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Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2018 - 06:03pm PT
New Mexico, finally.
Hwy 82, NM, coming down toward Alamogordo
Hwy 82, NM, coming down toward Alamogordo
Credit: Happiegrrrl2

And finally it's not COLD! Although it's supposed to rain for the next 24+ hours...grrrrr.

Lucas in a Boot
Lucas in a Boot
Credit: Happiegrrrl2
Yesterday we were in downtown Lubbock, TX - I hate to diss a place but for such a sizeable town, the downtown area was nearly desolate. But for the bail bonds places across from the courthouse doing a brisk business, I didn't see a single person in any of the shops or restaurants. But - at least there was this big boot to place Lucas in for a photo op!


tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 6, 2018 - 06:33pm PT
Penny is looking good :) its a cold grey time of year. Too bad Mexico is so unsafe to dirtbag in these days...
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 8, 2018 - 09:10am PT
Happy Girl!

Check this out:

Magikarp

Magikarp chalk bag made from a children's toy
Magikarp chalk bag made from a children's toy
Credit: Fiona Williams Fi Fi Lou's Awesome Chalk Bags

Fi Fi Lou's Awesome Chalk Bags

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AwesomeChalkBags?ref=l2-about-shopname

Not saying you should be doing this kind of stuff, but thought you might enjoy it.

.........................................................

 And, being a bit of a boot guy myself, I'm digging that last photograph of yours! In Colorado, that whole bail bondsman motif could be co-opted for an MMJ storefront!
 Two thumbs up for the Last Picture Show.
McGinnis

climber
Dec 8, 2018 - 12:44pm PT


Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 8, 2018 - 01:12pm PT
^^^
Needs a zip pocket in the bottom for a can of Copenhagen and it's 10/10!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 8, 2018 - 03:37pm PT
Love all yo guys creativity. Thanks for sharing what's out there! Cheers!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2018 - 04:22pm PT
Yeah...I just do the chalkbags that I do..... I'm not even accommodating people with the stash zipper pocket!

I've always wondered how happy people were with those plushy chalkbags after a few days climbing. I can see it for in the gym, but some of them seem pretty bulky.

I am in Safford, AZ for the night. Left Las Cruces this morning wanting to get to Globe, but I knew that was going to be a bit more driving in a day than I like. When I got to this town and saw they have wifi spots and a Walmart, I was happy to call it a day's drive.

By the way - if anyone is ever in Las Cruces, I had diner last night in La Posta(and have leftovers for tonight's meal) - and it was really good. Definitely recommend the place if you like Mexican. I had been looking forward to going there since my last visit when I heard about it, but could not allow myself two decent restaurant meals in a row. https://www.laposta-de-mesilla.com/
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Dec 8, 2018 - 04:32pm PT
I really liked the recent pic of your van in New Mexico. Highway pull outs and rest areas can be some of the best places to make a cup of coffee and peacefully unwind from driving.

Thanks !
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2018 - 04:58pm PT
^ And shut up a dog who is like "Come ON! Let's stop and go sniff around! PLEEEEEAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!"

hahahah

Lucas makes these snuffling sniffleing sounds when he wants to get out of the car and I have said no. If I thought he really had to pee or poop, of course I will stop, but I think he probably wants to mark that he was there. Which I get, but he wants to do this with any change in elevation, and slow down for a stop sign or speed reduce zone.




Edit:

Today as I was going down I-10, there came one of those mandatory pull-off check stations. As I got to the booth, the guy asks "US Citizen?"

I was a bit taken back but just answered "yes." He smiles and dismisses me - "Have a good day!"

It was upsetting. What happens to the person who has to answer "no?" Does it matter if they seem to be of European persuation? Does the middle class-looking Mexican non-citizen female get treated differently than the working class male Mexican non-citizen? How often is the non-citizen with brown skin tone who has every legal right to be there delayed because of their answer? And how often is the delay more than a simple request for documents? And - why doesn't EVERY person who passes the checkpoint not have to show documents?




Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Dec 8, 2018 - 05:32pm PT
Because USA borders and the customs agents who enforce the borders, are 200 miles out to sea from every coastline and 200 miles internally from the same shore. It's the law.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 8, 2018 - 06:02pm PT
That is wrong Jim, Congress gave them the power to conduct checkpoints within 100 miles of the border. There is no imaginary line inside the country. They can only ask you about your citizenship. Searches are not allowed unless probable cause arises. The San Clemente checkpoint finds lots of drugs based on probable cause.

Arguably you do not have to answer their questions, even about citizenship, although I suppose they could make your life miserable for a few hours. The only question I have been asked at a checkpoint is "Where are you going". My answer is only east or west. Always been waved through.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Dec 8, 2018 - 06:08pm PT
That's great, Jon. Of course you are a citizen and not a guest, so your understanding of what passes for hospitality is domestic.
john hansen

climber
Dec 8, 2018 - 06:28pm PT
There are a lot of You tube vidio's of people interacting with BP at these checkpoints. They refuse to answer and say "am I free to go?" Then they are asked to pull over so they can keep harassing you. It did not feel right to me going through those stops, but I did say yes and passed right through.

Like you said, what would it be like to be a forth generation Hispanic US citizen having to go thru these on your way to and from work everyday.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2018 - 05:29am PT
^ Or the one who had a traffic stop several years back for rolling through a stop sign(anyone here ever NOT made a full stop? I'm not talking about a "thinking about stopping nonstop," but a "for all intents and purposes stopped, maybe another second and you'd be able to chalk tic the tire to street and match up type of nonstop).

Bad cop sees brown and is bored, and now the person has a record.

That person is stopped at one of these checkpoints and has their name looked up and is now about to be arrested and sent for deportation proceedings.

Doesn't happen? It HAS happened to more than one immigrant who hasn't gotten the stamp of citizenship but is fully legal to be here. May have been here since being a toddler - and now deported to a country they've not been to for decades. Under the Trump deal.

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 9, 2018 - 05:44am PT
OK
I didn't get much past Tars post, just that you don't . . . .
Don't say don't!
Just internalize the recommendation always reply to requests positively.

Childerns' toy chalk bags !
Fiona Williams?(GRRRR,if it is the same, long story)
I never go -don't pull plastic- but in the gyms those sorta things rox.

Now I'll give you an X-mas idea, no zip pocket. No patch the size of a can of chew. We all know what that will do - it will make one drop the stash when you least need it to.

A whole side panel that is velcro'd, up -down both sides & across the 'top', gusseted along the sides & hinged at the bottom, causing one to have a 2 full size (one slim) pockets, is what I would love to see you do. it would sell - bucket loads - me thinks.

Happy Safe Trails to you, Too!
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2018 - 06:25am PT
It isn't that I don't want to succeed in life.... Actually, I do succeed. In life. There is more to life than money and a constant backlog of work.

I have sold less than 20 chalkbags in 2018. Last year I worked much harder and sold 43.

I have donated 6 chalkbags to non-profits in the last 2 years.

My chalkbags are what they are.

Most people just throw a 1.5 inch webbing around the top - no stiffener. No elastic draw that cinches down well. No finished ends of the drawstring. One piece of fabric for the body, with a T-bottom gusset, the web collar and 2 loops.

The plushy people buy up the toys at thrifts, at like 25 cents a pop. They open a seem and drop in a lining pouch. There is no labor involved in the body of the bag. And - yes they are cute. But there are are also a dozen people making them. I remember when the first person did it. And then came the copycats. I'm not a copy artists - I did that for the commercial handbag business. I know what that's about. And I know what it feels like to have an idea that you came up with used by others and dilute your potential.

I have no interest in working to develop the ClimbAddict line to sell en masse. It's not going to be profitable for me, no matter what. I do it because I like to pick out the fabrics and sell a few chalkbags. Seriously - it takes 2 hours to make one as they are. To add more labor? For people to stash their things? And how much more than $35 is the average climber pothead willing to pay for said chalkbag?

I get that people want a little zip pocket.... I just don't want to add them. That's what cargo pockest are for(IMO).

People who have my chalkbags stand by them pretty consistently. I know I am supposed to smile and say thank you when people make suggestions as to what I could do to make a better living(not just in the chalkbags but in my other ventures too). It happens nearly DAILY. It happens the majority of times someone talks to me about what I do.

It's tiring.

Edit: I am sorry for the rant. It's just that...really, it is tiring, but worse, it opens up a chink in my armour that let's the "you're worthless" thoughts creep in. And when that happens - nothing gets done. When I smile and say thanks, knowing I will ignore - not because they aren't good ideas, but because they aren't my path, it's disingenuous. For what do I say to the person when 3,6, 12 months later they ask what came of their suggestion?

Sorry.


Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 9, 2018 - 06:33am PT
Darlin' you do you!

And You Do It Marvelously

just wanted to chime in & show off me smarts
that is just me doin' me
Lotz can't stand it
sokay by mee-tooo


Peace & happy trails

A Gnome, off belay.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Dec 9, 2018 - 08:52am PT
You don't have to answer. They can't arrest you for not answering. But be prepared for an extended confrontation. I know a guy from Arizona, he's a raging as#@&%e, an MD as a matter of fact, who crosses checkpoints frequently and won't answer, ever. He thrives on the ensuing assholia and captures video to watch later and and to show his dwindling set of friends.





This is the best one


DMT
capseeboy

Social climber
portland, oregon
Dec 9, 2018 - 09:18am PT
I know I am supposed to smile and say thank you when people make suggestions as to what I could do to make a better living(not just in the chalkbags but in my other ventures too).

disingenous: not noble

The seller/crafter/artist is open to abuse by the most unnoble pubic. When it's obvious that you have been on this planet for more than a few years, the suggestions seem to be a little more than helpful, they seem to be offensive, as in a one-upsmanship way.

Some come backs to people's suggestions, that you will never use because you are noble, could be as follows:

-That's a good idea, why don't you do that? (teenager
-I would use that idea, but the help just won't listen! (upset boss
-My price point is already too high for my demographic market.(outsourced
-Sorry, my art and metrics are in cognitive dissonance. (throw me a bone
-Yeah Butt... (offense/defense
-I'm doing this for fun? (sound like Eeyore
-I'm doing this for fun! (eases peoples conscience

What are some of your favorite lines?
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2018 - 10:44am PT
Gnome, I'm sorry. I had just gotten up and was had just enough coffee in me to be cranky. You've always been so kind, I should have had enough brains to just think and delete instead of hit the Post button.


Re: The border clips - I agree the first guy is an azz. The second not really an azz, but I can't help thinking the border guy hears this day in and day out, from white people with very little to fear as a repercussion for being difficult. That's why, after I reflexively answered yes to the question, left it at that. Nothing was going to be changed by me getting into it with the guy, who's just doing his job and was pleasant with me. And yeah, a part of me knew that I would likely have spent a LOT more time at that station if I'd rebelled than I was interested in committing to.Maybe the nice guy isn't even the one who tools when the time comes. Maybe it goes like "you wanted to play with the nice guy? Well, he's done his job, and now you get the NOT nice guy who revels in putting people through the ringer."

The third one is very funny, agreed. Especially the driver getting the last word.

But it still seems wrong, the question "Are you a US citizen?" Wouldn't "Are you in the United States lawfully?" be more appropriate, since a good number of people who are not citizens are within the country legally?






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