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zBrown

Ice climber
Aug 9, 2018 - 10:15am PT


Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Aug 9, 2018 - 10:23am PT
That M&M warriors bit is classic! LOL.

Psilocyborg to his M&Ms.....


DMT
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Aug 9, 2018 - 11:50am PT
Regular foot Z, even though I write and draw leftie...big stuff right, little stuff left is the way Im wired. I used to surf with a fellow in SF that could switch stance at will. Would ride half the wave frontside then switch to backside. Didn't matter. I considered him an advanced human.

Regarding the Tioga, Merced is in the middle of a change brought on my UC Merced. I was there a few weeks ago and noticed a marked increase of foot traffic and pub hanging on 17th street.
Bushman

climber
The state of quantum flux
Aug 9, 2018 - 09:47pm PT
This Child of Man

Oh Iíve been
thinking about what religion has done
Itís
take away my fathers son
For he
went climbing all around
And
no one was there to hear the sound
When
he fell down

Oh down
and down and down and down
He
fell so far he broke his crown
There was
no one there to rescue him
It was
his only sin
When
he met his end

Now
people say he went to heaven
Itís
been so long since Iíve heard from him
Iíve
had my doubts
Only
in my dreams was he still allowed
Oh
speak to me I shout out loud

Oh Iíve been
thinking about what religion has done
Itís
taken away my fathers son
So devoted he was
and he believed in everything
This child of man
he was my fathers son
I have my doubts
it was his plan

Oh Iíve been
thinking about what religion has done
Itís
taken away my fathers son
For he
went climbing all around
Was
no one there to hear the sound
When
he fell down

-Tim Sorenson
08/09/2018
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 10, 2018 - 02:40pm PT
I am not here because of anything but escape.
From what, I leave to one's imagination--yours, for example.

M&Ms is not one of the things from which I am escaping.
Initials don't scare me. Tatooed candy, nah, it's harmless.
It may look tough, but that blue boy is just a candy-ass.
The orange one reminds me of Largo.
He's all hard on the outside but he melts in your...whatever.

I'm escaping via a new laptop made by Dell, a unit with no customized buttons galore, but a fine keyboard built right into the thing.
Will have to see how it uploads my photos from my summer with Tim.

I went with Vern yesterday to the geographic center of California. We scored and returned the way we'd come, from Nerdced to Oakhurst and Mariposa and by Gass Bake to North Fock & points beyond in the center, the gooey chewy center of California.

Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 10, 2018 - 04:47pm PT
Werner Van Go-go.
Werner Van Go-go.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 10, 2018 - 05:52pm PT
This morning as I wade through bushes
in the frosty freeze along the bank
along time's river
a river of no sleep
it comes to me that the world
is cold only on the surface

Inner fires don't reach the toes
of frozen poets or eskimos
but the snows of several Kilimanjaros
are steadily melting
killing off the fur trade

Yeah, here along this river
slowing with the winter
inner fires reveal themselves
as rimrock fractured by frost
last century
last millennium
last ice age
and the ones before that

It has taken time no time at all
to do all this
to break big ones into small ones
to create redds for the water people
to do what the old man does best
and that is to mellow things out
after messing them up
and to change them around
and to swap this for that
him for her
she for it
mend this fault
break that continent
and then sink it under the waves
if he wants to and no doubt will someday
when some frozen fool with cold toes like me
comes along with a wicked need to piss
in time's river

But not today.
Mouse from and in that place and river.
Mouse from and in that place and river.
Credit: mouse from merced



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 10, 2018 - 06:15pm PT
Baby.
Baby.
Credit: mouse from merced
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Aug 10, 2018 - 06:27pm PT




`Be sure to see The Herb & Jan Conn thread:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/3111548/Herb-and-Jan-Conn-Amazeing-routes-for-the-ages




mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 10, 2018 - 09:14pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 10, 2018 - 09:22pm PT
"Downstairs and to the left."
"Downstairs and to the left."
Credit: mouse from merced
"Shake it to the left then shake it to the right."
"Shake it to the left then shake it to the right."
Credit: mouse from merced
Psilocyborg

climber
Aug 11, 2018 - 12:05am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2018 - 07:03am PT
Good morning.
Fergfire.
Fergfire.
Credit: mouse from merced
Sophie, the great white whitetail hunter.
Sophie, the great white whitetail hunter.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2018 - 07:09am PT
Waxing with Miyagi.
Waxing with Miyagi.
Credit: mouse from merced
This was taken about a week ago on a night the moon would not rise...it was a layer of cloud, not smoke, that obscured that nightly ritual.

For several days last week, the smoke in the Jamestown-Sonora area was very, very dense, so that an apocalyptic orange glow emanated from the ground and contrasted greatly with the shadows of the trees.

When Vern and I drove to Madera county the other day, the sections of last year's Detweiler fire through which we passed were re-grown with grass, although the trees were scorched and offered, again, stark contrast.

And everywhere there were signs thanking first responders.

the Rev tells me he had his truck packed in readiness for an evacuation order, which never came, but still could, it seems. The Ferguson fire is not contained, and there is the real possibility of spot fires. There was one spot fire only half-a-mile from his Camp Runamucka some days back and he sent his GF, Denny, packing as soon as he heard about it. It got the full treatment from the crews and copters. With a pond very nearby, they pounded it and held it to fifteen acres. the Rev's place is 8 or nine miles from the blaze, so those spot fires are no joke.

Jeff says he's feeling pretty energized & his pain is managed well & he was really-really happy to have qualified for Medi-Cal, which is going to pay for the drug he's receiving.
July 22--Ferguson fire pyrocumulus.
July 22--Ferguson fire pyrocumulus.
Credit: mouse from merced


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2018 - 08:04am PT
Changabanging.
Changabanging.
Credit: mouse from merced
Skyline.
Skyline.
Credit: mouse from merced
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Aug 11, 2018 - 08:10am PT
Good to see you back, Mouse. There was a rumour that you had been fed to Lynn Hillís python.
feralfae

Boulder climber
Almost solving the metaphysical mystery
Aug 11, 2018 - 08:19am PT
Good Morning Mouse! Did you find a place to live back in Merced? Are you still looking?

I am unforgivably late in checking in, but have been out playing with boulders up in Saskatchewan, over in N. Dakota, in Montana, too. Boulders with rock art, so I am back to work at what I loved doing until Doug got sick, when we shifted gears, of course.

Going back in a few weeks for more work until snow flies, as I still have about 50 square miles of survey work before I even begin the inspections, recordings, photos, GPS coordinates so the rock art can be protected. Some huge boulders, and I am not at all up to bouldering speed, so sort of crawling around, over, and alongside of the huge glacial erratics.

When are you planning to move? Oh, and happy to hear you have a new machine, congratulations. Are you close to any of the horrible fires?

I will be watching the Flames while I am home, watching for updates about the relocation back to the Merced base camp.
Sending happy thoughts and all good wishes, FF
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2018 - 08:35am PT
Thanks, JB. Rumor has a hole in it, obviously.

ff, I am living in Merced again. The rent is cheaper than it was at Middle Earth. The food is better, too. Dawn is a good cook. She and Vern are the folks who bought my Chevy HHR in 2014. I'm tellinya, "Good friends are the product of trust."

I'm thankful that I have been through the fire and have come out unscathed and stronger.

That sounds like a lot of satisfying fun work that you are doing. Be careful and don't rush.

This new computer is a blessing. It's quiet! That old desktop is an energy-burning nuisance and whale, whereas this new job is a slick sea lion.

I need to Q this gotta-see video up for you. Enjoy.
Bushman

climber
The state of quantum flux
Aug 11, 2018 - 09:27am PT
I was seriously writers blocked while you were away.
We all missed you, Mouse.

When the Cruise Ship Capsized over Shark Infested Waters

They said of the beer swilling Barbecue King
Were he King of the mob he would probably sing
But he paid off the captain and did his own thing
Under diesel fueled smoke stacks where one heard the ring
For his diesel soaked tri-tip and buffalo wings

Steaming towards ancient Mount Paektu
The ship ran aground on the Isle of Ragu
Under rose colored skies over mountains of blue
As the venerable Ragunian populace would do
They invited them all for their octopus stew

The hospitable King of Ragu and his tribe
They served all their best octopus still alive
Then the shipís captain thanked them for saving their hides
But the Barbecue King who had over imbibed
Insulted the Ragu King with his usual jive

The Ragunians escorted them back to their boat
With orders to leave at high tide without note
Pledging never to return with a drunk chef whoíd gloat
That he stole the kingís pride in his overcoat
Never knowing that the ship would no longer float

They headed out to sea away from that beach
Then the diesel soaked meat caught fire with a screech
When the ship exploded and it started to sink
The lifeboats left but the barbecue king
Was trapped in the galley and started to scream

The ship capsized as the hull was breached
Then the sharks swam in and they started to feast
The barbecue king held them off with burnt meat
When the meat ran out they ate his two feet
As the ship went down and went into the sea

And so goes a woeful drunken tale of the sea
A cautionary tale as it turned out you see
Donít allow a drunken chef to put on the squeeze
No matter how exotic the cuisine if you please
For this peaceful island cruise it would turn out not to be

-bushman
08/11/2018
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 11, 2018 - 09:48am PT

In the names of towns
Whose names end in ďoĒ

In which case the first two capitals
Should be written lower case too

Like a well-seasoned trucker
I too learn from my mistakes
I will never go that way again
Exclamation

Getting back on route
Any highway or Interstate will do
For I am not driving
You are right it is you You YOU
I am just along for the ride

You may as well make up your own list
Of towns whose names end in ďoĒ
I have no time now because
The next several exits are for Chico
And I have made it here from Modesto
In only six hours hitching
Exclamation

Unbelievable and extraordinary
Fast AND bulbous
Double whammy
Double exclamation

"The Great Trek To Seattle/'68"

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