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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2017 - 09:21am PT
The loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) is a passerine bird. It is the only member of the shrike family endemic to North America; the related northern shrike (L. borealis) occurs north of its range but also in the eastern Palearctic.
Butcherbird from Texas, y'all.
Butcherbird from Texas, y'all.
Credit: Terry Ross
It is nicknamed the butcherbird after its carnivorous tendencies, as it consumes prey such as amphibians, insects, lizards, small mammals and small birds.[2]

Due to its small size and weak talons, this predatory bird relies on impaling its prey upon thorns or barbed wire for facilitated consumption.[3]

The numbers of Loggerhead Shrike have significantly decreased in recent years, especially in Midwest, New England and Mid-Atlantic areas.[4]


Health Report--
My legs look better today. I've tried to lay prone as much as I can stand it.
(Ha ha, I made a funny!)

Sitting at the computer I cannot lift the legs comfortably and it does no good anyway. The torso needs to be horizontal, or nearly so, for the swelling to lessen. I cannot sit up in bed to read because of this.

I've taken to turning on the computer to a movie and listening to it but not watching, using my imagination to create visuals...sort of like listening to the radio when I was young.

I have been suffering quite a bit of cramping in the hands and feet, along with the swelling. It is very painful and the only way to alleviate the cramps is to wait them out, unfortunately. Magnesium is not the answer--four tabs a day and they still occur. Just typing here for this little while my left hand and wrist are cramping, so I'd better knock it off.

It was right about freezing this morning here for the fourth or fifth day in a row, and the old sycamores in Courthouse Park are nearly done shedding leaves. These two photos were taken through the window glass in my room so as not to let any heat out.
Deodar and sycamore.
Deodar and sycamore.
Credit: mouse from merced
The old courthouse just prior to the sunrise.
The old courthouse just prior to the sunrise.
Credit: mouse from merced
The sun, I'm sure, came up in nearly the same place as it did yesterday, so I didn't go outside to photograph it this morning.

Selfie.
MFM.  Seriously.
MFM. Seriously.
Credit: mouse from merced
Bushman

climber
The state of quantum flux
Dec 8, 2017 - 09:32am PT
Hey Brian,
keep funneling those awesome photos, reports, stories, ideas, thoughts, reasonings, and memories through your amazing cranial apparatus and hopefully the body’s recuperative processes will follow.

PS
Your poetry always shines as well my friend.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Dec 8, 2017 - 09:37am PT
Love yas Mouse. Glad you're feeling a tiny bit better.

DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2017 - 09:46am PT
Mille grazie, amicis.
zBrown

Ice climber
Dec 8, 2017 - 08:02pm PT
Bull goose looney ban in California?

Blame. Jesse Unruh and his fair housing act

But does anybody wanna live and go to school with
zBrown

Ice climber
Dec 8, 2017 - 08:17pm PT
Spironolactone?

I threw out all my brothers meds a while back and his main problem was his liver, but he was prescribed a bunch of stuff besides lasix


I'd rely on the docs at this point, but ask them about other drugs

Bushman

climber
The state of quantum flux
Dec 8, 2017 - 09:33pm PT
Would you take the L Train?

You gotta go
Whoa no
You gotta get out
Gotta shout
You got to get goin’
Who’s knowin’?

In the pouring rain
Take the L train
In the dark
Off to Rockaway Park
Reach reach
At the beach

Finally
Down by the sea
On the east shore
Say no more
The Atlantic
It makes me frantic

Don’t be a dunce
Maybe for once
You can go
Go go go
For the good times
Nickels and dimes

Go on
C’mon son
Shout shout shout
You gotta get out
Go on
Gotta get gone

Get goin’
Here’s to knowin’
Please go
Whoa whoa whoa
It’s just one thing
Do something

-bushman
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2017 - 10:16pm PT
Photos by Brit James Ravilious, of 'oom yiv never 'eard. 'is mum would be proud, though.
Just a-walkin' the dogs.
Just a-walkin' the dogs.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
His specialty was North Devon.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2017 - 10:42pm PT
"I only have ice for you."
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2017 - 10:48pm PT
Wooly buggers.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2017 - 01:52am PT
What The Flock

In Tuolumne Meadows counting stars and not sheep
I ponder on questions that are not very deep
But they’ve vexed me for years and I’m unable to sleep
Like who were the first ones to drive here in a Jeep
or
Did Muir have a dog to help drive his flock
Did he sometimes trot on his long summer walk
Did he call it a dome or was it just Lembert Rock
Did he miss having people with whom he could talk
--MFM
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2017 - 02:07am PT
Blowin' smoke.
Blowin' smoke.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2017 - 04:18am PT

Waiting 'round To Die
LP/For the Sake Of the Song

Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I can't even see the reason why
I guess I keep on gamblin', lots of booze and lots of ramblin'
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

One-time friends I had a ma, I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once cause she cried
She told him to take care of me, she headed down to Tennessee
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

I came of age and found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit it on the sly
I tried to kill the pain, I bought some wine and hopped a train
Seemed easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die

A friend said he knew where some easy money was
We robbed a man and brother did we fly
The posse caught up with me, drug me back to Muskogee
It's two long years, just a-waitin' 'round to die

Now I'm out of prison, I got me a friend at last
He don't steal or cheat or drink or lie
His name's codeine, he's the nicest thing I've seen
Together we're gonna wait around and die
--Townes Van Zandt
Bushman

climber
The state of quantum flux
Dec 9, 2017 - 08:12am PT
Big Lou Eddy

They called him Big Lou Eddy
He was full of ambiguity
He played with scorpions and all
Was fast livin’ till the piper called
And cured his curiosity

Was a lady down on bourbon street
The boys lined up for her to meet
They called her Shady Missy Gray
And so outspoken in her way
Her demise was more than bittersweet

I’ve heard it’s wise to trust misgivings
And Freddy Paz he made his living
Selling snake oil down at the track
Always said he’d give the money back
‘Till he died from one less than forgiving

There was a boss named Arthur Meen
The meanest boss you’ve ever seen
And it happened late one afternoon
At the setting of the silver moon
When he fell into the press machine

They say mothers milk is always best
Or hold your cards close to the vest
If you’re a rich man or you’re poor
Life is short and there’s the door
And Fate can be a fickle mistress

-bushman
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2017 - 08:15am PT
San Diego surfers.
San Diego surfers.
Credit: mouse from merced
Finn Dome.
Finn Dome.
Credit: mouse from merced
Fairy Castle, Bryce Canyon NP.
Fairy Castle, Bryce Canyon NP.
Credit: mouse from merced
Seeking Points of Inspiration
I Sit In Quiet Desperation
Looking Round Our Once Great Nation
I Now Suffer Constipation
--N.O. Sh!t
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2017 - 10:12am PT
Here's one for The Artist Currently Named Survival.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2017 - 10:22am PT
Two Zion NP abstracts.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2017 - 12:25pm PT
Skunked again.
Abalone Diving Band.  Formed by former members of the Yosemite Marchin...
Abalone Diving Band. Formed by former members of the Yosemite Marching Band.
Credit: mouse from merced

hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Dec 9, 2017 - 12:37pm PT
Credit: hooblie
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2017 - 01:20pm PT
Faces in water running over lacquered wood surface.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Estimated volume: 3.5 gpm.
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