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feralfae

Boulder climber
in the midst of a metaphysical mystery
Apr 3, 2015 - 06:32am PT
Oh, wow, I had missed the beautiful hummingbirds somehow! Beautiful!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 3, 2015 - 02:06pm PT
Coming Through the Rye by Frederic Remington.  Location:  Oklahoma Cit...
Coming Through the Rye by Frederic Remington. Location: Oklahoma City's National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Credit: GI
https://viviennemackie.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/cowboys-indians-and-western-heritage/

"Tango Dancers" by Hungarian sculptor Alexandre Kelety.
"Tango Dancers" by Hungarian sculptor Alexandre Kelety.
Credit: GI

Hungarian Gypsy dancers, courtesy of neebee.
See below.

Must go--meeting Timid TopRope here in a few.

Happy Good Friday, flamers!

Just fifty minutes after the moon set, here comes the sun.
Just fifty minutes after the moon set, here comes the sun.
Credit: mouse from merced

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Apr 3, 2015 - 05:48pm PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Still no photo shop :(

What was the out come of Sonny Bono, skiing into a pole and dying?
I think that was the 'watershed moment' I seem to remember that
Helmets and more $$ to ski were the 1st most visible results ?

Not In the unified Outdoor industry. . . so I wonder what costs are what?
and when do the Profits from regulations, over take the need?? Dose lack of regulation = greater protection from liability?( LACK is the wrong word? . . .Less specialized? )
( a concept that is a paradox,)

and the forced compliance to maintain standards, along with the right minded need to keep 'Danger Dans' & 'Scary Carries' out of the top rope for pay circus,

When though dose it
pay the bigger guy to insist on more and more. . . costing then stifling competition

leaving the public with less choice.

(paying into the system is very good if $$/time spent = Knowledge/skills gained) .
But Credentials gained , given after completion and compliance with the standards, bring to bear the responsibility of having those credentials.

The Reason that some Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
programs and 'search and rescue clubs' are no more, is the Liability.


A long time ago before good samaritan law & rulings to the contrary rescuers were held liable for a failed rescue.



EDIT this was three disconnected thoughts, interrupted by something again and again so it no longer follows any thing that makes it seem to fit but if you can discern the line of thought,
Less Formal conscription to the big brother need for rule books and laws/ rules that favor monopolies and corprate structure over smaller, better for community sestainability
, Gnome Constant at least

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 3, 2015 - 06:33pm PT
hey there say, mouse... wow I BEEN there, to that oklahoma museum...


also, gnome: awww, neat duck... they know how to hunker-down, in down, and keep warm... :) in that ol' rain of a hectic day...


:)

hey there to feralfae... :)

mouse, you GOT a wrong link, in there...
it goes to gmail page...
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujò de la Playa
Apr 3, 2015 - 07:41pm PT
The Phlegm(z)? Probably doesn't warrant a thread of it's own.


Scottish folks are an interesting lot.

feralfae

Boulder climber
in the midst of a metaphysical mystery
Apr 3, 2015 - 08:50pm PT
"Tango" is beautiful!

Today there were a pair of beautiful sandhill cranes flying low over one of the wetlands areas, a graceful pair of merlins hunting over that same wetland, and many, many red crossbills at the feeders.

A very good day. But frosty.

zB,
For those of my elders who happened to be Scottish, but on the losing side at Culloden—not necessarily the wrong side—I thank you for that, sir. If anyone is hanging out in GB, the battlefield is hauntingly beautiful in the way of stones in a field. But I highly recommend the Orkneys for their standing stones, actually. Shore to shore archaeology. And then one digs . . . *

feralfae


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 4, 2015 - 03:44am PT
hey there sayge neebee, that was my "bad" for the day...

Timid TR and I had a wonder-fill session.

To soothe yer ruffled feathers, He-e-e-ere's Dougie and consort!

I think he had impeccable taste in women.

Doug and our "wood-sprite."
Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan.
Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan.
Credit: feralfae
Thank you for the picture-image.

And thank you, Lord, for the memories I've yet to experience.

And fae, thank you for your burning flame.

I think he defined "manhood" from reading his articles.


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 4, 2015 - 03:50am PT

This is the one I meant to post. Tight ropes got in the way.

I mean "topo-ropes" of course.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 4, 2015 - 03:57am PT
Seems like we all judged Yoko on her inability to master English.

WE'RE ALL WET (I mean water)

There may not be much difference
Between Chairman Mao and Richard Nixon
If we strip them naked
There may not be much difference
Between Marilyn Monroe and Lenny Bruce
If we check their coffins

There may not be much difference
Between White House and Hall of People
If we count their windows
There may not be much difference
Between Raquel Welsh and Jerry Rubin
If we hear their heartbeat

We're all water from different rivers
That's why it's so easy to meet
We're all water in this vast, vast ocean
Someday we'll evaporate together

There may not be much difference
Between Eldridge Cleaver and Queen of England
If we bottle their tears
There may not be much difference
Between Manson and the Pope
If we press their smile

There may not be much difference
Between Rockefeller and you
If we hear you sing
There may not be much difference
Between you and me
If we show our dreams

We're all water from different rivers
That's why it's so easy to meet
We're all water in this vast, vast ocean
Someday we'll evaporate together

What's the difference?
What's the difference?

There's no difference
There's no difference
What's the difference?

What's the difference?
-Yoko Ono


EE-yo, O till dee-oh,
Oh, till-dee, Okay!
Oh till. dee
Oh, till, dee,
Oh, till dee, we’re all okay!

Mouse to TWP & Judy

Had I the ability, I'd dance my life away.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujò de la Playa
Apr 4, 2015 - 08:03am PT





Credit: 1000stepsBrown

feralfae

Boulder climber
in the midst of a metaphysical mystery
Apr 4, 2015 - 04:56pm PT
MFM:
I think he had impeccable taste in women.

Well, thank you Sir Mouse, that's mighty kind of you.
:)

ff


zBrown

Ice climber
Brujò de la Playa
Apr 4, 2015 - 10:23pm PT
ff: I second that emotion.


So, a surfer, an ex-mathematics teacher, and a WWII vet known as "The Bull" decide to write their first letter to the President, USA.

Should they mention the Purple Hearts? Naw.

Since they span a bit of time, should it be FDR, Harry Truman, DDE, JFK ... you know the drill.

They settle on the Afro-Hawaiian Muslim(?) Barack (don't call me Barry McGuire) "Who-Sane?" Obama.

Stay tooned



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 5, 2015 - 06:42am PT
I'm wondering, "hy are you writing to Our Mister President?"

And I will stay tuned.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 5, 2015 - 07:39am PT
Pineapples from Mexico at Grocery Outlet.  Less than half the price of...
Pineapples from Mexico at Grocery Outlet. Less than half the price of another brand from Mexico at El Bajio Market.
Credit: mouse from merced
I bought a spiral cut ham for today to go with the pineapple. And tomorrow. And the week after.

And potatoes to mash. And milk, of course. I FORGOT THE BUTTER! But I have some sour cream, and I got a colly flower to mix into the taters...it's going to have to do.

And romaine salad with tomatoes and avocados from Mexico.

Mys Easter shots.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced

http://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVj8L5SBVvdkAmUgnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTB0b2ZrZmU3BHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1lIUzAwMl8x?_adv_prop=image&va=slovenian+easter+eggs&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001


It really is a great morning, quiet as an empty tomb.


And to make it a really good day, I just looked at the results of yesterday's play in the NCAA Tournament.

zBrown, remember that I picked the Badgers when the Sweet Sixteen was set...

Wisconsin Badgers 71, Kentucky Wildcats 64 (previously unbeaten)

http://www.oregonlive.com/march-madness/index.ssf/2015/04/final_four_game_times_tv_sched.html
Monday's national title game is set.

Duke punched its ticket with a double-digit victory over Michigan State and Wisconsin knocked off Kentucky, ending the Wildcats' shot to become the first undefeated champion since Indiana in 1976.

The Badgers and Blue Devils will meet in the title game Monday (6:18 p.m. PT on CBS).

FINAL: 1 Duke 81, 7 Michigan State 61
• Duke advances to the title game for the first time since 2010, with Mike Krzyzewski (9-1 head-to-head against Tom Izzo) improving to 9-3 in Final Four games. Michigan State trailed by double digits the entire second half, suffering its worst tournament loss. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, will get the opportunity to win their third national championship in the city of Indianapolis. Coach Krzyzewski is 4-4 in NCAA title games.

FINAL: 1 Wisconsin 71, 1 Kentucky 64

• Wisconsin is headed to the title game for the first time since 1941 after avenging last season's semifinal loss to Kentucky, 74-73. Kentucky's perfect season ends at 38-1.


Wisconsin has beaten two packs of Wildcats this tournament, the Kentuckians and the Arizonans.
That was satisfying as it gets!
That was satisfying as it gets!
Credit: GI
A showdown with Shaseffsky's boys will be so much fun to watch.



zBrown

Ice climber
Brujò de la Playa
Apr 5, 2015 - 09:01am PT
Why Barack? Why not? Never have written to a politician, let alone a Pres.

Relief (not the comic kind) clear and simple. "There must be some way outa here" said Ginsberg to Zimmerman (talking amongst themselves, an old Hebrew tradition).

We're asking for executive action.

“While Congress decides what it's going to do, I will keep doing whatever I can without Congress to help responsible young people pay off their loans,"

-President Barack Obama (May 31, 2013)

Dear Mr. Obama:

Please do not overlook responsible people who are not young in your endeavors to help with student loan burden relief.

Why is The Bull in on it? Good ol' guy that he is, he's quite racist and doesn't think it will do any good. Hoping to prove him wrong.



zBrown

Ice climber
Brujò de la Playa
Apr 5, 2015 - 09:28am PT
Badger-wise I saw it coming, not clearly enough to lay some money down. Good thing though I would have taken the under on the over/under, which was 131.

You might say, The Badgers rebounded (34-22 and 12-6 offensive) from last year's loss.

Picking The Badges to go all the way. Which I favor at least until Mike changes his name officially to Chevy and buys one.

Not the one he has, a real one from Cuba. Point West young man, but go South.









Mind you, they're not bad when done up right, just not real Chevys.




Hiding in plane site?

WWII Lockheed Burbank factory.

Afer camo netting
Afer camo netting
Credit: zBrown

Lockheed before cam netting
Lockheed before cam netting
Credit: zBrown

Credit: zTrueAmerican
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 6, 2015 - 08:43am PT
That ham I got from Grocery Outlet for yesterday's Easter Feaster was excellent. The mashed taters were too runny at first, but I let them set and they rebounded nicely.

I found no multitude to feed yesterday, however. I did invite Rapper Rudy from the fifth floor for a ham sandwich, which he gladly accepted "to go."

Sometimes he will come down when he feels like one of the Lonely Boys and sits quietly watching me edit pictures. The duded is a genuine "flake," though. He's a bit "spun" from too much fun with amphetamines of different flavors. Gnome what I mean? Not referring to our Gnome Ofthe Thousand Faces, none of which is his REAL ACTUAL SELF. You are a sweetheart, my friend, in comparison.

At his worst, Rudy is incomprehensible. He's still a good person.

Speaking of this type, IT WAS MY PLEASURE to speak on the phone with the loveable rSin yesterday. He called me in the middle of the day. He wanted to hear another climbing story of mine--he wasn't doing anything with his family, so I think he was lonely, too.
I was not lonely, therefore, with Rudy visiting a shorty spelly--he brought two other fellows down with him who were visiting who he thought I'd like to meet--Simon and Josh--who were REALLY SPUN!

So consequently, they were not interested in my offer of a tasty ham sandwich--their loss, and none of my own. And I don't care if I ever see them again, frankly.

Man, I mean Jesus Lord, thank you for the experience. It serves to remind me that I once had that habit but somehow was able to let it move on (with your help, I guess, though I never asked for it) when I moved in here into Middle Earth. I did that awful crap for nearly two years after my sweetie passed, but only inter-mittenly (as they say at the North Pole elven workshops) but it's way in the past.

This Lonely Boys video--when my bass-playing friend from the fourth floor, Joel, was living in the Tioga, suffering the partial loss of his abilities to play music like he once upon a time could but couldn't because of THREE STROKES (the three-stroke law) he gave me a CD which contained the story of this family band from Texas. They learned their cumbio from their padre and developed their style after a while.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Lonely_Boys



Their fans include myself and my friend Joel, who had a fourth stroke, a minor one, but it made him reliant on others, so he had to move out and lives now in Atwater with a companion. I really miss old Joel, the solid Giants fan, a fine singer and musician in his time, playing like nine instruments including the flute.

What really saddened me was a stupid set-to we had over Scrabble, which I taught him to play using the dictionary because his memory was troubled. After that, he never spoke to me again. I have talked to Rudy, who used to own the bar which preceded The Partisan bar, and was a jazz and blues venue which didn't make him enough money to keep it going to his satisfaction. Rudy is a great jazz drummer and he played many gigs in Joel's company with another local talent on guitar, a music teacher at Merced College, John.

Rudy said he would relay a message from me, but I declined. Joel doesn't need any shocks to his system and Rudy understood that I was strictly concerned with our buddy's welfare.

It's funny how folks come into my life and then split. Nothing's permanent, really, it seems. But I'm good with that. I don't control my life, you see. It belongs to the one who made me, that special guy that neebee relies on, too.

I have a growing circle of friends, thanks to Supertupo, and only a few "close" ones on Facebook. I spend little time on FB, but check up on neebee and Gypsy when I'm in the neighborhood.

zBrown, sorry if this personal history goes against your own "program."


Moving on, since it was Easter yeaterdy and since eggs play such a huge role in it, I'm glad to have found this gem, thanks to Mrs. Gonzalez of Texas.



That's two videos on this page which neebee's FB page has supplied for us. And that deserves my thanks and some recognition for your fine musical sense. So, thanks to the Say There Hey Kid, not to be confused with Willie Mays. :0)

neebee will never understand that reference to the Giant's own Giant without looking it up on Wikipedia, of course.

Say hey what?

A wonderful dawn today here in Merced town, home to Bobcats from UCM. Not a wildcat in sight, except for old Rooftop Roofus who came out after the brief rainstorm and missed this prize bluejay who showed up just after he left.
Credit: mouse from merced


Here's to Wendy Winters! Splendid lass.

Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
The magic is beginning to work.
The magic is beginning to work.
Credit: mouse from merced



Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Apr 6, 2015 - 11:18am PT
I like it when I find these two for one mix and compare. . .
As if any one will listen to what we claim to have not consumed to the point of damage , 'cause when we see the damaged we see that but for the grace. . .
Besides you scare me with tales of random Chimney systems. . . .
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Another way to climb a crack :
stay outside but climb the crack,
not always but often,
the best way to fight your way up
is not to fight

but . Lay it back
committing in a more deadly way of going in that It is Your run out and you have the wide gear of the modern Crack climber.
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
I know you've held these Boat Anchors, they really change the whole game; when you bump climb between two # 5 Camelot's. Some times, you get into rhythm and leave the top piece and fire a section , then drop back to retrieve the piece, only to fall or struggle on the top-roped next try to return to to the high point,

so resorting to old school (and on the top rope)

the ability to float the wide to the side was,

blow on the finger nails of an up-turned fist. and say , "ho yeah I meant to do that",



the Lay back is not efficient, when you compare it to
the rhythm that bumping two or three cams up the wide slot, head and everything, stuck straight in (almost) and fudge-budging cams up . . . right at waist level is a new type, psedo aide, /hybridstyle.
and i see it will start to be a much less valued arrow in the quiver.



The turn that takes people away from me is often on a dime also. Some times, time heals, or time intervenes . then a random meeting, strained but 'nice' and that has been the end, go figure?

My having gone all white picket fence is a confirmation of a cold spot in hell!!?
and two Kids too!!
Well the devils sledding down the hills of bonz and ash.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 6, 2015 - 04:07pm PT
The Fashionista has spoken.

What color is taupe?

From the stash at Google Images:  taupe.
From the stash at Google Images: taupe.
Credit: Google Images
Not very stumilating...in fact rather "blah."

Supertaupo.
Supertaupo.
Credit: mouse from merced
The new fashion color for this spring in the Valley.

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Apr 6, 2015 - 05:37pm PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase


"Homer’s Nose, “Dance of Topo-Usho”. In August Dave Ohst, John Tuttle and I climbed this exceptional route that ascends the great cleft (chimney) that splits the south face of Homer’s Nose. Start fifty feet right of an obvious water streak—the Black Tongue—and follow flakes diagonally up and right to a ledge running below the huge overhanging bulge. Traverse left on this to a short leaning corner and belay just above on a small sloping shelf (F10). Pitch 2: Follow a thin crack straight up (Al) to a short blank section. Use hooks (A3) to gain the crack above (3-4 inches), and follow this (F9) to a small belay stance on the left (1 bolt). Pitch 3: Traverse left ten feet to another bolt and follow the obvious off-width and chimney above (F9+) to a huge belay ledge. The last pitch is easy and obvious, ending in a large cave near the top. (NCCSIII, F10, A3)."

Richard 'Dick' Leversee

Dance-of-Topo-Usha :

Where the above came from, http://publications.americanalpineclub.org/articles/12198117601/North-America-United-States-CaliforniaSierra-Nevada-Homers-Nose-Dance-of-Topo-Usha





Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
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