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31 Oct 2002 - 5:30:37 PM
Right. I was going to post something about what I did this past weekend, but never got around to it. Can you guess what I did, though? That's correct! I went climbing out at Leavenworth. Got a lot more climbs in this time than last, though, which was a good thing. Spent Saturday at the Planet of the Eights area, where I led two mixed trad/bolted routes (both 5.8s, of course), and that same 5.7 trad/5.9 bolted spot at Careno Crag. This time I led the 5.9. One of the other folks decided to try his first trad lead on the 5.7, at 5:45ish (it got dark around 6:30 -- and that night was the end of Daylight Savings Time). Then it was up to me to follow and clean, and by the time I started it was mostly gray. First time I've climbed by headlamp, and hopefully the last. I think it was the fastest I've ever climbed, though -- loss of light is a compelling motivator.

We spent Sunday top-roping at Clamshell Cave, which was much, much more developed than it appears in the '96 guidebook. There's easy access to the top of the crag, and it's now lined with anchor bolts about every ten or twenty feet. Got in some easy climbs, and some hard ones, as well. Finished up on a 5.9 that I'd like to go back and lead some day. Next to it was a 10c I want to try again, with the rope through the correct set of anchors -- there would have been a lot of swing if I'd fallen during the crux moves, so I didn't go for it. Oh well. Next time.

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31 Oct 2002 - 4:35:10 PM
Saw that new Adam Sandler flick Punch-Drunk Love the other night. I've never seen an Adam Sandler movie before, but I gather that this one is very different from the others. I liked this movie. It was one of the oddest films I've seen this year, I think, which was refreshing. Some of the cinematic touches I liked (the harmonium, the small warehouse he doesn't like leaving), but some of the others I thought were a bit heavy-handed (the crashing crates, the light in the payphone). It was just an odd, interesting, enjoyable film.

Punch-Drunk Love gets: :-):-):-) (out of 4)

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25 Oct 2002 - 10:06:36 PM
This afternoon, on the bus ride home from work, I ran across the best line I've read in a long time, in Annie Proulx's Close Range:

She could make you smell the smoke from an unlit fire.
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22 Oct 2002 - 12:24:44 AM
Eleven new lighthouse pictures up. No new layout, though. One thing at a time, okay? Jeez. I'm now up to 40 entries on the lighthouse page, which means I'm finally more than halfway through -- at this rate, I should be done in about three years.
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21 Oct 2002 - 3:21:21 PM
I think I finally got religion: Kind of a silly site, but oh well. There's a Picture of the Week area, featuring a photo of proper child-raising technique. I wish I'd had a dad like that.
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20 Oct 2002 - 11:31:39 PM
It took me three hours, but I managed to squeeze out another page this evening. The last time I did some writing was about two weeks ago, and I'm beginning to feel like I'm losing the flow of it. Guess that means I'll have to spend more time on it. Now that the weather's turning gray, that should mean I won't be spending as much time outdoors -- perhaps that'll help.

Speaking of outdoorsy stuff, yesterday I drove down south and went on a long hike along a twisty path, all the way through the Ikea store in Renton. It turned out they were having a one day anniversary special -- no sales tax. I didn't know about it beforehand, but the millions of other shoppers there certainly did. It was a zoo. I did end up buying a large bookshelf/cabinet kind of thing that is now all put together and ensconced in my previously neglected tv alcove. I'm still getting used to walking by it and seeing a large bookshelf out of the corner of my eye where there used to be empty space. Weird.

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17 Oct 2002 - 11:53:20 PM
My lighthouse page is becoming a little too chaotic, even for my tastes. I have about 30 pictures up so far, in a mostly random order (whatever I dig out of my shoeboxes of photos at any given time). With 40 or so more to go, I'm beginning to realize that I'll have to re-work the layout in order to make it user-friendly. I'll probably break them out by geographical area -- that seems the most straightforward. I'm currently in the process of scanning in ten more pictures, so I'd better figure out the new layout soon.
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16 Oct 2002 - 11:44:41 PM
I decided to go with HaloScan for comments. On my home machine (test box), I could see significantly better performance, actually, than ASPComments. I'm giving up the control freak bonus of storing all comments on my own server, but I'm accepting that. If HaloScan goes away some day, well, then so do everyone's comments. Life's like that, I guess. Also, there's a smart-ass I work with who reads my blog periodically, and he's likely to contribute all sorts of offensive comments. HaloScan already has delete functionality, whereas with ASPComments I'd have to write my own. Laziness is the mother of invention, right? Or something like that. You get the idea. Right. Leave a comment, make sure it works.
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14 Oct 2002 - 11:24:24 PM
I'm toying with the idea of adding comments to my blog. Two different systems used by people I know are ASPComments and HaloScan. ASPComments runs on your own server, which is nice because you don't have to rely on a third party server and you can fiddle with the code to your heart's content. HaloScan, which does store comments on their own server, seems to be faster (at least it is on my home machine) and has better comment admin stuff. They're both very simple to implement. So, basically, I don't know which one I'm going to use. Maybe I should flip a coin. If I had comment links already, I could ask you, my loyal readers, which system I should use.
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14 Oct 2002 - 2:28:58 PM
I spent the weekend in Leavenworth, car-camping at Eight Mile campground (brought my pillow -- very comfortable), but not doing as much climbing as I would've liked. Oh well. Fun trip, though. Over on Careno Crag, I led a 5.7 trad route (the hardest trad lead I've done so far -- I placed a lot of pro...), which I think was the climbing highlight of the weekend for me. We looked at that 10a sport climb, Facelift, that I couldn't finish a couple months ago, but there were dozens of wasps buzzing around and sunning themselves on the rock, especially right around the handholds. The last thing I wanted was swarms of wasps stinging me while I'm clipping bolts, so I decided against trying it again. Oh well.

Of course, the weekend wasn't complete until the very end when we were eating dinner at Gustav's, and two other folks from the WAC walked in after a couple days in the Enchantments.

The climbing season around here is coming to end, which is too bad for me, but my non-climbing friends who feel obligated to read my blog will probably breathe a sigh of relief...

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9 Oct 2002 - 11:04:08 AM
I wasted a couple hours of my life playing this game. I eventually stopped when I reached 240,000 points. It was kind of amusing to spell out naughty words and watch the worm happily gobble them up.
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5 Oct 2002 - 1:42:14 PM
Saw the movie Mostly Martha last night. I really liked it. Great acting, and a touching but real life kind of story filled with all sorts of little details. It reminded me that I'd love to live in Europe for a time. The main character's a professional chef, and there were many scenes in which food was being prepared. Really good food. I was glad I'd had dinner before the movie, otherwise my stomach would've been growling the whole time.

Mostly Martha gets: :-):-):-) (out of 4)

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2 Oct 2002 - 9:56:51 AM
A sad climbing post. Goran Kropp, the Swede who bicycled to Nepal and climbed Everest solo and then bicycled back to Sweden (as mentioned in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air), died in a fall while climbing at Vantage. I was just out there myself a couple weeks ago, which really makes it hit close to home. He was leading a trad route called Air Guitar, which I've never climbed and probably never will. Whenever I hear about a climber's death it makes me wonder why I climb, but I keep doing it anyway.
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