Trip Report
OT in the Heartland: 9/11/14
Thursday September 12, 2013 5:25am
My fellow Americans.

Gotta love them. Our silly Tee Shirts and all our Hoopla serve a purpose.

What that is, you decide.

I'm just the messenger and I feel like I just completed a long, long climb.

It is a labor of love and a genuine show of respect for all the Supertopo posters and lurkers that I made this so long and have only pictures to show for it.

The captions were inspired by some Cosmic Forces out in the desert.

Enjoy the ride.

This evening on Merced's Main STreet.
This evening on Merced's Main STreet.
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At the ceremonial commenoration in Merced County Courthouse Park this ...
At the ceremonial commenoration in Merced County Courthouse Park this evening.
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America So Beautiful.
America So Beautiful.
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My neighbors in Middle Earth, Irene and Joe.
My neighbors in Middle Earth, Irene and Joe.
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Johnny R. Feaver and Mouse.  Been knowing each other since he came hom...
Johnny R. Feaver and Mouse. Been knowing each other since he came home in one piece from the Ia Drang Valley. Lotta Seagram's Seven & wine under that bridge to the past.
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Kathy and Herb Woods whom I know from the Courthouse Museum.
Kathy and Herb Woods whom I know from the Courthouse Museum.
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The first wave of bikes.
The first wave of bikes.
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USAF Color Guard.
USAF Color Guard.
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MPD riders, leading.  Their badges smelled sweetly for a change.
MPD riders, leading. Their badges smelled sweetly for a change.
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Right shoulder...Babies!
Right shoulder...Babies!
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Looking for a few good men to help replace the many good men we've los...
Looking for a few good men to help replace the many good men we've lost.
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Vets' honor guard, Post 82.
Vets' honor guard, Post 82.
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A dangerous man, Mark Pazin.  A dangerous place to be, between him and...
A dangerous man, Mark Pazin. A dangerous place to be, between him and a photographer...The history: He issued me my first DUI ticket. Well, he stopped me, then called the CHP. I was in my driveway, for GOSH SAKES! He still has my number, nine.
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Gut check time for this Sheriff's Posse deputy.  He's probably proud t...
Gut check time for this Sheriff's Posse deputy. He's probably proud to be an Obese American Peace Officer. Nice impression of a 'mustache rider,' though.
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My Pretty Pony on Parade.
My Pretty Pony on Parade.
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Remember President Obama's Initial Inauguration?  These men from the p...
Remember President Obama's Initial Inauguration? These men from the posse rode in the cavalcade. Those were still the days, my friends, but no mas. Syriasly.
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The world consists of not only American beauty, but some Japanese beau...
The world consists of not only American beauty, but some Japanese beauties, as well. He quoted me prices for these I could readily believe. He shoots birds, of course!
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What are you gonna be when you grow, young man?
What are you gonna be when you grow, young man?
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American beauty and a vivacious blonde.  How naturally they go togethe...
American beauty and a vivacious blonde. How naturally they go together.
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A long line of Born-in-the-USA 'vettes.
A long line of Born-in-the-USA 'vettes.
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Hardbody in a ragtop.  "Like a rock!"
Hardbody in a ragtop. "Like a rock!"
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Yer gonna die, might as well do it with the most toys, you think?
Yer gonna die, might as well do it with the most toys, you think?
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An American Beauty trifecta?  It's hard to say from this angle, but th...
An American Beauty trifecta? It's hard to say from this angle, but the chances are better than average.
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"Where did you say this Mozart fellow had his tonsorial parlor, Joe?" ...
"Where did you say this Mozart fellow had his tonsorial parlor, Joe?" "It was in Seville, dude."
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Huh?  Oh, yeah...lights and siren!  Bwee-oh!  Bwee-oh!  Ernkh!  Ernkh!
Huh? Oh, yeah...lights and siren! Bwee-oh! Bwee-oh! Ernkh! Ernkh!
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Merced, my alma mater.  Never in Atwater.
Merced, my alma mater. Never in Atwater.
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The first "motorized wagon" in Merced.  The tots at the rear of the ve...
The first "motorized wagon" in Merced. The tots at the rear of the vehicle are waiting for chips of ice. They are Bob and Dick Cothran, sons of the lady who owns the photo, which appeared in a 1969 retrospective supplement in the paper.
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The Latin term "non sequitur" was not taught at Merced HS.
One of the two Golden Valley High cougar mascots.
One of the two Golden Valley High cougar mascots.
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They still don't teach Latin in public schools.
Miss Golden Valley Cougar!  Yay, Cougars!
Miss Golden Valley Cougar! Yay, Cougars!
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The Cougarettes.
The Cougarettes.
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The Proud.
The Proud.
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Never.
Never.
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Runs like a spinning top!  Right happy and proud!
Runs like a spinning top! Right happy and proud!
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Playing the Improvised Explosive Device can't be very healthy for mice...
Playing the Improvised Explosive Device can't be very healthy for mice.

LOL.
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Some mighty good reasons to maintain our military and honor the fallen...
Some mighty good reasons to maintain our military and honor the fallen.
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She may go to UC Merced in her future.
She may go to UC Merced in her future.
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And so might she.  The UCM downtown admin center in the background.
And so might she. The UCM downtown admin center in the background.
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I certainly hope someone loves you, too, kitty cat!
I certainly hope someone loves you, too, kitty cat!
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"Ten-what'd-you-say?"  "No, dildo, I said, 'Then what'd you say?"
"Ten-what'd-you-say?" "No, dildo, I said, 'Then what'd you say?"
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The Sammy Hagar Fan Club had a huge showing today.  Who likes RED besi...
The Sammy Hagar Fan Club had a huge showing today. Who likes RED beside myself?
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"Red Wheels In the Sunset."  Patti Page from 1955/Red Sails   http://w...
"Red Wheels In the Sunset." Patti Page from 1955/Red Sails http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RqM3uRvtmE
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"Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me."--Red Sails In the Sunset
"Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me."--Red Sails In the Sunset
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Go Navy!  "Red sails on the starboard bow!  Battle stations!"
Go Navy! "Red sails on the starboard bow! Battle stations!"
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Why do I feel as though I'm stuck at the Merced Mall?
Why do I feel as though I'm stuck at the Merced Mall?
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Why am I thirsty for some zin and water?
Why am I thirsty for some zin and water?
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Gonna be the Fire Chief someday.
Gonna be the Fire Chief someday.
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Gonna be the Governor and maybe the President some day.  Protectors an...
Gonna be the Governor and maybe the President some day. Protectors and servicemen are required to ensure those dreams.
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Which one dreams of being a reporter for a major metropolitan newspape...
Which one dreams of being a reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper? Which one dreams of running a media conglomerate, Playboy International?
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You can be Jimmie Olsen.  Or you can be Jeremy Lin, otay?  Smile, don'...
You can be Jimmie Olsen. Or you can be Jeremy Lin, otay? Smile, don't look so fierce. You're gonna be a star someday! Better get used to the cameras right now.
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"OGR!  OGR!  Hack, thpltttt..."--Bill the Cat
"OGR! OGR! Hack, thpltttt..."--Bill the Cat
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Cat?  Did you say cat?
Cat? Did you say cat?
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The nice pilot stayed aloft and played around for several minutes afte...
The nice pilot stayed aloft and played around for several minutes after the initial fly-over of the ceremonies at the Courthouse Park/Veterans' Memorial.
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5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.--US Naval General Orde...
5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.--US Naval General Orders It only looks like he's getting his ass chewed. In reality, he's simply being told to go home. I'm on my way to the memorial service.
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So is this engineer.  Peace, bro!
So is this engineer. Peace, bro!
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Those Glory Days.
Those Glory Days.
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En route to the park, I stopped to honor this old place, a long-time M...
En route to the park, I stopped to honor this old place, a long-time Merced landmark, empty now of tenants but for the few businesses on the ground floor.
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These were old roots even when I moved here.
These were old roots even when I moved here.
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This is where my grandad, Leonard Larson, spent his last days before h...
This is where my grandad, Leonard Larson, spent his last days before his terminal hospitalization. Now I'm retired and living in an old hotel one block away. He served in France in 1918-19.
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Rachelle was just singing the National Anthem as I arrived in the park...
Rachelle was just singing the National Anthem as I arrived in the park.
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I was over here on Tuesday afternoon when the Chrome Cowboys had just ...
I was over here on Tuesday afternoon when the Chrome Cowboys had just finished the set-up of this display. Kudos to the CC's.
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This next and the nest nine are from Tuesday. I've chosen not to include the portraits of the KIA honored by this exhibit. There are good reasons, please believe me.
This is a mnemonic device that you've got to employ if ya wanna be a C...
This is a mnemonic device that you've got to employ if ya wanna be a Chrome Cowboy. And keep yer helmet screwed on real tight in case your bike takes a flop!
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Chrome Cowgirl.  Just movin' my bike.
Chrome Cowgirl. Just movin' my bike.
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Keep on movin'...cuz I'm mo-bile...
Keep on movin'...cuz I'm mo-bile...
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Girls...
Girls...
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just wanna...
just wanna...
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have fu-un...just wanna have fun!
have fu-un...just wanna have fun!
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Back to yesterday's ceremonials.
He has a USMC decal sticker.  Thinking of enlisting, son?
He has a USMC decal sticker. Thinking of enlisting, son?
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Great choice!  Semper fidelis!
Great choice! Semper fidelis!
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Mr. Anderson is a gold star father and related the story of his son's ...
Mr. Anderson is a gold star father and related the story of his son's death on 9-11-04 at the babble of Fallujah at the hands of ambushing jihadists, eight on one. None of them survived to leave the building. Semper Fi! Do or die!
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Johnny Feaver again.
Johnny Feaver again.
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A bit shy?
A bit shy?
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No, just an attention hound.  Best smile of the day, too!
No, just an attention hound. Best smile of the day, too!
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Daddy's here, kiddo.  Thanks, and thanks again.
Daddy's here, kiddo. Thanks, and thanks again.
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Our symbol of freedom and sacrifice at half-staff.  Long may it wave o...
Our symbol of freedom and sacrifice at half-staff. Long may it wave or hang limp, it's still Old Glory.
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It's how freedom really endures.  For most of us.
It's how freedom really endures. For most of us.
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The silvery orb is at half-staff, as well.
The silvery orb is at half-staff, as well.
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Merced:  Number 139 in a stupid poll.  Number one in the hearts of its...
Merced: Number 139 in a stupid poll. Number one in the hearts of its citizens.
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Was it really all about the oil?  Was it?  I have some doubts, like mo...
Was it really all about the oil? Was it? I have some doubts, like most of you. It doesn't matter one bit, in the long run.
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Peace. Out like a light!

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mouse from merced is a tard climber from merced, california.

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Gene

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  Sep 12, 2013 - 06:32am PT
Nice TR, Mouse.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Sep 14, 2013 - 11:15am PT
A nice slice of americana!!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Sep 14, 2013 - 11:20am PT
Thank you Mr Mustelid!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
  Sep 14, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Thanks for that. That was a nice glimpse into your town.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Sep 14, 2013 - 11:42am PT
T-shirts. Endlessly fascinating.
WBraun

climber
  Sep 14, 2013 - 11:57am PT
You have a damn good photojournalist eye Brian.

It reads like Nation Geographic.

The Merced news should hire you as freelance photographer and have you write an article every now and again .......
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Author's Reply  Nov 15, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
Part TWO.
Veterans' Day Parade. Same bunch of Chrome Cowboys, but a different mix of the community, by a margin. A lot of running, er, hobbling--good for me, though.

I'm gonna run this set by you first. My favorite contingent, the Hmomg community set up this band of qeej (just say it like "ng" and it's probably close enough) players who do some delightful moves with this odd-sounding stringed thingie.
Their "sergeant" has them well in hand, and their performance was tops.
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And then there are the rest, vets and participants and machines, sergeants galore and a good number of drum majors, SIR!!
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So long from Merced.


I missed the ceremony happening over in Courthouse Park before this parade began. I wasn't informed of it, so didn't make plans.

But I did my duty to Supertopo and my country, JB, even though there was no plan the planet kept spinning to the right. Thank God for that, eh?

This whole she-bang took like an hour and a half, longer than Labor Day's parade. Talk about a lot of organizing, too! And the route extended for three blocks more than the last one, due to the problems.

One last time, a big, hearty welcome home and

THANK YOU, VETERANS!!!!


edit: Thx, Lgs! +2 4 U2, dudes! JT, sweet land of liberty, let free climbs...rhyme with something, dammit!
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  Nov 15, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Thank you for this thread, Mouse. Love your POV thru your photos.

drljefe and I had the opportunity to camp and share campfire time with a Vietnam Vet named Jim Lozano. He was amazing to talk to and will forever be in my heart. One morning he and Jefe took turns on the guitar... singing and playing under the slight clouds of the desert. It was amazing to witness.
It was also great to wake up on Nov. 11th in JTree, share coffee with him and sincerely thanked him for his service and his realness.

~peace
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