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Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 4, 2013 - 07:13am PT
This is not a plea for financial help, whatsoever. NOT AT ALL. (EDIT) And I hope it does not come across at that. I just need positive vibes, money does not solve all, but good feelings (jeez, I thought my 'hippie' days were over) and vibes are most welcome.

But the sh#t is hitting the fan and we may find ourselves homeless, though on advice, I should put Jennie into State care until I can sort out the finances. If so, she goes into care and I find a bedsit, but what to do with our Boots, he is a good cat.

Landlord is looking for the arrears
And bills are coming out of my ears

(Hey, there's a song there)

I have been a climber since 1969 and a Supertopian since 2005.

I just hope that other Taco Standers will send their best vibes. That's all I need (and the winning lottery numbers, sigh...).

A lot of people are in dire straits, in the States, in Ireland, in the world. I don't want to sound like I am crying, but I never envisaged being in this situation.

I have to pull my thumb out of my ass and look for solutions.

But knowing that I have fellow climbers out there rooting for me, that's nice.

Trad climber
Apr 4, 2013 - 07:36am PT

I sincerely hope your situation improves.

I'll be thinking of you today.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 4, 2013 - 07:56am PT
I'm up, in the wee hours, sending out some good vibes.

You're a good man Patrick. Keep your chin up and keep searching for reasons to smile and laugh, it's better than crying.

As with all things, this too shall pass.

Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2013 - 07:56am PT
The bureaucracy here in Ireland is as bad as in France (I know, try getting your work permit in Paris in August, France shuts down in August. I have been there).

I have been on to several government agencies in the past few hours, getting bounced here there and everywhere.

It's frustrating.

But Jennie's health and care is my utmost goal.

EDIT SteveA and Survival. Thanks buddies.

And yes Survival, I have always believed that a smile is better than a frown.

I am beginning to think...

bills in the ears

there could be the making of a song here, I am a trained tenor, and an okay harmonica player and okay at the guitar and shitty piano player

but I know how to write music

Broadway, here I come (well I am a classically trained actor) but, oops, Music City, here I come. Can I have an advance, Please.

California, here I come, right back where I started from...

I am running from arrears
bills coming out of my ears
I try to keep a smile like a clown
instead of always wearing a frown

(It's a work in progress)

My problem is that I am a procrastinator, a lazy bum. Lazy Bum, 5.10d, Sunnyside Bench, I've led that, damn hard move near the top.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 4, 2013 - 08:06am PT
France shuts down in August

More places in the world should shut down once in a while.... :0)

Breasts for you!

( * )( * )

How about a little ass too while we're at it? (_!_)

Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Apr 4, 2013 - 08:17am PT
Sometimes ya gotta dig deep, real deep.
And trust that you'll pull on through,
Cuz you know you have to.
You've already been at it for awhile, keeping plugging away.

Sending you energy to help slay the beasts.

And work on that song:-)
Captain...or Skully

Apr 4, 2013 - 08:22am PT
Pulling for ya, Patrick.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 4, 2013 - 08:39am PT

Hang in there, Patrick. There's always a light at
the end of the tunnel. You and Jenny will get through this
one too!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 4, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Desert Dawn vibes being sent!
Credit: Jaybro

"Say what you mean,
Make it rhyme
Put a backbeat to it."

Social climber
Apr 4, 2013 - 09:48am PT
hey there say, patrick...

i been up all night working at household, paint, etc, stuff...
i am just now laying down to pray and sleep...

you will be number one, in the prayers, here...
god blesss...

do NOT get rid of the cat... :)
be patient...
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Apr 4, 2013 - 10:06am PT
Hi Patrick,

I am wishing you the best. I am sorry that it so bleak out now, but the world keeps spinning, and each day brings the hope for a new beginning. Keep your spirits up.

All my hopes for your and Gennie,


Sport climber
Lapu Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Apr 4, 2013 - 10:28am PT
Hi Patrick,

You're a strong person. I know you can get through all of this. God bless.

Big Mike

Trad climber
Apr 4, 2013 - 11:20am PT

Mad vibes being sent from this guy! I have always wished you the best and will once more. What about writing your and jennie's life story? Maybe hollywood would be interested in a love story/drama/dealing with alcoholism type thing. Seems like you have a pretty good tale, with all the climbing, your brother and his winery, and the eventual return of an irishman to his homeland to take care of the love of his life.

Many here have been riveted by it??

Best of luck

Mike Cowper
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Apr 4, 2013 - 11:22am PT
5-16-24-32-39-40 - 22
good luck.
Jebus H Bomz

Peavine Basecamp
Apr 4, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Good luck, bud! There's something noble and brave about revealing the struggle underneath, and you have done that - not whining at all. I wish you two the best and that you will have the clear vision to find which is the best path.

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Apr 4, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Hey Patrick, the sun WILL shine again for you!

Don't dispair. Use your head, think out of the box. Sometimes your brain just goes in circles. To break from the circle you need to do something completlely out of character. If you're bad in mathematics, for example, try learning some! Or learn Chinesse. Something that seems impossible to you. Chalange our brain.

Sorry if I sound like a smartass, but that what I do if I can't find a solution to my problems. (I learned how to play a guitar, sing, speak English, among other things). It doesn't metter whether you master the new activity (I suck big time, lol). The point is to chalange your brain.
Counting on lottery is the worst way of thinking, sorry.

Best wishes,

Andrzj Citkowicz
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2013 - 05:27pm PT

"Don't dispair. Use your head, think out of the box."

Nil Desperandum, a sign posted next to my desk.

Interestingly, about thinking outside of the box. The social worker assigned to us, Sylvia, has been in Ireland around eight years. She is from near Gdansk.

We got off on the wrong foot, and she does not understand some of my 'English' idioms.

For instance I said that John, the public health nurse, is lovely (meaning, a godsend doing his best for us), and she replied (in front of a carer we get one hour every morning), that I was in love with him. Uhhhh, WTF?

John, the PHN, says that Sylvia cannot think outside of the box, that she only sees black or white, no shades.

He is trying to arrange for another social worker. Sylvia and I do not just meet eye to eye. It is not because she is Polish, I couldn't care less about her background or her ethnicity.

She just does not understand. John is right. She cannot think outside of the box. I can, but it's a thick box.


I still want to climb in the High Tatras, whether I ever will, cross my fingers.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 4, 2013 - 05:48pm PT

I didn't realize we had quite so much in common. I started climbing in the Valley in 1969, although I'd climbed for a couple of years before that elsewhere.

Sad to say, I've also had to face impossible financial and other situations that I've described on other threads, so I know whereof you speak. I wish I could send more, but good vibes, thoughts and prayers I am sending your way. Well, no offense, but the prayers I'm sending Elsewhere (we capitalize His references!)

I've been through the Valley of Death and emerged, alive and stronger, on the other side, and I know you can and will do the same. All my best to you.


Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Apr 4, 2013 - 05:50pm PT
Best wishes to you, Patrick.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
Roger (never climbed with you but hung out around the campfire with you in C4), Neebee, Gian, Big Mike, Jebus, Moosedrool, John E, Gary

We all have to hang together, by the campfire is better than a half-split goldline.
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