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Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Roof is leaking, I am behind in my rent, Jennie is up and down...

... anxiety? What is that?

I'd go climbing - but it is snowing out. And the roof is still leaking.

Anxiety. It's too easy. Give me a good round of total bullish*t, of people asking me for money, of people cutting off my credit. Anxiety? Bah, give me heartbreak. Give me a banker telling me that they don't care.

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.

Feb 23, 2013 - 11:11am PT
Anxiety? Is that like when you try to get to sleep at night and then remember you didn't buy milk for your morning coffee? I hate that, but maybe that's despair or desolation.

Here's a thought; with all that time spent in the airplane position your moving parts may stiffen up and get painful enough to distract you from the anxiety.

So better get on the yoga.


Social climber
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:16am PT
They got you cats in your absence ? Oh, dear. Small furry beasties who will do nothing but rip up yer furniture, pee on your best down sleepin' bag, and then give up the cuteness so easily your big ol' messed up heart just melts away like butter on a stovetop.

So now just add yoga.

Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:27am PT
MH2, milk for coffee? I forgot about that.

I do have a couple of Euro, milk is top of the list. Wine is out, whine whine whine.

Dingus, I do not know why you deleted your post on the Oakdale Fest thread. But I am sure you had a good reason. As far as anxiety is concerned, I can ID with you.

I will send you my best wishes and vibes. And all of you Taco Standers. Times are tough. And we need the best of vibes.

I have not had a good sleep for well over a week. Anxiety. But I am the eternal optimist.

Getting on the rock helps, but it is snowing (sort of) out.


Hey Tami, Boots is not that bad. Yeah, he is a pain, but does not rip up the furniture and knows where his litter tray is (he never uses it, he scratches the rugs to us know that he wants out ).

Anxiety? It makes my palms itch.

Feb 23, 2013 - 11:39am PT

I know that feel.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Dingus.... two words of advise.

"Go Climbing"

And three more your going to be hearing quite a bit more of....

"Clean the Cat-box"


Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Feb 23, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
WEED, WHITES AND WINE (I guess the whites won't help with the anxiety, substitute with vice of your choice)
Bad Acronym

Little Death Hollow
Feb 23, 2013 - 01:42pm PT

Know how you felt, the exact same thing happened to me yesterday morning. Hard to get UI for that type of "Discharge". Ugh.

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Feb 23, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
I feel your pain.
I travel endlessly too.
Right now I'm n the sky headed home after 27 days on the road.

For me it's more the gray skies of winter... Eats me alive.
It's easy to get depressed and lonely on the road...

My Gawd I want a real meal from my kitchen!

Looking forward to a week in the sun at home, then gone again for a few weeks....


Sport climber
Feb 23, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Have no fear... everyone is a monster.. and not...

Have no fear of fear ... or anxiety...
Everything is as it is... it's hopeless, not serious...

Trad climber
SF Bay Area
Feb 23, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
Don't know much about what have been going on here (been away for a while) and can't do much, but...


Wish you well, and tomorrow is another day!!
Oh wait... it's a new day already! Hopefully you are feeling much better by now.


Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Feb 23, 2013 - 03:18pm PT
Angus is in Pinns for a couple days.

Might be just the thing. Relaxing on some loose cobbles.



Trad climber
Feb 23, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
Brian Eno's album "Ambient Music for Airports" is a must-have for any interactions with airports or planes. I set it on loop. The guy has it dialed. Airport noise and seats too narrow for your shoulders (bump) ought to have their own ring in Dante's Inferno. In fact, the only thing that gives me pause about heading out to Facelift again this year is the flipping God-awful long flights.

Kava tea is really good. I used to drink it two bags at a time until they added barley malt to sweeten it. Well, that and they took the capsules off the market over liver disease questions. Good thing they were still around when I took the bar or I probably would have run out of the exam screaming.

Klonopin has the added benefit that it is a mild muscle relaxant, and can help with sleep. Less sleep on the road = less HGH released = more build-up of garbage in your system, making you feel worse and worse. Good night of sleep = oil change for the body.

I can remember having to fly to Chicago 1 - 2 x per month and being awake for 2 & 3 & 4 days straight because I just couldn't sleep out there.

I had life-long, chronic anxiety and massive panic attacks (cycled with chronic depression) until I got rid of grains completely about a year and a half ago. Not a hint of them (or depression) since. No kidding.

I feel your pain & agree that furry family members are good for the soul. Hope you're feeling better!!!


Social climber
Feb 23, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
hey there say, DMT... oh my, very sorry i am so late... and won't do much good, now...

or if i could... :(

this won't help, i know, but i pray, and it helps me...

but for you, i'd say:
keep busy somehow, so you don't 'overthink' things...

either have paper and pencil and just doodle... which gets
out 'excxess built up energy' from worrying, but not being able to DO anything...

or--make a list of things that need solving, and what you might do etc, about
them... you will be so busy, you won't have time to be anxious, as you
will be in 'problem solving mode' and that tends to make one creative,
and THUS not as anxious...

(course, trying to actually DO some of the stuff later, and not have it turn
out the way you might, wish, MAY LATER make you anxsious... but you will have to deal with that later, and by then, you would be home, and in a more hopefully 'calming place'... )

god bless, to you dingus and the new cat-critters... keep loving your family,
and may you feel good, soon...

Trad climber
Feb 24, 2013 - 03:52am PT
Life can be a struggle. I hear you. Hang in there.

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 24, 2013 - 11:38am PT
Easy solution. Quit that gig, and get a more relaxing job. There are way more important things to stress about than a job.

Trad climber
Feb 24, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Not sure how you do it Dingus, hardcore man. I get anxiety everytime I get around crowds, airports, cities, etc. Give me the great outdoors! I was traveling so much that Im to the point, that I try to avoid air travel like the plague anymore.
Beatrix Kiddo

Mountain climber
Feb 24, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Dingus try to stay positive. Don't let the negative thoughts spiral. Listen to good reggae (Burning Spear), meditate (youtube actually has some pretty good videos to help with this), go for a walk, drink some chamomile (did I spell that right?) tea. I'm recovering from PTSD. All of this really helps me. Stay steady my friend. It helps to tell yourself it won't last forever...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 24, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
I went back to work for 2 months;...long term sub job in a 3rd grade class;...I gained 15 lbs and got no was fun, profitable, but alittle stressful for a senior citizen such as myself. That is over, but now the REAL anxiety arrives;.....I am so stressed out. Each day, I now have to decide if I am going biking then climbing......or climbing and then biking......or just biking,.....or just climbing....or just hiking.....maybe some housework...(nahhhhh)....or maybe just go to Starbucks w/a newspaper and a java and's stressing me out, man.....too many decisions....too many options....
(Dingus; got it, bro;'s a roller coaster sometimes....we got your back, sir; go for the gold;...the power and the glory.....we'll spot ya...)...


Trad climber
Feb 24, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
Am I the only one that looks at that protection scheme and thinks WTF?
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