Levitation 29 5.11c
Trip ReportExamining Angelo Angelilli; or The Most Interesting Man in the World
In my mind, few men stand as equally interesting, and no man stands as equally charismatic as Angelo Angelelli. An Italian expatriate, a young Angelo immigrated from the small town of Abruzzo to Detroit, then followed a woman to Santa Cruz, CA, where our paths would eventually cross. When Angelo was my age, 20 years old, he was a soldier in the Italian Army. Currently, Angelo owns and operates an organic pasta and ravioli company, Angelilli's Organic Pasta, and makes the best damn ravioli that your ignorant taste buds could ever hope to come into contact with. Angelo is wonderfully complex, and every hard drive on the planet could not adequately store a complete and comprehensive analysis of the man. So take this as a brief and raw illustration of Angelo Angelilli in one of his many elements: Red Rocks.
Our trip began on Saturday, the 19th of March. Early in the drive I turned on some tunes from none other than the Boss himself: Bruce Springsteen. Angelo's face lit up, and he reflectively stated, "Bruce Springsteen sings about the things I love about America." I couldn't agree with him more.
About 4 hours into the 8 hour drive to Vegas, hunger struck us collectively and suddenly. We weighed our options and decided to stop at Taco Bell. Angelo ordered 3 bean burritos and was shocked at the horrible quality and presentation.
"What the f*#k is this bullsh#t?" he disappointingly asked. "They give you half a tea spoon of beans in here- I'm basically eating a tortilla!"
He left the table, and returned with approximately 20 sauce packets. Using one entire sauce packet per bite, he reluctantly finished his meal.
One day we climbed Levitation 29.
We awoke to rain soaked rock, and took another rest day at the pool.
The next day (planning to climb another long route), we awoke to more rain.
Angelo came into the car in which I had slept and solemnly muttered, "the rock doesn't want us now."
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