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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 3, 2018 - 07:05pm PT
Taos is on my bucket list. Wish you could have passed on thru it Happie...right now it's a Christmas treasure of the old southwest. I hope someday to be there right at this time. A classic treasure.....

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 4, 2018 - 12:13pm PT
Happie, Enjoying all of your travel adventures, keep posting up more travel photos, they are great....The first photo of Howard Kansas.. reminds me of a favorite movie , The last picture show.

a small clip from the movie...couldn't find the one i was looking for.
[Click to View YouTube Video]
Happy travels..

Jon Beck

Trad climber
Dec 4, 2018 - 12:21pm PT
hey Nita, loved the caption on that clip

If ever there was a more poignant metaphor for the futility of existence, I haven't seen it.


Ice climber
hartford, ct
Dec 4, 2018 - 12:26pm PT
The Anasazi came and went, too.

And I believe they were here for far longer than us.

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Dec 6, 2018 - 05:54pm PT
Happie just shipped a couple of things I purchased from her store. Thanks Happie!!! Patronize this person!

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2018 - 06:03pm PT
New Mexico, finally.

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

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!


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...

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

Check this out:


Fi Fi Lou's Awesome Chalk Bags


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.

Dec 8, 2018 - 12:44pm PT


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!

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/

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!!!!"


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.


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?

Jon Beck

Trad climber
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.
john hansen

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.

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

Out Of Bed
Dec 9, 2018 - 05:44am PT
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!

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?


Gnome Ofthe Diabase

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.

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?
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