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Trad climber
Fruita, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 31, 2007 - 12:54pm PT
My mother went into labor on Labor Day, some 61 years ago, and I was born September 3rd. It wasn't a sure thing, at times this year, that I would make it to this latest birthday, but to answer many questions on the subject of health, it has been improving. I told my wife for my birthday I want to go out to a little secret hidden canyon she and I found, with some nice looking boulders and rocks, and do some climbing. I always used to climb on my birthday but somewhere a number of years ago seem to have gotten away from that tradition. Maybe it's time to renew it. I realized how old I am, though, and far gone when my almost seven year old said sincerely the other day that she is a better climber than I. We saw something briefly on TV one night about climbing walls, and the gist of her remark was, "I could do that easy. You couldn't, dad, but I could." Even half dead I have a little memory in my bones, as to how to ascend rock, I hope. But I must allow her that sense of superiority, since it will be true enough soon.

Send all birthday gifts, sympathy cards, money, to the usual Fruita address...


East of Seattle
Aug 31, 2007 - 01:06pm PT
Happy Birthday Oldtimer! Cool! You share a bday with Richard Gere.

BTW You really should do something extraordinary for you bday. Jumar up a tree and show that daughter of yours who's the bomb. ;)

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 31, 2007 - 01:08pm PT
You should take Bryceman out to that canyon for a solid belay.
Jerry Dodrill

Bodega, CA
Aug 31, 2007 - 01:34pm PT
Happy B-Day Pat!

right here, right now
Aug 31, 2007 - 01:49pm PT
Go get 'em slugger.

Those "new" crags, the 7 year old + her sister & mom, all that rich history with Kor & Dalke et al, the poetry & music, a sunrise/set or two, all your wacky new found friends here in cyberspace: it is all your birthday oyster!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 31, 2007 - 02:04pm PT
Pat, you are the one person I can think of who will figure out the path of grace.

Social climber
A prison of my own creation
Aug 31, 2007 - 02:19pm PT
Haven't met ya, but Happy Birthday!

Trad climber
Fruita, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 31, 2007 - 03:18pm PT
Thanks Ed, for that inspired and beautiful thought, and thanks Roy for your good energy... and thanks to others, so much in contrast to the low level of spirit that also flows in and around the world and in the near vicinity of the good people here.

Had a nice birthday gift, when my photo of my friend Jim Holloway made the cover of Climbing, and the generous pay that goes with that.

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Aug 31, 2007 - 03:57pm PT
Happy Birthday !!!

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Aug 31, 2007 - 03:59pm PT
Happy Birthday Pat!!! Be sure to post up a complete trip report on your birthday climb.

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Aug 31, 2007 - 04:00pm PT
I like your sentiment in the title of this thread. Something we can all be thankful for. Best wishes!

right here, right now
Aug 31, 2007 - 04:05pm PT

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Aug 31, 2007 - 04:11pm PT
Happy Birthday Pat! Hope you have fun climbing, you of all people know that's what is all about...having a good time scaling rocks in the outdoors.
Carolyn C

Trad climber
the long, long trailer
Aug 31, 2007 - 04:26pm PT
"Age is not important unless you're a cheese" - Helen Hayes

Happy Birthday, Pat!


Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Aug 31, 2007 - 08:14pm PT
"Gee Pat, Happy Birthday!"

Trad climber
Fruita, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 31, 2007 - 08:18pm PT
OK, John, you likening me to the Beave? I'll try to see the resemblance, but it will take some doing.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 31, 2007 - 08:25pm PT
I'm 52;...I thought I was old!...Happy Birthday!...Yeeehoooo! Enjoy. (You still got a few miles left on ya........)

Social climber
The West
Aug 31, 2007 - 08:33pm PT
Happy birthday, you got ten on me and I know I still have plans!

Social climber
Ventura, California
Aug 31, 2007 - 09:33pm PT
Happy Birthday Pat!

Trad climber
Aug 31, 2007 - 09:35pm PT
Smoke a puff for me too an' keep it real, yo!

Jive Translation >

Enjoy your beautiful State, the warm (understatement) weather and the remainder of your little girls childhood.
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