pitches of the Dihedral. October '73 as I recall. It was unseasonably hot and we ran low on water and were reduced to climbing in the cool mornings and evenings. Holed up under the overhangs in the heat of the day.

We were on track for the slowest ascent ever but managed to catch up with a couple of guys from Colorado at Thanksgiving Ledge where we also found two gallons of water in old Clorox bottles. It was a romp to the top from there. I laid down the haul bag and deposited a pile the size of a cow patty.
On the other TT, the Tangerine Trip.
On the other TT, the Tangerine Trip.
Credit: mouse from merced
Seeking ticks on EC.
Don't hug the rock so closely that it inhibits your freedom.
Don't hug the rock so closely that it inhibits your freedom.
Credit: mouse from merced
Do as Emilio Comici liked to do, lean outward so you can see upward.
Do as Emilio Comici liked to do, lean outward so you can see upward.
Credit: mouse from merced
A dream image common to many El Cap climbers--the banks of the old Mer...
A dream image common to many El Cap climbers--the banks of the old Merced.
Credit: mouse from merced
Just ask a climber.
Kristin.
Kristin.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2014 - 03:35pm PT
1973.  Randy Hamm leading on the Dihedral Wall.
1973. Randy Hamm leading on the Dihedral Wall.
Credit: mouse from merced
Flames who are accounted for:

"The Apathy House Three"
Mouse from Merced is from Merced still
the Rev from Greeley Hill
Larry Jones from Richmond

Throwpie from Berkeley
Matt Donohoe from Sitka AK
Millis RIP
Randy Hamm RIP
Dave Bircheff from SoCal
Phil Bircheff of the Eastside
Ron Anderson Flame by adoption from Mound House
zBrown Flame by full-race injection from Chula Vista

Dick Ellsworth, probably still from Alaska, is in his own class.
His Flames status was, in my estimation, “understood but ambiguous,” tacitly "taken for granite," in his case, one might say.

The latest to come in from the cold:
Big STU, good old PJ Stuart, “alive and not far away” and married to Matt’s sister, Mary Ellen.

PJ also wrote:

"I remember afternoons tokin and listening to tunes in your van in those far off magical days. The Sweet Bird of Youth. May I ask about Dolores? Jeff? Captain Clutch Rider?

Mary Ellen's grandfather, Doc Degnan, used to stay in the Hotel Tioga in the 40s. You are part of a long tradition."


And then there are the malingering Yeates, Bullfrog, and Cowboy Larry.

Some Flames Mamas who have shown up or can own up:

First and most4, Gypsy is living in Asheville
Dolores is long-divorced from Mouse; and Sha’ala is long-divorced from Yeates.
Sheila Slattery, Millis’ quondam GF, posted and then ghosted.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2014 - 03:46pm PT
But the Flames are not the campfire.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
nita.
nita.
Credit: mouse from merced

No, the Flames, in a way, they are like bear boxes, where memories are locked away, but there is no lock. But that's idle talk.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2014 - 03:49pm PT
When I grow up I'm gonna be one of them, mamma!
When I grow up I'm gonna be one of them, mamma!
Credit: mouse from merced
Ari, son of La Poeta, Anastasia.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Aug 7, 2014 - 04:50pm PT
cleanliness and godliness skiffle band



zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Aug 7, 2014 - 07:33pm PT
I happen to know a few Wilson's and a Baker


zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Aug 7, 2014 - 08:23pm PT
Thanks for that update upstream. I almost feel like I know these folks. A fine group of individuals indeed.



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 7, 2014 - 09:33pm PT
Yep, not an all-star cast, but a cast of couch potatoes in some cases.
For the benefit of the Latest State to come in out of the rain, Hawai'i.
What's a little 75 mph gust or two, anyway?
All the same, good luck and Aloha!
Kiki-raina festival.
Kiki-raina festival.
Credit: mouse from merced
Kiki-raina festival.
Kiki-raina festival.
Credit: mouse from merced
Kiki-raina festival.
Kiki-raina festival.
Credit: mouse from merced
Wisteria vine.
Wisteria vine.
Credit: mouse from merced
Avalanches & earthquakes, but no hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones.
"The Filipino Invasion of Alaska, the one Michener missed.
"The Filipino Invasion of Alaska, the one Michener missed.
Credit: mouse from merced
He only gives the appearance of a couch potato. Jeff works hard.
See the couch potato dance.  Dance, Spud, dance.  Dosey-do, Spud, dose...
See the couch potato dance. Dance, Spud, dance. Dosey-do, Spud, dosey- do. See Spud go. Go-man-go!
Credit: mouse from merced
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 8, 2014 - 01:54am PT
hey there say, mouse... wow, i love the tahitain dancing...

so happy! i miss doing that... so fun!
did it for the tourist, in south texas... they loved it...
thank you for sharing...


also, just sent you an email...
prayers...
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujň de la Playa
Aug 8, 2014 - 07:44am PT
More ancient history

A Dylan Insider’s Back Pages


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/books/a-dylan-insiders-back-pages.html?_r=0

Dylan's license plate number - may come up in Trivial Pursuits one day.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2014 - 08:57am PT
One-sided,
I decided,
Lacks depth.
Other-sided,
Back-sided,
Shows some breadth.
Goddesses Athena/wisdom and Themis/justice atop Merced Courthouse.
Goddesses Athena/wisdom and Themis/justice atop Merced Courthouse.
Credit: mouse from merced
"The Hidden Side of Athena" by Themis.  At booksellers worldwide.
"The Hidden Side of Athena" by Themis. At booksellers worldwide.
Credit: mouse from merced
"It was her decision to go with that choss-pile Acropolis in Athens.  ...
"It was her decision to go with that choss-pile Acropolis in Athens. She could have gone anywhere she wanted. We couldn't reason with her. And where is she now? SHE'S NOT HERE! I'm not around much myself, these days, either."--excerpt from the bewk
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2014 - 09:16am PT
Frubbish.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjrVB9RrLa4

More frubbish from a mad old bag.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRpAGKhLjsY

"Speed-reading kills rubbishy bewks."
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2014 - 09:42am PT
Conchata Ferrell was in K-Pax and John Cryer was the star in Dudes. Mike Ferrell's picture was posted by me on Toss-'em Back Thursday with some other dudes.
Jeff Mathis, Dillis Millis, Mike Farrel.
Jeff Mathis, Dillis Millis, Mike Farrel.
Credit: mouse from merced
And there's one of two boat people dudes taken by another dude.
Joe and Mike Ferrell sailing off Santa Cruz.
Joe and Mike Ferrell sailing off Santa Cruz.
Credit: BooDawg
It may be nothing, dude.

Neal Young may have a clue. I'll put a Flea in his ear.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2014 - 10:10am PT
Time for climbing content. Choke it down, it's good for you, T Hocking.

Wish I could say I was heading out this way, but I'm not.

From the summit of Mt. Clark on a clear day in the late 1970s.
From the summit of Mt. Clark on a clear day in the late 1970s.
Credit: mouse from merced
The view east from Mt. Clark (in the late seventies) by Jim Shirley, who soloed the NW ridge.
I found this in a bewk of maps.  They called them atlases because they...
I found this in a bewk of maps. They called them atlases because they had the world in there and you could balance it on your head. Or nose, if you were Werener.
Credit: mouse from merced
Head of the Merced River from Mt. Clark.
Head of the Merced River from Mt. Clark.
Credit: mouse from merced

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2014 - 06:20pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Celebrating the RIM fire a few days early, because they have cot the b...
Celebrating the RIM fire a few days early, because they have cot the batsturd.


Credit: mouse from merced
See drunk while Fried Day posting shifttily.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2014 - 06:38pm PT
The Rim fire still burns me up.

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I
Proud ’neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
And so forth...

He's toast. Emerald, a real gem.
Page one.
Page one.
Credit: mouse from merced
Back page.
Back page.
Credit: mouse from merced

Not ancient history, son.

Weep for the animals, trees, the meadows.

Rejoice in their resilience.

Good? Bad? Who is to say?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 8, 2014 - 08:06pm PT
hey there say, just hear it from the mouse's mouth, as in horse's mouth,
that oh my (didn't we suspect this? ) ;))


ye ol' traveling mouse, likes candor...
candOR, HE SAYS... (SEE the goatboy smellz thread, for 90% proof of that--other 10% is of course to allow for settling) :)


mouses candOR shelf-spice NEEDS to be here, too, for easy grabbing:


In powdered form: sprinkle as needed... *take care, not to over-spice,...
In powdered form: sprinkle as needed... *take care, not to over-spice, except when 'seasonally' applicable to apply, as per said-season...
Credit: neebee


:)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2014 - 09:01pm PT
Credit: locker
Coot-eeze.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2014 - 04:37am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Beep-beep!  I'm mocking at you!  I'm giving you the bird's eye.
Beep-beep! I'm mocking at you! I'm giving you the bird's eye.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Peace.  Out.
Peace. Out.
Credit: mouse from merced

Truth is, I DO love dills!

Not 'kosher dills' but the RILL DILLS,
the ones that came in a barrel,
sold for a nickel,
lasted for half an hour,
made you grin they were so sour.

Scamento sburbs,
our neighbors were Erbs
and we kids would create forts in their backyard holes
and we other kids would go build tree houses when that got old
and we two me 'n Pete
Mom's pickles we would eat
store-bought
we weren't caught
we'd sit in our tree house
Pete 'n the future Mouse
and we'd suck on those pickles
enjoying the bumpy ride
with out a thought
except how neat it was
on our oak tree platform
lookin' down on the clowns
(who I've come to find since were really the kosher marketing team--
they were out to convince the neighborhood that kraut was bad for you
in spite of the fact that we got the 'good stuff,' the real dills, the briny brawny Brian-biters,
from Gerhardt's butcher shop
which got the axe when the Shop 'n Save went in in Del Paso Manor chopping center)
he and me
the dill pickle club,
headquarters in a tree platform on a creek feeding the 'merican River)

I noticed that Lagunitas IPA is found at 1280 N. McDowell Rd., Petaluma, US of A, NA, Earth, Sol, Milky Way, Local Group, Space

Do they have a free lunch? Dills?
John Dill, YOSAR.  The REAL DILL, no mistakes.
John Dill, YOSAR. The REAL DILL, no mistakes.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2014 - 07:24am PT
Nothing like waking up with a happy organ.
Fever recently went to 'Organ.' I was going t'have a beer with him but ended up at the Bridge.

He's probably going to Bend my ear about organicky, orogenicky 'Organ.'

Werner, I mide could need ad hearing gaid.

Ad I tink I mide be gedding a code in by dose.

Id's hard do beleeb id, libbing in a hod blaze ligh Merzed.
Central Presbyterian Church belfry.  6:30 a.m.  Already blazed, sittin...
Central Presbyterian Church belfry. 6:30 a.m. Already blazed, sittin' here amazed...that I'm still alive. Thank you, man.
Credit: mouse from merced
EC Rider, whatchoo done done now?
EC Rider, whatchoo done done now?
Credit: mouse from merced
"Wish I had wheels," said the Flame. "Existence would seem more easy."
Have a nice, interesting day.
The Rostrum.
The Rostrum.
Credit: mouse from merced
Elephant Rock.  Doom!  Menace!  Power lines and hot lines.
Elephant Rock. Doom! Menace! Power lines and hot lines.
Credit: mouse from merced
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