Take the Donini vow


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Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 26, 2013 - 01:25am PT
After being sucked down the vortex of another off topic thread I think it's time to take the Donini Vow
By the way, i never said that i was quitting ST but i have made a personal vow to never post on anything but a climbing thread. Okay, i am hoplessly Old School.

Obviously there are exceptions to the rule, Friday night posting while drunk!

I do so vow, anyone else?

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:27am PT
He didn't break the vow.
Climbing and drinking go together!

Edit; Does the VOW include NOT starting OT threads also, Rolfr?

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:31am PT
Wait, when does the vow start? This isn't a climbing thread, so will I be an instant liar?

Is this a non-climbing thread about only posting on climbing threads?

The penrose stairs of threads! Penrose thread!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:40am PT
Vows traditionally originate somewhere in the first act of opera. Supertopera, not so much.--Donini
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:50am PT
Me n the boyz, we chased that ancient bastard down, Donini I tell you!

Aye we chased that bastard down and we caught him too. And like a pack of jackals we jumped him and we stripped him of his clothing and then we tore him limb from limb and threw down his ruin upon the mountain.

And then victorious I sat. Yes in victory I sat I tell you and I took my old cardboard lined shoes off and I took one of Donini's shoes, his magic shoes, and I put it on my foot.

But it wouldn't fit!!!!!!!111111111111111111


Alas I cannot walk a mile in his shoes.

Damn him!

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:56am PT
Supertoperaxpedalioscious, Dingus!

Are you a baritone?

Sport climber
Jan 26, 2013 - 03:50am PT
A Donini vow could be great, but beware the business vow introduced by Tom Peters in his vov-vov book. Corporate religion next door...

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 26, 2013 - 09:18am PT
"Okay, i am hoplessly Old School."

Looks like Donini needs to go back to old school.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 26, 2013 - 11:11am PT
I have little doubt at all that donini can do the NIAD.

But like Strother Martin says, what we have here is failure to communicate.
The D is supposed to stand for "day" not "diaper".

Besides, don't they discourage people from hammering pins into it?

(trivia quiz; what was the Dennis Hopper line in Cool Hand Luke?)

Jan 26, 2013 - 11:42am PT
Once again Donini proves his superiority to us mere mortals. I can't go there but understand his desire.


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 26, 2013 - 11:55am PT
"The D is supposed to stand for "day" not "diaper"."

Coffee blown out nose!!!!!!!!!!

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
Yooo....my first name is not Grover. I'm not suggesting posting only on climbing threads is some higher value, I just think that it's the best thing for me with the goals that i have in mind and the ease with which, to my consternation, i can be sucked into the morass of politics and religion.
Have fun whatever you do.....posting on a friday night while drunk has a high entertainment quotient for many!

Jan 26, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
Weird. I don't recall ever seeing Rolf post to a non-climbing thread before. Just don't make it a habit.

between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
This is the Donini vow that impresses me the most. I'll be 60 in a couple a years and though I've never been in the same league as Donini, I'll try to keep hammering too.

As i aproach my 70th birthday, the sands running ever faster thru the hourglass, i have decided to dedicate this year to some climbing goals.

Social climber
boulder co
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
I'm in, even if people don't "take the vow" I think we should try and make a point of bumping climbing content to the front page so this actually looks like a climbing forum. Thats why we're here right?


Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 26, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
I will take the vow once I start training for NIAD ;)

But since aid is cheating and I can't climb it free, I am afraid tere will be no vow ;(
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 26, 2013 - 03:45pm PT
I am going to settle for a realistic goal.

The Cow in a day.

If it's mostly buried under rockfall, so much the better.

Just gotta go look for it and hope it's not totally buried.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 26, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
"Take the Donini Vow"

No way I'm becoming a monk. Seriously.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 26, 2013 - 03:57pm PT
Big Mike

Trad climber
Jan 26, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
Donini's gonna free the nose? This I have to see! ;)

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jan 26, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
I get what you are saying and I've had my own Donini-esque vow for about a month now:

But first, as a preface, I and others have observed that the kookiness of ST (always an element of that, that's why I'm here!) seems to get ramped up in the winter when folks don't seem to get out as much. Being laid up with an injury for extended periods seems to increase the factor as well. Come spring and the increased photon exposure and fresh air seem to put a damper on the negative.

I can get sucked into these threads as much as anyone. And you don't need to post to be overly engaged, just reading can have the same adverse affects. :-)

So, I have chosen to take a "working" vacation from the Taco Stand until the Spring. I've scaled back. I don't check the forum list for new topics much and tend to know which ones are safe to open if I do: primarily climbing related, of course, but there are some great picture, poetry, and other threads out there. It's not the content so much for me as the quality of the content and the intentions of the posters.

If I do post, I follow general guidelines that apply all the time on any public forum (or even e-mail) that have long served me well: Be positive and ask if you are contributing something that adds to the discussion and/or provides support for another human being (or animal, maybe even a plant or rock!). Good-hearted humor (especially with respect to oneself) is always a good thing too.

In the meantime, I've got plenty of other things around here that need my attention!


P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, check out Ghost's http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Climbers-save-their-country-Yes-this-is-damn-on-topic/t11830n.html. Required reading and a little bit of something for everyone. Great storytelling about the beautiful people of the north.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 26, 2013 - 10:39pm PT

Locker, I've knever been able to control wut u post. . .

hee hee hee. . .
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 26, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
Oh My,

Not sure what just conspired here
but hoping it be good.
And that the hood will gain from
the bros here, the boys that make it happen.

Donini and all yo like minded men and women ...people need your mo and jo and all the info that flo with it. So hope yo keep on postin'.

Lol that life is gooooooood. lynnie

Edit: it is Sat. nite and time to create. :D


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 26, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Donini's gonna free the nose? This I have to see! ;)

I have no doubts.. The blue camalot is strong with that one...although resurrected by the red one...

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jan 26, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
I noticed the nearly full moon while driving to my friend's home in SLC last night.

Are there more loonies on ST when the moon is full, or are we always posting?

It was a foggy drive home to Choss Creek today.

Credit: Fritz

oh yeah!

I'm not a Christian or a Conservative, so I don't do vows.

I do like avoiding politard threads, (when possible) and climbing with Donini.
bit'er ol' guy

the past
Jan 27, 2013 - 12:42am PT

bit'er old guy vow....

Never post on the same thread twice.


never thread on the same post trice...

no wait....

here it is..


OK ...

Never post on the same thread twice.

In fact, never go back to a thread you,ve posted on.




Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 27, 2013 - 03:04am PT
Hey yo Locker, I'm gonna take your vow! I think the Donini is way awes, but I'm more inclined to be able to follow through with your vow, ;-)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 27, 2013 - 03:21am PT
Good try, Fritz. The halos didn't come through, on either you or your climbing bud. Nobody should brag about not participating or visiting the political threads here. I never do...

But hiding Jim's third hand must have been fairly easy using that pose.

In most of the pics showing him climbing you never notice it's (cleverly or conveniently) hidden? You ever notice?

LOL, Jim. Ain't no cure for bigstonitis, dude, so I'll just say good luck. Try not to get rescued.

Jan 27, 2013 - 04:15am PT

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 27, 2013 - 09:10am PT
So, if I'm reading this right, Gal just vowed to post porn? This could get interesting!
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Jan 27, 2013 - 10:19am PT
I am running out of money. My car battery just gave out in a sleet-driven rain in a supermarket car park. With Jennie in the car. Fortunately a bloke I know gave us a lift home. Now I am waiting for the rescue assistance truck to call me and I'll scooter down to meet him (about 15 minutes of scootering, will running, I don't have a scooter). Looks like a new battery is needed, which I cannot afford.

Jennie is safe and home and dry. It's windy and pissing out.

But Donini knows. He has climbed in Patagonia some tough stuff. However Ireland is a bit different.

Jim, don't keep your vow, I love your input, climbing related or not. Jim, I like all of your posts. Just don't take vows, they can cause IT track problems. ;-)

And this thread just shows how the Taco Stand is so much different (for the better IMO) than other climbing forums. It's diverse, has humor, has angst, has everything.

BTW. Anybody got a spare battery for a VW Polo?

And 2013 is not looking that great. And I am THE eternal optimist. Attempted burglary of our house, Jen's medical condition not getting any better (we knew it wouldn't), debt, bad battery, and yet...

...and yet, we are not that bad off compared to many people in the world. so I guess I count my lucky stars.

Now where did I put those darn winning lottery numbers?
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