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healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 16, 2007 - 05:48am PT
I'm with Blinny, WTF man! You can't just hit-and-run post like that - what's the friggin' story? Man this place wouldn't be the same without you...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 16, 2007 - 09:18am PT
I first climbed in 1972, but didn't start climbing alot until 1976;....I had heard about a group of climbers from San Diego who " climb everyday." True or not, they inspired me and burned into my brain that climbing everyday was what you did if you wanted to be a dedicated, honed , strong, experienced rock climber. I wanted to be like them. It was BVB, Mike Paul , Greg Epperson, and that gang. Bob even inspired me all the more that normal geeky long-haired dudes with glasses get the hot chicks;...Josilyn is as lovely as they come. The Van Belle's continue to inspire me today with their progressive and fun life-syle and attitude towards travel and children;.....Bravo and hip hip belay to the Van Belle's!
Hootervillian

climber
the Hooterville World-Guardian
Feb 16, 2007 - 09:38am PT
he seems to have all the good bad habits....
Blowboarder

Boulder climber
Back in the mix
Feb 16, 2007 - 10:01am PT
oh jeebus here we go....



426

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Feb 16, 2007 - 10:13am PT
bvb com - thanks for the hinterlands (flag) snaps. l33t


locker style edit: wore black socks yesterday...
yo

climber
The Eye of the Snail
Feb 16, 2007 - 10:16am PT
As far as I can tell, the dude has trouble just keeping his pants up.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2007 - 10:40am PT
You landed in the ICU with bulimia? I'll do a lot of things to climb better, but that's pretty damn hard core...
Watusi

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Feb 16, 2007 - 10:49am PT
BVB!! He's one BADASS SOB!!!!!
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Feb 16, 2007 - 11:11am PT
a bvb thread? how sweet. but entirely appropriate, given that i am, in fact, a FUKKING AMERICAN LEGEND, BISSHES!1!1!!

blinny -- hospital stints are nothin' new for me, but i've had one hell of a run the last two - three years. missing a lung from a bouldering accident; spinal stenosis, disk degeneration, and arthritis in my c-spine; and the big one -- no working lymphatic system in my left leg. plus a bunch of other odds and ends -- bipolar, transgender, the usual...

so, every year or two i wind up with a GNARLY septic blood infection that lands me in the ICU for a few days and then in a regular room for a few days. this has been going on regularly since i was about ten years old.

so there you have it -- dead man walking in a nutshell. but i always seem to bounce back pretty quick, 'cause, like, there's this dope new bouldering area i gotta check out....word on the street is it's fully damn SWOLE, babe.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Feb 16, 2007 - 11:35am PT



Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Feb 16, 2007 - 11:38am PT
...and the man cuts a mean profile when he swings into action:
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2007 - 11:41am PT
Discounting the lung that is missing from a bouldering vs. bong accident, what's the story on all that other stuff - wear and tear? Not even sure what what these two are: 'spinal stenosis' and 'c-spine'. And how does you end up with no working lymphatic system in your left leg? Dirty needles or what? Bipolar I expect. And transgender? Well, you guys are all from LA, seemed to be into body sculpting at a young age, and C4 does get pretty crowded...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Feb 16, 2007 - 11:57am PT
the neck -- wear and tear is the best guess. spinal stenosis is where your disks are basically gone, and what's left of 'em gets pushed into your spinal cord, pinching it off. that's happening with five of the disks in my neck (c-spine = cervial spine).

the doc, who is a climber, said "bob, yer neck's been rode hard and put up wet".

the leg -- born that way.

my body is slowly unravelling for sure, but i'm less than a year shy of fifty and i been climbing and partying pretty hard most of my life so it's bound to happen. i'm still a 24/7 climber though -- ya just gotta want it is all.....
pc

climber
East of Seattle
Feb 16, 2007 - 12:10pm PT
I can't help myself...

So that means you walk without a lymph? ;)

Seriously, what's my excuse? Semi healthy mofo and I bet I couldn't even get off the ground next to you. Cheers and keep given'er BVB.

pc
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 16, 2007 - 12:12pm PT
I won't say "get well quick" since that ain't happenin' but best thoughts your way for sure, dude... you are one tough hombre.

There is the creation myth thing... appearing out of the internet haze...August 4, 2005, 08:07 pm

Good on all you scumbags... keep on cranking!

lad
ahhhhhh yes... room to shroom - back in the late 70's daze, LOL, thanks for reminding me. Don Juan boulder to boot ;) Man, back in the day, it was such a wonderlustfullyouttathisworldkindaland - great memories. Hope ya'll are taking good care..

cheers..

Watusi
I was just noticing that people had overlooked the routes that were established by Houser, Laeger, Bachar, Lechlinski, Shipley and the like! If you like crust more power to you! These guys hooked up on the real stuff.

bvb
yo vawto --

remeber when you and gk and i did room to shroom in january of '79 on, like, a 30 degree day in a howling wind?

good times.

Watusi
Ah my man BVB! Remember the day...

F10Climber F11Drinker
Don't get to close or you might get a scumbag reunion

bvb
ah sh#t, somebody actually remembers the "scumbags"???

we're hosed.

Watusi
Wow that's a trip...

bvb
no sh#t mike. we can run, but we can't hide.

Watusi
Well, at least someone knows our sorry butts!
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2007 - 12:22pm PT
Bob, thanks for the rundown.

Yeah, at 54 my doc said about the same thing with my shoulders and knees. I went in hoping he'd just fix the shoulder and instead he said it was more 'a matter of mileage' than fixing anything. He went on to say some folks with shoulders like mine get replacements, some take advil - I'm sticking with advil as he said the replacements won't take climbing...

Good luck with it all and hang in there. Still hoping to meet you and a few of the other folks before the first wheelchair bouldering olympics...
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Feb 16, 2007 - 12:32pm PT
If I recollect, the lung was just partially collapsed for years and is currently diminished, not actually absent. Didn't you get that injury at Tahqitz that day with me and The Goon, wandering around by yourself gazing up with jaw agape until you slid on some ice, off a boulder in an aerial spin, and earning a broken heel in addition to the unnoticed-at-the-time lung injury?



L

climber
The City of Lost Angels
Feb 16, 2007 - 12:43pm PT
BVB--Literally the funniest man I've ever met (with an adorable wife and child to boot).

I was trying to find the photo of the Wheaties box with him on the front playin' a bit of pocketpool and flippin' us off, but couldn't find it. Someone's gotta post that thing (bvb perhaps?)...we could all a dose of rolling-on-the-floor-wetting-our-pants laughter.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2007 - 12:45pm PT
So that's where the archtype for the Jeff Spicoli character in 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High' came from! Dude, I always wondered about that...
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Feb 16, 2007 - 12:55pm PT
Rumor had it the flick was based on our high school, Clairemont High in San Diego, though on mature reflection I'd guess it was really Claremont High in Claremont CA.




But, time can be hard on a body...
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