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rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 26, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
I was serving drinks in a biker bar in Daytona....
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 26, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
Fletcher, good post. I knew you were in great shape, at one time or another--that sort of thing shows in how guys carry themselves later on when they are not in training; they seem at ease when standing--and I was wondering how you did it. But really, running is my own bugbear--having bad knees I needed to find something else.

I found swimming about the time I was eleven and kept this up thru HS and college's first year. You runners (and Jerry Rice was the most in-shape man I ever heard of, except Jack LaLanne) are lucky. Pair of shoes and go: Talus. Track. Sidewalk. Trails. STairs.
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 26, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
What was I doing at age 11??? Great question.

I wrote an award wining essay.
I was traveling the Pacific NW with my mom and dad
I was studying classical ballet and playing piano
I was singing, privately, in my bedroom
and I was writing a report on our 11th President, James K. Polk.


~peace
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2013 - 12:24am PT
I was writing a report on our 11th President, James K. Polk.

Wow! How old are you?
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 27, 2013 - 12:32am PT
I'm am 40 years old.
How old are you, man???

Did you KNOW that James K. Polk was our 11th President???


~peace
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 27, 2013 - 01:03am PT
I was in Texas playing in the dirt with a stick. Because that's what you did back then.

C'mon! The story is much better than that! >:)

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2013 - 01:06am PT
Leggs... its a blague!
MisterE

Social climber
Jan 27, 2013 - 01:07am PT
A Brooke Raboutou I wasn't - and I don't mean just gender-wise.

Fresh out of the mountains and home-schooling, I was Class President of Whatcom Middle School, and had just met some bad neighbors who turned me to the dark side for a few years.

My first crime with the bad crew was robbing an UNLOCKED fireworks stand - easy. I got the rush big-time - by 12 I was ransacking cars, stealing drugs from my parents for myself and "friends". At school, I was also tripping girls in the hall because I thought that was a good way to flirt. I got a round-house from a 7th-grader that left a bone-bruise on my jaw for 4 months.

Needless to say, I didn't make Class President the next year.



Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jan 27, 2013 - 01:12am PT
Hankster writes:

"I was in Texas playing in the dirt with a stick. Because that's what you did back then."


You guys had a stick?

That's cool. We couldn't afford a stick, because my parents thought I needed a sister instead.
jogill

climber
Colorado
Jan 27, 2013 - 01:15am PT
by 12 I was ransacking cars, stealing drugs from my parents for myself and "friends" At school

That's more like it! A bunch of goody-twoshoes here. When I was 13 (I think) I stole a pistol from a Mafioso.

;>\


Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 27, 2013 - 01:24am PT
Street Plants.
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jan 27, 2013 - 01:42am PT
I hadn't seen that Caylor clip in a while. Love it! Man, you should be certified a national treasure. Anyone who can go through all that mayhem, live through it, and tell about it with a smile and humor is a gem!

Eric
F'ueco

Boulder climber
Sunnyvale, CA
Jan 27, 2013 - 01:47am PT
Hmm, at 11 I was running 10km races and throwing stuff at the track... The first shot is me at 11 with my dad after the "Forty Nunners Run" in Foster City, CA. The second is me throwing shotput at age 10 at Modesto Junior College.




Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jan 27, 2013 - 01:49am PT
Hey Mouse! You talking to me? YOU TALKING TO ME????? You saying I'm out of shape???? Hee hee!

For 35 years, I've been 5 lbs. away from being way honed. Damn Peanut M&M's and TJ's Coffee Blast Ice Cream!!!!

Many moons ago, I was one of those distance runners who had to get out every day, do big miles. But I loved running so much (particularly the being outdoors in the elements part), that in my late twenties I knew I need to diversify and cut back. Goal has since been to have knees that work when I'm seventy for running. I have my Mom's husband as inspiration... he's 85 and still running! He inspired me to get into distance running back when I was a kid, BTW.

Sorry to hear about your knees... but there's lot of other stuff out there with good benefits.

Eric
slayton

Trad climber
Here and There
Jan 27, 2013 - 06:54am PT
Some of my best memories are of that 11 year old time period. Running around the desert around my home in Desert Hot Springs, just outside of Palm Springs and down the hill from Joshua Tree. Chasing lizzards, hunting snakes, getting stuck with cholla on a routine basis, digging forts out of the sand around cat's claw. Smelling the rare, itinerant rain with the overwhelming scent of creosote. Bliss.
QITNL

climber
Jan 27, 2013 - 10:25am PT
When I was 11, I was thinking about the easy days when I was 10, before I got my drug habit south side of Chicago teaching the blues. I figured I was 4-F from the get go, but a low draft number is a real kick in the balls, you know. I was stressing - boom - woke up in Saskatchewan after getting cold-cocked in a Detroit saloon. Or maybe I just got on the wrong bus going home. Whatever. I still don't know.

We used to say "whatver" before cellphones, you know.

Got a new name which I never even tried to pronounce. Formed a paperboy union; we boycotted and burned product to stay warm. Light the power. Convinced them it was "punk" to burn hockey sticks, too. That kinda got out of hand, one of those Prime Minister dudes or someone got deposed. I got to meet "Yosemite" Sam - hey, I know it's not his real name, but I was a kid, chill.

Got bored, headed south after I heard my friend (met him playing pee wee soccer in Bed Stuy) was coming out with a new line of ice axes in Mexico. Never hooked up with him, can't say the same for a bunch of bulls. Most of them were really old, really slow. They look big because they stand them next to midgets. Farrah Fawcett was 4'2" in heels. When I was 11, the playing field was level.

Co-founded gentrification. Joined the Foreign Legion and Spanish Inquisition when I was 12 and started trading oil.

My mom told me I could only pick on kids my own size. Turned 13, game over.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Jan 27, 2013 - 10:40am PT
When I was 11, I was wishing I was 56. Now that I am 56, I wish I was 11.
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 27, 2013 - 10:42am PT
^^^ nice!

edit: doh, double post Patrick!

steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Jan 27, 2013 - 11:02am PT
When I was 11, I had a pretty serious hobby of making explosives; including by the age of 14; high explosives, rockets etc.

At 14, I blew the tips of 2 fingers off. My mother thru all my stuff out.

If I hadn't quit; I'm sure something more serious would of resulted. Climbing is risky, but my former hobby was more hazardous.

Certainly something I wasn't going to introduce to my own son.
x15x15

climber
Jan 27, 2013 - 11:59am PT
on one hand, i wish i knew then what i know now... on the other hand, the trouble that would have been had... ouch...
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