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High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A race of corn eaters
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
Just for fun, a counterpoint...

Was in the Alps above Interlaken for a week in summer 2003 for rehab (for lack of a better word). Never saw a single human being, only the most intense presentation of flora and fauna that I had ever seen... way enspiriting.

EDIT

Better: ...for "spirit-building." (cf: muscle-building)
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
I should also point out that I was forced to go to China from economic pressures.

I sure as hell didn't want to come here!

Best decision I ever made, and despite myself.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
Jim, grandmom is on three legs! :P
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
But seriously, the retired women feed the stray cats.

Most of the dogs are pets.

China has changed a lot in the last ten years, Jim.

I'm amazed their culture has absorbed the change as equanimously as it has.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:41pm PT
I love California! (Hey Roxjoke can you her me?)


Roxjoke? Phukkin' drool catches on to America damn quick! Classic.


mtropy, yes indeed. It's freekin' huge. Look at the daughter person far away in the pic. It looks like photoshop but it's not!


Randisi, China rocks dude, I can't wait to go back.
The part of the wall I went to was 100% empty.


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Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
Just send me a PM, Bruce.

There's some good bouldering in Qingdao just south of here.

Not to mention some good beer. Much better than the export variety.

But you don't drink anymore, if I recall?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
Yep....when I climbed in Schezwan in 1980 everyone was on bikes, not a passenger vehicle in sight and just a few trucks.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
Yep....when I climbed in Schezwan in 1980 everyone was on bikes, not a passenger vehicle in sight and just a few trucks.


This does not sound like a down side. Unless you're trying to get somewhere far away......HA!!!

Randisi, I'm getting a new set of passports for the family as we speak.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
Yes, the increase in personal vehicle use sucks.

But that's a problem in most cities of the world, isn't it.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
when I climbed in Schezwan in 1980


Jim, the current accepted spelling is Sichuan.

Heh.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
Things do change.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
Bouldering in Qingdao (Tsing Dao):

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:27pm PT
On one hand, patriotism is a good thing, mainly because IT'S ROOTED IN YOUR FAMILY, the most important aspect of culture in virtually any land.

If you can't support your family, even though you disagree with "their" attitude in general, try to ignore that as much as possible and concentrate on the relationship you have with EACH ONE on an individual basis. It's practice for the world outside, and it's something many kids don't get to learn because of faulty or non-existent parenting, IMO.

On the other hand, some symbolism is involved here, because the nation as a whole is NOT A FAMILY. It's a massive tribal conflagration, where we try to get along, but PATRIOTISM makes us blind to the needs of others. It's a manufacured word the gov'ts need. I have little use for it, myself.

By jingo.
Dave Kos

Trad climber
Temecula
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
I LOVE AMERICA AND OUR FEDERAL ARMY WHENEVER WE ARE KILLING PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES!!!!

BUT FOR EVERYTHING ELSE I BELIEVE IN STATES RIGHTS!!!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Yep...and an itzy bitzy teeny weenie federal government please, except, of course, when a natural disaster hits and we need MASSIVE federal aid.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Obama is a traitor! He is pulling the troops from our Holy Wars!!! How are we going to teach those Muslims how to love America???
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
This is Boomer Patriotism:

STARBUCKS NEEDS YOU!


DMT
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
Yeah...and remember the Crusades helped to civilize Europe. Seems there was some confusion about who the barbarians were....still is.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Don't confuse the issue, Jim. The Crusades also brought us the Knights Templar
and the start of the modern banking system. And we all know what a boon
that has been, right?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
The Knights Templar seem to have been a great template (no pun intended) for some some notable current organizations like the NRA


And
I'll have you know

I got $.02 on my checking account last statement.
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