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Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
the first order of business
in which i employed my newly-earned clarity
was the birds and bees.

you see my nine year old has been
chattin up her immature peers on the playground
and mom and i've been hearing curious tale
of what's she learning.

so i took it upon myself to clear up
any misinformation that she's so far gathered,
and to complement / omit any gross errors.

i've never done this before, i mean the sex-education,
and to be honest i've been lamenting the situation.

since my girls, annapurna and makalu have mountain names,
i first explained to anna the geo-process of colliding continents
and this is how mountains are borne.

then i segued into her mom and i colliding like
continents and that's how our mountainettes were borne.

i substituted the term 'subduction zone' for that awkward word.

i think she got the concept.
enjoimx

Trad climber
Yosemite, ca
Apr 6, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
Gotta admit...^^^

That was pretty clever and awesome!
the czar

climber
meyers, ca.
Apr 6, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
He alone is victorious who conquers himself
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 6, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Nice poem below.

Whoever wrote this crap was badass or trying to be. Just reading it makes me feel badass for a second... reminds me that I and I suspect all of us have our good moments in bad times. We can all do it.



Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Apr 6, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
Wow. Posts keep disappearing from this one! It's been stuck at 45 for awhile now. ;)
CalicoJack

climber
CA
Apr 6, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
Norwegian, sounds like the adventure of a lifetime. See you out there on the rocks bro.

Andy
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Apr 6, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
Weej paraphrased:

This is just a pitch in my life….

I don't know when it will finish…..


 You can expect some of the most memorable, sustained, exciting climbing ahead. Focus on that and as always have fun with all pitches.


Good to hear everything seems as good as it is for the weej.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Apr 6, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Norwegian

I wish you the best. Alcoholism is what led to Jennie's medical condition. I won't attempt a poem or verse, but my thoughts are with you. As one of her GPs said: "Alcohol, it's sneaky..."

I still drink, but definitely in moderation. Cirrhosis and then liver cancer took my closest brother, one of the finest winemakers in the world, fact (by peer recognition), but he stopped too late.

I will always remember him, leading climbs in Yosemite, teaching me. Shasta, Mt Olympus...

Norwegian, suck up the gut (as I should), and stay strong.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Apr 6, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
I know for my wife and her alcoholic father, his is a name on her phone she no longer answers, too tired of feeling let down by a man who chose the taste of his own failure over the happiness of his daughters. He cut every string of love with his own hand and is too caught up in his own drama (or alcoholic encephalopathy) to see it.

Lots can drink "normally" or feign it better than others. Many can't. Honesty about it doesn't seem to be the norm though.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 6, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
You're on to something very good Weeg! And if your sex education via plate tectonics poetics are fractal of your new, sober creations you've sprung a gusher of a wellspring that you owe yourself permission to explore!

Wish I had your words....
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 6, 2013 - 08:22pm PT

THREAD DRIFT:

"Wish I had your words...."


You do!!!...

Just a different order...

;-)
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 6, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
You're a talented guy, stay the path, keep yourself sober, everything will fall into place.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Apr 6, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
Sad how things of pleasure often cause erosion.

One day the pleasure is only a memory but bottle is needed to keep an even keel.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 6, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
Survival's words....the good news and bad news about feelings are so right on.

And your words, "Waking up, I asked myself, why do I have to numb what I feel?" I hear you about your (fear of) static horizon's and eventually ripping giant holes in the mended mind." I really hear you.

But imho, we all project days, weeks, months and years in advance. We may only have today. Today is the only day you need to take care of. Been working on that since Dan died. My mantra has been, " A day at a time, one step at a time, with Peace, Patience and Perseverance." I'ts difficult to remember and challenging to carry out. But it works, this one day at a time stuff.

Five years ago I started over, Norweigan. I had to sort thru every aspect of my life....mentally, physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually... I had to find out who I really was, lynne by herself. Turned out I was not who I thought I was.

It's been a more than challenging, painful, fun, wonderful discovery. Had to get rid of a lot of stuff in my life I never wanted and embrace the things I'd always wanted but never allowed myself to enjoy.

Redefined relationships in a sometimes painful, but turned out for the good, positive way. Am a stronger person now, filled with much more joy, peace and love. I can wake up and embrace the day. Oh, I have not reached the goal line. So much more to flood my spirit with to wash it and make it like one of those crystal, clear untouched springs no one has ever discovered. But, like you, heading in the right direction.

The demons that say you'll lose creativity or become static lie. You have no idea of the beauty that lies in a clear soul and spirit.

I haven't expressed this very well, hope some of it makes sense. Above all, like the rest of us here I will be holding you in positive love and thoughts and prayers. lynnie



MisterE

Social climber
Apr 6, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
gettin rich. getting strong. getting sober.

The happiness quotient is missing.

Just sayin'.

Peace, Brother.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 6, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
You are so right, Mr. E. I was trying to say that but never quite got it spoken. One must be happy. Rich is highly over rated. Just be happy, love the ones you love and that love you, and be able to pay the ordinary life bills.

Even strong is not necessary. I've known people that aren't strong physically but embrace life and people and they are in turn embraced by them. lynnie
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 6, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
Strong can mean many things. You know this Lynne. You are strong.
Sometimes list folks leave things out. Perhaps they are implied?
Let me know if you lean, Chuck. I can help hold.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 7, 2013 - 12:37am PT
hey there say, norwegian...

sorry i can't stay long tonight and read more, as, i am babysitting and he gets up early, this little boy, :O


but--say...

keep this new trail... remember, NEW views, NEW inspiration and even NEW things to love, APPREAR on new trails...

some of the old trails, as inspriattional as they may have been, MAY have
had some pretty bad ruts that we slipped in far too much--the kinds of ruts
that added wrong pain to our trail...

now--with the new trail, new wisdom as to the ruts in the old trail, well:

this trail can 'fun ruts' instead--like neat times with your kids, and even your wife, being as you may have thought any neat funs had fizzled out, on that old trail (beloved though it was, IT had spots where you slid around in ruts that were only fun for you)...

many a man HAS seen the new adventure of new FOREIGN trails, trials thought they may be, as to 'getting the feel' for it all...

you can do it, IF you want to see the 'unexpected' and the new crisp views
of a freshness you have yet to enjoy!

keep it, and pray if you need to, god is willing to help forge that trail
with you...

:)


edit:
wow, norwegian, you are quite a dad...

i liked your mountain-talk, for your girls, a simple polite way...
kids are out there pushing bad at the door of these little girls
hearts, minds, and emotion, with LOT of ruination-talk,
you are strongly needed by these daughters...

you are being there... job well done...
just a bit of WHY your NEW trail, is well timed, for this time in your life...


you are here for GOOD reasons, norwegian...
but, as i said, you GOT to forge new trails, in the clear fresh direction
of non-poluted life...

(we have all seen what pollution has done to the earth ,no matter how much
mankind seems to see this as progress... it is the same with our body:
pollution in our ol' brain cells, as we try to function, well, look what it did, and does = non progress, as to flourishness in what counts for
being alive)
micronut

Trad climber
Apr 7, 2013 - 12:42am PT
Any old fool can fall off the wagon.

It takes a real man to stay sober.

Stick with it man. Proud of you. May your eyes be open, your vision sharp and your heart clean on this new path.

Scott
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 7, 2013 - 12:57am PT
Right on Skully, thank you for reminding me about words different meanings. Smiles, lynnie
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